Academic Policies & FAQs

Academic Probation and Dismissal
Adding / Withdrawing from Courses
Advanced Placement and CLEP
Cross Enrollment / Transient Student
D / F Policy
Declaration of Major / Minor
Exit Requirements
Foreign Language Requirement
Grade Forgiveness
OASIS Registration
Repeat Course Surcharges
S / U Options
Transfer Credits
Transfer Student FAQ
Already have a degree? (Post-Baccalaureate)


Who is my advisor?
The Undergraduate Advisor for the Language-Speech-Hearing concentration is Keri Uravich. Her office is located on the third floor of the Psychology-Communication Sciences and Disorders Building (PCD), Room 3027. The Undergraduate Advisor for the ITT and DST concentrations is Kerry Jablonski. She is located in MHC 2524.

How do I contact my advisor?
Students are encouraged to make appointments, especially when wanting to have an audit review of coursework. If you have a question that does not require an appointment and is not able to be answered here with the FAQs sheet, you may also email bcs-csdlshadvising@usf.edu (LSH students) or bcs-csdittdst@usf.edu (ITT & DST students).

How do I schedule an appointment with my advisor?
You may now book your own appointment in advising by going here.
If you are not currently a student then go here to schedule an appointment.

You may book an appointment up to two weeks in advance for open slots and the appointment will be 30 minutes in length.

What do I do if I make an appointment online using the scheduler and I am unable to meet or need to make a change?
To make a change to your appointment or select another appointment time, simply begin scheduling a new appointment. You will then see a pop up window that indicates you have an appointment (the previously scheduled one) and you will be asked if you wish to cancel that appointment. Press cancel and continue to make the new appointment. If the system gives you an error message, please feel free to email bcs-csdlshadvising@usf.edu (LSH students) or bcs-csdittdst@usf.edu (ITT & DST students).

How often should I speak with my advisor?
You may feel free to meet with an advisor as often as you wish; however, we recommend meeting with an advisor at least once a semester and prior to registration to ensure good academic progress and completion of your degree within four years. We encourage students to make appointments prior to peak times (two weeks prior to registration and throughout add/drop week).

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Academic Probation and Dismissal

What is academic probation and dismissal?
The first time an undergraduate student's USF grade point average (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 until the student is removed from probationary status. The student may remain on Academic Probation indefinitely as long as he/she 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 USF under the University's Academic Renewal Policies. If academically dismissed from USF, a student may not return to USF as a non-degree seeking student

How long will I be on academic dismissal?
Students are allowed ONE academic dismissal only. You may pursue readmission to USF through academic renewal.

For additional information about Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal, please refer to the Undergraduate Catalog.

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Adding / Withdrawing from Courses

How do I add an ASL course during drop/add week?
Do NOT attend the first day of class. The ASL instructors do not allow students to "sit in" the class if they are not registered. You should be on the computer searching OASIS during the first class meeting to determine if anyone is dropped for non-attendance. Should this be the case, please add the course accordingly. You may also see Kerry Jablonski to see if you can be added to the course, or email your name and U# with the same request to bcs-csdittdst@usf.edu.

How do I add a course outside the CSD department?
Check for open seats for the class in OASIS and add the course through your online registration if you are able to do so. If you get a message stating that you need a permit to enroll, you must check with the department that the course is listed under to see what that department requires or if they are allowing students in to the course.

How can I late add a course?
If you are trying to add a course after the free drop/add week, you must first get permission from the instructor for that class. If they will allow you to late add, you must get an ARC petition from the Dean's Office (located in MHC 1143). You must have the instructor complete the Instructor Statement and then you must complete the ARC petition and bring to advising in the department where the class is located and they will stamp over your signature on the petition. This petition is then submitted back to MHC 1143 for committee review. In the Department of Communication Sciences & Disorders, the ONLY people who can stamp these petitions for late adds for CSD classes are Keri Uravich or in her absence, Vivian Maldonado. Click here for petition forms and instructions.

