Greetings from the President ...
It is a pleasure to have you as a member of the University of Florida
student body. Your admission is indicative of the fact that you are highly
qualified to pursue college work and to uphold the time-honored traditions
of an academic community.
The University of Florida is proud of its reputation of excellence as
reflected in the performance of its students on various nationally admin-
istered admission tests for graduate professional schools. It is also proud
of the high ranking of its students in the various military service schools
and by the record of the University as a major supplier of graduates to
the Foreign Service, to graduate schools throughout the nation and to
industrial and government research laboratories. We look to you to uphold
and enhance this record.
This Student Handbook has been prepared by a committee composed
of students and faculty and by various administrative officers of the Uni-
versity for the purpose of stating the commitments and objectives of the
University and to provide a guide which will be helpful to you during
the entire duration you are on this campus.
It is our hope that you will use this handbook, referring to it fre-
quently to answer questions about the University. As other questions
arise, I invite you to seek the answers from appropriate administrative
or faculty offices.
J. WAYNE REITZ
This Student Handbook has been prepared and published through
the joint efforts of Student Government and the Office of Student Affairs.
It represents four generations of student participation. Its preparation was
begun with a student-staff committee during the administration of Student
Body President William Trickel and continued during the presidencies of
Paul Hendrick and Wallace Kennedy. During the tenure of Bruce Culpep-
per, it was completed and published as a part of the University Record.
It is hoped that this Student Handbook will serve to give students a
better understanding of the many facets of student life outside the curricu-
lum and of the way campus culture affects the educational goals of the
student and the University.
LESTER L. HALE
Dean of Student Affairs
VOLUME LX, SERIES 1, No. 7, JULY 1, 1965
Published monthly by the University of
Florida, Gainesville, Florida. Entered in the
Post Office in Gainesville, Florida as second-
class matter, under Act of Congress, August
24, 1912. Office of Publication, Gainesville,
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA
The University of Florida is the largest and oldest university in the
state. Within the semi-tropical environment of the campus, one will find
an institution which nurtures through its instructional climate the endur-
ing values of dignity, integrity, and industry. Steeped in the traditions of
learning, it values the individual in his quests for truth and meaning in
life. It concerns itself with the conviction that moral standards are funda-
mental ingredients of an educated man, and that a college graduate should
not only be intellectually, but also aesthetically and socially literate.
The University of Florida is dedicated to the student. It strives to
guide him, to lead him, and to grant him every opportunity for grasping
education in all of its aspects.
The University of Florida is a combined state university and land-
grant college. While its beginnings go back prior to Florida's admission
to the Union in 1845, the establishment of the University of Florida's
first college-the College of Arts and Sciences-did not take place until
1853. A few years later, the signing of the Morrill Act by President
Abraham Lincoln provided lands for state institutions of higher learning
which would promote agriculture, mechanical arts, and military science,
resulting in the beginnings of the College of Agriculture, the College of
Engineering, and the Agricultural Experiment Stations.
In 1905, the Florida Legislature took a step unprecedented in the
history of education in any state by passing the Buckman Act which abol-
ished six state colleges and provided for the establishment of two new
institutions, of which the University of Florida was one. As the result of
this Act, the University of Florida officially opened on a new 571-acre
Gainesville campus on September 17, 1906, with an enrollment of 102
students, and with Dr. Andrew Sledd as president.
Following Dr. Sledd, the University of Florida has had a succession
of great presidents: Dr. Albert A. Murphree (1909-1927); Dr. James
Farr, acting president, (1927-1928); Dr. John J. Tigert (1928-1947);
Dr. H. H. Hume, acting president (September to October, 1947); Dr. J.
Hillis Miller (1947-1953); Dr. John S. Allen, acting president (1953-
1955); and current President Dr. J. Wayne Reitz, under whose leader-
ship the University of Florida has steadily progressed to its present position
as a top educational institution.
Now in the second century as a land-grant university providing price-
less opportunity for more than 15,000 students annually, the University
of Florida is moving with vigor and vision in offering quality education
in confident pace with scientific advances of the space age.
Noted as one of the nation's most beautiful campuses, the University
of Florida spreads over 1,800 acres. Its buildings represent an investment
of some 100 million dollars. From its humble beginnings in a single frame
building, the University of Florida has become a giant among universities.
The Campus Community
The University of Florida is very much like a city with its great
diversity of student interests and cultures. This cosmopolitan atmos-
phere provides an ideal laboratory for the training of society's future
citizens and leaders.
Although the University recognizes its responsibility over and main-
tains an interest in the student, the individual is allowed reasonable
freedom as long as he shows a sense of responsibility in his morals and in
respect for his own and others' safety.
The most significant characteristic of the campus community is its
academic climate-the overwhelming idea that the University exists as
a community of scholars-where some happen to be students and some
are professors. One must never lose sight of the fact that in this environ-
ment, the emphasis is on academic excellence and motivation for educa-
The City of Gainesville
Gainesville is the University of Florida's hometown. With a popula-
tion of more than 50,000, it is taking on the complexity of a modern city.
The student-citizen is one of the most important assets to the community
and one of the strongest contributors to the environment of the city.
The City of Gainesville looks upon the University of Florida student
as a citizen with the same privileges and responsibilities which constitute
good citizenship anywhere. In this realization, the student is expected to
accept the responsibility of cooperating with the University in developing
good university-community relations.
The new student should be aware that historically, the City of Gaines-
ville is one of the strongest supporters of the University of Florida. Its
leaders are continually working with the University for better educa-
OUR ACADEMIC EMPHASIS
The University of Florida exists to allow each individual the oppor-
tunity to learn how to learn through interaction with trained minds, hard
facts, new disciplines, and old cultures. The learning process, as a result,
opens tremendous doors from which emerge new challenge and over-
This learning process does not take place easily or mechanically.
Becoming educated, learning to learn, is a fermentation which once begun
will never stop. It is an integration of mind and feeling with external
reality so that the individual can proceed in his life making rational
choices, performing constructive acts.
Failure academically suggests that the individual has not been willing
to accept the first steps in his education. Passing grades on the other hand
do not mean educational achievement has been accomplished. But a wise
estimate of time and a proper emphasis on work will allow the student
to acquire the basic rudiments of information without which he cannot
proceed to the next steps of exploration and understanding.
Students admitted to the University of Florida on the evidence of past
grades and scholastic aptitude tests have the ability to succeed at the
college level. Academic success, however, involves far more than making
"passing" grades. The student who over-emphasizes the social side of
campus life and studies only enough to get by may find that he has lost
one of the important opportunities of his life: the privilege of a higher
While almost every student is aware of financial costs during his time
at college, few realize the value of the time they spend on the campus.
Misuse of time, both immediately and in long-range terms, is simply cheat-
ing oneself. It is suggested that students budget their time. Usually at least
three hours of study are needed for each hour spent in the classroom.
While a study plan is probably best made to be adapted rather than
rigidly adhered to, there is no doubt that consistent work, week by week,
punctuated by rest and diversion, is more efficient than cramming. Many
learning experiments have proved that a little work at a time, frequently
rehearsed, brings both quicker learning and longer retention.
For undergraduate students, passing grades are A, B, C, D, in order of
excellence. E is a failing grade. Grade points are established by equating A
with 4, B with 3, C with 2, and D with 1. All undergraduate students
who do not receive passing grades in more than one-half of the hours
attempted (not including grades in Physical Education) shall be suspended
immediately from the University for one trimester.
A lower division student who is on scholarship probation shall be
ineligible for further registration at the University of Florida unless he
achieves a grade point average of 1.7 or higher for all work attempted
during the trimester that he is on scholarship probation or has a 2.0 aver-
age for all work attempted at the University of Florida.
A lower division student who has received a grade in as many as 48
semester hours at all colleges and universities attended and who has failed
to earn a "C" (2.0) average on all work attempted at the University of
Florida shall be ineligible for further registration at the University unless
(1) he is recommended for continuation by the dean of the upper division
college into which he expects to enter, or (2) in the event that he has not
chosen an upper division college, he is recommended for continuation by
the Appeals Committee of the University College.
A lower division student who has attempted 86 semester hours (this
includes all work accepted by transfer and all work attempted at the Uni-
sity of Florida) shall be ineligible for further registration at the University
unless he is admitted to the upper division.
An upper division student on scholarship probation will be ineligible
for further registration in the University unless he maintains an average
of "C" (2.0) in all work attempted that trimester or has an average of
"C" (2.0) in all work attempted while registered in his present upper
An upper division student on scholarship probation will be ineligible
for further registration in the University if he withdraws from the Uni-
versity after the end of the 6th week of any trimester, unless he has a
"c" (2.0) average in all work attempted while registered in his present
upper division college.
Grades of I, X, and H
A student who, because of serious illness or accident, misses his final
exams will receive the grades of I (incomplete) or X (absent from final
examination) in these courses. Since these grades place the student in
the position of failing more than one-half of his attempted hours, he is
automatically suspended from the University for one trimester and to
obtain exception he must successfully petition to be readmitted. The Dean
of Men or the Dean of Women should be informed of the student's con-
dition by the student or his parents so this information can be available
for consideration when the student petitions for readmission. Once read-
mitted, the student must be careful to remove grades of I or X from the
preceding term of attendance in accordance with the date stipulated each
trimester in the University calendar.
If a University College student misses comprehensive or "C" course
final exam and files a written request to defer the examination with the
Board of University Examiners by the proper time, he is given the grade
of H which is neither a passing nor failing grade.
It is the student's responsibility to arrange for necessary class absences
by direct contact with his instructor and for making up any work missed
during the absence. In the event of absence due to illness, it is the student's
responsibility to explain the circumstances to the instructor. Excuses from
the University Physicians are not required. However, the student may
request that the physician complete a standard form certifying that he or
she has visited the Infirmary out-patient department or has been a patient
in the infirmary.
Should some emergency occur while the student is away from campus,
or which forces the student to leave so quickly that he cannot make prior
arrangements with the individual instructors, he should communicate with
the Dean of Men or Dean of Women (as the case may be) who can assist
in transmitting the circumstances to the instructors and the Registrar.
In any event, authority for excusing a student rests entirely with the
If a student has excessive absences or is producing unsatisfactory work,
the instructor first warns him that he is in danger of being dropped from
the class with a failing grade. If the student continues to cut classes or fails
to do satisfactory classwork, the instructor will notify the Registrar to drop
the student from the course. A copy of the warning notice and of the
notice of suspension is sent to the student's parents.
When suspension from class reduces the course load below the mini-
mum number of required hours, the student is automatically suspended
from the University.
Maximum and Minimum Course Loads
In general, the University considers 12 hours as the minimum load a
full-time student may carry; 15-17 hours is considered normal for a student
with a grade point average of 2.0, C. A maximum load of 21 hours may be
carried by a student having an average higher than C for the previous
trimester. Since some colleges within the University differ from this maxi-
mum load regulation, it would be wise to check individual cases.
A student may register for less than the minimum load only if he has
the approval of the dean of his college. After registration a student may not
drop courses to the extent that his course load falls below the minimum
level without petitioning for this permission through his college.
Veterans' Minimum Load
Veterans on a training allowance should check with the Veterans'
Administration for the minimum load necessary to receive full benefits.
