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Students may obtain their enrollment verification online through myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu. Enrollment certification is free to currently enrolled students. Parents, employers, background checking firms, and other third party agencies may request enrollment and degree verifications online at http://www.degreeverify.org. A fee will be assessed for all such requests. UCF has contracted with National Student Clearinghouse to provide current enrollment and degree verifications online 24 hours a day, seven days a week. National Student Clearinghouse Customer Service is available at 1-703–742–4200, Monday - Thursday, 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., & Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., ET.

The Withdrawal period for each term begins after the Drop/Swap deadline. Students remain fee liable for any classes from which they withdraw. Students may withdraw from a class and receive the notation of “W” until the deadline noted in the “Academic Calendar” online at http://calendar.ucf.edu. A student may withdraw from courses using myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu, or by visiting the Registrar’s Office (MH 161), certain college advising offices, or a Regional Campus records office. Students may withdraw by fax at 407-823-5652. Faxed requests must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the last day to withdraw and must include the student’s identification number, the course(s) from which to be withdrawn and his or her signature. Students may also mail a written request to the Registrar’s Office, P.O. Box 160114, Orlando, FL 32816-0114. This letter must be time-stamped or postmarked before the published withdrawal deadline and must include the student’s identification number, the course(s) from which to be withdrawn and his or her signature. Students seeking to withdraw in person must sign the request and must provide photo identification. The official date of withdrawal is the date the University receives the withdrawal request. Requests received by mail are processed using the postmark as the official date of withdrawal. Withdrawing from classes may have financial aid, NCAA eligibility or international visa consequences. Students should seek appropriate advisement prior to withdrawing from a class. Students who withdraw from courses for an entire term with the intent of not returning to UCF must also drop courses for any future terms. A student failing to withdraw will be fee and grade liable.

A student is not automatically dropped or withdrawn from a class for not attending, nor can an instructor drop or withdraw a student from a class.

Late Drop

Following the close of the Drop/Swap period each term as published in the academic calendar, students withdrawing from courses will incur both grade and fee liability. No drop is permitted after the drop/swap deadline except in extraordinary circumstances. Unsatisfactory academic performance is not an acceptable reason for drop after the deadline. Students seeking to petition for a late drop should contact the Office of Academic Services. Exceptional circumstances include, but are not limited to, death of an immediate family member, involuntary call to military service, or administrative errors created by the University. Late drops are normally for all courses taken in the term. If approved, a late drop includes a refund of tuition and fees, and the courses will not appear on the student’s academic records. Students must submit the completed petition and all supporting documentation for a late drop to Academic Services (MH 210) within six months of the end of the term for which the late drop is sought.

Late Withdrawal

No withdrawal is permitted after the withdrawal deadline as published in the academic calendar except in extraordinary circumstances. Unsatisfactory academic performance is not an acceptable reason for withdrawal after the deadline. Students seeking to petition for a late withdrawal should contact the Office of Academic Services. If a late withdrawal is approved, grades of Withdrawn Passing (WP) or Withdrawn Failing (WF) will be recorded as assigned by the instructor(s) of the course(s). A grade of "WF" will affect the calculation of the student's Grade Point Average. Late withdrawals normally are for all courses taken in the term. If approved, a late withdrawal does not refund tuition, and the student is still fee liable for the late withdrawn courses. Students must submit the completed petition with all supporting documentation for a late withdrawal to Academic Services (MH 210) within one year of the end of the term for which the late withdrawal is sought.

Medical Withdrawal

Students who seek a withdrawal for the student’s own medical (physical or psychological) condition must apply using the medical withdrawal procedure. Students seeking to request a medical withdrawal should contact Academic Services. A medical withdrawal is intended for a student whose own medical condition prevents the student from completing the semester. All required forms must be submitted to initiate the review process. The student’s medical and/ or psychological provider(s) provides the University with the appropriate medical documentation using the forms provided by Academic Services. Medical withdrawal petitions must be well-documented.

Medical withdrawals can only be approved in cases where the student is unable to finish the term because of the student’s own physical and/or psychological condition as documented by the student’s medical provider(s). The condition must be serious enough to substantially limit one or more major life activities such as caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, eating, sleeping, standing, lifting, bending, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating or working. A medical withdrawal is usually for all classes in a semester (“full medical withdrawal”). If a student is requesting a medical withdrawal from fewer than all classes in which the student is enrolled during a semester (“selective medical withdrawal”), the student must document why the medical condition prevents the student from completing the requirements of certain classes but not others, including providing medical documentation that supports this explanation. For example, a student who is suffering from a leg injury may be unable to perform in a dance class but able to complete online classes. Once a determination is made for fewer classes, the student cannot amend the request at a later date or request a retroactive withdrawal.

The medical condition should have arisen during the given semester from which withdrawal is sought. If the student was aware of the medical condition prior to beginning of the semester, the student must provide medical documentation demonstrating that there was a change in the condition during the semester that resulted in the student’s inability to meet course requirements.

Medical withdrawals for consecutive semesters will not be approved for the same medical condition.

After a full medical withdrawal, the university expects a student will not enroll at the University in the semester immediately following the semester from which the student has medically withdrawn but will use that time to address the medical condition. When the University is able to determine that the condition is likely to continue to prevent the student from completing course requirements in subsequent semesters, the University may place the student on medical hold. If a medical hold has not been placed, it is the student’s responsibility to decide, given the medical condition, whether to enroll or maintain enrollment in semesters following the semester from which the student has medically withdrawn. Students are encouraged to contact Student Accessibility Services well before a subsequent semester begins to explore possible accommodations if necessary. If a medical hold has been placed, it is the student’s responsibility to drop all courses for future semesters until the medical hold is removed or be fee and grade liable. Additional information about medical holds and the process by which medical holds may be removed is available from the Academic Services office.

