As Florida Polytechnic University begins our seventh academic year, I am pleased to welcome all new and returning students.
This Student Handbook is a starting place to answering various questions, and also serves as a collection of university information and policies, all gathered in a central location. If you need help or have a question that is not answered in this handbook, please reach out to the Academic Success Center at firstname.lastname@example.org. Faculty Mentors and Success Coaches are also great information resources.
STEM degrees are challenging, and it is important for you to find connections at the university. Connections will help enrich your experience at Florida Poly and will help you grow as a student, a leader, and, as we like to say at Florida Poly - the next solution innovator. Connections include your peers, faculty, and staff who are all resources who can help find solutions or address any difficulties you may face.
Student programming and campus activities focus on four primary values that, together, comprise the Florida Poly graduate:
- Leadership: Individual Excellence and Institutional Pride
- Collaboration: Impactful Community Members
- Innovation: Ethical Problem Solvers
- Adaptability: Intentionally Healthy Individuals
Students develop these values in the various curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular opportunities on campus. Join a Registered Student Organization (club), participate in intramurals at the Student Development Center, form a study group in your residence hall, apply for a student worker position. Get involved! Our campus community is strongest when students are engaged and contribute to the Florida Poly experience.
You all have experienced the enormous disruption to our lives that the current pandemic has brought. Starting in March, 2020, school went to a varying forms of “remote instruction” model and depending on where you were, you had limited access to your activities and friends. Florida Poly is committed to providing a strong experience for all of you but the world has changed. A consequence of the pandemic is that we will need all of us: students, faculty, staff, to behave responsibly. In short, we will have to work extra hard in the coming year to be considerate of our own needs and those of others. Thank you all in advance for your help as we all work together to have a great year.
I encourage you to embrace the Florida Poly experience. Study hard, challenge yourself and become a part of Florida Poly.
Good luck with this year, and I look forward to seeing you on campus.
Dr. Terry Parker