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Academic Certificate

An organized set of courses offered as a distinct area of study that leads to specific educational or occupational goals. Certificates may consist of courses that are part of a major or courses that are created outside of a major. Students should obtain prior approval with the specific requirements and forms from the college and department in which the certificate is offered. Certificates are recorded on the transcript. A certificate of completion is awarded, not a diploma.

Each undergraduate certificate conforms to these University requirements:

1. Students must be admitted as undergraduate degree seeking or non-degree seeking to be eligible to receive an undergraduate certificate.

2. A minimum of 12 semester hours of credit used to satisfy the requirements of a certificate must be from USF courses; at least 50 percent of the required coursework must be earned from the institution awarding the certificate.

3. USF coursework for a certificate must have a minimum GPA of 2.00. Some undergraduate certificates have higher minimum GPA requirements.


 


Academic Major

An organized curriculum offered within a degree program. A major shall be reasonably associated with the academic discipline within the degree program under which it is offered and shall share common core courses with any other majors within the same degree program. The major is the student’s primary field of study.  The number of credit hours for a major for each degree level shall be established by the USF System member institution in accordance with State regulations and SACSCOC minimum requirements. The degree program majors are recorded on both the transcript and the diploma.

Students choose their academic major based on a variety of reasons including the student’s areas of interest and abilities, past academic achievement and in preparation for a specific profession. A student may not have a major and a minor in the same program. College courses used in the major will not apply to the minor.


 


Academic Minor

An academic minor is an optional complement to a bachelor’s degree in a particular field, leading to specific educational goals. Students interested in a particular minor should obtain the specific requirements from the appropriate colleges. Minors are recorded on the transcript and the diploma.

Each academic minor conforms to the University requirements:

  1. A minimum of eight (8) semester hours of credit used to satisfy the requirements of a minor must be from USFSM  courses.
  2. A student may not have a major and a minor in the same program.
  3. College courses used in the major may not apply to the minor.
  4. USF System institution coursework for a minor must have a GPA of at least 2.00.
  5. USFSM undergraduate degree-seeking students are only eligible for minors offered at USFSM.  Students at other USF system institutions are not eligible to receive minors at USFSM.
  6. A minor can be applied for and received only in conjunction with applying for and receiving a baccalaureate degree, except for students who have already received a baccalaureate degree from USFSM.  Those students may earn certification of a minor by taking additional undergraduate coursework at USFSM and applying for the certification.  Students who choose to pursue this option must submit the Post-Baccalaureate Minor application to their academic advisor within the first twenty (20) class days of the term they expect to complete the minor requirements.

 


Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal

The first time an undergraduate student’s USFSM GPA falls below a cumulative 2.00, the student will be placed on Academic Probation (AP).  From the beginning of academic probation, the student must maintain at least a 2.00 GPA each term, and may not totally withdraw from any semester without cause.

Any student who withdraws from all classes after the fifth day of classes while on Academic Probation will be academically dismissed.  Once on academic probation, academic advising prior to registration is mandatory each semester until the student is removed from probationary status.  The student may remain on Academic Probation indefinitely as long as the student maintains a GPA of 2.00 or greater each semester. If at any time while on academic probation, the student’s semester GPA falls below a 2.00, the student will be academically dismissed from the university. Once academically dismissed, a student may only return to USFSM under the University’s Academic Renewal Policy.  If academically dismissed from USFSM a student may not return to USFSM as a non-degree-seeking student.

Within their first year, first time in college (FTIC) students will be granted a one-time only academic dismissal deferment, allowing an additional semester of enrollment. Students will work with the USFSM FTIC and Persistence Advisor to create a plan for academic success in the deferred semester. It should be noted that deferring academic dismissal will not extend financial aid canceled due to poor academic performance.

The determination and notification of probationary status or academic dismissal will be made by the Registrar’s Office on the student’s semester grade report and academic record. A student who attends another college or university following academic dismissal will be classified as a former student returning and readmission will be based on the total record accumulated from all colleges and universities attended.

Once a student’s semester and overall GPA is at or above 2.0, the academic probation status will be removed.

If a student is academically dismissed or falls below a 2.00 GPA from USFSM and subsequently receives a BA/BS from another four-year institution, that student, when accepted to the University with the post-baccalaureate status, will have his/her academic record cleared.


 


Academic Regulations Committee

Website: www.usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/arc/

The Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) serves as a board of appeal for USFSM students who wish to secure waiver or modification of University-wide academic regulations. The ARC meets regularly and reviews petitions submitted by undergraduate and non-degree students. Undergraduate and non-degree students must petition and secure approval from the ARC to return to the University after having been academically dismissed or leaving on probation, to receive special consideration regarding an academic regulation, including late or retroactive drop of a course, late registration or late add of a course, deletion of a course, and/or withdrawal from a term.

The ARC will re-examine petition decisions on appeal when the student provides new and substantive information directly related to the petition or evidence that an error was made. A final ARC decision may be appealed through the College Dean or designee.

The University has implemented a statute of limitations on student petitions for retroactive adds, drops, withdrawals, and registration. A student will be limited to two (2) calendar years (six academic semesters/terms) for such appeals, whether the student is in attendance or not.

To petition the ARC, completed forms should be submitted to the office of Academic and Student Affairs, C107. A consultation with the Persistence advisor is required prior to a petition’s submission to the ARC. Students may contact their academic advisor for details regarding their submission. The appropriate forms may be obtained on the website or from the academic advising office.  Students will receive notification of the committee’s decision by email to their USF account.

ARC Bylaws


 


Academic Renewal

The University’s Academic Renewal policy allows students previously dismissed from the university, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, to renew their pursuit of baccalaureate degrees without the responsibility of having to overcome the entire burden of low grades and low grade point averages. To facilitate this opportunity, students who qualify for Academic Renewal may, with the approval of the ARC, have portions of their academic record excluded from calculation of their grade point averages (GPAs). The entire academic record, however, will continue to be reflected on their transcripts, even though a selected portion will not be counted in their GPAs. Students approved for Academic Renewal are admitted with the same terms of academic probation and dismissal as other undergraduate students. Academic Renewal will only be applied to a student’s academic record one time at USF.  Students returning to the University under Academic Renewal may incur excess hours and associated monetary penalty.

Academic Renewal I (ARI)

Students who have been academically dismissed, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, may petition the ARC to return to the University under ARI. A student may be re-admitted to USFSM under ARI, after completing all requirements for the Associate of Arts degree or equivalent (including general education and the State Communication and Computation Requirements formerly known as Gordon Rule) at a two-year or four-year college. ARI students will enter USFSM as an upper-division student, and their USF grade point average will be calculated from that point forward. While ARI is required for students who have earned less than 60 credit hours, it is not restricted to those students.  In order to graduate following re-admission under ARI, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.  Students who are admitted under ARI may be excluded from admission to limited-access programs and will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.

