email addresses will be the only officially recognized email address for all
currently enrolled students per UNF’s Graduate Catalog.ALL OFFICIAL MPH PROGRAM COMMUNICATION
will be through UNF email addresses.
All students will be
required to have access to a personal computer with internet service. They must
also be able to access “Blackboard” or other programs as indicated. Additionally, important information and
announcements will be made only through the MPH “Blackboard” site. UNF offers
courses on how to use this program.
Please check the MPH Bb website frequently.
All changes to the curriculum will be approved
by the majority of the MPH Program Faculty, Departmental Chairperson, the Deans
of the College and Graduate School, Academic Programs Committee and the Faculty
Association according to the policies of UNF.
The University of North Florida authorizes its
colleges, departments, and faculty to establish the attendance and
participation policies they deem appropriate. In this regard the Graduate
Faculty recognizes that the student’s responsibility is not solely for
mastering a particular body of knowledge but for doing so in relation to the
multiple social contexts, which graduate classes represent in miniature, that
make graduate studies at UNF possible.
The MPH faculty believes that MPH Program students need to make
their academic careers a priority during their enrollment in the
program. Due to the amount and complexity of the material, students should
ensure ability to attend the entire class period and to be on time by having
adequate arrangements for childcare, work and transportation. Personal vacation
time should be planned for periods when classes are not in session. Thus, we
have developed the following attendance policy which may be used at the
discretion of the course instructor:
Please know that
while the MPH faculty understands that students may have a professional job,
family and/or other commitments outside of school, the Program expectation is
that students put their academic careers as priority during their enrollment in
the program. Therefore, it is not fair to allow some students to not fully
participate in classes while other students are making tremendous sacrifices to
successfully complete the Program.
Students may earn up to two (2) Cs as graduate
students provided that the term and cumulative graduate GPAs are 3.0 or higher.
Graduate students who earn a third (3rd) grade of C or lower in the
Program will be eligible for suspension (dismissal from the Program). Students must earn a grade of C or higher on
all Program courses for credit towards the degree. Graduate students who do not
have a 3.0 or higher final graduate GPA upon completion of all Program
requirements will not graduate. If a grade below C is earned for any required
course in the MPH Program of study, that same course must be repeated at UNF; a
comparable course from another university cannot be substituted, except by
permission of the MPH Program Director.
Graduate students who have earned no
more than 2 (two) Cs and possess a term and cumulative UNF GPA of 3.0 or higher
are considered to be in “good academic standing.” Graduate students who fail to
maintain a 3.0 (B) average in any given academic term will be placed on
academic probation. Probation shall be noted on the academic transcript for the
terms in which the graduate GPA is below 3.0. If while on probation the GPA
does not reach 3.0 (B) in the following term, or if a student receives a third
grade of C or lower, the student will be eligible for dismissal from the
Program. The Program’s policy is that when a student becomes eligible for
dismissal, the student is permanently dismissed from the program.
Students may add and drop courses from the first day of registration through the final
day of the drop/add period, usually the first week of classes. Students may add and drop courses in person at
One Stop Student Services or via my Wings. Courses officially dropped during the drop/add period will not be entered
on a student’s permanent (transcript) record and will be completely refunded. Normally,
students may not drop courses and receive a full refund, or add courses after
the drop/add period. Students who encounter exceptional circumstances clearly
beyond their control must complete a “Petition to Waive University
Policy” form available from One Stop Student
Services to permit them to drop or add courses after the drop/add deadline. One
Stop Student Services will automatically drop a student from all classes if
this person does not pay or arrange for the deferral of tuition and fees by the
A student may withdraw from a course or the
University from the end of the drop/add period through the “Last day to
withdraw” (see the University Calendar online). The student may withdraw
online, submit an official withdrawal request at One Stop Student Services, or
submit a letter postmarked no later than the deadline. One Stop Student Services will assign a grade of
“W,” which will appear on the
student’s transcript. Students who stop attending a course without officially
withdrawing will receive a final grade of “F”. Non-attendance does not
guarantee a student will be dropped from class. Students are fee liable for all
courses they register for unless dropped. Students must drop themselves from
all courses they do not want to take.
student may receive credit for a course only once. However the GPA will reflect
all repeated courses.
