Academic Advising and Registration Process
STEP 1: CLEAR HOLDS
All academic, financial and administrative holds that prevent registration must be cleared with the respective office(s) before you will be allowed to register. Holds may be viewed on Access Florida Tech.
STEP 2: ADVISING
You must be advised prior to registration. Your advisor will indicate approval of your semester course plan by signing the registration form. Registration via Access Florida Tech – Student Academics tab is permissible at your registration time and afterward, if your faculty advisor has verified that advising has occurred. You are permitted to register only for courses that were approved in writing by your faculty advisor.
Undergraduate students registering for more than 21 credit hours for spring or fall semesters, or more than 13 credit hours for any of the summer terms, must have their registration forms signed by the dean of the appropriate college as well as their advisor.
STEP 3: REGISTRATION
At your scheduled registration time and any time thereafter through the first week of classes, you may register through Access Florida Tech or bring your signed registration form to the Registration Center. Before leaving the Registration Center you will receive your class schedule. Please verify your schedule for accuracy and notify registration personnel of any errors. You may view your class schedule from Access Florida Tech.
Once registered, you may switch sections and drop courses without advisor approval through the end of the first week of classes. Beginning the following Monday, all registration business must be conducted at the Registration Center.
Withdrawal from the university must take place at the Registration Center.
Summer Registration Details
Students registering for more than 13 credit hours must have their registration forms signed by the dean of the appropriate college as well as their advisor.
- To ensure proper completion of prerequisite courses, any Melbourne campus undergraduate student who fails or receives an incomplete for a course that is a listed prerequisite for a course in which they register the following term, will have that course automatically dropped as soon as the incomplete or failing grade is posted to the student's record.
- The student should work with their advisor to update their program plan or request to retake the failed prerequisite.
Check the 2014–2015 University Catalog for Course Descriptions and co/prerequisite requirements.
Co/prerequisites are checked by the BANNER student system. If you have successfully completed a course that is a listed corequisite of a course for which you are planning to register, you may request a waiver of the corerequisite by contacting the Registrar's Office by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To waive a co/prerequisite students must:
- Complete the Co/prerequisite Waiver Request form also available from your advisor or the Registration Center.
- Present the completed form to your faculty advisor for review. Your advisor will agree or disagree with your written justification and sign the form.
- Take the signed form to the academic unit offering the course to request approval of the waiver. If the waiver is approved, the academic unit head or designee of the academic unit offering the course will sign the waiver form.
- Bring the form to the Registration Center to officially enroll in the class.
Certain classes may be closed at the time you register. If you want to enter a closed class, you must complete a Closed Class form, also available from the Registration Center or your academic unit. Take the form to the academic unit offering the course. If the academic unit approves, the academic unit head or designee will sign the form. Bring the signed form to the Registration Center within 24 hours or by 5:00 p.m. the next day to officially enroll in the course. Approved closed class forms are not valid after 5:00 p.m. the day after approval was obtained.
Class Schedule Changes
A Change in Registration Status form also available at the Registration Center is used for class adds and drops, and for university withdrawal. A schedule change becomes official when a university Change in Registration Status form bearing the required signatures is processed by the Registration Center. Schedule changes may be made online on PAWS through the first week of classes.
Classes may be added online or in the Registration Center through the first week of instruction. The last day to add a class for Summer 2015 (8-, 9- and 11-week terms) is Friday, May 22, 2015. Added classes become official when validated and entered into the BANNER student system by the Registration Center.
Registration for any course that is not listed on a Registration form or Change in Registration Status form that your faculty advisor signed is a violation of academic policy and could result in your registration being canceled at any time, either before or after the start of classes.
Required Signatures for Adding Classes
During the first week of classes, no signatures are required for switching sections of the same course. Adviser signature is required for undergraduate students when adding a course not previously approved in writing. During the second week of classes, the Change in Registration Status form must be signed by the respective faculty advisor, the academic unit head or program chair offering the course and the course instructor.
Failure to attend classes and/or verbal notification to faculty does not constitute an official class drop. Students who do not attend class and do not file the required paperwork according to university policy will receive a failing grade of F. Requests for retroactive removal of F grades for nonattendance are not granted.
Classes dropped beginning the second week of classes through the withdrawal deadline must be signed by the faculty advisor and processed at the Registration center (see "Important Dates" in this schedule).
Students may officially withdraw from the university by completing Change in Registration Status form and an exit interview questionnaire in the Registrar's Office. Students receiving financial aid must check with the Office of Financial Aid to learn if and how the withdrawal will affect their financial aid status.