Office of the Registrar - Academic Standards

Please familiarize yourself with the contents of the University Catalog, the Schedule of Classes and the Student Handbook. The catalog contains detailed information about academic policies.

ACE/DANTES Examination Policy

Credit is only considered for Military Course Completions when listed on an official ACE SMARTS or AARTS transcript or for Military Training Credit listed on an official Coast Guard Institute transcript. Credit is awarded based on ACE recommendation and Florida Tech transfer credit policy.

Credit is considered for DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) and CLEP subject area examinations through DANTES listed on an official DANTES transcript. Credit is awarded based on ACE recommendation and Florida Tech transfer credit policy. 

Florida Tech expects students to take any DANTES examinations before enrollment. Although a student may take these examinations while enrolled at Florida Tech, they may do so only with the permission of their major department and college dean. Credit earned from DANTES is excluded from the three-course limit that applies to the study at another institution policy. Students must take DANTES examinations before their last term of enrollment. Contact the registrar’s office (Florida Tech University Online students contact their Florida Tech academic department) for further information.

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Academic Dismissal Notification / Right of Appeal

The registrar will send notification of academic dismissal from the university to the student.

An academically dismissed student may be reinstated for educationally sound reasons by special action of the Academic Standing Committee of the college in which the student is enrolled. A letter requesting reinstatement should be submitted to the committee through the registrar. A student who has been away from the university for four or more consecutive semesters (12 or more 8-week terms) and was dismissed after the last term of enrollment must submit a letter of appeal for reinstatement. The letter is sent to the undergraduate admission office along with the application for readmission.

Students reinstated by the Academic Standing Committee may be subject to special requirements as determined by the committee. Failure to meet the conditions specified at the time of reinstatement will result in a second dismissal, with the student retaining the right to request another reinstatement, although such requests are normally granted only in extraordinary cases.

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Advanced Placement (AP) Examination Credit

Credit is awarded for the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) examinations on which a student scores four or higher, as detailed below.

Melbourne Campus Students

SUBJECT SCORE FLORIDA TECH EQUIVALENT
(credit awarded)
Science
Biology 4 BIO 1010 (4)
  5 BIO 1010 (4) & BIO 1020 (4)
Chemistry 4 CHM 1101 (4)
  5 CHM 1101 (4) & CHM 1102 (4)
Environmental Science 4, 5 ENS 1001 (3)
Physics B 4, 5 Freshman Science Electives (6)
Physics C-Mech 4, 5 PHY 1001 (4)
Physics C-E/M  4, 5 PHY 2002 (4)
Mathematics and Computer Science
Calculus AB 4, 5 MTH 1001 (4)
Calculus BC 4, 5 MTH 1001 (4) & MTH 1002 (4)
Computer Science A 4, 5 CSE 1001 (4)
Statistics 4, 5 BUS 2703 (3)
English
Language & Comp. 4, 5 COM 1101 (3)
Literature & Comp.  4, 5 COM 1102 (3)
Humanities and Social Science
Art History 4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)
Human Geography 4, 5 HUM 1xxx (SS) (3)
Music Theory 4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)
Studio Art, Drawing 4, 5 Free Elective (3)
Studio Art, 3D Design 4, 5 Free Elective (3)
Art, 2D Design 4, 5 Free Elective (3)
Macroeconomics  4, 5 BUS 2303 (3)
Microeconomics  4, 5 BUS 2304 (3)
Psychology  4, 5 PSY 1411 (3)
U.S. Gov't. & Politics  4, 5 Social Science Elective (3)
Comp. Gov't. & Politics  4, 5 Social Science Elective (3)
U.S. History 4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)
European History  4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)
World History 4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)
Languages
French Language 4 LNG 1101 (3)
  5 LNG 1101 (3) & LNG 1102 (3)
French Literature  4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)
German Language  4 LNG 1201 (3)
  5 LNG 1201 (3) & LNG 1202 (3)
Italian Language 4 LNG 1601 (3)
  5 LNG 1601 (3) & LNG 1602 (3)
Latin/Vergil 4, 5 Languages Elective (3)
Latin Literature 4, 5 Languages Elective (3)
Spanish Language  4 LNG 1301 (3)
  5 LNG 1301 (3) & LNG 1302 (3)
Spanish Literature  4, 5 Humanities Elective (3)

A Melbourne campus student receiving a grade of three or better on AP examinations in most subjects, but not receiving Florida Tech credit under the above provisions, is encouraged to petition to take an equivalency examination, if offered, for further evaluation of possible credit.

