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Policies and Procedures

Click on the topics below for information related to policies and procedures relevant to faculty at USF.

Academic Calendar | Academic Dishonesty | Academic Freedom | Classroom Emergencies | College Governance | Copyright | EthicsPoint | Faculty & Students with Disabilities Services (SDS) | Faculty Handbook | Fair Use | FERPA | Final Examinations | First Day Attendance | Grade Policy | Grade Record Retention | Instructional Resource Guide | Personal Relationships with Students | Religious Holidays | Technology Policies | USF Accreditation | USF Policy Index

Academic Calendar

The Registrar's Office at USF provides access to academic calendars.

Academic Dishonesty

USF considers any form of cheating on examinations or plagiarism on assigned papers to be unacceptable deceit and dishonesty. USF Academic Dishonesty policy defines plagiarism and cheating and explains punishment guidelines.

Academic Freedom

Academic freedom refers to the full right of faculty to research, publish, and teach without fear of institutional censorship.

Classroom Emergencies

In an emergency, dial 911 to reach USF Police (their non-emergency number 813-974-2628). The USF Instructional Resource Guide provides answers and suggestions for dealing with classroom emergencies. The Faculty & Staff Emergency Reference Guide outlines how to help students with guidance and advice, behavioral concerns, and immediate action. It also provides phone numbers and office locations.

College Governance

Individual Colleges often have their own rules, policies, and governance documents:

Arts & Science

Behavioral & Community Science

Business

Education

Engineering

Marine Science

Medicine

Nursing

Public Health

The Arts

Copyright

The USF Library offers a Copyright LibGuide that provides information on copyright and issues pertaining to copyrighted material.

EthicsPoint

EthicsPoint hotline is a third-party hosted hotline to enable the safe, secure, and anonymous reporting of activities which may involve misconduct, fraud, abuse, and other violations of USF policies.

Faculty & Students with Disabilities Services (SDS)

The University of South Florida is committed to providing equal access to students with disabilities. SDS strives to create partnerships with faculty and staff to promote self-advocacy, accessible education, and appreciation of varied abilities at USF. Information about classrooms, course load, exams, and other accommodations can be found on the SDS website or by contacting SDS at (813) 974-4309 or sa-sds-information@usf.edu. See the SDS Faculty & Staff Handbook for more information about SDS, American with Disabilities Act, and instructor responsibilities. The ATLE syllabus template includes a default policy statement you can include on your syllabus regarding accommodation requests.

Faculty Handbook

The online Faculty Handbook, maintained by the Office of the Provost, contains links to important regulations, policies, procedures, and guidelines (including the collective bargaining agreement) at USF. There are also sections on evaluations, tenure, instructional policies, and sabbaticals.

Fair Use

The fair use exception to the current copyright laws permits the reproduction of portions of copyrighted works without the owner's permission. Section 107 of the Fair Use Doctrine lists the following purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair: criticism, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Visit the USF Library's Fair Use page for more information.

FERPA

The purpose of the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) is to identify the rights students have pertaining to their educational records. FERPA affords students the right to review their educational records, seek to have their records amended, and control the disclosure of information from their records. USF's FERPA page provides a detailed tutorial.

Final Examinations

Find the assigned time for your class published on the Class Schedule page. Or check the Spaces office website for a published list each semester.

First Day Attendance

In order to retain eligibility to distribute Department of Education Title IV HEOA funds, the University requires faculty to report whether students are present or absent at the first class meeting.

Grade Policy

USF has enacted a system of grading and policies of Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal to make students aware of their academic progress.

Grade Record Retention

You should retain your gradebook and student graded material for one year after the expiration of the appeal window - to be safe, keep graded materials and detailed gradebook records for 1.5 years after the end of the term.

Instructional Resource Guide

The online Instructional Resource Guide, prepared by the Online Faculty Development and the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence, provides an introduction to the instructional resources and academic support services available to faculty and graduate teaching assistants at USF.

Personal Relationships with Students

USF Policy 1-022 provides detailed information on university guidelines for consensual relationships.

Religious Holidays

The holidays of several religious faiths occur throughout the academic year. Religious observance accommodations for employees and students should be provided as per USF System Policies #0-602 and #10-045. The following link contains a list of major religious observances for the remainder of 2014, beginning with the Jewish observance of Rosh Hashanah September 24-26: http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/2014.htm. Religious holidays for 2015 can also be accessed through this website

Technology Policies

USF Information Technology (IT) maintains the policies and standards held by the university. IT also provides technology support for MyUSF, email accounts, connecting from home, and work orders. IT can be reached at (813) 974-1222 or help@usf.edu.

USF Accreditation

USF is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). An explanation of USF accreditation can be found at: http://www.ie.usf.edu/Accreditation/.

USF Policy Index

The USF Policy Index, maintained by the Office of the General Council, includes policies and guidelines in the administration, operation, and management of the various programs, services, facilities, and activities of the USF system.