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For further information on the forgiveness policy or incomplete grades,
contact Brenda Cline (321) 674-8117.
An incomplete (I) is given when a course cannot be completed because of circumstances beyond the student’s control. The I grade 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 grade 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 automatically becomes 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 grade 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.
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.
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 in PAWS 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.
All courses taken at Florida Tech are indicated in chronological order on the student’s academic transcript. A request for a transcript may be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar, Records Unit, with the appropriate fee enclosed, by logging on to the PAWS network or by fax to the Records Unit at (321) 674-7827.
Students with holds on their accounts will not be able to order transcripts online. Each transcript requested is $5. Transcripts take an average of 3–5 days to process, except during times of high volume (holidays and the end of a semester). During these times, transcript requests may take 7–10 days.
Transcripts are sent by standard mail. You may choose, at your own expense, to have them sent through another carrier (FedEx, Priority Mail, etc.)
Transcripts will not be released to anyone whose financial obligations have not been satisfied.