2016-2017 Faculty Handbook

Other Responsibilities


An approved course syllabus for each course taught must be on file in the departmental office. This is your contract with the student. Please post your syllabus and other worksheets to the portal (printing is limited). The syllabus is required to include:

  • the course number and title of the course, credit hours
  • the title, author and edition of the textbook(s) that is/are required in the class
  • any supplemental materials that students must have for the class (NOTE: CF Learning Resources Center libraries DO NOT purchase or keep loan copies of currently adopted textbooks in their collection.)
  • instructor name, location of office, office telephone number and extension, and office hours; email address (optional except in online and hybrid courses); indication of E-Learning support staff at each campus, and multi-campus test proctoring arrangements
  • a reference to the course description found in the college catalog
  • course outline and course objectives
  • student learning outcomes covered in the course and how the outcomes will be measured
  • prerequisite courses and/or expectations of students prior to taking the class
  • brief description of teaching philosophy and/or expectations for the class performance and outcomes
  • description of how tests and assignments will be evaluated
  • a statement of how cheating/plagiarism will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action that could result in being dropped from the course, suspension or expulsion from school
  • description of grading and attendance policies
  • a schedule of class assignments, readings, quizzes, etc.
  • use of extra credit or additional assignments (if appropriate)
  • a schedule of approved field trips (if appropriate)
  • the college’s statement relative to students with disabilities (use exact wording as in template)
  • the college's equity statement (use exact wording as in template)
  • the drop date for the semester
  • the date and time of the final examination, and
  • college emergency telephone number 352-291-4499 and 800-831-9244 for school closings (natural disasters, etc.).

See Appendix B for a course syllabus template.

Independent Study

Faculty members who direct an Independent Study program for a student will receive a stipend of $35 per semester hour for each student. Independent study courses are initiated by students who meet with the instructor to discuss how this option will meet the student’s individual goals. Students must be academically in good standing and desire more in-depth experience in a subject area or need course work for university transfer that is not otherwise available. Independent study courses must be approved by the appropriate instructional supervisor.

Credit by Exam

Faculty members who supervise a student taking an examination for course credit will receive a stipend of $75 for each examination administered. See http://inside.cf.edu/forms/sa/credit_by_internal_examination_memo.doc.

Credit by Experiential Learning

Faculty members who evaluate a student’s experiential learning for course equivalency will receive a stipend of $75 for each student’s work evaluated. See http://inside.cf.edu/forms/sa/credit_by_internal_examination_memo.doc.


To audit a class the student must officially register for the class as an Audit. Once class has begun, CF students are not permitted to change from credit to audit status without permission of the instructor. Authorized changes must be made during the schedule change period (i.e., the first few days of each semester).


Your CF email account may be accessed when you are away from your workstation:

  1. Go to the college website at http://www.CF.edu.
  2. Click on myCF (top right corner).
  3. Enter your CF ID and password.
  4. Click on Faculty tab.
  5. Scroll down to Bookmarks and click on Webmail.
  6. Enter your network user name preceded by ADMIN95\ (as in ADMIN95\smithj) and password (default is first seven letters of your last name followed by your first initial of first name. For example, John Smith would type ADMIN95\smithj.
  7. You will not be able to use Outlook as if you were on campus.

To obtain an email address, complete an IT Systems and Data Access Request form: http://inside.cf.edu/forms/compsvcs.htm (available on the CF intranet under Forms or through the division staff assistant).

All employees are responsible for managing their email accounts and storage usage.

To delete your email

Highlight the message that is to be deleted and click the X on the toolbar. This will send it to the deleted items folder. To empty the deleted items folder, right click on the folder which will give a menu. Left click to select Empty Deleted Items. NOTE: Email accounts for adjunct faculty have limited space on the server. Permanently delete old messages (i.e., empty your Deleted Items file). Photos and some attachments take up a lot of storage; save these to flash drives instead. Faculty are advised to check email accounts during the times they do not teach at least every two weeks so mailboxes do not become full and then closed. If you are notified that your mailbox is closed, you can re-open it by deleting some email until you are below the space limit. Please note that it may take several minutes to open after you are below the space limit.

Password change

Passwords automatically expire after 90 days. You will receive advance notification if you login to a computer on any CF campus and will be prompted to change your password. If you are unable to change your password, call IT Help at 352-854-2322, ext. 1378, for assistance. Passwords may not be sent via email as that is a violation of CF’s computer security policy.

Other problems

If you have any other problems with your email account, call IT Help at 352-854-2322, ext. 1378.

CF Institutional Learning Outcomes

College of Central Florida is committed to the development of individuals within the traditions of our democratic society. Through the richness of cumulative learning experiences, individually and collectively, students become participants in a dynamic learning community by exhibiting cooperation, respect and self-direction. Additionally, students will demonstrate increased knowledge, improved skills, responsibility, teamwork, and the ability to make sound ethical choices. Growth in these cognitive, affective and ethical abilities is measured by the following Institutional Learning Outcomes: Communications, Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning, Critical Reasoning, Computer and Information Skills and Global Socio-Cultural Responsibility. These learning outcomes provide a framework for students to grow intellectually, socially and culturally.

Learning Outcomes Website

For faculty instructions on data entry and reporting of student learning outcomes, go to the following link on the intranet at http://inside.cf.edu/departments/curriculum/LOSMain.htm.

Collegewide Committee Structure

SACS Standard 4.2: The institution maintains a curriculum that is directly related and appropriate to the purpose and goals of the institution and the diplomas, certificates, or degrees awarded.

