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Academic Affairs & Student Services

College of Social Sciences & Public Policy

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to many of students’ most frequently asked questions are below. Click on the section title or question title to jump to that portion of the page.

Advising

Drops, Withdrawals, and Deadlines

Grades

Graduation

Advising

When and where are advising hours?
Undergraduate academic advising offices are located in Bellamy Building rooms 105 & 106. Students can come in for drop-ins or by appointment on Monday, 8:30-11:30 & 1:00-2:30 and Tuesday-Thursday, 8:30-11:30 & 1:00-3:30; and for drop-ins only on Friday, 8:30-11:30 & 1:00-2:30.


How do I schedule an advising appointment?

  1. Log in to Campus Connect (also accessed through my.fsu.edu and the myFSU app by clicking on the “CC” icon)
  2. Click on the “Schedule Advising or Tutoring” button
    • For students with a major in COSSPP: for type of appointment, select “Advising”. For the next two drop-downs, select “College of Social Sciences” and the reason for which you need advising.
    • For students with a major outside of COSSPP: for type of appointment, select “Advising”. For the next two drop-downs, select “Learn about or change to another major/minor” and then the major in which your are interested.
  3. Follow the prompts to schedule an appointment with the advisor of your choice (or first available) within their appointment availability.

How often should I come to advising?
We recommend that students meet with an academic advisor once a semester.


Where can I access my advising sheet/information?

  1. Log in to Campus Connect with your FSUID (also accessed through my.fsu.edu or the MyFSU app)
  2. Click on the “Reports” tab in the upper-left hand side of the screen.
  3. Any advising notes and progress checks completed with an advisor are scanned and attached to the appointment summary for that date.

How do I add a class late (after Drop/Add)?

  1. Get instructor permission to add a course.
  2. Go to the department that teaches the course to get an ADD slip.
  3. Take the ADD slip to the Registrar’s office to add the course to your schedule.
  4. Do everything ASAP. Most instructors and departments will not add students to classes beyond the second week of a semester.

Where can I get a course list?
Suggested course lists for the current registration periods are found on the course list page of this site.


When can I register for classes?
The time period in which you can register for courses is known as your enrollment window. Find your enrollment window by logging into your my.fsu.edu account, navigate to the “My Courses” section, and clicking on the “Future” tab. The “Enrollment opens” text displays with your enrollment window opens and you can begin registering for courses.


What is the difference of double majoring and a dual degree?
Students may choose to add a second major to their degree or dual degree once they have been certified upper-division into their primary major. Students must be on track for the second major at the time that they add it. A minimum of 120 credit hours is required to complete a degree with a double major, just as with a single major.

Students choosing to declare a dual degree (pursuing two bachelor’s degrees at the same time) must complete all major requirements (including required minors) for both degrees with a minimum of 150 earned credit hours.


How do I double major or declare a dual degree?
In adding either a double major or a dual degree, a student’s first step is to meet with an academic advisor in the major that they are adding. Advisors will review the student’s record, make sure they are on track of the major being added, and complete major change forms and any needed programs of study with the student.

Students who have already completed 90+ hours of credit must submit a plan of study completed with an advisor to the Academic Dean’s office of each respective major in order to have their petition considered for approval.

COSSPP approval of a double major or dual degree requires at minimum that a plan of study will not exceed a student’s four-year graduation window, place the student into excess credit, or require the student to complete more than 160 hours of credit.


Where do I go to learn about internships/credit for internships?
We recommend you contact the COSSPP Career Liaison, Rebecca Lovett, at r.lovett@fsu.edu for information about finding an internship.

For questions about earning credit for your internship work, contact the academic program specialist (APS) for your department. Each department APS can be found listed on the FSU advisor search.


What is a good minor for my major?
The most important consideration when choosing a minor is that it aligns with your interests and goals. If you are unsure of which minor best reflects this, meet with an advisor to discuss some options. Remember though that COSSPP students are free to select from any of the minors offered at FSU – see the entire list and their requirements on the Academic Program Guide.


