Nov 15, 2018  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Academic Catalog

Academic Information



Attendance

Regular and punctual attendance and participation are expected but is not mandatory.  See syllabus for attendance requirements of each particular course. For more information see FPU-5.0010AP.

Course Load

Undergraduate

A full-time undergraduate student is enrolled in 12 or more credit hours per semester. A part-time undergraduate student is enrolled in fewer than 12 credit hours per semester. The typical full-time undergraduate course load is 12 to 18 credit hours each semester. Students should take between 30 and 33 hours annually to graduate in four years. In the Fall and Spring semesters, the maximum number of credit hours in which an undergraduate may enroll is 18. During the Summer semester, the maximum number of credit hours allowed during a six-week term is 9, and the maximum number of credit hours allowed during a 12-week term is 15. The total of combined summer sessions cannot exceed 15 hours. Semester overload permission from the undergraduate student's academic advisor is required to enroll for more than the maximum allowable hours. For additional information see FPU-5.0088AP.

Graduate

The University defines full-time graduate students as being enrolled in 9 or more credit hours during the fall and spring semesters and a minimum of 6 credit hours during a summer semester. The University requires that any graduate student wishing to enroll in more than 12 credit hours in a semester acquire written permission from an academic advisor or program coordinator.  For additional information see FPU-5.0088AP.

Adding/Dropping a Course

Adding a course: Students may add courses or change sections of courses during the registration period and the drop/add period, as published in the Academic Calendar. Classes may be added during the registration period by accessing the registration tab in the student portal.

Dropping a course: Courses may be dropped during the registration and drop/add period, as published in the Academic Calendar through the student portal. Courses dropped during this period will not appear on the student's academic record.  Withdrawing from individual courses after the drop/add period must be processed through the Office of the Registrar. These courses will remain on the academic record and are assigned a grade of W. A grade of W is not calculated in the student's grade point average (GPA), but is counted in attempted credits.

Dropping all courses does not officially constitute formal withdrawal from the University. Refer to the Withdrawal section for information and procedures. A student is financially liable for all courses in which he or she is registered at the end of the drop/add period.

For additional information on course drop/add see FPU-5.0101AP.

Course Substitutions

Only under unavoidable and exceptional circumstances will substitution for or exemption from the prescribed curricula be permitted. If it becomes necessary to request deviation from the prescribed course of study, the student should consult their Department or Division Chair of the student's major. Students transferring from other colleges who desire to substitute courses taken elsewhere for courses prescribed at the University should also consult their Department or Division Chair.

Any deviations from the applicable published degree requirements must have the approval of the Department or Division Chair and the Office of the Registrar as appropriate.

Change of Major (Undergraduate)

All undergraduate students desiring to change their major should consult with their academic advisor. A change in major could result in a change of catalog year.

For additional information on change of major, see FPU-5.0091AP.

Academic Standing

  • Good Academic Standing: An undergraduate student who possesses a Cumulative GPA of 2.00 or above is considered to be in Good Academic Standing.
  • Academic Warning: An undergraduate student is placed on Academic Warning if his/her Cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00 for the first time in his/her academic career at the University.
  • Academic Probation: An undergraduate student is placed on Academic Probation if his/her Cumulative GPA falls below a 2.00 for the second time.
  • Academic Suspension:  An undergraduate student is placed on Academic Suspension if his/her semester GPA falls below a 2.00 while the student is on Academic Probation.

For additional information see FPU-5.0074AP.

Grade Point Average Calculation

Florida Polytechnic University's grading system includes the following grades:

Grading System

Grade

Definition

Quality Points PerSemester

A

 

4.00

A-

 

3.67

B+

 

3.33

B

 

3.00

B-

 

2.67

C+

 

2.33

C

 

2.00

C-

 

1.67

D+

 

1.33

D

 

1.00

D-

 

0.67

F

Failure

0.00

AU

Audit

**

CR

Credit (Thesis/Dissertation Only)

**

IP

Continuation (Thesis/Dissertation Only)

**

NR

Grade Not Reported

**

S

Satisfactory* (Internship/Prof Experience Only)

**

U

Unsatisfactory (Internship/Prof Experience Only)

**

W

Withdrawal without academic penalty

**

WM

Withdrawal - Mitigating Circumstances

*

It is the option of the division, department or instructor to use all, some, or none of the plus/minus grades in assigning student grades in a course, as long as the grading system is communicated to students via the course syllabi at the beginning of the course. Numerical ranges corresponding to letter grades are established for each course according to the professional judgment of the instructor.

Some divisions, departments, and programs have established minimum grade requirements. In these instances, for example, C- does not satisfy the requirement of a minimum grade of C.