The Governance Handbook contains a list of college committees (http://inside.cf.edu/manuals/governance_14_15.pdf) and other significant governance related bodies. Faculty, students, career and administrative memberships are listed along with responsibilities of the committee. This structure is designed to support collegial process of decision making that supports the college vision.

Security of Facilities and Equipment

Each CF employee is responsible for safeguarding equipment, being sure that equipment is in working order and putting it away properly after each use. If equipment is not working properly, it is the responsibility of the faculty member to report that fact to the appropriate administrator who will report the problem to the proper department immediately.

All classrooms should be left clean and ready for the next class. For utility conservation, turn off the lights in the classroom upon departure. Instructors who teach at night should turn off the lights and lock the classroom door and exterior door, if possible. Public Safety officers check the building and lock the exterior doors when the building is scheduled to be empty.

The Code of Student Conduct

Pursuant to Board Policy No. 7.04, the Code of Student Conduct is in effect on college premises, on properties owned by the CF Foundation and at functions sponsored by or participated in by the college regardless of the locations. Each student, by registration, assumes the responsibility to become familiar with and to abide by college regulations and acceptable standards of personal conduct.

Excerpts from Policy Manual, Rule 7.04

CF has established regulations governing student conduct which are considered necessary to preserve and maintain an environment conducive to learning, to ensure the safety and welfare of members of the college community, to encourage students in the development and practice of good citizenship and self discipline, and to protect property and equipment of the college.

The Student Code of Conduct may be found in CF Student Handbook, Section 7— Student Right-To-Know Information, and includes information on student records, rights and responsibilities, definition of terms, conduct hearing procedures, sanctions, suspensions, and appeals. The Student Code of Conduct may also be found in the CF Administrative Procedures, Policy 7.05.

Access and Counseling Services

Access and Counseling Services offers a wide range of services and resources for students. They provide mental health and career counseling, academic advising as it relates to the student’s disability, and they connect students to programs and community resources. These services aim to help students overcome obstacles, build confidence, self-advocate, and attain success. They help students engage in courses, programs, services, and activities at CF.

CF is committed to providing equal educational opportunities and full participation in all college activities, programs, and services for students. The college fully supports and ensures compliance of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and all other pertinent federal, state, and local disability anti-discrimination laws. Our services include, but are not limited to: appropriate classroom and testing accommodations, sign language interpreters, adapted computer access, and cultural programming.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact Access Services. Accommodations are custom designed to meet the needs of the student. These needs may relate to physical access, auxiliary learning aid, or programmatic and classroom academic adjustments. Auxiliary learning aids may include American Sign Language interpreters, scribes, CCTV, and various adaptive hardware and software including large screen monitors and computers with enlarging software, screen reading software and dictation software. Academic adjustments may consist of testing modifications and/or course substitution.

Professional counseling services are also available for all students who are experiencing emotional, psychological, relationships, stress, anxiety, PTSD, and other life issues. Services are provided by Florida licensed mental health clinicians.

The Office of Access & Counseling Services is located in the Bryant Student Union, Room 204, on the Ocala Campus. For more information, visit the Access Services office, email colleliv@cf.edu or call 352-854-2322, ext. 1580. Arrangements can be made to meet with students at any of the college’s locations.

Student Assistance Program:

The CF Student Assistance Program is a confidential resource for assisting students who may have personal problems which could affect their school, work or home lives and would prefer the professional counseling services to be provided from an outside of the college source. Services are free to all active CF students.

SAP provides early intervention and professional assessment to best meet the needs of the student. The SAP is managed by Bay Care Life Management, a not-for-profit health management organization located in Clearwater. In order to access services, a student can call a toll-free helpline, 1-800-878-5470 , during regular business hours Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. For crisis situations which occur after hours, on weekends or holidays, a student can call the same number and the therapist on duty will be paged and will promptly respond to the call.

Components of the SAP address a broad spectrum of behavioral health needs, including mental health and substance abuse issues to include:

Problem Identification/Assessment and Referral. Based on telephone communication and/or face-to-face meeting, the student's presenting problem(s) is identified, the individual is assessed and an appropriate plan of action is developed.

Crisis Intervention . This service offers post-crisis assessment and intervention services to students who have experienced crisis situations.

Short-term Problem Resolution . This type of counseling is offered when resolution of the presenting problem can be resolved within the initial counseling sessions.

Monitoring and Follow-Up Services . Appropriate monitoring of student's progress and satisfaction.

Consultation with Appropriate Leadership . Providing individual consultation to campus leadership, regarding screening and the appropriate referral of students to the SAP.

For more information visit the Office of Retention and Student Success at the Bryant Student Union, Room 204B, or call 854-2322, ext. 1362 for an appointment.

How Faculty Can Support Students with Disabilities

See Appendix A  for procedural details.

College Level Academic Skills

Beginning July 1, 2009, the Florida Legislature eliminated the need for a student to take or present passing scores on the College Level Academic Skills Test, CLAST, but still requires a student to fulfill one of the exemptions below before completing his or her Associate in Arts degree. [F.S. 1007.25 and F.A.C. 6A-10.0311] Please see the current catalog for detailed information concerning requirements and exemptions.

  1. Exemption via American College Testing (ACT)
  2. Exemption via Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT-I)
  3. Earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or above, on a 4.0 scale, in postsecondary-level course work identified by the Postsecondary Education Planning Commission (F.S. 1008.29).