The University of North Florida operates on the
principle that all members of its community should be treated fairly in regard
to their rights and responsibilities. In order to protect the integrity of the
teaching and learning process, the University of North Florida expects all
members of the academic community to respect the principle of academic freedom
and to behave with academic integrity.
Briefly stated, academic misconduct consists of any
attempt to misrepresent one’s performance on any exercise submitted for
evaluation. The primary responsibility of ensuring adherence to the principle
of academic integrity rests with students and faculty. Any infraction that
comes to the attention of any person should be brought to the attention of the
faculty member to whose course it pertains. A violation of the Academic
Integrity Policy is also considered a violation of the Student Conduct Code.
Violations of the principle of academic integrity include, but are
not limited to:
All correspondence referred to herein shall be
made through the students’ official University email address and the faculty or
administrators’ official University email address.
faculty member determines that a violation of the Academic Integrity Code should
result in a penalty, the faculty member will notify the student of the offense
by sending an Academic Misconduct Reporting Form (Appendix C) to the
student and a copy to the appropriate departmental Chairperson within twenty
(20) calendar days after the date in which the faculty member identifies the
violation. The Academic Misconduct Reporting Form documents the
circumstances surrounding the accusation and any adjustment to a grade or other
action taken or recommended by the faculty member. No proceedings or hearings
may be held, except as outlined in the appeals process. If an unforgivable
“F” is given or a grade is to be changed after the end of a semester, the
finalized reporting form is to be sent to the registrar.
Students may appeal grades, and/or
grade-related penalties assigned for academic misconduct due to violations of
the Academic Integrity Code. If a student wishes to appeal a grade beyond any
time period specified in the Academic Misconduct Appeals Process, the student
must FIRST petition to extend the appeals deadline (see Section 11.3 Petitioning
University Academic Policies and Regulations). Unless there are extenuating
circumstances that put others at risk, the student is allowed to remain in class
until such time as the appeal is heard.
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Committee Charge: In accordance with the University procedures for
appealing academic decisions, the University Appeals Committee shall hear all
student appeals that have not been resolved at lower levels. After due
consideration of each appeal, the Committee shall communicate a recommendation
to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will forward his/her
decision to all involved parties. Any parties involved may appeal the decision
to the President.
Representation: The Faculty Association
shall be represented by six (6) members, one elected from each of the
University’s Colleges and one from those Faculty Association members not
affiliated with one of the Colleges. An alternate shall be elected for each
Faculty Association member. The Student Government shall be represented by four
(4) members appointed by the SG President. Alternates shall be selected for
each of the four student positions. Student Affairs shall be represented by the
Vice President for Student and International Affairs or designee as an
ex-officio, non-voting member, and Academic Affairs shall be represented by the
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee, as an ex-officio,
Term Limits: Faculty representatives and
alternates shall be elected for two year staggered terms. Members and
alternates from the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction and
Brooks College of Health, as well as the non-college affiliated member and
alternate shall be elected in even numbered years. Members and alternates from
the other Colleges shall be elected in odd-numbered years. The Faculty
Association President shall fill vacated faculty seats by appointment. Student
representatives shall be appointed to one year terms. The Student Government
President shall fill vacated student seats by appointment.
Committee Chair: The Committee’s Chair shall be one of the Faculty
Association representatives elected each year by the voting committee members.
The Chair’s responsibility shall be: (a) to ensure that the Committee adheres to
the University’s written procedures for appeals, (b) to provide procedural
counsel to the committee, (c) to ensure that hearings are scheduled to
accommodate both faculty and student representatives and also the parties
involved in the appeal, and (d) to vote in case the Committee’s vote results in
a tie. Should a quorum not be met, the Chair is charged with the responsibility
of rescheduling meetings to achieve a quorum. The Office of Academic Affairs
shall provide staff support to the Committee Chair to assist him/her in meeting
Conflict of Interest: Any
committee member whose impartiality may be compromised because of close
association with any of the principals in the case or for any other reason is
ethically bound to announce this potential bias to the Committee and excuse
himself or herself from participation in committee actions. Committee members,
by vote of a two-thirds majority, may replace any committee member with an
alternate should a potentially compromised committee member fail to step aside
voluntarily. Membership in a unit of the University community, such as a
college or department, should never be construed automatically to create a
conflict of interest.
