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Advising

Location: SMC C107
Telephone: 941-359-4330
Website: www.usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/academic-advising/

USFSM  Advising seeks to guide all students in selecting programs and courses best suited to their personal abilities, educational interests, and career objectives. Students who have been admitted to USFSM and their major area of study may visit their advisor. All students are expected to establish an advising relationship and periodically visit their advisors to keep abreast of any policy, procedural, or curriculum changes that may affect them. Some colleges require advisor approval of student programs each semester.  All undergraduate students on Academic Probation (undergraduate GPA less than 2.00) are required to meet with the Persistence Advisor to develop an academic standing agreement.  It is important for students to keep in mind that although the University provides advising services to assist students with academic planning, it is each student’s responsibility to see that all graduation requirements are met.

DegreeWorks

Website: degreeworks.usf.edu

DegreeWorks is the USF System-wide computer-assisted advising tool that provides personalized reports to assist with advice, student success, and planning for graduation. DegreeWorks creates personalized reports by matching the student’s academic record (both USF System and transfer courses) with the requirements of the student’s degree program. Students can use the “What If” option to explore different degree programs by creating a tailored curriculum including majors, concentrations, and minors. The “Look Ahead” feature is available for students to see how a proposed schedule of classes will be used toward completing their degree. Students with questions about DegreeWorks should contact their academic advisor.  Please note, DegreeWorks is not an official transcript and is not an official notification of completion of degree.  Students should refer to the Academic Catalog to review degree requirements for their program.


 


Bookstore

Email: bookstore@sar.usf.edu
Location: 6301 N.Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: 941-355-5252
Website:   www.bkstr.com/usfsastore/home/en

USF System Policy 5-019:  Textbook and Supply Ordering

The USFSM Bookstore’s goal is to provide support to the academic endeavors of the students and faculty, as well as enrich the spirit of the USF System. It is owned by the University of South Florida and operated by Follett.

The Bookstore offers new, used, digital and rental textbooks, general merchandise, and coordinates the sales of class rings and graduation items.   Personnel are available to assist with locating and/or ordering course materials and textbooks. The Bookstore also provides an online store for textbook reservations and/or delivery. Textbook orders placed by the adoption deadline will be posted for each course offering for the upcoming term on the website prior to the first day of class for each term.   A book buyback program offers a source for cashing in used textbooks. For a list of books that are eligible for buyback and more information about how students may sell books to the Bookstore, please visit the website. The Bookstore accepts American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.   Students with confirmed financial aid eligibility may opt into the advance purchase program to purchase textbooks up to the approved purchase limit at the designated bookstore prior to receipt of their financial aid distribution, when necessary.  Check the website for current hours of operation.


 


Career Services

Location: SMC C107
Telephone: 941-359-4586
Website: www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/career-services/

Career Services provides USFSM students with comprehensive career planning, graduate school preparation, and job search services. Experienced professionals are available to help students choose a major, gain career related work experience, develop a job search plan, and make decisions about graduate school. Career Services also coordinates programs for students to explore career options and build professional networks through career shadowing, business tours, mentoring, and more.

Students can schedule appointments to develop individualized career plans through the website.

Career Planning

Students are encouraged to prepare for their profession by developing in six areas of career success.  The six areas are knowledge, skills, mindsets, networks, experience, and credentials.  Meet with your Career Advisor regularly to develop and track your progress in each of these areas.

Career Assessments enable students to make informed career decisions.  Assessments provide students with valuable insight into career options that match their values, skills, interests, and personality.  Students can research the educational requirements related to career options as well as gain data on salaries, employment projections, and work environments.

Employment Strategies

Students are encouraged to visit with career advisors and career counselors to create professional application materials such as resumes, cover letters, thank you notes, and LinkedIn accounts. Students can search full or part-time jobs, Federal Work Study positions, and internships through an online career management system housed on the website.

Internships

Students are encouraged to pursue internships where they will have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience related to their major or career interests.  Career Services will assist students in preparing for and securing internships by exploring options, refining application materials, preparing for interviews, and building the skill sets needed for internship success.


 


Counseling & Wellness Center

Location: New College of Florida CWC 120, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL  34243
Telephone: 941-487-4254
Website: http://www.ncf.edu/cwc

USF System Regulation 6.0161: Access to Student Health Services and The Counseling Center

USFSM shares its Counseling and Wellness Center with New College of Florida. The office is located on the New College of Florida campus at the address above. In addition, the Center has an office on the USFSM campus that operates Monday through Friday. Students are able to receive services at either location. Counseling is a confidential process designed to help you address your concerns, come to a greater understanding of yourself, and learn effective personal and interpersonal coping strategies. It involves a relationship between you and a professional therapist who has the desire and willingness to help you accomplish your individual goals.

