Dec 09, 2019  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Student Handbook 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Student Handbook

University Policies & Regulations

Student Code of Conduct 

The Student Code of Conduct is designed to promote responsible behavior by all students consistent with the values and welfare of the Florida Polytechnic University community. It exists to define the behavioral rights and responsibilities of University students and student organizations. The Code of Conduct fosters and enhances the academic mission of the University, as well as protects the rights of all University students, faculty and staff.

Please see FPU-3.006 Student Code of Conduct in the University Policies and Regulations to read in its entirety.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. (An “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who attends a post-secondary institution regardless of age.)

To read the full Notification of Rights under FERPA, please refer to the Florida Poly website.

Student Educational Records 

The University maintains student educational records in a confidential and secure manner in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, (“FERPA”), also known as the Buckley Amendment (20 U.S.C. 1232g). Florida Statutes Section 1002.225 provides certain rights to students concerning their student records. Florida Statutes Section 1006.52 makes both student records and applicant records confidential and exempt from disclosure under the State’s Public Records Law.

Please see FPU-3.001 Confidentiality of Student Records and Applicant Records policy to read in its entirety.

Grade Forgiveness Policy 

The Grade Forgiveness Policy is a method by which undergraduate and non-degree seeking students may repeat a limited number of courses, provided the initial grade earned for the designated course is less than a “C” to improve the grade point average.

Please see FPU-5.0006AP Grade Forgiveness Policy to read in its entirety.

Military Calls to Active Duty

For the purposes of this regulation, “active military service” means active duty in the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard of the State of Florida, or other military service as provided in Florida statutes. The student must provide official orders or appropriate military certification to verify such military service.

The purpose of regulation FPU-4.005 Student Withdrawal from Courses Due to Military Service is to provide the policies for students currently enrolled at the University who are called to, or enlist in, active military service to withdraw from courses.

Please see FPU-4.005 Student Withdrawal from Courses Due to Military Service policy to read in its entirety.

Name Change 

Official name change forms for enrolled students are available through the Office of the University Registrar. Requests must be submitted to the Office of the University Registrar to change a legal name on the student record. Copies of documents (i.e., marriage certificate, divorce decree, etc.) noting the legal name change must be submitted with the request.

Students requesting a name change and reissue of diploma will be responsible for the cost of the new diploma. Name change requests from non-enrolled students will not be honored.

Please see FPU-5.011AP Name Change on Academic Records policy to read in its entirety.

Alcohol Policy

Florida Polytechnic University does not prohibit the legal consumption of alcohol on its campus or properties under its control. The intent of the alcohol policy is to establish guidelines and procedures for the legal and responsible use of alcohol on University property. The use of alcohol by members of the University community is subject to the applicable alcoholic beverages laws and ordinances of the State of Florida, the City of Lakeland and Polk County at all times. No person may sell, furnish or give alcohol to any person under the age of 21.

Please see the FPU-1.0003P Alcohol Policy to read in its entirety.

Sexual Harassment Policy

Florida Polytechnic University is committed to ensuring that each member of the University community shall be permitted to work, study and interact with each other in a dignified learning environment, free from any form of sexual harassment (sex discrimination, sexual assault, sexual exploitation, stalking, and intimate partner violence). This policy provides guidance regarding conduct that constitutes sexual harassment, reporting responsibilities regarding such behavior and specific information on where to go to seek guidance or file a complaint of sexual harassment. All complaints of sexual harassment will be handled in accordance with the University’s grievance and disciplinary procedures.

Policy Statement 

Sexual harassment violates University policy, federal and state laws and may also be subject to criminal prosecution. The University is committed to fostering an environment that promotes prompt reporting of all types of sexual harassment and timely and fair resolution of sexual harassment complaints.

Florida Polytechnic University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities.  Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC 1681 et seq., a federal civil rights law, prohibits such discrimination, in any form, including sexual harassment, sexual violence and gender-based discrimination. The University has designated a Title IX coordinator (see contact information below) to handle all complaints alleging sexual harassment and to conduct investigations of such complaints in a manner that ensures a prompt and equitable resolution. Additionally, as an employer, the University is required to comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other federal and state laws regarding sex-based harassment and sex discrimination.

Please see FPU-1.005P Sexual Harassment regulation to read in its entirety.


The University prohibits all forms of hazing as defined by the Student Code of Conduct, regardless of where or when the hazing occurs. In addition to facing disciplinary actions by the University, students engaging in hazing may face criminal charges under Section 1006.63, Florida Statutes.

Please see FPU-30062P Anti Hazing policy to read the policy in its entirety.

Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Policy 

The University is committed to providing and maintaining a dignified environment in which all members of the University community appreciate and respect one another by collectively sustaining a welcoming environment to work, study and interact with one another free from any form of unlawful discrimination.

The University shall not unlawfully discriminate in offering access to any educational programs or activities or in conducting its employment practices on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, sex, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or veteran status (each hereinafter referred to as a “protected class”) or any other legally protected class or basis under applicable federal and/or state laws. The purpose of this regulation is to provide the University’s expectations to maintain and foster an inclusive and welcoming environment in which diversity is valued and opportunity is equalized. This regulation provides guidelines and information regarding conduct that constitutes unlawful discrimination or harassment; reporting responsibilities; and requirements for filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment with the University. All complaints of discrimination or harassment filed with the University will be handled in accordance with applicable University grievance and disciplinary procedures.

Please see FPU-1.004 Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity policy to read in its entirety.

Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigation Procedures

The purpose of this regulation is to allow the University to maintain its commitment to provide an environment free from any form of unlawful discrimination and to ensure compliance with the various applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination. This regulation provides the procedures and related guidelines for handling and investigating complaints filed with the University that allege discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation in violation of the University’s Sexual Harassment Policy and Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Regulation.

Please see FPU-1.005P Discrimination and Harassment Complaint and Investigation Procedures policy to read in its entirety.