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Administrative Policies

Administrative Policies


Lessons within this course can include a combination of asynchronous self-paced activities and synchronous activities that require attendance at specific times. You are expected to visit the course website daily to check for important updates and announcements about due dates and scheduled times for synchronous activities. Instructors monitor participation in discussion boards and other activities within the e-learning management system.

Class Participation

You are expected to constructively and professionally participate in online discussions while completing both individual and group projects. You are also expected to contribute interesting and relevant information during the discussions, chats, and group projects. All interactions between classmates and/or faculty must be polite and professionally conducted.

Shouting (using all capital letters), use of profanity or insulting language, or plagiarism will not be permitted. However, avoid clogging the discussion boards with short responses such as, “Good Job” or “Thanks” or “Me Too” as such postings contribute little to the discussion.

Performance Expectations
You are expected to produce quality work of a standard comparable to any graduate-level didactic course. Postings, assignment submissions, and discussions must be legible, constructive and appropriate. You are required to think for themselves and will be expected to complete assignments that require the application of logic and reasoning skills when the answer may not be found in a book or the course notes. Factual information should be documented and referenced during discussions and within assignments.
Make-Up Work, Late Assignments, and Due Dates

You are expected to complete assignments according to the due dates given within the course and posted on the course calendar within e-Learning management system. In most cases, you will be given the flexibility to progress through the lessons at your own pace.

Plan for Completion

It is imperative that you plan for completion of the course within the term calendar and sign into the course daily to check for announcements and updates. You might have other work and personal commitments, however, because online courses offer so much flexibility, you are expected to make every effort to meet course deadlines.

Instructors monitor the discussion boards and track student participation. Because you have email access to both your classmates and instructors within e-Learning management system, there is ample opportunity to clarify instructions and prevent misunderstandings about expectations and due dates.

Situations Beyond Your Control

If you experience a situation that is beyond your control and there is a possibility you will not meet a due date, you should immediately notify the instructor and course coordinator to explain the situation. This includes any technical issues that must be addressed by the UF Help Desk. If such an issue prevents you from submitting an assignment by the due date, you will be expected to produce a UF Help Desk Ticket to document efforts were made to correct the problem in a timely manner prior to the due date.

Communications with Instructors
The preferred method for communication between students and the course instructor is by email within the e-Learning management system. Please allow 48 hours for a response. Do NOT use the discussion board to communicate about hardware problems, grades, or other personal matters.
Grade Changes
Grades will be changed only when a grading error has been made.
Student Evaluation of Instruction
Evaluations are performed electronically at the end of the course. To evaluate the instructor, visit the UF Evaluation site at
Important Dates/Deadlines to Withdraw

Consult the UF Academic Calendar for details on key dates for dropping or withdrawing from this course and any tuition penalties that apply. 

Consult the Course Calendar within the e-Learning management system for important dates and deadlines that pertain to this course.

Honesty Policy

All students registered at the University of Florida have agreed to comply with the following statement: “I understand that the University of Florida expects its students to be honest in all their academic work. I agree to adhere to this commitment to academic honesty and understand that my failure to comply with this commitment may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion from the University.”

In addition, on all work submitted for credit the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” To review the student honor code please visit:


Plagiarism includes any attempt to take credit for another person’s work. This includes quoting directly from a paper, book, or website, without crediting the source. Sources should be noted, a link to the website added, or quotation marks placed around the material and attributed, even during online discussions. However, the instructor expects more than simply cutting and pasting in this graduate-level course. You are expected to review, evaluate and comment on material you research, rather than simply copying relevant material. Work will be graded accordingly.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

If you are requesting accommodations, you must first register with the Dean of Students Office, Disability Resource Center at 352-392-8565. You may also apply on-line for accommodations. For more information, see the Disability Resource Center website at:

The Disability Resource Center will provide you with a letter. You must then meet with the course instructor to discuss the required accommodations. Once notification is complete, the instructor can work with the Disability Resource Center to provide the requested accommodations.

To ensure that necessary accommodations are provided in a timely manner, it you need accommodations, it would expedite the process if you would notify the course coordinator during registration.

Software Use
All faculty, staff and students of the University are required to obey the laws and legal agreements governing software use. Failure to do so can lead to monetary damages and/or criminal penalties for the individual violator. Because such violations are also against University policies and rules, disciplinary action will be taken as appropriate.
UF Counseling and Wellness Center
Many resources are available if you need help with stress-related problems or emergencies. Assistance is available both by appointment and after hours by calling 352-392-1575 or visiting the website at