2003 - 2004
Academic Progress Policies
The University of Florida considers a student in good standing if he or she is eligible to continue or to re-enroll at the university, even if on probation.
Colleges may choose not to consider students for admission and may deny continuation in a degree program if they fail to maintain reasonable academic progress, as specified by the college or department.
Policies on academic standing, probation and dismissal are based on the possibility that a student can overcome academic difficulty and make appropriate progress toward a degree.
Regulation of Academic Standards
Regulations for academic probation and dismissal follow the academic standards of the university and require the maintenance of grade point averages and reasonable conformance to a program of study. Any college may specify additional academic standards and students are responsible for observing these regulations.
The probation and dismissal regulations that apply to undergraduate students also apply to postbaccalaureate students. Notations on the studentís academic record shall reflect all actions taken to enforce these regulations; some of these notations can be permanent.
When an academic regulation appears to result in undue hardship, students may petition for waiver of the regulation.
In general, petitions for waiver of an academic regulation for the current term should be directed to the school or college in which the student is enrolled. For example, petitions to drop or add after the drop/add period should be presented to the school or college. Exceptions to the course load regulation are to be presented to the school or college. Petitions approved by the school or college must be reported to the Office of the University Registrar before the action is official.
All other petitions should be presented to the Office of the University Registrar, which will refer them to the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Petitions. Petitions approved by the committee will be reflected on the studentís transcript.
Detailed information on petition procedures is available from the studentís college or from the Office of the University Registrar.
The student seeking a waiver of a regulation through petition must remember that no committee on petitions can direct an instructor to change a studentís grade, nor can the Senate Committee require any college or school to grant a degree by waiving any regulation.
The state legislature established the Office of the Ombudsman to help students resolve problems and conflicts. The office provides an informal avenue of redress for studentsí problems and grievances that arise in the course of interacting with the university. By considering problems in an unbiased way, the ombudsman works to achieve a fair resolution and to protect the rights of all parties involved.
When an academic regulation appears to result in undue hardship, students may petition for waiver of the regulation. If a student wishes to appeal a decision of the Faculty Senate Committee on Student Petitions, he/she may do so to the University Ombudsman in 31 Tigert Hall.
The intent of academic probation is to serve notice formally that a student may not be making satisfactory progress. The conditions of academic probation are intended to specify the achievement standards required to graduate, to identify unsatisfactory academic performance at an early date, to provide occasion for counseling, and to give students whose ultimate success is in question further opportunity to demonstrate their ability to meet academic expectations.
Academic dismissal from the university denies registration privileges to students who have a grade point deficit of 15 or more in their UF course work. The students shall be dismissed from the university and their advance registration(s) will be cancelled.
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