Time, date, and location of final exams are scheduled by the Office of
the Registrar and released by that office, along with information about
registration for the following term, well in advance of the examination
period. Progress tests and final exams in the "C", or comprehensive, courses
are administered by the Board of Examiners and no exception is made to
the rule that they must be taken at the time they are scheduled. Tests in
other courses are given at the discretion of the instructor, except that final
exams must be given at times scheduled by the Registrar.
Courses by Application
Superior students in the lower division may be able to accelerate their
academic progress by taking a "C" course by application. This involves
taking the final examination although the student is not registered for the
course. Application to do this is made on a form available at the Registrar's
Office and permission must also be obtained from the Dean of University
College. This privilege is not open to upper division students and does not
pertain to any other courses than the comprehensive courses. It is also
possible to qualify for advanced placement so that a student might take a
higher level course in place of an elementary one when this is desirable.
Informal Educational Experiences
Classroom, laboratory, and library naturally come first for the Univer-
sity of Florida student. But rich opportunity for additional educational
experience exists outside the classroom in relationships that also contribute
to the mental awakening of the student.
Motivation for learning often develops from acquaintances with older
students and faculty. Opportunity for such friendships is derived from
out-of-class activities, service, and organizational functions.
OUR MORAL COMMITMENT
When one accepts the opportunity to study at the University of Florida
he also commits himself to the responsibility of adhering to its ethical and
These standards are not handed down as administrative rulings per se,
but are the product of democratic processes through generations of Uni-
versity history. Students, faculty, and administrative leadership combine
to develop these standards which are initiated through committee discus-
sions where the student body is represented by elected or appointed student
members. Committee recommendations are then forwarded to a regulation
committee which also has student membership. Then, finally, the Univer-
sity Senate ratifies the rule or regulation and sends it to the President for
his approval, which, in turn, is subject to concurrence by the Board of
Regents. Representatives from all segments of the University Community
having participated through the years in the evolution of these standards,
those affected today by these rules should respect them and heed them.
The University respects individual rights but expects students to act
intelligently and sensibly in the exercise of personal privileges so as not to
impose upon the rights of others. Although the University has certain
expectations for student conduct, the initiative and ultimate responsibility
for adhering to the rules rests squarely upon the student.
The University expects the student to realize that he is a citizen of the
local, regional, and national community. As such, he is responsible for
conforming to the laws of the city, state, and nation. In this respect, the
University feels the student has an obligation for model compliance as an
informed and educated member of his society.
As a member of the University community, the student is expected to
comply with all University regulations and to the Code of Conduct govern-
ing student behavior. This includes giving full support to the Honor Code
of the Student Body.
Code of Conduct
1. Students shall not commit acts of vandalism or other-
wise wantonly be destructive of property, whether it
is state or private property, on or off the campus.
2. Gambling is not permitted by students either in resi-
dence halls, fraternity houses or off-campus.
3. The following is an explicit statement concerning the
drinking of alcoholic beverages by a student:
a. The University does not approve of the drinking of
alcoholic beverages by students.
b. No drinking nor possession of alcoholic beverages in
any form is to be allowed on the campus proper nor
in any University buildings.
c. The University will expect students and organiza-
tions to adhere to the state statutes prohibiting
minors from drinking or having alcohol in their pos-
session or falsifying their identification. (See State
Statutes 562.11, Sub. 2; 562.111; and 562.45.)
A student apprehended in violation of these statutes
will be held accountable for his action by the Uni-
versity, whether the violation occurs on or off cam-
pus, in off-campus dwellings, licensed establish-
ments, or in connection with fraternities or other
4. Students found guilty of immorality or of such indis-
cretions or inappropriate conduct as to warrant the
attention of the University will be considered for dis-
ciplinary action. (Sexual promiscuity, vulgarity, obscen-
ity, sex perversion, participating in bawdy affairs of any
kind are illustrations of offenses that may well be
grounds for disciplinary action.)
5. Possession or use of explosives or lethal weapons con-
stitutes another act for which a student may be dis-
ciplined. (This includes all forms of fireworks.)
6. A student found guilty of breaking any of the laws of
the city, state, or nation will subject himself to consid-
eration by the University as to whether he should be
permitted to remain a student. (Engaging in traffic of
drugs or drug usage, arson, aggravated assault, forgery,
falsification of age or identity are illustrations of serious
7. Participation in gatherings declared to be "unlawful
assemblies" will subject a student to possible immediate
dismissal from the University.
Only a few students intentionally get involved in mob
misconduct, but many so-called "spectators" get drawn
into a fracas and indeed contribute to the dimensions
of the problem by their very presence. It should, there-
fore, be understood that just as the University considers
no student to be immune from due process of law en-
forcement when he is in violation as an individual, so
he is held responsible as a member of a crowd. It is
therefore an offense against good conduct to be agitat-
ing, participating in, or being a spectator at any crowd
gathering declared to be an unlawful assembly, within
the meaning of Florida Statutes Section 807.04.
8. A Florida student shall not be disrespectful to a faculty
person, an officer of the University, or to any duly
9. A student must observe all traffic and parking regula-
tions as described in the special bulletin issued on this
10. A student is expected to comply with all other policies
and regulations published by the University such as
the Housing Rules and Off-Campus Housing Regula-
tions, Women's Students' Association Rules, and those
of the Interfraternity Council, and Panhellenic Asso-
Only a small percentage of students will intentionally break these rules
of conduct, however, when a student is found guilty he must expect to be
considered for disciplinary action. He will be assured his right to the funda-
mental concepts of c' process and will be safeguarded from unwarranted
summary action. The i cedures by which disciplinary measures are car-
ried out are to be for .in the Judicial Procedures section of this publica-
tion. It is not worth placing one's entire educational future in jeopardy for
the brief moment of pleasure or expediency that breaking these rules might
In order for the Univers.:y's emphasis on academic excellence to make
its best contribution to th( Atrength of our state and nation, and to society,
a complementary emphasis must also be placed on moral excellence. Even
though an individual's intellectual accomplishment is great, unless it is
matched by moral strength, his ability to perform positively for society is
One of the most important considerations in the academic process at
the University of Florida is the promotion of the well-being and cultural
and spiritual development of the individual student.
The administrative and professional staff which function under the
Office of Student Affairs is dedicated to this task. Each of the units within
the structure of the Student Affairs office works toward providing an aca-
demic and cultural climate that is favorable to the spirit of serious inquiry.
Its staff officers are concerned with the maintenance of good communica-
tion and working relationships among students, faculty, and administrative
units. The various services rendered are designed to help fit the institution
to the individual needs of the students and to try to keep the University
personal and "student centered."
The Office of Student Affairs operates on the concept that all sponsored
student activities, guided and executed within the confines of good taste,
can be learning experiences which motivate and promote new cultural and
academic interests, and encourage the development of personal attributes
essential to successful and enlightened classroom performance.
The Dean of Student Affairs
The Dean of Student Affairs serves as a staff officer, advisory to the
president, and is responsible for all matters pertaining to the educational
experiences of students outside of the classroom and for the general welfare
of all students. He serves as a liaison between the Office of the President
and other University administrative offices as they deal with students and
the self-government processes of student groups.
The Dean of Men
The Dean of Men is concerned with the general welfare, safety, health,
and school progress of the enrolled male student. He counsels students and
their parents, and when appropriate refers them to specialized professional
services available on the campus or outside the University organization.
He is also responsible for seeing that proper disciplinary measures are
employed when students violate rules of good conduct.
He is responsible for the orientation program conducted at the begin-
ning of each trimester to familiarize all freshman and transfer students
with the University of Florida and to guide them through the registration
procedures. His office also advises organized student groups.
The Dean of Women
The Dean of Women counsels with students on personal, academic,
financial, and social problems; works with other counseling and medical
areas of the University, and refers students to the appropriate specialized
professional service when needed. She advises self-governing groups and
other organizations and is responsible for any necessary disciplinary action
when University regulations are broken by women students.
The University is concerned with the welfare and education of its
foreign students. Therefore the Student Affairs organization provides for a
foreign student adviser to assist students who are far from their homelands.
He processes admission inquiries and applications, receives and orients the
new students to the American campus setting and local community life and
is available to them for advice and counsel on any personal matter to in-
clude academic difficulties, financial aid, insurance, and American laws
and customs. The Foreign Student Adviser maintains records and informa-
tion on all tureign students at his office in the International Center.
Student Financial Aid
While the University of Florida recognizes that the responsibility of
bearing the costs of higher education rests with the individual student and
his family, it nevertheless is continually concerned with helping all students
secure financial aid when it is needed, and when it will encourage high
What will it cost to attend the University of Florida?
A single student living in University residence halls might be guided by
the following estimates of expenses for one trimester:
Conservative Typical Liberal
Fees $130.00 $130.00 $130.00
Books and training supplies 33.00 40.00 55.00
Laundry and cleaning 10.00 15.00 30.00
Food 128.62 195.00 270.00
Rent 100.00 125.00 125.00
Incidental expenses 61.50 104.00 171.00
Total Expenses $463.12 $609.00 $786.00
Fees for a full-time, non-Florida undergraduate student are $350 a
Instructional fees for the College of Medicine are $600 a year for
Florida students and $1200 a year for out-of-state students.
Scholarships, loans, student employment, and grants-in-aid are avail-
able to the student through the Student Financial Aid Section. These are
not offered as a hand-out, but as motivation and facilitation of the student's
best academic effort.
Following is a brief summary of the financial aid available for under-
graduates at the University of Florida:
1. General scholarships equivalent to the registration fee.
a. Honors and achievement scholarships based on outstanding
scholastic ability and performance are available for incoming
students as well as those previously registered at the University
b. Performance scholarships based upon exceptional ability and
contribution in the performing arts and good promise as a
c. Grants-in-aid based on average scholastic performance plus lead-
ership and financial need.
2. Scholarships designated for special areas of study (colleges) with
criteria determined by donors.
3. Grant-in-aid scholarships given for special service and leadership.
4. Long term loans: Federal (National Defense Education Act) and
state (Florida Commission on Scholarships and Loans) are avail-
able for incoming students as well as those previously registered at
the University of Florida. Some University loan funds are available
only to upper division students.
5. Fellowships, graduate assistantships, scholarships, and research
grants are available for graduate students. (See Student Financial
Aid Bulletin for further details)
6. Short Term loans for emergency relief.
7. Student part-time employment.
Student employment at the University of Florida has a four fold pur-
pose: to provide labor for part-time positions, to assist students financially,
to provide work experience, and to afford an opportunity for vocational
The Student Financial Aid Section of Student Affairs provides a stu-
dent employment service which helps to place qualified students in jobs on
campus during the academic year. Currently the average income from such
jobs is $60 a month. Student Government's Secretary of Labor helps stu-
dents to find off-campus employment during vacations and summer months.
In order to be certified for student employment, students must meet
the following requirements:
1. No full-time student shall work more than an average of 15 hours
per week without an overall B average.
2. No full-time student shall be permitted to work more than a maxi-
mum of 20 hours per week.
3. Students carrying 9-11 hours may work a maximum of 27 hours
4. Students carrying 6-8 hours may work a maximum of 30 hours
5. No student shall work unless he has a 2.0 average for both overall
and previous trimester work.
Graduate Placement Services
The Graduate Placement Service serves as the central placement agency
for the campus. Its services are available to all students and alumni of the
The primary objective of the Placement Service is to assist graduating
students and alumni in locating employment consistent with their interests,
abilities, and educational preparation.