How do I avoid being charged with a $100 late registration fee?
You must register for at least ONE class prior to the first day of classes for each term. If you are not registered for one class at all times, you will be assessed a $100 late registration fee in addition to any tuition. You can switch, add, or drop courses anytime during drop/add week without penalty as long as you are actively registered in at least one course.

How do I withdraw from a course during drop/add week?
You may drop yourself out of any class that you registered for by going into OASIS and withdrawing in the registration area of the menu. You will not be refunded for the fees for the class after drop/add week, so you must drop before the deadline to get your money back or have the class fees cancelled.

How do I withdraw from a course after drop/add week ends with a "W"?
You may withdraw from any course in which you are enrolled through the OASIS registration menu, but you will not be refunded for fees after drop/add week. You may drop classes up to the posted deadline (see your student catalog or Registrar's Office for this schedule), but usually sometime up to the 10th week of classes.

How do I withdraw from a course after drop/add week and request a refund of tuition?
To get a refund, students must present a compelling and valid reason to the ARC committee as to why their monies should be reimbursed from the university. The first step is to get this withdrawal approved through submitting an ARC petition (found in MHC 1143 Dean's Office). You must have the instructor for the course complete their section of the ARC petition and no department stamp is needed prior to submitting. If approved, you must then fill out a Fee Waiver form. The USF Cashier's Office will then process your refund.

How many courses can I withdraw from?
Students are limited to five undergraduate course withdrawals without college approval. Students with 59 or fewer credit hours may withdrawal from 3 courses; and students with 60 or more credit ours are allotted two course withdrawals.

Does withdrawing affect my GPA? Financial aid? Scholarship?
Withdrawing does not hurt your GPA provided that you have dropped within the free drop period. If you do not formally withdraw from classes prior to the drop deadline (usually about ten weeks into the semester), then you will be failed and received an F for this courses for that term, regardless of whether you attended. However, we strongly recommend that you check with both Financial Aid and your scholarship representative to ensure that you are meeting requirements for total hours of enrollment prior to dropping any classes.

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Advanced Placement and CLEP

What are the maximum amounts of hour's credit for CLEP and AP tests?
Up to 45 hours of credit may be applied from CLEP or AP credit toward your degree at USF.

Where can I take the exam? Is there a time frame for tests?
Please contact Evaluation & Testing Services in the Student Services Building (SVC) to get information on available test dates for CLEP. You can take the test at any time during your coursework at USF. To contact Evaluation and Testing Services dial 813-974-2741.

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Cross Enrollment / Transient Student

What is cross enrollment/transient student?
Transient student status is when a student is admitted to USF, but is solely taking classes at a different institution outside of the USF System. Cross enrollment refers to students who are taking courses at USF and at another institution simultaneously. Both options require prior approval to ensure that credits will transfer back to USF.

How many courses can I take at schools other than USF?
This is determined by the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Deans office on an individual basis. Please note, you must meet University (30 hrs) residency requirements.

What steps do I need to take to complete a cross enrollment/transient student course?
A transient student form is used when a student wishes to take courses at an institution outside of the USF System. Students wishing to take courses at public institutions in Florida must complete the Transient Form. This form can be used to request approval for courses taken as cross enrollment (enrollment at USF and the other institution) or transient enrollment (courses taken only at another institution). Once the form is completed, it will be automatically sent within three business days to the college office and to the Office of the Registrar. The form is typically reviewed within 24-48 hours.

Student's interested in taking courses at a private or out-of-state institution must complete the Transient Form located on the Registrar's website and should follow instructions on the form. Please keep in mind that transient or cross enrollment in courses that are available in the USF system during fall and spring semesters will only be approved in very extenuating circumstances. However, transient enrollment during summer will be approved if the student resides and the courses are offered at institutions outside of Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough counties.

*Please note that your summer hours requirement can only be met at USF or other state universities in the state of Florida. Courses taken at a community college will not meet the summer hours requirement needed for graduation.

