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2020-2021 Undergraduate Student Handbook 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies and Regulations


Florida Polytechnic University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida Polytechnic University.

See also www.sacscoc.org.

Program Accreditations

  • The Bachelor of Science degree programs in Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering are accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET. www.abet.org
  • The Bachelor of Science degree program in Computer Science is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET. www.abet.org

Academic Freedom and Responsibility

The University administration and faculty shall fully maintain, encourage and protect academic freedom.

Academic freedom is essential to the University. It includes both freedom of thought and expression, and it applies to teaching, research/creative activities, and professional, public and University service.

Academic freedom is accompanied by corresponding faculty and administration responsibilities, arising from the nature of the educational process. Faculty members are free to discuss all relevant matters in the classroom, to explore all avenues of scholarship, research and creative expression and to speak freely on all matters of University governance without fear of University censorship, retaliation or discipline.

Students also play an important role in academic freedom. Students have the right and are encouraged to engage in inquiry and discussion; to exchange thought and opinion; and to speak, write, and print freely on any subject.

All members of the University community have the responsibility to respect the academic freedom of others. Please see FPU-5.001 Academic Freedom and Responsibility policy to read in its entirety.

Academic Integrity

This regulation provides the processes to be followed when a student is alleged to have violated the Academic Integrity regulation and indicates the potential consequences and sanctions when a student is found responsible for such violation.

The University is an academic community. Its fundamental purpose is the pursuit of knowledge. Essential to the fundamental purpose of the University is the commitment to the principles of truth and academic honesty. Accordingly, the Academic Integrity regulation is designed to ensure that the principle of academic honesty is upheld. While all members of the University share this responsibility, special responsibility for upholding the principle of academic honesty lies with the students. In order to maintain the integrity of the academic process, all students must commit to the highest ethical standards in completion of all academic pursuits and endeavors. The faculty share with the administration the responsibility for educating students about the importance and principles of academic integrity.

Please see FPU-5.005 Academic Integrity regulation to read it in its entirety.

Articulation Agreement

Florida has long been considered a national leader in developing highly effective articulation at the state and local levels between and among institutions and sectors. Click here to see how state statutes define articulation and access to post-secondary education.

Acceptance of Articulated Acceleration Methods

The University will accept credit awarded through one or any combination of state-approved acceleration methods not to exceed 45 credit hours. Credits awarded through this method must meet or exceed minimum scores established by the Statewide Articulation Agreement.

Please see FPU-5.009AP Acceptance of Articulated Acceleration Mechanisms policy to read in its entirety.

Intellectual Property

Intellectual property includes inventions, industrial designs, trade secrets, mask works, tangible research material, copyrightable works and related trademarks.

Please see FPU-1.0061P Intellectual Property policy to read in its entirety.