Student Handbook 2020-2021
The online Student Handbook provides all enrolled students with information regarding students' rights and responsibilities as members of the University community.
It is the student's responsibility to become familiar with and to adhere to all academic and University policies, procedures, and deadlines that are included in the Student Handbook and other sources including, but not limited to, the University catalog. It is also the student's responsibility to:
- Be proactive to research all available services and resources and ask questions.
- Utilize information made available via myWings, the University website, and the University catalog.
- Regularly check UNF e-mail, Canvas, and the myWings portal for new information. E-mail is UNF's official communication method.
- Regularly visit academic advising to obtain pertinent academic information and curricular guidance.
- Know and understand degree requirements and progress toward degree completion. View a Degree Evaluation and an Academic Roadmap, available through the myWings portal.
- Take initiative to participate fully in required scholastic duties set forth in each course syllabus.
- Know and satisfy all financial obligations.
- Provide and maintain current and accurate personal information and records.
- Embrace opportunities to be productive students on and off campus.
- Exhibit integrity and ethical behavior at all times.
- Be aware of personal safety and security policies on campus, such as the Alcohol and Drug Use policy, Anti-Hazing Initiative, and the Student Code of Conduct.
The University has the right to change policies and procedures at any time as necessary. While reasonable effort will be made to publicize such changes, a student is encouraged to seek current information from appropriate offices, because responsibility for complying with all applicable requirements ultimately rests with the student.
The UNF Academic Calendar provides pertinent information such as class start and end dates, registration periods, when grades will be posted, and commencement times and locations.
To view these dates, times, and more, the UNF Academic Calendar is the right place to go.
Academic Policies and Procedures
Students can locate Academic policies and procedures as well as petition and appeal information by clicking here: Academic Policies and Procedures .
Accreditation indicates to current and potential students, as well as alumni, faculty, administrators, state legislators, the interested public, and all University stakeholders, that a given institution's organization and management processes are regularly reviewed in the interests of efficiency and effectiveness. Accreditation also evidences that faculty possess the appropriate qualifications to teach the curricula that they are scheduled to offer. An institution that is explicitly committed to continuous improvement in terms of structure and especially in terms of process, is likely to achieve reaffirmation of accreditation on a regular basis.
The University of North Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of North Florida.
Individual contact to the Commission on Colleges about the University of North Florida accreditation status should occur only if there is evidence that appears to support significant noncompliance with a requirement or standard.
For more information regarding the accreditation please refer to the Accreditation Overview page.
Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy
The purpose of this policy is to educate the University community regarding the harmful effects associated with the use of alcohol, other drugs and other addictive substances while identifying education and prevention programs offered to students, faculty and staff regarding these matters. The Policy also identifies resources available to those in our community that require assistance in addressing substance abuse and associated behaviors. To learn more about this policy please click here: Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy .
The University of North Florida takes a strong stance against hazing, and strictly enforces an anti-hazing policy. Any actions or statements amounting to hazing or intimidation are prohibited and will be dealt with by the University wherever possible. To learn more about the Anti-Hazing policy, please go to: Anti-Hazing Initiative Information Page
Appealing an Academic Decision
The University of North Florida operates on the commitment that all members of its community should be treated fairly in regard to their rights and responsibilities and in accordance with the UNF constitution, the Florida and U.S. Constitutions, and the United Faculty of Florida. These documents uphold a faculty member's right to control the content of the syllabus and reading material, to determine the content of examinations, and right to free speech. These rights constitute the faculty member's guarantee of academic freedom.
Therefore, procedures have been developed to provide an impartial arena for resolution of conflicts that cannot be resolved successfully between the primary parties involved. To learn more about these procedures click here: Appealing an Academic Decision .
The University of North Florida acknowledges formalized articulation agreements in an effort to support the transfer of students from certain institutions into four-year programs. The University Catalog outlines the types of articulation agreements that are accepted at UNF. For more information about articulated programs, please click here: Articulation Agreements.