Students must submit a completed petition for a medical withdrawal to Academic Services with all supporting documentation from both (if applicable) medical and psychological providers that supported a student’s care within six months of the end of the semester for which the medical withdrawal is sought. If a medical withdrawal is approved, a grade of “WM” (withdrawal due to medical reason) will be recorded for each affected course. A “WM” grade will have no effect on the Grade Point Average. An approved medical withdrawal will include tuition refund only if the completed petition was submitted to Academic Services before this six-month submission deadline.

When the physical or psychological condition at issue is related to pregnancy or sexual violence, the student should contact the Title IX Coordinator at 407-823-1336 immediately and before submitting a Medical Withdrawal request. The Title IX Coordinator will explore whether other options are available to the student. Academic Services officials who receive a medical withdrawal request related to pregnancy or sexual violence must notify the Title IX Coordinator immediately.

Appeal

Students whose academic record change petition has been denied have the right to appeal the decision to the Admission and Standards Committee. All documents supporting the appeal must be submitted within 30 days from the date of notification of the denial. The appeal must be based upon new or missing evidence not previously presented. Simply disagreeing with the decision is not grounds for an appeal.

The University uses an alphabetic system to identify student grades and other actions regarding student progress or class attendance. Beginning Fall 2001, a plus/minus grading system became effective, with a grade point equivalent per semester hour as follows:

*Available only in CHM 1032, CHM 2040, CHM 2041, CHM 2045C, CHS 1440, ENC 1101, ENC 1101H, ENC 1102, ENC 1102H, MAC 1105CH, MAC 1105H, MAC 1114C, MAC 1140C, MAC 1140H, MAC 2147, MAC 2233, MAC 2241, MAC 2253, MAC 2281, MAC 2281H, MAC 2311C, MAC 2311H, MAT 1033C, and STA 2014C. In these classes NC replaces the use of D+, D and D-.
Grades Grade Points Per Semester Hour of Credit
A 4.00
A- 3.75
B+ 3.25
B 3.00
B- 2.75
C+ 2.25
C 2.00
C- 1.75
D+ 1.25
D 1.00
D- 0.75
F 0.00
NC (No Credit)* -
Legend Action Grade Points
G Repeated Course (Grade Forgiveness, multiple attempts)
I Incomplete
K Repeated course (Latest Attempt)
N No grade reported by instructor (followed by grade)
P Repeated Course (Not Grade Forgiveness)
R Repeated course (Grade Forgiveness)
S Satisfactory (w/credit)/Satisfactory Progress(Research, Thesis, or Dissertation)
T (followed by grade) Subsequently repeated (no credit)
U Unsatisfactory (no credit)
W Withdrawn
WF Withdrawn Failing 0.00
WH Health Form Withdrawal
WM Medical Withdrawal
WP Withdrawn Passing
X Audit (no credit)

The designation of "N" will be assigned temporarily by the Registrar's Office only in the case when a grade has not been submitted by the instructors by the grade submission deadline. The designator will be replaced by the earned letter grade at the earliest opportunity in the term that immediately follows and prior to graduation. The "N" designator may not be assigned by the instructor.

In the event of academic dishonesty, instructors may assign a Z in front of a final course grade on a student's academic record. For further information regarding the addition, removal and appeals process of the Z designation, see http://z.ucf.edu/.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is the average number of grade points per semester hour attempted. GPA is computed by dividing the total number of grade points assigned by the total number of credit hours attempted, less hours resulting from NC, W, WP, and I grades . GPA is recalculated after each term; for Summer GPA is recalculated only after all Sessions and end of term. The GPA for graduation requirement is a minimum UCF 2.0 ("C").

Example: A student has completed 13 credit hours for a given term. To calculate the Term GPA:

  1. Multiply the number of credit hours per course by the number of grade points per grade. Then add each amount to arrive at the total number of grade points earned for that term:
    Course #1 B+ 3 credit hours X 3.25 grade points = 9.75
    + Course #2 A- 3 credit hours X 3.75 grade points = 11.25
    + Course #3 A 4 credit hours X 4.00 grade points = 16
    + Course #4 B 3 credit hours X 3.00 grade points = 9
    = 13 credit hours = 46 total grade points
  2. Divide the total number of grade points by the total number of credit hours earned that term: 46.00 total grade points / 13 credit hours = 3.54 GPA for that term.

UCF Cumulative GPA

If prior to this term the student had earned a total of 162 grade points for a combined 54 term hours of coursework, his or her cumulative grade point average entering this term would be 162/54= 3.00. Including this term of coursework, the cumulative grade point average would be (162 + 46) / (54 + 13) = 3.10.

A grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be assigned by the instructor when a student is unable to complete a course due to extenuating circumstances, and when all requirements can be completed in a short time following the end of the term. It is expected that the student will have completed a majority of the course. When an instructor assigns an “I” grade for a course, the student is notified through email about the grade. The student is responsible to arrange with the instructor for the completion of the requirements of the course. Effective with Incomplete grades assigned in the Fall semester 1997 and thereafter, a student cannot graduate from the University with an “I” on the transcript. The Incomplete must be changed within one year of the last day of the term attempted or prior to graduation from the University, whichever comes first. Unresolved Incomplete grades automatically will be changed to “F” by the Registrar’s Office. Unresolved “I” grades in courses graded with “S” or “U” will be converted to “U.”

