Office of the Registrar
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Student Services Building - SVC 1034
Tampa, FL 33620
St. Petersburg campus
140 7th Avenue South, Bayboro Hall 102
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
8350 N. Tamiami Trail, C107
Manatee, FL 34243
The Office of the Registrar provides student, academic, and administrative services, and is responsible for maintaining each student’s academic record from the time of admission through graduation. Staff coordinate registration and drop/add activities, process grades, prepare transcripts, and process graduation applications. Staff also review and act on student requests for reclassification of residency, name changes and other student record information updates.
The Office of the Registrar provides information and services to students in the University’s Online Access Student Information System (OASIS). Using their Net ID and password, students can register and drop/add courses, process address changes, access registration appointment time and hold information, request privacy, view their grades and order transcripts.
Although technology is leveraged to provide better service, staff provide service in-person and via phone and email.
The Office of the Registrar maintains the official academic records for all students and course registrations for currently enrolled students.
NetID and USF e-mail address– Almost all online activity at USF including MyUSF, Canvas and student email requires your USF NetID. Create a student NetID to activate your official USF student email account (https://netid.usf.edu/una/?display=active)
MyUSF – USF’s Portal (https://my.usf.edu/Pages/Home.aspx) MyUSF is the window to all of your technology needs including access to Canvas.
Canvas – Access Canvas through MyUSF. Canvas is a learning management software that enables you to complete class assignments, read course documents, post discussions, communicate with classmates, and check your grades for each assignment, and access your email. Virtually all professors use Canvas as a way to communicate noteworthy information to their students.
OASIS – Student self-service access via MyUSF. OASIS provides online access to your personal student information and self-service functionality. In OASIS, you can register, pay tuition and fees, and see midterm and final grades.
Before you begin using the USF network, your computer or mobile device must be registered. Once registered, you are able to surf the USF network. The following items are needed:
- A valid USF email address
- Computer’s network adapter address (also known as physical address or mac address)
- A non-USF email address
- A valid phone number
For any University technology questions or concerns, contact the Information Technology Help Desk (https://www.usf.edu/it/about-us/helpdesk.aspx) at (813) 974-1222.
Registration for Admitted Degree-Seeking Students
Continuing degree-seeking students may register via OASIS on or after their registration appointment date and time for their next term’s courses. Registration occurs during the preceding term. More information is available at https://www.usf.edu/registrar/register/index.aspx.
Registered students may make course schedule adjustments from the time of their initial registration through the first week of classes. Deadlines for each term are published at: https://www.usf.edu/registrar/calendars/index.aspx.
Degree-seeking students not registered prior to the first day of classes may register late during the drop/add week (first week of classes); a $100.00 late registration fee is charged for not having initiated registration on time. To avoid financial cancellation, fees are due for all registered courses of record on the fifth day of classes (end of drop/add period).
A student may be placed on administrative hold by failure to meet obligations to the University. Students with administrative holds may not be allowed to register, receive a diploma, or receive an official transcript. Settlement of financial accounts must be made at the University Cashier’s Office. Each student placed on administrative hold may determine via OASIS which office to contact in order to clear the obligation. For a current list of common administrative holds, see https://www.usf.edu/registrar/services/holds.aspx.
USF Regulation 4.0101 https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfregulation40101
All eligible students* attempting to register for the first time after active registration ends must:
- Obtain approval from the authorized college/department Academic Regulations Committee.
- Have the registration processed at the Office of the Registrar (https://www.usf.edu/registrar/), SVC 1034.
*An eligible student must be:
- A continuing USF student,
- A new student admitted late, or
- A late readmitted former student returning after three or more semesters.
Late Payment of Fees
All degree-seeking students who wait to initiate or attempt registration for the first time during the Late Registration (drop/add period) will be automatically assessed a $100.00 late registration fee.
All non-degree seeking students who have not registered for any courses by the end of Late Registration (drop/add period) will automatically be assessed a $100.00 late registration fee.
Any students who successfully petition for late registration or reinstatement following financial cancellation will be automatically assessed a $100.00 late registration fee.
Requests to waive the $100 late registration fee must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar using the Late Registration Fee Waiver Request form (https://www.usf.edu/registrar/documents/forms_2019/late_registration_waiver_request_form_2019.pdf).
