USF Core Syllabus Policy Statements

The following policy statements apply to all syllabi at all USF campuses. These policy statements are in effect even if not reproduced on the official course syllabus.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida’s commitment to the academic honesty and personal integrity of its university community. Academic integrity is grounded in certain fundamental values, which include honesty, respect, and fairness. Broadly defined, academic honesty is the completion of all academic endeavors and claims of scholarly knowledge as representative of one’s own efforts. The process for faculty reporting of academic misconduct, as well as the student’s options for appeal, are outlined in detail in USF Regulation 3.027.

Academic Grievance Procedure

The purpose of these procedures is to provide all undergraduate and graduate students taking courses at the University of South Florida an opportunity for objective review of facts and events pertinent to the cause of the academic grievance. An “academic grievance” is a claim that a specific academic decision or action that affects that student’s academic record or status has violated published policies and procedures, or has been applied to the grievant in a manner different from that used for other students.

COVID-19 Procedures

The health and safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors on our campuses is our top priority. In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the USF community will be working together to support compliance with recommended health and safety standards to optimize the learning experience while minimizing health risks.  The Conduct Expectations for all members of the community may be accessed at Conduct Expected to Support USF Health and Safety Standards with details provided below:

Students and faculty will be guided by established USF processes to ensure the safest possible non-disruptive environment including the:

(1) Academic Disruption Regulation which provides for an immediate removal or restriction from a classroom setting with academic sanctions and/or

(2) Student Conduct Regulation to address conduct that is inconsistent with the expectations as outlined below:

  1. Complete daily screening as requested. Anyone experiencing one or more COVID-19 symptoms should not be on campus or, if a resident, should not be outside their residence hall room and should contact a medical provider immediately and follow their guidance. Please inform your instructor prior to the beginning class if your screening indicates the need for further evaluation and you will not be in class.
  2. Wear face coverings. All members of the USF community are required to wear face coverings while in classrooms or any other shared space, including specified public or common-use areas where social distancing guidelines cannot be followed. See this link on How To Make A Face Mask. If you have to use a disposable face mask, please discard it in a trash receptacle immediately after use.
  3. Maintain social distancing. All students, faculty, staff and guests are required to maintain a safe distance from one another. Social distancing is maintained in all indoor and outdoor spaces which are owned or controlled by USF.  Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people, do not gather in groups, stay out of crowded places and avoid mass gatherings. See the CDC for information on Social Distancing. Please sit in only designated areas in class and do not move chairs or desks in classrooms or common spaces.
  4. Practice good hand hygiene. Individuals should wash their hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as often as possible or use personal hand sanitizers containing at least 60% alcohol. Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout the campus. If you see one, use it! See the CDC recommendations on Hand Hygiene.
  5. Disinfect your classroom space. Students and faculty are responsible for disinfecting areas within their workspaces by cleaning these at the beginning and end of each class. This includes desk tops, seats, and equipment used during class. Disinfectant supplies will be provided. If paper towels are used to disinfect, they must be discarded in a trash receptable immediately after use.

Disability Access

Students with disabilities are responsible for registering with Students Accessibilty Services (SAS) (SVC 1133) in order to receive academic accommodations. SAS encourages students to notify instructors of accommodation needs at least five (5) business days prior to needing the accommodation. A letter from SAS must accompany this request. Please visit the Student Accessibility Services website for more information.

Disruption to Academic Progress

Disruptive students in the academic setting hinder the educational process. Disruption of the academic process (USF Regulation 3.025) is defined as the act, words, or general conduct of a student in a classroom or other academic environment which in the reasonable estimation of the instructor: (a) directs attention away from the academic matters at hand, such as noisy distractions, persistent, disrespectful or abusive interruption of lecture, exam, academic discussion, or general University operations, or (b) presents a danger to the health, safety, or well-being of self or other persons.

Food and Housing Insecurity

We recognize that student facing financial difficulty in securing a stable place to live and/or in affording sufficient groceries may be at risk of these financial issues affecting their performance in classes. Students with these needs are urged to contact Feed-A-Bull (feedabull@usf.edu or their website), or Student Outreach and Support (socat@usf.edu or their website). 

Religious Observances

All students have a right to expect that the University will reasonably accommodate their religious observances, practices and beliefs (USF Policy 10-045). The University of South Florida, through its faculty, will make every attempt to schedule required classes and examinations in view of customarily observed religious holidays of those religious groups or communities comprising USF’s constituency. Students are expected to attend classes and take examinations as determined by the university. No student shall be compelled to attend class or sit for an examination at a day or time prohibited by his or her religious belief. However, students should review the course requirements and meeting days and times to avoid foreseeable conflicts, as excessive absences in a given term may prevent a student from completing the academic requirements of a specific course. Students are expected to notify their instructors at the beginning of each academic term if they intend to be absent for a class or announced examination, in accordance with this Policy.

Sexual Misconduct / Sexual Harassment

USF is committed to providing an environment free from sex discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual violence (USF Policy 0-004). The USF Center for Victim Advocacy is a confidential resource where you can talk about incidents of sexual harassment and gender-based crimes including sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence. This confidential resource can help you without having to report your situation to either the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (OSSR) or the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity (DIEO), unless you request that they make a report. Please be aware that in compliance with Title IX and under the USF Policy, educators must report incidents of sexual harassment and gender-based crimes including sexual assault, stalking, and domestic/relationship violence. If you disclose any of these situations in class, in papers, or personally to an educator, he or she is required to report it to OSSR or DIEO for investigation. Contact the USF Center for Victim Advocacy: 813-974-5757.

Statement of Academic Continuity

In the event of an emergency, it may be necessary for USF to suspend normal operations. During this time, USF may opt to continue delivery of instruction through methods that include, but are not limited to: Learning Management System, online conferencing, email messaging, and/or an alternate schedule. It is the responsibility of the student to monitor the Learning Management System for each class for course-specific communication, and the USF, College, and Department websites, emails, and MoBull messages for important general information (USF Policy 6-010). For additional guidance on emergency protective actions and hazards that affect the University, please visit www.usf.edu/em