A grade change is the change of any originally assigned grade to another grade, including grades of "I" and grades earned by administrative withdrawals. GPA is recalculated after the grade change. Grade changes other than medical withdrawals will be considered only during the term immediately following the one in which the grade was assigned, except that grades assigned during the Spring semester may be changed during either the following Summer term or Fall semester. A change in grade must be approved by the dean of the college or school. A grade will not be changed after a degree has been conferred. The Registrar will change a student's academic standing if necessitated by a change of grade, except in cases of academic suspension. If a student is suspended, the Admissions and Standards Committee may review the suspension and readmit the student if the Committee decides readmission is warranted.

Grades are available from myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu.

Under University policy, students are not authorized to attend class unless they are on the class roll or have been approved to audit and have paid audit fees. Students are responsible for satisfying the entire range of academic objectives as defined by the course instructor and ensuring that their class work and attendance are satisfactory. Students should understand that attendance policies and procedures vary among instructors and academic units, and they must observe any special attendance regulations stipulated by their college, school, department, program, or instructor. Reasons for acceptable absences may include illness, serious family emergencies, special curricular requirements (e.g., judging trips, field trips, professional conferences), military obligations, severe weather conditions, and religious holidays.

Students also should be excused for participation in official University-sponsored activities, such as music performances, athletic competition, or debate. Students chosen for such events including intercollegiate athletics, band, choir, and academically related programs shall be listed on a “Program Verification” form. Program Directors shall provide each student with a copy of this form. It is the student’s responsibility to present a copy of this form to the faculty member(s) responsible for the class from which the student will be absent. This verification is to be provided prior to the class period whenever possible and no later than the first class following the event. A copy of the form listing students selected to represent the University and signed by the Program Director shall be filed with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (FC 155). If further verification is needed, contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (FC 142; 407-823-6960) or, for athletic events only, Academic Services for Student-Athletes, Wayne Densch Sports Center, 103A; 407-823-5896.

Absences from classes for court-imposed legal obligations (e.g., jury duty and subpoenas) must be excused. The student may offer other sound reasons. When absences threaten a student’s satisfactory completion of a course, the instructor may report the absence to the appropriate Dean of the student’s college/school and may choose to call upon the college/school office to request additional information and insight into the significance of or reason for the absences.

Students are responsible for maintaining classroom decorum appro­priate to the educational environment. When the conduct of a student or group of students varies from acceptable standards and becomes disruptive to normal classroom procedures, the instructor has the authority to remove the offending party from the room and refer the student to the Office of Student Conduct (FC 142) for disciplinary action.

In the event of academic dishonesty, faculty members may assign a Z in front of a final course grade on a student's academic record. For further information regarding the addition, removal and appeals process of the Z designation, see http://z.ucf.edu.

Students are subject to federal and state laws and local ordinances as well as regulations prescribed by the University of Central Florida and the Florida Board of Governors. The breach or violation of any of these laws or regulations may result in disciplinary action. Detailed conduct regulations and procedures are presented in The Golden Rule.

A person applying for admission to UCF who has declared a violation of conduct policies at a previous college or university or has been charged with a violation of the law (including traffic violations that resulted in a fine of $200 or more) may have circumstances of the case reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct (FC 154) to consider eligibility for admission.

It is the practice of the University of Central Florida to reasonably accommodate the religious observances, practices, and beliefs of individuals in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the sched­uling of examinations and work assignments. A student who desires to observe a religious holy day of his or her religious faith must notify all of his/her instructors at the beginning of the term to be excused from classes to observe the religious holy day.

The student will be held responsible for any material covered during the excused absence, but will be permitted a reasonable amount of time to complete any work missed. Where practicable, major exami­nations, major assignments, and University ceremonies will not be scheduled on a major religious holy day.

Students who are absent from academic or social activities because of religious observances will not be penalized. A student who believes that he/she has been unreasonably denied an educational benefit due to his/her religious belief or practices may seek redress in accordance with the Student Grievance Procedure, as listed in The Golden Rule.

Students will be classified by level, on the basis of credit hours satis­factorily earned as follows:

Freshman

0-29 credit hours

Sophomore

30-59 credit hours

Junior

60-89 credit hours

Senior

90 or more credit hours, prior to completion of baccalaureate requirements

Post-Baccalaureate

Any student enrolled in courses, regardless of course level (except one working toward another baccalaureate degree), who has a baccalaureate degree but has not been admitted to a graduate program. All post-baccalaureate students are considered as non-degree under­graduates for all University policies and procedures.

Graduate

Any student enrolled in graduate courses who has been admitted to a graduate program.

Other Student Classifications

Auditor

A student registered for any credit course who is not seeking credit.

Co-op Student

A student enrolled in the Center for Cooperative Education and Applied Learning Program remains a registered student during all off-campus assignment semesters. Furthermore, there is no lapse in continuity in the co-op academic calendar: a co-op student either is on assignment or attending class during each term.

Special Student

A student of demonstrated academic ability who does not meet the regular requirements for admission (Early Admission, non-degree seeking, transient, and auditor).

Temporary

A student who applied before the deadline and who is permitted to register and attend class pending completion of the admission file.

Transient

Students temporarily registered (for one term) at UCF with the approv­al of another university or college where they are regularly enrolled, or a UCF student temporarily in attendance at another university or college, with the approval of UCF. A UCF student may not be enrolled as a Transient student in another institution during the term in which the baccalaureate degree or the A.A. degree is to be awarded.

Limited Non-Degree Seeking

A student earning credit, but not enrolled in a degree program.

Provisional

A student entering from a regionally unaccredited high school, college, or university may be admitted on provisional status where appropriate. By obtaining a minimum 2.0 GPA ("C" average) at the end of the first term of attendance, the provisional status will be removed. Earning less than a "C" (2.0) average the first term would result in disqualification.

