2017-2018 Faculty Handbook

Role and Responsibility of Teaching Faculty

Education is a continuous process which enables learners to experience ideas and to express themselves freely, creatively, responsibly in a healthy and caring environment that offers a variety of options and opportunities for active learning.

To this end, the CF teaching faculty demonstrates respect for students and acceptance of their uniqueness, responsiveness to student needs, the empowering of individual with responsibility for lifelong self-direction, and the establishment of high standards for the demonstration of learning in pursuit of goals.

Responsibility Definitions

  • Teaching – Responsibility for teaching shall include planning and preparing of course content and curriculum, effective methodologies of instruction and assessment for the enhancement of learning.

  • Professional Development – Responsibilities for professional development shall include maintaining expertise in field of study and teaching pedagogy, involvement in college governance, and active participation in professional organizations.

  • College Service – Responsibility for college service shall include participation in enrollment management activities and sharing of professional expertise with colleagues and students beyond the classroom.

  • Service to Students – Responsibility for service to students shall include course and career guidance, supporting of student activities, and mentoring, while fostering a love of learning.

  • Public Service – Responsibility for public service shall include providing exchange of professional ideas and expertise to community and private agencies without gratuity.

    Policy Manual, Rule 4.04

Faculty Records

Maintenance of accurate class records, both attendance and grades, is the responsibility of the instructor. Grades and absences must be recorded. Such records are subject to review by the state auditors.


Attendance Policy

Regular, punctual class attendance is the responsibility of every student who enrolls at the College of Central Florida; therefore, the institution is committed to enforcing the attendance policy in an effort to assist students in achieving their educational objectives. The documentation of student absences will begin the first day of class, regardless of when the student registers. When a student has a legitimate reason for being absent, the instructor has the option of permitting the student to make up work missed and may require an explanation for the absence. The college reserves the right to evaluate individual cases of nonattendance.

In general, students are graded on the basis of intellectual effort and performance. Class participation is a significant measure of performance, therefore nonattendance can adversely affect a student’s grade.

Participation in college-sponsored, off-campus student activities (such as student organization meetings or athletic events) is permitted to count toward class attendance or approved absence on the instructor’s class records. Students must give advance notice of the intended absence, within guidelines set by the individual instructor, in order to have the opportunity to prepare assignments and make up or avoid missing tests. Faculty members are expected to establish nonpunitive grading practices toward attendance at these college-sponsored, off-campus student activities such as student organization meetings or athletic events.

If conflicts exist between a student’s regularly scheduled class(es) and another activity (including the requirements of other classes), the student’s regularly scheduled class should receive priority. If adequate notification is given to the instructor, the student will not be penalized for nonattendance.

If a student accumulates so many absences that further enrollment in a course appears to be of little academic value, the instructor has the right to withdraw the student from the course. CF instructors may or may not initiate a request to withdraw a student from their classes (please check with individual instructors regarding their process); however, all withdrawals must be done on or before the withdrawal deadline that is published by the college.

A withdrawal may not be processed if the request is for the student's third attempt at a course; the removal of a sole preparatory course if the student has earned 12 college credits; or if the student is a high school dual enrollment student and the permission of the high school counselor, home school parent and CF dual enrollment coordinator has not been granted. Withdrawal(s) may be reversed and a grade issued for a course as a disciplinary action resulting from breaching the college's Academic Integrity and Honor Code.

Students enrolled in occupational certificate programs have required participation for skill development, therefore they are permitted limited unexcused absences (check with instructor). Students who exceed the number of unexcused absences may be placed on probation and, if additional unexcused absences occur, dropped from the program. The instructor determines whether or not an absence is excused, considering such factors as sickness, accidents and other circumstances beyond the student's control.

Students enrolling in certain limited-access programs are expected to meet specific guidelines presented in program handbooks. Check the website at CF.edu/limitedaccess for more information regarding limited-access programs.

