2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 14, 2021  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

University Notices

Undergraduate Academic Policy Statement

The University of Central Florida may change any of the announcements, information, policies, rules, regulations, or procedures set forth in the Undergraduate Advising Guide and the Undergraduate Catalog. The Undergraduate Catalog is published online once a year and cannot always reflect new and modified regulations. Statements in the Undergraduate Advising Guide and the Undergraduate Catalog may not be regarded in the nature of binding obligations on the institution or the State of Florida. While every effort will be made to accommodate the curricular needs of students, limited resources may prevent the University from offering all required courses in each semester or in day and evening sections.

Students will be held accountable for the requirements, policies, and procedures described in the Undergraduate Advising Guide and the Undergraduate Catalog. Additional information or clarification of any policy or procedure may be obtained from the specified office.

Non-Discrimination Policy

The University of Central Florida does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its education or employment programs and activities on the basis of an individual’s race, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion (or non-religion), age, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy and parental status), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, physical or mental disability (including learning and intellectual disabilities), political affiliations, prior conviction of a crime, protected veteran’s status or membership in any other protected classes as set forth in state or federal law. The University prohibits discrimination based on these protected classes, which includes the prohibition of discriminatory harassment, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, relationship violence, stalking, sexual or gender-based harassment, and retaliation against a person for the good faith reporting of any of these forms of conduct or participation in or party to any investigation or proceeding related to a report of these forms of conduct.

Discriminatory harassment consists of verbal, physical, electronic or other conduct based upon an individual’s protected class as set forth above that interferes with that individual’s educational or employment opportunities, participation in a University program or activity, or receipt of legitimately-requested services under either Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment. Hostile Environment Harassment is discriminatory harassment that is so severe, persistent or pervasive that it unreasonably interferes with, limits, deprives, or alters the conditions of education (e.g., admission, academic standing, grades, assignment); employment (e.g., hiring, advancement, assignment); or participation in a University program or activity (e.g., campus housing), when viewed from both a subjective and objective perspective. Quid Pro Quo Harassment is discriminatory harassment where submission to or rejection of unwelcome conduct is used, explicitly or implicitly, as the basis for decisions affecting an individual’s education; employment; or participation in a University program or activity.

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favors, or other unwanted conduct of a sexual nature, whether verbal, non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, when the conditions for Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment are present. Gender-based harassment includes harassment based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression, which may include acts of aggression, intimidation, or hostility, whether verbal or non-verbal, graphic, physical, or otherwise, even if the acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature, when the conditions for Hostile Environment Harassment or Quid Pro Quo Harassment are present. Sexual assault consists of sexual contact and/or sexual intercourse that occurs without consent. Sexual exploitation is purposely or knowingly doing or attempting to do any of the following: recording or photographing private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breasts or buttocks) without consent; disseminating or posting images of private sexual activity and/or a person’s intimate parts (including genitalia, groin, breasts or buttocks) without consent; allowing third parties to observe private sexual activity from a hidden location (e.g., closet) or through electronic means (e.g., Skype or livestreaming of images); subjecting another person to human trafficking; or exposing another person to a sexually transmitted infection or virus without the other’s knowledge. Relationship violence includes any act of violence or threatened act of violence that occurs between individuals who are involved or have been involved in a sexual, dating, spousal, domestic, or other intimate relationship. Stalking occurs when a person engages in a course of conduct directed at a specific person under circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others, or to experience substantial emotional distress.

A student or employee determined by the University to have committed an act of discrimination as described above is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including permanent separation from the University. Third Parties who commit these acts may have their relationships with the University terminated and/or their privileges of being on University premises withdrawn.

Most University faculty and staff (including professors, lecturers, instructors, academic advisors, trainers coaches, and resident assistants) are not confidential employees and are required to immediately report to the University’s Title IX Coordinator (Dawn Welkie) all relevant details (obtained directly or indirectly) about an incident of sexual assault, relationship violence and/or stalking that involves any student. Confidential employees (including Health Services employees, Counseling and Mental Health Services employees, Ombuds Office employees, Student Legal Services employees and Victim Services employees) are not required to make these reports and will not disclose information without the permission of the student (subject to limited exceptions). More information about UCF’s resources and reporting options for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment (including sexual violence) and related policies can be found at http://shield.ucf.edu.

Employees, students, contractors, vendors, visitors, guests or third parties may obtain further information on this policy, including grievance procedures, from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs (EOAA). Nancy Myers (EOAA Director) is responsible for the University’s response to all forms of discrimination based on a protected class, and Dawn Welkie (EOAA Assistant Director) is the Title IX Coordinator who is responsible for the University’s response to reports of sex discrimination. For more information about EOAA, please visit EOAA’s website at http://www.eeo.ucf.edu or call 407-UCF-1EEO.

Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free Schools Policy Statement

Standards of conduct and disciplinary sanctions will be imposed for the unlawful possession, misuse or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by UCF students and employees on UCF property or as part of any of its activities. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or misuse of a controlled substance, prescription medication or the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is harmful and prohibited in and on UCF owned and controlled property or as part of any of its activities. Any UCF employee or student determined to have violated this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action for misconduct, which may include termination/expulsion and referral for prosecution. No employee/student is to report to work/class or attend any University activity while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. Violation of these policies by an employee/student will be reason for evaluation/treatment for drug/alcohol disorder and/or for disciplinary action up to and including termination/expulsion and/or referral for prosecution consistent with local, state and federal law.

Campus Alcoholic Beverages Policy

The sale, service, distribution, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages shall comply with state and federal laws, city and county ordinances, and the licensing agreement with on-campus retailers which allows for the sale and service of alcoholic beverages. In addition the University has formulated the following policies governing the sale, service, distribution, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus. Refer to University of Central Florida Policy “Alcoholic Beverages on Campus” 3-115.1 and University of Central Florida Regulation “UCF-4.035 Alcoholic Beverages on Campus” for further information.


The sale, service, and distribution of alcoholic beverages to persons younger than 21 years of age is prohibited. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited by persons younger than 21 years of age.

Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in open or unsealed containers is prohibited except in designated areas or as approved with special events.

Individuals are responsible for their actions regardless of their mental or physical state as it may be affected by mind-altering chemicals such as alcohol and other drugs.

Student organizations may develop more stringent regulations regarding alcohol use.


The sale of alcoholic beverages to individuals of legal age will be permitted in licensed areas by licensed on-campus retailers.

The sale or service of alcoholic beverages to individuals of legal age will be permitted at other select campus locations for catered functions by properly authorized retailers.

The possession or consumption of alcohol by individuals of legal age may be permitted in private residential rooms in the residence halls and other on-campus or affiliated housing unless otherwise prohibited by the governing organization. Consumption of alcoholic beverages in public or common areas within on-campus residential units shall follow guidelines provided by their governing organization, and local, state and federal law.

Approval Procedures: Student Groups

Prior approval for students or student organizations to host an event where alcoholic beverages are present in non-licensed campus locations must be obtained from the Director of Student Leadership Programs.

The following information must be supplied by the student organization and approved by the appropriate university officials, no less than 15 calendar days prior to the event(s). These arrangements include but are not limited to: sponsoring organization and nature of event; date, beginning and ending times, and location of event; number in attendance and method of registering guests; method of designation of those who are 21 years or older and those who are under 21 years of age; contained area where alcohol consumption is permitted; type of alcohol along with food and alternative non-alcoholic beverages to be provided; method of security including number of campus police officers; person to be contacted at event in case of questions or problems.

Approval Procedures: Non-Student Groups

Alcoholic beverages may be sold and /or served by an approved third party vendor. All third party vendors who sell and/or serve alcoholic beverages must be licensed by the State of Florida as an alcoholic beverage retailer. Groups or organizations who seek to sell beer or wine along with a non-alcoholic choice at other locations on campus must obtain approval to secure a beer or wine license from the Director of Business Services prior to making application for the license. With approval from the Director of Business Services, the group must apply to the Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Division of the Department of Business Regulations of the State of Florida for obtain a temporary permit for the sale of alcoholic beverages, for consumption on premises only, and for a period not to exceed 3 days per event. Off-campus groups or organizations who seek to serve alcoholic beverages in a location and situation which does not require a license must obtain prior approval to serve alcohol on campus from the Director of Business Services.

For the complete and definitive version of the Drug-Free Workplace/Drug-Free Schools Policy Statement, please go to: http://www.goldenrule.sdes.ucf.edu.

Academic Behavior Standards

The University of Central Florida is committed to a policy of honesty in academic affairs. Conduct that comprises a breach of this policy may result in academic action, disciplinary action, and/or program action. Academic action affects student assignments, examinations or grades. Disciplinary action may affect student enrollment status. Program action may affect the student’s status in a specific program of study. Academic Misconduct includes but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, misuse of sources, assisting another in cheating or plagiarism, and commercial use of academic materials. The violations of student academic behavior standards on the undergraduate and graduate level are listed and defined in the Rules of Conduct in The Golden Rule Student Handbook.

Note: A student who has assisted another in any of the aforementioned breach of standards shall be considered equally culpable. In cases of cheating or plagiarism, the instructor may document the incident and choose to take appropriate academic action ranging from loss of credit for a specific assignment, examination, or project to removal from the course with a grade of “F.” Additionally, disciplinary action may be taken through the Office of Student Conduct, which may result in punitive and education sanctions, as outlined in The Golden Rule Student Handbook. Students found in violation more than one reported Academic Misconduct violation or suspended for a reported violation, the student will receive a Z designation that would be included with the earned grade on transcripts, designating that academic dishonesty occurred. Information regarding the Z designation, its application or removal from a transcript can be found in The Golden Rule Student Handbook.

Student Use of Technology

The University of Central Florida expects all students to have ready access to a personal computer and software appropriate to his or her field of study. Students can meet this expectation by purchasing or leasing a computer, sharing a computer with family or roommates, or using a UCF computer lab.

All UCF students should expect to use a personal computer in many University activities, including coursework, accessing library information, registering for classes, emailing correspondence to instructors or fellow students, or taking online classes. In addition, many UCF courses require the use of the Internet.

