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Academic Policies

Academic Integrity of Students
Academic integrity is the foundation of the University of South Florida's 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 Probation and Academic Dismissal for Undergraduate Students
Students who do not maintain a satisfactory GPA will be at risk for being put on probation or dismissed from USF.

Academic Renewal
The University's Academic Renewal policy allows students previously dismissed from the university or former students returning with a USF GPA below 2.00 to renew their pursuit of baccalaureate degrees without the responsibility of having to overcome the entire burden of low grades and low grade-point-averages.

After a student has completed his/her registration on the date assigned, he/she may add courses until the add
deadline specified in the Academic Calendar.

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 Withdrawals Policy
Effective Fall 2011, all undergraduate students are limited in the number of courses they may withdrawal from while enrolled as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking undergraduate student at USF.

Degree Progression
The University of South Florida is committed to facilitating students through their academic progress to degree. Students who have completed all the requirements for their degree will be required to graduate.

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.

Excess Hours Surcharge
In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour attempted in excess of the total hours required to earn a baccalaureate degree

Honors at Graduation
To be considered for honors at graduation, a baccalaureate candidate must have completed at least 40 credits of graded upper-level work at USF and have earned a grade point average of 3.50 or higher for all graded coursework attempted at USF.

Final Examinations Policy
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.