Florida Tech University Online Students

Credit is awarded to Florida Tech University Online students for the College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP) examinations on which a student scores four or higher, as detailed above, with the following exceptions: 

SUBJECT SCORE CREDIT
Science
Physics B 4, 5 EDS 1021 (3)
Mathematics and Computer Science
Computer Science A 4, 5 CIS Elective (3)
Statistics 4, 5 EST 2703 (3)
Humanities and Social Sciences
Macroeconomics 4, 5 EEC 2303 (3)
Microeconomics 4, 5 EEC 2304 (3)

 

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Drop/Withdrawal Policy

Students are responsible for maintaining written evidence of all drops/withdrawals. Telephone and email drops/withdrawals will not be accepted. Failure to attend classes or verbal notification to instructors does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal. Students who drop or withdraw without filing the proper form will receive a failing grade of F.

Melbourne Campus and Extended Studies Students

To add or drop a course, or withdraw from the university, a student must complete a Change in Registration Status form. Melbourne campus students withdrawing from the university are asked to complete a withdrawal survey in the Registration Center. Extended studies students are asked to complete the survey in the student’s site office.

Failure to attend classes or verbal notification to instructors does not constitute an official drop or withdrawal. Students who drop or withdraw without filing the proper form will receive a failing grade of F. When a Melbourne campus or extended studies student drops a course during the first two weeks of class (except in a summer term) the course will not appear on the permanent academic record.

After this date, a W will appear on the permanent record for each dropped course. The W is not used in the computation of the semester and cumulative grade point average. The last day to drop a course without receiving a failing grade is published in the academic calendar.

Florida Tech University Online Students

Students must withdraw through Access Florida Tech. Students can drop a course through the end of the first week of classes without receiving a grade of W. From the end of the first week through the end of the sixth week, a grade of W will be assigned. That grade will be reflected on their transcript, but not calculated into a grade point average. Withdrawals after week six will result in the grade earned in the class. To initiate a withdrawal from an online class, students must log into Access Florida Tech.

Withdrawals during week one are considered drops. A grade of W is not added to the transcript. Florida Tech University Online students can drop a course through the end of the first week of classes without receiving a grade of W.

If a Florida Tech University Online undergraduate student withdraws from Mastering eLearning (ASC 1006), a graded degree requirement for all Florida Tech University Online undergraduate degree programs, they will be required to register for it the next term they take courses. After three course withdrawals, a student will be placed in the lowest level mathematics and communication courses, usually determined by the diagnostic assessments from ASC 1006.

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Forgiveness Policy

The forgiveness policy is a system by which an undergraduate student may repeat an undergraduate course with only the last grade received for this course (this grade may be an F) used in the cumulative grade point average, and in evaluating the fulfillment of graduation requirements. All grades received in any course, including those retaken under the forgiveness policy, are retained and recorded on the transcript. Credits where the forgiveness policy has been applied to a course will be removed from both the term and overall GPA.

An undergraduate student is allowed to apply forgiveness to undergraduate courses a maximum of five times during his or her Florida Tech career. No forgiveness is allowed for subsequent retakes above the maximum of five; all subsequent grades are averaged into the cumulative GPA. A student attaining 90 or more credit hours may not apply the forgiveness policy to 1000- and 2000-level courses. The forgiveness policy does not apply to graduate courses, even if taken by an undergraduate student, or to undergraduate courses taken by a graduate student.

A Request to Retake a Course form must be completed for every course retaken under the forgiveness policy. To be applied, this form is due in the registrar’s office no later than Friday of the 12th week of classes for fall or spring semester, Friday of the third week before the end of regular classes for a summer term, and no later than Friday of the fifth week of classes for Florida Tech University Online students. This form is a binding agreement between the student and Florida Tech. Once applied to a repeated course, forgiveness cannot be reversed.