Academic Renewal II (ARII)

ARII is available to students who were academically dismissed, or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00, and have 60 or more earned credits from the USF System or other institutions of higher education.   These students may be re-admitted to USFSM under ARII after a break in USF enrollment for a full academic year (fall, spring, summer).  Students may choose to complete major prerequisites at a non-USF institution during this time, but are not required to do so.  Students who choose to take courses at a non-USF institution should meet with the academic advisor of their intended USFSM major prior to enrolling in courses elsewhere.  In order to be considered for readmission under ARII, the student must submit a request to the ARC who will make the final decision regarding readmission.  Following readmission under ARII, the student will have their USF GPA calculated from that point forward.  In order to graduate, following readmission under ARII, all campus and major residency and degree requirements must be met.  Students readmitted under ARII may be excluded from admission to limited access programs and will not be considered for University Honors at graduation unless they meet the criteria using all grades earned.


 


Academic Residence

USF System Regulation

USF3.007 Degree Requirements: Baccalaureate/Undergraduate

Any credits transferred from a USF System Institution must be processed as transfer credits from any regionally-accredited institution.

Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) semester hours at the USF System Institution (home institution) from which the degree is to be conferred. In cases of emergency, a maximum of six (6) hours of the final thirty (30) semester hours may be completed by correspondence or residence at another accredited senior institution with the approval of the academic dean. Exceptions to the home institution rules in this paragraph may be made for students who are enrolled at other universities in USF-approved exchanges, study abroad programs, co-op training programs or correspondence courses from the University of Florida. CLEP credit does not count toward academic residence;

Beginning fall semester 2012, must complete successfully at least 50% of the required courses in the major in courses offered by the USF System Institution conferring the degree. In cases of hardship or lack of course availability, individual exceptions may be approved by the respective College Deans or designees to help ensure timely graduation.


 


Associate in Arts Degree

USF Regulation 3.019: Associate in Arts Degree

Upon the student’s successful completion of the minimum requirements for the Associate in Arts degree, the University of South Florida (University/USF) will present the student who has properly made application with an appropriate Degree.

  1. To receive the Associate in Arts, the student must complete sixty (60) hours of university credit; at least twenty (20) of the last thirty (30) credit hours or a total of thirty-six (36) credit hours must be completed at USF. The minimum grade point average must be 2.00 based on work attempted at USF. In addition, a transfer student must have a GPA of 2.00 or higher when combined with transfer work accepted and evaluated by the USF Office of Admissions. Physical Education and military science credits do not count toward the Associate in Arts degree. All students must satisfy the General Education Requirements of USF and must satisfy the requirements listed in Florida Statutes Section 1007.25 and in State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.030, prior to receiving an Associate in Arts Certificate.
  2. Beginning with students initially entering a Florida College System institution or State University System institution in 2014-2015 and thereafter, coursework for an Associate in Arts degree shall include demonstration in competency in a foreign language pursuant to Florida Statute 1007.262  (Also known as USF’s FLENT requirement).
  3. In order to receive an Associate in Arts degree, students must submit a graduation application prior to the application deadline. The deadline to apply in each semester is stated in the Academic Calendar in the catalog.  The graduation application is available online in OASIS.
  4. The Associate in Arts degree must be awarded prior to the term that the student becomes eligible for the baccalaureate degree.
  5. Final processing for the Associate in Arts will be done after grades are processed at the end of the semester for which the student applied. All work, including transfer work, taken in that semester will be evaluated with respect to the requirements for the Associate in Arts degree.
  6. Any incomplete grades shown on the permanent record of an Associate in Arts applicant at the time grades are processed will be treated as an “F” in the calculation of grade point average. Transfer students who completed a substantial portion of the Associate in Arts degree requirements at another institution in the Florida College System will be encouraged to notify that institution of the additional USF credits that may be transferred to that institution towards conferral of that degree. If the former institution will not confer the Associate in Arts degree with the addition of USF transfer credits, but is eligible for the Associate in Arts degree at USF, then the USF institution will confer the Associate in Arts.
  7. The General Education Requirements will be based on the approved University policy in effect in the catalog year the student chooses according to the University policy regarding the choice of catalog. The consideration of whether or not General Education Requirements are met will be made without consideration of the student’s choice of major at the time he/she applies.
  8. University of South Florida credit hours will be broadly defined to include USF sponsored student exchange programs and the University of Florida Correspondence Division. The grades from these institutions, (except those earned through the University of Florida Correspondence Division) are recorded on the permanent record at USF, and included in the grade point average calculation, and will be counted in the student’s grade point average as work attempted at USF for the Associate in Arts degree.
  9. An applicant who has not been enrolled at USF for three (3) semesters may be contacted to ascertain whether or not that applicant meets the residency requirements.
  10. In approving any application for the Associate in Arts degree, satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades will be accepted according to the approved University policy in effect during the terms of the student’s enrollment without regard for the student’s declared major. Students must be aware that if they have taken any courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis where such grades are not acceptable by the college of the major, the students may be required to repeat particular courses for a traditional letter grade or take additional courses for a traditional letter grade to meet the college requirements.
  11. All University of South Florida colleges with undergraduate programs will accept the Associate in Arts from USF. That is, the student will be placed, at least, at the junior level and will be considered to have met the University’s General Education Requirements. The applicability of the courses taken by the student toward his/her major program will be determined by the college of the student’s major. Similarly, any special requirements for a student’s professional certification (e.g., Education and Engineering) are not necessarily met by the Associate in Arts Certificate, but could be included as part of the General Education Requirements. Thus, students should check with their colleges concerning meeting any special requirements in an efficient manner.
  12. The awarding of the Associate in Arts degree is posted on the permanent record but does not alter the calculation of the grade point average nor does it interrupt the accumulation of the student’s record.
  13. Students who follow a baccalaureate degree program as recommended by a college will not necessarily be eligible for the Associate in Arts degree prior to the completion of ninety (90) credit hours.

Specific Authority 1001.74, 1001.75, 1007.25, FS., Art. IX, Fla. Constitution and Resolutions issued by the FL Board of Governors. Law Implemented 1007.23, 1007.25 FS.

History – New (BOT approval) 4-19-90, Amended 8-19-90, 10-27-92, 9-19-93, formerly 6C4-3.019 F.A.C., Amended 7-27-07, 11-25-15 (technical), 5-31-16 (technical).

 


 


Change of USF Institution

The University of South Florida System consists of three separately accredited institutions – USF Tampa, USF St. Petersburg, and USF Sarasota-Manatee. Each Institution has unique policies as well as unique degree and residency requirements.

To help ensure that students are on track to graduate and are less likely to have excess credit hours, students are required to apply if they choose to change their USF home institution. Procedures may be found by visiting ugs.usf.edu/system/change-of-institution. The request to change institutions must be signed off by the student and approved by the incoming USF institution.

