Eastern Florida Student Handbook / Conduct Code
Updated each academic year, the Student Handbook includes the Student Code of Conduct, which is also known as the Student Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. The Handbook is your guide to the policies and procedures that impact you as a student at Eastern Florida State College. The online version of the handbook includes the categories in the accordion below.
Student Handbooks with a planning calendar are available in printed form at each Admissions Office. You can also open and download archived handbooks from prior years on the website.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Information in this online Student Handbook web section supersedes any information in the printed version of the handbook or in the downloadable PDF version.
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Important Dates & Deadlines
SAIL - Student Access for Improved Learning (Accessibility / Disability Services)
Titan Web Services
Online Quick Reference Guide
Registration is the process of identifying, selecting and requesting classes each term. There are usually several choices for the same class, so a student may select the days, times, campus and method of delivery according to personal preference and schedule. The quickest and easiest way to register is via the web. Visit our Course Registration Information page for instructions.
Prior to registering, students must be admitted to the College, be an active student,
and have no registration holds. Holds can be viewed on the Message Center on the myEFSC portal.
There are three registration periods:
- Regular Registration. This runs from the date online registration begins through fee due date.
- Late Registration. This runs from the day following the first fee due date (full term) through the day before classes begin.
- Add/Drop: Week of Financial Responsibility. This is the first week of class. Students are financially liable for all courses appearing on their schedule beyond the last day to drop.
Prior to registering, students should check the online Academic Calendar to determine registration dates. Students should also visit an advisor during non-registration periods to discuss
academic progress and map out an education plan.
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New College of Florida www.ncf.edu
University of Central Florida www.ucf.edu
University of Florida www.ufl.edu
University of North Florida www.unf.edu
University of South Florida www.usf.edu
University of West Florida www.uwf.edu
VA Benefits www.gibill.va.gov
Department of Education www.ed.gov
US Government Student Information https://studentaid.ed.gov
Outside Scholarship Resources
U.S. Department of Labor www.bls.gov
Career One Stop www.jobbankinfo.org
College Board's My Road www.myroad.com
JobStar Central http://www.jobstar.org/
Statewide Online Student and Library Support Services
FloridaShines provides access to online student and library support services and serves as a statewide resource and clearinghouse for technology-based public post-secondary education distance learning courses and degree programs. FloridaShines' services to the students, faculties and staff of the state's public colleges and universities include:
- Support for Florida's ever-growing population of distance learners and institutions offering online courses and degrees
- Online academic advising services to help students identify the requirements of their chosen degree
- A variety of tools used by staff at college and university libraries to provide services to their students and faculties
- Online access to the library holdings of all Florida public colleges and universities, including electronic resources such as full-text journals, databases and eBooks.
Preparing to Transfer
Florida's Statewide Articulation Agreement, general education requirements, common prerequisites, Statewide Course Numbering System and the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) assist students in transitioning smoothly from two-year to four-year college or university programs. Students are provided certain guarantees and protections to ensure the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program is comparable to the first two years of a four-year program.
Statewide Articulation Agreement (2+2 Program Admission)
The Statewide Articulation Agreement guarantees the transfer of 60 credits earned as part of the A.A. degree. However, students are not guaranteed transfer into the college or university of their choice. Admission to certain limited access programs and high-demand universities is very competitive. Admission can be based on GPA, completion of common prerequisites and completion of foreign language requirements, among other requirements. The articulation agreement guarantees transfer students will have an equal opportunity to compete against native students to enter limited-access programs. It is the student's responsibility to know the transfer admission requirements and be as prepared as possible to compete for a place in the four-year program. Students can find these requirements and track progress at www.floridashines.org.
Florida Virtual Campus
The Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) is a statewide provider of innovative educational services for Florida's K-20 community. Working collaboratively with the state's 12 public universities, 28 public colleges, K-12 school districts, and other partners, FLVC provides services that help students succeed in school and life after graduation. Those services include:
- An array of academic advising, career readiness and distance learning resources for students and parents, available through the FloridaShines website
- Support for the academic libraries at the state's public colleges and universities including a discovery tool used by students and faculty to access library resources and an integrated library management system used by library staff
- Tools and training materials used by academic advisors, distance learning staff, librarians and other staff at Florida's public colleges and universities to provide services to their students and faculties
FloridaShines works with the state's 40 colleges and universities and other partners to help students succeed in school and beyond. Students can check their transcript, register for an online course or search libraries across the state. FloridaShines is Florida's student hub of innovative educational services.
Florida colleges and universities have many articulation agreements in place that allow students to transition easily from one degree program to another. There are articulation agreements for Industry Certifications, Career Technical Certificates, Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees. Transfer (or articulation) agreements protect the credits earned by students during their freshman and sophomore years at Florida colleges.
