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University Policies and Procedures

Distance learning students must comply with all University policies and procedures. Those that are especially applicable to distance learning students are:


  • Mandatory First Class Meeting Attendance Policy
    University-wide policy requires all students to attend the first day of class meeting of all classes for which they are registered. Students who do not attend the first class meeting of a course for which they are registered will be dropped from the course by the academic department that offers the course. This policy applies to all levels of courses and to all campuses and study centers. It remains the student's responsibility to verify course drops and check that fees are adjusted. "Attending" for a distance learner is defined by making contact with the instructor per the instructor's directions at the beginning of the term.
  • Withdrawal Policy
    The deadline to officially withdraw from the University without grade liability is the end of the 7th week of the semester. Students who cancel their registration and were not enrolled for the preceding semester (non-enrollment for two consecutive terms) must apply for readmission.


  • 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. It states in part, The University aspires to excellence in its core activities of teaching, research, creative expression, and public service and is committed to the integrity of the academic process. The [Academic Honor Policy] is a specific manifestation of this commitment. Truthfulness in one's claims and representations and honesty in one's activities are essential in life and vocation, and the realization of truthfulness and honesty is an intrinsic part of the educational process.
  • Student Conduct Code
    The Florida State University Student Conduct Code applies the principles found in the statement on Values and Moral Standards at Florida State University and operates as a vehicle for informing students about their rights and responsibilities while reinforcing the development of ethical standards that make responsible freedom possible.
  • Network Access and Use Policy
    This policy defines the standards for connecting computers, servers or other devices to the University's network and is designed to protect the ability of members of the Florida State community to access and utilize it.


  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
    As member of the University community, student rights to privacy are respected. Therefore, the written consent of a student is required to disclose or publish any information that personally identifies them or is a part of their 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. For more information, please contact the Office of the Registrar.


  • Financial Responsibility Policy
    After the 5th day of the semester, students must formally withdraw from the University to drop all of their classes or their only class. Students will be liable for fees for these classes.
  • State Employee Tuition Waiver Policy
    Florida State University accepts State Employee Waivers for most online Distance learning courses. Waivers may not be used for certain types of courses which are funded by student fees only. Check with the Office of the Registrar with any questions regarding whether a course is state or student funded.
  • Florida Residency for Tuition Purposes
    A Florida resident for tuition purposes is a U.S. citizen who has, or a dependent person whose parent or legal guardian has, established and maintained legal residency in Florida for at least the 12 months preceding the first day of classes of the term for which residency is sought.
  • 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. In accordance with Rule 6C-7.002(6), F.A.C., students who do not pay tuition and fees or make arrangements to pay tuition and fees by the end of the established fee payment deadline will have their schedules canceled and academic progress discontinued for the semester. These students will receive an e-mail notification from the Office of the University Registrar explaining the appeal process for the reinstatement of their schedule.

Conflict Resolution

For instructions on resolving academic, non-academic, and discrimination complaints, see the State Authorization page.

Academic Regulations and Procedures

Online-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 requirement.

  • Undergraduate Academic Policies and Graduate Academic Policies
    These pages provide helpful guidelines regarding course loads, transcripts, proof of enrollment, registration, the grading system, transfer credit, and more for FSU students.
  • Graduation
    Each student is required to have a graduation check done through both the Registrar's Office and their academic dean's office when they reach 100 hours. A stop will be placed on their future registration and will only be cleared by applying for the graduation check at both offices. The following students are exempt from the requirement: Students who have already requested the graduation check and those students with prior bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees.

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