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D/F Policy

What happens if I earn a grade lower than C- in a course required for my major?
If you earn one grade lower than C- in a course required for your major, you will be sent a warning. As indicated in the USF catalog, our departmental policy for grades within the major states:

Minimum Grade for Majors
A student must receive a "C-" grade or better in all courses within the major (some prerequisites may require higher minimum grades). Any student who receives a grade of "D+" or lower in two USF Communication Sciences and Disorders courses will be required to either change concentrations within CSD or pursue major reselection. If a student changes concentrations within the CSD major, pursuant to receiving two "D+" or lower grades, and earns and additional "D+" or lower grade in any major course, the student will be required to pursue major reselection. Note: Students may use grade forgiveness to improve GPA, but all "D+" or lower grades will count towards the maximum allowed total "D+" or lower grades in the major whether grade forgiven or not. For redirection into a new major, please see the advisor listed in the Office of Academic Advocacy (OAA).

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Declaration of Major / Minor

How do I declare my major or a double major?
To declare a major or to change to another major you can go online to the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences website. Click on the current students tab; click undergraduate, click student forms. Complete the declaration of major form then email it to the email address located on the top of the form. If you are interested in declaring your major as CSD, we encourage you to meet with an advisor prior to declaring so that you have all of the relevant information pertaining to your decision. For students interested in a double major or dual degree, approval is now required through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. You can find more information about that process here.

When do I declare my major?
USF would like you to declare a major as soon as you have decided upon one. This allows you to establish a relationship with your academic advisor to ensure you are on track for success at USF at all times. However, you cannot register for CSD classes unless you are a declared major and at least of junior standing.

What are the disadvantages and advantages of declaring a minor?
A disadvantage of declaring a minor is that it limits the amount of free electives that you have in your time at USF. On the positive side, it gives you an opportunity to get a multidisciplinary perspective in different subjects.

How do I declare a minor?
To declare a minor please complete the minor declaration form located on the College of Behavior and Community Sciences website. You must meet with an academic advisor for the department that you would like a minor in to determine department specific requirements.

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Exit Requirements

Can I transfer courses to fulfill the exit requirements?
No, you must take these courses at USF as the graduating institution.
If I take an exit listed in both areas, does it fulfill both exit requirements?
No, you must take a three hour Capstone course and a three hour Writing Intensive course to satisfy the exit requirements

EXIT REQUIREMENTS- for catalogs Fall 2009 and thereafter

What are the exit requirements?
To fulfill the upper level requirement of the FKL (Foundations of Knowledge and Learning) core curriculum, you must complete one Writing Intensive course and one Capstone course. For LSH students, SPA 4050 will meet your Capstone requirement and you will need to select a Writing Intensive. For ITT and DST students, you will need to select a Capstone and a Writing Intensive to meet your exit requirements. For suggestions, please see your advisor.

What is a Writing Intensive Course?
Writing intensive courses continue the emphasis of the Core Curriculum on writing. In addition, these courses may focus on writing within your academic discipline. In these courses, you will gain skills that prepare you for professional work or graduate studies. In all cases, the emphasis is on the processes of communication both within and among disciplines and for multiple audiences. Writing-intensive courses must meet or exceed the current Gordon Rule communication requirements. View a comprehensive list Opens in a new window of all courses that meet this requirement.

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Foreign Language Requirement

I took ASL in high school or I am already fluent in ASL. How do I know where to start?
You will need to contact Andrea Smith via email at asmith1@usf.edu to arrange for an assessment of your skill level in ASL. This determines where you should begin in the sequence or whether you are fluent enough to meet the BA foreign language requirement with a waiver.

What if I am a native speaker of a language?
If you are a fluent speaker, you can place out or CLEP out for credit. In place of the foreign language credits, you will then take elective classes instead to meet the total number of hours required for your degree.

Do I have to take the same language I did in high school?
No, you can take any language.

Do I have to take them consecutively?
No but they must be two semesters of the same language.