The grades of D, while considered passing for undergraduate students, may not be acceptable for some courses (see program requirements). Refer to course descriptions and the prerequisites to determine what grade a prerequisite course requires.

Earned credit hours are not assigned in courses with grades of F, AU, I, IP, NR, W, and WM (see definitions). A grade of NR is posted for grades not reported by the instructor.

An NR grade will be converted to an F at the end of the following semester. This conversion may affect financial aid. For additional information see FPU-5.0071AP.

Incomplete Grade

A student who is passing a course but who has not completed all of the required coursework by the end of the term may be assigned a grade of I with the permission of the instructor. A grade of I is not computed in a student's GPA. An incomplete (I) grade cannot be assigned to a course if the student fails to attend the course, drops the course after the drop/add period, or withdraws from the university. A student who registers for a course but fails to meet the course requirements, without officially dropping the course, will receive a grade of F in the course. For additional information see FPU-5.00712AP.

Grade Forgiveness

Students may repeat a course to improve their grade point average (GPA) where the earned grade was less than a C and the courses were completed at Florida Polytechnic University. This will exclude a previous course grade from their Florida Polytechnic University grade point average calculations.  This will not remove the previous grade from the transcript, only from the GPA calculation process.

Grade Forgiveness is limited to two (2) courses during a student's undergraduate career and only for 1000-4000-level courses. Graduate courses are not subject to grade forgiveness. Courses in which a student has received an academic dishonesty penalty are not considered eligible for grade forgiveness. Undergraduate degree and non-degree students are eligible. For more information see FPU-5.0006AP.

Final Grades

Official grades are available only in the student portal. Canvas is not the official grade and may not match the actual final grade posted to a student's academic record. The University does not mail final grade reports. Students may print unofficial copies.

Honors Recognition

Undergraduate students completing at least 12 credits hours of coursework during the fall or spring semester with a grade point average of 3.90 - 4.00 will be eligible for President's List recognition.

Undergraduate students completing at least 12 credits hours of coursework during the fall or spring semester with a grade point average of 3.50 - 3.89 will be eligible for Provost's List recognition.
For additional information see FPU-5.00741AP.

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduate students may graduate with honors upon meeting the following requirements:

1. Completion of a minimum of 30 credits at Florida Polytechnic University

2. Achieve a cumulative grade-point average as follows:

  •     Summa Cum Laude: 3.90 and above
  •     Magna Cum Laude: 3.75 to 3.89
  •     Cum Laude: 3.50 to 3.74

For more information see FPU-5.0017AP.

Graduation Requirements, Baccalaureate

The following are minimum requirements for awarding the baccalaureate degree:

  1. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all coursework attempted at Florida Polytechnic University. Departments may have requirements that exceed these minimums.
  2. Satisfy general education requirements (36 hours of required and elective coursework in prescribed areas; see General Education section ).
  3. Satisfactory completion of an additional six (6) credit hours designated as "writing intensive" (W) by the University.
  4. Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 48 hours of upper division coursework (courses numbered 3000 and above).
  5. Complete all program requirements.
  6. At least 25% of the coursework required for the degree and thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) hours must be earned at Florida Polytechnic University.
  7. All students entering Florida Polytechnic University with fewer than sixty (60) semester hours of credit are required to earn at least nine (9) semester hours of credit prior to graduation by attendance during one or more Summer terms. The University may waive the application of this rule in cases of unusual hardship (See Summer Enrollment Requirement).
  8. Satisfy State of Florida foreign language admission requirement.
  9. Satisfy State of Florida Civic Literacy requirement (students initially entering a state college or university fall semester 2018 or thereafter).
  10. Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar.

For more information see FPU-5.0094AP.

Graduation Requirements, Graduate-level

All work used to meet degree requirements, including coursework and the successful defense of a thesis, if applicable, must be completed within the six-year period immediately prior to degree conferral. An approved leave of absence does not increase or alter the time limits for degree completion.

  • Completion of thirty (30) credits of approved graduate courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Earn at least two-thirds of the credits applied towards the Graduate degree through Florida Polytechnic University.
  • Completion of any pre-requisites or deficiencies as identified by the Faculty Advisor, Department Chair, or Division Director.
  • Apply for graduation by the deadline indicated in the Academic Calendar.
  • Compliance with all other university graduation requirements.

Residency Requirement for Graduation

At least twenty-five percent of coursework for the degree must be earned at Florida Polytechnic University. Thirty (30) of the last sixty (60) hours must be earned at Florida Polytechnic University to receive a baccalaureate degree from Florida Polytechnic University.

A graduate student must complete at least eighteen (18) credits at Florida Polytechnic University.