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    University of Florida
   
 
  Oct 20, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG/PREVIOUS EDITION]

Student Services


The information in this catalog is current as of June 2015. Please contact individual units for any additional information or changes.

Career Resource Center 
Centers and Institutes 
Counseling and Wellness Center
English Skills for International Students
Gator 1 Card
Graduate International Outreach
Graduate Minority Programs
Graduate Professional Development
Graduate School Editorial Office  
Graduate Student Council
Graduate Student Email Listserv and GIMS
Graduate Student Handbook
Graduate Student Records
Housing
Ombuds 
Research and Teaching Services
Speech and Hearing Center
Student Health Care Center
UF International Center
University Writing Studio
Workshops for Teaching Assistants

Career Resource Center

The Career Resource Center, known as the CRC, is a comprehensive career planning facility located on the 1st floor of the J. Wayne Reitz Union. The CRC is the only centralized unit on campus providing resources for all graduate students across all disciplines. Information specifically for graduate students is located at http://www.crc.ufl.edu/students/studentGraduateGlance.html to help students explore career paths as well make connections to employers.

The CRC provides opportunities for students to explore career paths with resources from Career Planning Appointments, where you can discuss interests one-on-one with a staff member, to workshops to prepare students for careers inside and outside of academia. Graduate students can also take advantage of our job preparation resources and networking opportunities with employers from all disciplines. Graduate students can activate their Gator CareerLink account to have access to our event calendar, mock interview module, job and internship postings, and our employer directory. 

Get started with the Career Resource Center, visit us online www.crc.ufl.edu, stop into our office for quick questions Monday through Friday, or schedule a Career Planning Appointment online. The CRC works with students in all disciplines and best of all, it’s free. ​

Centers and Institutes

As a major research institution, UF has a number of research areas designated as Centers or Institutes. There are more than 150 Centers and more than 30 recognized institutes.  Ten of these centers and institutes with campus-wide missions report to the Vice President for Research: http://www.research.ufl.edu/or/about/centers-and-institutes.html

For more information, contact the unit directly. 

Counseling and Wellness Center 

The Counseling and Wellness Center (CWC) offers services to currently enrolled graduate students for personal and educational concerns. Graduate students who are not currently registered may be eligible to pay an off semester fee for services (please inquire for details). 

Professional counselors offer short-term individual, couples, and group counseling. There is no charge for the Center’s confidential services. Topics of services for graduate students often include help with concerns related to academic success, time and stress management skills, anxiety and depression, personal and family relationships, adjustment to the culture, and other issues associated with transition.

Counseling and Wellness Center clinicians also provide a range of consultation and outreach programs to the campus community. Phone or in-person consultation is available for students, parents, faculty, and staff regarding any issues related to student development. The CWC clinicians serve as program resources for a wide variety of student organizations and academic departments. The Center has an extensive training program for selected graduate students. The clinical staff teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in the Departments of Psychology and Counselor Education and guest lecture on a variety of psychological and wellness topics.  

All CWC activities are conducted with sensitivity to the diversity of the students on a large, multicultural campus.

For more information, phone (352) 392-1575, or visit http://www.counseling.ufl.edu
The CWC is located at 3190 Radio Road (down the street from Lakeside and SW Rec Center).

English Skills for International Students

The University of Florida makes available three English language programs to help international graduate students improve their proficiency in English under the umbrella of the UF English Language Institute. These programs are 1) Academic Spoken English, 2) Academic Written English, and 3) the Intensive English Program.

