Oct 02, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

About USF


USF Policies and Resources


Welcome to the University of South Florida. Though a relatively young university, founded in 1956, we have rich traditions – traditions of access and opportunity for students, of academic excellence, of groundbreaking research, of serving our communities.

USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Together these campuses serve more than 50,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist and professional degrees.  Across our 13 colleges, graduate students choose from over 177 majors and over 250 concentrations, from business and engineering to the arts and USF Health. 

USF is the fastest-rising university in America, according to U.S. News and World Report’s (U.S. News) 2022 Best Colleges rankings. Over the past 10 years, USF has risen 67 spots among all universities and 48 spots among public universities, more than any other university in the country.

High-impact global research is central to USF’s mission as one of only three Preeminent Research Universities, as designated by the Florida Board of Governors. The Preeminence program rewards high-achieving universities based on 12 metrics, including graduation rates, student retention rates, research expenditures and the number of patents awarded.

With 123 new U.S. utility patents granted in 2020, USF is eighth among American public research universities and 15th among all universities worldwide in generating new patents. The ranking places USF as a leader among the more than 1,000 academic institutions generating new, novel and useful inventions granted intellectual property protection from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

USF’s innovation and economic development efforts produce tangible benefits across Florida. The University had a total economic impact of $6.02 billion in fiscal 2019-20 and supports 68,704 jobs in the state. Many of the jobs supported by USF are in high-skill, high-wage, knowledge-based industries, such as life sciences, information technology and financial services.

Our scholars and researchers focus on developing transformative solutions to complex issues facing society. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, USF Health has been at the forefront of the Tampa Bay region’s response. Efforts have included working on the frontlines, producing 3D-printed nasal swabs, creating face shields for health care workers, conducting clinical trials and assisting the Florida Department of Health with contact tracing. The university also has awarded funding through a COVID-19 Rapid Response Grants program under the auspices of the USF Pandemic Response Research Network™ — a transdisciplinary initiative organized by university leadership and faculty researchers to quickly respond to current and future pandemics.

An anti-racism website serves as a collective resource and information warehouse for content related to USF’s commitment to anti-racism. Highlights include opportunities for community involvement, training resources for faculty and staff, and tools and links for students to find courses related to anti-racism. Additionally, the Diversity, Anti-Racism and Equity (DARE) Dashboards reflect USF’s commitment to evidence-based actions to address inclusive excellence and racial equity.

Additionally, to advance research on racism in society, the Office of the Provost and USF Research & Innovation committed $500,000 to fund interdisciplinary research projects that explore a wide range of issues in systemic inequality, economic and health disparities, Black history and contemporary challenges for funding.
Like all great universities, USF is guided by the traditional ideals of higher education. But our mission, as an urban-grant university, is so much more than that of the traditional establishments of higher education.

At USF, we believe every student will succeed if given the opportunity. All USF students, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances, succeed at the same rate. We invite you to explore more about our university – in person and online – and discover how you can prosper at the country’s fastest-rising university. At USF, excellence and opportunity converge.
 

Campus Locations / Parking

For information about each USF campus, visit TampaSt. Petersburg, or Sarasota-Manatee.

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Fl 33620
(813) 974-2011
Website: www.usf.edu

University of South Florida 
5700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243-2197
(941) 359-4200
Website: http://usfsm.edu/

University of South Florida
140 Seventh Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 873-1142
Website: www.usfsp.edu

 

USF Strategic Plan: https://www.usf.edu/system/about/strategic-plans.aspx

Mission

Led by outstanding faculty and professional staff, the University of South Florida conducts innovative scholarship, creative activity and basic and translational research, and delivers a world-class educational experience promoting the success of our talented and diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As a public metropolitan research university, USF, in partnership with our communities, serves the people of Florida, the nation, and the world by fostering intellectual inquiry and outcomes that positively shape the future - regionally, nationally and globally.

Goals

Goal 1: Student Success at USF and beyond 
To promote the success of well-educated, highly skilled, and adaptable alums who, as lifelong learners, lead enriched lives, contribute to the democratic process, function as engaged community citizens, and thus thrive in a dynamic global market.
 