President's Honor Roll Certificate (Full-Time Award)

The President’s Honor Roll Certificate (Full-Time Award) is awarded in recognition of scholastic honors to degree-seeking undergraduate students who maintain a 4.0 GPA, complete 12 or more hours, excluding satisfactory/unsatisfactory course work, and did not earn any “I,” “U,” “N,” “NC,” or “WF” grades during a given term.

President's Honor Roll Certificate (Part-Time Award)

The President's Honor Roll Certificate (Part-Time Award) is awarded in recognition of scholastic honors to degree-seeking undergraduate students who maintain a 4.0 GPA in two consecutive part-time terms. The student must complete at least 15 hours, with no more than 11 in each consecutive term, excluding satisfactory/unsatisfactory course work, and not earn any “I,” “U,” “N,” “NC,” or “WF” grades during a term. Hours utilized in the awarding of a President's Honor Roll Certificate may not be utilized in the determination of a subsequent certificate.

Dean's List

The Dean’s List is compiled in recognition of scholastic honors to degree-seeking undergraduate students who earn a minimum 3.4 GPA, complete a minimum of 12 credit hours, earn no grade less than “C” (2.0) and no “I,” “U,” “N,” “NC,” or “WF” grades during a term.

Baccalaureate Honors and Diplomas

The University shall confer baccalaureate honors recognition on those students who have completed a minimum of 48 credit hours at UCF and who:

  1. Attain an overall grade point average (this includes transfer credit) that is in the upper 10 percent of the range established by all students graduating in the same college/school during the previous two years;
  2. Attain at least a 3.20 overall grade point average; and,
  3. Honors awarded will be:
    • Summa Cum Laude for those students in the upper 2.5 percent
    • Magna Cum Laude for those students in the upper five percent, but not in the upper 2.5 percent
    • Cum Laude for those students in the upper 10 percent, but not in the upper five percent

Records for the term of graduation are incomplete at the time the Commencement Program is printed. Identification of these students at graduation therefore is presumptive of honors and not conclusive, since final term grades may result in changes in relative rankings.

Consult the Academic Honors list at http://ikm.ucf.edu/enrollment-graduation/grad-honors-gpa-standing/ for the most up-to-date UCF Honors minimum GPA requirements.

Diplomas are mailed six to ten weeks after Commencement to the address indicated in the online "Intent to Graduate."

Honors in the Major

Please see "Honors in the Major" in The Burnett Honors College portion of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Grades in Repeating Courses

Concerning grades in repeated courses, UCF will apply the best grade of the first two attempts for the same course when grade forgiveness is not used. If a student chooses to enroll in a course for a third time, or more, he/she will be subject to paying the repeat surcharge. Regardless of whether the grade earned is better, worse, or the same as previous attempts, the grade earned in the last attempt, in a sequence of three or more attempts, will be the grade applied toward the degree and program requirements.

All attempts for the course will be recorded on the student’s transcript and will be part of the GPA calculation unless there is an approved grade forgiveness. In the case of grade forgiveness, all grades will be recorded but the GPA will be calculated in accordance to the Grade Forgiveness policy. See the Grade Forgiveness policy in this catalog and information located at http://registrar.ucf.edu/grade-forgiveness.

Attempted courses will impact excess hours in accordance to Florida Statute 1009.286. Students are strongly encouraged to carefully review information on excess hours in this catalog or at http://registrar.ucf.edu.

Grade Forgiveness offers a student the opportunity to retake a course and earn a second grade that will be substituted for the previous grade. You may apply for Grade Forgiveness online at https://my.ucf.edu > Student Self Service > Student Center. Requests must be submitted no later than the withdrawal deadline for the term/session in which the student has registered for the course being repeated. Consult the web calendar at http://calendar.ucf.edu. The following policies apply:

  1. Grade Forgiveness is limited to two courses;
  2. Grade Forgiveness may not be used twice for the same course;
  3. Grade Forgiveness will only be awarded if the original and repeated courses both are taken at UCF;
  4. All grades will remain on the student’s official transcript. The original course grade will be marked with a “T” to indicate that the course subsequently has been repeated, or a note describing the initial attempt, and the repeat course grade will be marked with an “R.” The original grade will appear on the transcript but only the repeated course grade will be calculated into the GPA or meet degree requirements;
  5. If it is determined that the student is ineligible for the Grade Forgiveness policy, neither a refund of fees nor automatic withdrawal from the course will be made. In addition, if the student is ineligible, the two grades will be averaged for the calculation of the GPA;
  6. If a student applies for Grade Forgiveness and later withdraws, or receives an “I” grade or “NC” grade in the course, the attempt will count as one of the allotted Grade Forgiveness attempts, and the GPA will calculate both grades;
  7. UCF does not honor Grade Forgiveness granted at other institutions unless it is part of an Associate in Arts or a specific statewide articulated Associate in Science degree transferred from a Florida College System institution or State University. Grade forgiveness awarded within a bachelor’s degree from a Florida State System institution is not honored at UCF. UCF’s Grade Forgiveness policy may not be honored by other colleges, universities, professional schools, or national testing associations;
  8. Due to the two-course limit, a student who has repeated two or more courses at a Florida College System institution or State University and included those courses in the transfer of an AA or a specific statewide articulated AS degree will not be granted any Grade Forgiveness at UCF;
  9. Grade Forgiveness awarded for repeated courses will not retroactively alter any previous academic action (i.e. academic probation or disqualification). In addition, no academic records can be altered after a student graduates;
  10. Grade Forgiveness is not retroactive and, therefore, may not be used for a course repeated before Fall 1981. If a student who repeated a course at UCF before 1981 and did not use the previous forgiveness policy may repeat the course again. In this case, the lower of the previous two grades will be forgiven. This special circumstance is the only one in which a student will be allowed to repeat a course more than once; and,
  11. With prior approval from the Dean’s office in which the course is offered, a student can only substitute a course different from the original one if: 1) the substitute course reflects a change in prefix, number, hours, or title but not in substance; or 2) the substitute course replaces a course no longer offered by UCF. In this case, the student must submit the paper version of the Grade Forgiveness Form which can be obtained at the Registrar’s Office (MH 161).