Quorum: A quorum shall consist of
six members which must include the Committee Chair and a minimum of three (3)
faculty members and two (2) students. One alternate faculty member and one
alternate student member must be available at the meeting in case a member needs
to step aside due to a conflict of interest. Failure to meet quorum shall
constitute grounds for mandatory postponement of a hearing. Under no
circumstances shall proceedings continue without a quorum.
Students seeking variances from
University academic policies and regulations may petition select policies.
Completing a petition does not guarantee that a particular policy will be
waived, as petitions are considered exceptions and are evaluated on a
Students may petition to extend three types of
Students may petition the following University policies:
Students who have been
administratively purged because of non-payment of fees may, through the third
week of classes, petition to be reinstated into all courses for which they
originally registered. A student cannot be reinstated into any closed course
section without the approval of the chairperson of the department in which the
course is taught. A student may not request to extend the three-week
A student may petition to change from one
course to another related course within two weeks after the drop/add deadline,
if and only if, both faculty members recommend the change. Two types of changes
Committee Hearing: Hearings shall be conducted in accordance with the
University procedures for Appealing an Academic Decision, as published in
both the Student Handbook and the Faculty Handbook.
of Committee Decisions: The University Appeals Committee recommendation is
advisory to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs who will issue a
written decision within twenty (20) school days of the hearing.
Committee Oversight: Both the Faculty Association and Student
Government independently reserve the right to investigate alleged improprieties
of the University Appeals Committee and may appeal to the University President
to facilitate such investigation.
Letter grades are assigned for all courses. The grading scale is
interpreted as follows:
There are no A+, C-, D+, or D- grades. If these grades are
inadvertently used, the computer system will automatically make the following
changes to the student’s record;
A+ becomes A
D+ or - becomes D
X – Audit: Students must indicate at
the time of registration that they wish to audit a course rather than register
for credit. Any change from credit to audit or vice-versa must be made before
the close of drop/add. Fees for audit classes are the same as those for credit
and are non-refundable.
I – Incomplete: At the instructor’s
discretion, students who have not completed required work in a course by the end
of the term may be assigned a grade of "I". In order for an "I" to be assigned,
the student must have completed a substantial portion (at least a majority) of
the course with a passing grade. The “I” is not computed in the grade point
average. The time limit for removing the "I" is set by the instructor of the
course. This time limit may not exceed one calendar year or graduation,
whichever comes first. The time limit applies whether the student is in
residence or not. To extend an incomplete beyond one year, the student must
petition with the Student Petition of Academic Policy.
will be changed to a final evaluative grade (one that is used in calculating
GPAs) at the time the student completes the required work. Students may not
register for courses in which incompletes have been received. Any "I" grade not
removed by the end of the time limit will be changed to a final grade to be
determined by the instructor. This grade will be used to calculate the student's
cumulative GPA. If no final grade is issued, the “I” will change to an “F” and
will be calculated in the grade point average.
Registrar’s Office for additional information concerning the assignment of an
incomplete grade. Veterans and other eligible persons should contact One-Stop
Student Services concerning the effect of incomplete or failing grades upon
NR – No Record: Assigned when grades for an
entire class or portion thereof are not submitted by the processing deadline.
Enrollment Services Processing will send a list of “NR” grades to the
respective department chairpersons, who will be responsible for communicating
with faculty members about removing the “NR” grade. The "NR" will remain on
record for up to one year, but should not remain in the student’s transcript
P – Passing: Indicates passing grade for the
employment experience of the Cooperative Education Program and, at the
discretion of the colleges and departments, for thesis, dissertation,
independent study, practicum and/or internship courses. Passing grades are not
calculated in the grade point average.
W – Withdrawn: Indicates
a student has withdrawn officially from a course before the established
WP – Withdrawn Passing: Indicates a student has
successfully petitioned to withdraw from a course after the official deadline
and was making satisfactory progress at the time.