Transfer Student Bill of Rights
Students who earn an Associate in Arts Degree (A.A.) from a Florida public university, state college or community college are guaranteed certain rights under the Statewide Articulation Agreement. A list of rights is provided below:
Admission to one of the state universities, except to limited access programs which have additional admission requirements;
Acceptance of at least 60 semester hours by the state universities toward the baccalaureate degree;
Adherence to university requirements and policies based on the catalog in effect at the time the student first entered a Florida public college, provided the student maintains continuous enrollment;
Transfer of equivalent courses under the Statewide Course Numbering System;
Acceptance by the state universities of credit earned in accelerated programs (i.e. CLEP, AP, Excelsior College Examinations, Dual Enrollment, Early Admission, International Baccalaureate and University of Cambridge International Examinations);
No additional General Education Core requirements;
Advance knowledge of selection criteria for limited access programs; and
Equal opportunity with native university students to enter limited access programs.
Should any guarantee be denied, students have the right to appeal at the college level. If the denial is upheld at the college level and there is still a question of potential violation of the Statewide Articulation Agreement, the student may contact the Office of Articulation for assistance. The Office of Articulation, in consultation with the Articulation Coordinating Committee, will review and attempt to resolve all student transfer difficulties. Contact Information: Florida Department of Education, Office of Articulation, 325 W. Gaines St., Room 1401, Tallahassee, FL 32399-0400, Phone: 850-245-0427.
- Identify a baccalaureate program of interest early in your A.A. degree path (by 30 hours)
- Meet with your academic advisor to discuss degree requirements and transfer options
- Use the advising audits on FloridaShines to find requirements and track progress toward A.A. graduation and transfer
- Check with the transfer service office at the institution to which you are transferring to obtain information on transfer policies, financial aid opportunities and other assistance
Tips for Transfer Students
When applying for admission to a state university, transfer students who have not yet completed the A.A. degree will be evaluated on their high school transcripts as well as college coursework. Transfer students without an A.A. degree and less than 60 credit hours must compete with all entering freshman applicants to the college or university.
Each undergraduate transfer student admitted to the State University System (SUS) is expected to demonstrate competency of foreign language or American Sign Language equivalent to the second high school level or higher (Spanish 2, Haitian Creole 2, etc.). Students transferring to a state university without meeting the foreign language admissions requirement in high school may meet the requirement by successfully completing a post-secondary foreign language or American Sign Language Elementary 2 course, demonstrating equivalent foreign language competency on the basis of scores determined by the Articulation Coordinating Committee (ACC) Credit-By-Exam Equivalencies, as adopted by the Board of Governors and accessible at ww.fldoe.org/policy/articulation/; or demonstrating equivalent foreign language or American Sign Language competency through other means approved by the university.
It is strongly recommended that a student complete the A.A. degree prior to transferring. If this is not possible, students are encouraged to at least complete the 36-hour general education block at their initial institution.
Students wishing to receive accommodations for a disability have a responsibility to inform the disability services center at the four-year institution. A student with a disability may be eligible for a special admission review under Florida law.
A special admission review may apply if documentation can be provided that failure to meet an admission requirement is related to the disability and failure does not constitute a fundamental alteration in the nature of the program. Contact the admissions director for more information.
Stay Close to Home: Transfer Options
Both the University of Central Florida and Florida Institute of Technology offer programs designed to ease the transition to these nearby universities. Additionally, EFSC has entered into articulation agreements in different transfer programs with multiple universities. View the list of articulation agreements that EFSC has with other universities.
DirectConnect to UCF
The program helps you prepare for your Bachelor's degree program while attending Eastern Florida State College - and makes the transition to UCF smooth and worry free. Plus, the admissions process will be easier and faster, and you'll enjoy small class sizes and personalized advising. You can prepare to earn your Bachelor's degree while working on your Associate's degree. For more information, visit the DirectConnect to UCF program website or call 321-433-7821.
EFSC-Florida Tech Track
Florida Institute of Technology has partnered with EFSC to create the EFSC-Florida Tech Track. This is a dual-admissions program designed to help Florida high school graduates pursue an Associate in Arts degree from EFSC followed by a Bachelor's degree at Florida Tech's Melbourne campus.
Who is eligible to participate?