Goal 2: Faculty excellence in research and innovation 
To conduct high-impact research and innovation to advance frontiers of knowledge, solve global problems, and improve lives.
 
Goal 3: Partnerships and engagement with local, national, and global impact 
To be a major social and economic engine creating robust global, national, and regional partnerships to build a prosperous and sustainable future for our regional communities and the state of Florida.
 
Goal 4: A diverse and inclusive community for learning and discovery 
To provide a safe, inclusive, and vibrant community for learning, discovery, creative activities, and transformative experiences enabled through adaptive design of physical, social, and digital environments.
 
Goal 5: A strong, sustainable, and adaptable financial base 
To practice continuous visionary planning and sound stewardship throughout USF to ensure a strong  and sustainable financial base and adapt proactively to emerging opportunities in a dynamic environment.

Accreditation


The University of South Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the SACSCOC office.
 

Graduate Degrees Offered by the University

Master’s Degrees:

Master of Accountancy M.Acc.
Master of Architecture M.Arch.
Master of Arts M.A.
Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T.
Master of Business Administration M.B.A.
Master of Education M.Ed.
Master of Fine Arts M.F.A.
Master of Health Administration M.H.A.
Master of Music M.M.
Master of Physician Assistant Studies M.P.A.S.
Master of Public Administration M.P.A.
Master of Public Health M.P.H.
Master of Science M.S.
Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology M.S.B.C.B.
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering M.S.B.E.
Master of Science in Biotechnology M.S.B.
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering M.S.C.H.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering M.S.C.E.
Master of Science in Computer Engineering M.S.C.S.
Master of Science in Computer Science M.S.C.P.
Master of Science in Cybersecurity M.S.C.Y.S.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering M.S.E.E.
Master of Science in Engineering Management M.S.E.M.
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering M.S.E.V.
Master of Science in Health Informatics M.S.H.I.
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering M.S.I.E.
Master of Science in Marketing M.S.M.
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering M.S.M.S.E.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering M.S.M.E.
Master of Science in Medical Sciences M.S.M.S.
Master of Science in Nursing M.S.N.
Master of Science in Public Health M.S.P.H.
Master of Social Work M.S.W.
Master of Urban and Community Design M.U.C.D.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning M.U.R.P.
   
Advanced Graduate Degrees  
Education Specialist Ed.S.
Doctor of Business Administration D.B.A.
Doctor of Education Ed.D.
Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.
Doctor of Public Health Dr.P.H.
   
Professional Degrees  
Doctor of Audiology Au.D.
Doctor of Medicine M.D.
Doctor of Nursing Practice D.N.P.
Doctor of Pharmacy Pharm.D.
Doctor of Physical Therapy D.P.T.
   

Specialized Accreditation

For the most current information, refer to: https://academicplanning.usf.edu/specialized-accreditation/index.php

