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School of Engineering ACADEMIC POLICIES

The UNF School of Engineering (SoE) has specific academic policies that supersede the general academic policies of the university. The policies that apply specifically to SoE students are detailed below. The general academic policies of the university may be found here: UNF Academic Policies

School of Engineering Academic Policies:

Selective Admission Policy and Exploratory Status

All students who enroll at UNF, who intend to major in engineering, will be classified as “Exploratory” majors under a special code for intended engineering majors, unless they have already completed the following courses (or their equivalent) with a C or better:

  • Calculus -  MAC 2311
  • Calculus Based Physics - PHY 2048 or PHY 2048C
  • General Chemistry - CHM 2045

Exploratory status applies to all entering freshmen and transfer students who haven’t completed these courses.  Chemistry and Physics courses may have separate but associated lab courses that are required for certain engineering majors, but those labs are not considered in selective admission. Students should consult their intended major requirements to ensure the appropriate labs are taken, if necessary.  Upon satisfactory completion of all three courses (either transferred in, or completed by the second attempt at UNF), students will choose one of the four engineering undergrad majors offered by the SOE.  Students are encouraged to speak with a School of Engineering Advisor in their intended major to make sure they are on track. Success and timely completion of these courses is critical (see SPP and MGPA policy below) to remaining in good standing in the engineering programs.

Satisfactory Progress Policy (SPP)

In an effort to ensure timely graduation, all UNF-based undergraduate engineering students must maintain satisfactory progress towards their degree. Students who enroll at UNF as freshmen, must demonstrate their progress by meeting certain progress milestones. Failure to maintain progress will result in a "Probation" on the student's record and they will not be able to enroll for the following terms until they have met with an academic advisor to revise their Academic Plan. Satisfactory progress is defined by two milestones in the early curriculum:

  • Milestone 1 occusrs afgter completion of the 3rd term (semester) of study
  • Milestone 2 occurs after the completion of the 6th term of study

Summer terms are included in the term count only if a student enrolls for summer classes. Students who are falling behind in the Fall or Spring terms are strongly encouraged to use the summer to catch up on milestone courses. The courses that must be completed on this timeline are common to all engineering majors* at UNF, and are referred to collectively as the Milestone Courses. In addition to timely completion of the milestone courses, an aggregate Milestone Grade Point Average (MGPA) will be determined and monitored for each student, as detailed in the MGPA requirements (below).

 Milestone 1: By the end of the 3rd term each course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

 Milestone 2: By the end of the 6th term each course must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

*Electrical Engineering does not require the Chemistry Lab section, only the lecture.

All milestone courses taken at UNF, courses MUST BE COMPLETED WITH A GRADE OF "C" OR BETTER BY THE SECOND ATTEMPT. Failure to complete a milestone course with a "C" or better by the second attempt will require a student to change to a non-engineering major (see the "One-Repeat Policy," below).

MGPA Requirements

The MGPA will be calculated using all attempts of the Milestone courses taken while enrolled at UNF and grades from equivalent milestone courses transferred from other universities prior to enrollment at UNF.  Grades that have been forgiven by the UNF "Grade Forgiveness Policy" or "Term Forgiveness Policy" are not calculated in the MGPA.

 

Upon completion of Milestone Course, students must have a minimum MGPA of

  • 2.0 for Civil Engineering
  • 2.0 for Advanced Manufacturing
  • 2.5 for Electrical Engineering 
  • 2.5 for Mechanical Engineering

A student who doesn't meet the MGPA requirement for their intended major at Milestone must meet with an Engineering Advisor. Students will be required to raise their MGPA to the required level by the completion of all Milestone Courses. Failure to meet the MGPA requirement after completion of all milestone courses must result in the student changing majors. A student may change to a different engineering major, with a lower MGPA requirement if they meet that program's requirement. If the MGPA is below 2.0 at after completion of the Milestone Courses, the student is suspended from SoE and must change to a non-engineering major.

 
Students are discouraged from, but may decide to repeat an already completed course(s) to achieve a higher grade and raise their MGPA.  Students attempting to raise their MGPA by repeating a completed course may not repeat a course if it has already been attempted twice.  Students are strongly encouraged to discuss any MGPA concerns with an advisor prior to attempting to repeat an already satisfied course.