Any Florida high school student who has completed the full-time undergraduate application process for Florida Tech
Any currently enrolled Eastern Florida State College Student who applies to Florida Tech before earning 30 credits at EFSC
View more Florida Tech information online or contact: EFSC–Florida Tech Track Coordinator, Florida Institute of Technology, 800-888-4348 or 321-674-8030.
myGPS: Graduation Plan for Success
Login to the myEFSC portal and click on the myGPS icon
myGPS is a comprehensive, easy-to-use, web-based academic advising and degree audit tool that helps currently active students and their advisors successfully navigate curriculum requirements. myGPS provides the basic information you need so that you and your advisor can focus on your goals and plan how to achieve them.
myGPS provides an electronic audit of student’s progress toward a specific degree. The audit will report and track:
- Courses and credit hours earned and how they are applied toward your degree program
- Catalog requirements in effect when you declare a major
- All requirements necessary to earn a specific degree
- Transfer credits used to satisfy degree requirements
- Courses for which you are currently registered (listed as in-progress or 'REG')
- Courses that do not apply to specific degree requirements, but do apply toward overall earned hours and cumulative GPA
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity:
Postsecondary Education Employment & Earning Outcomes Report
This report available online provides information about employment and earning outcomes, pursuant to s.445.07.F.S. It focuses on the median first-year earnings of recent graduates and completers from Florida’s public postsecondary educational institutions – State University System of Florida, FCS, and District Technical Centers.
Articulation Agreements – College Partnerships
Articulation Agreements are formal agreements, or partnerships, between two or more Colleges and Universities documenting the transfer policies for a specific academic program or degree in general.
The State of Florida already has an articulation agreement between community colleges and the State universities (6A-10.024). This agreement states that any student who graduates with an A.A. Degree will be accepted to one of the twelve state universities. However, the articulation agreement does not guarantee that a student will be immediately accepted into the major of his/her choice within that university. In addition, the agreement guarantees acceptance into one of the state universities, but not necessarily the student's first choice (please refer to the Associate in Arts transfer student Bill of Rights, for additional information).
EFSC Bachelor’s Degrees
Students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree can continue their education at EFSC in one of the many Bachelors of Applied Science specializations or the Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing for students who meet the admissions requirements. Request information or apply online by visiting the Bachelor's Degree section of the website.
Academic Second Chance
Academic Second Chance allows qualified students to petition for up to two semesters of coursework to be excluded from the student's cumulative GPA. All quality points from the courses within the Academic Second Chance semester will be removed from the academic record, and any passing grades will not be used for degree completion. Coursework eligible for Academic Second Chance must be at least five years old, and the student must have completed a minimum of 12 credits with a "C" or better since re-enrollment. Students inquiring about Academic Second Chance petition procedures and qualifications should meet with an academic advisor.
Developmental Education Courses
Read more about Developmental Education Courses.
Authorization for Placement Test Exemption
Florida Statute 1008.30 – Common Placement Testing for Public Post-secondary Education: (4)(a) A student who entered 9th grade in a Florida public school in the 2003-04 school
year, or any year thereafter, and earned a Florida standard high school diploma* or
a student who is serving as an active duty member of any branch of the United States
Armed Forces shall not be required to take the common placement test and shall not
be required to enroll in developmental education instruction in a Florida College
System institution. However, a student who is not required to take the common placement
test and is not required to enroll in developmental education under this paragraph
may opt to be assessed and to enroll in developmental education instruction, and the
college shall provide such assessment and instruction upon the student's request.
*Student must have earned a standard high school diploma from a Florida public school.
It is recommended that all first-time in college students be assessed for the need for developmental education. Cut scores for placement into specific college credit classes are defined by SBE Rule 6A-10.0315. Placement of transfer students will be based on the official evaluation of credit earned at previous colleges; testing may be required.
Alternative Methods of Developmental Instruction
Read more about Alternative Methods of Developmental Instruction.
Student Success Check
Instructors have the ability to notify students who may be struggling in their course. Through the “Faculty – Student Success Check” system, they may recommend intervention options for students at any time in the term in an effort to help students be successful. Issues may include absences/tardiness/preparation, writing or computation skills, missed assignments, poor exam results, or low class average. Students will receive an email referring them to the appropriate resource for assistance.
Grades are recorded on the student’s permanent record by the Office of the Registrar. Students may view their grades online through the myEFSC portal beginning the morning after the deadline date for faculty final grade input.
Final grades are based on any or all of the following: course assignments, special reports, quiz grades, research papers, course participation, laboratory assignments, field work, and final examinations. Specific grading polices and course requirements are provided by the instructor at the beginning of each course. Students who believe the final grade posted is in error should contact the instructor to discuss a possible grade change as quickly as possible. Appeals for grade changes after two years from the term in which the course was taken will not be considered.