How do I declare my minor/concentration?
COSSPP students can declare their minor or concentration through our online declarations form. If your major is not in the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, contact the academic advisor for your major for more information on how you should declare a minor.


How many classes should I take in a semester?
The number of courses or hours that a student enrolls in is up to each individual and should account for what course load you are comfortable with, the rigor of the courses in question, and outside considerations such as work or extracurriculars. Remember that full-time enrollment at FSU is 12 hours of credit in a Fall/Spring semester, and a student needs to complete an average of 30 hours of credit a year/15 hours a semester to stay on track to graduate in four years.


What are excess credit hours and how do I know what counts in the threshold?
The excess credit policy is a State of Florida statute designed to encourage students to complete a baccalaureate degree as efficiently as possible. Information on excess credit, how it is defined, and what requirements you fall under can be found on the Registrar’s website.


Some of my credit (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, or AICE) is not posted, what do I do?
Verify with the Admissions office whether they have received copies of your score reports. If they have not, we recommend printing a copy of your score report and taking it in person to their office in UCA 2500.

When registering to take credit by exam or for other purposes, be sure to list the proper institutional reporting code for FSU:
ACT: 0734
SAT/GMAT/GRE/ TOEFL/CLEP/AP: 5219
AICE/CEEB: 001489
FL Bright Futures: 371


How can I waive graduation requirements like oral competency, Upper-Division Writing, etc.?
Graduation requirements that are part of the university’s Liberal Studies curriculum are listed/described on the Liberal Studies for the 21st Century website. If a student believes they have completed coursework that has satisfied a Liberal Studies requirement that was not automatically approved to do so, they may petition the Academic Dean’s office. However, a petition is not a guarantee of approval, and the expectation of the University and the College is that student complete approved coursework to meet graduation requirements.

Drops, Withdrawals, and Deadlines

What is the difference between a drop and a withdrawal?
A course drop is when you remove one or more classes – but not all of them – from your semester schedule. A withdrawal is when you remove your entire semester’s schedule, withdrawing from University enrollment for that term.


How do I drop a class?
You can initiate a course drop through your Student Central account.

  • Go to Student Central > My Classes > Enrollment: Drop Classes. Select the correct semester.
  • If enrollment is still open or if it is during the drop/add period, proceed with dropping courses.
  • If it is after the drop/add period, when your schedule appears on the screen, you must click the “Click here to Drop a class for a closed enrollment term” link or the system will generate an error message.
    • If you are dropping a course before the end of the 7th week of classes, you can complete the drop process on your own
    • If you are dropping a course between the end of the 7th and the end of the 12th weeks of class, generate a drop form and send it as a late-drop request to the Academic Dean’s office.
    • If it is after the 12th week of class, you may not initiate a course drop on your own and must petition the Academic Dean’s office on the grounds of medical, mental health, or unforeseen personal hardship.

What is the difference between a 7th week and 12th week drop?
Before the end of the 7th week of classes, students may drop courses from their schedule without receiving a grade or transcript notation. Dropping a course in this manner does not require Dean’s approval. Student are fee liable for any course that they drop after drop/add.

Between the send of the 7th week of classes and the end of the 12th week of classes, a student may request to use a late drop from the Dean’s office. Students may request up 2 late drops before earning 60 hours of college credit and 1 late drop between earning 60 hours of college credit and graduation. Students are fee liable for courses that they drop.

Additional information about drop policies can be found on the Registrar’s website.


How do I initiate medical/mental health drop?
To initiate a course drop for medical or mental health purposes, contact the Academic Dean’s office, including information about whether you are seeking to drop course(s) on the basis of either medical or mental health, from which semester you are petitioning to drop courses, and which courses you are petitioning to drop. A member of the Dean’s office will contact you for additional information or a meeting as needed and review the University drop process and petition paperwork with you.