WF – Withdrawn
Failing: Indicates a student has successfully petitioned to withdraw from a
course after the official deadline and was not making satisfactory progress at
D Grades: Courses completed with grades of “D” may be
applied toward upper-level graduation requirements, i.e., 60 semester hours.
However, a course completed with a “D” grade normally will not be applicable
toward major requirements.
All students are eligible to receive mid-term grades. Faculty will
need to indicate either satisfactory or unsatisfactory progress by assigning a
grade of “S” or “U” on the Faculty Mid-Term Grade Worksheet in Faculty Self
Services. Students can access their midterm grades through Student
Self Services in MyWings, which will display all their classes and whether they
are progressing satisfactorily or unsatisfactorily. They will be
advised to either see the instructor for advice on how to improve their
progress, contact Academic Center for Excellence for tutoring and study skills,
or to see their advisor.
Any first year students
assigned to an ACE advisor receiving one or more unsatisfactory grades will be
Faculty will need to establish the threshold for unsatisfactory and it is recommended that they include that threshold in the syllabus.
An undergraduate degree-seeking
student may request term forgiveness, which involves a student's petition to
retroactively withdraw from one academic term of work because of personal or
financial problems. The following guidelines apply to a petition for Term
All freshmen and sophomores are advised
by the Academic Center for Excellence or the Honors Program. Responsibility for
all other academic advisement rests with the individual colleges. The College
of Arts and Sciences, College of Computing, Engineering and Construction,
College of Education and Human Services, Coggin College of Business, and the
Brooks College of Health have established centralized advisement offices which
are staffed full-time by persons hired for that purpose. Graduate advisement in
some colleges is assigned to designated faculty.
coordination of advisement and related activities is accomplished through
monthly meetings of the Academic Advisement Coordinating Council. Council
membership includes all academic advisors, the Registrar, the Director of
Admissions, the Coordinator of Articulation and Community College Relations, and
designated representatives from Information Technology Services.
This policy statement
articulates the official position of the University of North Florida regarding
final examination requirements and the times at which such examinations will be
UNF students and employees are covered by
the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as the
Buckley Amendment). These guidelines will be followed:
Another method suggested for notifying students prior
to official grade processing: The faculty member may ask interested students
for a stamped self-addressed envelope, which enables the individual instructor
to mail grades to students.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act (FERPA), commonly known as the Buckley Amendment, is intended to protect the
accuracy and privacy of student educational records. UNF adheres to the policy
that a student’s academic record is confidential and cannot be released without
her/his written consent. Exceptions to the written consent rule include, but
are not limited to: other post-secondary educational institutions; certain
federal, state, local and independent agencies; University officials who have a
legitimate interest in the information, such as members of the University
Appeals Committee, and academic advisors; and the dissemination of ADirectory
Information, the definition of which follows.
The University has
designated the following as ADirectory Information, which may be released or
published without the student’s written consent unless a request for
non-disclosure has been completed and filed by the student with the Registrar’s
Office by the end of the first scheduled week of classes: name, address,
telephone number, place of birth, dates of attendance, admitted College, program
of study, degree(s) and awards received, full-time or part-time status,
classification (e.g., freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior), participation in
officially recognized activities and sports, height and weight of members of
athletic teams, gender, previous institutions attended, and photographs.
Faculty members having questions regarding this policy should contact the
Registrar’s Office, (904) 620-5555.
of Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree & In Memorium Degree (revised
I. OBJECTIVE & PURPOSETo
state the minimum University requirements for awarding and procedures for
receiving a Posthumous Baccalaureate Degree or an in Memoriam degree.II.
STATEMENT OF POLICY A Posthumous
the bachelor’s level recognizes
academic work completed by a student who has made progress toward completion of
a degree. In order to receive a Posthumous
the student must have achieved senior status, must have been in good standing at
the University of North Florida, and must have met UNF residency requirement or
have been enrolled in courses sufficient to meet the residency
allows for recognition of a student’s connection to the University of North
Florida regardless of his/her progress toward completion of degree requirements.