All first time in college students (FTIC) students must have completed at least three consecutive semesters, not including summer (i.e., fall, spring, fall), at their current institution before change of institution requests will be processed.

 


 


Credit by Examination

A student who feels they have already acquired the basic content of a course on their approved schedule should inquire about credit-by-examination. Some exams are offered through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and others may be offered within colleges. Interested students should obtain additional information from their advisors or Testing Services.

Credit earned through one examination program may not be duplicated by another examination or course. The following limitations should be recognized:

  1. CLEP credit will not satisfy USFSM’s residency requirement.
  2. Credit for the General Natural Science examination will be granted for non-majors only.

Certain General and Subject CLEP Examinations may be found at http://www.uc.usf.edu/testing/ and may apply to the General Education Requirements. Some programs do not award credit toward the degree for certain CLEP examinations, and certain graduate or professional schools such as law, medicine and engineering may not grant equal recognition to students with extensive examination credits. An academic advisor should be consulted to ascertain the applicability of a specific CLEP examination toward a student’s degree requirements and the advisability of taking the examinations in a student’s specific situation.

Students may also refer to collegeboard.org as a source of additional CLEP information.

USF System Policy 10-017 Credit by Examination

I. INTRODUCTION (Purpose and Intent)

In order to provide greater flexibility and opportunity for students to shorten the time required to obtain a baccalaureate degree, the University of South Florida System (USF System) grants credit-by-examination equivalencies for the following acceleration mechanisms: Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES/DSST and Excelsior College exams.

II. STATEMENT OF POLICY

The University of South Florida System awards credit-by-examination based on the minimum guidelines as established by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) available on the flvc.org website, pursuant to Florida Statute 1007.27(2), and approved by the State Board of Education and Board of Governors.

Effective fall 2009, a maximum of 45 credit hours in any combination of the examinations provided by the Advanced Placement (AP), Advanced International Certificate of Education Program (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES/DSST and Excelsior College exams will be accepted by the USF System. Course equivalencies for credit-by-exam are posted on the Undergraduate Studies website. Students who enter the USF System with more than 45 credit hours of examinations completed will work with an appropriate academic advisor to determine the most advantageous selection of the credits to be applied. Any requests for an exception to the 45 hour rule must be submitted to the Dean of Undergraduate Studies within thirty (30) days of first attendance.

Credit earned through these examination programs also applies toward satisfaction of the nine (9) credit hour Summer Attendance Requirement but only if the student enters the USF System with nine (9) or more credit hours from all acceleration programs combined (i.e. the listed examination programs plus Dual Credit).

The University of South Florida System will accept credit-by-examination included on transcripts from all accredited colleges, provided the scores earned are at or above the minimums as stated by the ACC.

Regional campuses and separately accredited institutions may have unique characteristics. Students, faculty and staff must check with their individual campuses and apply policies in conjunction and consistent with the specific characteristics, guidelines or procedures applicable to those campuses.


 


Dean’s List & Regional Chancellor's List

Full-time undergraduate students who demonstrate superior academic achievement during one (1) semester will be honored on a “Dean’s List” or “Regional Chancellor’s List.”  To be eligible for this recognition, a student must complete at least twelve (12) hours of USF System courses in a given semester.  The hours must be graded (A-F) with no incomplete grades, S/U grades, missing grades, or withdrawals during the semester.

The Dean’s List shall consist of students with a USF System term GPA of 3.90 or above.

The Regional Chancellor’s List shall consist of students with a USF System term GPA of 4.00.

The college dean in which the student is majoring will recognize the academic honor. Students who receive the honor will have it posted to their official transcript.

Students registered in the Office of Students with Disabilities Services whose approved accommodations include a reduced academic load are eligible by meeting the above parameters with at least nine (9) hours of graded USFSM courses completed in the semester and the recommendation from that office, to be confirmed by the College Dean.


 


Declaration of Major

It is advantageous for students to make early decisions about their majors to be on-track toward their degrees and to graduate in a timely manner. Students are urged to declare a major upon entry to the university. If they are unable to formally choose or declare a major or a pre-major, they should meet with an academic advisor or career counselor to determine a program that best matches their interests.

FTIC (First Time In College) students must be officially declared in a major or a pre-major before they register for more than 36 credits, including credit earned via Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Dual Enrollment coursework. Students will not be allowed to register for further credit coursework at USFSM until they have declared a major or pre-major.

Transfer students should declare their majors upon entry to USFSM. Transfer students who have not declared a major (or pre-major) and who have completed 75 or more credit hours of college coursework will not be allowed to register for further credit coursework at the university until they have declared a major or a pre-major. Students transferring in 75 or more credit hours will be required to declare a major (or pre-major) at the time of admission.

Many resources are made available by the university to assist students in making career decisions and choosing their majors. Information about these resources is readily available from academic advisors or the Career Center.

Change of Major

All students desiring to change their major should consult the Advising Office in SMC-C107.


 


Degree Progression

USF System Policy 10-505

Undergraduates must complete the Online Graduation Application and the Online Graduating Senior Survey by the official University deadline for the term in which they expect to graduate. Degree application deadlines are available in the Academic Calendar.

Students who have completed all the requirements for their degree will be required to graduate. Exceptions may be approved by college deans or their designees for up to two additional semesters but not to exceed 10 semesters total to complete a degree (eight semesters for the major and two additional semesters) to allow students to complete approved second majors or to complete clearly defined objectives to enhance qualifications for employment or graduate and professional programs. Exceptions may be made for part-time students. Unless undergraduate students receive approval from the Assistant Vice President for Student Success of an exception to the graduation request, USFSM may move the student through to graduation and confer the degree earned.

Students should be approved to pursue minors only if the minor can be completed without extending the time required for the students’ initially projected graduation date and without exceeding their Excess Credit Hour Surcharge (ECHS) threshold. Students in programs without available elective hours will not be approved for minors, unless an exception is approved by the College Dean or designee. Students are expected to demonstrate academic success (appropriate GPA for program, completion ratio, and success in prerequisites, core, or other related coursework for current major and requested minor) before they can be approved for a minor.  Students will apply for a minor in the last term of enrollment provided the student will have completed all of the remaining course requirements for the minor in that term.

Students may be approved to pursue dual degrees and second majors only if they are able to complete both programs within no more than two additional semesters but not to exceed 10 semesters total to complete a degree from the initially projected graduation date or within the ECHS threshold for dual majors or dual degrees. Second majors are awarded only in conjunction with the receipt of a baccalaureate degree. Students are expected to apply for a second major or degree only after demonstrating academic success (appropriate GPA for both major programs, completion ration, and success in prerequisites, core or other related coursework for current major and second major or degree). Students will typically be approved for a second major or dual degrees before exceeding 96 credit hours (not counting in the latter any credit from examination or dual enrollment). The students’ program of study is delineated on the application form and must be reviewed by both program advisors prior to submission for approval. Third majors will only be allowed in exceptional circumstances when the student can complete within the above criteria.