Class Rolls

Records of student class attendance are mandatory. All attendance records must be available for audit and should be left readily accessible in a secure place for academic administrators/staff assistants. Faculty are required to record the last day of attendance for each student when reporting an F, N, FF or I grade.

Attendance Verification

Attendance for each class must be verified at the beginning of each semester, according to the schedule provided from Student Affairs (i.e., Financial Aid guidelines).

The automated Attendance Verification component of Jenzabar has made attendance reporting easier. In addition to reporting attendance electronically, instructors are able to make changes on the attendance roster instead of sending emails to the Office of Financial Aid for students that start class late.

If a student comes to class for the first time AFTER the attendance roster has been submitted, make the appropriate change on the online Attendance Verification and resubmit. Do not change the status of any student previously submitted as “has attended.”

Please keep in mind that a student whose attendance is not verified will not receive Title IV Financial Aid. The college cannot disburse Title IV aid to any student until all of that student’s instructors have verified attendance. If a student is purged from a class and later re-enters, the instructor must resubmit attendance verification for this student. Please call Financial Aid at 352-854-2322, ext. 1476, with any questions about this process. If there are any problems accessing Jenzabar for online attendance rosters, please contact the Information Technology Help Desk (IT Help Desk) at 352-854-2322, ext. 1378.

To view an instructional video on attendance verification click to the following link: 

mms://videosrv.cf.edu/attendance verification 2.

Instructions for Submitting Attendance

  1. At http://inside.cf.edu click on myCF.

  2. Login using CF ID number and password.

  3. Click on the Faculty tab.

  4. See the Attendance, Class Lists and Authorization heading.

  5. Click on Faculty Schedule & Attendance Verification.

  6. You will now see all the classes assigned to you. Look to the far right of each class to see a button labeled Attend. Click on it.

  7. A list of your students in that particular class will appear with a drop down box next to each stating Has Attended. If you have a student who has not attended, click the down arrow next to Has Attended and click on Not Attended. NOTE: You only change the students who have not attended.

  8. Once done, scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click on Submit Absent Info. Please note the comment to the left of the button will change from Attendance has not been submitted to Attendance has been submitted.

  9. You also can go back at a later date and update by following the same steps.


  1. Once a student has attended your class at least one time, and you have reported this student as attending, please DO NOT change your report for that student, even if the student never attends class again.

  2. However, if a student begins attending the class after you have submitted the verification, please access the system and change the student's status to "attending." Do not send an email to the Office of Financial Aid.

  3. Student financial aid is not disbursed until Attendance Verification is submitted! Please submit verification promptly by the due date.

For an instructional video for attendance reporting, see mms://videosrv.cf.edu/attendance verification 2.

Federal Definition of Attendance

Attendance must be “academic attendance” or “attendance at an academically related activity.” Examples include:

  • physical class attendance where there is direct interaction between instructor and student

  • submission of an academic assignment

  • examination, interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction

  • study group assigned by school

  • participation in online discussion about academic matters

  • initiation of contact with instructor to ask question about academic subject

If you have trouble using the verification process, contact Information Technology Help Desk at 352-854-2322, ext. 1378.


  1. The student may withdraw without academic penalty from any course by the midpoint in the semester. [F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 1(a).] Check the college calendar for withdrawal deadlines.
  2. The student will be permitted a maximum of two withdrawals per course. Upon the third attempt, the student will not be permitted to withdraw and will receive a grade for that course. [F.S. 1009.28 and F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 1(b).]
  3. Preparatory students who have completed 12 hours of college credit coursework before completing all college preparatory courses must maintain continuous enrollment in college preparatory coursework each semester and may not withdraw from their sole preparatory course while remaining in other college credit coursework. [F.S. 1008.30 4(a) and F.A.C. 6A-10.0315(20).]
  4. Audit students can withdraw at any time.
  5. A student (credit, college credit certificate or audit) who withdraws from all classes must begin official withdrawal procedures by seeing an advisor, department chair or program manager. The college calendar gives specific deadlines for withdrawing from the college.
  6. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw from a course by the withdrawal deadline date for the current semester if he/she can no longer continue to attend class and/or feels he/she cannot pass the course. Instructors may not initiate a withdrawal on the behalf of the student. If the student stops attending a class and does not withdraw properly, the student will earn an F grade for that class.