A student who has completed a substantial portion but not all of the
required course work for a course with sufficiently high grades may at the
instructor’s discretion be assigned a grade of incomplete in the event of
extenuating circumstances that keep the student from completing the course. An Incomplete is not appropriate in instances
where the student is failing the course, or has not completed the majority of
course requirements with passing grades. Incompletes are not computed in the
grade point average. The instructor will specify the date—not to exceed one
calendar year or graduation, whichever comes first—and whether or not the
student is in residence, by which the student must complete all course work to
resolve the Incomplete. The instructor may also specify the grade to which the
Incomplete will be automatically changed if the student does not complete the
required work (unresolved incompletes usually revert to a grade of “F”). At the
end of the time limit, the instructor will change the Incomplete to a letter
grade based on the quality of whatever work the student has submitted. One Stop
Student Services will then calculate that grade in the student’s GPA. To extend
an Incomplete beyond one year, the student must submit to One Stop Student
Services a petition for a waiver of University policy. Students may not
register for courses in which incomplete grades have been received.
Students with an incomplete grade for any required MPH Program courses will not
be allowed to proceed with the Public Health Internship until the incomplete
grade is satisfactorily resolved.
Students who have
completed graduate course work at UNF but who do not enroll in at least one
course for three consecutive semesters (including summer terms) are placed in
an inactive status on the Registrar’s computer databases and need to contact
the Graduate School to complete a student update form for reinstatement. At that time, the student may have to reapply
for admission into the Program. Reinstatement without having to reapply for
admission is based upon approval by the Program Director.
The UNF Graduate
Student Handbook identifies several types of violations of academic
integrity. 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. UNF authorizes any
instructor who finds evidence of cheating, plagiarism, or other wrongful
behavior that violates the UNF 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
Students who have
earned a Master’s degree or higher graduate degree and wish to obtain an MPH
will be required to complete all the requirements of the MPH Program. For a
second master’s degree, at least 24 hours of UNF graduate coursework in
residency is required. Coursework counted in the fulfillment of any other UNF
degree requirements cannot be counted toward this second master’s residency
Student concerns or questions regarding
courses should first be discussed with the instructor. If differences are
unable to be resolved, then appeals may be made to the Program Director. Other
concerns about the MPH Program should be directed first to the MPH Program
Director, then to the Chair of the Department of Public Health, and finally to
the Dean of the Brooks College of Health.
The Department Chair and the Dean of the Brooks College of Health
subsequently review all complaints and concerns in a timely manner. Students
retain the right to file a grievance with the University in the event the issue
is not satisfactorily addressed at the Program/Department/College level.
members of the University community are entitled to fair and equitable procedures.
Appeals concerning UNF policies:Any member who believes that actions
of other members are not equitable has the right of appeal. A student who believes that a University
policy imposes an undue hardship may petition One Stop Student Services to waive
that policy. One Stop Student Services will inform the student in writing of
the results of the appeal.
Appeals concerning courses (grade appeal):Students who wish to appeal a course
grade (except for the grade of “Incomplete”) must do so within one year of
completing the course in question. Students can pick up the guidelines for
grade appeals at One Stop Student Services.
civil rights:Members of the community who
believe they have not been accorded rights under the Civil Rights Act of 1964
or Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972 should contact the
Director of Equal Opportunity Programs, Building 1 (J. J. Daniel Hall), Room
regulations, graduate students are not eligible for grade or term forgiveness.
The Program Director and other Program faculty
and Departmental Chairperson annually review specific policies and procedures
governing the MPH Program for consistency with general UNF policies and
procedures. Any discrepancies will be discussed and acted on as necessary.
Specific policies and procedures governing the
MPH Program may be amended by a majority vote of the MPH Program faculty and
are subject to agreement by the Program Director, Department Chair, Dean of the
Brooks College of Health and Dean of the Graduate School. New policies and
amendments may be initiated by any of the entities listed above or by an
individual member of the MPH Program faculty or MPH Advisory Committee.
Exceptions to MPH Program policies and
procedures must be approved by the Program faculty, Program Director and
Departmental Chairperson, and are subject to agreement by Dean of the College
and Dean of Graduate School.
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