USF Major Name Specialized Accreditor
Accountancy, M.Acc. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Athletic Training, M.S.  Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
Applied Behavior Analysis, M.S.  Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI)
Physics (Applied Physics), Ph.D. . - Medical Physics Concentration Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP)
Architecture, M.Arch. National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)
Art M.F.A National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Art History, M.A. National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
Audiology, Au.D. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
Business Administration, M.B.A. and Ph.D. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Business Analytics and Information Systems, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Counselor Education, M.A. - School Counseling Concentration Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed. and Ed.S. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Curriculum and Instruction, Ed.S. - School Psychology Concentration National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Digital Journalism and Design, M.A. Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC)
Educational Leadership, M.Ed. and Ed.S. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Elementary Education (ESOL and Reading Endorsements), M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Entrepreneurship in Applied Technologies, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Exceptional Student Education (ESOL and Reading Endorsements), M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Finance, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Foreign Language Education (ESOL Endorsement), M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Health Administration, M.H.A. Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Health Informatics, M.S.H.I. Commission on Accreditation of Health Informatics and Information Management (CAHIIM)
Information Assurance and Cybersecurity Management, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Library and Information Science, M.A. American Library Association (ALA) Committee on Accreditation (CoA)
Management, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Marketing, M.S.M. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Mathematics Education (6-12), M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Medicine, M.D. Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
Middle Grades Mathematics (5-9), M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Music, M.M. and Ph.D. National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Music Education, M.A. National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Nurse Anesthesiology, D.N.P. Council on Accreditation of Nursing Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA)
Nursing, M.S.N. and D.N.P. Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Pharmacy, PharmD Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
Physical Therapy, D.P.T. Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
Physician Assistant Studies, M.P.A.S. Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)
Psychology, Ph.D. - Clinical Psychology Concentration American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Accreditation (CoA)Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
Public Administration, M.P.A. Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA)
Public Health, M.P.H., M.S.P.H. Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
Public Health, M.S.P.H. - Genetic Counseling Concentration Accreditation Council for Genetic Counseling (ACGC)
Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Counseling, M.A. Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)
School Psychology, Ph.D. American Psychological Association (APA) Committee on Accreditation (CoA)
Science Education, M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Secondary English Education (ESOL and Reading Endorsements), M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Secondary STEM Education, M.S. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Social Science Education, M.A.T. Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) (formerly NCATE)
Social Work, M.S.W. Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Speech-Language Pathology, M.S. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)
Sport and Entertainment Management, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Supply Chain Management, M.S. Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
Urban and Regional Planning, M.U.R.P. Planning Accreditation Board (PAB)

The University of South Florida and all colleges, departments and degree programs therein establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. These requirements concern such things as curricula and courses, majors and minors, and academic residence. Advisors, directors, department chairs, and deans are available to help the student understand and arrange to meet these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student’s course of study, if requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree will not be granted. For this reason, it is important for all students to acquaint themselves with all regulations and to remain currently informed throughout their college careers and to be responsible for completing requirements. Courses, majors, and requirements described in the Catalog may be suspended, deleted, restricted, supplemented, or changed in any other manner at any time at the sole discretion of the University and the USF Board of Trustees.


Majors, Concentrations, Graduate Certificates (Authorized)

As of the date of this publication, the University is authorized to offer 45 different graduate degrees, with graduate majors authorized as listed here:

124   Graduate Certificates    
177   Total Graduate Majors 258 Total Concentrations
120  
  • Master’s (including M.A., M.S., etc.)
170
  • Concentrations at the Master’s Level
2  
  • Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
10
  • Concentrations at the Specialist Level
49  
  • Doctoral (including Ph.D., Ed.D.,  D.P.H., D.B.A.)
71
  • Concentrations at the Doctoral Level
6  
  • Professional Doctoral (including Au.D., D.N.P., M.D., D.P.T., PharmD.)
7
  • Concentration at the Professional Level

 

 

 

 


 

Administration

The University of South Florida is a member of the State University System (SUS) of Florida and is governed by the Florida Board of Governors and the University Board of Trustees.

Florida Board of Governors

For a current list of the Board of Governors (BOG), please refer to their website: http://www.flbog.org/

University Board of Trustees

The USF Board of Trustees is the public body corporate of the university. It sets cost-effective policy for the institution and serves as the legal owner and governing board. The Board of Trustees is responsible for high quality education programs within the laws of the State of Florida and regulations of the Florida Board of Governors. It holds the institution’s resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use as per Florida Statute 1.001 University Board of Trustees Powers and Duties.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of thirteen members, six whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and five whom are appointed by the Florida Board of Governors and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of five years. The elected Faculty Senate President and Student Government President also serve as trustees.