The University of Central Florida has developed one of the nation’s most advanced campus technology environments, and all UCF students are provided free Knights Email accounts and Internet access.

Students wishing to acquire a personal computer are strongly advised to consider a laptop. Laptop and PC recommended configurations can be found at http://cstore.ucf.edu/college.html.

Undeclared Policy

All students at the University of Central Florida are expected to officially declare a major prior to earning 45 college credit hours (including credits earned from CLEP, Dual Enrollment, AP, and/or IB). An administrative hold to prevent future university registration will be placed on the records of all students who 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.

Student Responsibility for University Communication

UCF uses email as the official means of notifying students of important information concerning registration, deadlines, financial assistance, scholarships, student accounts (including tuition and fees), academic progress and problems, and many other critical items. The university sends all business-related and academic messages to a student’s Knights Email address to ensure that there is one repository for that information. Every student must register for, and maintain, a Knights Email account at http://www.knightsemail.ucf.edu and check it regularly to avoid missing important information from the university. Any difficulty with establishing an account or with accessing an established account can be resolved through the UCF Service Desk (servicedesk@ucf.edu or 407-823-5117).

Additionally, each student must have an up-to-date emergency email address and cell phone number by which they can be reached in case of a campus emergency. This emergency contact information will be used only for emergency communication purposes. Also, both permanent and local mailing addresses must be on record, so that any physical documents that must be mailed can be delivered.

It is critical that students maintain and regularly check their Knights Email account for official announcements and notifications. Communications sent to the Knights Email address on record will be deemed adequate notice for all university communications, including issues related to academics, finances, registration, parking, and other matters. The University does not accept responsibility if official communication fails to reach a student who has not registered for, or maintained and checked their Knights Email account on a regular basis. Please ensure that this information is current and that any changes in contact information are made online through the myUCF portal at https://my.ucf.edu/.

Complaint Policy

The University of Central Florida supports the right of students to file grievances, lodge complaints, and make appeals in a safe environment free of fear, retaliation, or other adverse consequence. The University has a number of offices and committees that are responsible for implementing the institution’s established procedures for addressing written academic and non-academic student complaints.

In most cases, the recommended strategy for complaints of any nature is to ask the concerned individual to first contact the person or office most directly connected to the issue, unless there are compelling reasons not to do so. If the concerned individual does not want to contact a faculty or staff member directly, he or she begins with the next highest level of authority, which typically is the department chair or director. If the problem or complaint is unresolved or the individual is not satisfied with the resolution, he or she may file a written grievance or appeal in most cases. Specific procedures included are in specific sections of the Catalog and The Golden Rule.


The University of Central Florida, a member institution of Florida’s State University System, was formerly named Florida Technological University. The name was changed by action of the Florida Legislature on December 6, 1978.

The University of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award degrees at the associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Central Florida.

Please note the commission’s expectation that contact occur only if there is evidence to support significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard. For other information about UCF’s SACSCOC accreditation, please contact the university’s SACSCOC liaison in UCF’s Office of Academic Affairs.


Accrediting Body

Arts and Humanities

Music, Music Education National Association of Schools of Music (NASM),
  11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21,
  Reston, Virginia 20190-5248
Theater, Theater Studies National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST),
  11251 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21,
  Reston, Virginia 20190-5248

Business Administration

(all disciplines) The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International),
  777 South Harbour Island Blvd., Suite 750
  Tampa, FL 33602-5730

Education and Human Performance

(all programs leading to initial teacher certification) State Approval by the Florida Department of Education;
Accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE),
1140 19th Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036-6610

Engineering and Computer Science

Aerospace, Civil, Computer, Construction, Electrical, Environmental, Industrial, Mechanical Engineering Accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET,
Computer Science, Information Technology Accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

Health and Public Affairs

Athletic Training Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE),
  6850 Austin Center Boulevard, Suite 100,
  Austin, TX 78731-3184
Health Informatics and Information Management Commission on Accreditation for Health Information Management
Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM),
233 N. Michigan Avenue, 21st Floor,
Chicago, IL 60601-5800
Health Services Administration Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA),
  1730 M St, NW, Suite 407,
  Washington DC 20036
Social Work Council on Social Work Education (CSWE),
  1701 Duke Street, Suite 200,
  Alexandria, VA 22314-3457

College of Medicine - Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

Medical Laboratory Sciences National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS),
  5600 N. River Road, Suite 720,
  Rosemont, IL 60018-5119


Nursing Florida Board of Nursing,
  4042 Bald Cypress Way, Room 120,
  Tallahassee, FL 32399
  Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE),
  One Dupont Circle, NW Suite 530,
  Washington, DC 20036


Chemistry American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Professional Training,
  1155 Sixteenth Street, NW,
  Washington, DC 20036

UCF is listed in Transfer Credit Practices on Designated Educational Institutions with the highest level of credit acceptability. This handbook is published by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers and lists the acceptability of transfer credits based upon the reporting institutions in the states, commonwealths, territories, and selected international institutions.