Repeated Enrollment in Same Course: Beginning Fall 1997, a student enrolled in the same undergraduate college credit course more than twice shall pay matriculation at 100% of the full cost of instruction (Non-Florida Resident rates).

Repeated Enrollment in Same Course

Beginning Fall 1997, a stu­dent enrolled in the same undergraduate college credit course more than twice shall pay matriculation at 100% of the full cost of instruction (Non-Florida Resident rates).

All academic actions are shown on myUCF at https://my.ucf.edu and on the transcript. The action is generated due to course completion. Changing a course grade does not necessarily change academic action. An exception may be made when an error is committed and is so stated by the instructor on the "Change of Grade Request Form."

Good Standing

Good standing indicates only that the student is meeting the minimum academic standard for retention by the University (minimum term GPA, 2.0). To meet graduation requirements, however, the student must have a minimum UCF GPA of 2.0.

Academic Probation

Action taken when a student's UCF cumulative GPA drops below 2.0. Academic Probation will continue until the current term and UCF cumulative GPA reach 2.0 or better.

First-time-in-college students may be admitted on Academic Probation at the discretion of the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Admissions and Standards Committee. Transfer students may be admitted on Academic Probation at the discretion of the Undergraduate Admissions Office or the Admissions and Standards Committee. Academic Probation is intended to inform students mak­ing unsatisfactory progress of their need to alter study habits and seek additional counseling. Early recognition will indicate to the student the possible jeopardy to academic goals and will also allow an opportunity to demonstrate acceptable performance.

Disqualified (First Suspension)

A student on Academic Probation is Disqualified upon failure to achieve a minimum 2.0 GPA during the subsequent term. A student who is Disqualified may not enroll at the University for two semesters following disqualification. Readmission after two semesters is not automatic. Disqualified students are required to have completed the Florida AA degree, or have completed UCF’s general education program and Gordon Rule requirements, before petitioning for readmission. A Disqualified student must submit an application for Readmission supported by a letter documenting the reasons for previous academic difficulties, clear evidence of satisfactory academic performance since leaving the university, and plans for achieving a GPA of 2.0 or better. A disqualified student is limited to petition for readmission once per year (365 days). The total record will be reviewed and action on readmission will be taken by the University Registrar. Any Disqualified student whose UCF grade point deficiency is equal to or greater than 30 grade points is not eligible for readmission. For readmission purposes only, “grade point deficiency” is defined as the number of UCF credit hours earned with a “B” (3.0 GPA) grade that a student requires to raise his or her UCF grade point average to 2.0.

Exclusion (Second Suspension or more)

A student readmitted following Disqualification who fails to achieve a minimum 2.0 Term GPA is excluded from the University. Exclusion is most serious and students are not eligible for readmission after Exclusion. An individual who has been Excluded will not be consid­ered for readmission, and may not appeal any failure to be readmitted following Exclusion.

A student disqualified while a freshman or sophomore who subsequently receive an A.A. degree with a minimum “C” average (2.0 GPA) on all college work attempted from a Florida College System institution has the right to appeal for readmission, in accordance with standard University policies. However, readmission is not guaranteed, and the student seeking readmission will be required to follow all academic regulations and procedures associated with readmission after suspension.

A student must apply for readmission to the Registrar's Office (MH 161) if:

  1. the student has not enrolled at UCF for two consecutive semesters (not including the Summer term);

  2. the student has been academically suspended from UCF;

  3. the student failed to enroll or withdrew from all classes during the readmitted term; or,

  4. the student has previously attended, or is currently enrolled at UCF, as "degree-seeking" and desires to pursue a second bachelor's degree.

The application deadline for readmission is as follows: for Summer, April 1; for Fall, July 1; and for Spring, November 1.

Readmission Following Non-Enrollment for Two Consecutive Semesters

The student must complete and submit the "Readmission Application Form," available on https://my.ucf.edu. Log on to myUCF using your student ID and password and then go to Student Self Service > Student Center. Once on the Student Center page, go to the "Other Academic..." dropdown menu and scroll down to "Readmission Application." If the student has attended another regionally accredited institution since leaving UCF, the student must request an official transcript be sent to the Registrar's Office. If the student was previously admitted to a UCF limited-access program, the student will be placed in pending status for that major and must apply to the College for readmission to the program. Plus or minus grades will transfer for course work earned Fall 2001 and after using UCF's grade point system.

Readmitting students classified as a "Florida resident" during the last term at UCF who have resided outside of the State of Florida for one year may not be eligible for readmission as a Florida resident for tuition purposes. Students approved for readmission may be classified as a non-resident for tuition purposes and must submit documentation to the Registrar's Office establishing his or her eligibility for Florida residency for tuition purposes. For eligibility requirements, refer to 'Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes' within "Financial Information" of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Any readmitted student whose UCF GPA is less than 2.0 at the time of the last enrollment at the University will be readmitted on "Academic Probation."

All applicants seeking readmission who have attempted course work at another regionally accredited institution since last attending the University will be required to be in "Good Standing" (minimum 2.0 GPA) at the last institution attended with no allowance for grade forgiveness and must be eligible to return to the last institution attended.