How do I initiate a medical/mental health withdrawal?
To initiate a withdrawal (removing all classes from your semester schedule for a given term), contact the Office of Withdrawal Services. If you are a lower-division student (pre-/NFA- majors), you should also contact your Dean’s office in the Office of Undergraduate Studies. Upper-division students in the College of Social Sciences & Public Policy do not need to meet with a representative of the Dean’s office before initiating a medical or mental health withdrawal.


What is the process to request a personal drop/withdrawal?
To request a drop or withdrawal for reasons other than your own medical or mental health circumstances, you must petition on personal grounds. To initiate these drops or withdrawals, contact the Academic Dean’s office to request a petition. Be aware that you will have to provide cause-specific documentation supporting an unforeseen, exceptional circumstance beyond the student’s control for a petition to be considered for approval. Submitting a petition is not guarantee of approval.


What qualifies as a medical/mental health/personal circumstance for drops or withdrawals?
Medical and mental health circumstances must, by university policy, have occurred and/or impacted the student during the semester in question and must have supporting documentation provided by a state-licensed medical or mental health care provider.

Personal circumstances for drops or withdrawal must have been unforeseen, exceptional circumstances beyond the control of the student and must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Involuntary call to active military duty
  • Death of the student or death in the immediate family (parent, spouse, child, sibling)
  • Acute medical or mental health condition of the student of such duration or severity, as confirmed in writing by a clinician, that completion of the term is precluded
  • Cancellation of the course by the University
  • Other exceptional circumstances that could not have been foreseen and were beyond the control of the student

Grades

What is an Incomplete?
An incomplete grade (“I”) may be awarded if a student has completed most of the work in a course and is otherwise passing but is unable to complete the course for reasons beyond the student’s control.  If an incomplete grade is awarded, it will be posted on the student’s transcript until a final grade is posted. If the student does not complete the work by the term the “I” grade expires, the default grade as determined by the instructor will be posted as the final grade to their academic record/transcript.


How do I request an Incomplete?
Students who feel they are experiencing extenuating circumstances may contact their instructor to request an “I” grade, which can be issued at the instructor’s discretion. The instructor may require – and we recommend – that the student and instructor together complete an Incomplete Grade Agreement outlining requirements remaining in the course and for completing necessary coursework.


What is a grade appeal?
A grade appeal is an opportunity for a student to appeal a final course grade under certain circumstances. Faculty judgment of students’ academic performance is inherent in the grading process and hence should not be overturned except when the student can show that the grade awarded represents a gross violation of the instructor’s own specified evaluation (grading) statement and therefore was awarded in an arbitrary, capricious, or discriminatory manner.


How do I start the grade appeal process?
To start the grade appeals process, the student must first contact their instructor and discuss the grade circumstances with them within 15 class days of final grades being posted. If the issue is not resolved through the process, the student must submit a statement and/or evidence justifying the grade appeal to the Department Chair or Director within 10 class days. Additional information can be found on the Office of Faculty Development website or students can contact the University undergraduate ombudsman.

Graduation

How/where do I apply for graduation?
Once you have a minimum 120 hours between earned credit and current semester enrollment, you will be able to apply for graduation in each term through your Student Central account. Graduation applications are open online each semester during the second through the third weeks of the semester.


What do I do if I missed the online graduation application window?
If you missed the open application period at the beginning of the semester, schedule an academic advising appointment with one of our advisors. They will complete an updated progress check with you to make sure that you are on track to graduate that term, and if you are, they will have you complete the Late Add to Graduation Request form. Once this is submitted to the Academic Dean’s office for review, you will be copied on the email memo to the Registrar’s office asking for you to be placed on the graduation list.


I have enough credit to graduate early, but I don’t want to – what are my options?
The University and College expectation for students is that they graduate within four years for incoming first year students or two years for incoming upper division/AA transfer students. If you are on track to complete your graduation requirements before this time period ends, there are a variety of programs and opportunities available to you on campus to enrich your remaining time. A good resource to contact is the Graduation Planning & Strategies office.


What do I do after graduation?
Start thinking about your future now. For career advice or planning, we recommend contacting the FSU Career Center or the COSSPP Career Liaison, Rebecca Lovett, to help start the process now.