Services of the office include career guidance and counseling with
emphasis on letters of application, resumes, and the interview; arranging
campus interviews between employers and students; sending placement rec-
ords and faculty ratings to employers; preparing and mailing lists of job
opportunities to registrants; distributing recruitment booklets and materials;
and administering tests for employers. A placement library provides a
wealth of information concerning practically every employer in Florida
and the United States.
Division of Housing
The primary objective of the Division of Housing is to provide the best
possible living-learnng environment for the student. The Division, which is
a major component of the Office of Student Affairs, is composed of a director
and a residence staff of full-time professionally trained counselors and co-
ordinators, and part-time resident assistants and section advisors.
All requests for information and correspondence concerning University
housing should be addressed to the Director of Housing.
Educational Opportunities in Campus Living
In many respects, residence hall living is a practical course in human
relationships. Although no grades are given, students can gain an important
educational experience which can contribute to their success at the Univer-
sity and in later years.
The University's residence halls have been designed and organized to
emphasize the importance of the individual student and the importance of
learning. Each hall has a self-governing organization, formal and informal
educational programs, and social and recreational activities.
Although the living situation is quite different in the apartment vil-
lages for married students, self-government organizations and community
activities provide similar opportunities and useful educational experience.
In general, all unmarried freshmen must live in University housing
unless they are living at home with their parents or relatives. If a student
wishes to live at home, he or she must make their request in writing to the
Director of Housing.
All unmarried undergraduate women must live in the residence halls or
obtain permission from the Director of Housing to live in a sorority house
A student's housing contract is for the entire academic year (from
September to August) if he or she remains enrolled. If a student leaves the
residence hall or withdraws from the University before the end of the
assignment period, he is expected to cancel his assignment with the resi-
dence counselor or coordinator, return all rented items to the appropriate
linen room, remove all personal property, vacate the room, and return the
key to the hall or area office. These procedures are necessary to insure a
sound fiscal operation and to maintain accurate records.
Every effort is made to honor roommate requests provided the students
wishing to room together submit their application on the same date, clearly
indicate their desire to room together, and are within similar academic
classifications. Requests for an international student as a roommate are
Each student is responsible for knowing the University's Housing Reg-
ulations. Copies ar;' available at each of the residence halls and area offices.
The purpose of these regulations is to outline reasonable standards for
de eloping ajid maintaining a living-learning environment favorable to the
well-being and academic success of each student. In following the regula-
tions, each student shows consideration for his fellow residents, respects
student and University property, and assumes mature responsibility for his
own conduct as well as for the conduct of his guests.
Facilities for Married Students
Only the male member of the family can apply for housing in the
University's villages for married students. He must be register' Ior at least
12 credit hours as an undergraduate or 9 credit hours as a graduate or law
student during a trimester. Applications should be filed as early as possible
since there is generally a waiting period between application and assign-
The purpose of the Off-Campus Housing Section is to promote favor-
able living-study conditions for students off-campus by encouraging good
quality, well managed rental housing, and good relationships between stu-
dents and their landlords. The Off-Campus Housing Section maintains
listings of rental accommodations for students and provides referral and
University regulations governing student conduct and housing apply
equally to students living on and off-campus. The following regulations
specifically concern off-campus students:
1. Single students under 21 must live in housing listed with the Uni-
versity except for a student living in his own or his parents' home.
2. Any student may be required to move from rental housing found
detrimental or dangerous to his welfare.
3. Each student shall meet tenant responsibilities specified in housing
standards (copies to be available at the Off-Campus Housing Office)
for off-campus housing in his occupancy and use of private housing
4. All students shall conduct themselves in their housing with respon-
sible regard for their neighbors and the neighborhood and shall
observe the respected ethics and rules of conduct of the University
and the Gainesville community. In relation to this general policy,
the following additional, specific policies shall be observed:
a. Any activity or gathering which disturbs the neighbors or neigh-
borhood by reason of the number of persons involved, the noise
created, a disregard of propriety, or late hours shall be deemed
b. Single students may not receive visits from persons of the oppo-
site sex in their residence units unless such visits are permitted
by the landlord, householder, or resident manager, and are made
under circumstances which raise no questions as to propriety.
c. The student tenant or tenants having legal possession of a hous-
ing unit shall be held strictly responsible for complying with
these policies and controlling the conduct of any person or per-
sons who come into the unit or onto its premises by invitation
or consent of the tenant or tenants.
5. Single, undergraduate women must have permission in advance
from the University Housing Office for off-campus residence for
any given period of school.
6. Each student living off-campus must give his exact residence address
at the time of registration. He shall register at the Off-Campus
Housing Office any later change of address made during a school
term within seven days after the change is made. Under this policy,
single undergraduate women students shall register with the Coun-
selor to Women at the Off-Campus Housing Office.
The Florida Union
The Florida Union is the community center of the University for
students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors. This unit of Student Affairs
is designed to serve the University community through its facilities, services,
and cultural programs.
The Union lounges provide students with facilities for relaxing, read-
ing, and meeting with friends. The Union's craft shop offers an opportunity
for students to learn new and different crafts. All instruction is individual,
with no charge or formal classes. The Union also maintains air-conditioned
music listening rooms and a variety of records to suit all musical tastes,
recreational areas, and a browsing library with leading Florida newspapers,
a great variety of hobby and special interest magazines and best sellers.
The Florida Union sponsors weekly bridge lessons, dance lessons,
dances, and current films. The lessons are open to all students. Special
activities such as fashion shows, international suppers, receptions, intra-
campus and inter-collegiate bridge, billiard and bowling tournaments, art
exhibits, music matinees, leadership workshops, forums and book reviews,
trips to places in the U. S. and abroad, and special holiday programs are
planned by the Union Board each trimester.
A barber shop is located in the Union building for the students' con-
venience, and modern room accommodations are available for guests. A va-
riety of rooms are also available by reservation to all campus organizations
for meetings and other activities.
The Union-directed Camp Wauburg, a lakeside recreational area for
Florida students is located nine miles south of the campus on U. S. Highway
441, where facilities for picnicking, swimming, water skiing, canoeing, and
various land sports are available to students upon presentation of an identi-
Every college on the campus appoints academic counselors for course
choice, planning, and adjustment. The names of these counselors may be
obtained from the office of the dean of the appropriate college. University
College counselors are available daily in the University College offices.
These counselors help the individual student plan his courses with
particular attention to his academic strengths and weaknesses and voca-
tional intentions. They are responsible for guiding the student toward ful-
fillment of any particular academic requirements within the given college,
and may also be called upon for advice in reference to probation, suspen-
sion, fellowships, and graduate work.
When a student needs to talk over academic, vocational or personal
problems, he or she may turn to the Offices of the Dean of Men or the Dean
of Women. The deans, and assistant deans, are prepared to help, and may
offer specific advice and guidance to the student as a remedy to the situation.
Students living in the residence halls can also call upon the housing or
resident counselors, who are specially trained to understand problems and
to know to whom students should be referred for practical assistance.
The University Counseling Center, which is administratively within
the University College, is also available for guidance. The focus of attention
here is on problems related to the academic, emotional, and vocational
adjustment of the student to his educational goals. The Center provides
professional and psychological services to students including vocational
guidance, career information, assistance with academic problems, spe-
cialized testing, and personal counseling. Students who seek this guidance
need only to apply for it.
Adaptive and Corrective Exercise may be obtained through a depart-
ment of the College of Physical Education and Health which provides Uni-
versity students with special instruction upon referral from the University
Reading Laboratory and Clinics is a special service provided in con-
nection with the Comprehensive Course, Reading, Writing, and Speak-
ing. A clinical laboratory offers diagnostic testing and remedial exercises
for students who show such an inadequacy, and to all individuals who
especially seek this service.
The Speech and Hearing Clinic operated for University students by
the Department of Speech makes available diagnostic hearing and speech
tests and speech therapy. All students experiencing difficulties of this
nature are urged to avail themselves of this help.
Counseling Prior to Withdrawal from the University:
If withdrawal from the University becomes necessary, the student or
his parent must go to the Registrar's office in Tigert Hall for the purpose of
filling out the necessary withdrawal papers. This should follow a counseling
The purpose of this conference is to see whether there is any way that
the University might be of assistance and to obtain a better understanding
of the circumstances under which the student is withdrawing. Counselors
in the residence halls and physicians in the Infirmary have withdrawal
forms in their offices which they will use to initiate the counseling proce-
dures. They will then give the student copies of these withdrawal papers to
take to the Office of the Dean of Men or Dean of Women. A student may
also begin withdrawal interviews by going directly to the Dean of Men or
Dean of Women. After the interview with the dean, he will be given a
copy of the withdrawal interview clearance to be taken to the Registrar's
Office. It is also highly desirable that the student confer with one of the
counselors in the office of the dean of his college, particularly if his with-
drawal is occasioned by academic difficulties.
Failure to withdraw through direct communication with the Registrar's
Office renders a student ineligible for readmission.
Library and Study Areas
The University of Florida's more than one million volumes are housed
primarily in the Main Library on Murphrec Way. Books on specialized
subjects are shelved in nine branch libraries. The card catalog of the main
library will refer the student to the appropriate branch.
The libraries offer the student a good place to study. Advanced students
can request desks or carrels in the stacks where reference material can be
left for continued use.
The area libraries and their locations are:
Agriculture Library MicCarty Hall
Architecture and Fine Arts Architecture Building
Chemistry Leigh Hall
Education Norman Hall
Engineering Engineering Building
Health Center medicall Center
Law Law Building
Physical Education Florida Gym
Some of the residence halls also have libraries. Although the periodicals
and books are necessarily limited, these libraries offer students special facil-
ities for studying, and certain books can be requested through such units.
Student Health Service
The Student Health Service is maintained to care for the student's
physical and emotional well being. The Service is staffed with general prac-
tice physicians, specialists in internal medicine, a radiologist, psychiatrists,
and registered nurses. In addition to a 65-bed hospital, its facilities include
X-ray equipment, a clinical laboratory, and a pharmacy.
A staff physician is on 24-hour call for care of emergencies and a resi-
dent physician from the J. Hillis Miller Health Center is on duty at the
Infirmary at night and on weekends. The Outpatient Clinic is open from
8:00 a.m. to midnight with a nurse available on a 24-hour basis. Psychia-
trists and psychologists are available for the detection and care of emotional
Cases requiring major medical attention are referred to specialists at
the J. Hillis Miller Health Center on campus.
Since the Student Health Service is financed largely by a student health
fee paid by all registered students, its services are available only to these stu-
dents. Families of students are not eligible for service. Nominal charges
are made for meals, X-rays, and prescriptions.
Student Government sponsors a group insurance program which is
available at a very reasonable cost. This insurance program is highly rec-
ommended by the Student Health Service.
The University is not responsible for medical care of students during
vacation periods, but in certain instances it may make special arrangements
for continued care of students who are hospitalized before the vacation
Campus Traffic and Safety
In any community one of the services that must be provided is the
control of traffic and the maintenance of safety. After much arduous study,
traffic and parking regulations were formulated in the best interest of the
total academic community and these are looked upon as necessary proce-
dures to be observed by students, staff, and faculty.
Freshmen and sophomore students are not permitted the use of cars
except in the case of those students over 21 and sophomores who made a B
average or better as freshmen.
