Thriving on your CLAS Journey

Getting Involved

Finding the right path for you involves more than academics. The CLAS Deans office encourages all students to get involved in activities outside of the classroom. The more you experience outside, the more connections you’ll be able to make: to people, to other programs, to other opportunities. You never know what might spark your passion!

CLAS Departments and Faculty sponsor many student organizations on campus. You can browse Bobcat Connect to find organizations that speak to you. Also, be sure to check out the many events sponsored by the University Programming Council.

Bobcat Connect University Programming Council

Financial Support

There are several resources available to assist students in costs. 

CLAS Scholarships Office of Financial Aid

Academic Support

FSU offers many resources for students to build and succeed in their academic plan.

Center for Academic Advising and Retention

The Center for Academic Advising and Retention (CAAR) offers advising for first year students, undeclared and transitional students, and helps students on academic probation build a plan to get back on track.

Programs Advancing Student Success

The Programs Advancing Student Success (PASS) office provides services in placement testing, developmental math (DVMT), language skills development, study skills help and peer-assisted learning, academic probation program, and tutoring. 

Tutoring Center

The tutoring center offers individual tutoring sessions in writing and content courses, including biology, chemistry, math, and geography.

TRIO Student Support Services

Student Support Services (SSS), a federal TRIO program, is an educational support program, which helps low-income students, first-generation college students and students with disabilities achieve their academic and personal goals. SSS acts as an advocate for qualified students, plans and coordinates services and provides programs which help students develop the academic, interpersonal and social skills they need for success at Frostburg.

Student Accessibility Services

The Student Accessibility Services program empowers students by building up awareness, advocacy and self-determination for students with disabilities. SAS works with partners across campus to create a safe and nurturing community for students to succeed in all aspects of their lives.

Academic Policies and Procedures

Reporting a concern with professional behavior of faculty or staff

If you are experiencing or witnessing a concerning behavior from a member of the CLAS faculty or staff, the Dean's Office is here to help. Feel free to schedule an appointment by contacting Cindy Troutman at 301.687.4120 or

If the incident concerns sexual misconduct or hate and/or bias, we recommend using the relevant reporting form with the Office of Student Affairs

Initiating a grade grievance

If you feel you received a grade you did not earn, you can initiate the grade grievance procedure, outlined under "University Procedures for Review of Alleged Arbitrary and Capricious Grading" in the undergraduate course catalog. The Dean's Office recommends that students wishing to undergo this procedure keep copies of all graded assignments, the course syllabus, communications with the instructor, and any other relevant course materials.

Students must be able to prove their grade was "arbitrary" and "capricious." As stated in the course catalog, these terms mean: 

  1. the assignment of a course grade to a student on some basis other than performance in the course
  2. the assignment of a course grade to a student by unreasonable application of standards different from the standards that were applied to other students in that course; or
  3. the assignment of a course grade by a substantial and unreasonable departure from the instructor’s initially articulated standards.

Late Withdrawal from a Course

If you have an extenuating circumstance (for example, serious illness) requiring late withdrawal from a CLAS course, you must obtain authorization from the Dean with information from the instructor of the course. You obtain the proper form for a late course withdrawal from the Registrar's office or the CLAS Dean's office. 

Internship and Career Planning and Support

The Career and Professional Development Center offers services for students at all levels of their academic journey. They can assist in choosing a major, exploring career options, finding and applying for internships and jobs, reviewing your resume, and interviewing.   

Career and Professional Development Center

Celebrating your Accomplishments

The CLAS Dean's Office celebrates accomplishments of students annually in the Dean's Student Colloquium. High-achieving CLAS students are also honored by invitation to the Frostburg State University Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society.

Dean's Student Colloquium - 2022 Program with Abstracts (PDF)
Phi Kappa Phi Induction Program - May 2022