Student Affairs Policies Printed Version

Student Rights and Responsibilities (Policy 3.010)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; 1002.21; 1006.50; 1006.60; 1006.63
Date Adopted:7/82; Rev. 7/92, 12/04, 12/2012
Date of Review:12/04; 05/09; 08/11; 03/12


  1. Student rights and responsibilities are set forth in College rules, policies and procedures and published in the College Catalog in effect, the student handbook, and other College publications.
  2. Students are expected to respect the rights and welfare of other members of the College community and its guests and shall not intentionally act to impair, interfere with, or obstruct the orderly conduct, processes, and functions of the College.
  3. Students shall abide by all rules, policies, and procedures, including but not limited to the Student Code of Conduct (Procedure 3.0900.) The College may impose sanctions, penalties and take disciplinary action if the student engages in any prohibited behavior.
  4. Students are expected to abide by local, state, and federal laws and regulations. Violations may result in penalties by civil authorities as well as the College.
  5. Students are responsible for meeting the requirements of graduation or program completion as set forth in the College Catalog in effect and for coordinating their program at Seminole State College with that of the senior college or university of their choice.
  6. The President will cause procedures to be developed and established to implement this policy.

Admission Requirements (Policy 3.020)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; 1007.263, .264; 1009.26
Date Adopted/Revised:1/83; Rev. 7/92, 1/93, 2/93, 6/94, 1/98, 2/02, 12/04, 5/05, 10/09, 02/2013; 03/2014; 07/2016
Date of Review:05/09, 08/11, 03/12, 01/13; 11/2013; 05/2016
Related Procedures:3.0100; 3.0150; 3.0200; 3.0220


  1. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, pregnancy, national origin, ethnicity, age, sex, gender, veterans or military status, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, marital status, or any other factor protected under applicable federal, state, and local laws, rules, and regulations in any of its educational programs or other programs and practices.
  2. Admissions to the College shall be administered by the Division of Student Affairs in accordance with Florida Statute, State Board of Education Rules, and College policy. The College reserves the right to limit access in selected programs based on limited facilities. Admission to limited access programs shall be coordinated with appropriate Program Managers, Associate Deans, and Deans/Associate Vice Presidents.
  3. Admissions to the Adult Basic Education, General Education Development Program (GED), Adult High School Diploma Program, and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) shall be administered by the School of Academic Foundations.
  4. The College maintains an "Open Door" policy for lower division college programs, which guarantees admission for high school graduates with standard diplomas, General Education Development (GED) graduates, and graduates from an approved home education program pursuant to Florida Statutes.
  5. Applicants who seek to enroll in a Baccalaureate Degree program must meet the specific requirements of the program.
  6. Applicants who furnish false, inaccurate or misleading information may be denied admission or may be subject to dismissal from the College.
  7. The College reserves the right to deny or rescind admission to any student whose record of behavior indicates that he or she would disrupt the orderly processes of the College's programs or would interfere with the rights and privileges of other students.
  8. The President will cause procedures to be developed to implement this policy.

Transfer Credit from Non-regionally Accredited Institutions (Policy 3.021)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; 1004.65
Date Adopted:06/99
Date of Revision(s):12/04; 05/09; 01/13; 09/20


It is the policy of the Board that: 

  1. Students interested in having credits from non-regionally accredited institutions evaluated, must submit a transcript and provide additional documentation to support the request.

    Credits accepted from non-regionally accredited institutions must represent college course work relevant to the degree or program the student is pursuing at the College.

Acceleration for Program Completion (Policy 3.022)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64, 1007.27; FAC 6A-10.024
Date Adopted:07/82
Date of Revision(s):7/92; 12/04; 01/08; 05/09; 08/10; 01/13; 06/17; 09/20

It is the Policy of the Board to encourage the establishment of mechanisms to shorten the time necessary for a student to complete the requirements associated with the conferring of a postsecondary degree, career certificate (formerly PSAV) and college-credit certificate program; broaden the scope of curricular options; or increase the depth of study available for a particular subject. 

  1. Consistent with criteria of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, students must complete a minimum of twenty-five percent (25%) of the program requirements in residence at the College. 
  2. The College will describe the acceleration options available and the criteria governing such options in their catalog and related materials. 
  3. The President or designee shall establish procedures to accomplish these acceleration mechanisms and to make them known to the students who can benefit from them.