Waiver of Late Fees
USF will approve a waiver of the Late Payment fee if the student is unable to make payment on time due to circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student. Requests for a waiver must meet one of the conditions listed below to be considered:
- University error which precludes timely payment of registration fees. A supporting email from an appropriate USF official’s USF email or letter on University letterhead and signed by an appropriate University official or an appropriate official University document must be included with your petition.
- Extraordinary circumstances such as severe illness, death of an immediate family member (parent, step-parent, spouse, child, sibling or grandparent), or call to active duty that precludes timely payment of registration fees. Appropriate documentation (note from physician, copy of military orders, etc.) must be included with your petition.
If you have any questions, contact the Student Financial Services at 813-974-6056.
Return the completed and signed petition form (https://www.usf.edu/business-finance/controller/student-services/late_pay_waiver.pdf) and all relevant documentation to SVC 1039. You can also email your packet it firstname.lastname@example.org or send via mail:
Student Financial Services
University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Ave, ALN 147
Tampa, FL 33620
Course Load/Maximum Hours
A normal enrollment for undergraduates is defined as 15 credit hours per semester. With academic advisor approval, students are allowed to take a maximum number of 18 credit hours per semester in Fall and Spring and 14 credit hours in the Summer session.
Students may request an exemption to the maximum amount of credit hours allowed per semester through their academic advisor.
A prerequisite is a course in which credit must be earned prior to enrollment in another course. A corequisite is a course that must be taken concurrently with another course. A concurrent prerequisite may be taken either prior to or at the same time (concurrently) as another course.
It is the student’s responsibility to review prerequisite and co-requisite information as stated in the course description. Transient and Visiting Students should follow these outlined steps to receive permission to register for a course with requisites. All other non-degree students should contact the academic department for permission to enter any course that requires a prerequisite or co-requisite. USF reserves the right to drop a student who does not meet the course requisites from the appropriate course(s). A student whose registration is cancelled will receive an email notification from the Office of the Registrar to the student’s USF email account.
Courses Outside Degree Programs
Unless otherwise stipulated by external accreditation agreements, students whose academic programs require courses in other disciplines shall be given the same access to those courses as students in those majors.
Directed Independent Study
Students who wish to study or do research under the direction of a faculty member for topics or areas not detailed in regularly scheduled courses may make arrangements for such study as a directed independent study. Credit hours and requirements are determined by the director of the study.
Registration requires the approval of the faculty member who will supervise the study and the department chair, in addition to the completion of the USF Contract for Independent Study & Directed Research. Each College and/or Department has their own form; students should contact their Academic Advisor for more information.
Directed studies are available for approved subject area prefixes and levels and are designated by the last three digits of the course number. For example, ARH 4905 designates a senior level directed independent study in Art History.
After a student has completed registration on the date assigned, the student may continue to add more courses until the fifth day of classes, otherwise known as the end of drop/add period outlined in the Office of the Registrar’s Important Dates and Deadlines.
For undergraduate students requesting that certain University policies be waived through the Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) petition process, this process can be used to late add a course after the add/drop deadline, limited to second week of classes. Petitions received after the second week of classes will not be processed.
ARC petitions are reviewed by Colleges. Contact and submit relevant documentation to the ARC representative in the College of your declared major. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain, complete and submit all documentation required by this process. Incomplete petitions will not be considered.
The process and forms are available on the ARC website (https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/academic-processes/academic-regulations-committee/index.aspx). The forms below are required:
A student may drop courses during the drop/add period. Dropped courses not to appear on the student’s transcript. No tuition or fees will be assessed for courses dropped by the fifth day of classes.
To avoid fee liability and academic penalty, the student is responsible for dropping all undesired courses by the end of the drop/add period specified in the Office of the Registrar’s Important Dates and Deadlines. Students are required to attend the first class meeting of courses for which they registered.
Although the University has a mandatory first day attendance policy and faculty may drop students from courses, it is students’ sole responsibility to ensure they drop to avoid fee liability. A faculty member’s failure to exercise the right to drop a student for failure to attend the first day is not a university error and is not justification for a refund.