No degree will be conferred if a charge of academic dishonesty or student conduct violation is pending and the penalty could be dismissal, expulsion, failing grade or any combination of the above, until the charge is resolved and degree requirements are met.

As per USF System Regulation USF3.007 successful completion of at least 25% of the total credit hours required for the degree must be in courses offered by the USF System Institution conferring the degree.  Students are expected to graduate within the minimum number of semesters appropriate to their academic work completed at the time of their admission and the extent to which they are able to be enrolled full-time.

 


 


Double Majors and Dual Degrees

Double Undergraduate Major

Students may elect to graduate with two majors. In that event, they must apply independently to each college and be assigned an advisor in each discipline. The student must meet all requirements of each major separately.  Both majors must reside at USFSM.  In declaring a second major, the student will be charged the Excess Credit Hour Surcharge required by the state for excess credit hours beyond the official limit (after 110-120 percent of those allowed for the first major, up to thirty credit hours allowed for the second major).  Both majors will be awarded in the same term at the completion of the degree.  The student will not receive two degrees.


 


Drops/Withdrawals

A student may drop a course(s) during the drop/add periods (first five days of classes) and no entry of the course(s) will appear on any permanent academic records. No tuition or fees will be assessed for course(s) dropped within that period.

Students may also withdraw from courses between the second and tenth week of the semester, except for summer sessions. All applicable registration fees must be paid for the course(s) and a “W” grade will reflect on the permanent academic record. Students who withdraw may not continue attending class. Withdrawal deadlines for summer sessions are listed in the Academic Calendar and are published in the USF System Schedule of Classes for summer terms. Appeals for withdrawals after the tenth week of the semester must be made to the Academic Regulations Committee.

Undergraduate students are limited to a total of five (5) course withdrawals while enrolled as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student at USF System institutions. Course withdrawals are limited to three (3) courses for students with less than or equal to sixty (60) semester credit hours, and two (2) courses for students with more than 60 semester credit hours. Only in extenuating circumstances will approval be granted for more than five (5) course withdrawals. Appeals for additional course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Academic Regulations Committee for review.

Effective Fall 2016, all students will be limited to two (2) withdrawals from graduate courses while enrolled as degree-seeking or a non-degree seeking at USF.  Requests for withdrawals from graduate level courses are submitted via the Withdrawal from Course Request form.  Only in extenuating circumstances will approval be granted for more than two graduate course withdrawals. Appeals for additional graduate course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted via the Graduate Petition Form.

Under specific conditions, consideration for refund of tuition and fees may be requested if a Fee Adjustment Request form accompanied by verifiable supporting documentation is submitted to the Office of the Registrar at USF Tampa within six (6) months from the end of the semester to which any refund would be applicable.


 


Foreign Language Requirement Policy

All students pursuing a B.A. degree must satisfy the college-level foreign language requirement, which in Florida is met through satisfactory completion (C or better) of a second-level language course.  USFSM accepts many languages to fill this requirement; students seeking to have credit accepted or to demonstrate competency for exemption, should discuss this with their academic advisor.

At USFSM, students can meet the foreign language requirement through the study of two (2) languages:

Spanish Course Sequence (accepted in all degree programs)

  • SPN 1120 Beginning Spanish I (4 credits) – for those with no previous Spanish language experience
  • SPN 1110 Introductory Spanish for High Beginners (3 credits) – an alternative to SPN 1120
  • SPN 1121 Beginning Spanish II (4 credits) – must be completed or exempted

American Sign Language Course Sequence (accepted in some degree programs)

  • ASL  2140C Basic American Sign Language I (4 credits)
  • ASL  2150C Intermediate American Sign Language (4 credits)

Spanish Language Placement

In Spanish, it is possible to exempt one or both courses through a placement test.  The placement test assesses the student’s skills level to indicate the appropriate class for the student to enter.  By taking the placement test, students can avoid spending time, effort, and money on unnecessary classes.

Students must take the placement test

  • If they have taken one (1) or more years of high-school Spanish,
  • If the test indicates that one’s skills level is equal to accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may exempt that course and enter SPN 1121.
  • If the test indicates that one’s skills level is below the accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may take SPN 1110 (3 credits) to raise one’s competency to what will be needed to enter SPN 1121.  Or one may elect to take SPN 1120 (4 credits), but if one elects this option, one  will earn only an S/U grade.

Students may take the placement test

  • If they grew up speaking Spanish with family and friends
    • Depending on one’s assessed skills level, one may exempt none, one, or both courses.
  • If they took SPN 1120 at USF more than two terms previously
    • If the test indicates that one’s skills level is below the accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may retake SPN 1120 if qualified for “grade forgiveness”
    • Or one may pay to audit SPN 1120 or SPN 1110 as space allows.
  • If they took college Spanish elsewhere.
    • If the test indicates that one’s skills level is below the accomplishment of SPN 1120, one may pay to audit SPN 1120 or SPN 1110 as space allows.

Spanish Language Competency Levels

The USFSM Spanish language placement test identifies four levels of language competency, based on the National Proficiency Guidelines of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL, 2012).

Competency Description Placement
Novice-Low
  • A Novice-Low learner of a foreign language is only able to use an extremely limited vocabulary, often inadequately.
  • These learners are unable to provide any type of significant information in the target language, as their use of it is often repetitive and incorrect.
  • There is a prevalent use of invented words among these learners.
  • They are totally unable to produce complete sentences or even coherent phrases in the target language, and are often not understood by a sympathetic listener
A student whose performance on the placement test is rated as “Novice-Low” will be placed in SPN 1120.
Novice-Mid
  • A Novice-Mid learner of a foreign language is able to use a limited number of words and phrases for common objects or actions and to provide basic information.
  • Vocabulary is repetitive, and the learner constantly uses memorized words, lists and phrases.
  • Their use of complete sentences is very occasional, and accuracy tends to decrease when the student communicates beyond the word or memorized phrase level.
  • These learners can be understood, albeit with considerable level of difficultly, by a sympathetic listener.
A student whose performance on the placement test is rated as “Novice-Mid” will be placed in SPN 1110.
Novice High
  • A Novice-High learner of a foreign language is able, among other things, to use familiar words and phrases on familiar tasks, topics, and activities, apart from elaborating a little with the target language, mainly in the present tense.
  • Normally, this learner will communicate in short, simple sentences.
  • The learner should be able to engage in some creation with the target language through recombination of memorized words and phrases.
  • Breakdown is expected as the learner is asked to engage in more complex conversation or written production.
  • These learners can be understood, albeit with some level of difficultly, by a sympathetic listener.
A student whose performance on the placement test is rated as “Novice-High” will be placed in SPN 1121.
Intermediate-Low
  • An Intermediate-Low learner of a foreign language is able to use that language successfully in a limited number of uncomplicated social situations.
  • These situations normally include exchanges about general personal information, daily routine, personal preferences and urgent needs (for example, getting directions, ordering food, asking for help, etc.).
  • This learner is capable of creating with the target language by recombining what he or she knows and what he or she hears from their interlocutors.
  • This learner is able to produce short statements, discrete sentences and to ask a limited number of questions, mostly in the present tense.
  • An Intermediate-Low learner will be generally understood by a native speaker of the language, although misunderstandings will be frequent.

