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For Faculty: Welcome Back and Key Resources for Spring Planning

Dear Colleagues: Welcome to a new year and a new semester. This message includes key academic policies, regulations and resources to inform your course preparation. Syllabus requirements Course materials availability Student Accessibility Services Final exams Make-up assignments Religious observances Student conduct and academic integrity Student academic misconduct review process Office of Military and Veteran Student…

News about the House Bill 7 Preliminary Injunction

Dear Colleagues: I am writing to tell you about a preliminary court injunction suspending the implementation and enforcement of House Bill 7 (Individual Freedom Act) as it relates to state universities. State legislation passed this spring amended the Florida civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against students and employees by defining certain acts relating to training and instruction as discrimination. The Florida Board of Governors…

Urgent Guidance for Faculty on Tropical Storm Nicole

Dear Colleagues:  To prepare for Tropical Storm Nicole, UCF has canceled all classes, including online courses, for tomorrow and Thursday. Any homework or exams planned for or due on those days must be postponed until Monday or later. Please be prepared to help students navigate the challenges that Nicole may bring. As with Hurricane Ian, your flexibility…

Faculty: Please be Vigilant in Storm Preparations

Another tropical storm system is approaching Florida. Please be vigilant and consider your preparations for home and work now.  Campus operations are currently normal. This evening, based on the latest forecasts for Subtropical Storm Nicole, UCF will update the campus community on plans for classes and operations. As we saw with Hurricane Ian, weather conditions can change rapidly.…

UCF Closed Wednesday and Thursday in Anticipation of Tropical Storm Nicole

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. Update In anticipation of Tropical Storm Nicole, UCF will suspend campus operations and all classes, including online classes, Wednesday, Nov. 9, and Thursday, Nov. 10. UCF is already scheduled to be closed on Friday, Nov. 11, in recognition of Veteran’s Day. All academic assignments, including for all classes with online…

For Faculty: Next Steps for Post-Storm Academic Adjustments

Dear Colleagues: Thank you for the compassion you have shown our students and one another in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian. This message may feel like a contradiction of my request that you postpone assignments and due dates, and for this I apologize. But it is necessary. Despite the disruptions and hardships from Hurricane Ian, UCF must…

UCF Fall Withdrawal Deadline Extended to Nov. 4

Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues: Hurricane Ian adversely affected many UCF students, some quite seriously. To support our students’ academic success and well-being, UCF is extending the fall course withdrawal deadline through Friday, Nov. 4 (a week extra). Ian resulted in five lost class days at UCF, disrupting teaching, assignments and tests. Extending the withdrawal…

Jarley Reappointed as Dean of UCF’s College of Business Administration

I am pleased to announce the reappointment of Paul Jarley as dean of the College of Business Administration. Under his leadership, the college and its faculty have become increasingly adept at preparing students to thrive in a constantly evolving global marketplace. New programs, such as the master’s in Fintech program in partnership with Computer Science,…

For Faculty: Please Aid Students with Hardships from Hurricane Ian

As UCF resumes classes and campus operations tomorrow, I urge you to actively support students who may be facing hardships from Ian that affect their ability to engage as usual with their courses. Please consider postponing assignments, exams and due dates in your classes for a week or two to help those students most directly impacted…

Faculty Updates on Hurricane Ian and Game Day

As we communicated earlier today, UCF will reopen for classes and normal operations on Monday, Oct. 3. Classes remain canceled through Saturday, Oct. 1, and no homework should be assigned or required to be submitted by any student until classes resume on Monday.  Your classes should resume as usual if possible. However, I know that Hurricane Ian…

Important Faculty Updates on Hurricane Ian

As preparations continue for Hurricane Ian’s arrival, please remember that classes are canceled starting tomorrow (Sept. 28) through Friday. No homework should be assigned or required to be submitted during this time. Also, please do not come to campus when operations are suspended (as of now, Wednesday through Friday). UCF labs and campus buildings will be…

Podcast: Finding Joy in Strategic Decision-Making

Season three of Knights Do That, UCF’s official podcast, returns with its second guest, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Michael Johnson. Over 30 years ago, Johnson started as an assistant professor in the Department of Physics and over the years he has continued to serve Knight Nation through various leadership roles. He…

Faculty Resources for Fall Class Preparation

Below are several key academic policies, regulations and resources to help you prepare for the new academic year, including fostering an equitable, inclusive and vibrant learning environment. Syllabus requirements Course materials availability Final exams Make-up assignments Religious observances Student conduct and academic integrity Student academic misconduct review process Office of Military and Veteran Student Success…

Updating You On Knight Vision

The launch of Knight Vision on July 1 went well, but as expected, there are still issues that require our attention. We appreciate your feedback and patience as we continue to stand up these new systems, and we are committed to transparency and open communication about issues and progress. We continue to ask for grace,…

Provost’s Fall Welcome and Key Updates for Faculty

Dear Faculty Colleagues: I am pleased to welcome all of you to the start of a new academic year and to provide the following important updates. First, President Alexander Cartwright and I invite you to a faculty assembly and reception on Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. More details, including the location, are forthcoming. I…

Campus Closures Ahead for Weeknight Football Games

UCF will host three weeknight football games this fall. They are Thursday, Sept. 1; Friday, Sept. 9; and Thursday, Oct. 13. On those days, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at UCF Downtown, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF Connect campuses will conclude at 2 p.m.…