III-5.00 - POLICY ON ACADEMIC CALENDAR
(Approved by the Board of Regents, January 11, 1990; Amended by
the Board of Regents, June 10, 1994; amended December 1, 1995;
amended April 6, 2001)
1. All institutions of the University System of Maryland will
follow a common academic calendar to assist student planning,
facilitate joint and cooperative programs and appointments,
simplify student and faculty movement among institutions, and
facilitate use of distance education technologies throughout the
2. The common academic calendar will provide sufficient time
for instruction and examinations as recommended by the Middle
States Association and as stipulated by the Maryland Higher
Education Commission. Within the common framework, each
president shall be authorized to adjust class time to meet
3. The features of the common calendar will include:
a) a fall semester which begins before Labor Day, except in
those calendar years when a start after Labor Day can also
accommodate the requirements for class meeting time, interrupted
by a recess for Thanksgiving. The final examination period will
conclude on or before December 23.
b) a minimum of fourteen instructional days over a three-week
period in January available for institutions to use for an
academic winter session or, for those institutions which do not
plan to offer coursework, an extended winter holiday.
c) a spring semester interrupted by a one-week common spring
break. The final examination period will conclude prior to
4. The particular dates for each year's common calendar will be
recommended by the Presidents' Council and approved by the
Chancellor for publication and dissemination. The academic
calendar will be adopted at least two/three years in advance.
5. The Law School at the University of Baltimore, the
professional programs in the schools of the University of
Maryland, Baltimore, and distributed learning and cohort programs
are exempted from this policy. Each president shall be authorized
to designate the programs to be exempted and adjust class time to
meet instructional needs. However, all programs not otherwise
constrained by the requirements of professional accrediting
bodies or designated as an exempt distributed learning or cohort
program should be on the USM common academic calendar.
6. By June 1 of each year, each institution will provide for
the files of the Office of the Chancellor a copy of its detailed
academic calendar for the upcoming academic year, including
information such as registration periods, drop/add periods, and
commencement dates as well as dates for summer sessions.
Professional schools, and distributed learning and cohort
programs exempted from the common academic calendar under
provision 5 will provide copies of their academic calendars to
the Chancellor's office on the same schedule.
Replacement for: BOR I-5.00 and VI-19; BOT XIIII-Y