The Academic Spoken English (ASE) program consists, primarily, of the 03 credit supervised ITA teaching course—EAP 5836. This course is required of all international teaching assistants (whose first language is not English) during their first semester of teaching at UF, whose TOEFL-IBT Speaking score is between 23–27 or UF SPEAK score is 45–50. A 04 credit EAP 5835 course is also offered for students who need to make rapid progress in their oral proficiency in English or who desire to improve their performance on a UF SPEAK test. These two credit-bearing courses are eligible for a graduate tuition waiver. Non-credit ASEP classes intended to help with general oral communication in English skills (fluency, pragmatics, pronunciation) are offered each semester if there is sufficient student demand. Information about ASE can be found at http://ase.ufl.edu/

The Academic Written English (AWE) program is designed to help international graduate students improve their writing ability. Applicants admitted with low verbal GRE scores, or those demonstrating a lower proficiency than needed for successful performance in written tasks as determined by their academic unit, may be required to enroll in a Scholarly Writing course.  Students may also self-select to enroll in these classes if they find they need additional academic writing support to be successful. The Scholarly Writing course is offered as a non-credit class lasting six weeks. This course is not eligible for a tuition waiver and is not offered as a distance education class. Information about AWE can be found at http://www.eli.ufl.edu/programs/AcademicWrittenEnglish.html.

The Intensive English Program can help graduate applicants improve their spoken and written English prior to beginning graduate studies.  In some cases, applicants with low or missing English test scores may receive ELI Conditional Admission, requiring them to exit the Intensive English Program before receiving full admission to their graduate programs.  Information about the Intensive English Program can be found at http://www.eli.ufl.edu/.

Gator 1 Card

The Gator 1 Card is the official University of Florida picture ID card. A valid Gator 1 Card must be presented to transact business at University Financial Services, athletic event tickets, Gator Dining accounts, CIRCA computer labs, University Libraries, and all recreational facilities. The Gator 1 Card can be obtained and purchased for $15.00 at the Gator 1 Central Office located at the UF Bookstore and Welcome Center at the Museum Road entrance. An official picture ID (military ID, passport, or driver’s license) is required. A student’s spouse or domestic partner may also obtain a Gator 1 ID; verification of eligibility for a spouse or domestic partner is performed by Student Legal Services. For information and instructions visit their website at https://www.studentlegalservices.ufl.edu/Gator1Registration.aspx. After Student Legal Services approves the request, contact the Gator1 Central Office to obtain the ID Card. The cost of the card is $15.00; payment may be made with cash, check or a credit card. The Gator 1 Central Office may be contacted at 352-392-8343.

Graduate International Outreach 

The Office of Graduate International Outreach (OGIO) in the UF Graduate School serves as a catalyst for collaboration with regard to international outreach, recruitment, and student success within the university community. The office is a resource for information on international outreach opportunities, and leverages existing structures in the interest of international outreach and student success. The OGIO creates and supports existing successful initiatives with regard to international outreach/recruitment efforts across campus; and supports international student advancement and success. 

Graduate Minority Programs

The Office of Graduate Minority Programs (OGMP) is defined by its student-centered support services. The OGMP administers various multicultural educational programs that support and foster an intellectually and culturally diverse student population. 

The OGMP’s staff accomplishes this by actively working with academic units to recruit and retain students who are underrepresented in their field of study, low-income, first-generation students, as well as ethnic/cultural minorities (African Americans, Hispanics, Native Alaskans [Aleuts and Eskimos], Native Americans, and Native Pacific Islanders).

Specialized Programs for Recruitment, Retention and Completion

Recruitment activities occur through Graduate School programs, including the two-day Campus Visitation Program (CVP), the Graduate School Information Day, and the HBCU-UF Master’s to the PhD Pathway Project.  Student funding opportunities are available through the Florida Board of Education (BOE) Summer Fellowship Program, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Feeder Program, McKnight Doctoral Fellowships, UF/SFC Faculty Development Project, National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Sciences, Inc. (GEM) Fellowships, McNair Graduate Assistantship Program, NSF Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate, and the NSF Atlantic Coast–Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Alliance. Retention and completion support programs include the Supplemental Retention Scholarship Award, Delores Auzenne Dissertation Award, For more information, visit OGMP’s website.

Graduate Professional Development

The Office of Graduate Professional Development (OGPD) is a newly formed office in the Division of Graduate Student Affairs in the Graduate School.  This office provides resources and opportunities for graduate students to gain information, insights and skills they can use in academia and the job market. Currently, OGPD initiatives include

  • Professional Development Workshop series (Fall/Spring).  These workshops are now offered as webinars to our online graduate students and cover topics such as effective time management, research strategies, preparing for examinations and final defenses, and publishing manuscripts.  Video recordings of the previous workshops and webinars can be found in the Graduate Information Management System (GIMS).
     
