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Student Life Policies

Objective is Student Development

College is 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 you individually.

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.

Nondiscrimination Notice

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 Hall 124.

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.

Tobacco Policy

As of Aug. 1, 2013, the use of tobacco products is prohibited on The University of Tampa’s campus and other UT properties, except in designated smoke zones. All forms of tobacco/nicotine or other smokable or vaping products, including, but not limited to cigarettes, chew tobacco, electronic cigarettes, bidis, cigars, cigarillos, shisha and hookah, are to be confined to the four designated smoke zones. The zones are identified on the map and are located in the following areas:

  • Zone 1 - outside of Straz Hall near the baseball fields
  • Zone 2 - by the river, between the library and McKay Hall
  • Zone 3 - near the Edison Building and Bailey Arts Studio (by the large oak tree)
  • Zone 4 - in Delo Park in front of Austin Hall; this zone will be in the section of the park furthest from Austin Hall.

Questions about this smoke zone policy or free smoking cessation classes can be directed to wellness@ut.edu or (813) 257-1877. 

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 selected issues).

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. 

Student Responsibility

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 violation.

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 the situation.

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 planning@ut.edu or contact the Vice President for Operations and Planning in Plant Hall 106.

Photo/Video Policy

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.