Can I take them S/U?
There are two parts to all foreign language courses with the exception of sign language. In other words each course has a lecture and a lab. All lab courses are S/U only. No lecture courses may be taken S/U and you must receive a grade of "C" or better in the second portion of the language.

How do I waive the foreign language requirement?
You can either CLEP or place out of the language (placement applies to Spanish, German, French and American Sign Language only).

Do I need a permit for Spanish, French, and German?
You must take a placement test in order to register for any of the languages mentioned above. You may contact the World Language Department at 813-974-2548 for more information on times and days that the placement is held. This office is located in 419 Cooper Hall.

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Grade Forgiveness

What is grade forgiveness?
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 "D" or higher (exception - see Honors at Graduation). A course that is repeated and the repeat grade is "F" will have both grades calculated into the GPA. 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 Admissions & Records. The grade forgiveness policy cannot apply to any course in which the grade of "FF" has been recorded.

How do I complete a grade forgiveness and how many courses can I grade forgive?

How does this look on my transcript?
All grades remain on the transcript. The original course grade will be annotated with "R" to indicate that the course has subsequently been repeated and the original grade is not computed in the GPA.
Are there any restrictions to grade forgivenesses?
Yes, the policy applies only to courses taken originally at USF and repeated at USF. No cross institutional grade forgivenesses are accepted. The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders does not allow grade forgiveness to be applied to 4000 level coursework within the major. You may only opt to use a total of two grade forgivenesses within the major.

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Where do I go to apply for graduation?
To apply to graduate, login to OASIS using your Net ID and self-assigned password, then click on the Student menu and select "Apply for Graduation." Please note that participation in commencement ceremonies requires separate registration with the Office of Special Events & Ceremonies.

When do I apply for graduation?
Applications are accepted during the four weeks of the term the student will be completing all degree requirements.

If I miss the deadline, can I still apply?
If you miss the deadline to apply to graduate, you can still apply up until the last day of class (does not include finals week). However, to ensure that your name is included in the program at commencement, you must apply to graduate and register for commencement by the published deadline.

If I apply for graduation and get denied do I need to apply again?
Yes you need to apply for graduation in the semester you will actually complete all degree requirements. You can still participate in the ceremony if you will be denied graduation.

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Is orientation mandatory?
Yes you cannot register for courses until you complete the orientation process and declare your major.

When is orientation scheduled?
Transfer orientation scheduling varies. For more information, please visit this website Opens in a new window.
Freshman orientation is a two day process, to register for freshman orientation visit the orientation website Opens in a new window.

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Oasis Registration

What method is used to register for courses?
Students register for courses using OASIS. Log into your oasis account, select "student records", indicate the term you wish to be enrolled, designate the "drop/add classes" link, and enter the CRN for the desired open courses.

How do I register for courses?
Log into your oasis account and register for courses. All major courses are open to junior and senior declared majors.
When does registration take place for each semester?

When are schedules released?
Schedules are released approximately 3 weeks prior to registration.

What is the frequency in which courses are offered?
Some courses are only offered one time per year. Please see the course work section under your major for this information. ASL 2140C, 2150C, 4161C, and 4201C (ASL I-IV) are offered year around.

Should I see my advisor regarding scheduling courses?
Yes you should see your advisor prior to attempting to schedule your courses. For your convenience, we now have an online appointment scheduler. To use this mechanism for scheduling an appointment, please visit this website Opens in a new window.

Are there restrictions on registering for CSD courses?
In some cases, yes. Restrictions will be noted in the course descriptions in the "Schedule Search". Major restriction: you must be a declared CSD major in order to be able to register for courses.

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Repeat Course Surcharges

How many times can I repeat a course?
Initiated by the Florida Legislature (H.B. 1545 of 1997) to reduce costs, all state universities must monitor undergraduate student progress and charge students the "full cost of instruction" for certain repeats of undergraduate courses. This policy became effective Fall 1997 and requires USF to charge students a substantial per credit hour surcharge when they attempt a course three or more times at USF, unless the course is specifically designed to be repeated or is required to be repeated by their major. Requirements to earn a passing or higher grade than previously earned in a course do not exempt the surcharge. Students will be required to pay the surcharge in addition to the appropriate in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. It is important to note that all attempts count, including withdrawals after the first week of classes and courses with incomplete grades.

