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Policies

Course Attendance at First Class Meeting
Students are required to attend the first class meeting of both undergraduate and graduate level courses for which they registered prior to the first day of the term.

Course Notes and Recording
As part of the education and learning experience, enrolled students routinely take course lecture notes. With the
permission of the instructor, students may record lectures as well.

General Attendance
Students are expected to attend classes. An academic program or individual instructor may require a specified level of
attendance as a condition for successfully completing a course.

Procedures for Excused Absences and Make-up Work
Students must notify their instructors of scheduled absences at the beginning of each academic term. Pointing out specific conflicts with scheduled examinations or other scheduled assignments/activities should be part of this notification.

Documented Jury Duty
The University respects the need for all citizens to serve on a jury when called to duty. The student may be excused from any absences due to serving on a jury if the proper process is followed.

Documented Medical Attention for Illness
Students are excused for absences due to documented illnesses that require medical attention. While students should not attend class with infectious conditions, even if medical attention is not sought, the decision to excuse absences from undocumented illnesses is at the discretion of the individual instructor.

Alternative Academic Process for Seriously Traumatized Students
The USF Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention, the Counseling Center and Student Health Services will assist in determining appropriate actions, including waiving certain academic regulations to accommodate the student's needs in the case that they are seriously traumatized.

Medical Amnesty (Student Reporting)
This Amnesty Policy seeks to diminish fear of University-imposed disciplinary and/or conduct sanctions in emergency situations due to alcohol and/or other drug use or misuse.

Early Notification of Instructor Requirement for University Sponsored Activities
The University recognizes the importance of participation in University-sponsored activities such as musical and theatrical performances, athletic competition, and debate.

Early Notification Requirement for Observed Religious Holidays
In accordance with USF Policy 10-045, USF faculty members will try to avoid scheduling examinations on customarily observed religious holidays. Students must provide written notice at the beginning of the term for any absences due to religious holidays.

Grading System
Effective Fall Semester, 2000, USF faculty may use a plus/minus grading system to assign student grades. The use of the plus/minus grading system is at the discretion of the individual faculty member.

Grade Point Average
The University uses the quality points listed in the "Grading System" section and the GPA, or grade-point average is computed by dividing the number of quality points by the total hours attempted at USF.

"I" Grade Policy
An "I" grade indicates incomplete coursework and may be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students. It may be awarded to an undergraduate student only when a small portion of the work is incomplete and they are earning a passing grade in the course.

"M" Grade Policy
An "M" is automatically assigned as a default grade when the instructor does not submit a grade for the student. 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
Certain courses have been designated as S/U courses only and a grading system option is not available. Other courses using the grading system, may be taken for S/U credit if certain parameters are followed.

Mid-Term Grades
In an attempt to assist the student in evaluating his/her academic status mid-term, the University requires instructors to submit midterm grades electronically for each student enrolled in 1000-, 2000- and 3000-* level courses.

Grade Forgiveness Policy
USF's 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. This can be used a maximum of three times.

Final Examinations
USF requires certain standards for the examination process in order to protect the academic integrity of courses and the best interests of both the student and the instructor.

Student Academic Grievance Procedures
The purpose of these procedures is to provide all undergraduate and graduate students taking courses within the University of South Florida System (USF System) an opportunity for objective review of facts and events pertinent to the cause of the academic grievance.

Disruption of Academic Process
Students and faculty at the University of South Florida have the right to an uninterrupted academic setting and any deviation from that may be grounds for sanctions.

Academic Integrity of Students
Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida System's (USF System) commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of the university community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect and fairness.

Academic Learning Compacts
The Academic Learning Compacts include concise statements of what program graduates will know and be able to do (i.e., the expected core student learning outcomes). Each Academic Learning Compacts includes certain components.