    NOTE: A withdrawal may not be processed if the request is for the student’s third attempt at a course; the removal of a sole preparatory course if the student has earned 12 college credits; or if the student is a high school dual enrollment student and the permission of the high school counselor, home school parent and CF dual enrollment advisor has not been granted. Withdrawal(s) may be reversed and a grade issued for a course as a disciplinary action resulting from breeching the college’s Academic Integrity and Honor Code.


Grades are a necessary part of the instructional process. Good communication between the student and the instructor will usually prevent most misunderstandings about grades. Final grades must be completed for all students.

The college adheres to all federal and state laws and rules pertaining to the privacy rights of students, Family Educational Rights Privacy Act, which contains strict policies about the privacy of student grades. Grades must not be posted, displayed or shared in any fashion to infringe on the privacy of the student. Under no circumstances should the instructor discuss a student’s grades with anyone other than the student, unless directed to do so by a college official/administrator, or given written permission by the student.

Grade Change Policy

Final grades for students are important permanent records. Great care should be given in the recording of grades. When an obvious error or oversight has occurred, a grade change should be made immediately. Grades will be changed only when requested in writing by the instructor and approved by the instructional supervisor.

Grade changes are to be submitted on the Official Change of Grade Form http://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-AR15_Official_Change_of_Grade.pdf which requires the signature of the instructor and the initials of the instructional supervisor. Errors in grades must be corrected as soon as discovered. If the grade change is to correct an error, an explanation will be given with the instructor’s signature. The transcript will show only the corrected grade.

The following examples illustrate grade changes that are not in accordance with college policy:

F to W Passing grade to I
N to grade F to I
N to W or I Audit to grade
I to W Grade to audit

In special circumstances (i.e., computer error, etc.), if a student appears on the roll incorrectly at the end of the semester and an I is to be issued, an Official Change of Grade Form changing the grade from I to W must be submitted at the time the grade is submitted. This situation does not require the Course Completion Arrangement Form.

Any grade change that is not in accordance with college policy is to be accompanied by a completed Request for Grade Change Outside of College Policy form (http://inside.cf.edu/forms/index2.html) and will include a written explanation from the instructor who is initiating the grade change and authorization of the instructional supervisor or vice president. The form will become a part of the student’s record and the Office of Admissions and Records will also keep a copy of the form in the same manner as grade change records are kept.

Posting/Submitting Final Grades


  • Post all grades by the time/date listed on the college calendar (typically by noon on due date). Grades cannot be submitted after the grading file closes.
  • Only the instructor may post grades for a class.
  • Place a grade in the Grade column for each student.
  • If the Grading Type column indicates Audit, the only grade you can enter in the Grade column is X.
  • If the Grading Type indicates Withdrawn, the grade of W will already be entered in the Grade column for that student.
  • Complete an I Grade contract for every student being granted a temporary grade of incomplete.

Posting/Submitting Grades

Use Internet Explorer for posting grades vs. Firefox or Google Chrome

  1. At http://inside.cf.edu/ go to myCF.
  2. Enter your CF faculty ID and password
  3. If you have changed your password and do not remember it, key in your CF ID, click on I forgot my password and a new password will be emailed to you. If you are unable to sign on to myCF, contact the IT Help Desk at 352-854-2322, ext. 1378 or ITHelp@cf.edu.
  4. On the Home page, click on the Update Email link to review your email address. This is the address to which your grade entry messages will be sent. Update your address if it is incorrect.
  5. Click on the Faculty tab.
  6. Click on View  Course List under the Grade Entry heading.
  7. A list of classes will be displayed. Click on a course.
  8. Select the final grade for each student. When the grade is F, N, or I, enter the student's last date of attendance. For students who never attended class, the last date of attendance is the first day of the class date.
  9. Click the Save button located at the bottom of the student list.