Financial Aid Information (Policy 3.030)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; FAC 6A-14.054
Date Adopted:3/84; Rev. 7/92; 9/02; 12/04; 05/09; 01/2013
Date of Review:12/04; 05/09; 08/11; 03/12


It is the policy of the Board to provide financial assistance to qualified students.

  1. Financial aid may consist of scholarships, loans, grants, waivers of fee, and employment awarded singly or in various combinations. All aid awards are based upon individual need or merit and availability of funds.
  2. Information and forms may be obtained in the Financial Aid Office or by visiting the College website.
  3. The President is authorized to establish procedures to implement this Policy.

Student Records (Policy 3.040)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64, 1002.22, 1006.52; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
Date Adopted:07/82 Revised 07/92; 7/02; 12/2012
Date of Review:05/09; 08/11; 03/12
  1. Seminole State College protects the privacy rights of its students and the integrity of student records. The College complies with all appropriate authority regarding the confidentiality and management of student records including but not limited to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The College also adheres to guidelines recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admissions (AACRAO), the professional association encouraging best practices in such areas as enrollment management, information technology, instructional management, and student services.
  2. The President shall cause procedures to be developed to implement this policy.

Student Activities (Policy 3.050)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; FAC 6A-14.057
Date Adopted:7/82; Rev. 7/92; 5/02; 11/03; 12/04; 05/09; 05/2013
Date of Review:05/09; 08/11; 12/12


Pursuant to Florida Statute 1001.64, the Board of Trustees has authority to implement policies related to students and the following policy shall apply to Student Activities at the College:

  1. Student Activities

    As Seminole State College recognizes the importance of learning both inside and outside the classroom, the Office of Student Life, has responsibility for the planning, oversight, and implementation of the student activities program of the College. The Office of Student Life shall be responsible for supervising all student success services, including, but not limited to, the following: Student Government Association (SGA), Student Leadership Programs, Co-Curricular Programming, Clubs and Organizations, Service Learning/Volunteer Programs, Campus Entertainment, and The Scribe (student newspaper.)
  2. Student Government Association

    The Student Government Association is an alliance of students working together to create a campus environment that supports the teaching-learning process and to provide a forum for students to participate in institutional decision-making. The Student Government Association approves campus clubs and organizations, provides appropriate leadership activities for students, sponsors co-curricular events, and recommends students for membership on campus committees. The Student Government Association is an active participant of the Florida College System Student Government Association.
  3. Admission to Activities

    The student identification card, available to all students, admits students to programs held on or off campus.
  4. The President will cause procedures to be developed and established to implement this policy.

Student Attendance (Policy 3.060)

Related Procedures:3.0610
Authority:Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972;F.S. 1001.64; 1004.65; College Policy 1.060
Date Adopted:07/1982
Date of Review:12/04; 05/09; 08/11; 03/12; 10/14; 06/16
Date of Revision:07/92; 10/01; 6/02; 12/04; 4/05; 05/09; 01/13; 01/15; 09/16


  1. The College recognizes the correlation between attendance and both student retention and achievement. A successful college experience requires a student’s regular class attendance and active engagement. Any class session or activity missed, regardless of cause, reduces the opportunity for learning and may adversely affect a student’s achievement in the course.
  2. Students are expected to attend all classes, actively participate and complete all assigned course work for all courses for which they are registered. For online courses, attendance is determined by consistently logging in and accessing the course content and completing courses in accordance with the syllabus.
  3. Faculty will establish and describe in the course syllabus specific policies on class attendance at the start of the term.
  4. The President shall establish procedures to implement this Policy.

Career Resources for Students (Policy 3.070)

Authority: F.S. 1001.64; 1004.65
Date Adopted: 4/02; Rev 12/04; 05/09; 04/2013
Date of Review: 05/09; 08/11; 01/13


  1. It is the Policy of the Board to support the career development of its students by providing career services including, but not limited to:
    1. Career Exploration
    2. Internships/Cooperative Education
    3. Academic Transfer Research
    4. On-campus recruiting by potential employers
    5. Career Link Online Career Center
    6. Job and career placement assistance
    7. Career resources
  2. The President is authorized to establish procedures to implement this policy.

Student Code of Conduct (Policy 3.090)

Authority:F.S. 1001.64; 1006.60; 1006.63; Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013
Date Adopted:07/2016
Date of Revision:05/2018; 10/2019; 08/2022; 08/2023
Related Procedure:(Formerly Procedure 3.0900)