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Grade Reporting and Policies

Notification of Grades

At the end of each semester (or 8-week term for Florida Tech University Online students), the registrar’s office notifies enrolled students of grades earned by posting them to their online student record. These grades become a part of the official student permanent record and are not subject to change, except on authorization from the instructor, academic unit head and respective dean.

Melbourne Campus

During the ninth week of classes, Melbourne campus students not making satisfactory progress in 1000- and 2000-level courses are notified of their status.

Florida Tech University Online

Florida Tech University Online students receive an electronic communication if their progress is unacceptable.

Undergraduate Grading System 

GRADE EQUIVALENT RANGE QUALITY POINTS
A excellent 90–100 4
B good 80–89 3
C average 70–79 2
D poor 60–69 1
F failure 0–59 0
I incomplete course work    
AU audit – no grade    
P pass, no effect on GPA    
W official withdrawal    

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Incomplete Work

An I is given when a course cannot be completed because of circumstances beyond the student’s control. The I indicates the coursework is qualitatively satisfactory and there is a reasonable expectancy that completion of the remaining work would result in a passing grade. The instructor must provide a statement of the work to be completed to the head of the academic unit. The student must complete the work at the earliest possible time but before the beginning of the seventh week of the following semester(fourth week for Florida Tech University Online), unless an earlier deadline is established at the time the I is recorded and the student is notified of this fact. Incomplete grades from the spring semester automatically become an F after the sixth week of the following fall semester.

A waiver of the six-week time limitation requires written permission of the cognizant dean. The I will automatically become an F in the seventh week (fifth week for Florida Tech University Online) unless an approved waiver with a satisfactory completion date has been received by the registrar’s office.

College of Aeronautics flight courses (AVF) are exempt from the six-week time limit. Flight courses still carrying an I after one calendar year will automatically become an F unless a waiver stating a satisfactory completion date signed by the director of FIT Aviation and approved by the dean of the college has been received by the registrar’s office.

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Undergraduate Academic Dismissal

A student whose cumulative GPA does not reach the level defined above is academically dismissed at the end of the probationary term, with the exception of a student who has been reinstated and is meeting all reinstatement conditions.

Melbourne Campus

A summer grace period is available to a student who would normally be academically dismissed at the end of a spring term probationary period but who has registered for the summer term by the last day of spring term’s final examination week. Such a student will not be academically dismissed but will be re-evaluated at the end of the summer term. A student who fails to meet previous reinstatement conditions does not qualify for the summer grace period and will be academically dismissed at the end of spring term. The grace period is not available to students enrolled in 8-week online terms.

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Undergraduate Academic Probation

Academic probation status will be applied to an undergraduate student with a term GPA less than 1.5 or a cumulative GPA less than 2.0 at the end of any term. A student on academic probation is not permitted to register for more than 15 credit hours without the approval of the student’s dean.

The student’s academic performance is reviewed at the end of the probationary term. The probationary status is continued if the cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 and falls within the minimum standards shown here.

0–59 credit hours at least 1.50
60–89 credit hours at least 1.70
90 or more credit hours at least 1.90

Note: Credit hours above include transfer credits, credits by examination and all Florida Tech credits earned.

The academic probation status is removed after the review if the term  GPA is 1.5 or higher and cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher.

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Undergraduate Attendance Requirements

Melbourne Campus

Students registered for any course are expected to attend all lectures and must attend all laboratories, examinations, quizzes and practical exercises, subject to penalties specified by the instructor for that course.

Students who miss class must obtain permission from the course instructor to make up missed work. This permission must be requested at the earliest possible opportunity, and before the absence if possible. The student must arrange with the instructor to make up the missed work. The makeup must be completed within two weeks after the absence. In the case of missed final examinations, the policy on Incomplete (I) applies. In mitigating circumstances, the instructor, with the concurrence of the academic unit head offering the course, may require an alternative to making up the missed work.

If circumstances require a student to report late for a class or to leave before the class is over, prior notification should be given to the instructor if possible. Repeated occurrences may result in the student being temporarily denied admission to the classroom.