Satisfactory Progress and MGPA for Transfer Students

Students who transfer to UNF from another university may come in with various required milestone courses already completed, and therefore must meet with an advisor prior to registering for their first term to assess their current state of progress and/or selective admission status. Advisors will create an Academic Plan worksheet that details a schedule for the remaining milestone courses to be taken in the fewest number of terms, and establish Milestones 1 and 2, if applicable. In addition, the worksheet will include the transfer student's incoming MGPA, to ensure awareness of their current standing with respect to major specific MGPA requirements. Transfer students are required to meet the same major specific MGPA requirements as they progress toward their intended major. The MGPA for transfer students will be calculated based on transferred grades plus all milestone courses taken at UNF. If it is determined at the time of enrollment that the transfer student cannot mathematically achieve the requisite MGPA, the student should consider changing their major prior to enrolling for the term. Transfer students must sign their Academic Plan worksheet to acknowledge they have been made aware of their current standing and the effects of these SoE policies.

The "One Repeat" Policy

The School of Engineering enforces a "one repeat" rule for all courses required by the engineering programs of study. Students who do not successfully complete a required course on the first attempt (i.e., earn a grade of "D," "F," "U," or "W") must repeat the course for it to count toward satisfactory progress. Students must pass the course with a grade of "C" or better by the second attempt at UNF, otherwise the student will be suspended from the engineering program, and advised on the selection of a new major. This rule applies to all courses required by the program of study, including milestone courses. For transfer students only, the "One Repeat" policy will not apply to attempted courses at other universities prior to enrollment at UNF, but will include courses taken at other universities concurrent with enrollment at UNF. The only exceptions to the "One Repeat" rule include withdrawals for medical, military and fully refunded withdrawals (i.e. WM, WS and WR respectively). Additionally, UNF "Term Forgiveness" and "Grade Forgiveness" can excuse the attempts for courses that are forgiven by these policies, but there are very limited times in which these policies may be invoked for this purpose.

Academic Probation Policy

According to University policy, a student is placed on probation if their overall GPA is below a 2.0.  The SOE has several, more restrictive conditions for academic probation.  A single semester where the Term GPA is below 2.0, referred to hereafter as "Term GPA Probation."  The School of Engineering also places students on Academic Probation status if they do not satisfy the SPP Milestones, or meet the MPGA requirements at the end of milestone 2. Probation is a warning to the student. Any student on Academic Probation status will receive a hold on their records, and will not be able to register for the next term until they meet with the appropriate Engineering Advisor to complete an SoE Academic Probation Form acknowledging that they understand the consequences of Academic Probation, including possible suspension from the School of Engineering if another probation is received.

Suspension Policy

The UNF School of Engineering has adopted a policy of suspension that is more stringent than that of the university. In addition to the standing university policy on suspension, an SoE student will be suspended if any of the following conditions is true:
  • The student fails to complete any required course on the second attempt with a grade of "C" or better.
  • The student is placed on Term GPA based Academic Probation status for two consecutively enrolled terms (i.e., if you take a term off, the next term you enroll is the consecutive term).
  • The student fails to satisfy both SPP Milestone requirements, resulting in two Academic Probations for failure to make satisfactory progress.
  • The student is placed on Academic Probation status for a third time (including probation from failure to meet either individual SPP Milestones, Term GPA, or achieve the necessary MGPA by completion of the milestone courses), regardless of the timing of the occurrence of the first two Academic Probations.
  • Students who fail to meet the MGPA requirement of their intended major may avoid suspension and change to another engineering major with lower requirements, as long as the MGPA meets that program requirement, and there are no other consecutive offending probations.  If the student fails to meet an MGPA of 2.0 by completion of the Milestone courses (regardless of how many terms it takes), they are suspended from any engineering major.

Any student who is suspended from an engineering program will not be allowed to register for engineering courses starting the following semester. This suspension is effective as of the following semester and remains in effect until an appeal for reinstatement in the engineering program is approved.

Appealing School of Engineering Policies

Appealing a grade in a specific course must be executed according to the UNF Policy for Appealing Academic Grades NOT related to Academic Misconduct, and is handled by that process alone.