 

A student whose performance on the placement test is rated “Intermediate-Low” or above will be exempt from taking Spanish courses to meet the foreign language requirement.

 


Grades, Scholarship Requirements, and Review Procedures

USFSM is interested in each student making reasonable progress towards his/her educational goals and will aid each student through guidance and advising. To make students aware of their academic progress, the University has enacted a system of grading and policies of Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal that indicates whether or not a student is showing sufficient progress toward meeting degree requirements. Notations of Grades, Academic Probation, and Academic Dismissal are posted to the student’s academic record.

When a student is academically dismissed from the University and is ineligible to re-enroll, it may be in his/her best interest to re-evaluate educational goals with a college academic advisor. If poor academic performance has resulted from extenuating circumstances, or significant time has elapsed and the student has gained adequate maturity and motivation, a petition to the Academic Regulations Committee can be submitted for permission to re-enroll. See “Academic Regulations Committee” for information on petitioning.

Grade Forgiveness Policy

USFSM’s grade forgiveness policy permits an undergraduate to repeat a course and have the repeated grade computed in his/her GPA in place of the original grade, providing the repeat grade is posted as “D-” or higher (exception – see Honors at Graduation) and is higher than the first grade. Normally, grade forgiveness may only be applied to a specific course that a student chooses to repeat. No course taken on the S/U grade basis may have the grade forgiveness applied. Under unusual circumstances, a different but similar course may be used if the substitute course has been previously approved by the college dean and is on file in the Office of the Registrar.

The grade forgiveness policy cannot apply to any course in which the grade of “FF” has been recorded.

Any undergraduate or non-degree-seeking student who wishes to implement grade forgiveness must:

  1. Complete a “Grade Forgiveness Request Form” (available on the Office of the Registrar’s website) for each course to be repeated. It is recommended that the student meet with his/her academic advisor to determine if a grade forgiveness is appropriate.
  2. Adhere to the following conditions:
    1. A limitation of applying grade forgiveness to three USF System courses with no more than one repeat per course.
    2. With prior approval of the college dean, a course different from a course on the approved list may be substituted in the following cases:
        1.  The substitute course is a change in prefix, number, hours, or title, but not a  substantive change in content from the original course.
        2.  The substitute course replaces a course no longer offered by the institution.
    3. The repeated course must be taken under the standard grading system (A – F) and the latest grade must be posted as “D-” or higher (grades of S/U are not permitted) and be higher than the first grade.
    4. All grades remain on the transcript. The original course grade will be annotated with “E” to indicate that the course has subsequently been repeated and the original grade is not computed in the GPA.
    5. Individual colleges may have further restrictions; therefore, the student should consult with his/her college.
    6. This policy is applicable to undergraduate and non-degree-seeking students only, and applies to 1000-to-5000-level courses. Once students have been awarded a bachelor’s degree from USFSM, they may not repeat a course and be forgiven the original grade, taken prior to graduation.
    7. The policy applies only to courses taken originally at USF System and repeated at USF System.

Grading System

Effective Fall semester 2000, a plus/minus grading system was implemented with the corresponding quality points. The use of the plus/minus grading system is at the discretion of the individual faculty member.

A student’s measure of academic achievement is recorded on the academic record based on the following grading system:

Plus/minus Grades

A+ 4.00
A Excellent Performance 4.00
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B Good Performance 3.00
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C Average Performance 2.00
C- 1.67
D+ 1.33
D Poor Performance 1.00
D- 0.67
F 0.00

Other Grades

E Course repeated, not included in GPA
CF Cancelled financially, course was cancelled due to financial reasons
CMU Cancelled, missing grade that has turned to a “U”
FF Failure/academic dishonesty
I Incomplete
IA Incomplete, grade points not applicable
IB Incomplete, grade points not applicable
IC Incomplete, grade points not applicable
ID Incomplete, grade points not applicable
IF Incomplete grade changed to Failure
IU Incomplete grade changed to Unsatisfactory
M Missing grade/No grade submitted by instructor, grade points not applicable
N Audit, grade points not applicable
R Repeated Course
S Satisfactory, grade points not applicable
U Unsatisfactory, grade points not applicable
W Withdrawal from course without penalty
WC Withdrawal for extenuating circumstances
Z Indicates continuing registration

Grade Point Average

USFSM grade-point average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total number of quality points (see grading system section) by the total hours attempted at institutions in the USF System. The total quality points are figured by multiplying the number of credits assigned to each course by the quality point value of the grade given. Credit hours for courses with grades of “I”, “IU”, “M”, “N”, “S”, “U”, “W”, “Z”, and grades that are preceded by an “E” are subtracted from the total hours attempted before the GPA is calculated.

Credit hours for repeated USF System coursework will be awarded only once per course unless the course is a university-approved repeatable course. “D” and “F” grades, however, for repeated USF System coursework will be counted in the computation of the student’s GPA as many times as those grades for that course are recorded. If a student originally earns a “C” or higher in a course that may not be repeated for additional credit and earns a “C” or higher on a subsequent enrollment, the new grade is not computed in the USF System GPA unless the forgiveness policy is being applied.

“I” Grade Policy

An “I” grade indicates incomplete coursework and may be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students. (Undergraduate rules apply to non-degree-seeking students.) It may be awarded to an undergraduate student only when a small portion of the student’s work is incomplete and only when the student is otherwise earning a passing grade. Until removed, the “I” is not computed in the GPA for either undergraduate or graduate students.

The time limit for removing the “I” is to be set by the instructor of the course. For undergraduate students, this time limit may not exceed two academic semesters, whether or not the student is in residence, and/or graduation, whichever comes first. “I” grades not removed by the end of the time limit will be changed to “IF” or “IU,” whichever is appropriate. If an instructor is willing, he or she may accept work from a student after an “I” grade has changed to an IF or IU grade, and assign the student a final grade in the course, unless the student has graduated.

Whether or not the student is in residence, any change to “IF” grades will be calculated in the cumulative GPA and, if applicable; the student will be placed on appropriate probation or academically dismissed. Students are not required to re-register for courses in which they are only completing previous course requirements to change an “I” grade. However, if a student wants to audit a course for review in order to complete course requirements, full fees must be paid.