Go back to the Grade Entry Page after submitting to confirm that the process has been accepted. (You should receive a confirmation email.)

Filing Grades

  • Send a copy of the grade posting screen (electronic preferred) to your department staff assistant.
  • Send I Grade contract to your department staff assistant (NOTE: indicate date given or mailed to the student.) Also send a copy to Admissions/Records.
  • Do not send copies of grade books to Admissions and Records (follow department procedures).

Grade Books

Grade books or electronic grade book printouts must be returned to the appropriate departmental office at the end of each academic semester and when employment is terminated. In addition, each instructor should leave a forwarding address, telephone number and email with the departmental office should questions arise regarding grades. Departmental office staff should ensure that faculty grade records are left readily accessible in a secure place for academic administrators in case emergencies arise or grades are questioned. If using an electronic grade book, backup copies on disk and hard copy must be maintained and updated frequently. Faculty is recommended to keep gradebooks for 7 years. Consult the Teaching, Learning & Engagement website quick links (http://inside.cf.edu/departments/opd/TLIsite/e_gradebooks.htm) for additional information.

Grading Scale

Instructors must announce, in writing, at the beginning of each semester, specific grading policies for each class. At the end of each semester final grades are assigned and recorded on the student’s permanent record card. Grades assigned at CF are:

Grade Interpretation Grade Point Value
A Excellent (90–100) 4 grade points per semester hour
B+ Very Good (87–89) 3.75 grade points per semester hour
B Good (80–86) 3 grade points per semester hour
C+ High Average (77–79) 2.75 grade points per semester hour
C Average (70–76) 2 grade points per semester hour
D Poor (60–69) 1 grade point per semester hour
F Failure (Below 60) No grade points
FF Violation Academic Integrity No grade points
I Incomplete No grade points
IP In Progress No grade points
S Satisfactory No grade points
SP Satisfactory Progress
(College Prep Only) No grade points
U Unsatisfactory No grade points
W Withdrew from Course No grade points
X Audit No grade points
N No Grade
(College Prep Only) No grade points
NG No Grade (Labs) No grade points

The grading policy for all divisions, with the exception of Health Sciences, Criminal Justice Institute, Educator Preparation Institute and the Associate Degree Nursing program, will adhere to the following scale:

A 90-100%
B+ 87-89%
B 80-86%
C+ 77-79%
C 70-76%
D 60-69%
F Below 60%

Health Sciences Division will use the following scales, depending on program:

A 92-100%
B 84-91%
C 75-83%
D 68-74%
F Below 68%
A 94-100%
B 87-93%
C 80-86%
D 70-79%
F Below 70%

The Criminal Justice Institute will use the following grading scale:

A 93-100%
B 86-92%
C 80-85%
F Below 80%

The ADN and Dental Assisting programs will use the following grading scale:

A 90-100%
B 80-89%
C 75-79%
D 65-74%
F Below 65%

Students registered in college prep courses who receive N grades must repeat the same course and complete it with a grade of C or better, or achieve a passing score on the PERT before they can register for other courses.

I Grades

When the grade of I is issued it is the student’s responsibility to meet with the instructor and make the necessary arrangements for completing the course work. An Incomplete I Grade Course Completion Arrangement form must be submitted at the time of grading for each course in which the grade of I is issued. A final date for the completion of all work must be agreed upon and cannot be more than six months past the date of the form. If the course work is completed by the student by the deadline, the instructor will forward a new grade to the Office of Admissions and Records within one week after receiving the completed work from the student. If the course work is not completed by the agreed upon date, the registrar will post the grade listed on the form as the final grade on the student’s permanent record.