The Counseling & Wellness Center provides a variety of counseling services, providing short-term care and referrals for students in need of more intensive interventions:

  • Individual
  • Couples
  • Group counseling
  • Crisis intervention
  • Psycho-educational information

Medical services are available during the Fall, Spring, and Summer terms for registered students. Services are not available during Winter break.

A medical professional is available to students treating a variety of illnesses. Students must bring their USFSM identification card with them to be seen for treatment. Also, measles and MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) shots are available during the Fall and Spring terms for a fee. Standard office visits are free and students receive a discount on lab services and other tests. For specific cost information or an appointment, call the number listed above.


 


E-Learning Services

Location: SMC B342
Telephone: 941-359-4295
Website: www.usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/e-learning/

The E-Learning Services (ELS) department provides help to students and faculty to make the most of an increasingly digital learning environment.  The experts of this department blend technical know-how with up-to-date educational theory and practice to provide you with the tools you need to engage in 21st century scholarship.

ELS staff…

  • Provide support and training for Canvas, our campus learning management system
  • Help instructors evaluate and implement new and existing instructional technology
  • Consult on, and assist with, the design/development of courses with online components
  • Offer regular professional development opportunities on a broad set of topics

 


Global Engagement Office

Location: SMC B-222
Telephone: 941-359-4314
Contact: Amela Malkic, amela@usf.edu

The Director for Global Engagement serves as primary liaison with USF World (Tampa) on managing related aspects of International programs at University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  International initiatives include promoting study abroad opportunities for students and faculty, facilitating immigration paperwork and arrival of international students and scholars and processing international agreements. The Office is responsible for mandatory (SEVIS) immigration reporting and advising of international students/scholars at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.

Further coordination of international activities at USF Sarasota-Manatee includes:

  • promoting awareness, understanding and compliance with regard to federal immigration
    regulations for F- student and J-exchange visitor programs
  • advising international students and scholars on immigration regulations pertaining to F/J
    statuses
  • planning and implementing orientation (check-in) and variety of information sessions for
    international students and scholars
  • assisting USFSM faculty with information on leading study abroad programs
  • promoting study abroad opportunities to USFSM students
  • managing University’s international agreement process and
  • building alliances between University and foreign partner institutions

 


Information Commons

Location: 2nd Floor Rotunda
Telephone: 941-359-4225
Website: www.usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/information-commons/

The Information Commons, located on the second floor of the rotunda at USFSM, is a collaboration of faculty librarians and skilled technology staff offering individual assistance with reference, research, academics, and technology. The Information Commons also includes space for group study, and student printing funded through Student Government. The Resource Desk is staffed with knowledgeable employees who can troubleshoot your basic technology issues, and can assist with checking out technology equipment for student use for academic needs.

Library Services provides in-person and online library instruction. Students who need help with research or finding library materials can schedule an appointment online or just drop-by the librarians’ offices for help.

Technology Services provides assistance in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Photoshop, printing, equipment checkout, and many other services upon request.


 


Learning Support Services (Tutoring)

Location: SMD 104
Telephone: 941-359-4418
Website: www.usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/information-commons/tutoring.aspx

Learning Support Services provides both face-to-face and online writing consultations and tutoring in select subjects and courses through one-on-one consultations and/or small group sessions with faculty consultants and peer tutors. Tutoring and writing consultations are provided free of charge to all students actively enrolled at USFSM.  Currently, tutoring is available in Writing, Math, Statistics, Accounting, Finance, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, American Sign Language (ASL) and Spanish.

Writing consultants help individual writers think through their work, understand the writing process, and develop strategies for planning, drafting, and revising.  They help writers during all stages of the writing process; however, the goal of writing consultation is to help students learn to revise their own work, concentrating primarily on content, argumentation (thesis or focus), development, organization, and to a lesser extent format (APA, MLA, Chicago Style, etc.).  Although writing consultants can help writers identify and address problems with grammar, punctuation, mechanics, etc., they do not edit, proofread, or “correct” papers.

Peer tutors are undergraduate and graduate students who have met rigorous eligibility requirements.  All student tutors are recommended by faculty and are trained to assist their peers in comprehending challenging concepts and grappling with complex ideas.


 


Library Services

Location: 2nd Floor Rotunda, C203B and C203C
Telephone: 941-359-4225
Website: www.usfsm.edu/academics/academic-resources/information-commons/library-services/

Library Services provides in-person and online library instruction. Students who need help with research or finding library materials can schedule an appointment online or just drop-by the librarians’ offices for help.

USFSM students have access to all USF System Libraries including USF System online library resources of e-books, over 80,000 eJournals, and 900 databases.  The USF System Libraries and their affiliates hold approximately 70,000 media materials, 2.5 million volumes, and 29,000 serial titles, most in electronic format.  The state university libraries together contain over 12,000,000 volumes.