“M” Grade Policy

An “M” grade is automatically assigned as a default grade when the instructor does not submit a grade for a student. (Undergraduate rules also apply to non-degree-seeking students.) Unless a change of grade is submitted, the “M” grade will remain on the transcript and will not be computed in the student’s GPA.

S/U Grade System

Course with No-Option

Certain courses have been designated as S/U courses. The “S” and “U” grades are used to indicate the student’s final grade. These S/U only courses are identified with (S/U only) after the course definition in this catalog. No grading system option is available to students or faculty in these courses.

Courses with Option

The following restrictions may apply to any undergraduate course taken on an S/U basis by a student:

  1. Required courses in the major may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  2. Specifically designated required courses in the distribution requirements of the student’s college may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  3. Courses to satisfy the Writing (Communication) and Mathematics (Computation) Requirements, formerly known as Gordon Rule, may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  4. Courses to satisfy General Education may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  5. Courses to satisfy USF’s B.A. foreign language requirement may not be taken on an S/U basis.
  6. All elective courses for the major and all elective courses in the distribution requirements and all other free elective courses may be taken on an S/U basis except where:
    1. The certifying college restricts the number of courses that may be taken on an S/U basis in any one or all of the above areas or restricts the total number of S/U courses that can be accepted for all of the above areas.
    2. The certifying college specifies that certain courses may not be taken on an S/U basis.
    3. The instructor of a course refuses to allow the course to be taken on an S/U basis.

Mechanism for Assigning S/U Grades

The method by which a student receives an “S” or “U” grade in an option course will consist of the following:

  1. A written agreement signed by both instructor and student shall be filed with the USFSM Office of Records and Registration as may be designated by the college. The college shall set the deadline (no later than the last day of classes for the term) for the student to decide if he/she wishes to take the course on an S/U basis.
  2. The instructor shall assign final letter grades “A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “F”, or “I”, but will transmit to the Registrar “S” or “U” consistent with the following:
    1. Letter grade, “A”, “B”, “C”, or “C-“ shall be equivalent to a letter grade of “S.”
    2. Letter grades “D” or “F” shall be equivalent to a letter grade of “U.”
    3. “S” and “U” grades are not computed in the student’s GPA.

 


 


Graduation Application

In order to graduate, a student must submit a graduation application for the bachelor’s degree. The graduation application for the bachelor’s degree is available online in OASIS.  Inquiries concerning approval or denial of graduation should be made to the appropriate academic advisor.

This application must be submitted in the term of expected graduation by the deadline noted in the academic calendar.  This allows time for ordering academic regalia for participation in the graduation ceremony, certification of graduation by the end of the term, inclusion of name in the graduation bulletin, and timely ordering of the diploma.

Students who submit the graduation application after the posted deadline but prior to the last day of classes for the academic term, and who are determined to have met all graduation requirements in that semester, may have their graduation posted that term. Late student applications may not be processed before the next term’s registration period if they have not met all degree requirements.

Applications received after the last day of classes will result in the graduation being posted at the end of the following academic term. If a student applies for graduation and is not approved, a new application for degree must be submitted by the deadline in a new term. In order for the degree statement to appear on a student’s academic record, the student must file the aforementioned application whether or not participation in the commencement ceremony is desired.

It is the student’s responsibility to clear all “I” grades (in-completes) in courses required for graduation and to provide official transcripts of all transferred coursework needed for graduation at least three (3) weeks prior to the end of the term in which he/she expects to graduate.

A student applying for a second undergraduate major must do so within the same deadline set for applying for a degree.

Students applying for a minor must complete the following:

  1. Apply for the minor online in OASIS; listing both the minor and the college responsible for the minor on the application; and
  2. Have no “I” grade in required courses.

For purposes of honors recognition at the ceremony, students must have a 3.50 GPA before the term in which they plan to graduate to have honors recognized publicly at the commencement ceremony.

Although applications will be accepted until the last day of classes for the semester of graduation, students applying late will jeopardize their chances of having met all requirements and be denied graduation as a result.


 


Graduation Requirements

In addition to the USF System requirements, USFSM minimum requirements for graduation consists of completion of the Core Curriculum.

USF System Regulation USF 3.007

Degree Requirements:  Baccalaureate/Undergraduate

A student is academically eligible to receive a Baccalaureate degree from individual institutions in the University of South Florida System (USF System) when a student completes the requirements of entities including (1) the Board of Governors (BOG), (2) the USF System, (3) the Program, College or Institution requirements, and (4) general academic approval by the University. The requirements are outlined in more detail below.

(1) Board of Governors Basic Requirements: (established by Florida state law and the Board of Governors Regulation 6.017, 8.005 and 8.006.)

(a) Satisfactory completion of general education requirements consisting of a minimum of:

  1. Thirty-six (36) semester hours in the subject areas of communication, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, and natural sciences, including:
    1. Six (6) semester hours of English coursework (formerly known as Gordon Rule courses) in which the student is required to demonstrate college level writing skills through multiple assignments and six (6) additional semester hours of coursework with similar writing requirements. Students awarded college credit in English based on their demonstration of writing skills through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.
    2. Six (6) semester hours of mathematics coursework (formerly known as Gordon Rule courses) at the level of college algebra or higher. Applied logic, statistics and other computation-based coursework that may not be offered by a mathematics department may be used to fulfill three (3) of the six (6) hours required by this section. Students awarded college credit based on their demonstration of mathematics skills at the level of college algebra or higher through dual enrollment, advanced placement, or international baccalaureate instruction shall be considered to have satisfied this requirement to the extent of the college credit awarded.
    3. For students entering the University as a first-time-in-college student beginning Fall term 2015, at least one (1) course from each of the general education subject areas listed below in this section. These courses comprise the general education core as required per section 1007.25(3), Florida Statutes.
      1. One of the following courses in Communication: ENC X101 English Composition I; orA course with an ENC prefix for which ENC X101 is a direct prerequisite.
      2. One of the following courses in Humanities: ARH X000 Art Appreciation; or HUM X020 Introduction to Humanities; or LIT X000 Introduction to Literature; or MUL X010 Introduction to Music Literature/Music Appreciation; or PHI X010 Introduction to Philosophy; or THE X000 Theatre Appreciation.
      3. MAC X105 College Algebra; or MAC X311 Calculus I; or MGF X106 Liberal Arts Mathematics I; or MGF X107 Liberal Arts Mathematics II; or STA X023 Statistical Methods; or a mathematics course for which one of the above general education core course options in mathematics is a direct prerequisite.
      4. One of the following courses in Natural Sciences: AST X002 Descriptive Astronomy; or BSC X005 General Biology; or BSC X010 General Biology I; or BSC X085 Anatomy and Physiology I; or CHM X020 Chemistry for Liberal Studies; or CHM X045 General Chemistry I; or ESC X000 Introduction to Earth Science; or EVR X001 Introduction to Environmental Science; or PHY X020 Fundamentals of Physics; or PHY X048 General Physics with Calculus; or PHY X053 General Physics I; or a natural science course for which one of the above general education core course options in natural science is a direct prerequisite.
      5. One of the following courses in Social Sciences: AMH X020 Introductory Survey Since 1877; or ANT X000 Introduction to Anthropology; or ECO X013 Macroeconomics; or POS X041 American Government; or PSY X012 Introduction to Psychology; or SYG X000 Principles of Sociology.

