2020-2021 Faculty Handbook

About College of Central Florida

Message from the President

Dear Faculty,

Since opening its doors in 1957, the College of Central Florida has been the educational hub of our Marion, Citrus and Levy county communities. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has affected teaching and delivery of services to students in many ways, we continue to be united in our vision of being the first choice for quality higher education in our community.Together, we are transforming lives.

Your commitment to our students helps them succeed in their studies, in our community, and in their careers. The learning environment you create directly impacts their lives and experiences and inspires them to achieve. Our CF values of Empowerment, Engagement and Excellence are reflected in your dedication and commitment to our students and the college. I wish for you many happy years of teaching and student engagement.

This handbook provides general information as well as administrative procedures for faculty. You will find additional information in the CF District Board of Trustees Policy Manual, Employee Handbook, Salary Schedule and Related Personnel PoliciesStudent Handbook and College Catalog.

Here's to a successful 2020-2021 academic year.




James D. Henningsen, Ed.D.


Vision Statement

Your first choice for quality higher education.

Mission Statement

We transform lives and enrich our community by providing a supportive, high-quality learning environment that prepares individuals to excel in work and life.


We Empower

  • Cultivating individual and collective strength, value and responsibility

  • Creating a caring and collaborative culture where faculty and staff are committed to the success of all

  • Supporting each individual's potential and growth

We Engage

  • Being a responsive partner, fully focused on the success of our students, faculty, staff and community

  • Taking initiative to achieve positive results

  • Taking action to connect, learn and grow with the institution

We Excel

  • Delivering high-quality learning experiences

  • Committing to the highest standards of education, service, accountability and organizational performance

  • Leading with service excellence


Accreditation and Memberships

The College of Central Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate and baccalaureate degrees. Contact the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of College of Central Florida. The commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support that the College of Central Florida may be in non-compliance with a requirement or standards. College of Central Florida is also approved by the Florida Department of Education to award associate degrees, baccalaureate degrees, college credit certificates and occupational certificates.

The programs listed below are also accredited by the agencies listed. Please reference each program of study for additional information.

The programs listed below are approved or certified by the agencies listed. Please reference each program of study for specific statements regarding approval or certification.

The college holds memberships in the American Association of Community Colleges, the Association of Florida Colleges, and the Association of Community College Trustees. Among other memberships are the National Junior College Athletic Association, the National League for Nursing, and Florida Campus Compact.

CF has been approved by the state of Florida as an institution in which recipients of General Scholarship Loans for Preparation of Teachers (awarded by the state) may take the first two years of college work. Additionally, the college participates in the Drug-Free Workplace Program.

The state Department of Education will accept work taken at the college to satisfy various certification requirements. CF is state-approved for veterans training under Public Law 550, Public Law 89-358 (Veterans Readjustment Benefits Act of 1966), and for the education of disabled veterans and war orphans.

Faculty Responsibility in Academic Affairs

The responsibility for the improvement of the educational program resides primarily with the faculty, and ultimately, with the vice president for Academic Affairs and the president, who makes recommendations to the District Board of Trustees. Participation in the curricular process is a most important role of the faculty. This is evidenced by faculty participation in the governance structure of the college. All committees function for the support of students or the improvement of learning. The committees with a primary focus on learning at the college are the Curriculum Committee, the Teaching Learning Engagement Institute Steering Committee, the Learning Outcomes Steering Committee and the discipline-specific committees within each division of the college.