Information about each Trustee is available online at: https://www.usf.edu/board-of-trustees/about/trustees.aspx
 
 
William Weatherford, Chair
Michael E. Griffin, Vice Chair
Timothy L. Boaz
Sandra Callahan
Mike Carrere
N. Rogan Donelly
Oscar Horton
Lauran Monbarren
Shilen Patel
Fredrick Piccolo
Melissa Seixas

University Administration

USF President Rhea Law, J.D.
USF Interim Provost  Eric Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for USF Health Charles Lockwood, M.D.
Senior Vice President, Financial Strategy (CFO) and Administrative Services Richard Sobieray
Senior Vice President for Advancement and Alumni Affairs Jay Stroman
Regional Chancellor - USF St. Petersburg campus Christian Hardigree, J.D.
Regional Chancellor - USF Sarasota-Manatee campus Karen Holbrook, Ph.D.
Vice President for Communications and Marketing and Chief Marketing Officer Kim Hill
Interim Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tricia Penniecook, Ph.D.
Vice President for Athletics Michael Kelly
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Angie Sklenka
General Counsel Gerard Solis
Interim Vice President for Research Sylvia Wilson Thomas, Ph.D.
Assistant Vice President for Government Relations Mark Walsh
Chief of Staff Paige Beles Geers

Office of Graduate Studies Administration

Reference USF Policy 11-001 - https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy11-001

  Dean, Office of Graduate Studies

Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.

  Campus Assistant Dean, St. Petersburg Campus Donna Knudsen, Ph.D.
  Campus Assistant Dean, Sarasota-Manatee Campus Sandra Stone, Ph.D.

USF Graduate Liaisons

 
USF
USF - St. Petersburg campus
USF - St. Petersburg campus
USF - Sarasota-Manatee campus
USF - Sarasota-Manatee campus
USF Health
Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
Christian Hardigree, J.D.
Donna Knudsen, Ph.D.
Karen Holbrook, Ph.D.
Sandra Stone, Ph.D.
Charles J. Lockwood, M.D., MHCM

College Deans

  College of Arts and Sciences Magali Michael, Ph.D. (Acting Dean)
  College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Julianne Serovich, Ph.D.
  Muma College of Business Gert-Jan (GJ) de Vreede, Ph.D. (Interim Dean)
  College of Education R. Anthony Rolle, Ph.D
  College of Engineering Robert Bishop, Ph.D., P.E.
  Patel College of Global Sustainability Govindan Parayil, Ph.D.
  College of Graduate Studies Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
  College of Marine Science Thomas K. Frazer, Ph.D.
  Morsani College of Medicine Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
  Taneja College of Pharmacy Kevin Sneed, Ph.D.
  College of Nursing Usha Menon, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
  College of Public Health Donna Petersen, Ph.D.
  College of The Arts Chris Garvin, M.F.A.
  Judy Genshaft Honors College Charles Adams, Ph.D.
  Library Todd Chavez, M.A.
  Undergraduate Studies Allison Crume, Ph.D.

College Graduate Associate Deans (EGAD)

- http://www.grad.usf.edu/graduate-coordinators.php

  College of Arts and Sciences Bob Potter, Ph.D.
  College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Jennifer Lister, Ph.D.
  Muma College of Business Timothy Heath, Ph.D.
  College of Education Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D.
  College of Engineering Rasim Guldiken, Ph.D.
  Patel College of Global Sustainability Joseph Dorsey, Ph.D.
  College of Graduate Studies Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
  College of Marine Science David Naar, Ph.D.
  Morsani College of Medicine
Tricia Penniecook, Ph.D.
Michael Barber, D.Phil.
Douglas Haladay
  College of Nursing Tracey Taylor, DNP, ACNP-BC, RN
  Taneja College of Pharmacy Shyam Mohapatra, Ph.D.
  College of Public Health Janice Zgibor, Ph.D.
  College of The Arts Barton Lee

USF Graduate Council

Graduate Council is an official body of the USF Faculty Senate and works closely with the USF Office of Graduate Studies. Per the Bylaws to the Constitution of the Faculty of the University of South Florida, the USF Graduate Council (GC) advises the Provost and the Senior Vice President for USF Health or their designees on principles, policies, and procedures affecting graduate education at USF.