USF System Library Resources

USF Tampa Library 813-974-1611
Shimberg Health Sciences Library (MDC 1200, Tampa) 813-974-2243
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute Library (MHC 1744, Tampa) 813-974-4471
Nelson Poynter Library (St. Petersburg) 727-873-4123

USF System Libraries enhances teaching and learning through the delivery of online library resources on or off campus, as well as to all library affiliates. Online library resources include the library catalog, an electronic course reserve system, electronic journals, books and databases.  Many electronic resources are full-text, and include digitized historical materials such as photographs, documents, and oral histories.  Other online services include interlibrary loan, the ability to renew materials, and reference assistance via the library website.

The Library catalog may be searched by author, title, subject, and keyword to identify the libraries’ holdings.  The Library website also has links to the catalogs of libraries within the state and worldwide. Workstations within the USF libraries provide access to the catalog as well as a vast array of databases and online resources and services.

USF System libraries can obtain materials from each campus and other libraries upon request.  Students, staff and faculty can have access to resources by requesting material using online forms found at each library’s home web page. More information about USF Libraries, including the electronic resources and library services to distance learners, is available at www.lib.usf.edu.

Jane Bancroft Cook Library

Location: New College of Florida Campus, 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, FL 34243
Telephone: 941-487-4305
Website: http://www.ncf.edu/library

The Jane Bancroft Cook Library is the shared library for USFSM and New College of Florida students.  The library provides collections, resources and services to support both institutions.  The two-story building, located just 0.5 miles south of the USFSM, offers a physical collection including over 280,000 books, as well as periodicals, CDs, DVDs, and other audio visual materials. The library offers late night hours, quiet and group study space, and computer workstations.   Visit our website for more information.


 


Multicultural Affairs

Location: SMC A117
Telephone: 941-359-4263
Website: www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/student-engagement/multicultural-affairs.aspx

We seek to create a safe space for the diverse student population at USF Sarasota-Manatee while we cultivate inclusiveness by affirming and celebrating the culture and heritage of our diverse campus community.  We encourage the USF Sarasota-Manatee community to engage in open-minded and meaningful dialogue preparing our students to become effective leaders and global citizens.

The Multicultural Affairs Committee (MAC) is composed of staff and students who work together to create positive change and raise awareness about the diversity USF Sarasota-Manatee has to offer.  We strive to enhance appreciation of all people through exposure of differences and similarities of culture, ideas and backgrounds, regardless of age, ethnicity, race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or ability. Diversity is vital to an individual’s holistic development and the social fabric of the University.

Multicultural Affairs Committee Programs & Initiatives

  • Autism Awareness Lunch and Learn
  • Black History Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Native American Heritage Celebration
  • Taste of the World

Those interested in joining the Multicultural Affairs Committee should contact the Student Engagement Office.


 


Public Safety

Campus Safety & Security

Location: 8350 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243, SMC B125
Telephone: 941-993-8548

The office of Campus Safety & Security has three mission areas: campus security, emergency management and environmental health and safety. Campus Safety & Security provides a unified approach to all public safety and emergency resources, provides effective and timely communications between all safety units, and serves as the USFSM’s single point of contact and management for emergency and crisis situations and coordination point with the USF System Department of Emergency Management. The University is committed to serving our students, faculty, staff and visitors through a variety of preventative and responsive programs and services. Public Safety is provided by USFSM Security Officers and Campus Police based at New College of Florida. The Security Officers are on duty throughout the day Monday through Saturday when the building is open.  The Security Officers are equipped with a Campus Police radio and cell phone as they patrol the building and parking lots. Upon request, they are available to escort you to your vehicle, and they are equipped to provide limited vehicle assistance, such as jump-starts. Campus security and emergency assistance guidelines are posted in all classrooms.

Campus Police

Location: 501 College Drive (New College Campus), CPD, Sarasota, FL  34243
Telephone: Police Dispatcher/Emergency Number: 941-487-4210
Or Dial 911
Website: www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/health-and-safety/campus-safety/

The Campus Police Department’s mission is to protect you and your property.  The Department serves USFSM and New College of Florida, where their office is located.  All campus police officers are certified by the State of Florida in accordance with Florida State Statute, Chapter 943. The Campus Police Department provides a full range of public safety services to the campus community 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Emergency Services

Emergency Numbers: Campus Police: 941-487-4210
Counseling & Wellness Center: 941-487-4254
Victim Advocate: 941-504-8599
Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC): 941-365-1976
Bayside Center: 941-917-7760
Or Dial 911
Website www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/health-and-safety/campus-safety/emergency-information/

Should a situation occur requiring immediate assistance at a time when a Counseling Center representative is not available to take a call or after regular hours, assistance may be obtained by contacting Campus Police at (941) 487-4210, by dialing 911, or by visiting the nearest emergency room and requesting the mental health professional on call.  These emergencies may involve suicidal or homicidal crisis, sexual assault or rape, domestic violence, death, serious accident, or thoughts of committing dangerous acts.  The emergency service is not a crisis hotline.  Students who are emotionally distressed and simply need to talk to someone should go to the Counseling Center during regular office hours.