Any situation requiring an appeal, other than disciplinary or academic dishonesty, should be addressed as soon as possible in a non-confrontational manner. If the situation involves classroom policy or grades, the student should contact the instructor. Problems involving refunds and/or exceptions from college procedures should be addressed with the campus Associate Provost. Appeal forms, as well as additional information regarding the appeal process, are available through the campus Associate Provost. Appeals will only be accepted within two years from when the student took the course.
See the Student Appeals Section of the Handbook for more information.
Read more about Grade Forgiveness.
Maximum Attempts per Course
Read more about Maximum Attempts per Course.
Standards of Academic Progress
Read more about our Standards of Academic Progress.
Notice to Students Under Age 18
Each year, many students under the age of 18 ("minor students") enroll at Eastern Florida State College. Whether part of a dual enrollment program or otherwise, these individuals and their parents/guardians should understand that the college environment is unique and unlike anything they have experienced at the elementary or high school level. This information is intended to help minor students and their parents/guardians better understand the college environment to ensure a safe and positive experience at EFSC. It is given as a precaution, and is not meant to create undue concern.
College Policies, Procedures and Deadlines
Minor students and their parents/guardians should understand that minor students, like adult students, are subject to all institutional policies, procedures and deadlines including, but not limited to, the EFSC Student Code of Conduct and the EFSC Sexual Misconduct policy and procedure. Deadlines are outlined in the college catalog and on the college website.
Minor students and their parents/guardians should understand that the minor student is entering a college environment, which is designed with adults in mind. Thus, the general atmosphere of each campus, and the classrooms in particular, will frequently reflect an adult population. In addition, courses are intended for mature audiences, and generally will not be modified to accommodate minor students.
Minor students and their parents/guardians should be aware that:
- Course materials may contain graphic or mature content;
- Course lectures, discussions and assignments may involve sensitive or controversial topics;
- Students may be exposed to persons with differing viewpoints and opinions;
- Students may have interaction with adults of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences; and
- Classes may be canceled at the last minute or end early. In either case, instructors are not responsible for minor students while they wait for transportation.
Class Attendance & Participation
Tuition, Fees & Refunds
The most current Fee Schedule is posted online.
Tuition and Registration Fees
All fees must be received by the dates and times noted within the Important Dates & Deadlines. Payment is due on the day of registration during late add/drop period. It is the
student’s responsibility to drop any classes they do not wish to attend, prior to
the last day to drop, as noted within the Important Dates & Deadlines. If you are
dropped for non-payment, reinstatement of dropped courses are not guaranteed. Classes
that you originally registered for, may be full and you may be unable to get the same
Students are encouraged to review their student account prior to the last day to drop, to verify enrollment is accurate. Students are financially liable for all courses appearing on their schedule beyond the last day to drop.
Your Fees and Deadlines
- Check the Important Dates & Deadlines, for each term’s important dates, such as fee due date, add/drop – week of financial responsibility, class start and end date and final exam dates.
- Please refer to Financial Aid & Scholarships online, for information for applying for financial aid and scholarships, deadlines, and disbursement of financial aid.
- Accepted aid will be in an “authorized” status prior to disbursement. Authorized aid will disburse on the published disbursement date if the student continues to meet all eligibility requirements. Students with authorized aid equal to or greater than their billing balance on the Fee Due Date, will be secured in their classes. Students are responsible for paying all tuition and fees incurred, if Financial Aid eligibility is not maintained.
- Scholarship/Bright Futures Recipients: Students are responsible to pay any remaining unpaid fees, by the due date and time noted within the Important Dates & Deadlines.
- Florida Prepaid/Waiver Recipients: Students are responsible to pay any remaining unpaid fees, by the due date and time noted within the Important Dates & Deadlines.
- Students with an unpaid balance beyond the last day to drop will be prohibited from receiving transcripts, participating in graduation, receiving a diploma, changing programs, and may have future enrollment cancelled. Balances outstanding more than 30 days are subject to collection activity per collections procedure.
Fees will be assessed to the student upon registration for classes. The student's portion of fees must be paid by the deadline established in online Important Dates & Deadlines. Students may be dropped from course(s) for nonpayment of fees; however, students are responsible for dropping classes they do not plan to take. All fees must be received by the dates and times noted.
How to Pay
Read more about how to submit payments.
Tuition Payment Plan
Students can pay for their EFSC education in affordable, interest-free installments using a tuition payment plan.
Late Registration Fee
A fee will be assessed for late registrations. A late registration fee, as listed
in the Fee Schedule, will be assessed one-time per semester, to students registering for any class in
a term, after each part of term's published fee due date (the fee is assessed after
each part of term's regular registration period). Students should be aware that they
are responsible for meeting instructor requirements for all courses.