A student may withdraw from courses between the second and tenth week of the semester; these weeks are different for courses in Summer session and alternative calendars. See the Office of the Registrar’s Important Dates and Deadlines.
Tuition and fees will not be refunded for course withdrawals, and the student’s academic record will reflect a “W” grade for each course withdrawal. Under specific conditions, consideration for refund of tuition and fees for course withdrawals may be requested by submitting a Fee Adjustment Request form (https://www.usf.edu/registrar/documents/forms_2019/fee_adjustment_request_2019.pdf) accompanied by supporting documentation to the Office of the Registrar. Per Florida Board of Governor Regulation 7.002, “A written appeal for a refund or other appeal action must be submitted to the University within six (6) months of the close of the semester to which the refund or other appeal action is applicable.” Students who withdraw may not continue to attend class.
All undergraduate students will be limited to a total of five course withdrawals while enrolled as a degree-seeking or a non-degree seeking undergraduate student. The five course withdrawals will be limited to three course withdrawals for students with less than 60 semester credit hours, and two course withdrawals for students with more than or equal to 60 semester credit hours. Only in extenuating circumstances will approval be granted for more than five course withdrawals. Appeals for additional course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances must be submitted to the Academic Regulations Committee in the college of the student’s academic major.
Students should be mindful of the Excess Hour Surcharge Policy when requesting late adds or late withdrawals. See https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfregulation40102.
All undergraduate students enrolled in graduate-level courses will be limited to a total of two course withdrawals while enrolled as a degree-seeking or non-degree seeking student taking graduate courses at USF. Only in extenuating circumstances will approval be granted for more than two course withdrawals. To withdraw from a graduate course after the drop period, submit an ARC Petition (http://www.usf.edu/undergrad/academic-processes/academic-regulations-committee/) to the College of your major.
Individual Class Withdrawal
A student who withdraws may receive a grade of “W” up until the posted deadline to withdraw without academic penalty for each term see the Office of the Registrar’s Important Dates and Deadlines.
Students withdrawals from individual courses are enacted self-service via OASIS after the end of drop/add; beginning the sixth day of classes each semester.
A student who receives financial aid and withdraws or drops courses that result in a refund will have all financial aid grants, scholarships and student loans reimbursed by any refund until those programs are paid in full; this does not include private loans. For more information, visit www.usf.edu/finaid.
Courses from which a student successfully withdraws will reflect a “W” grade on the student’s academic transcript.
Withdrawals for Active Duty Military
Any student enrolled in a college credit course shall not incur academic or financial penalties by virtue of performing military service on behalf of our country. Except in cases where the student and faculty member agree that completion is imminent and possible, the University encourages withdrawal and possible eligible refund without academic penalty when a student is performing military service. If the course is no longer offered when the student seeks to resume study, an equivalent course may be selected. If the student chooses to withdraw, the student’s record shall reflect that the withdrawal is due to active military service.
The provisions of this section shall apply to:
- Students who are currently on active duty with any unit of the United States Armed Forces who receive orders that require reassignment to a different duty station or absence from class for an extended period of time during the semester in which they are enrolled; and
- Students who are members of a National Guard, Air National Guard, or other military reserve unit who receive orders calling them to active duty for operational or training purposes during the semester in which they are enrolled, excluding any regularly scheduled weekend and annual training duty; and
- Students who are veterans of the United States Armed Forces and who are recalled to active duty during the semester in which they are enrolled; and
- Students who enlist in any branch of the United States Armed Forces and whose induction date falls within the semester in which they are enrolled.
Contact the Office of Veteran Success (https://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/veterans/) for assistance at ALN 130 or (813) 974-2291.
Appeal for Retroactive Withdrawal
USF Policy 10-006 Registration Changes Including Course Change, Cancelations, Withdrawals, and Auditing
A student who has an unexpected life event or other extenuating circumstances during a term may request an exception to USF’s dates and deadlines. A retroactive withdrawal may be requested whenever there are circumstances beyond the student’s control, which make it impossible to complete a course. To initiate the appeal process, the student must submit a Petition to the Academic Regulations Committee.