The professor of military science of the Army ROTC unit has sole authority to determine attendance regulations in ROTC classes.

Florida Tech University Online

The e-learning platform (ELP) tracks student attendance electronically. In order to participate in class or access class materials, students are required to log into the system with a unique username and password. 

Attendance for Florida Tech University Online classes is required. Non-attendance may also be recorded by the student’s failure to log in to registered classes, failure to take part in discussion boards or forums, failure to respond to an instructor’s email or any combination of these.

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Undergraduate Change of Major

During their studies, students receive exposure to a number of different academic subjects, and some are attracted to programs different from their initial choices. A change of major is possible if the student requests the change online and has the request approved by the new academic unit head. After a change of major, courses unrelated to the new program will not be used in computing the student’s cumulative GPA. However, all earned grades and credits remain on the transcript.

Following a change of major, the degree requirements in the new major may be based on either the student’s original catalog, or the catalog in effect at the time of the change of major, or on a catalog between those two, subject to the approval of the academic unit head, as indicated on the submitted request.

The policy above applies equally to Florida Tech University Online students.

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Undergraduate Transfer Credit

Florida Tech operates on the semester system. To convert credit hours transferred in from a quarter-system institution into semester credit hours, the number of quarter hours is divided by 1.5.

Undergraduate transfer credit may be awarded for courses taken at a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association in the United States, or with equivalent recognition in the case of a college or university elsewhere. Flight credit is transferable subject to FAA rules for transferability between schools.

Any student who transfers to Florida Tech with an Associate of Arts degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. automatically meets Florida Tech’s humanities core requirement for HUM 2051 and one 3-credit hour humanities core course. Transfer students should see the humanities and communication department for applicable course substitutions in the case of transferring to Florida Tech with less than an associate degree.

Credit at the junior or senior level (3000- and 4000-level courses) may be awarded for courses taken at a regionally accredited community college only when there is a formal agreement between the community college and Florida Tech. In the absence of a formal agreement the maximum course level granted toward transfer credit is sophomore-level (2000-level course). Elective credit may be awarded. The student should contact his/her academic department for information regarding the possibility of an appropriate academic department course substitution.

Transfer credit requires a grade of at least C (2.00) or equivalent and a determination that the work is equivalent to that given at Florida Tech in course content and hours. A grade of C- or below is not eligible for transfer credit.

A course that includes a significant writing or speaking component must be taught entirely in English to be eligible for transfer. Credits can be transferred without being applicable toward the student’s desired degree. Grades and grade points are not transferable. Florida Tech’s forgiveness policy is not applicable toward transfer credits.

Credit will not be given for courses listed on a transcript when credit was received by examinations such as equivalency, advanced standing or other examinations, competency- or assessment-based; courses without a grade or carrying grades but not credit hours; courses which are developmental in nature; vocational/technical courses; or for internships, seminars, practicums or experiential learning. In most cases, credit will not be given for courses completed more than 10 years before Florida Tech enrollment. Transfer credit for grades of P or S is subject to approval.

Melbourne Campus

All requests for transfer credit, including credit earned by taking AP examinations, subject area CLEP examinations, etc., must be submitted to the registrar. All official transcripts and documents must be submitted before the completion of the first semester of enrollment. Requests for additional transfer credit must be made before the end of the second semester. Requests for advanced standing must be submitted to the appropriate academic unit head no later than 45 days after initial registration.

If the course equivalency is questionable, credit may be granted by equivalency examination. 

The official certification of transfer credit is performed by the registrar’s office based on evaluations performed by the academic units responsible for the subject matter areas represented by the transfer courses, except for courses for which there is no corresponding Florida Tech program. In the latter case, the registrar is the sole approving authority. Official transfer credit is reported on the transcript in terms of equivalent Florida Tech course identifications, if any, and otherwise as electives, either with the subject area identified (e.g., physical science elective) or as undesignated transfer credits. The use of any transfer credit, other than credit for a specific Florida Tech course, in meeting degree requirements is subject to the approval of the faculty responsible for the degree program. Transfer students are encouraged to provide the registrar with college catalog(s) and/or course syllabi and names of textbooks used in courses to help assure a thorough transfer credit evaluation.