  • Leadership Traits series (Fall/Spring).  These workshops are also offered as webinars and focus on character traits that help graduate students successfully complete their graduate program, as well as stand out as a great leader among their peers for future jobs.
     
  • OGPD also works closely with the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC), a graduate student organization that focuses on providing more opportunities for graduate students with respect to teaching, mentoring, and ethics.  GSAC signature events include
    •      Graduate Student Research Day (GSRD) in the fall
    •      Three Minute Thesis© in the spring
  • Grants and Fellowship Conference (Spring) that provides information for both graduate and undergraduate students on funding options through grants and fellowships.  This includes information regarding specific fellowships like the “National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program,” “National Institute of Health Fellowships,” “Fellowships and Grants for the Arts and Humanities,” as well as more general information on “How to Find Funding Using Key Words and Proper Databases” and “How to Write a Proposal.”

Announcements of these events, and deadlines for all award programs, are made through the graduate student listserv. 

For more information, visit the website at http://www.graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/offices/division-of-graduate-student-affairs-dgsa/graduate-minority-programs-ogmp/ or email Dr. Katie Indarawis at kindarawis@aa.ufl.edu

Graduate School Editorial Office

The Graduate School Editorial Office provides format requirements for theses and dissertations on the editorial page of the Graduate School website in order to help students prepare their manuscripts for submission to the Editorial Office. The Graduate School Editorial Office facilitates the thesis and dissertation process, by providing clear guidelines and checklists, and by outlining the procedures to follow when completing the thesis or dissertation. In order to complete degree requirements, all thesis and dissertation students must gain final clearance status with the Editorial Office by each of the posted deadlines for the term in which they intend for the degree to be awarded.

The following procedures apply to the Graduate School’s editorial services to students:

Upon submission to the Graduate School Editorial Office, a thesis or dissertation should be near-final and must be completely formatted. It will not be accepted as meeting first submission requirements in draft form.

Additionally, master’s theses must be orally defended before making submission to the Graduate School Editorial Office. Accordingly, the Final Exam data must be posted to GIMS by the department, before the document can be submitted to the Editorial Office for review. Subsequently, a master’s student who does not defend the thesis prior to the first submission deadline will not be eligible for a degree award in the current term; nor is the student a clear-prior candidate to the following term, since they were unable to meet the first submission requirement.

The thesis or dissertation must be of publishable quality and must be in a form suitable for publication, using the Graduate School’s format requirements found here.

The student’s department is responsible for quality and scholarship.

Graduate Council requires the Graduate School Editorial Office, as agents of the Dean of the Graduate School, to briefly review theses and dissertations for acceptable format, and to make recommendations as needed.    

The Application Support Center, although not a part of the Graduate School Editorial Office, provides assistance to students seeking help with the guidelines of the Editorial Office free of charge. Their services are invaluable to students concerned about meeting the submission standards of the Editorial Office. Students should avail themselves of these services long before making first submission to the Editorial Office.  Appointments are encouraged, particularly well in advance of deadlines, because seats are extremely limited. 

The Graduate School Editorial Office maintains a list of formatters, editors, and binders that students may hire for a fee, if needed; however, the Application Support Center also offers many formatting and conversion services at reasonable rates as well.

For more information, contact:

Graduate School Editorial Office
224-B, The Hub
Gainesville, FL
32611-5500

Phone: (352) 392-1282
Email: gradedit@aa.ufl.edu
Website: http://www.graduateschool.ufl.edu/about-us/offices/editorial/  

Graduate Student Council

The Graduate Student Council was formed in 1989 to foster interaction among graduate students on campus and to provide an agency for coordinating graduate student activities and programs. The GSC seeks the improvement of graduate student education through active and permanent communication with the Graduate School, the University administration, and the University of Florida Board of Trustees. It also represents the interests of graduate students at the student government, administration, local, state, and national levels. GSC is a dues-paying member of the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students.