The Academic Regulations Committee (ARC) Petition process occurs at the college level. Students engaging in this process should contact and submit the relevant documentation to the ARC representative in the college of their declared major. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain, complete and submit all required documentation required; incomplete petitions will not be considered.
Students should be mindful of the Excess Hour Surcharge Policy (https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfregulation40102) when requesting late adds or late withdrawals.
Petitions may be approved if the ARC determines that you experienced extenuating circumstances beyond your control of such severity that the physical or mental ability to drop by the drop deadline was impaired. Such circumstances need to be supported by independent, objective and verifiable documentation. Per Florida Board of Governor Regulation 7.002, “A written appeal for a refund or other appeal action must be submitted to the University within six (6) months of the close of the semester to which the refund or other appeal action is applicable.
All submitted documentation is subject to verification. Submission of false, forged or fraudulent information will result in a referral to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
When possible, the student is responsible for ensuring that all applicable courses are dropped or withdrawn from before beginning this process. See Instructions:
- Complete Part 1 of the ARC Petition with (https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/academic-processes/academic-regulations-committee/forms.aspx)
- Complete Part 2; be sure to indicate the year and term for which you are petitioning. Petitions are limited to one term per petition. Requests for multiple terms (Fall and Spring semester and Summer session) require multiple petitions. Check the appropriate box to indicate whether you are petitioning for a “Late Withdrawal,” “Total Withdrawal,” or “Withdrawal Limit Exception.” Ensure that you complete information in Part 2 for each course included in your petition.
- Students requesting for withdrawals for medical reasons do not typically need to include instructor documentation forms with their petition, but you should be prepared to obtain these forms if requested by your college’s ARC. If requested, for all courses included in your petition, complete Parts 1 and 2 of the Instructor’s Documentation form with your information, and have the course instructor fill out Part 3, sign the form and return it to you. If the instructor has left the University, the student make seek assistance from the applicable Department Chairperson.
- If you are petitioning for a Late Withdrawal, Total Withdrawal or Withdrawal Limit Exception for medical reasons, complete Part 1 of the Medical Documentation Form (PDF), and have Part 2 completed by your physician. The Medical Documentation Form should be returned in a sealed envelope from the physician’s office (see instructions on form).
- All petition requests should be accompanied by a personal statement detailing the nature of your request, and a clear statement of why you feel that you should be granted the requested exception. This statement should include what happened and when it happened, with relevant dates included. You should also include any supporting documentation that can substantiate the claims made in your personal statement.
- If you are petitioning to withdraw from select courses in a semester, yet keep other courses, you will need to explicitly address why your situation impacted only those courses to be dropped and not the others.
- If you stop attending class and have no documentation addressing what prevented a timely withdrawal from the class, your petition will be denied.
- Ensure that ALL forms are filled out completely with all the relevant information for your petition type, and that all the proper signatures are obtained. Submit original copies of all the completed forms, your personal statement, and any supporting documentation to the ARC representative in the college of your major (see listing of ARC representatives on the ARC Petition form). Retain copies for your own records.
- Decisions regarding ARC petitions can be expected within two weeks of submission, if the ARC package is complete.
- Approved petitions for medical withdrawals will result in a “WC” grade for all applicable courses; “WC” grades denote withdrawals for extenuating circumstances. ARC decisions do not affect fee liability. Students must complete a Fee Adjustment Request through the Office of the Registrar to address fee liability.
- ARC petition decisions by the College ARC may be appealed to the next level in the college. Final appeals to the college decision can be made to the Office of Undergraduate Studies (https://www.usf.edu/undergrad/) in SVC 2002, (813) 974-4051.
Student Academic Records and Transcripts
The Student Record Access Authorization form (formerly known as the “FERPA form”) is submitted to the Office of the Registrar when students wish to grant access to another party to inquire about their permanent academic record. Students’ academic records, including official transcripts, are maintained by the Office of the Registrar and protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). See https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfregulation20021.
Students may request electronic or paper copies of their official transcript. See http://www.usf.edu/registrar/resources/transcript.aspx for more information transcript requests and student records.
