3.1 Academic Integrity
The University of North Florida encourages the free and open pursuit
of knowledge; we consider this to be a fundamental principle and strength
of a democratic people. To this end, the University of North Florida expects
its students, its faculty, its administrators, and its staff to uphold the
highest standards of academic integrity. The University of North Florida
expects all members of the University community to both honor and protect one
another’s individual and collective rights.
Claiming One’s Own Work
Each student is honor-bound to submit under his or her name or
signature only his or her own work; to fully acknowledge his or her use of any
information, ideas, or other matter belonging to someone else, and to properly
document the source in question; and to offer for credit only that work which
he or she has completed in relation to the current course.
Quality of Work
A central goal of the Graduate School’s mission is to support and
promote graduate education at the University of North Florida by developing,
maintaining, and enhancing strong graduate programs that cultivate students’
advanced knowledge and skills in their chosen fields, encourage their
proficiency with research and other forms of scholarship, and are relevant to
our students and to the communities we serve. As such, graduate students
are expected to maintain an appropriately sophisticated level of work that is
current in their academic content.
Violations of Academic Integrity
Under this heading the University of North Florida Student Handbook
identifies several types of violations; these include but are not limited
to: cheating; fabricating and falsifying information or citations; submitting
the same work for credit in more than one course; plagiarizing; providing
another student with access to one’s own work to submit under this person’s
name or signature; destroying, stealing, or making inaccessible library or
other academic resource material; and helping or attempting to help another
person commit an act of academic dishonesty. The University of North Florida
authorizes any instructor who finds evidence of cheating, plagiarism, or other
wrongful behavior that violates the University of North Florida Academic
Integrity Code to take appropriate action. Possible action includes, but is
not limited to, failing the student on the work in question, failing the
student for the course, notifying the appropriate academic dean or Vice
President for Student Affairs, and requesting additional action be taken.
The consequences of a breach of academic integrity may result in an F,
which is unforgivable, regardless of withdrawal status.
See the UNF Student Handbook.
adhere to the UNF Student Conduct Code.
A graduate student who fails to maintain a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of at least 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. Probation shall be noted on the academic transcript for each term in which the cumulative UNF graduate GPA is below 3.0.
(1) If, while a graduate student is on probation, the cumulative UNF graduate GPA does not reach 3.0 in the next academic term, the student is eligible for suspension or dismissal from the program.
(2) If, while a graduate student is on probation, he or she earns a “D” or an “F” in a graduate course in his or her program of study, the student is eligible for suspension or dismissal from the program.
(3) A graduate student who earns an “F” in a graduate course in his or her program of study is eligible for suspension or dismissal from the program.
The decision to suspend or dismiss a student from the program rests with the Department Chair, MSCJ Director, and the Graduate Committee. Academic suspension is noted on the academic transcript. A graduate student may not register for courses while on academic suspension.
A graduate student may appeal his/her suspension or dismissal via written letter addressed to the Graduate Committee. The letter must present the reasons as to why the student requests re-consideration of the original decision.
3.3 Good Academic Standing
student who has a cumulative UNF graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is considered to
be in good academic standing. A graduate student must have a cumulative UNF
graduate GPA of 3.0 or higher to be eligible for graduation and the award of a
graduate degree. Graduate students who hold assistantships and fellowships are
expected to be in good academic standing.
In addition to
remaining in good academic standing, MSCJ students are required to earn a
"B" or higher in all required MSCJ courses in order to receive credit
for the course toward graduation. If a student earns a grade lower than a
"B" in a required course, the student must retake the course and earn
a "B" or higher.
4.4 GPA Minimums
The graduate GPA includes all graduate credits taken once
the student has been accepted as a degree-seeking graduate student. This
includes graduate credits taken as a post-baccalaureate student, even before
official admission to graduate program, when those credits are used to fulfill
degree requirements. Graduate credits taken as a post-baccalaureate student,
when those hours are not counted toward fulfillment of degree requirements,
are not counted in the construction of the graduate GPA. Undergraduate
credits, no matter when they are taken, are not counted in the graduate GPA;
nor are transfer credits.
3.5 Post-Baccalaureate Status
Students who wish to take courses in a non-degree seeking
status may apply as a post-baccalaureate student. The application is also available
from the Graduate School’s website. Post-baccalaureate students may take up to
9 credit hours of graduate course work and up to 12 credit hours of
undergraduate coursework. Please note that financial aid is not available to
students in a non-degree seeking status. All students who are in
post-baccalaureate status are required to contact the MSCJ Program Director
each semester during the registration period in order to receive registration
permission for MSCJ courses in which they wish to enroll.
However, the MSCJ Director and Committee can agree on different criteria based
on the individual applicant. Students completing trial program requirements
successfully will be removed from conditional status and fully admitted into
the program. Students who fail to meet trial program requirements will not be
admitted. Those individuals have a right to appeal this decision.
3.6 Trial Admission
Trial or “provisional” admission is considered on a case-by-case basis. Full admission into the MSCJ program requires that prospective students have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. If the GPA remains slightly below the minimum standard, the MSCJ Director and Graduate Committee may admit the student on a trial basis. In order to be fully admitted, the student must earn a “B” or better in their first six or more credit hours as approved by the Graduate Program Director.
3.7 Readmission of Inactive Students
Students who have been accepted previously but who never enrolled or who have not taken courses for one year (three consecutive terms, including summers) must reapply to the graduate program. They will be responsible for meeting any new general admissions requirements and program specific requirements.
3.8 Class Attendance
Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Because most graduate courses meet just once a week, missing a single class is tantamount to missing an entire week of material. Given the limited number of class meetings, importance of class discussion, and rigor of graduate work, missed classes are inexcusable at the graduate level.
3.9 Graduate Transfer Credit Policy
The residency requirement at UNF is 24 credit hours, 18 of
which must be taken at the 6000 level. No student may earn a UNF graduate
degree without 24 hours of UNF graduate course credit. It is also required that
students earn a majority of credits toward their degrees at UNF.
3.10 Applying for Graduation
During the semester that students realistically anticipate
that they will complete their Exit Requirement, they must register for
graduation. The easiest and most convenient way to apply is online in the
Student Records section of myWings Student Self Service. The online application
is available from final exam week the preceding semester through the posted
application deadline, generally the third Friday of the semester. Failure to
apply by the deadline may affect your ability to graduate that term and will
result in a delay of your diploma.