Student Handbook 
2014-2015

The online Student Handbook provides all enrolled students with information regarding students’ rights and responsibilities as members of the University community.

It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and to adhere to all academic and University policies, procedures, and deadlines that are included in the Student Handbook and other sources including, but not limited to, the University catalog. It is also the student’s responsibility to:

  • Be proactive to research all available services and resources and ask questions.
  • Utilize information made available via myWings, the University website, and the University catalog.
  • Regularly check UNF e-mail, Blackboard, and the myWings portal for new information. E-mail is UNF’s official communication method.
  • Regularly visit academic advising to obtain pertinent academic information and curricular guidance.
  • Know and understand degree requirements and progress toward degree completion. View a Degree Evaluation and an Academic Roadmap, available through the myWings portal.
  • Take initiative to participate fully in required scholastic duties set forth in each course syllabus.
  • Know and satisfy all financial obligations.
  • Provide and maintain current and accurate personal information and records.
  • Embrace opportunities to be productive students on and off campus.
  • Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior at all times.
  • Be aware of personal safety and security.

The University has the right to change policies and procedures at any time as necessary. While reasonable effort will be made to publicize such changes, a student is encouraged to seek current information from appropriate offices, because responsibility for complying with all applicable requirements ultimately rests with the student.

 

Academic Calendar 

The UNF Academic Calendar provides pertinent information such as class start and end dates, registration periods, when grades will be posted, and commencement times and locations.

To view these dates, times, and more, the UNF Academic Calendar is the right place to go.  To view the academic calendar, please click here.

Academic Policies and Procedures 

Students can locate Academic policies and procedures as well as petition and appeal information by clicking here

Accreditation Overview 

Accreditation indicates to current and potential students, as well as alumni, faculty, administrators, state legislators, the interested public, and all University stakeholders, that a given institution's organization and management processes are regularly reviewed in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness. Accreditation also evidences that faculty possess the appropriate qualifications to teach the curricula that they are scheduled to offer. An institution that is explicitly committed to continuous improvement in terms of structure and especially in terms of process, is likely to achieve reaffirmation of accreditation on a regular basis.

 

The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. 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 North Florida. For more information regarding the accreditation please refer to the Accreditation Overview page. 

Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy 

The purpose of this policy is to educate the University community regarding the harmful effects associated with the use of alcohol, other drugs and other addictive substances while identifying education and prevention programs offered to students, faculty and staff regarding these matters. The Policy also identifies resources available to those in our community that require assistance in addressing substance abuse and associated behaviors.  To learn more about this policy please click here.

Appealing an Academic Decision 

The University of North Florida operates on the commitment that all members of its community should be treated fairly in regard to their rights and responsibilities and in accordance with the UNF constitution, the Florida and U.S. Constitutions, and the United Faculty of Florida. These documents uphold a faculty member's right to control the content of the syllabus and reading material, to determine the content of examinations, and right to free speech. These rights constitute the faculty member's guarantee of academic freedom.

 Therefore, procedures have been developed to provide an impartial arena for resolution of conflicts that cannot be resolved successfully between the primary parties involved.  To learn more about these procedures click here.

Articulation Agreements 

The University of North Florida acknowledges formalized articulation agreements in an effort to support the transfer of students from certain institutions into four-year programs. The University Catalog outlines the types of articulation agreements that are accepted at UNF. For more information about articulated programs, please click here.

Enrollment Services/Scholarship Appeal 

The University of North Florida recognizes that life events beyond your control may impact your academic success. If you feel that there are extenuating circumstances that contributed to poor academic performance, negatively impacted your financial aid, or hindered your ability to meet a residency deadline, you may submit an appeal to the Enrollment Services Appeals Committee.   To learn more about the Enrollment Services Appeal click here.

Florida Board of Governor's Contact Information 

The Florida Board of Governor’s mission is to mobilize resources and diverse constituencies to govern and advance the State University System of Florida.  To learn more about the Florida Board or Governors or to contact them, please click here.

HIV/AIDS Policy 

The University has an obligation to educate its community on matters concerning HIV/AIDS. Special attention has been paid to providing a balance between educational and prevention components, while at the same time alerting members to the importance of policy compliance. It is hoped that all members of the University community will become familiar with this policy and continuously strive to promote behaviors and attitudes that are compatible with the educational mission of the University, including active involvement in educational efforts as well as the support for those infected with HIV.  To learn more about the HIV/AIDS policy please click here.

Important Phone Numbers 

There are various units within the University that may be able to help you address questions.  Click here for university contact information.

Registration Policies  

The University has several registration policies and procedures of which student need to be aware.  The following link outlines policies such as Add/Drop and Late Registration through the Withdrawal Policy.  For more information about these policies, click here.

Student Conduct Code 

The University of North Florida is committed to values that promote the welfare and positive transformation of individuals, communities, and societies.  We value: the pursuit of truth and knowledge carried out in the spirit of intellectual and artistic freedom; ethical conduct; community engagement; diversity; responsibility to the natural environment; and mutual respect and civility. These values serve as the foundation for the Code of Student Conduct.  For more information on the Code of Conduct click here.

Student Ombudsman  

The Office of the Student Ombudsman provides all UNF students with a safe, confidential place to bring questions and concerns about University rules, policies, or procedures. The Ombudsman assists students by considering all sides of an issue in an impartial and objective way, and then advises on how to best resolve the problems.  For more information regarding the Student Ombudsman please click here.

University Catalog 

The University catalog contains a description of the various academic programs, course offerings, degree requirements, policies, regulations, and related matters intended to be in effect at the University of North Florida during the academic year.  You can access the University Catalog by clicking here.

University Policies and Regulations 

The University of North Florida has various policies and regulations that go through promulgation and a vetting process.  To learn more about these policies and regulation click here.