Student College Policies

Students classified as first semester freshmen at the university will be admitted to the college when they declare a major within the B.S. degree program. At that time, their college classification will become HH.

Students maintain the HH classification as long as they meet the standards set by the college and UF for admission and universal tracking. Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress may be required to seek admission to another college or to make alternative academic plans.

Students who fall below minimum performance standards will have a registration hold placed on their record. They must meet with an adviser to determine a plan of action before the hold will be removed.

Academic Contract

An academic contract is an agreement between the student and advisor and/or faculty that indicate specific actions that need to take place by a specific date.

A student may only have one academic contract as a lower division student and one academic contract as an upper division student. A student cannot have an academic contract for consecutive semesters. While on an Academic Contract NO I, N, or NG grades are permitted. Failure to meet the academic contract agreement can result in, but is not limited to, one or more of the following actions:
1. A college hold will be placed on student’s registration;
2. Registration of HHP courses will be canceled, and/or
3. Student must change to a new major.

College Probation

Students in HHP will be placed on college probation for two reasons:

1. Grade point average falls below:

  • 2.00 GPA required for UFGPA;
  • Department/major requirement for the UDGPA; and/or
  • Department/major requirement for the UTGPA.

2. The student fails to follow the prescribed program for the major.

A hold will be placed on the record and continued registration will be denied. Students must meet with their academic advisor to determine a plan of action to ensure successful completion of a degree before the hold will be removed.

Deficit Points

Academic dismissal from the college denies registration privileges to students who have a grade point deficit of 15 or more in their upper division course work. The student will be dismissed from the college and a hold will be placed on their registration.

A student who has been dismissed from the college due to grade point deficit will not be considered for readmission into the college.

For more information on deficit points, please see the UF Undergraduate Catalog.

Dual Degree

The college can permit students to pursue dual degrees in multiple majors. To request a Dual Degree the following must be met:

  • Have between 45 and 96 hours (excluding AP, IB, dual enrollment, or overseas study credit);
  • Have at least a 3.0 UF GPA at the time the application is submitted, if at least one of the majors is in this college;
  • Meet all universal tracking requirements for the HHP major requested. If one of the majors is outside the college, applicants must get approval from the appropriate college;
  • Meet all other college progression standards for both majors and demonstrate potential for success in both majors (successful completion of major and major-related courses without excessive W’s, grades less than C, or multiple repeats)
  • Be able to complete the degree within the appropriate time frame listed below:
    • For students admitted as freshman to UF: 132 hours or 8 semesters (not including summers) without exceeding the maximum credit hours per semester. (Excludes AP/IB courses not needed for HHP program); additional study is permitted only with the associate dean’s approval
    • For students admitted as transfer to UF: 70 hours or 4 semesters (not including summers) without exceeding the maximum credit hours per semester. (Excludes AP/IB courses not needed for HHP program); additional study is permitted only with the associate dean’s approval
  • Have demonstrated a well-articulated educational goal for which the double major or dual degree is appropriate and/or necessary.

Request for Additional Semesters:
Students who wish additional semesters must complete the HHP General Petition Form and submit it with the graduation plan to your academic advisor. For your request to be considered, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Have minimum 2.0 UF GPA
  • Have the minimum universal tracking GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Have the minimum upper division GPA as designated by department curriculum
  • Have the minimum major GPA as designated by department curriculum

Maximum Credit Hours

UF policy allows a maximum of 18 credits per semester. Therefore, College policy to exceed 18 credit hours requires students to have:

  • 3.0 GPA in all categories (e.g., UF GPA, UT GPA);
  • 1 drop available; and
  • Academic advisor approval.

Petition Request

Students who are petitioning a Department or College policy must complete the  and submit it along with all required documentation to an academic advisor.

For all department level petitions:

Petitionable items at the department level include the following but are not limited to: curricular items, course substitutions, continuation in major, department internship deadline, residency requirement, and readmission to major.

The academic advisor makes the decision or defers to the Department Chair and/or department petitions committee.  If the academic advisor approves, no further action is needed by the department and the student is notified by the advisor. If the academic advisor denies or defers the petition, it is reviewed by the Department Chair and/or department petitions committee. If the Department Chair and/or department petitions committee reviews and approves the petition that was referred or denied by the academic advisor, the student is then notified of the decision by the academic advisor.

If the Department Chair and/or department petitions committee denies the petition, the student can appeal to the college petition committee for review. Regardless of a recommendation to approve or deny, the petition will then be reviewed for final decision by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The student will be notified of the decision by the Associate Dean or the college’s academic affairs authorized representative.

For the following college policies the Associate Dean makes the final decision:

Petitionable items for review by the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs include the following but are not limited to: graduation participation, internship eligibility, appeals of department petitions and change of major to the college.  For the above mentioned policies, the petition must be reviewed by the Academic Advisor, Department Petitions Committee and the College Petitions Committee.  The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs or the college’s academic affairs authorized representative will notify the student of the outcome/decision.

If the petition is denied at the college level the student may contact the UF Ombudsman’s Office and/or submit a University Petition, if appropriate.

Universal Tracking Courses

All universal tracking courses must be completed by the time noted by each major in the catalog.  Any student completing universal tracking during their first semester junior year may not complete any upper division HHP courses during that semester.

Retaking Universal Tracking (UT) Courses:

A student is permitted to retake an universal tracking course under the following premises:

  • All universal tracking attempts will be counted toward the universal tracking GPA.
  • Students may retake a universal tracking course one time only,
  • All universal tracking courses must be completed by the time noted in the catalog for each major,
  • Completing universal tracking courses beyond the specified time is at the advisor’s discretion and must be approved by the advisor in advance, and
  • Any students completing universal tracking courses during the first semester of their junior year may not complete any upper division HHP courses that semester.

Withdrawal Policy

If a student in the college withdraws from the university for a second time, with a registration of more than one course that semester, that student will be placed on college probation. Probation terms will be determined by the advisor working with the student.

If you have questions on any of the above information, please contact your Academic Advisor.

Graduation Policy

All requirements for the bachelor’s degree must be successfully completed prior to graduation in order to participate in graduation ceremonies, including the successful completion of an internship. The college will determine who is eligible to participate in the graduation ceremony. Students must participate in the ceremony that corresponds to the semester they graduate. Students will not be granted permission to participate in an earlier or later graduation ceremony. There are no exceptions.