Readmission Following Suspension: Disqualification, with a Grade Point Deficiency of Less than 30 Grade Points

A student who has been academically Disqualified by UCF (with a grade point deficiency less than 30 grade points) who has com­pleted the two term academic suspension period may petition for readmission by submitting the "Readmission Application Form" to the Registrar's Office. For readmission purposes only, grade point deficiency is defined as the number of UCF credit hours earned with a "B" (3.0 GPA) grade that a student requires to raise his or her UCF grade point average to 2.0. A student's grade point deficiency is calculated when the student applies for readmission. The petitioning student must satisfy the following requirements before a decision will be made:

  1. Submit a written statement indicating the reason for the previous academic difficulties and a plan for ensuring success in future terms:

    1. The written statement should be limited in length to one typed page; it must be signed and dated, and include the student's UCF Personal Identification Number (PID).

    2. A "Readmission Application Form" not accompanied by the required written statement will not be reviewed;

  2. Contact the Registrar's Office for information specific to readmis­sion following disqualification. Please note that a plan to complete the program of study from your intended major's department/ school/college may be required as part of the readmission appli­cation packet. Until removed from probationary status following readmission, a student will not be allowed to change majors unless prior approval is authorized by all departments/schools/ colleges offering the student's current field of study and the field of study to which the student is seeking the change; and

  3. Submit to the Registrar's Office official transcripts from all other schools attended during suspension (if applicable).

The Registrar's Office will review the readmission application only when it receives all of the documents listed above. A student denied readmission by the Registrar's Office has thirty (30) days from the date of the denial to appeal that decision to the Admissions and Standards Committee. See 'Right of Appeal' below for details. Disqualified students are limited to one readmission appeal during the disqualification period.

Readmission Prior to Completion of the Required Suspension

A student who has been academically Disqualified by UCF who has not completed the academic suspension period is not eligible for readmission to the University. Students may appeal for an excep­tion to this policy to the Admissions and Standards Committee. See 'Right of Appeal' below for details. Disqualified students are limited to one readmission appeal during the disqualification period and one appeal per 12-month period following the disqualification period.

Readmission Following Suspension: Disqualification (with a Grade Point Deficiency of 30 or more Grade Points)

Students who are disqualified (with a grade point deficiency of 30 grade points or more) are not eligible for readmission to the University. The Registrar's Office will deny readmission to ineligible students. A student denied readmission by the Registrar's Office has thirty (30 days) from the date of the denial to appeal that decision to the Admissions and Standards Committee. See 'Right of Appeal' below for details. For readmission purposes only, grade point defi­ciency is defined as the number of UCF credit hours earned with a "B" (3.0 GPA) grade that a student requires to raise his or her UCF cumu­lative grade point average to 2.0. A student's grade point deficiency is calculated when the student applies for readmission. A student must remain on readmission plan until removed from probationary status following readmission, a student will not be allowed to change majors unless prior approval is authorized by all departments/schools/col­leges offering the student's current field of study and the field of study to which the student is seeking the change.

Dropping or Withdrawing During Readmitted Term

Disqualified or excluded students who drop or withdraw from all courses during the readmitted term for whatever reason must apply for readmission.

Limitations on the Number of Readmission Appeals

Disqualified students are limited to one appeal for an exception to University policy to the Admissions and Standards Committee during the disqualification period and one appeal per 12-month period following the disqualification period.

Excluded students are not eligible to appeal for an exception to University policy to the Admissions and Standards Committee.

Non-Academic Admission Clearances

According to the Florida Board of Regents Rule 6C-6.001(2) "...If determined not to be in the best interest of the University to admit an applicant because of past misconduct the University may do so." This authorizes universities to refuse readmission to applicants due to past misconduct. The University further requires the Vice President of Student Development and Enrollment Services or his/her designee to review all applications disclosing information regarding any prior criminal conviction or conduct problem at another institution and to make a decision as to whether the admission of this applicant will be in the best interest of the University. This statement describes the procedure and assigns responsibility for the review of these applica­tions for admission. Applicants who fail to disclose any prior criminal conviction or conduct problem at another institution and such fact is subsequently discovered by the University shall be denied admission or readmission, or other academic and/or disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Appeal

There is no appeal of the University's decision not to admit or readmit a student based on past misconduct. According to the Florida Administrative Code 6C-6.001(4): "Applicants denied admission shall be given notice of the denial within a reasonable period of time follow­ing the decision. Upon the applicant's written request, the University shall provide the reasons for the rejection in writing."

Admissions and Standards Committee

The Admissions and Standards Committee is a reporting committee of the Faculty Senate. Its membership includes faculty and non-faculty representatives of the faculty Senate, several academic colleges, the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services, and Student Government Association. The Admissions and Standards Committee meets regularly to consider appeals from: 1) persons denied admission; 2) students denied readmission; and 3) student appeals of University academic actions, policies or standards. All decisions rendered by the Admissions and Standards Committee are final. Decisions can only be appealed in the event new evidence or information has been determined by the Chair of the committee to be relevant and is subsequently approved for further committee review.

Right of Appeal

A student who has been denied readmission has thirty (30) days from the date of the denial to appeal to the Admission and Standards Committee. The appealing student must satisfy the following requirements before the Registrar’s Office will forward the appeal to the Committee:

  1. Complete the “Application for Readmission as an Exception to University Policy Form,” available at the Registrar’s Office (MH 161);
  2. Prepare a written statement specifying the extenuating circumstances that led to their poor academic performance or academic dismissal.