What is the cost involved?
The cost is typically three times that of an on campus 3 credit hour course.

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S/U Options

What courses am I allowed to take S/U?
No-option Courses. 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. Option Courses. Any undergraduate course may be taken on an S/U basis by a student under the following conditions and restrictions:

How many courses can I take on a pass/fail basis?
You may not take more than 19 hrs total toward your degree.

How can I process an S/U grade?
The method by which a student receives an "S" or "U" grade in an option course will consist of the following:

Does that average into my gpa?
No it does not impact your grade point average

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Transfer Credits

How long does it take for transfer credits to be approved? Will I be notified?
It may take several weeks to evaluate transfer credit. Students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to determine how many hours have transferred to USF. When you transfer, the evaluation of your credits occurs at three levels: the universities determines how many credit hours transfer and are awarded to you; the college (Behavioral and Community Sciences) determines which courses are applied to university requirements and general education; and finally the department determines what may be applicable to your major.

If I don't receive credit for all of my transfer work can I petition the decision?
Yes, please bring any discrepancies to the attention of the major advisor so that they can help to determine next course of action. You will likely be asked to provide a course description and/or a syllabus for review.

Transfer Student FAQ

        For all Transfer Student questions, please click here.

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If I already have an undergraduate degree, how can I become eligible to apply for the graduate program in speech language pathology?
In order to be eligible to apply to the graduate program, students need to have completed a bachelors in Communication Sciences & Disorders. If you have already earned a bachelors in another field, you will need additional coursework prior to being able to apply to the graduate program. There are several options available and it will be up to you to determine which course of action will best suit your needs.

Option 1: Complete USF's On-line Post-Baccalaureate Program

Pursue the minimum prerequisites necessary for admission purposes as a non-degree seeking student fully on-line. All seven courses can be completed in three semesters. Plus, you don't have to take all seven courses. Further, the same highly qualified full-time faculty who teach in the face-to-face undergraduate program teach every course in the on-line program. If you'd like more information, click here. There are two tracks, Fall start and Spring start. Course sequencing for this option is as follows:


SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science (requires SPA 3030 and SPA 3112 as prerequisites)
SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing (requires SPA 3030 as prerequisite)

SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy (requires SPA 3101 as prerequisites)


SPA 3004 Introduction to Language Development and Disorders
SPA 3030 Introduction to Hearing Science
SPA 3112 Applied Phonetics in Communication Disorders
SPA 3101 Anatomy and Physiology of the Speech and Hearing Mechanism

SPA 3011 Introduction to Speech Science (requires SPA 3030 and SPA 3112 as prerequisites)
SPA 3310 Introduction to Disorders of Hearing (requires SPA 3030 as prerequisite)
SPA 4104 Neuroanatomy (requires SPA 3101 as prerequisite)

Option 2: Complete a second Bachelors of Arts at USF Tampa

This program will take approximately two years and will result in an awarded BA degree. Students will take all of the undergraduate courses, program prerequisites, and two semesters of a foreign language (if not previously completed at the college level). Courses are offered in a specific sequence to allow prerequisites to be met for subsequent semesters. These courses are only available on campus. More information about the bachelor's program is available here. More information about the bachelors program is available here.

Option 3: Complete a second Bachelors of Science through USF Sarasota

These classes are offered in an online format, and in order to be eligible to take them, students must apply and be admitted into their program, which begins in the summer semester. They will not allow non-degree seeking students or USF Tampa students to take their courses. Because it is a completely separate program, any questions about the USF Sarasota online program should be addressed directly to them. You can find information about the online second bachelors through USF Sarasota here.

Please note that selecting one of these options does not guarantee admission into the Masters in Speech Language Pathology. Rather, it only makes you eligible to apply to the graduate program. You can review the graduate school admission requirements here.