Juniors, seniors, and post graduate students are permitted to maintain
or operate automobiles at the University and in Alachua County. The same
holds true for students who live at a commuting distance from the campus
and for married students who live with their families in Gainesville.
Students with a disability may also maintain automobiles on the campus
and in Alachua County provided they obtain exception notices from the
University Committee on Traffic and Safety at 129 Tigert Hall.
All student automobiles must be registered with the campus police
before final registration at the beginning of each term. If the automobile
is brought to campus while school is in session, the automobile must be
registered immediately. Students eligible to drive and park on campus
must display a decal as specified by the campus police.
A student may register only his automobile or an automobile owned by
a member of his immediate family. To register the vehicle, he must present
a valid operator's license as well as a title or statement of ownership. He
must show that he is eligible to register an automobile by his University
classification or by exception granted by the University Committee on
Traffic and Safety.
All motor driven scooters and bicycles must also be properly registered
with the campus police. The motor vehicles must never be operated or
parked :n courtyards, or on the grounds or sidewalks of the residence
areas. None of these vehicles, including bicycles, may be parked in arch-
ways, section entrances, walkways, porches, service entrances, and drives,
or kept in rooms.
Freshmen and sophomores (who are not otherwise restricted from driv-
ing privileges) may operate automobiles of other students that have been
duly registered with the campus police only on weekends from 3:00 p.m.
Friday until 7:00 a.m. Monday. This regulation, however, does not give a
student who is not eligible for automobile privileges permission to operate
his own automobile on weekends at any hour.
No cars bearing border-zone, commuter, or resident decals will be per-
mitted to drive or park between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on
the part of the campus which is bordered by 13th Street to Inner Drive to
Newell Drive to Radio Road to North-South Drive to University Avenue
to 13th Street.
Reserved parking areas, those spaces assigned by specially designed
markers or painted signs, will be reserved around-the-clock.
The University recognizes that attractive, well-balanced meals prepared
under sanitary conditions are an important factor in maintaining the gen-
eral health and well-being of the student. Therefore, it owns and operates
the University of Florida Food Service for the convenience and the health
of the students and their guests. It is entirely self-supporting and receives
no subsidies in any form. The Food Service Division is under the direction
of a professionally trained director and staff who strive to serve the student
top quality food with excellent service at moderate prices.
Professionally and expertly planned meals are served for breakfast,
luncheon, and dinner in the cafeterias located in Hume, Jennings, Rawl-
ings, and Broward residence halls, as well as in the Main Cafeteria, Stu-
dent Service Center, and Norman Hall. Snack Bars provide grill and foun-
tain service in all of the cafeterias as well as in the Graham and Tolbert
residence areas and in the J. Hillis Miller Mcdi.al C iter.
The new Florida Union Building will contain a< :ti',nal food services
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including formal dining rooms, patio cafe service, social centers, and ban-
The Food Service Division also provides a catering service for banquets,
receptions, teas, socials, and coffee breaks. Birthday cakes, fruit baskets,
box lunches, survival kits, and "goodie" boxes are available on request from
the Food Service office located in the Main Cafeteria bunuing.
Religious centers sponsored by many of the major faiths and denomina-
tions are located near the University campus. In addition to worship serv-
ices, they offer a variety of cultural, educational, social, and community
The programs of the religious centers are intended to provide both
students and faculty with the opportunity for identifying with their re-
ligious heritage and developing a deeper understanding of their faith, espe-
cially as related to their academic work, and to campus, national, and
Although the religious centers are not connected officially with the
University, there are many areas in which the University and the religious
centers cooperate. An example is participation in the programs of the Uni-
versity Religious Association. Members of the Department of Religion meet
with the Campus Pastor's Association, and representatives of the Campus
Pastor's Association serve as members of the University Religious Asso-
ciation Cabinet and advisors to the University Committee on Student Affairs.
The religious centers are staffed by professional trained personnel who
are available to University students and staff for personal counseling.
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The University of Florida offers reserve officer education and training
in both Army and Air Force. The programs are comparable in contact
hours, identical in credit, and differ only in orientation to the differing
nature and mission of the respective services. Students may choose between
the Army and Air Force programs, however all male students except those
exempted are required by the University to successfully complete the
ROTC Basic Course as a prerequisite to graduation.
The basic course consists of the first four terms of the ROTC curricula.
It is the policy of the University that these courses shall be taken con-
tinuously from the time of registration until completed.
Exemptions may be granted by proper authority in the following cases:
1. Students who are 21 years of age before entering the University.
2. Non-citizens of the United States.
3. Veterans who present honorable discharges which show not less
than 90 consecutive days of active service in the U.S. Army, Air
Force, Coast Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps.
4. Students who hold commissions in the Army, Air Force, Coast
Guard, Navy, or Marine Corps of the United States or the organized
reserve branches, who have certificates of service which show active
service of at least 90 consecutive days.
5. Students unable to drill by reason of physical disability.
6. Students participating in the active reserve programs of the Army,
Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard. This holds only
for those who are active in the reserve before registration at the
7. Students submitting documented evidence of equivalent military
training in other approved institutions.
8. Transfer students who are accepted at the sophomore or higher
Decision responsibility on requests for exemption from or postpone-
ment of basic courses is delegated to the following university officials:
Over 21 years of age
Prior Regular Military Service
Waiver for previous military
training in high school ROTC
or non-college military schools
Out of Phase Problems
Student cadets who complete the Basic Course and demonstrate a
potential for military leadership are eligible to apply for the Advanced
Course. Upon successful completion of the Advanced Course and attain-
ment of a baccalaureate degree, such cadets are normally tendered com-
missions as officers in either the U.S. Army Officers' Corps or the U.S. Air
Force. Selected outstanding cadets are designated as Distinguished Military
Graduates and tendered commissions in the Regular Army or Air Force.
Students registering in the Advanced Course are required to carry it to
Credits from Other Institutions
Credits for Military Science from other institutions shall in no case
exceed the amount of credit allowed by those institutions or the amount of
credit allowed for a similar course at the University of Florida.
The Army and Air Force jointly participate in the military band, the
annual military ball, Scabbard and Blade, the national honorary military
fraternity for outstanding Advanced Course cadets, the Advanced Officers
Club, commissioning exercises and various military events and ceremonies.
Other cadet activities and individual service participation are as follows:
Precision Drill Unit: (Gator Guard-Army)
(Billy Mitchell-Air Force)
Arnold Air Society (National Air Force honorary fraternity)
Gator Raiders (Army Counterguerilla unit)
Gator Rifles (Army rifle team)
Gator Riflettes (Army Coed rifle team)
Coed sponsors (Army Sweethearts; Air Force Angels)
MARS Station (Ham radio-Army and Air Force)
ROTC newspaper (Army and Air Force)
Pay and Allowances
Basic course cadets are provided necessary books and uniforms. Both
are turned in after use. Advance course cadets are provided books, uni-
forms, and pay at the rate of $40 per month while enrolled. Uniforms
furnished advanced cadets during their undergraduate period are donated
to them upon commissioning.
Causes for Suspension
Should a student who has been dropped from any Basic Military or
Air Science course be dropped a second time in the same course or any
other course in ROTC because of absences or unsatisfactory work, he will
be considered unwilling to accept the full responsibilities of a University
student and will be suspended from the University for one trimester for
non-attendance or unsatisfactory work as reported by the instructor con-
Military training at the University of Florida is one of the University's
oldest and finest traditions. More than a proportionate share of the nation's
military leaders have been and are alumni. University of Florida cadets
regularly bring home high honors from summer encampments and from
various competitive events. The basic training provides unmatched op-
portunity for development and growth in citizenship and leadership. The
advanced course paves the way for students to enter upon graduation into
the important, rewarding, and diversified career of military leadership in
the defense of the nation.
Although frequently referred to as "extra curricular," student organi-
zations and activities are not considered "extra to the curriculum" by the
University, but instead are regarded as a part of its total educational
Therefore, to warrant existence and recognition, campus organizations
and activities must contribute to the academic, recreational, or cultural
climate of the University. It is for this reason that the University reserves
the right to charter all organizations and requires that they function in
accordance with their charters.
To apply for University recognition, a student spokesman for a group
should contact the Office of Student Affairs. Groups of students banding
together for political purposes whether on or off campus must register in
the same way to receive temporary recognition for a requested period of
The responsibility for establishing policy concerning organizations and
activities is vested in the Committee on Student Organizations and Social
Affairs. The Committee must approve all organizations, as well as disband
them if circumstances warrant such action. It also has the authority to
establish rules, require reports, or conduct studies.
There are some 200 student organizations on the Florida campus in
addition to fraternities and sororities. Among these are vocational clubs,
hobby clubs, and special interest clubs to benefit or engage the student, and
some 50 honorary and professional groups which require certain scholarly
and professional achievements for membership. All are intended as an
additional means to broaden education, encourage fellowship, extend
leadership opportunities, and provide fulfillment of special interests.
College Fraternities and Sororities
Fraternities and sororities represent an important segment of student
organizations. There are 26 fraternities and 13 sororities on the campus.
These organizations exist to promote good fellowship, scholarship, and
The following 13 sororities have chapters on the campus:
Alpha Chi Omega Delta Phi Epsilon
Alpha Delta Pi Kappa Alpha Theta
Alpha Epsilon Phi Kappa Delta
Alpha Omicron Pi Phi Mu
Chi Omega Sigma Kappa
Delta Delta Delta Zeta Tau Alpha
All chapters are supervised by housemothers and the sorority members
are subject to University and Women Students' Association regulations.
Each student is responsible for knowledge of these regulations, copies of
which are available from the Dean of Women's Office.
Freshmen sorority pledges must live in University housing. Members
other than freshmen are expected to live in the chapter houses unless they
are under contract for University housing.
Sorority members are chosen during two formal "rush" seasons, shortly
after the beginning of the fall and winter trimesters and during an informal
period following each formal "rush." Details on "rush" are available in the
Office of the Dean of Women. Pledges in a sorority must achieve a 2.0 (C)
honor point average on a trimester's work before they are eligible for
From a financial standpoint typical sorority membership includes:
Pledge fee $ 21
Initiation fee $ 75
Dues per month $ 12
Trimester room rent for members in house $114
Food per month for those living in house $ 54
The sororities are governed by the Panhellenic Council which coordi-
nates all inter-sorority activities and helps to promote cooperation and
spirit among the women's groups. The Council, which is composed of two
delegates from each chapter, is bound by a constitution and bylaws. All
groups are members of the National Panhellenic Conference.
The Panhellenic Council establishes rules governing rushing, pledg-
ing, and the initiation of women. It also regulates the relationship of
sororities among one another and toward the Council itself. The purpose
of the Council is to maintain a high plane of sorority life and to further
intellectual accomplishment and sound scholarship.