Graduate Student Email Listserv, GatorLink, and the Graduate Information Management System (GIMS)

The Graduate School communicates directly with enrolled graduate students via email using UF business email addresses; this listing generally corresponds to a student’s GatorLink account. Students must establish a Gatorlink account and must check it regularly. In order to set up the  required GatorLink account, one should visit their website at http://www.gatorlink.ufl.edu. The Graduate School cannot maintain personal email addresses. 

The UF business email addresses of all currently enrolled graduate students are automatically added to the Graduate School’s Graduate Student listserv.  A student cannot opt out of receiving these messages. Messages contain time-sensitive information about important deadlines. An archive of messages is available at http://lists.ufl.edu/archives/gradstudent-l.html

The Graduate Information Management System (GIMS) has information about important milestones, grants and fellowships, workshops, and many other pertinent items relevant to graduate education. Students must check GIMS on a regular basis. 

Graduate Student Handbook

The Graduate School provides additional information in the online Graduate Student Handbook: http://graduateschool.ufl.edu/media/graduate-school—graduateschoolufledu/pdf-files/handbook.pdf.

Graduate Student Records

Graduate Student Records staff work with academic units to support students at all phases of their graduate careers, from admission through degree certification and graduation. The office is responsible for keeping the official graduate student record and ensuring compliance with all Graduate Council and University policies. 

Housing

Graduate students and their families are housed in graduate and family housing villages.  All applicants must apply to the University and have a UF ID number. Due to limited space, all students are not guaranteed on campus housing.   

For information, go to the Housing website, http://www.housing.ufl.edu/gfh/choices/.

To be eligible for Graduate and Family housing, all residents must make normal progress toward a degree in consultation with academic departments and Graduate and Family Housing policies.  Please inquire at villages@housing.ufl.edu for more information about general eligibility and/or eligibility as it relates to academic status.

Applying for Housing

Each student must make personal arrangements for housing, either by applying to the Department of Housing and Residence Education for assignment to University housing facilities or by obtaining accommodations off campus.

For application information and to submit an application: 
http://www.housing.ufl.edu/gfh/apply/howto/

For off-campus housing information:
http://www.offcampus.ufl.edu/

Graduate and Family Housing

Village apartments are unfurnished. Residents in all villages must provide their own linens, dishes, rugs, curtains, or other similar items. Electricity is an additional expense and is billed with the rent.  For questions about Graduate and Family Housing, please email villages@housing.ufl.edu, or call 352.392.2171 extension 10321.  

The Continuum is UF affiliated off-campus Housing. To qualify for residency, Continuum residents must be matriculated, full-time or part-time (or equivalent) students enrolled in a graduate or professional school or a faculty or staff member at UF. 

Additional information about all Graduate and Family Housing facilities is available at the following website:
http://www.housing.ufl.edu/gfh/choices/

Off Campus Life

The Office of Off Campus Life is part of the Division of Student Affairs and offers resources, services, education and support for students living off campus. 

Services include a free Off Campus Housing Locator http://housing.offcampus.ufl.edu so students can search for apartments off campus based on price, number of bedrooms, location and several other criteria. Additional resources include the Off Campus Life website www.offcampus.ufl.edu, which features the Gator Guide to Off Campus Life. The Gator Guide includes tips for finding off campus housing, average rental costs, lease information, safety information, transportation information and much more. Off Campus Life also provides one-on-one meetings for students looking for off campus housing. All resources and services are free to students. We are happy to help you with your questions and hope to see you at an upcoming OCL event. 

To schedule an appointment or for questions: 

  • visit the Off Campus Life website, www.offcampus.ufl.edu 
  • stop by the Off Campus Life office, which is located in 311 Peabody Hall 
  • call Off Campus Life at (352) 392-1207

Like Off Campus Life on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/UFOffCampusLife

Follow OCL on Twitter:  
https://twitter.com/UFOffCampusLife

Ombuds

The Office of the University Ombuds was established by the state legislature and reports through the Provost to the President. The Office helps students resolve problems and conflicts. It offers an informal avenue of redress for students’ problems and grievances that arise in the course of interacting with the institution. By considering the problems in an unbiased way, the Ombuds works to achieve a fair resolution while protecting the rights of all involved parties.