Adding a class late, even during add/drop - Week of Financial Responsibilty period, does not preclude students from completing assignments and attendance required beginning the first day of class.
Additional Fees may also include:
- Distance Learning Fees
- Access Fee
- Program Fees
- Testing Fees
- Learning Lab Fee/External Test Proctor Fees
Refer to current Fee Schedule.
Full Cost of Instruction
In accordance with Florida State Statute, the college charges students the full cost of instruction for repeat enrollments in certain courses.
Refer to the current Course Lab Fees section of the Fee Schedule.
Outside Proctor Fee
Refer to the current Fee Schedule.
Refer to the current Fee Schedule.
Online Payment Convenience Fee
Refer to the current Fee Schedule.
Return Check Policy
Refer to the current Fee Schedule.
Collection Cost will be assessed to students, who are referred to an outside collection agency. Eastern Florida State College may utilize the services of an attorney and/or collection agency to collect any amount past due and the student will be charged an additional amount equal to the cost of collection (not to exceed 33%), including reasonable attorney's fees and expenses incurred by Eastern Florida State College.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Titan Email & Message Center
Titan Email is the Office of Financial Aid's official mode of communication. Students are responsible for checking their Titan email accounts regularly. The Office of Financial Aid also communicates select information through the Message Center found inside the myEFSC Information Services Portal. Students should regularly log in to myEFSC to check for notices in the Message Center.
Student Government Association
EFSC's Student Government Association — known as SGA — has a branch on each Campus as is responsible for helping coordinate student activities and clubs. Visit the SGA/Clubs web section for more information.
Special Programs & Services
Alumni Association: First year membership is free following graduation from EFSC. Visit the Alumni Association web section to explore other benefits.
Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
The $12.5 million cultural center, located on the Melbourne campus, opened in April
1988. The architecturally and technically unique six-story center features a 2,016-seat
performing arts theatre with a 6,000 square-foot main stage and a 300-seat Studio
Theatre. The King Center plays an important educational and cultural role in the College
and on the Space Coast. The Center is a versatile multi-use facility. Students of
musical theatre, drama, ballet, dance and symphonic music have opportunities to enjoy
these genres performed on the King Center stage. Occasionally, the theatre offers
chat back opportunities with production casts for EFSC students. In addition, the
Center showcases the finest in popular recording artists, classical musicians, comedy,
Jazz, country and rock music entertainment.
A limited number of $10 tickets are available to select performances for EFSC students, faculty, staff and alumni. Half price day-of-show discounts are also available for many shows. Student memberships are available to EFSC students for a small yearly fee. The King Center also offers a Theatre for Youth and Outreach Program. Designed for young audiences and their educators and endorsed by the Brevard Public School District, this expanding program features major theatrical touring productions, outreach and professional art development programs for educators. Art exhibits, changing monthly, are showcased in the Harris Gallery and Lobby and are available for viewing during performances. In addition, EFSC offers art exhibitions, choral and instrumental music performances, and theatre presentations featuring student, staff and community performers at locations throughout the county. Visit www.kingcenter.com or call the King Center ticket office (321) 242-2219 for more information on shows and availability of discounted tickets at the theatre.
Lost and Found
EFSC is not responsible for personal property that might be lost or stolen while on campus. In case of lost or found items, please check with the Security Office on the appropriate campus.
Student Bill of Rights & Responsibilities/Student Code of Conduct
Student Appeal Procedures
Click here to view the student appeal procedures for violations of the student code of conduct, academic appeals and administrative appeals related to administration, registration, late withdrawals due to medical problems or other extenuating circumstances.
Student Disciplinary Procedure
It is the policy of Eastern Florida State College to provide a drug-free college environment for all of its students and employees.
Health, Safety & Security
Visit our safety-related handbook sub-page to read more about information related to health, safety and security measures, policies and procedures at EFSC.
Privacy/Access to Records
Click to read about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), federal law regarding the privacy of student records.
Equal Access/Equal Opportunity
In accordance with Federal and State laws as well as Board Governance Policy [400.1], Eastern Florida State College is dedicated to providing a nondiscriminatory environment which promotes equal access, equal educational opportunity and equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, race, national origin, color, ethnicity, genetics, religion, gender, gender preference, pregnancy, disabilities, marital status, veteran status, ancestry or political affiliation in its programs, activities, or employment.
Visit our Equal Access/Equal Opportunity handbook sub-page for contact information for equity and nondiscrimination issues plus details on the process for investigating problems or complaints.
Mission, Vision & Philosophy
In keeping with our institutional mission and vision, EFSC promotes the development of the five key Core Abilities: the critical skills needed to succeed in life.