2020-2021 Student Handbook

Section 1 – Starting Point

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.

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.

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.

Appleton Museum of Art

The Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, is one of the South’s premier visual art museums. Located at 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd. (State Road 40), the museum is approximately four miles east of downtown Ocala.

As a vibrant cultural center for Ocala and the region, the Appleton Museum offers outstanding exhibits, lectures, films, workshops, tours, concerts, trips, school-related programs and volunteer opportunities for the community.

Educational programs are developed and scheduled to complement both temporary and long-term exhibitions. The museum’s educational programs include a combination of lectures and presentations by scholars and artists, hands-on adult and children’s classes, and docent-led tours. 

The Appleton Museum of Art, Appleton Store and Artspace are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. CF students, faculty and staff are admitted free during regular museum hours with their CF ID card. Visit AppletonMuseum.org for more information.

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 institutional learning outcomes.

CF has identified five major student development learning objectives and competencies that describe the student development learning outcomes for a CF graduate. These learning outcomes can be applied in academic, employment, social and community contexts and must be crafted over a lifetime. These learning outcomes and competencies enable students to set learning goals and assess learning within and across academic disciplines and the disciplines of human inquiry and development. They provide a framework for students to grow intellectually, socially and culturally. 

  1. Communications
  2. Quantitative and Analytical Reasoning
  3. Critical Reasoning
  4. Computer and Information Skills
  5. Global Socio-Cultural Responsibility

CF Web Services

The College of Central Florida offers many different services to students including: a web portal, student email, online classroom, and more. Find out what is available and tips to help you on your path to academic success.

CF Website

CF.edu has valuable information, including calendars, directories, catalogs, department and faculty pages that are an important resource. Use the CF Login link in the top right corner of the website to access your MyCF and Patriots Mail log-ins.


Canvas is the online classroom for CF Courses. Instructors can customize their Canvas sites to best fit the needs of their courses. Canvas is accessed through students' MyCF portal. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the general setup of Canvas and how to access key components; such as the messaging, calendar, and course listing features. For assistance and to find our more about Canvas and E-Learning, visit CF.edu/ELearning, call 352-854-2322, ext. 1317, or email dlhelp@cf.edu.

MyCF Web Portal

The first time you use the portal, you will see basic information arranged in three columns. Each column contains page portlets, small boxes providing information and services to students. At the top left of the portal, you can log in with your CF ID number and your password (which you set when you complete the CF application). Once you have logged into your account, you will see your name at the top, and you will be able to access your student information including:

  • degree audit
  • fee statement (fees and due date)
  • financial aid awards and information needed
  • grades
  • registration
  • semester schedule (this confirms enrollment)
  • test scores
  • transfer work

Familiarize yourself with the resources available from the various portlets; for example, the Campus Announcements portlet includes information on registration and financial aid and other collegewide updates.

To find class schedules and to register for classes, select the Enrollment tab, near the center top. From here, you can follow the Schedule of Classes link to open an advanced search window. You can also navigate to the schedule of classes by visiting CF.edu/Courses. You can search by course code, course title, campus or center, instructor, etc.

Once you have selected a class you want from the listing, make note of the course code and the two-digit section number. Make sure class days and times do not overlap. When you have determined all of the classes for which you want to register, go to the Enrollment portlet, select Add or Drop Classes and click on Register for Classes . A separate browser window will open. From this Registration Entry screen, follow the directions for adding, dropping or swapping courses. When you are finished, remember to close that browser window.

Once you have completed registering for your classes, you need to PRINT your Student Schedule AND Fee Statement . Print both of these from the My Classes link under the Enrollment portlet. The Finances tab will also provide you with your Financial Aid status. The Academics tab will give you information about your academic record, grades, GPA projection, test scores and degree audits.

Patriots Mail Account

Students are required to use their CF Patriots Mail account to send and receive official email communication from the college. Failure to  check and receive emails sent to the account could adversely affect the students ability to be successful at CF.

The College of Central Florida provides students CF Patriots Mail accounts through Microsoft.  Students have the benefit of Microsoft Office 365 ProPlus, including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access and OneDrive in the Microsoft cloud. The tools are available for up to five devices per account, which allows a student to access from a personal computer, tablet, and/or cell phone on any browser.

Current and incoming students will be assigned a Patriots Mail account upon registration for classes on or after April 1. An account will be created within 24 hours of successful registration. Your username for your CF Patriots Mail account will be up to the first seven letters of your last name (or fewer if you have a short name) and some portion of your first name followed by @Patriots.cf.edu. For example, Emily Hendricks would have the email hendrice@Patriots.cf.edu and Glen Jones would have the email jonesg@Patriots.cf.edu. Individuals with a common name might have letters added to form a unique email. To verify that your email is active and to receive your Patriots Mail address, log in to the MyCF portal and click on the Patriots Mail tab.

For more information, visit CF.edu/PatriotsMail

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