2022-2023 Leadership:

Chair: Shivendu Shivendu
Vice-Chair: Vrushank Dave
Secretary: TBA
Policy/Fellowship Committee: Ingrid Bahner
Curriculum Committee: Derek Wildman
Graduate Studies Liaison: Carol Hines-Cobb

For the most current list members, please refer to the website https://www.usf.edu/graduate-studies/faculty-and-staff/graduate-council/council-members.aspx

 

USF Policies and Resources

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Reference: USF Policy 0-007 Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassmenthttps://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy0-007

The University of South Florida is a diverse community that values and expects respect and fair treatment of all people. USF strives to provide a work and study environment for faculty, staff and students that is free of discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, or genetic information, as provided by law. USF protects its faculty, staff, and students from discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, as well as gender identity and expression. USF is also committed to the employment and advancement of qualified veterans with disabilities and veterans protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, as amended (VEVRAA). As part of the effort to maintain an environment that is comfortable for all people and to ensure consistency with state and federal laws, the USF establishes this policy.

Protected Class discrimination, harassment and retaliation are prohibited within USF, and complaints of such conduct are to be filed with designated offices within USF, specifically the Office of Compliance and Ethics (Compliance & Ethics) - (https://www.usf.edu/compliance-ethics/), Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) (https://www.usf.edu/diversity/) or the Student Conduct and Ethical Development Office (SCED) (https://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-conduct-ethical-development/index.aspx​). The designated office will review such complaints and provide appropriate response including counseling, mediation, and/or referral for disciplinary action, up to and including termination from employment and/or expulsion from USF.

In addition, Compliance & Ethics, and SCED will, as part of their internal processes, report any conduct that may be criminal in nature, such as bias-motivated crimes, to the appropriate law enforcement entities as set forth in section [IV.B] of the policy.

Additionally, discriminatory conduct in the form of sexual misconduct/sexual harassment is also prohibited. Please see USF Policy 0-004, Sexual Misconduct/Sexual Harassment (Including Battery).

Students and staff can get more information on filing a complaint in the Diversity and Equal Opportunity: Discrimination and Harassment Policy 0-007.

For more information on the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, please visit their website at: https://www.usf.edu/diversity/.  Or visit the office, conveniently located on all three campuses:

 

Tampa Campus: 
SVC 2071
 
St. Petersburg Campus:
 
Sarasota-Manatee Campus:
 
Reasonable Academic Accommodations and Services for Students
Ms. Deborah McCarthy, Director
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, Student Services Building (SVC) 1133, Tampa, FL 33620- 6500
(813) 974-4309 (Voice), Email Contact: dmccarthy@usf.edu,
Web Contact: http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-disabilities-services/
 

Title IX Policy

The University of South Florida community is most successful when it is based on respect and fair treatment of all people. USF strives to provide a work and study environment for faculty, staff and students that is free of discrimination and sexual harassment, including sexual violence. As part of the effort to maintain an environment that is comfortable for all people, USF establishes this Policy.

Sexual harassment, including sexual violence, is prohibited within USF, and complaints of such conduct are to be filed with the Office of Title IX & VAWA Compliance. The designated office will review such complaints and provide appropriate response including providing supportive measurses and referrals to services such as counseling and Victim Advocacy, mediation (in limited circumstances), or formal investigation, which may result in termination from employment and/or expulsion from USF.

Pursuant to Title IX, the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in educational programs or activities that it operates. Such protection extends to both employees and students. Any questions or inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator. The most up-to-date information regarding Title IX at USF can be found on the Title IX website: www.usf.edu/title-ix.

The Title IX Coordinators are:

Maggie Denney, M.Ed., LMHC
USF Title IX Office
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALN 172
Tampa, Florida 33620
(813) 974-8616
denney1@usf.edu

USF St. Petersburg Campus
Dr. Jacob Diaz
Deputy Coordinator and Dean of Students
140 7th Avenue South, FTF 112, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 873-4826

Discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, or veteran status are also prohibited. (Please see USF Policy Number 0-007, Diversity & Equal Opportunity: Discrimination & Harassment https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy0-007).

When appropriate, the University will take steps to prevent the recurrence of harassment, including sexual violence, and to correct any discriminatory effects of harassment on the complainant and others.