    • The written statement should be limited in length to one typed page; it must be signed and dated, and include the student’s UCF Personal Identification number (PID).
    • An “Application for Readmission as an Exception to University Policy” form not accompanied by the required written statement will not be forwarded to the Admissions and Standards Committee;
  3. Provide documents which support and/or verify the extenuating circumstances (if applicable);
  4. Supply official transcripts from all other schools attended during the suspension (if applicable);
  5. Order one official copy of the UCF official transcript ($10 per copy). The Registrar’s Office will forward this transcript to the Admissions and Standards Committee;
  6. Submit one stapled packet of appellant materials to the Registrar’s Office (MH 161) by 12:00 p.m. (noon) Monday prior to the scheduled Admissions and Standards Committee meeting. The packet must contain the following documents, arranged in the following order:

    • A completed “Application for Readmission as an Exception to University Policy Form”;
    • Written statement indicating the extenuating reasons for the previous academic difficulties and a plan for ensuring success in future terms;
    • Any supporting documentation as directed by the college, school or other University personnel;
    • Any additional supporting documentation (optional); and,

After a thorough evaluation of both the appeal and all required supporting documentation, the Admissions and Standards Committee will render a decision. The decision of the committee will be based upon university readmission policy and information presented in the appeal. Decisions are final and there is no appeal beyond the committee. If a student feels there is new or missing evidence that was not available at the time of the original appeal, submitted to the Chair of the Admissions and Standards Committee for further consideration. Simply disagreeing with the committee’s decision is not grounds for reconsideration.

Disqualified (with a Grade Point Deficiency of 30 or more Grade Points) and Excluded students are not eligible for readmission to the University and have no right to appeal for an exception to University policy to the Admissions and Standards Committee.

Effective Fall 2004, the Academic Amnesty Program provides under­graduate students who are not eligible for readmission for academic reasons the opportunity to readmit to UCF after five or more years of separation. This program allows the student to nullify up to two con­secutive terms worth of UCF coursework from his or her UCF grade point average. Students may not select specific courses within the two identified terms. If the student satisfactorily completes the Academic Amnesty Program, the University will remove from the student's UCF GPA all UCF coursework for which the student enrolled during the selected consecutive terms. While grades nullified by satisfactory completion of the Academic Amnesty Program are not used in calcu­lating the student's UCF GPA, all course work will remain part of the student's permanent record.

To apply for entrance into the Academic Amnesty Program, the student must:

  1. Gain the written support for the Academic Amnesty Program from the student's college or school and present to the Admissions and Standards Committee an academic plan of action approved by the college advising office. This plan will include the following:

    1. The specific terms of the student's academic history to be nullified by satisfactory completion of the Academic Amnesty Program;

    2. Approved courses in which the student will enroll during the two terms that comprise the Academic Amnesty Program;

    3. Any additional requirements mandated by the college advis­ing office (i.e., academic advising or mentoring, required tutoring or academic support services, etc.); and,

    4. Complete and submit an Academic Amnesty Agreement to the Admission and Standards Committee.

  2. The UCF Admissions and Standards Committee will determine a student's eligibility for entrance into the Academic Amnesty Program.

The Athletic Eligibility and Retention Committee (AERC) has oversight of the athletic participation of students who engage in intercollegiate athletics. It relies on information gathered from the Office of Athletic Compliance, the Office of Academic Services for Student-Athletes, coaches and the individual student. Student-athletes who desire to continue their athletic participation while being on academic proba­tion must have the written support of their coach, complete a written document stating their methods and dedication to improve their level of academic achievement and the approval of the AERC. The commit­tee shall review each applicant's academic potential and current sta­tus and determine conditions for the individual's degree of continued participation in intercollegiate athletic activities.

To change the legal name maintained on the student's official UCF record, the student must submit a completed "Change of Name" form and supporting documentation to the appropriate UCF office. Attach to the form a copy of a legal name change document (e.g., marriage cer­tificate, divorce decree, etc.). Undergraduate students must submit the form to the Registrar's Office (MH 161). Graduate students must sub­mit the form to the Graduate Studies Office (MH 230). Current UCF employees and those students who have been UCF employees within 12 months of the date the name change is requested must submit the form to the Human Resources Office (12565 Research Parkway). The "Change of Name" form is available from the Registrar's Office at MH 161 or online at http://registrar.ucf.edu.

In addition to legal name changes, the University provides students the option for a Preferred Name. Students wishing to establish a pre­ferred name option may accomplish this by submitting the Change of Name Form to the Registrar's Office.

The student's address is initially obtained from the "Application for Admission or Readmission." It is the students' responsibility to make appropriate changes to the address online at myUCF as they occur. Address and email changes also can be made by writing the Registrar's Office, P.O. Box 160114, Orlando, FL 32816-0114 or fax to 407-823-5652. Written requests must be signed and the student identification number provided.

Requests for official transcripts must be made online via myUCF (https://my.ucf.edu). Telephone and email requests are not accepted. Transcripts cannot be released if there is a hold due to a financial obligation to the University. Requests may be made for immediate delivery or the request can be held until final semester grades have been posted or a degree has been awarded. Students have the option to upload an attachment to be sent with their transcript as well.

Transcripts may be sent via email as a PDF or via postal mail or FedEx on paper. The charge is $15 per transcript unless it is held for pick up, which carries a $10 charge. A transcript that is requested for pick up may be obtained either from Main Campus or one of the Regional Campus locations. Transcripts not claimed within 30 days of printing will be destroyed and must be re-ordered. PDF transcripts that have not been downloaded within 30 days will expire and must be re-ordered.

For additional information, please review the website: http://registrar.ucf.edu/transcript-request.

All students enrolled in undergraduate courses for the Fall 1997 term and beyond are subject to an additional surcharge fee when they enroll in the same undergraduate college credit course three or more times. Completed courses, withdrawals, and courses with incomplete grades are counted as attempts, including courses repeated in order to raise the GPA or to achieve a specific grade. Courses that specify they may be repeated for credit are exempt. Students seeking exemp­tions for extenuating circumstances or financial hardship may submit a written petition with documentation to the Fee Appeals Committee, Student Account Services (MH 109).