Resolving student academic issues: The Office of the Ombuds deals with student concerns of an academic nature. In almost all instances, students should first contact the instructor, the academic unit chair, and the college dean before seeking help from the Ombuds, although in some rare circumstances earlier contact with the University Ombuds is beneficial.

Resolving student non-academic issues: In many instances, non-academic issues can be easily and readily resolved for students merely by facilitating direct communication and effective listening. For other problems not related to academic issues, the Offices of the Dean of Students and the University Ombuds may provide help or direct students to contact the appropriate campus office.

For more information, visit http://www.ombuds.ufl.edu.

Research and Teaching Services

The University of Florida Graduate School offers research opportunities in a variety of fields.  Our colleges and departments  offer numerous majors  and interdisciplinary research  options.  In addition, the University of Florida Libraries and the University Press of Florida offer extensive collections to guide your research.  For information on these services and UF’s state-of-the-art computer facilities, art galleries, performing arts centers, and museums, see the Research and Teaching Services Section  of this catalog, where you can also find helpful information about UF’s Office of Research

University of Florida & UF Health Speech and Hearing Center

Faculty in the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences see inpatients at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville and outpatients in the Speech and Hearing Center located at UF Health at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, as well as at UF Health Rehab at Magnolia Parke, UF Health Hearing Center at Hampton Oaks, and UF Health Hearing Center at Park Avenue. Our clinics serve the needs of the individual from initial evaluation through the rehabilitation process.

Members of our clinical staff are all Board Certified & Florida Licensed Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists. We are committed to maintaining the highest standard of excellence in all areas of service to the patient. Our clinics are premier centers for delivering speech, language, swallowing, hearing and balance services to individuals of all ages.

Speech & Hearing Center
2nd Floor, Dental Tower
1600 S.W. Archer Road
Gainesville, Florida 32610
Room: D2-055

Speech Pathology: (352) 273-5871
Audiology: (352) 273-5555
Fax: (352) 846-1565

Student Health Care Center, Infirmary Building, 280 Fletcher Drive

Building a Healthy Foundation for The Gator Nation.
The Student Health Care Center (SHCC) is an accredited outpatient clinic offering a wide variety student-focused services, including: General Medical Care/Primary Care; Health Counseling; Immunizations (seasonal flu shots, vaccinations for travel, etc.); Lab and X-ray/EKG Services; Pharmacy and Mini Drug Store; Sexual Health Services; Allergy Injection Clinic; Nutrition Services; Physical Therapy (operated by UF Health Rehab Services); Sports Medicine Clinic; and Women’s Clinic.
 
Students are encouraged to view an introductory video and review basic information about the SHCC by visiting http://shcc.ufl.edu/new-students. Call before coming for same-day appointment availability (main phone: 352-392-1161), or schedule visits more than 24 hours out via phone or online at https://my.shcc.ufl.edu. PLEASE NOTE: Call your team or specialty clinic directly to cancel or cancel online at least 24 hours out to avoid a no-show fee. 

The health fee, paid as part of tuition, helps pay for basic evaluations, but does not cover all possible charges at the SHCC. Patients are financially responsible for items including, but not limited to: physicals; procedures; X-rays; lab tests; medications; medical equipment; and physical therapy. Private health insurance plans are accepted for payment of covered services, so be sure to bring all health insurance information to your first appointment. For more information about charges, billing and health insurance, please visit http://shcc.ufl.edu/fees-and-insurance.

The SHCC is proceeding with the Mandatory Health Insurance requirement as an Opt Out system where students who don’t opt out by providing documentation of adequate health insurance will be automatically enrolled in the school-sponsored plan. They may either purchase outside health insurance that meets the requirements for comparable coverage or they can be auto-enrolled in the school-sponsored plan. Students will be auto-enrolled in the school sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan.