The national fraternities at Florida include:
Alpha Epsilon Pi Kappa Alpha Pi Kappa Phi
Alpha Gamma Rho Kappa Sigma Pi Lamba Phi
Alpha Tau Omega Lamda Chi Alpha Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Beta Theta Pi Phi Delta Theta Sigma Chi
Chi Phi Phi Epsilon Pi Sigma Nu
Delta Chi Phi Gamma Delta Sigma Phi Epsilon
Delta Sigma Phi Phi Kappa Tau Tau Epsilon Phi
Delta Tau Delta Phi Kappa Psi (colony) Tau Kappa Epsilon
Delta Upsilon Pi Kappa Alpha Theta Chi
Fraternity pledges are formally chosen during a "rush" period in the
fall after classes have begun, and also during an invitational period at the
beginning of the second trimester. However, pledging may take place at
any time during the trimester when the student and the fraternity are
ready to make a decision. A student must have a 2.0 overall average before
he is eligible for pledging and he must maintain this average in order to
be initiated. Details concerning fraternity pledging are made available to
interested students by the IFC at the end of orientation week. A central
source of information on fraternities is the Office of the Dean of Men.
The cost of fraternity membership usually ranges as follows:
Pledge fee $20
Initiation fee $100
Meals, social fee, and dues $50 to $70 per month
Trimester room rent for members in house $75 to $120
Fraternities are bound by an Interfraternity Council which works to
promote and to maintain the high purposes of the campus chapters. The
Council is composed of the presidents of all fraternities. As a governing
body it establishes rules and regulations affecting all fraternities and
participates in service and social programs.
Interfraternty Council regulations require that all rush functions take
place either in fraternity houses or on University property. No alcoholic
beverages are allowed at any rush function. Women are not allowed in
fraternity houses during rush functions except after 8 p.m. on Saturday
night of Informal Rush.
The Interfraternity Council also maintains a firm position in relation
to social behavior, hazing, and pre-initiation activities. It believes that true
fraternalism is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral respon-
sibility, respect for duly constituted authority, and loyalty to the principles
of higher education. The Council states that a fraternity has a solemn
obligation in the development of its pledges and members. It considers
hazing in initiation activities as unproductive, ridiculous, and hazardous,
with no rightful place in the fraternity system.
Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created intentionally
whether on or off fraternity premises, to produce mental or physical dis-
comfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. Such activities and situa-
tions include paddling in any form; creation of excessive fatigue; physical
and psychological shocks; quests, treasure hunts; scavenger hunts; road
trips or any other such activities carried on outside the confines of the
house; wearing publicly, apparel which is conspicuous and in poor taste;
engaging in public stunts and buffoonery; morally degrading or humiliating
games and activities; late work sessions which interfere with scholastic
activities; and any other activities which are not consistent with fraternal
law, ritual, or policy, or the regulations and policies of the University of
Hours during which women are allowed in men's fraternity houses,
except for specially authorized social activities, are as follows:
Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. 2:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. 10:30 p.m.
Friday 11:00 a.m. 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 a.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. 10:30 p.m.
All serenading of women's residence halls must be between 10:30 p.m.
and 11:30 p.m.
A fraternity may not drop a pledge or member after the last day for
dropping courses, for to do so would be to misrepresent the scholastic
status of the group.
The University of Florida has two honorary leadership organizations.
They are Florida Blue Key for men students who have distinguished them-
selves in the area of leadership and service and Mortar Board, a national
society for women students distinguished in leadership, scholarship, and
Florida Blue Key
Florida Blue Key, the men's leadership honorary and service fraternity,
represents one of the highest honors that can be received by a Florida man.
Members are tapped semi-annually following selection by active Blue Key
members on the basis of demonstrated leadership in one field of extra-
curricular activity and participation in two others. A minimum 2.0 overall
honor point average is required for selection and completion of six tri-
mesters of college work, with at least three of them at the University of
Florida. Membership is a lifetime honor.
Florida Blue Key plans and sponsors the Homecoming festivities;
"Florida Blue Key Presents," a television series carried by stations through-
out Florida; and a speaker's bureau. It was founded in 1925.
One of the highest honors women students can attain at the University
of Florida is to be tapped for Mortar Board, the honorary leadership,
scholarship, and service organization. To be eligible for Mortar Board, a
coed must have completed five trimesters of college work, and her overall
honor point average must be above the all student average for the previous
trimester. Although Mortar Board was established on the University of
Florida campus in 1960, it actually has been on the campus since 1951,
when it originated as the Trianon. It is now known as the Trianon Chapter
of Mortar Board.
Mortar Board projects include arranging for the women's banquet at
the Homecoming celebration, and the annual lighting of the Christmas
tree which begins the campus observance of the Christmas season each year.
Four honorary scholastic fraternities at Florida formally recognize high
scholastic accomplishments on a University-wide basis. They are: Phi Eta
Sigma, the national men's freshmen honor fraternity which taps freshman
men students who have achieved a 3.5 honor point average or higher
during their first trimester of the year at the University; and Alpha Lambda
Delta, the national women's honor society which recognizes women who
reach or exceed the 3.5 honor point average in any trimester or combina-
tion of trimesters of their freshman year.
The other two fraternities are Phi Kappa Phi, the national scholastic
honorary society which represents all fields of study and which annually
taps graduating seniors and some juniors who are in the top 10 percent
of their class; and Phi Beta Kappa, whose membership of outstanding
scholars comes from the fields limited to the arts and sciences.
Sigma Tau Sigma is a student tutor society on the campus at the
honorary level. It encourages an intellectual environment by recognizing
academic abilities and by stimulating an interest in the teaching profession.
Its members serve the campus by offering tutorial assistance to students
in need of academic coaching.
Honorary and Protessional Fraternities
An honor society is an association establhi,. in a four year or
more degree granting college or university that is accredited by the appro-
priate regional accrediting agency, or by the appropriate professional ac-
crediting agency and which meets the following minimal qualifications:
It receives into membership individuals who achieve high scholar-
ship and who fulfill such additional requirements of distinction in general
leadership or in some broad field of education and culture as the society
It elects to membership regardless of membership in, or affiliation
with, other organizations.
It confers membership solely on the basis of character and specified
It limits selection to those students who rank among the highest
in general scholarship, making whatever additional requirements it desires.
The honorary societies at Florida, in addition to those already men-
Alpha Epsilon Delta
Alpha Kappa Delta
Alpha Omega Alpha
Beta Gamma Sigma
Gamma Sigma Delta
Kappa Delta Pi
Kappa Tau Alpha
Mortar and Pestle
Order of the Coif
Phi Alpha Theta
Phi Sigma Alpha
Rho Chi Society
Sigma Gamma Epsilon
Journalism and Commerce
Sigma Lambda Chi
Sigma Pi Sigma
Tau Beta Pi
Tau Kappa Alpha
Xi Sigma Pi
A recognition society\ is one which confers membership in recognition
of a student's interest and participation in some field of collegiate study or
activity, with more liberal membership requirements than are prescribed
for honor societies:
At Florida these are:
Alpha Epsilon Rho
Alpha Phi Omega
Arnold Air Society
Gamma Sigma Epsilon
Kappa Kappa Psi
Scabbard and Blade
Sigma Delta Psi
Tau Beta Sigma
A professional fraternity is a specialized body which confines its mem-
bership to a specific field of professional or vacational education in colleges
and universities. Some professional fraternities include both men and wom-
en in their membership and some are exclusively for women.
The professional fraternities on the University of Florida campus are:
Alpha Chi Sigma
Alpha Delta Sigma
Alpha Kappa Psi
Alpha Tau Alpha
Beta Alpha Psi
Block and Bridle Club
Delta Pi Epsilon
Delta Sigma Pi
Delta Theta Pi
Phi Alpha Delta
Phi Chi Theta
Phi Delta Delta
Phi Delta Kappa
Phi Delta Phi
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
Pi Lambda Theta
Pi Sigma Epsilon
Rho Pi Phi
Sigma Alpha Eta
Sigma Alpha Iota
Sigma Delta Chi
Theta Sigma Phi
Zeta Phi Eta
Education: men and women
Premedicine: men and women
The Lyceum Council is a student organization which selects and pre-
sents to the students of the University and to the community at large a
series of cultural and educational performances in the performing arts each
trimester. Council officers and members are elected by the student body and
are provided funds by allocation from Student Government.
A student's identification card admits him or permits him to obtain a
ticket free of charge to most of the Lyceum-sponsored programs. In some
cases, a charge is made both to students and to the general public in order
to make possible the presentation of a special event. The Lyceum Council
brings to the campus operas, dramas, concerts, and individual performing
artists of national and international renown.
Another area of interest to many students is Student Publications,
which provide a primary means of communications on the campus.
This department boasts one of the finest college daily newspapers in
the South The Florida Alligator, published Monday through Friday
during the first two trimesters, and twice weekly the third trimester. The
Alligator is edited solely by students drawn from various academic areas.
Other publications are The Seminole the yearbook and the New
Orange Peel, a variety magazine. These publications are supported in part
from the student activity fee and from the sale of advertising. They are
administered by the Board of Student Publications, a standing committee
of the University composed of four faculty members and three students.
All these publications are produced by the offset printing process, with
a majority of the production being accomplished on campus by students.
This means students may gain experience in almost all areas of publishing
- from writing and editing to layout and paste-up in the Publications
University Religious Association
Participation in the University Religious Association (U.R.A.) is open
to all members of the University community. The Cabinet of the U.R.A.,
the organization's administrative and policy-making body, is composed of
student representatives from participating religious centers, officers of the
U.R.A. and chairmen of its principal committees, and various faculty
The U.R.A. was established to encourage and stimulate discussion of
religious issues within the educational aims of the university, and to be a
channel of cooperation among any and all religious agencies. The associa-
tion sponsors a religious orientation program for incoming students at the
beginning of each trimester, the Religion-in-Life program, the annual fund-
raising drive for World University Service, the Christmas-on-Campus pro-
gram, a bi-weekly Bulletin announcing forthcoming campus religious acti-
vities, and various other forums and service projects.
There are additional organizations and activities which should be
named because of their significant contribution to university life.
Outstanding among these is the intramural physical recreation program.
The University of Florida boasts of one of the finest, best conducted and
actively supported campus game and sports schedules in the country. The
program is financed through the student activity fee. Residence hall units,
collegiate fraternities and sororities, and clubs all field teams in keenly
competitive leagues. Special sports clubs also provide recreation for leisure
time. All students are encouraged to participate in this intramural athletic
The performing arts also all have fine organizations offering high grade
entertainment for the student body and general public. While these groups
perform with professional quality, participation is not limited to students
studying or majoring in the particular art. They are open to all students
having an interest and talent for artistic expression.
Among such organizations are The Florida Players, a theatrical organi-
zation sponsored by the Department of Speech; the Gator Band, University
Orchestra, Men and \omen's Glee Clubs, University Choir, all under the
direction of the Department of Music; and Orchesis, sponsored by the
College of Physical Education and Health.
Eilgibility for Participation in Extracurricular Activities
To participate or hold office in an extracurricular activity, a student
must be in satisfactory academic standing and free of disciplinary or scho-
plastic probation. He or she must also be classified as a full-time student
enrolled in a minimum of 12 hours.
Included in this classification are all athletic teams representing the
University of Florida in regularly scheduled contests and practices; debate
and forensic groups participating in contests or meets; dramatics and mu-
sical groups participating in and presenting productions on or off campus;
and representatives of the student body and chartered organizations.
In the case of athletics, the scholarship requirements for participation
shall be the same as those set forth in the Eligibility Rules of the South-
There are certain social regulations which apply to all societies and
Authorizations for all planned social events by student organizations
must be made through the Adviser to Student Organizations. All authori-
zation cards must be signed by the president, social chairman, and faculty
adviser of the organization before they will be considered for approval.