NOTE: Students who transfer into a state university or between state universities shall be required to meet the above general education core requirements if the students were classified as first-time-in-college at their original postsecondary institution Fall Term 2015 and thereafter. Any course accepted by an institution in the Florida College System or State University System as meeting the general education core at that institution shall be accepted as meeting the core requirements at all institutions. All credit earned by other transfer students shall be evaluated by the receiving institution on a course-by-course basis to determine core equivalency. Credit earned through an acceleration mechanism in Section 1007.27, Florida Statutes and Board of Governors Regulation 6.006, will meet the related general education core course requirement.

(b) Civic Literacy 

Baccalaureate degree-seeking students initially entering a state university fall semester 2018 and thereafter must demonstrate competency in civic literacy through one of the following options prior to graduation:

(1) Successfully passing either POSX041 American Government or AMHX020 Introductory Survey Since 1877. Each of the courses must include the following competencies:

  1. Understanding of the basic principles and practices of American democracy and how they are applied in our republican form of government;
  2. An understanding of the United States Constitution and its application;
  3. Knowledge of the founding documents and how they have shaped the nature and functions of our institutions of self-government; and
  4. An understanding of landmark Supreme Court cases, landmark legislation and landmark executive actions and their impact on law and society.

(2) Achieving the standard score on one of the following assessments:

 

Assessment Standard Score
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Naturalization Test – Civics (U.S. history and government) with supplemental questions 60
Advanced Placement Government and Politics: United States 3
Advanced Placement United States History 4
CLEP American Government 50

 

(c) Updates or changes to State and BOG Requirements. The USF System must comply with any updates or changes to state mandates or BOG requirements. The USF System will incorporate those changes in this Regulation by technical amendment as quickly as possible. However, at all times, including what may be an interim processing time, students will be held to the most current standards established by the BOG or state law.

 

(2) USF System Requirements. In addition to Florida Board of Governors and/or state requirements, the USF System has the following USF specific minimum requirements that are designed to assure the academic integrity of the degree programs at each System Institution:

  1. Successful completion of a minimum of 120 unduplicated semester credit hours through university coursework, acceleration mechanisms, and/or transfer credit, including courses specifically approved as repeatable for credit within the System (e.g. practica, ensembles and field experiences);
  2. A minimum adjusted grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on all course work taken at the USF System Institution from which the degree is conferred and an overall 2.00 average on all college-level work attempted;
  3. Satisfactory completion of major requirements in a chosen degree program, including additional requirements set by the USF System Institution and college offering the degree;
  4. Successful completion of at least forty-two (42) semester hours in courses numbered 3000 and above;
  5. Successful completion of at least 25% of the total credit hours required for the degree must be in courses offered by the USF System Institution conferring the degree;
  6. Registration and successful completion of at least thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) semester hours at the USF System Institution (home institution) from which the degree is to be conferred. In cases of emergency, a maximum of six (6) hours of the final thirty (30) semester hours may be completed by correspondence or residence at another accredited senior institution with the approval of the academic dean. Exceptions to the home institution rules in this paragraph may be made for students who are enrolled at other universities in USF-approved exchanges, study abroad programs, co-op training programs or correspondence courses from the University of Florida. CLEP credit does not count toward academic residence;
  7. Beginning fall semester 2012, students must complete successfully at least 50% of the required courses in the major in courses offered by the USF System Institution conferring the degree. In cases of hardship or lack of course availability, individual exceptions may be approved by the respective College Deans or designees to help ensure timely graduation;
  8. To help ensure that students are on track to graduate and are less likely to have excess credit hours, students are required to apply to change USF institutions (USF, USFSM, USFSP) and follow the appropriate procedures. All FTIC students must have completed at least three consecutive semesters, not including summer (i.e., Fall, Spring, Fall), at their current institution before change of institution requests will be processed.  The request to change institutions must be signed off by the student and approved by the incoming USF institution.
  9. Students who have entered a university in the State of Florida University System with fewer than sixty (60) hours of credit are required to earn at least nine (9) hours prior to graduation by attendance in one or more summer terms in courses offered by a USF System Institution or any one of the State University System of Florida institutions. This requirement may be waived in cases of unusual hardship to the individual;
  10. Satisfaction of the foreign-language admissions requirement by having two (2) sequential units of the same foreign language in high school, or eight (8) semester hours of the same foreign language in college, or documented equivalent proficiency; and
  11. The student’s degree program (major) will appear on the baccalaureate diploma. (If a student satisfies all requirements for two (2) majors, including admission, prerequisite, core, etc., both majors may appear on the diploma).

(3) Program, College, or Institutional Requirements: All students must be aware of and satisfactorily complete any additional requirements that may be required by a specific program, college or institution from which they are graduating as set forth in handbook, catalog, or other published criteria.

(4) General Academic Approval: Successful completion of academic coursework constituting the student’s program of studies, minor, honors thesis, or certification examination does not guarantee award of the baccalaureate degree. Faculty judgment of the academic performance of the student is inherent in the educational process in determining whether the award of the baccalaureate degree or admission into a higher level degree program is warranted.

Authority: Art. IX, Sec. 7, Fla. Constitution; Fla. Board of Governors Regulations 1.001, 6.016, 6.017; 1007.25, F.S.

History – New (BOT approval) 10-6-75, Amended 7-3-79, 2-22-82, Formerly 6C4-3.07, F.A.C. Amended 4-19-90, 8-19-90, 12-2-92, 8-10-93, 7-17-94, 7-20-95, Formerly 6C4-3.007, F.A.C., Amended 2-21-11, 9-21-11, 07-25-12, 7-9-15 (technical), 2-22-16 (technical).

 


 


Honors at Graduation

To be considered for honors at graduation, a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least forty (40) credits of graded upper-level work within the USF system institutions.  In addition, a student must have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all graded coursework attempted within the USF System Institutions, and 3.50 GPA in all post-secondary coursework.

