Undergraduate Academic Policies
The College of Computing, Engineering, and Construction adheres to all academic policies and regulations of the University. In addition, the School of Computing has policies which apply to all undergraduate students in the School of Computing.
When a student is admitted to the School of Computing, an advisor will prepare a degree evaluation (program of study) outlining the program requirements.
Students considering majoring in a computing program are strongly encouraged to meet with a School advisor as early as possible. Advising appointments for development of a personalized degree evaluation must be scheduled within the first semester of attaining sophomore status. Advising appointments are scheduled through the School office, (904) 620-2985.
Students seeking admission to the School of Computing must meet the general requirements of the University relative to admission. Students lacking any program prerequisites are encouraged to complete these courses as soon as possible to be on-track for a timely graduation.
Admission With Less Than 2.0 Grade-Point Average (GPA)
Students who are admitted with less than the minimum 2.0 grade point average are placed on academic probation. Special conditions for admission are outlined by the director of the School, and students must meet these conditions in order to continue their studies in the School of Computing.
The Schoool of Computing Attendance Policy adds to and enhances the UNF Attendance Policy.
Students are required to attend the first class meeting of courses for which they registered. Registered students not attending the first day of the term may be dropped from the course at the discretion of the instructor. Students having extenuating circumstances beyond their control and who are unable to attend the first class meeting must notify the instructor or the School of Computing Main Office prior to the first class meeting. Students who add courses or late-register during the add-drop period will not be dropped for non-attendance by the instructor during this period.
Students are expected to attend all of their scheduled University classes and to satisfy all academic objectives as outlined by the instructor. The effect of absences upon grades is determined by the instructor, who reserves the right to deal with individual cases of nonattendance.
It is the student's responsibility to give the instructor notice prior to any anticipated absence, and within a reasonable amount of time after an unanticipated absence. Instructors must allow each student who is absent due to a university-sponsored activity the opportunity to make up work missed without any reduction in the student's final course grade as a direct result of such absence. However, in special cases the instructor may establish specific attendance requirements in addition to those covered by this policy. These special attendance requirements must be published on the course syllabus and disseminated at the first class meeting.
Once a student is admitted to UNF, the student may not complete course work at another institution for transfer to UNF without a School advisor's approval and completion of a Concurrent Enrollment Form with proper authorizations prior to starting the transfer courses. It is expected that once a student enrolls in the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction, he/she will complete all prerequisite and major courses at UNF.
Concurrent enrollment at another college or university is not allowed during a student's graduating semester.
Directed Independent Study (DIS)
No more than six credit hours of directed independent study may be applied to a student's program of study. A maximum of three credit hours with the same Computing faculty member is allowed. All directed independent study proposals must be approved by the director of the School.
Equipment and Software Resources Support for Individual Student Projects
Equipment and software resources provided by the School of Computing in support of individual student projects which are on a deadline are subject to the following restrictions:
- the resources to be employed must already be operational when the project is proposed
- the use of the resources will not disrupt or substantively interfere with the work of other authorized users
- use of the resources must be scheduled in advance
Special support needs are the responsibility of the student. Any staff support provided for an individual project is limited to time-available regardless of the deadlines under which the student may be operating. Student access to equipment, software, and the campus network in support of such projects is subject to School staff supervision, and is limited to the granted permissions and schedule.
The time-line for an individual project should have enough flexibility to accommodate delays caused by unanticipated events such as project failures and scheduling conflicts. A proposed project should not rely on anything that has not been installed and tested for the project's hardware and software requirements.
If a project has special needs, the proposer must state how those needs will be met, whether through School of Computing equipment and software or otherwise.
Experiential Learning (Co-Op)
No more than six credit hours of experiential learning (co-op) credit may be applied to a student's program of study. All co-op proposals must be approved by the director of the School. Co-op experiences are considered free electives and cannot be used as major or minor electives.
Probation and Suspension
I. OBJECTIVE AND PURPOSE
The School of Computing strictly enforces the University of North Florida's official Academic Standing policy (2.0610P). The aforementioned policy outlines University criteria for probation and suspension. The School of Computing's policy for probation and suspension builds upon this framework to provide guidance to students who are placed on probation or academic suspension. Students who wish to continue their studies in a major in a different College or School at UNF must follow that major's policies instead of those listed here.