Tobacco-free College

College of Central Florida strives to promote the health and wellness of its students and employees as well as a safe, comfortable environment for all who work, study, conduct business, or visit the college. Therefore, it is the policy of the District Board of Trustees that the College of Central Florida shall be a tobacco-free college. www.CF.edu/Tobaccofree

  1. Tobacco of any kind, in any form shall be prohibited at the College of Central Florida. This includes but is not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, inhalers, vaporizers and electronic smoking-simulated instruments.* Snuff, chewing tobacco, and other tobacco products are also prohibited.
  2. The use of tobacco of any kind shall be prohibited on all college owned, operated, leased, and/or controlled properties and facilities such as: buildings, student housing, bridges, walkways, sidewalks, parking lots and garages, on-campus streets and driveways, grounds, and exterior open spaces including the Enterprise Center and the Appleton Museum of Art.
  3. Tobacco use shall be prohibited in all college leased or owned vehicles both on and off college property.
  4. Tobacco use shall be prohibited in all personal vehicles while on college property.
  5. Smoking materials must be extinguished prior to entering upon any CF property without exception. All tobacco products in use must be disposed of appropriately prior to entering upon any CF property which includes enclosed vehicles.
  6. The sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products, and the free distribution of tobacco products are prohibited.
  7. This policy does not apply to off-campus facilities leased or used by the college for college events or functions. On those occasions, the tobacco policy of the facility shall be applicable.
  8. The president or designee is authorized to develop procedures to implement this policy including provisions for notification, signage, compliance, and enforcement.

*Electronic smoking simulated cigarettes (e-cigarettes) produce a vapor of undetermined and potentially harmful substances, which may appear similar to the smoke emitted by traditional tobacco products. Their use in workplaces and public places where smoking of traditional tobacco products is prohibited creates concern and confusion and leads to difficulties in enforcing the smoking prohibitions.

(Florida Statute 386.201 et. seq. , 1001.64(5), 1001.65; Florida Administrative Code 6A-14.0261; CF Board Policy 3.28)

State Authorization for Distance Learning

The U.S. Department of Education has specified that all colleges and universities offering distance education courses outside of their state must be authorized by each state in which they are offering courses. The U.S. DOE released the following: “If an institution is offering postsecondary education through distance or correspondence education to students in a state in which it is not physically located or in which it is otherwise subject to state jurisdiction as determined by the state, the institution must meet any state requirements for it to be legally offering postsecondary distance or correspondence education in that state. An institution must be able to document the secretary of the state’s approval upon request” (Chapter 34, § 600.0(c) Higher Education Opportunity Act).  

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is a national initiative to ensure compliance standards are met when online courses are taken by students residing outside of the state in which the college is located. To learn more about SARA, please visit nc-sara.org. Effective beginning spring term 2019, the College of Central Florida is a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements. As of January 2019, this agreement allows the college to offer online instruction to students in every US state, district and major territory, other than California, the Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Marshal Islands, Micronesia, and Palau. A student who is a resident of CA, CNMI, AS, GU, MH, FM, or PW and is interested in taking courses at the College of Central Florida is encouraged to contact the College or visit https://www.nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions to see if the state, district or territory’s status has changed. Although the College of Central Florida is authorized to offer online instruction in other states, the college's online programs are not automatically accepted to meet any professional licensure requirements of any other jurisdiction.  The college does not design or intend for any of its online programs to meet such requirements in any specific jurisdiction.  For any specific questions about state authorization for distance education, or state complaint procedures, please contact E-Learning at 352-854-2322, ext. 1317, or DLhelp@cf.edu or visit https://www.cf.edu/go/elearning/state-authorization-information.  For a student who resides outside of Florida and applies for or enrolls in a program that could reasonably be construed to lead to professional licensure, the college will contact the student regarding that program’s licensure status in the relevant state, district or territory.

Continuous Notice of Nondiscrimination

College of Central Florida offers equal access and opportunity in employment, admissions and educational activities. The college will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, pregnancy, age, marital status, national origin, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status or disability status in its employment practices or in the admission and treatment of students. Recognizing that sexual harassment constitutes discrimination on the basis of gender and violates this policy statement, the college will not tolerate such conduct.