For those students in programs requiring multiple clinical experiences (such as Education), a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least thirty (30) hours of graded upper level coursework and have earned a grade point average of 3.5 or higher for all graded coursework attempted within the USF System Institution. In addition, to be eligible for honors, all students who have post-secondary work elsewhere must have an overall GPA of 3.50 or higher counting all courses within the USF System institution as well as all transferable work attempted at other institutions.

The grade forgiveness policy within the USF System or other institutions and plus/minus grades awarded at other institutions will not be applicable in computing the GPA for honors. In addition, students with a record of academic dishonesty appearing on any transcripts may graduate from a degree program after meeting all degree requirements, but will not be eligible for honors at graduation, including the honor of graduating from the Honors College or a college honors program.Criteria for Honors at Graduation:

  • Cum Laude (with honor): 3.50 USF System GPA or higher AND 3.50 – 3.69 overall GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honor): 3.50 USF System GPA or higher AND 3.70-3.89 overall GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor): 3.50 USF System GPA or higher AND 3.90 overall GPA or higher

In addition, each college dean has the option to select on the basis of exceptional achievement 1% of the college’s graduates or 1 student per semester for graduating with distinction.

For purposes of honors recognition at the commencement ceremony, students must have a 3.50 GPA before the term in which they plan to graduate to have honors recognized publicly at the commencement ceremony.

NOTE:  The GPA is not rounded up when determining honors at graduation (e.g., 3.69 is not the same as 3.70).  The forgiveness policy at USF and other institutions and plus/minus grades awarded at other institutions will not be applicable in computing the GPA for honors.  In addition, students with a record of academic dishonesty appearing on any transcript(s) will not be eligible for honors at graduation.


 


Independent Study

Undergraduate students wishing to take a course by independent study must contact their academic advisor and the instructor of the course for permission. The instructor specifies the requirements to be completed by the student including tests, periodic class attendance, term papers, etc.

Not all courses in USFSM may be taken by independent study. The respective colleges have jurisdiction in the determination of which courses may be taken in this manner.

The regular grading system applies to all independent study students. Grades earned by independent study have the same status as those acquired through regular class attendance. Students taking a course by independent study must register for the specific course section in the regular manner.


 


Mandatory Course Attendance at First Class Meeting

This policy has been put into effect so that USFSM may effectively utilize classroom space and to ensure that all students have maximum opportunity to enroll in classes where demand exceeds availability of seats.

Students are required to attend the first class meeting of undergraduate courses for which they registered prior to the first day of the term. Names of students who register prior to the first day of the term are shown on the first class roll in Canvas for each course section. The first day class roll is used by professors to drop students who do not attend the first day of class. Students having extenuating circumstances beyond their control and who are unable to attend the first class meeting must notify the instructor or the college prior to the first class meeting to request waiver of the first class attendance requirement. Please note that the Registrar’s Office does not add students to any courses.  Students are required to add their courses via OASIS. To avoid fee liability and academic penalty, the student is responsible for ensuring that they have dropped or been dropped from all undesired courses by the end of the 5th day of classes.  Refer to USF System Policy 10-006.  


 


Mid-Term Grades Posting

USF System Policy 10-504

I.  PURPOSE & INTENT

The University of South Florida System (USF System) is committed to providing the necessary information to enable students to manage their academic progress. This Policy is one of many university initiatives directed at assisting students in effectively meeting their academic goals.

II.  STATEMENT OF POLICY

It is the student’s sole responsibility to be aware of their academic standing and grade status in all courses. In an attempt to assist the student in evaluating his academic status mid-term, the University requires Instructors to submit midterm grades electronically for each student enrolled in 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses. Instructors may choose to not report mid-term grades for alternate calendar courses, study abroad, directed studies, internships and other courses that do not follow the normal course schedule for the academic term, although they are encouraged to do so if appropriate. This is a courtesy to the student and failure of an instructor to post the mid-term grades will not be grounds for a student academic grievance nor will it be justification for a retroactive drop as the student is presumed to be aware of current academic status.

III. PROCESS STEPS

The Midterm Grade Reports are submitted after Week 7 or, for summer courses, soon after the midpoint of the time period that the course is conducted. The purpose of the Midterm Grade Report is to provide students in 1000, 2000 and 3000 level courses with information on whether they are making sufficient progress toward meeting the course requirements. This information is available to students in OASIS as a progress report for all students in Lower Level and early Upper Level courses. This Early Warning System provides midterm grade information that assists students and their advisors in determining if academic progress is sufficient in the course at a time where the student may be permitted to drop the course (although beyond the drop/add period resulting in fee liability) and receive a “W” for the course. This is an academic action only and does not support any financial refund or adjustment and students will remain responsible for all applicable registration fees for the course(s). The academic action will permit a “W” grade to reflect on the student’s permanent academic record. Students who drop may not continue attending class. Drop deadlines for each semester and summer sessions are listed in the Academic Calendar and are published in the USF Schedule of Classes.

 

 

 


Repeat Coursework

The credit hours for a course that has been repeated may be counted only once toward the minimum 120 semester credit hours (earned hours) required for graduation. All credit hours (except when grade forgiveness is applied) are calculated in the GPA.  For information regarding fees for repeat course work, refer to the Repeat Course Surcharges section of the catalog.


Second Baccalaureate Degree (USFSM Transfer Students)

A student who has already graduated from an accredited four-year institution must earn a minimum of an additional thirty (30) semester hours of USFSM undergraduate courses to apply toward his/her second baccalaureate degree. Students must also meet the University’s regular graduation requirements, as well as the requirements of the college awarding the degree and the residency requirements.


 


Summer Enrollment Requirement

USF System Regulation USF3.007 Degree Requirements:  Baccalaureate/Undergraduate

All students entering USFSM with fewer than sixty (60) hours of credit are required to earn at least nine (9) hours prior to graduation by attendance in one or more summer terms in courses offered by a USF System Institution or any one of the Florida State University System institutions.

The University may waive the application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship. A student who wishes to have the rule waived must complete a “Request for Waiver of Mandatory Summer Enrollment Form” available in the USFSM Office of the Records & Registration. After submission of the form to the Office of the Records & Registration, the student will be notified by email of the action taken.


 


Total Withdrawal

Students may withdraw from the USF System without academic penalty for the first ten (10) weeks of any term, except for summer sessions, due to extenuating circumstances (ex. documented illness, family death, etc.)  To withdraw, a student must submit a completed ARC petition for total withdrawal. No entry is made on the academic record for withdrawals submitted during the regular drop/add period (first 5 days of classes). All subsequent withdrawals (through the tenth week of classes in the fall and spring semesters) are posted to the academic record with “W” grades assigned to the courses.

Withdrawal deadlines for summer sessions are listed in the Academic Calendar and are published in the USF System Schedule of Classes for Summer Terms.

Undergraduate students who withdraw while on final academic probation will be academically dismissed from the USF System. When a student is academically dismissed, approval of the ARC is required for reentry.

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