II. STATEMENT OF POLICY
Students who meet the University's criteria for academic probation will have a registration hold placed on the student's account preventing future registrations until an approved Academic Plan of Action (APA) is filed with the School of Computing. The Suspension Review Committee (SRC) must approve the APA before the registration hold will be lifted. APAs not filed at least ten business days before the beginning of the semester will experience delays in their ability to register for classes for that semester. The onus is on students to acknowledge their probationary status and file an APA as soon as possible to avoid any registration issues caused by the registration hold.
Students who meet the University's criteria for academic suspension will be suspended. Students must have been on probation at least one semester prior for this to be the case; thus, no exceptions will be made to this rule under any circumstances, i.e. it is not appealable. Students who are suspended from the University for their first time will be considered "First-Time Suspensions," and students who are suspended from the University for their second time will be considered "Final Suspensions."
Students who are suspended from the University for the first time must take at least one full academic semester away from the program, i.e. a full Fall, Spring, or Summer without registering for classes. Students who wish to return to the School of Computing from a First-Time Suspension must submit a "Return from Suspension Request" (RSR) form at least ten business days prior to the start of the semester they wish to gain re-admittance. RSR forms submitted without the appropriate ten business day window will be automatically denied and students may re-apply for consideration in a future semester.
RSR forms are reviewed by the SRC on a monthly basis. The SRC will make the determination on whether to admit or deny the student to the program based on the information on their RSR and all prior academic work at UNF and other institutions. The decision of the SRC is final and is binding for the semester requested. Students may re-apply to return from suspension in a following semester using the aforementioned steps so long as they have not broken continuous enrollment. The University of North Florida defines continuous enrollment as being enrolled in classes at UNF without a break of three or more consecutive semesters.
Students who are suspended for a second time and who wish to return to the School of Computing must take at least one full academic year away from UNF before re-applying to the University, paying all fees associated with re-application. This will cause an admissions referral decision to be forwarded to the School of Computing to determine whether to admit or deny the student's application. Students who have earned their Associate of the Arts (AA) degree from a State College or State University within the state of Florida, have completed all program pre-requisites as listed in the program of study's catalog entry, and who have a transfer GPA of at least 3.25, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75, or all A's and B's in their last year of full-time enrollment at another institution will be admitted. Students who do not meet all of the aforementioned criteria will be denied admission to UNF as a Computing major.
Satisfactory Progress Policy
The School of Computing enforces the "one repeat" rule for all prerequisite and core courses offered by the School for its major programs. Students who do not successfully complete a prerequisite or core requirement for a School of Computing course on the first attempt (i.e., earn a grade of D, F, W, WP or WF) will be granted one chance to repeat the course. Students who do not successfully complete a prerequisite or core requirement within two attempts will not be permitted to register for courses offered by the School in future semesters.
This stipulation applies whether or not the student has declared a major in a School of Computing program.
Students desiring to transfer upper-level course work to the School of Computing must have the work approved by an academic advisor. With approval, a maximum of 10 credit hours of upper-level transfer course work may be used in the student's program of study. Upper level course work completed more than five years prior to the beginning of continuous enrollment at UNF may not be applied toward the program unless validated. Continuous enrollment is defined as enrollment as a degree-seeking student and completion of one or more courses per term without a break of three consecutive terms.
Validation of Courses Older Than Five Years (Graduate Policy)
By University policy, course work completed at UNF or elsewhere more than five years prior to the completion of a graduate degree program may not be applied toward the graduate-level coursework requirements of that program unless validated.
The School of Computing Graduate Director is the program administrator responsible for the validation of graduate courses for the MS degree program in Computer and Information Sciences. Some leeway is granted for coursework having content that does not change significantly over time, but the 5-year clause is enforced for courses that are technology dependent.
As per University policy, course work which has exceeded the five-year limit may be validated by the Graduate Director according to the following procedures:
- Specific application for validation of the course work should be made to the Graduate Director. The petition should include information pertinent to the course work.
- The Graduate Director will review the request and either permit or deny validation. The decision may be reached through testing or any other procedures the Graduate Director determines appropriate.
The Graduate Director will make the validation decision based on one or more of:
- Information supplied by the student and verified by the Graduate Director,
- An oral validation visit with a current expert chosen by the Graduate Director,
- A written validation exam,
- Review of the case with the School of Computing Graduate Committee.
It is always permissible for the student to simply take another course determined to be acceptable by the Graduate Director as a replacement on the student's graduate program of study for the course that has been brought into question.
The validation procedure is normally not invoked if the student has completed the coursework portion of the program of study within the validation parameters and is in continuing significant progress on thesis or graduate project.