College of Central Florida is an equal opportunity college and avows its belief in equal access and opportunity for all students, employees and guests of the institution. If you have a concern regarding discrimination or harassment, please contact:

Title IX Coordinator/Equity Officer Dr. Mary Ann Begley
Ocala Campus, Building 3
Room 117H
Telephone: 352-291-4410
Email: equity@cf.edu

If you have concerns, other than discrimination or harassment that fall within one of the following categories, you should contact the representative listed below by that category:

Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for Employees Dr. Henri Benlolo 
Ocala Campus, Bryant Student Union
Room 205D
Phone 352-854-2322, ext. 1430
Email: benloloh@cf.edu
Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator for Students Dr. Henri Benlolo
Ocala Campus, Bryant Student Union
Room 205D
Ocala, FL 34474-2322, ext. 1430
Email: benloloh@cf.edu

The college will make every effort to resolve concerns or problems as quickly as possible and to make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities. Below are links to specific documents:

  • Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Policy No. 1.01


  • Discrimination, Harassment and/or Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure for Employees and Students


  • Complaint Form for Discrimination, Harassment and/or Sexual Harassment Procedure is available at


  • Observance of Religious Holidays Policy No. 3.18


  • AIDS and Blood Borne Pathogens Policy No. 3.02


Copies of policies and procedures are also available from the Equity Officer and Human Resources Department located in Founders Hall, Ocala Campus. In compliance with state and federal regulations, the District Board of Trustees of the College of Central Florida has approved the above nondiscrimination policies and procedures to govern all areas of college operation including enrollment, admissions and equal opportunity employment. The following federal and state laws apply:

  • Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VI), 34 CFR Part 100
  • Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (Title IX), 34 CFR Part 106
  • Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), 34 CFR Part 104
  • Vocational Education Programs Guidelines For Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services on the Basis of Race, Color, and National Origin, Sex and Handicap (Guidelines), 34 CFR Part 100 Appendix B
  • Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), 28 CFR Part 35
  • ADA Amendments Act of 2008
  • Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008

College Equal Access/Equal Opportunity Policies and related procedures can be accessed on the college website at CF.edu/equity.

College of Central Florida, under applicable rules of the Administrative Procedures Act, may change any of the announcements, information, policies, rules, regulations or procedures set forth in this catalog. The catalog cannot always reflect new and modified regulations. Statements in this catalog may not be regarded in the nature of binding obligations on the institution or the state of Florida.


An ombudsman is a neutral third party who helps students address problems or concerns. At CF, you may contact the college ombudsman if you feel a policy or procedure is not being followed fairly by the college. The ombudsman is impartial, and considers the interests and concerns of all parties involved with the goal of achieving fair and equitable solutions. The ombudsman does not arbitrate, adjudicate, or participate in any internal or external processes.


Dr. Charles McIntosh
Ocala Campus, Building 31, Room 108G
Telephone:  352-854-2322, ext. 1360
Email:  mcintosc@cf.edu

Prohibition of Misrepresentation to Students and Others

The College of Central Florida strives to provide accurate, honest and clear information in print, online, broadcast media or oral presentations. The college will make every effort to avoid misrepresentation to students and others in communications made in writing, visually, orally, or through other means. All misrepresentations should be avoided; however, this procedure specifically applies to the three areas covered by statute 20 USC § 1094(c)(3). Those three areas include:

  • The nature of the institution’s educational programs.
  • The institution’s financial charges.
  • The employability of the institution’s graduates.

Organizational Charts

See http://pr.cf.edu/files/hr/HR33_Organizational_Chart.pdf.

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Citrus Campus

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Levy Campus

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The Faculty Handbook is presented as an informational guide for faculty. Therefore, information contained herein is subject to change, amendment, or deletion by the college as deemed appropriate. Substantive revisions in state laws, rules, or legislative proviso language shall supersede local policies until such time as change may be enacted by the District Board of Trustees. The CF District Board of Trustees Policy Manual, Employee Handbook, Salary Schedule and Related Personnel Policies, Student Handbook and College Catalog are supplemental to this handbook. If you need additional information, please contact your supervisor.