If a student currently has insurance, they will be required to review their insurance coverage and check that it meets the requirements set forth as comparable coverage. They will then need to submit their policy information online for verification by the end of drop/add but ideally much earlier.  The charge for the school-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan will be removed once submission is completed and verified. Health insurance information can be submitted at http://studentinsurance.shcc.ufl.edu.  Once verified, the waiver is good for one year. Waivers must be submitted PRIOR to the deadline in order for charges to be removed.
 
More information including insurance coverage guidelines, frequently asked questions, how to submit one’s insurance information and more, can be found at  http://studentinsurance.shcc.ufl.edu.

UF International Center (UFIC)

Located on 1765 Stadium Rd. Suite 170, Hub, the University of Florida International Center (UFIC), through Exchange Visitor Services, International Student Services, Study Abroad Services, and the Office of Global Engagement, serves in a leadership and facilitation role to further the University’s international agenda, providing assistance and support to faculty, staff, administrators, and students as well as external stakeholders in their international activities. In addition to assisting these clients, the Center also functions to enhance the University’s ability to pursue and develop international activities and partnerships appropriate to its core mission, motivating and mobilizing the UF community to integrate and sustain high-impact global dimensions in learning, discovery, and engagement, and provides administrative support to assure leadership for this vision.

For more information:

Phone: (352) 392-5323
Fax: (352) 392-5575
Email: ufic@ufic.ufl.edu
Website ufic.ufl.edu

Exchange Visitor Services offers administrative, liaison, and support services for foreign national faculty, scholars, researchers and professionals. Additionally Exchange Visitor Services ensures that the university is in compliance with immigration laws and regulations affecting immigration statuses for sponsored foreign nationals and visiting scholars by providing technical and advisory information to the university community. Support services include assistance with immigration regulations compliance, pre-arrival procedures, and orientation to the campus and community.

International Student Services provides support services for international students through immigration document preparation, orientation, immigration services, and various workshops. These services include advising international students on academic, immigration, financial, cultural, and personal issues. All new international students are required to check-in with the International Center.

Study Abroad Services administers a wide range of programs that give students the opportunity to live and study abroad while fulfilling degree requirements. Students can choose among faculty-led summer programs, exchange programs, and independent programs for the summer, a semester, or an academic year as well as spring break, Thanksgiving break and other programs. Various scholarships and other financial aid can be applied to help finance the international academic experience. UF exchange programs enable students to pay UF tuition while studying abroad. Study Abroad program assistants advise applicants on all aspects of UF approved programs, provide pre-departure orientations, and process the foreign transcript on return of the student. Study Abroad program details are available in the UFIC library or on the UFIC website.

Office of Global Engagement facilitates the engagement of UF faculty and students in international research, technical and development assistance, educational programs, outreach, and other related activities. Working closely with donors and funding agencies to engage other UF centers, academic units, and colleges, the office promotes programs and projects that capitalize on the strengths of UF’s faculty and staff, build global partnerships, and achieve UF’s goals.

University Writing Studio 

The Writing Studio is part of the University Writing Program, located in 302 Tigert Hall.  The Studio’s graduate student tutors provide one-on-one writing help for both undergraduate and graduate students. In 30-minute sessions, the Studio advises students on papers written for graduate school classes and theses or dissertations. The Studio also provides help with application essays and personal statements for graduate school applications. Students can make appointments–for daytime sessions in Tigert or evening sessions in Library West—at www.writing.ufl.edu.  Phone: (352) 846-1138.

Workshops for Teaching Assistants 

The Graduate School and the Teaching Center offer an orientation and a series of workshops for teaching assistants to improve their instructional skills. The orientation and “getting started” workshop are mandatory for all graduate students starting teaching assignments. Some topics included in the workshop series are presentation skills, course and lecture planning, techniques for improving student attention and motivation, group dynamics, testing and grading, use of technology to enhance learning, and how to elicit and interpret feedback. TAs who complete a significant percentage of the workshops are awarded certificates. To register or for more information go to TA Development at https://www.teachingcenter.ufl.edu, call the Teaching Center, 392-2010, or visit the office on the ground level, Southwest Broward Hall. Teaching at the University of Florida: A Handbook for Teaching Assistants is available at https://www.teachingcenter.ufl.edu/ta_development.html.