Certification of transfer credit is based on official transcripts bearing the correct seals and authorized signatures from all former institutions. A transcript is considered official only when each issuing institution sends the transcript directly to the Florida Tech undergraduate admission office or the registrar’s office. The registrar’s office coordinates the process, certifies courses without respect to the major and provides notice of the official evaluation. The student’s academic unit completes the application of transfer credit to the degree program. While Florida Tech makes every effort to complete the official certification of transfer credit before the student’s arrival at Florida Tech, university policy allows one semester in which to complete this process. The academic college reserves the right to review transfer credit evaluations for errors and make corrections within 60 days from the date of transfer credit evaluation notice. Once the evaluation is complete, students may appeal the decision by providing the registrar’s office with a syllabus of the course in question from the term during which the course was taken.

Florida Tech University Online

The transfer credit policies outlined above apply equally to online students with the following exceptions and clarifications:

University policy allows two consecutive 8-week terms in which to complete the transfer credit process. The academic college reserves the right to review transfer credit evaluations for errors and make corrections within 60 days from the date of transfer credit evaluation notice.

The official certification of transfer credit for Florida Tech University Online students is performed by the Office of Online Learning, based on evaluations performed by the academic units responsible for the subject matter areas represented by the transfer courses, except for courses for which there is no corresponding Florida Tech program. In the latter case, the registrar is the sole approving authority.

A transcript is considered official only when sent directly to Florida Tech University Online at Florida Tech from the issuing institution. The online learning office coordinates the process once all completed documentation is received, certifies courses without respect to the major and provides notice of the official evaluation.

Florida Tech academic departments overseeing undergraduate online programs reserve the right to determine the transferability of courses taken five years or more before Florida Tech enrollment. The decision is based on comparing the transferring course description in content and credit hours from the term in which the course was taken, to the courses currently taught by Florida Tech. Once the transfer credit evaluation is complete, students may appeal the decision by providing tceua@fit.edu with a syllabus of the course in question from the term in which the course was taken. Students who wish to appeal a transfer rejected due to the statute of limitations may do so by contacting their Florida Tech academic department’s undergraduate online program coordinator. Appeals will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Online students are ineligible to waive program requirements through equivalency examinations.

Courses taken at another university that are equivalent in content and credit hours to College Algebra (MTH 1701) will be considered for transfer only if the course was taken within 10 years of enrollment at Florida Tech. Exceptions to this policy will be considered when the student scores 25 or higher on the Mathematics Diagnostic Examination taken during Mastering eLearning (ASC 1006) followed by the student submitting an exception to policy request via email to tceua@fit.edu.

International University Transfer Credit

Undergraduate transfer credit may be awarded for courses taken at an international college or university that is recognized as being degree-granting by that country’s educational governing authority. The student may be required to contact the country’s educational governing authority to request that official documentation be sent from the educational governing authority directly to the Florida Tech registrar’s office.

A student requesting transfer credit for academic work completed at an international educational institution must request that official transcripts be sent directly to the appropriate admission office from all previous institutions, showing all courses taken, dates and grades. A transcript is considered official only when each issuing institution mails the transcript directly to Florida Tech’s undergraduate admission or registrar’s office. Official course descriptions and/or syllabi are also required. In the case of transcripts and course syllabi that are not in English, official English translations are required. Florida Tech reserves the right to require the student to request an independent evaluation and/or recommendation regarding the international institution, performed by an agency specified by Florida Tech.

While Florida Tech makes every effort to complete the official certification of transfer credit before the student’s arrival at the university, policy allows one semester (two 8-week terms for Florida Tech University Online) in which to complete this process. Transfer credit criteria mentioned in the section above apply to transfer credit from international institutions.

Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements exist with a number of schools in the United States and abroad. The majority of these agreements is with two-year colleges and is designed to provide ease of transfer for students who have completed the Associate of Arts degree. Florida Tech has an articulation agreement with all of Florida’s community and junior colleges.

For more information on the articulation agreement, contact the articulation officer in the undergraduate admission office.

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