Exemptions to the third attempt surcharge will be considered through a Fee Appeal Process.

Exceptions to the repeat course fee requirement shall be based only on extenuating circumstances, or financial hardship.

Extenuating Circumstances

Those circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student. These may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Medical condition or serious illness preventing completion;

  2. Death of an immediate family member;

  3. Involuntary call to active duty; or,

  4. Other emergency circumstances or extraordinary conditions.

Special Limitation

Students who withdraw or fail a class due to extenuating circumstances may be granted an exemption only once for each class.

Financial Hardship

Should include, but not be limited to, the following:

  1. Qualification for federal need-based financial aid; or,

  2. Other documented financial hardship may be considered.

For details, contact Student Account Services (MH 109) at 407-823- 2433.

Policy for Undeclared Students

All students at the University of Central Florida are expected to offi­cially declare a major prior to earning 45 college credit hours (this includes credits earned from college level exam placement, Dual Enrollment, advance placement and international baccalaureate). An administrative Hold to prevent future university registration will be placed on the records of all students that have not declared a major. Students must meet with an academic advisor (within Student Development and Enrollment Services, the Colleges, or Regional campuses) to have the hold released.

Majors

The University assigns the major that the student indicated on the "Application for Admission or Readmission." It is the student's respon­sibility to make appropriate major changes. Students who change majors between different colleges must adopt the most current Catalog. Students changing from a declared major to an "Undeclared" or "Undecided" major also must adopt the most current Catalog. For each of these students, the University automatically will update the Catalog year when processing the change in major. Students may retain their Catalog when changing tracks/concentrations within the same major (e.g., English: Literature to English: Creative Writing), or when moving from a "Pending" category to the equivalent major (e.g., "Business Pending" to "Accounting"). If the new major is a different subject from the "pending" major (e.g., "Business Pending" to "History"), the student must adopt the most current Catalog and the University automatically will update the Catalog year when processing the change in major. If they have not interrupted residency, students entering UCF in an "Undeclared" or "Undecided" category may retain their Catalog when initially selecting a major. Students can change majors online at https://my.ucf.edu > Student Self Service > Student Center > other academic (drop down menu) > Change Major: Request. Follow the directions on that page.

Minors

A Minor is a complement to a bachelor's degree program/major requir­ing at least 18 credit hours in a field. A student may declare a minor at any point during the first term of enrollment up to but no later than the online submission of the online "Intent to Graduate Form." Students strongly are urged to declare a minor as early as possible. Minors are optional unless required by your specific major. All graduation requirements (i.e., the minor and major) must be from a single UCF Undergraduate Catalog for which a student is eligible. Minors must be certified at the same time as the student's baccalaure­ate degree. Unless a second degree is earned, certification will not be made at a later time even if additional courses have been completed. Students can declare, change, or drop minors online at https://my.ucf.edu > Student Self Service > Student Center > other academic (drop down menu) > Change Major: Request. Follow the directions on that page.

Undergraduate Certificates

An undergraduate Certificate is a supplement to the bachelor's degree program/major. Certificates are optional. Students must be admitted in a degree seeking program to be eligible to receive an undergraduate Certificate, and a Certificate will only be granted together with completion of a UCF baccalaureate degree. All graduation requirements (i.e. the certificate and major/minor) must be from the same UCF Undergraduate Catalog for which a student is eligible. Certificates can be declared or changed online at https://my.ucf.edu.

Student records submitted become the property of the University and cannot be returned to the student or released to a third party. Copies of student records will be released only upon receipt of a written request signed by the student. Student records are stored in paper form or are digitally scanned. Once the student has been absent from the University for three academic years, all records may be transferred to optical disk storage and the paper copies destroyed.

The procedures for protecting the confidentiality of student records are based on state regulations and the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 30 days of the day the University receives a written request for access. Students should submit to the University Registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, writ­ten requests that identify the record(s) they desire to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the cor­rect official to whom the request should be addressed;

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. The student may ask the University to amend a record that he or she believes is inaccurate or misleading. The student should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record to be changed, and specify why the current record is inac­curate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regard­ing the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing;

  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable infor­mation contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One excep­tion that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforce­ment unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, National Student Clearinghouse, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility; and

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by a State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington DC, 20202-4605

Directory Information

FERPA authorizes the University to classify certain information concerning students as “directory information,” which means that it may be released to anyone upon request. Directory information at UCF includes:

  • name
  • current mailing address
  • telephone number
  • date of birth
  • major field of study
  • dates of attendance
  • enrollment status
  • degrees and awards received
  • participation in officially registered activities and sports
  • athletes' height and weight

The University extends to students the opportunity to withhold even directory information from disclosure, by opting out of the University’s directory information policy. Students can do this online at https://my.ucf.edu > Student Self Service > Student Center > Personal Information > FERPA/Directory Restriction or complete the Directory Disclosure/Release Authorization form available at the Registrar’s Office (MH 161) or at http://www.registrar.ucf.edu, requesting that this information be withheld.

Other Disclosures

FERPA also authorizes the University to forward educational records to other agencies or institutions that have requested the records AND in which the student seeks or intends to enroll or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enroll­ment or transfer.

All other disclosures of education records and information will be made in accordance with FERPA. In most cases, but not all, this requires the student's prior written and signed consent. The Golden Rule outlines the University procedures for confidential­ity. For additional information describing FERPA policy, enter the Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office website at http://www.ed.gov/offices/OM/fpco/.

Lists, descriptions, and sources of information required for disclosure under the Higher Education Act may be obtained from the Registrar's Office (MH 161) or from http://registrar.ucf.edu/hea.