Victim Advocate Program

A Victim Advocate is available to support victims of violence at any time needed. To reach the Victim Advocate, call (941) 504-8599 and follow the instructions. The Victim Advocate will provide information, support and guidance, ensuring the following:

  1. Crisis intervention
  2. Emergency shelter, medical help, and counseling referrals
  3. Assistance as needed

The program is available to assist all students, faculty and staff who have experienced actual or threatened violence, including, but not limited to: battery, assault, stalking, sexual battery (date rape, acquaintance rape, stranger rape), and attempted sexual assault.

Police reports are strongly encouraged; however, reports are not required for information and referral assistance.  Information shared with the Victim Advocate is considered confidential and will go no further without permission from the victim.


 


Student Engagement

Location: SMC A117
Telephone: 941-359-4711
Website: www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/student-engagement/

The Office of Student Engagement at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee provides co-curricular experiences for students that encourage relationship building and personal and professional growth.  The programs and services we offer foster student development, enhance the overall educational experience, and prepare our students to be contributing members of a diverse global society. Visit OrgSync, found on the students webpage, to find events and student organizations. Participating in one of our campus traditions, like Week of Welcome, Homecoming, and USFSM Week, is an important part of being a Bull!

Student Government

Location: SMC A117
Telephone: (941) 359-4711
Website: ose.orgsync.com/org/sga

USF System Regulation:  USF6.028 Student Government Association

The Student Government Association is the largest organization at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee.  The three branches of the Student Government Association are comprised of student leaders who advocate for the students:

Executive: executes programs and initiatives

The Executive Branch is responsible for executing the initiatives and programs of Student Government. The Student Body President and Vice President are elected during the spring elections and are responsible for appointing the leaders to various positions within their cabinet at the end of the spring semester.

Legislative: writes and implements rules and laws

The Legislative Body of the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Association is responsible for the annual allocation of the Activity and Service fees (A&S) that every student pays. These allocations fund entities such as your Campus Activities Board, Homecoming, etc. as well as our diverse student organizations.

Judicial: responsible for appeals and interprets rules

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee Student Government Judicial Branch serves to administer proper action when Student Government Law is misinterpreted or violated. The Judicial Branch is also responsible for all student parking appeals.

Student Organizations

Location: SMC A117
Telephone: (941) 359-4305
Website: www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/student-engagement/student-organizations/

USF System Regulation USF6.017: Registration and Conduct of Student Organizations

The University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee offers a number of ways for our students to get involved on campus.  Currently, there are over 30 active student organizations.  We encourage our students to get involved with one or both of these organizations or any of the other student clubs and organizations that USF Sarasota-Manatee has to offer.  View our current clubs and organizations through OrgSync.com!


 


Student Ombuds

Location: SMC C312
Telephone: 941-359-4414
Website: usfsm.edu/students/office-of-student-ombuds.aspx
Policy http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-30-053.pdf

The Student Ombuds provides a confidential, impartial, independent, and informal resource for students who have university related complaints and/or concerns of a non-legal nature.  The Student Ombuds is accountable to the Regional Chancellor and serves as an alternate resource for students complementing existing channels of information and support.


 


Students With Disabilities Services

Location: SMC C107
Telephone: 941-359-4714
Website: www.usfsm.edu/campus-life/campus-resources/disability-services/

USF System Policy: 0-108 Disability and Accommodations (Public/Employees/Students)

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the ADA Amendments Act, Students with Disabilities Services (SDS) is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities to ensure full participation in all aspects of USFSM campus and student life. Reasonable accommodations are provided for students with temporary or permanent disabilities.

The student initiates the process by identifying herself/himself to the SDS office and completing an application.  Students must provide documentation of a disability. Please visit our website for guidelines and verification forms. All documentation is reviewed by the professional staff of SDS and, when necessary, reviewed by consultants with expertise in specific disability areas.  In some cases, students are requested to provide more documentation than originally submitted. In cases where documentation is not available, please consult with SDS.  Once approved, the SDS coordinator and the student will sign an accommodation plan outlining academic accommodations.

Each semester the student is responsible for giving each of her/his professors a memorandum of accommodation.  Accommodations may include, but are not limited to, note taking services, extended test time, books in electronic/audio format, and assistive technology.  The accommodations should maintain the academic integrity of the course and never alter the level of ability or mastery the individual is required to demonstrate.

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