 

If a student is protesting a grade in a milestone course, that grade appeal must be submitted and ruled upon before appealing any SoE policies based on the offending grade.

 

Appeals of the SOE policies stated above must be submitted electronically to the student's engineering program Advisor within one academic term following the policy enforcement. The appeal must identify the specific policy that is being appealed, contain a description of the circumstances that led to enforcement of the policy, and provide supporting evidence to justify the appeal. The School of Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will meet to review and decide on appeals at least once per term. The decision of the committee will be reviewed by the Director of the SoE and, in the case of a disputed outcome, the Dean of the College of Computing Engineering and Construction.

 

Denial of an appeal for reinstatement into the engineering program means that the student will not be allowed to take engineering courses in that program at UNF, regardless of their major. Students will be advised on selection of a new major if they remain in good standing with the university.
Process and Timeline for Appealing an SoE Suspension

Students who have been suspended from the School of Engineering will be notified through their official UNF email account within 2 weeks after final grades are turned in for the semester. In order to file a suspension appeal, all communication from the student must take place using their official UNF email account. If a student wishes to appeal their suspension they must follow the following steps:

  1. The student must meet with their academic advisor to acknowledge their suspension in writing and to ensure that they received the necessary forms in order to complete their appeal, if they so desire. If the student does not wish to appeal, they must officially change their major by meeting with the advisor of the department they wish to transfer to.
  2. If the student wishes to appeal for reinstatement, they student must file a SoE Suspension Appeal Form with their academic advisor in the term prior to the the term in which they intend to re-enroll. This form must be turned in to their academic advisor by the following deadlines:
    • Fall Reinstatement - Appeal form is due by June 30th
    • Spring Reinstatement - Appeal form is due by September 30th
    • Summer Reinstatement - Appeal form is due by February 28th.
  3. The student must complete the entire appeal form, which must contain both a description of the circumstances that lead to the suspension as well as a discussion of the student's plan to ensure future academic success. Appeals for reinstatement to SoE must clearly demonstrate that a student has corrected inadequate academic performance. This can be accomplished through completion of courses at another university or time away from school. In considering an appeal for reinstatement, the appeals committee may recalculate the MGPA based on a revised timeline (less than 5 years), if the student has demonstrated a significant positive shift in performance and dedication to academic performance.
  4. Following receipt of Suspension Appeals Forms, the School of Engineering Undergraduate Curriculum Committee will review suspension cases and make a decision. Students will be informed of the committee's decision by an email to their official UNF email address. 
  5. If the student does not agree with the decision of the Undergraduate Committee, they may request a meeting with the Director of the School of Engineering within 10 calendar days of receiving the committee's decision.
    1. The School of Engineering Director must schedule a meeting with the student and the appeals committee within 20 calendar days of the student contacting the director.
    2. After the meeting the School of Engineering Director will send a written response to the student with copies to the Undergraduate Curriculum committee within 10 calendar days
  6. If the student does not agree with the decision of the SoE Director, they may request a meeting with the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction within 10 calendar days of receiving the results from the SoE Director.
    1. The Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and construction must schedule a meeting with the student and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee within 20 calendar days of the student contacting the dean.
    2. After the meeting the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will send a written response to the student with copies to the School of Engineering Director and Undergraduate Curriculum Committee within 10 calendar days.
  7. The decision of the Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Construction shall be final.
Possible Reinstatement to the SoE after a Suspension Appeal is Granted

Students who are reinstated through the appeal process will be allowed to register in the term following the approval of the appeal. Students are responsible for completing all additional coursework and/or requirements provided to them through the appeals process in the timeline provided to do them. Failure to complete these requirements will result in their suspension being reinstated. If the student is placed on academic probation in any term after reinstatement, the student will be suspended without appeal, and MUST change their major.

 

Students who receive Grade Forgiveness or Term Forgiveness for the offending semester that caused their initial suspension will be removed from suspension status if the Grade Forgiveness or Term Forgiveness results in them no longer meeting the criteria for suspension from the School of Engineering.  This can be done without an appeal, but must Advisors must be notified by email of the grade/semester forgiveness.