Student Life Policies
Objective is Student Development
a time to challenge ideas and beliefs, to learn new ideas and to
develop a sense of self. You will be growing and changing all your
life. The academic programs in the curriculum and the opportunities in
the co-curriculum are designed to help you develop your present and
future skills to their maximum. We encourage you to assess your skills,
abilities and attitudes right now and ask, “How do I want to develop
over this year?” “What aspects of The University of Tampa experience
can help me meet those goals?” Consider all aspects of your growth:
academic and career, intellectual and cultural, physical, social and
interpersonal, and spiritual and ethical. The University of Tampa is a
community. Faculty and staff members are concerned about your
experience as a member of this community (whether in your residence
hall, your commuter student group, your campus organization, or, most
important, your classes) and will pay close attention to your needs and
responsibilities as a community member. UT is also concerned about your
personal development (for example, career awareness, personal growth,
learning skills) and will offer many programs and services to assist
We want to help you utilize your in- and
out-of-class time for productive learning experiences. All the
educators and administrators at UT are ready to support and encourage
you in your goals, but it is you who must decide to be actively
involved and committed to your own learning.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color,
handicap, age, religion, sexual orientation or national or ethnic
origin in the recruitment, admission and advancement of students, in
the recruitment, employment and advancement of faculty and staff or in
the design and operation of any of our programs, policies or activities.
Policy Regarding Discriminatory Acts
The University has instituted policies against harassment, including
sexual and racial harassment. A description of the grievance procedures
is available in the Office of the Dean of Students, located in Plant
Buckley-Pell: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law
that states (a) that a written, institutional policy must be
established, and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering
the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that
the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education
records. See the University catalog for the complete Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Dean of Students in PH 124, or the
Registrar’s Office in PH 90.
It is the philosophy of The University of Tampa to provide an
environment that offers the opportunity and resources to optimize the
personal health and well-being of the University community. In
accordance with this philosophy and the convincing evidence of the
negative health effects of sidestream (passive) smoke, it is intended
that all University buildings implement this smoke-free policy.
Procedure for Involuntary Withdrawal
The Dean of Students, under advisement of either the director of the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, the University mental health professional or an associate dean of students, may determine that a student is a direct threat to others, to self (and thereby potentially endangering the community) or to the good order of the academic community through indications such as verbal/physical disruption or uncontrolled/unstable behavior. The dean of students, in consultation with the director of the Dickey Health and Wellness Center, may require a psychiatric, psychological or physical evaluation by an appropriate off-campus physician and/or mental health professional for the purpose of determining the student’s stability. The student is responsible for any evaluation fees.
If the student refuses to be evaluated by the off-campus professional, the student will immediately be summarily suspended from the University. Summary suspension will be continued until the student consents to evaluation or until a hearing is held, following established University procedures. If it is the determination of the appropriate professional or hearing board that the student is not currently able to function medically or behaviorally in the University environment, the Dean of Students’ office will initiate a withdrawal (for medical reasons) from the University.
If it is determined by an appropriate professional or hearing board that the student is not a danger to the University community, the student will be allowed to continue their courses. The student may also be required to follow any conditions issued by the appropriate professional or hearing board to support their academic fitness.
A student may appeal this decision to an appeal board appointed by the Vice President of Operations and Planning within two (2) business days of receiving written notice of the outcome. Appeals may be considered using one or more of the following criteria:
- To determine whether the original hearing/review was conducted fairly in light of the charges and information presented, and in conformity with prescribed procedures.
- To consider new information, sufficient to alter a decision or other relevant facts not available at the time of the original hearing, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing.
Appeals will follow established University procedures.
A student withdrawn under these circumstances and who, at a later date, desires admission must complete appropriate medical clearance procedures. This must include a statement for a qualified professional as to the student’s fitness. This professional must have provided treatment subsequent to the withdrawal and will substantiate the ability of the student to perform successfully at the University.
When the Dean, in consultation with the director of the Dickey Health and Wellness Center and the appropriate physician or mental health professional, determines that no threat to others or the good order of the community exists, the student will be medically cleared to complete the re-enrollment or re-admission process. Conditions may be placed on the student to prevent potential problems or incidents from occurring anywhere on campus. Should the student’s behavior become disruptive to the residential living environment, the University may refuse the student on-campus housing.
Student Participation in University Governance
The primary vehicle for student participation in University governance
is the Student Government, which is regulated by its constitution. The
President of the Student Government is invited to attend Board of
Trustees’ meetings, which are held quarterly, as well as participate in
various Board committees.
The Student Government Executive
Board appoints students to regular committees of the University (e.g.
judicial affairs selection, student code review, biennial review of
alcohol and other drug issues, orientation, commencement) as well as to
ad hoc committees (e.g. selection committees and groups assembled for
Hurricane or Other Severe Weather
When the Tampa Bay area is threatened with severe weather, it is
sometimes possible to forecast its arrival in sufficient time to
implement precautionary measures. If forecasts indicate that
threatening weather will affect the University, all students and staff
should take timely and necessary planned actions to minimize the
possibility of harm. Visit the tropical weather page for more information.
Infection Control Policy Safety Precautions
The University subscribes to safety guidelines of the United States
Public Health Services for the handling of blood and body fluids of all
persons, not just those previously known to have HIV/HBV infection.
These procedures are followed for the handling of blood or body fluids
of any student or employee, and they constitute the Infection Control
Policy for the University. For a copy of the complete policy, please
stop by PH 124.
Students at The University of Tampa are held responsible for knowledge
of the University rules and regulations as stated in this student
handbook), as well as the University catalog and any rules and
regulations which may be posted from time to time. Ignorance of the
University’s rules and regulations will not be considered an excuse for
Addressing Student Complaint
It is the policy of the University to respond in a timely and
appropriate fashion to written student complaints. Students may submit
written complaints for many reasons, therefore, the first step in
responding is to ascertain the appropriate channel for addressing the
concern. This information is then communicated to the student. This
communication may take written or verbal form, based on the nature of
Students may also report suggestions, concerns or complaints by completing the Online Comment Card, which is submitted to the President's office. The online card includes the option of requesting a written response.
For a complete copy of the University¹s complaint policy, students may email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Vice President for Operations and Planning in Plant Hall 106.
The University of Tampa reserves the right to photograph and/or videotape students, faculty, staff and guests while on University property, during University-sponsored events or during activities where they are representing the University. This includes, without limitation, the right to publish such images in the University website, alumni magazine and PR/promotional materials, such as marketing and admissions publications, advertisements, fund-raising materials and any other University-related publication. These images may appear in any of the wide variety of formats and media now available to the University and that may be available in the future, including but not limited to print, broadcast, videotape, CD-ROM, DVD and electronic/online media.