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Academic Activity Tracking

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What is Academic Activity?

The US Department of Education (ED) requires institutions to document whether a student has initiated attendance in enrolled courses for which the student receives Title IV aid by performing and documenting an academically related activity. Students who are not marked as having engaged in academic activity by the end of the second week of classes cannot and will not be provided federal aid for that course regardless of enrollment status.

Please see the below examples of what can be considered an academic activity:

A list of examples of academic activities for both in-person classes and distance learning classes.
Academically Related Activities for In-Person Courses Academically Related Activities for Distance-Education Courses
Physically attending a class where there is an opportunity for direct interaction between instructor and students Submission of an academic assignment
Submitting an academic assignment Submission of an exam
Taking an exam, completing an interactive tutorial, or participating in computer-assisted instruction Documented participation in an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction
Attending a study group that is assigned by the school A posting by the student showing the student's participation in an online study group that is assigned by the institution
Participating in an online discussion about academic matters A post by the student in a discussion forum showing the student's participation in an online discussion about academic matters
Initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course An email from the student or other documentation showing that the student initiated contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course

What is NOT Considered Academic Activity

  • Logging into an online class without active participation
  • Participating in academic counseling or advisement
  • Living in institutional housing
  • Participating in the school's meal plan

Academic Activity Resources

If you have any questions regarding academic activity, please contact the Office of Records and Registration at records@unf.edu.