In the case of collegiate fraternities and sororities such cards must also be
signed by the housemother.
If a request for authorization of a social event is not approved by the
Adviser to Student Organizations, the event may not be held. Any social
event which proceeds without approval will subject the student organization
involved to disciplinary action.
Two sets of chaperones are required for all planned, mixed social events
and these chaperones must personally sign the social authorization cards.
In the case of collegiate fraternities and sororities chaperones other than
the housemother are not required for casual, unplanned, informal activities,
nor for closed parties, which are limited to members of the fraternity and
specifically invited guests
All social activities must be confined to Friday and Saturday afternoons
and evenings except teas, suppers, and similar functions.
Closing hours for all social affairs are 1:00 a.m. on Friday night and
1:30 a.m. on Saturday night. Midweek teas, suppers, and similar socials
must be held between 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Exceptions to these closing hours are as follows: Homecoming, Military
Ball, Fall Frolics, and Spring Frolics. The closing hour for these functions
is 1:30 a.m.
Out-of-town, one day picnics and the like may be approved within a
radius of approximately 50 miles of Gainesville. Requests for authorization
of such events should be submitted on the same cards as for any other
planned social affair. Overnight off-campus trips for mixed groups will
not be authorized.
All organizations expecting to go off campus on one day trips which
include women students should clear with both the Dean of Men's and the
Dean of Women's offices at least one week before the scheduled trip is to
The University's position with respect to enforcement of its regulations
and Florida state laws regarding students' drinking is stated in the Moral
Commitment. Organizations also have a responsibility in this matter as
indicated in the following statement of policy:
Student organizations are expected to observe the state statutes regard-
ing minors drinking or having alcohol in possession or falsifying their
identification and the officers must discharge their responsibility to the
group and to the University in obtaining compliance. Failure to enforce
adherence to state statutes will subject the organization to disciplinary
action by the appropriate University authority.
No student organization, including fraternities, may purchase, serve or
provide an alcoholic beverage for any function on or off campus.
No alcoholic beverage is allowed in connection with any rush function
held by any organizations including fraternities.
Organizations composed of students over 21 must cooperate in the
enforcement of the state laws by properly identifying any under-age
guests who are subject to the law.
The University recognizes the value of student organizations in campus
life and provides opportunity for new groups to be organized.
A minimum of 15 full-time students interested and willing to work in
the development of a new organization (fraternity or club) may petition
for its recognition by the Committee on Student Organizations and social
affairs provided scholastic and social conduct by the petitioning students;
selection of an approved faculty adviser and an approved financial program,
constitution and statement of goals or purposes.
In the case of sororities, after it has been determined that the campus
can support another sorority, all groups which have applied for recognition
in the past will be contacted to determine their continued interest in the
University of Florida. Sufficient time will be allowed to give these groups
an opportunity to bring pertinent information about their organization
up to date.
An organization must be recognized as a local organization before it
may request permission from the Committee on Student Organizations and
Social Affairs to petition a national body. A new fraternity or sorority must
be recognized as a local organization for at least one year before it may
petition a national body.
Any recognized student organization which plans to build or to make
important additions to buildings which house their chapters, are required
to submit plans, specifications, approximate costs, and proposed methods
of financing to the Committee on House Plans and Construction. These
must be approved by this committee before any contracts may be signed.
Plans for rental or purchase of any building by any recognized Uni-
versity organization must also receive the approval of the House Plans and
Construction Committee before any contracts are made. The Committee on
Organizations and Social Affairs has the authority to require that this be
Reports and Financial Records
All recognized student governments or organizations which require
initiation fees, or which collect and disburse monies obtained from students
or have monies which are spent by members are subject to audit.
Financial statements must be prepared and submitted as requested, and
as the various presidents of the organizations receive instructions for such
reports. Insofar as it is practical to do so, University auditors review these
financial statements. Where certified public accountants are retained by an
organization, copies of the auditor's report shall be filed along with sum-
mary statements from the organizations.
All recognized student organizations must also submit to the Dean of
Men's Office annual reports of their activities and the names of their
officers for the coming year.
Forms for this report are sent to presidents of student organizations in
advance of the date due.
Since each organization is held accountable for the expenses involved
in functions under its sponsorship, the cost of such functions must be kept
within reasonable limits.
Policies and Regulations Affecting Student Organizations
Freedom of expression is essential to the nourishment of a good edu-
cational environment, but such freedom must be consistent with and di-
rected toward the educational objectives of the University. A Board of
Student Publications and a Public Functions and Lectures Committee
exist to see that these educational objectives are maintained.
Speakers who are presented to the student body of the University of
Florida are considered teachers whether they are members of the academic
staff of the University or not. Therefore, the University of Florida welcomes
to the campus any speaker who is qualified to speak on a topic of recognized
educational value. Speakers must be responsible persons of recognized
standing in their particular fields or professions and must be persons of
acceptable reputation and character.
One of the responsibilities of the University is to maintain a vital plat-
form of public discussion for the stimulation and intellectual development
of the student body. An effective platform of public discussion must provide
for a diversity of content and a balance of opinion.
All lecturers invited to speak on the campus must be approved by the
Committee on Public Functions and Lectures with the following exceptions:
1. Speakers invited by individual faculty members to speak before reg-
ularly scheduled classes or before the student body of a college, in
which case the approval of the dean of the college concerned must
2. Speakers invited by officially recognized student organizations to
speak at a meeting of the organization. Faculty advisers of student
organizations inviting or sponsoring guest speakers are urged to give
careful consideration to the general policy of the Committee on
Public Functions and Lectures and to urge student organizations to
comply with the policy in the selection of guest speakers.
3. Speakers who are official members of the University of Florida
faculty and staff and who are invited to speak on campus outside
their regularly scheduled class meetings.
4. The use of University facilities in political campaigns is governed
by the policy of the Board of Regents which states:
"The students at each institution of higher learning are urged to
acquaint themselves with the qualifications of all candidates. An-
nounced candidates of the major political parties for the Presidency
of the United States or their designated representatives of na-
tional stature who wish to appear on the campuses may use
institutional property as approved by the administration of the
"All other political speech making by candidates shall be limited
to meetings sponsored by recognized organizations of the University
and shall be held only in the following place: (University of Flor-
ida) Florida Union."
No student organization may sell tickets for an event or performance
without approval of the Public Functions and Lectures Committee or spon-
sor money-making schemes such as auctions, raffles, etc., on or off campus
except by special permission of the Dean of Men.
Permission will only be granted for those events from which the pro-
ceeds go entirely to charity or some philanthropy. Exceptions to this rule
are the Fall and Spring Frolics, Military Ball, Lyceum Council programs
and Florida Players' productions.
No student organization is permitted to accept donations or contribu-
tions from outside sources in order to fund publications or speaking forums.
Resources must be confined to money received through advertising, dues
or costs of student memberships or associate memberships of other Uni-
Because the University of Florida is publisher of all student publica-
tions, the Board of Student Publications exercises control over all such
publications upon the authority of the Board of Regents and the President
of the University. Approval of the Board of Student Publications is required
before general distribution may be made on the campus. The circulation of
literature that has been identified will be allowed provided steps have been
taken to preserve the orderliness of the campus. The distribution of litera-
ture and the circulation of petitions will not be allowed to captive audiences
such as in classrooms, at registration, in study halls or in residence halls.
The constitutional right of freedom of the press is recognized for all
student publications. Consistent with this right is the exercise of journalistic
responsibility. Within the realm of this responsibility, the University be-
lieves that the widest degree of latitude should be allowed student editors
for the free discussion of current issues and problems.
Scheduling of Events and Activities
All major and special events sponsored by student organizations, such
as drama productions, musical events, departmental or organization "weeks
and days," fairs, carnivals, shows, lectures, and forums, open houses, and
fraternity, sorority, and other living area special attractions, must be sched-
uled through the Board of Student Activities. Contact is to be made through
the office of the Director of the Florida Union, 108 Florida Union.
A University Activities Calendar is published at the beginning of each
trimester so that all students and faculty may be informed about all campus
activities scheduled for that trimester. Each student organization must
submit their information for these calendars at least one month before the
beginning of the trimester. Information for the calendar is compiled by
the Calendar Office in the Florida Union and is published as a special
university service to students and faculty.
Each student at the University of Florida is a part of one of the great
traditions on campus student self-government.
This tradition has come to its present status by the willingness of stu-
dents to exert real leadership and to assume the responsibility delegated to
them by the University administration. The tradition has also prevailed
because the student body has respected their student leaders and the author-
ity of these elected representatives.
Student Government leaders as elected representatives of the student
body have maintained close cooperation with the administration and faculty.
In return- the administration, and faculty have shown their support and
respect of Student Government. As a result, the University of Florida stu-
dent body has one of the strongest student governments in the nation.
While student self-governing activities serve as a learning experience
and training ground for future leaders, the primary purpose of Student
Government is to provide for the necessities of the campus community.
Officials of Student Government serve on many university committees and
provide representation through which all students may express their needs,
suggestions or grievances to the University administration. Therefore, Stu-
dent Government is more than an organization of students presiding over
the entire student body. It is a series of governments very similar in relation-
ship to our federal, state, and local governments.
Federal Level Student Government
The first, or federal level, is that which is commonly referred to as Stu-
dent Government and is divided into three branches.
The Executive Branch is made up of the Student Body President, Vice
President, Treasurer, and the President's Cabinet. There are 18 Cabinet
members with three to five undersecretaries for each member. The Cabinet
members are primarily in charge of special services and projects sponsored
by Student Government.
The Student Body President signs all measures passed by the Legisla-
tive Branch. He has the power to call special meetings of the Legislative
Branch. He has the veto power subject to legislative review. He can require
written interpretation by the Honor Court of any measures affecting the
The Vice President of the Student Body is the presiding officer of the
Legislative Branch. He also carries out the duties and powers of the Presi-
dent in his absence.
The Treasurer keeps complete accounts of all Student Body funds on
deposit. He signs all requisitions of funds on order from the Legislative
Branch. The source of the Student Body Treasury is a portion of the stu-
dent activity fee paid by all students when they register.
The Legislative Branch is comprised of a unicameral, or one house form
of representation. This is the Legislative Council. The Council is composed
of elected representatives from virtually every segment of campus on a
population and geographical basis. There are representatives from every
school and college on campus. The remainder is elected on a population
basis from the various living areas including those off-campus.
Of the 70 representatives, 40 are elected in the winter trimester and
30 in the fall trimester. Within the Legislative Council are many com-
mittees and sub-committees. Like our national legislature, the Legislative
Council committees investigate, recommend or kill legislation, apportion
funds, and, in general, perform any function required to conduct a repre-
Within the Judicial Branch of Student Government are two courts.
First of these courts is the Honor Court which performs the combined
function of a trial court and a supreme court. As a trial court it tries and
passes judgment on all violations of the Honor Code, a code which places
the responsibility of each student's conduct upon himself.
As a supreme court, the Honor Court is empowered to pass judgment
on legislation and contested elections. It is also empowered to interpret the
Student Body Constitution, and it has the added responsibility of informing
all students of the purpose, advantages, and principles of the Honor System.
The Chancellor or judge, the Clerk of the Honor Court, and 16 Justices
representing each of the schools and colleges on campus are elected by the
Student Body. Two Vice Chancellors are elected from the 16 Justices to aid
the Chancellor in determining sentences.