USF Regulation 2.0021
The policies and procedures outlined in this Regulation are designed to implement the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA,” 20 U. S. C. s.1232g) and Sections 1002.225 and 1006.52, Florida Statutes pursuant to which the University of South Florida is obligated to inform students of their rights to review and inspect education records, to challenge and seek to amend education records, to control disclosure of education records, and to contact the Family Policy Compliance Office for concerns regarding alleged violations of FERPA or to the appropriate court for violations of privacy if applicable. USF has placed the responsibility for administration of this Regulation with the University Registrar.
The student’s USF education record shall not be changed after the student has graduated.
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 Regulation 2.0021, Florida Administrative Code, students have the right to:
- Inspect and review their education records
- Privacy in their education records
- Challenge the accuracy of their education records
- Report violations 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 USF Regulation 2.0021, Florida Administrative Code.
- Copies of the University’s student records policy, USF Rule 6C4-2.0021, may be obtained from:
Office of the Registrar
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC 1034
Tampa, Florida 33620
|USF Agency Clerk
Office of the General Counsel
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 301
Tampa, Florida 33620
Release of Student Information
USF Regulation 2.0021
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) helps protect the privacy of student education records. See USF Regulation 2.0021 - Student Records (https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfregulation20021) for complete explanation of how USF protects the privacy of student education records.
Students must inform the Office of the Registrar if they wish to limit the disclosure of their education records by changing their privacy status (https://www.usf.edu/registrar/resources/privacy.aspx.) Such requests must be received within the first two weeks of the semester and will remain in effect until the student changes their status.
In the interest of openness and building trust with our students, USF affords students the right to limit data usage and sharing of their information, without having to request non-disclosure of directory information under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Pursuant to the requirements of FERPA, the following types of information designated by law as “directory information” can be released, if the student has not requested privacy or non-disclosure:
- The student’s name
- The student’s major field of study
- The student’s participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- The weight and height of members of athletic teams
- The student’s dates of attendance, part-time or full-time status, and degrees and awards received
- The student’s photographic image independent of any additional personal identifiers
All other student data is considered to be protected. For more information, see https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfregulation20021.
Students must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing if they refuse to permit the University to:
- Include their information and other designated elements in the online student directory.
- Release directory information about themselves to any third party. Such notification must be received by the Office of the Registrar no later than the end of the second week of classes of the academic term or the student will be deemed to have waived his/her right of refusal until the next academic term. To request confidentiality, go to https://www.usf.edu/registrar/resources/privacy.aspx.
Student Information Changes
Notifications regarding changes to name, residency, and citizenship should be filed promptly using the appropriate form(s) accompanied by verifiable supporting legal documentation with the Office of the Registrar (https://www.usf.edu/registrar/). Change of local, permanent, and emergency contact addresses; name; or other information affecting the student’s permanent academic record may be completed by currently enrolled students by using selecting the appropriate form at https://www.usf.edu/registrar/services/forms.aspx.
Changes of address may also be completed via OASIS at https://oasis.usf.edu/.
Transcripts may be released only by authorization of the student. In OASIS, visit the Student tab and select “Student Records” to order a transcript online. Additional ordering options and information are available at https://www.usf.edu/registrar/resources/transcript.aspx. The student must have no hold or financial obligation preventing release of the transcript. NOTE: All holds preventing release of a transcript must be resolved within 30 days of the request, or the order will be cancelled.
Transcripts may be requested in person Monday - Friday, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. During non-peak periods, transcripts are normally mailed/ready for pick-up within the same day the request is received.
Explain any special instructions such as “hold for your degree to be posted,” “hold for your current term grades to be posted,” or “hold for a grade change to be processed.” Degrees post to transcripts approximately six weeks after Commencement. If you are currently enrolled, term grades are posted approximately one week after the end of term. See https://www.usf.edu/registrar/calendars/index.aspx for exact date. Check to see if all grades are in OASIS by selecting “Student Records” and “Final Grades” on the Student tab.
Official transcripts for students who previously attended New College of USF or participated in the M.D. program of the College of Medicine must be requested directly from those institutions:
||New College of Florida
Office of Records and Registration
5800 Bay Shore Road, Building D-115
Sarasota, FL 34243-2109
|USF College of Medicine
Office of the Registrar
12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., MDC 32
Tampa, FL 33612-3742