Grade Appeal Process Guidelines

Any student wishing to appeal a final course grade must follow, in consecutive order, the steps (levels) shown below:

Level I A student who believes a course grade has been awarded unfairly or in error must discuss the concern with the instructor within 30 calendar days from the time the grade is awarded. (Note: In the event the instructor is not available within 30 days after the grade is awarded, the student may notify the instructor’s supervisor within the 30-day period.)
Level II If the matter cannot be resolved between the instructor and the student, the student may request a meeting with the instructor’s supervisor to initiate a written appeal (i.e., submit a Grade Appeal Form).
Level III In the event the student is not satisfied at the Level II decision, the student has the right to present the concern to the chief academic officer. If the student wishes to exercise this right, then within five working days after receipt of the written Level II decision, the student must deliver a copy of the Grade Appeal Form with the appropriate documentation and a copy of the written Level II decision to the vice president for Academic Affairs.
Within 10 working days from receipt of the Grade Appeal, the VPAA will determine if further review is warranted. If the VPAA determines that it is not, he/she will render a final written decision to the student. If the VPAA determines that further review is warranted, he/she will ask the college president to convene a Grade Appeals Committee.
The committee will make its decision based on the Grade Appeals Form and the attached documentation, the written decision of the instructor's supervisor, and the information presented by the student, the instructor and their witnesses. The Grade Appeals Committee will deliver a recommendation to the VPAA, who then has the right to reject or accept the recommendation. The decision of the VPAA will be final and binding on all parties.

Drop/Add Period and Student Withdrawals

Students may add classes during the official add/drop period published in the college calendar. Instructors must reprint class rolls after the final drop date to have an accurate list of the students who are enrolled in their class. At that point, if a student attends class who is not on the updated roll, that student should be sent to the Enrollment Services Center to clear up their enrollment.

Please view the withdrawal policy before submitting a withdrawal form for a student. Note that upon withdrawing from a class, the student will receive a grade of W.

Students should be alerted to the fact that (1) withdrawals do not count in the CF GPA, but may not be viewed favorably at the university level; (2) a withdrawal counts as an attempt under the forgiveness/withdrawal policy and the course repeat policy; (3) there are increased costs to take the course on the third attempt; (4) students may not withdraw from third attempts (F.S.1009.28); and (5) developmental education students who have completed 12 hours of college credit cannot withdraw from their sole preparatory class while remaining enrolled in college credit course work (F.S.1008.304c). (See http://pr.cf.edu/files/SA-AR12_Withdrawal_Form.pdf.)

NOTE: Due to 2009 Florida legislation regarding the repayment of Bright Future funds, student recipients should be alerted to speak with an advisor in the Enrollment Services Center before withdrawing.

Reduction of Withdrawals (W)

College of Central Florida faculty are committed to helping students be successful by being student-focused. Suggested strategies that may be followed to enhance the reduction of withdrawals include (but are not limited to):

  • verifying that all students have the proper prerequisites for the course
  • counseling with and encouraging students from the beginning of the semester
  • watching attendance patterns and contacting students, either by telephone or correspondence, after several absences or when a pattern of consistent absences occurs
  • providing frequent opportunities for evaluation of student progress and giving timely feedback on the student’s performance
  • continuing to encourage and finding ways to motivate students throughout the semester
  • being available and offering individual help to students during office hours
  • referring students to the Learning Support Centers, Academic Foundations (for college prep students), mathematics laboratories, etc., at any campus or center where available for additional assistance when appropriate
  • filing an Early Alert referral for students with attendance, academic or behavioral issues. Faculty may access the Early Alert Referral Form from their MyCF/Faculty page.

Early Alert Referral Program

CF's Early Alert Referral Program was developed to assist in the overall effort to identify students not making satisfactory progress and/or exhibiting behaviors that may lead to academic or behavioral difficulties. As part of our collaborative retention efforts, this online referral system was developed to link instructional faculty with the Office of Student Services. Once a student is identified, the staff from the Office of Student Services/Office of Retention and Student Success will contact and work with the student in an effort to increase their chances of becoming academically successful at CF.

Faculty and staff can access the Early Alert referral form from CF.edu/go/assistance.

