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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:

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 milestones. Failure to maintain progress will result in a "Probation Hold" 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 plan of study. Satisfactory progress is defined by two milestones in the early curriculum:

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

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.

 

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 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 from other universities five years prior to enrollment at UNF, excluding grades that have been forgiven by the UNF "Grade Forgiveness Policy" or "Term Forgiveness Policy" upon completion of Milestones 1 and 2, students must have an MGPA of

  • at least 2.0 for Civil Engineering
  • at least 2.5 for Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

A student who doesn't meet the MGPA requirement for their intended major at Milestone 1 will be placed on probation, and must meet with an Engineering Advisor. Students will be required to raise their MGPA to the required level by the completion of Milestone 2. Failure to meet the MGPA requirement at completion of Milestone 2 must result in the student changing majors. A student may change to a different engineering major, if they meet that program's MGPA requirement. If the MGPA is below 2.0 at Milestone 2, the student is suspended from SoE and must change to a non-engineering major.

 

Students may decide to repeat an already completed course(s) to achieve a higher grade and raise their MGPA, but must remain on schedule with established milestones and Plans of Study. Any student attempting to raise their MGPA by this approach must consider any additional costs and "Excess Hours" penalties. Additionally, students attempting to raise their MGPA by repeating a completed course may not violate the "One Repeat Policy." Students are strongly encouraged to discuss this with an advisor, prior to attempting a repeat of 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 courses completed, and therefore must meet with an advisor prior to registering for their first term to assess their current state of progress. Advisors will create a "Plan of Study" 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. The MGPA for transfer students will be calculated using all attempts of the milestone courses on the student's transcripts from the five years preceding enrollment at UNF. If it is determined at the time of enrollment that the transfer student cannot mathematically achieve the requisite MGPA, the student must change their major prior to enrolling for the term. Transfer students must sign their Plan of Study 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 graduation. 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. 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" will "erase" the attempts for courses that are forgiven by these policies. Note there are very limited times in which these policies may be invoked.

Academic Probation Policy

According to University policy, a student is placed on probation if their term or overall GPA is below a 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. 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 suspension from the School of Engineering.

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 fails to meet the MGPA requirement of their intended major - note that a student who fails to meet the requirement may change to another engineering major with lower requirements, as long as the MGPA meets that program requirement, and there are no other offending probation/conditions
  • The student is placed on Academic Probation status for a third time (including probation from failure to meet either individual SPP Milestone, or for Term GPA), regardless of the timing of the occurrence of the first two Academic Probations.

Any student who is suspended from an engineering program will not be allowed to register for engineering courses in 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.

 

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

 

Appeals of the 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.

 

Denial of approval 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.

Process and Timeline for Appealing an SoE Suspention

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.
    • 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.
    • 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
     
  5. 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
    • The Dean of the College of Computing, Engineering and Constructions must schedule a meeting with the student and the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee within 20 calendar days of the student contacting the dean.
    • 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.
     
  6. 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 reinforced. 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 received 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.