Enrollment Services/Scholarship Appeal
The University of North Florida recognizes that life events beyond your control may impact your academic success. If you feel that there are extenuating circumstances that contributed to poor academic performance, negatively impacted your financial aid, or hindered your ability to meet a residency deadline, you may submit an appeal to the Enrollment Services Appeals Committee. To learn more about the Enrollment Services Appeal click here: Enrollment Services/Scholarship Appeal.
Florida Board of Governor's Contact Information
The Florida Board of Governor's mission is to mobilize resources and diverse constituencies to govern and advance the State University System of Florida. To learn more about the Florida Board or Governors or to contact them, please click here: Florida Board of Governor's Contact Information.
Important Phone Numbers
There are various units within the University that may be able to help you address questions.
University Contact Information
Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Schools covered by the Clery Act are required to publish an Annual Security Report (ASR), disclosing their campus' security policies and crime statistics for the previous three years. The Annual Security Report is located on the UPD webpage, in addition to containing information regarding campus safety policies and crime statistics, this document includes helpful safety and security resources found on campus and in the community, information regarding use and access to the campus, and timely warnings when crimes occur. A paper copy is available on request made to the University Police Department. The University also has various Campus Security Authorities (CSA) who are designated to report crimes when brought to their attention. A list of the CSA's can be found by clicking here: List of Campus Security Authorities.
The University has several registration policies and procedures of which student need to be aware. The following link outlines policies such as Add/Drop and Late Registration through the Withdrawal Policy. For more information about these policies, click here: Registration Policies .
Reporting a Crime
The University has several mechanisms available to report a crime or infraction. For Emergencies, please contact the University Police Department (UPD) by dialing "9-1-1" from any telephone on campus. Also throughout campus there are "Code-Blue Emergency Phones", these can be used by pushing the button and UPD dispatch will respond. When reporting emergencies please be prepared to:
- Briefly state the emergency or the nature of your call
- Clearly identify yourself
- Provide your location
- If applicable, provide a description of any suspect(s)
To report a non-emergency crime and to remain anonymous, students, faculty, and staff may fill out the UPD " Silent Witness Form". All information provided through the use of this form will be kept confidential.
To report a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, students, faculty, and staff may fill out the "Incident Report Form" and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University also has several Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) on campus, these are individuals that have a significant responsibility for students and campus activities. CSAs are required to report any of the Clery reportable crimes that are brought to their attention to law enforcement. For information about Clery reportable crimes and a list of CSAs, please click here: Clery Act Reporting.
Student Conduct Code
The University of North Florida is committed to values that promote the welfare and positive transformation of individuals, communities, and societies. We value: the pursuit of truth and knowledge carried out in the spirit of intellectual and artistic freedom; ethical conduct; community engagement; diversity; responsibility to the natural environment; and mutual respect and civility. These values serve as the foundation for the Code of Student Conduct. For more information on the Code of Conduct click here: Student Conduct Code .
Student Complaints and Appeals
Occasionally students will face a challenge or concern that requires assistance from one or more campus offices. There are two resources created to assist students with finding the right people and procedures to get their questions answered and their concerns resolved. Complaints may be addressed through this website please click here: Student Complaints and Appeals. Complaints can also be addressed through the Office of the President please click here: Complaints
The Office of the Student Ombuds provides all UNF students with a safe, confidential place to bring questions and concerns about University rules, policies, or procedures. The Ombuds assists students by considering all sides of an issue in an impartial and objective way, and then advises on how to best resolve the problems. For more information regarding the Student Ombuds please click here: Student Ombuds.
The University catalog contains a description of the various academic programs, course offerings, degree requirements, policies, regulations, and related matters intended to be in effect at the University of North Florida during the academic year.
University Policies and Regulations
The University of North Florida has various policies and regulations that go through promulgation and a vetting process. To learn more about these policies and regulation click here: University Policies and Regulations