A world-class, technology-rich research university with undergraduate teaching at its core, Florida Institute of Technology is focused on providing students with the skills it takes to succeed today, tomorrow and far into the future with an approach that combines high tech with the human touch.
What Students Need to Know ...
As a Florida Tech student, you are entitled to a Panther ID card. Online students can get their ID via the Admitted Student Portal upon enrollment. The first issuance of the Panther ID is free. There is a $20 fee to replace a lost ID card.
Academic honesty is highly valued in Florida Tech's online courses. The student must always submit work that represents original words or ideas. If any words or ideas are used that do not represent those original words or ideas, the student must cite all relevant sources and provide a clear definition of the extent to which such sources were used.
Please see the full student handbook.
Online tutoring is available to students via a service called Smarthinking. Students can access this service by clicking on the Resources tab within their course site. For 1xxx and 2xxx level courses, there will be a direct link to Smarthinking at the course site. For all other courses, it will also be mentioned in the syllabus. Students can get live, online tutoring, as well as reviews and comments about essays and reports. If students are struggling with the course materials, you may want to direct them to this service. If you would like more information about this service, Smarthinking can be accessed within Canvas.
Accomodations for Students with Disabilities
In accordance with federal law, students with documented disabilities are entitled to reasonable and appropriate educational accommodations. Florida Tech is committed to equal opportunity for persons with disabilities in the participation of activities operated and sponsored by the university. The Office of Accessibility Resources is designated to register and assist any student with a “qualified” learning, physical, and/or psychological disability.
If not registered and you feel you have a documented disability that may warrant accommodations, please contact ODS at email@example.com.
Florida Tech has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to act as the agent for all verifications of student enrollment and degrees for lenders or anyone requesting verification. This includes all loan deferments. Students can contact the Clearinghouse at firstname.lastname@example.org, by telephone at 703-742-4200, or by fax at (703) 742-4239. Their hours of operation are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. EST Monday through Friday. A direct link to the Clearinghouse for free enrollment verification is available from the PAWS Student Records Menu.
All requests that pertain to enrollment verification, such as, but not limited to, Insurance discounts, investigations, scholarship information, and anything of that nature can only be reviewed by the office of the registrar.
Turnitin.com is service that Florida Tech uses that allows faculty to check student assignments for any improper citation or potential plagiarism by comparing it against continuously updated databases. Turnitin's comprehensive system lets Florida Tech faculty to quickly and effectively check student work. Results are based on an exhaustive search from both current and archived instances of the Internet, student papers previously submitted to Turnitin, and commercial databases of journal articles and periodicals.
Both Florida Tech and Bisk observe national holidays and students are not required to participate in classes on such days. In the case of an emergency closure of Florida Tech or Bisk, if classes are still able to operate, they will continue. If a natural disaster impacts the Melbourne, Florida, area all students should check the Florida Tech website for updates.
In the event that a natural disaster occurs near the student’s residence they should contact customer service at 1-800-280-9718 at the earliest opportunity and inform them of the situation. They will make the appropriate contact to instructors. Final decisions on the appropriate timeline to complete course requirements are at the discretion of the instructor.