Here are some reasons for a faculty or staff referral:

  • attending class, but not making satisfactory progress
  • class disruption, disrespect, etc.
  • consistently late to class
  • continually submits sub-standard work
  • failure to turn in assignments
  • high rate of absenteeism
  • low test/quiz performance
  • missed tests, quizzes, or major examinations
  • not participating in class
  • student language barriers
  • personal

Students can also self-refer if they are having difficulty in a class or difficulty adjusting to college in general. Students may self-refer either by submitting a form, by visiting the Office of Student Services/Office of Retention and Student Success in the Bryant Student Union, Room 205, or by calling 854-2322, ext. 1362, for an appointment.

Early Alert Referral Form

To locate the Early Alert Referral Form, log into MyCF and click the faculty tab. Scroll down to Early Alert Referral Program and click on Early Alert Referral Form.

Grade Forgiveness Policy

The grade forgiveness policy permits a student to repeat a course in an attempt to improve a grade of D or F earned in the course. Only the last grade earned in a repeated course will be computed into the student’s GPA. On the transcript, “repeated” shows the initial attempts and “replaces prior course” indicates the last attempt. The student will be limited to three attempts (two repeats) per course with a grade being issued for the third attempt [F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 1(b)]. Withdrawals and audits count as attempts after the add/drop period. Withdrawals will not be used to increase a GPA.

  1. Grade forgiveness is limited to courses where a grade of D or F was earned. [F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 2(a).] Courses with a grade of C or better will not be granted grade forgiveness.
  2. Grade forgiveness is limited to the first two attempts at a course. [F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 2(b).]
  3. A student will be permitted a maximum of two withdrawals per course. Upon the third attempt, the student will not be permitted to withdraw and will receive a grade for that course. [F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 1(b).]
  4. A student enrolled in the same undergraduate college credit course for the third attempt shall pay tuition at 100 percent of the full cost of instruction (out of state fee rate), and shall not be included in calculations of full-time equivalent enrollments for state funding purposes. Students may petition to waive the additional fees due to financial hardship. [F.S. 1009.285.] Petitions must be submitted to the Enrollment Services Center prior to the end of the add/drop period for the semester in which the student is enrolled in the third attempt.
  5. A student may have only three attempts per course including the original grade, repeat grades and withdrawals at any point in the semester. A fourth attempt may be allowed only through an academic appeals process based on major extenuating circumstances. [F.A.C. 6A-14.0301 3.]
  6. The student should check with the Office of Financial Aid about the possible financial consequences of repeating a course prior to withdrawing from the course.
  7. If the student plans to transfer to another institution, he or she must check with that institution regarding acceptance of “forgiveness” courses in the computation of the student’s GPA.
  8. Courses that are designated as repeatable, such as choir, music or journalism, or are individualized courses of study, may not be eligible for grade forgiveness. [F.A.C. 6A-14.03012(d).]

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 copies of currently adopted textbooks in their collection. An instructor may provide a copy for the library to place on reserve for in-house use).
  • 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://www.cf.edu/go/enroll/credit-by-examination. Information about other stipends can be found in the Salary Schedule and Related Personnel Policies.

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/index2.html#c to locate the Credit by Departmental Exam/Recognition of Prior Learning/Training form. Information about other stipends can be found in the Salary Schedule and Related Personnel Policies.


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).

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, click on Learning Outcomes at http://inside.cf.edu/departments/index.htm.


Your CF Webmail account can be accessed when you are away from your workstation, on or off campus.

  1. Go to the college website at http://www.CF.edu.

  2. At top right click on CF Login and then MyCF.

  3. Enter your CF ID number and your MyCF Portal password.

  4. Click on the Faculty tab.

  5. Scroll down to Bookmarks and click on Webmail.

  6. Enter entire email address (example: abc123@cf.edu) and password to access CF Webmail.

NOTE: Users do not have to always login to MyCF to access CF Webmail. The link is available on http://www.CF.edu under CF Login + Staff Webmail.

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.

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 Manual contains a list of college committees (http://inside.cf.edu/manuals/index.html) 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 the 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.

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.

Disability and Counseling Services

See Resources to Students.

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).