University Policies

Distance learning students, like their on-campus counterparts, are expected to respect and follow university policies. A few policies are especially applicable to distance learning students and are previewed below. When reading through the policies, be sure to follow the links provided for a full explanation of the policy.

Mandatory First Class Meeting Attendance

Enrolled students are required to attend the first day of class. For distance students, attending means making contact with the instructor as specified by the instructor at the start of the term. The policy applies to all classes in which a student is registered, and the university drops any student who doesn’t attend the first class meeting.

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The deadline to withdraw officially from the university without grade liability is the end of the 7th week of the semester. If you cancel your registration and weren’t enrolled for the preceding semester (non-enrollment for two consecutive terms), you need to apply for readmission.

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Academic Honor Policy

FSU's statement on Values and Moral Standards may be found in the FSU Student Handbook and addresses academic integrity through responsible freedom. The Academic Honor Policy is an integral part of the FSU academic environment and outlines the university's expectations for a student’s academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty throughout the process.

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Student Conduct Code

FSU’s Student Conduct Code applies the principles found in the statement on Values and Moral Standards. It operates as a vehicle for informing students about their rights and responsibilities and reinforces the development of ethical standards that make responsible freedom possible.

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Network Access and Use

The Information Security policy is designed to protect the ability of FSU’s community to access and utilize FSU networks. FSU defines and enforces standards for connecting computers, servers, and other devices to the university's network.

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FSU respects your right to privacy. Your written consent is required in order for the university to disclose or publish any information that personally identifies you or is part of your academic record. Exceptions may be made for officials of the university, law enforcement agencies, and portions of student records for which a waiver was signed by the student.

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Financial Responsibility

As a student, you're responsible for paying tuition and fees. If you withdraw from a class or classes, you may not be eligible for a full or partial refund depending on when during the semester you withdraw and what circumstances precipitated the withdrawal. Please be sure to read the university’s full policy for details.

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Cancellation of Schedule for Non-Payment of Tuition

Students are expected to pay all tuition and fees by the published deadline for each semester they enroll. The university cancels schedules for students who fail to pay (or make arrangements to pay) tuition and fees by the end of the fee payment deadline. In certain circumstances, students can appeal and have their schedule reinstated.

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State Employee Tuition Waiver

FSU accepts state employee waivers for most distance learning courses. Waivers can’t be used for courses that are funded entirely by student fees (as opposed to courses that receive state funding). An Office of Distance Learning program specialist can answer questions regarding how a course is funded.

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Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes

To know if you qualify for in-state tuition, you’ll need to determine your residency status. A Florida resident, for tuition purposes, is a U.S. citizen who has (or a dependent whose parent or legal guardian has) established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which residency is sought.

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Liberal Studies Requirements

Distance learning students who have transferred to FSU without an Associate Arts (AA) degree or with an AA from a non-Florida institution may find it necessary to complete additional courses toward the Liberal Studies requirements, which include the state of Florida's foreign language admission and civic literacy requirements.

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Undergraduate & Graduate Academic Policies

Students should be aware of undergraduate and graduate academic policies regarding course loads, transcripts, proof of enrollment, registration, the grading system, and transfer credit. Academic policies are detailed in the Undergraduate Bulletin and Graduate Bulletin, which can be found on the Registrar’s website.

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A graduation check is required of all students once they reach 100 hours. Graduation checks are conducted through both the Registrar's Office and the academic dean's office. Students need to apply for a graduation check at both offices to avoid a stop placed on future registration. Exemptions apply to students who have already requested a graduation check and who have prior bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees.

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