Drug-Free Workplace / Drug-Free Schools Policy

USF Policy 0-610 Drug-Free Workplace - https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy0-610 
 
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of alcohol or a controlled substance is prohibited on the property of or in connection with any of the activities of the USF. No employee/student is to report to work/class while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. Any employee or student determined to have violated this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action for misconduct. Violation of this policy by an employee/student will be reason for evaluation/treatment for a drug/alcohol use disorder or for disciplinary action up to and including termination/expulsion in accordance with applicable collective bargaining agreements, policies, and procedures, or referral for prosecution consistent with local, state, and federal law.

Tobacco and Smoke Free University

USF Policy 06-026: https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy6-026

USF is committed to providing a safe, healthy and enjoyable learning, living and working environment. All USF campuses are tobacco and smoke free. Smoking and use of tobacco products are not allowed in any indoor or outdoor area, including parking garages, grounds, sidewalks or recreational areas. This policy also includes the use of e-cigarettes.

Campus Alcoholic Beverages Policy

USF Policy 30-023 Alcohol & Drug Policy - https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy30-023

As an open public university, the USF does not prohibit the legal consumption of alcohol on its campuses. We recognize that as part of a well-planned and structured program, the serving and consumption of alcohol may take place. Therefore, the intent of this Policy is to establish guidelines and procedures for the legal and responsible use of alcohol at USF campus events. The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the USF community is at all times subject to the applicable alcoholic beverages laws and ordinances of the State of Florida, and the city and county of each USF campus location. No person may sell, furnish or give alcohol to any person under the age of twenty-one (21).

Student Accessibility Services

In accordance with Section 504 0f the Rehabilitation Act, The Americans with Disabilities Act and The ADA Amendments Act, the University of South Florida provides reasonable classroom accommodations for otherwise qualified students who have documented disabilities. Students seeking accommodations must register with the Student Accessibility Services Office. See https://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/student-accessibility/https://www.stpetersburg.usf.edu/student-life/resources/student-accessibility-services/https://smcampus.usf.edu/disability-services/ for a list of common accommodations and more information on the accommodations process.

Admissions: Students with disabilities apply under the same guidelines as all students through the Office of Admissions.

Course Substitution: Students with disabilities requesting substitution of coursework for General Education, or Foreign language requirements should contact Students Accessibility Services on the USF campus where the course is being taught. Students with declared majors requesting substitution of departmental graduation requirements will need to contact the chair of their department. In either case, students will be requested to submit documentation to SDS to support their request for an exception.

Parking: Students with state parking privileges need only supply their state card as documentation for eligibility to Parking and Transportation Services. Students without state privileges need medical documentation to be considered for on-campus parking. For more information: http://www.usf.edu/administrative-services/parking/ Housing: Accessible on-campus residence hall housing is available for students with special needs. Specific information is available through Housing and Residential Education. For more information: http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/housing/

If you are interested in applying for accommodation at the University of South Florida, we suggest that you visit the U.S. Department of Education website:  Students with Disaiblities Preparing for Postsecondary Education: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities.

Student Ombuds Office

The Ombuds Offices at USF are confidential, impartial, independent and informal resource for students who wish to convey their experiences at USF to explore alternatives for resolving problems or compliants through informaal means. The mission of the Ombuds Office is to facilitate fair and equitable resolution processes that promote student success. The Ombuds Offices are not official offices of notice for the University of South Florida. Rather, the Student Ombuds, as a neutral facilitators, will listen to concerns and help students develop a range of options in an informal attempt to achieve resolution. The Ombuds may also refer students to appropriate individuals and offices and to clarify University policies and procedures. All information disclosed in the Ombuds Offices will be held confidential unless otherwise authorized by the student or otherwise required by applicable law, including Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.

For convenience, offices are located on all three campuses.  For all offices:  https://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/ombuds/

Students from any USF campus can schedule a face-to-face, telephone, or Teams appointment by calling or emailing us at:

(813) 974-0835
ombuds@usf.edu

If you choose to email the Student Ombuds Office, please do so with an understanding that communication by email may not be confidential. Contacting us by phone is best.