The Chancellor appoints the Attorney General who selects a staff to
investigate violations of the Honor Code. The Justices are also members
of the Attorney General's investigating staff when needed. The Chancellor
also appoints a Chief Defense Counsel who in turn selects a staff of law
students to act as defense attorneys for students on trial. The Honor Court
conducts both summary (no jury) trials for those who plead guilty, and jury
trials for those pleading not guilty. The six-man jury is a random selection
from the Student Body.
The second court in the Judicial Branch is the Student Traffic Court.
The Student Body President appoints the Chief Justice of the Traffic Court.
The Traffic Court accepts payment of fines for parking violations, and
conducts hearings for contested tickets.
The second or state level of student government organizations operates
autonomously from the first level. Some of these secondary governments
operate directly from funds allocated by student government and others do
not. All have the right to make special requests for funds to the Legislative
Branch of Student Government.
Men's Inter-Hall Council
The Men's Inter-Hall Council is composed of representatives from the
men's residence halls on campus. The president of each hall council serves
as the representative to this council plus one more elected from each council
hall. The council serves to coordinate activities among all men's residence
Women Students' Association
The Women Students' Association (WSA) is composed of all single
undergraduate students living on and off-campus. It includes the Hall and
Honor Councils, Sorority House Councils, and Women Off-Campus repre-
sentatives. All halls, sororities, and off-campus students elect representatives
to the WSA Council whose functions are legislative and executive. The
Executive Committee consists of WSA officers and class representatives
whose function is steering, agenda making, and nominations. The Judiciary
Committee of WSA hears cases referred to it by the Honor Councils, the
Resident Counselors, the Off-Campus Counselor for Women, and the Dean
The Interfraternitv Council (IFC) is the governing body for all fra-
ternities on campus. Each fraternity is represented by its president and
they in turn elect the officers of IFC. Members of the Executive Board rep-
resent several geographical areas in which the fraternities are divided.
The Panhellenic Council is the governing body of the sororities. Its
purposes are the promotion of a high plane of sorority life, the furthering
of sound scholarship, cooperation with the University in maintaining high
standards, and the discussion of questions of interest. Each sorority elects
two representatives to the Council, and the officers rotate among the
The Mayors' Council is the representative body for the four married
student villages on campus. The Mayors of each of the villages are respon-
sible for determining married student government policy. They also act as
a liaison between village governments and Student Government.
Board of International Activities
The Board of International Activities (BIA) is the policy-making body
and coordinating agency for the several foreign student organizations on
The third or local level of Student government is composed of all the
remaining student organizations on campus. Many of these are subordinate
to the second level of student government, but others are not. Some get
fund allocations directly from Student Government and others through the
second level governments.
International Student Organization
There are several organized groups and clubs on campus comprising
students from certain foreign countries or areas, such as the India, Latin
American, Chinese, and Persian clubs. Each of the clubs is independent of
the other but the. Board of International Activities concerns itself with
overall coordination of the foreign student organizations and is the principal
contact with Student Government. U. S. students are welcome to join any
of the international clubs.
Married Student Village Governments
Each apartment village for married students elects a mayor and a
specified number of representatives to the village commission. The village
commissioners represent the residents of their districts at regularly sched-
uled commission meetings presided over by the mayor.
Single Student Housing Units
Each of the residence halls has an elected governing body. Several
student cooperative houses off-campus also have elected officers. Fraterni-
ties and sororities each have their governing organization which is sub-
ordinate to the IFC or Panhellenic Council.
As in any system of composite governments, there are organizations
with partial government and partial independent characteristics. Finances
are usually the closest ties these organizations have to Student Government.
Some receive annual subsidies of student funds and most may request spe-
cial allotments of student fees. Ultimately the Legislative Council must
approve both allotted and requested funds.
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THE HONOR SYSTEM
The Honor Code
The Honor Code of the Student Body encompasses the fundamentals of
sound character. The Code pledges the student to refrain from cheating,
stealing, and passing worthless checks. It makes each student the keeper
of his own conscience during examinations and on the campus until he
shows he does not deserve the trust placed in him.
During Orientation new students are asked to take the following oath
as administered by the Chancellor of the Honor Court:
"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully fulfill the respon-
sibilities of a Florida Student; that I will live on my honor,
and will, to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and de-
fend the Constitution of the Student Body of the Univer-
sity of Florida."
The Honor System has been a time-honored tradition at the Univer-
sity of Florida since 1914. It was a respected practice in some campus
quarters even before then, but student initiative established it as a campus-
wide system in that year.
The success of the system is inherently dependent upon the honor of
each member of the Student Body. The student, alone, must decide to abide
by the principles of the Honor Code. He is pledged to report to the Honor
Court any violation of honor that he observes. The basic principles of the
honor system are that self-discipline is the greatest builder of character;
that responsibility is a prerequisite of self-respect; and that these are essen-
tial to the highest type of education.
To be worthy of the Honor System's advantages, each student must be
strong enough to perform his duty in upholding the Honor System. The
responsibility for each student's conduct is placed where it must eventually
rest upon himself.
Specifically, the Honor Code presently encompasses three areas:
CHEATING: the GIVING or TAKING of any information or material
with the intent of wrongfully aiding yourself or some one else on any
academic work which is considered in any way in the determination of the
STEALING: the taking of the property of another without the consent
of the owner and with the intent of depriving the owner of the use of the
BAD CHECKS: knowingly negotiating a worthless check of your own
or another, or failure to make good a returned check within a reasonable
period of time.
The Honor Court
The Honor Court has within its jurisdiction the offenses of cheating,
stealing, and passing worthless checks. Every Florida student suspected of
an offense in these categories is subject to prosecution by the Honor Court.
Only when infractions occur off campus, or are complicated by multiple
charges, or legal entanglement, is the jurisdiction turned over by mutual
agreement to other University procedures.
Possible violations are reported to the Honor Court by student, faculty,
or administrative personnel. The student is immediately notified by regis-
tered mail and a member of the Attorney General's staff, composed of
upperclass law students, is appointed to investigate and prosecute the case
before the Court. The Chief Defense Counsel is also notified to contact the
student to arrange for his defense. The Prosecuting Counsel has 45 school
days from the day the violation is reported to file an information (formal
charge) or to recommend dismissal of the case because of insufficient
evidence. Dismissals must have the approval of the Chancellor.
All students accused of offenses against the Honor Code are arraigned
before the Chancellor at which time the student enters his plea. He may
enter a plea of guilty, in which case the Chancellor sets the date of a sum-
mary trial before the Chancellor and Vice Chancellors to determine the
penalty, or he may enter a plea of not guilty in which case the Chancellor
sets the date for a pre-trial hearing and a formal trial, if a jury has been
requested. If the jury is not requested, then a formal trial before the Chan-
cellor and Vice Chancellors is scheduled. At the pre-trial hearing, if such
is held, the Chancellor determines the question of law and procedure and
also hears information that may be of confidential nature. The defense
counsel and the prosecuting attorney may have obtained information from
the Dean of Men or Dean of Women which cannot be entered as evidence
at a trial but which can become a part of the consideration at the pre-trial
hearing. At the formal trial, a student may request that a jury be seated, in
which case the jury decides the guilt or innocence of the accused. If the
student is found guilty, then the penalty is determined by the Chancellor
and the Vice Chancellors.
In all cases a convicted student may receive any or all of the follow-
1. a severe reprimand
2. penalty hours, not to exceed 15
3. suspension from the University for a period not to exceed
4. under extraordinary circumstances, expulsion from the
In all cases of academic cheating, a convicted student may be
awarded a failing grade in the course involved instead of or in
addition to the penalties.
Penalties for contempt shall not exceed six penalty hours per
In the event that the student wishes to appeal the decision of the Honor
Court, he must file a notice of appeal with the Dean of Men or Dean of
Women within 48 hours after judgment is entered. When such appeal is
made, the Dean of Men or Dean of Women will refer the case to the Faculty
Discipline Committee, where it will be reviewed.
After the decisions are handed down by the Honor Court, a letter is
sent to the Registrar's Office, indicating the penalty that should be marked
on the student's permanent record. A file copy of this letter is sent to the
Dean of Men or Dean of Women. The Deans then communicate with the
parents to inform them of the action taken by the Honor Court. The Chan-
cellor of the Honor Court may add any notations to the Dean's copy which
he feels may have a bearing on later requests by the student to have the
penalty notation removed. After the student has completed the additional
required work imposed by the penalty and has graduated, he may request
that the notation be removed from his record. This is done by conferring
with and writing a letter to the Dean of Men or Dean of Women. The stu-
dent will be asked to present three letters of recommendation from faculty
persons who have known him since the offense.
The Student Traffic Court
The Court consists of a Chief Justice and Clerk, appointed by the
President of the Student Body, and a number of justices nominated by the
President and approved by a majority vote of the Legislative Council. There
are between three and seven justices, the ekact number being determined
under the Laws of the Student Body.
The Student Traffic Court is established to hear and dispose of all
traffic and parking violations falling within its jurisdiction. The Court is
responsible for the collection of all fines and for the proper trial of all cases
being appealed. The Court holds open hearings as necessary to insure proper
handling of all cases and to protect the defendants' right to a speedy trial.
All money taken in the Court is deposited with the Treasurer of the Stu-
dent Body for use by Student Government.
Judicial Processes of WSA
The following groups, which are a part of the total organization of
Women Students' Association, have responsibility for discipline and security
in the residence halls:
Hall Councils These Councils promote a creative, active, and posi-
tive group program in the halls and prevent conditions that cause de-
Honor Councils These Councils hear minor disciplinary cases such
as lateness, disturbing quiet hours, etc., and emphasize learning values.
Judiciary Committee of WSA This Committee hears more serious
cases such as overnight absence without permission, situations involving
safety, drinking in excess, consistent violations of regulations, etc. Stu-
dents may be referred to Honor Councils by other students or by Resi-
dent Assistants and Resident Counselors. The punishment may vary
from a warning to restriction to the hall or referral to the Judiciary
Committee of WSA. Students may be referred to the Judiciary Com-
mittee by the Honor Councils, Resident Counselors, Dean or Assistant
Dean of Women, Sorority House Councils, or by the Counselor to Off-
Campus Women. Punishment imposed by the Judiciary Committee
max vary from warning to restriction, probation to the Committee, and
a request that the student be put on probation to the Office of the Dean
of Women. A record is kept in the Dean of Womnen's Office of the
offense and the action taken.
Sorority House Councils or Standards Boards
These councils have the same duties and responsibilities as the dormi-
tory hall councils.
Student TJdicial Processes in Alen's Residence Halls
Conduct problems within a particular section may be handled by the
student group, the section adviser, or referred to the resident assistant or
area coordinator as necessary and appropriate.
Judicial Procedures in the Married Villages
Each village government enforces its own constitution and by-laws.
Infractions of village and housing regulations may be studied by an ap-
pointive quasi-judicial committee. As appropriate, the findings and rec-
ommendations of this committee are referred through the student resident
manager of the village to the Director of Housing.
Judicial Procedures in the IFC
The Interfraternity Council is responsible for enforcing its constitution
and by-laws and hears matters referred bv its members or the Dean of Men.
The Executive Committee of the IFC is the judicial body.
