Diversity and Discrimination Policy
USF has a policy aimed at protecting faculty, students, and
staff from discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, marital
status, sex, religion, national origin, and disability or age. The University also protects its faculty, staff, and students
from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation. If you
or any of your classmates has been discriminated against or harassed for
any of the above reasons, please let the Academic Advisor know immediately.
Student Records Policy
Pursuant to the provisions of the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”; 20 USC Par. 1232g), 34 CFR
Par. 99.1 et seq, Florida Statutes Sub. Par. 1002.22 and 1006.52 and USF
Rule 6C4-2.0021, Florida Administrative Code, students have the right
- Inspect and review their education records
- Privacy in their education records
- Challenge the accuracy of their education records
- Report violations of FERPA to the FERPA
Office, Department of Education, 400 Madison Avenue, SW, Washington,
D.C. 20202 and/or bring actions in Florida Circuit Court for violations
of Rule 6C4-2.001, Florida Administrative Code.
- Copies of the University’s student records policy, USF Rule 6C4-2.0021, may be obtained from:
||USF Agency Clerk
||Office of the General Counsel
|4202 Fowler Avenue
||4202 Fowler Avenue -ADM 254
|Tampa, Florida 33620
||Tampa, Florida 33620
Release of Student Information
Pursuant to requirements of the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the following types of information,
designated by law as “directory information,” may be released via
official media of USF (according to USF policy):
Student name, local and permanent
addresses, telephone listing, major field of study, participation in
officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of
members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards
received, full- and part-time status, and the most recent previous
educational agency or institution attended, and other similar
The University Directory, published
annually by the University, contains only the following information,
however: student name, local and permanent address, telephone listing,
classification, and major field of study. The Directory and other
listings of “directory information” are circulated in the course of
University business and, therefore, are accessible to the public, as
well as to students, faculty, and staff.
Students must inform the USF Office of the
Registrar in writing (forms available for that purpose), if they wish
directory information to be withheld. Such requests must be received
within the first two (2) weeks of the semester and will remain in effect
until the student has not been enrolled at USF for three (3)
Notification to the University of refusal
to permit release of “directory information” via the University
Directory must be received no later than the end of the first week of
classes in the Fall Semester.
After we assign you to a class, we do not permit you to change from one section to another. For example, you may not move from 2A to 2B. We do this because we try hard to balance the number of students in each class.
In your classes you will find that students have different strengths and weaknesses. Some students speak very well, but may have difficulty reading and writing. Other students know a lot of grammar, but may have difficulty listening and speaking. Your general knowledge of English, however, is similar and by working together you will help each other gain a more balanced set of English skills.
In Academic English, we make an effort to give repeating students different teachers. We try to place repeating students with teachers that they did not have in the previous semester.
Books and Supplies
General English (GE) program students: You must have all required books for your classes by the end of the first week of classes.
Academic English (AE) program students: You must have all required books for your classes by the end of the second week of classes.
You will not be allowed to attend class without your books. Your teacher may ask you to leave class if you do not have your book with you. You also must come to class ready to work. This means that you have to bring your supplies (your textbook, writing paper, pens and pencils, homework, etc.) to class.
Payment of Fees
All program fees are due four weeks before the start of the program. This includes housing, meals, health insurance, and anything else as specified in your offer letter. If you do not pay in full you will not be allowed to attend class and may be asked to leave the program.
All students, faculty, and staff at the University of South Florida have a right to expect that the University will reasonably accommodate their religious observances, practices, and beliefs. INTO USF upholds this policy. Students
who anticipate the necessity of being absent from class due to the observation
of a major religious observance must provide notice of the date(s) to the
instructor by the second class meeting.
Returning to the Program
If you are asked to leave the program for any reason, you may be readmitted if you successfully complete three months at another English language program in the United States. During this time, your grades and attendance must be excellent, and our academic team will decide each case for readmission individually. Furthermore, if you are readmitted, you will begin on academic probation.
Outside of Class
Enrolling in a program of intensive English study is the first big
step, but being a successful language learner will require a lot of
work on your part. The process is not automatic; in other words, active
involvement is essential.
- STUDY TIME AND TUTORING.
Students in the Academic English Program are expected to engage in 20
hours of directed study outside the classroom. This includes doing
homework, working on projects, writing papers, and preparing oral
reports. English and test preparation tutors are available at the INTO
USF Center to help students with writing, homework, pronunciation, math
for test prep (GRE/GMAT), and other learning needs after classes.
- CAMPUS INVOLVEMENT Our program
offers many ways for students to interact with USF students and to get
involved in campus activities. Academic English students have classes
that take place in the same buildings as USF students. In our Academic
Interactions courses, students will meet with USF students inside the
class for one hour a week for informal discussions. Our Interest Groups Program matches our students with USF students for conversation
meetings outside of class. INTO USF activities and USF events provide
opportunities for our students to get involved in campus life.
We strive to provide an excellent program with many opportunities for
student learning and academic success. But YOU are an important part of
that success. Your effort and hard work are necessary to achieve your
academic goals. All the readings and work that you do in our program
will help you be successful in an academic setting. Good luck with your