In order to receive an In Memoriam degree, the student must have been enrolled
in a degree program at the time of their death. The University may choose to
make this award to other deceased previously enrolled students.At
the master’s and doctoral levels, the faculty of the respective programs will
determine the policies and procedures for awarding Posthumous/In
Memoriam Degrees.III. STATEMENT OF PROCEDURESThe
request for the degree can be initiated by a family member or friend or upon the
recommendation of the faculty. The department chair then forwards the request
and provides a rationale for awarding the degree to the Registrar’s Office. In
the case of a Posthumous Degree, a family member, friend, or designee may elect
to accept the diploma at the commencement ceremony as well as receive the
student’s official diploma.If
at all possible the student’s name will appear in the commencement program
indicating “degree awarded posthumously.” This information will also appear on
the official transcript. Course work in progress at the time of death will be
listed on the transcript with a(WD) for
(Reference: Use of University Provided
Student E-mail Accounts Policy, 5.0050P)
A student who poses a significant danger of
imminent or serious physical harm to him/herself or others and/or presents with
a medical condition that renders him or her incapable of functioning in the
academic environment will be withdrawn from the University, upon a review by
appropriate University personnel.
Whenever possible, holidays are scheduled to
accompany a weekend. No classes are scheduled on holidays. Classes not held
because of a holiday shall not be rescheduled.
(Reference: F.A.C. Ch 6C9-2.012)
The University of North
Florida advocates the concept of religious freedom and in recognition of the
plurality of religious beliefs of its individual students sets forth in this
rule the framework within which it accommodates the religious observance,
practice and belief of those students in regard to admissions, class attendance,
and the scheduling of examinations, major class events, major University
activities, and work assignments.
Admissions – The University of
North Florida shall not deny admission to any student because of the religious
practice or belief of the student.
Class Attendance – Any
student shall, upon notifying his/her instructor, be excused from class to
observe a religious holy day of his/her faith. Such notification shall be made
no later than one week prior to the holy day, or as prescribed by the instructor
at the beginning of the term.
Work Assignments – Each student
excused from class for the purpose of observing a religious holy day will be
responsible for the material covered in his/her absence, but shall be permitted
a reasonable amount of time to make up any missed work. Missed work shall be
made up prior to the end of the term or as prescribed by the instructor at the
beginning of the term.
Examinations, Major Class Events, and
Major University Activities – No major test, major class event, or major
University activity shall be scheduled on a major religious holy day. A major
religious holy day shall be a significant day of religious observance as
recognized by the highest governing body of that particular religious faith.
Evidence of such recognition shall be provided by the student unless previously
designated by the Office of Academic Affairs.
Absences Due to
Religious Observances – Faculty members and University administrators shall in
no way penalize students absent from academic or social activities because of
Appeals – Any student who believes he has
been unreasonably denied an educational benefit due to his religious belief or
practices may seek redress by implementing the Student Appeals Procedure as
described in the Academic Appeals Process.
The Student Conduct Code is designed
to promote responsible behavior for all students consistent with the welfare of
the UNF community. In order to function effectively and to provide a climate in
which all members can fulfill their personal, social, and academic obligations,
the University has established this Code for defining behavioral rights and
responsibilities within this community. The responsibility for this Code shall
be administered through the Division of Student Affairs.
University’s of North Florida’s jurisdiction regarding discipline is generally
limited to conduct of any student or registered student organization that occurs
on UNF premises, including University Housing. However, the University reviews
the right to impose discipline based on any student conduct, regardless of
location, that may adversely affect the University community.
The right of all students to seek knowledge, debate ideas, form opinions and
freely express their ideas is fully recognized by UNF. This Student Conduct
Code applies to student conduct and will not be used to discipline the lawful
expression of ideas.
The processes for adjudicating violations
of State and Federal laws and of the Student Conduct Code are separate and may
be pursued independently of one another. View the Student
Conduct Code policy.
Students may appeal grades which the
student believes have been assigned (a) arbitrarily or capriciously; (b)
contrary to the criteria announced in the course; or (c) for constitutionally
and/or legally impermissible reasons. A grade of Incomplete (I) may not be
appealed. Such appeals shall be limited to a period of 90 calendar days from the
date of awarding the grade(s) in question. Unless there are extenuating
circumstances that may result in disruption of the class or put others at risk,
the student is allowed to remain in class until such time as the appeal is
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