 

Center for Victim Advocacy and Violence Protection

The Center for Victim Advocacy & Violence Prevention (part of the Division of Student Affairs) provides free and confidential services to students, faculty, and staff of all gender identities who have experienced crime, violence, or abuse for incidents occurring on or off campus, recently or in the past. Services are provided by professional Victims Services Practitioners and may include: crisis intervention, emotional support, personal and systems advocacy, court accompaniment, victim helpline, safety planning, and assistance filing for injunctions (protective orders) and crime victim’s compensation claims. We also provide prevention and education presentations, programs and events.

Appointments are available in our office or other safe locations on campus. Walk-ins are welcome, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. After hours, weekends and holidays, an advocate is available for victims of violent crimes through the Victim Helpline.

For convenience, offices are located on all three campuses:
 

Tampa Campus:
Victim Helpline: (813) 974-5757
Office: (813) 974-5756
Email: va@usf.edu
Student Services Building (SVC) 2057
 
St. Petersburg Campus:
Student Life Center: (727) 873-4422
After hours (727) 873-4422
 
Sarasota-Manatee Campus:
(941) 504-8599
 

Office of Veteran Success / Military and Veterans Success Center

The primary mission of this office is to provide a seamless transition for our nation’s veterans from military to collegiate life by enhancing personal development and academic success.

USF is approved for the education of veterans, eligible dependents/spouses, members of the selected reserve, and active-duty personnel who are eligible for benefits under public laws now in effect. All majors currently offered at USF are approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Students who may be eligible for benefits are urged to contact the Office of Veteran Success/Military and Veterans Success, conveniently located on all three campuses:

Tampa Campus Office of Veteran Success
Email: ovs@usf.edu 
813-974-2291
http://www.usf.edu/student-affairs/veterans/
VA toll free number is 1-888-442-4551
Located: 4202 E Fowler Ave, ALN 130, Tampa, FL 33620
 
St. Petersburg Campus
Email: usfsp-va@usf.edu 
727-873-4467  
Located: TER 301/302
 
Sarasota-Manatee Campus
941-359-4291
 

Career Services

Career Services provides USF students with comprehensive career planning and job search services. A staff of experienced professionals is available to help students choose a career; gain career-related work experience and plan their job search. Career Services also provides information on employment opportunities and creates venues where students can network and interview with local, state, national and international employers. For convenience, offices are located on all three campuses:

Career Center offices:
 
 
St. Petersburg Campus: https://www.usfsp.edu/career-center/
 
 

USF Libraries

University Libraries
4202 E. Fowler Ave. LIB 122
Tampa FL 33620
813-974-1611
https://www.lib.usf.edu/

The University Library for the Tampa campus offers access to an extensive selection of print and electronic resources, including books, maps, e-journal, e-books, and countless databases. There is also a collection of audio/visual materials including videos, CDs, DVDs, and even LPs. Students and faculty also have access to specialized research assistance and information literacy instruction from our librarians. Assistance is available from research and reference librarians either by appointment, on-line via our website, by phone, or in a classroom setting.

The University Library for the St. Petersburg campus (https://lib.stpetersburg.usf.edu/home) is home to the Nelson Poynter Memorial Library, and serves as a partner in teaching, learning and research. The St. Petersburg campus Library connects students and faculty to a variety of information sources, innovative opportunities, and diverse perspectives.

The University Library for the Sarasota-Manatee campus (https://lib.usf.edu/sarasotamanatee/) offers students, faculty, and staff access to the extensive holdings of the University Libraries, which include: over 1.3 million print books; over 52,000 e-journal subscriptions; over 443,000 e-books; and over 800 databases containing articles, media and other materials. Our librarians provide reference and research assistance in all courses of study, and can help you to better organize and execute your search for the things you need to get the job done

In addition to the University Libraries, there are three special libraries.

On the Tampa campus is the Shimberg Health Sciences Library (https://health.usf.edu/Shimberg-library/), serving the needs of USF Health, consisting of the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, and Public Health; and the Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute (FMHI) Research Library (https://www.usf.edu/cbcs/fmhi/), serving the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences. The Jane Bancroft Cook Library (https://www.ncf.edu/library/) serves as a joint-use facility shared by New College and the Sarasota-Manatee campus.