Judicial Procedures in Panhellenic
Judicial processes pertinent to sororities are handled through the WSA
structure, except that the Panhellenic Council judicates all violations of
Administrative Responsibility of Student Affairs Offices
Conduct problems in the residence halls are regarded as counseling
situations and possible opportunities for useful learning experiences. Every
effort is made to help the individual to see the importance of corrective
action taken in his behalf. Depending upon the particular circumstances,
a student may be reassigned with a different living group in his own best
interests as well as those of the group concerned.
In the men's halls, the area coordinators carefully review each conduct
case with the assistance of the resident assistant and section adviser as
appropriate. If conduct warning or conduct probation are warranted, the
coordinator acts for and in behalf of the Dean of Men in advising the stu-
dent involved and his parents. Cases which appear to require consideration
by the Faculty Discipline Committee are referred by the coordinator to the
Dean of Men.
In the women's halls, students are referred to the student honor coun-
cils for infractions of regulations. Students may be referred by the honor
councils or resident counselors to the WSA Judiciary Committee. Some
cases are referred by the resident counselors to the Dean of Women.
In the event of conduct cases off-campus, the Head of Off-Campus
Housing or the counselors for off-campus students may prepare a warning
notice or place a student on housing probation and refer him to the Dean
of Men or Dean of Women.
Conduct Probation is imposed as a stronger intermediate disciplinary
action and is imposed only by an Area Coordinator.
When an Area Coordinator feels a violation is so serious that considera-
tion should be given to removing the student from housing, the Assistant
Director discusses the case with the Dean of Men in order to determine
whether there should be referral to the Faculty Discipline Committee or
other institutional procedures employed.
In the women's halls, the counselors either refer the cases to Honor
Councils or directly to the Dean of Women. The Dean then puts the case
before the WSA Judiciary, or uses other procedures as described below.
In the case of off-campus housing violations, the counselors or head of
Off-Campus Housing may warn students or place them on a housing proba-
tion and refer the case to the Dean of Men or Dean of Women for additional
Offices of Dean of Men and Dean of Women
The Deans serve as counselors to students and attempt through guid-
ance to obtain compliance with the University regulations and to inspire
them to better conduct. If it becomes necessary the Deans may use dis-
cipline when a student is reported to them for misconduct.
The Dean may place the student on conduct probation. If this is the
punishment, the student is informed in writing and a letter with this infor-
mation is sent to the parents and a copy may be sent to the academic dean
of the college in which he is enrolled. The probation may be imposed for a
definite period of time or be unlimited for the duration of the student's
Furthermore, the dean may designate what restrictions or conditions are
involved in this probation. The Dean of Men or Dean of Women's conduct
probation does not appear on the permanent record of the student in the
Registrar's Office but is kept in the confines of the student's confidential
file in the Dean's office. A violation of this probation will result in more
serious disciplinary action as described below.
If a student is found to have been involved in a matter of great serious-
ness he or she is referred by the Dean of Men or Dean of Women to the
Faculty Discipline Committee.
Only the President has the authority to suspend or expel a student or
order a discipline notation to be affixed to or removed from the student's
permanent record. This authority has been delegated to the Honor Court
for enforcement of the Honor Code, and in certain cases mentioned below
he has delegated his authority to the Dean of Student Affairs. Upon the
recommendation made to him by the Faculty Discipline Committee the
President formally imposes the disciplinary action involving serious viola-
tions of University regulations.
The Faculty Discipline Committee
This committee is appointed by the President for the purpose of hearing
cases referred to it by the Dean of Men or Dean of Women. It is com-
posed of faculty members, one of which serves as chairman. A student
also is appointed by the President to sit on the committee so that a student
viewpoint can be included in deliberations and decisions. For purposes of
uniformity in presentation of documents and to provide a clerical office for
the committee, the Dean of Men serves as secretary. He does not vote on
the decisions, however.
The hearings follow established committee procedures but are not
legal proceedings. There are no persons present other than the committee
members, the student offender, and the Dean of Men or Dean of Women.
Occasionally a person is asked to be present to attest to certain facts in the
case, or to the character of the accused. Since it is not a judicial court
there is no necessity for legal counsel to be present.
The secretary of the Committee prepares a description of the offense
and makes copies of all pertinent documents or reports. (The Dean of
\Vomen assists with this when women students are involved.) He formu-
lates the charge for which the student is being referred and provides any
background information the committee will need to have. The accused
student is given the opportunity to read these materials before they are
distributed to the committee prior to its consideration of the case.
In accordance with the moral commitment, every effort is made to
protect the student's rights and to give him wise counsel in stating his case
to the committee. The committee will confer with a student in person
and hear testimony from all interested parties either by deposition or
personal interview. The student charged with misconduct is privileged to
hear all testimony against him and to question all witnesses or to have
character witnesses when deemed advisable.
Following the hearing of all the testimony and the exchanging of
questions to obtain a closer understanding of the alleged offense, the
student is excused from the hearing. After discussion, the committee
decides whether it believes the student to be guilty of the charges. If found
guilty, the committee then determines what the penalty should be under
the circumstances. The penalties that may be recommended are:
Reprimand a formal rebuke and official recognition of miscon-
duct as charged by the University.
Probation A student's future status with the University is in
question but it is felt desirable to .establish a trial period dur-
ing which his ability to maintain a high standard of deport-
ment will be evaluated. The duration of the probation period
will be in direct proportion to the degree of seriousness
attached to the misconduct as charged by the University. A
student on probation may not represent the University in any
intercollegiate contests, hold any student body or other sig-
nificant office or hold any University position for which
remuneration is given. If the student is considered in violation
of the probation by subsequent misconduct prior to the com-
pletion of the probationary period, he will be subject to sus-
pension from the University.
Suspension Formal recognition of the existence of conduct
incompatible temporarily with the best interests of the Uni-
versity and its student body. The duration of the period of
suspension shall be in direct proportion to the degree of
seriousness attached to the misconduct. A suspension may be
imposed for an indefinite period of time or for a given period.
Expulsion Formal recognition of conduct completely incom-
patible with the best interests of the University. A student
shall be deprived of his opportunity to continue as a member
of the University community.
A brief summary of the case is then prepared by the chairman of
the committee and transmitted by the secretary to the President. If
the President approves the recommendation of the committee, he endorses
the letter to make the action official. The Dean of Men or Dean of Women
then informs the student before the letter is filed with the Registrar or
the action made known in any other way.
Traffic and Safety Committee
The Traffic and Safety Committee is appointed as a special committee
by the President of the University. The decisions of this committee have
the effect of executive action inasmuch as the committee is, in reality,
acting for the President, and the regulations which serve as a basis for
the actions of the committee have the force and effect of law in the same
manner as municipal ordinance. The latter arises from the statute empow-
ering the Board of Regents to adopt and promulgate such regulations.
When a student has disregarded the authority and decisions of the
Traffic and Safety Committee and persists in violating the rules, the com-
mittee will refer the case to the Dean of Student Affairs for appropriate
Dean of Student Affairs
The President has delegated to the Dean of Student Affairs the power
to act for the President in certain situations.
The Dean of Student Affairs mav authorize the student's temporary
suspension from the University upon the recommendation of the Dean of
Men or Dean of \Vomen under the following circumstances:
-when the student is held in the custody of the law and is thus pre-
vented from attending three or more consecutive classes in any
-when a student is charged with a major crime and his presence
on the campus is undesirable until his trial.
-when a major violation of a University regulation is not contested
by the student and time is important in rendering a decision
which precedent indicates will later be upheld by the Faculty Dis-
cipline Committee and the President.
In these instances the Dean's action is only temporary and the Dean
must follow through to see that there is a final disposition of the case. The
student could be reinstated by the Dean if circumstances change and if
it is agreeable to the professors from whose classes the student had been
absent. Contrariwise, the case could be sent to the Faculty Discipline
Committee for review and the student's suspension upheld.
The Dean of Student Affairs is authorized by the President to suspend
a student for a period of time not to exceed two trimesters under the
-when a student violates a probation previously imposed by the
Dean or Men or Dean of \\omen, or b\ the President on the
recommendation of the Discipline Committee.
-when a student is found to be operating a car after his car privi-
leges have been revoked or has been in violation of some other
decisions of the Traffic and Safety Committee.
The Dean will take jurisdiction in these cases only after recommenda-
tion of the Dean of Men or Dean of Women or of the Traffic and Safety
Committee. He will do so only wi;hen the new offense is not contested by
the student as a violation of the probation or Traffic and Safety Commit-
tee's decision, and only after the student has, in writing, waived his right
to appear before the Facult\ Discipline Committee. If a penalty of more
than two trimesters should be imposed the signature concurrence of the
Chairman of the Faculty D)iscipline Committee and the President must
be obtained or the case referred for a hearing before the committee.
The President has authorized the Dean of Student Affairs to require
a student's withdrawal from the University under the following circum-
-when an ad hoc committee composed of the Dean of Men or Dean
of Women and two other faculty persons knowledgeable in the
case have recommended this action for just cause.
-when the Director of Student Health Service recommends a medi-
cal leave because of the student's mental or physical health.
This administrative procedure is to be regarded not so much as punitive
as it is a means for discontinuing students at the University who fail to
adhere to the admission standards of character, performance and health.
If, at a later date, their condition or attitude changes for the better, the
Dean can rescind his previous action so that their record will only show
the dates upon which the student was withdrawn. If a student is unwill-
ing to accept the Dean's decision he may appeal to the President of the
This section has endeavored to describe all the significant judicial
procedures used at the University of Florida concerning student discipli-
nary action. It is hoped, of course, that a student will never need to be
disciplined, but if disciplinary action is required he should know how his
offense will be handled.
University of Florida
Commencement for the University of Florida graduate is the begin-
ning of a proud alliance in the University of Florida Alumni Association
whose membership includes a majority of the state's civic, legislative and
Active membership is the right of every student who has been enrolled
in the University of Florida as well as friends of the University who make
a donation to the Alumni Loyalty Fund. Active membership entitles the
alumnus to receive "The Florida Alumnus," a magazine which provides
current information about the University and former classmates. All
alumni receive a tri-monthly newspaper published to keep them informed
concerning University activities.
The Alumni Association is made up of alumni spread around the
world. In Florida, there are 40 active alumni clubs. Clubs also exist in
New York, Washington, D. C., Atlanta, New Orleans, and Savannah.
These clubs are a source of continuing contact for the University of Flor-
ida graduate with the University.
The University of Florida Alumni Association is a major contributor
to the material betterment of the University. Through "Dollars for
Scholars" more than 7,000 scholarship-loans totaling more than $2
million have been made available for needy students. Alumni have
given more than $133,000 which have been matched nine to one by
A Coordinated Local Alumni Scholarship Program was begun in 1964
to make tuition grants available to entering freshmen as well as junior
college transfer students chosen by local alumni clubs. Fifty-five "CLASP"
tuition grants were given in 1965.
The Alumni Loyalty Fund is used in support of the academic needs of
the University not covered by state taxes. The acquisition of rare book
collections is an outstanding example of the value of this fund.
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA......................... 5
The Campus Community
The City of Gainesville
OUR ACADEMIC EMPHASIS ........................... 7
OUR MORAL COMMITMENT .......................... 11
STUDENT AFFAIRS ................................... 15
The Dean of Student Affairs
Dean of Men
Dean of Women
Student Financial Aid
Graduate Placement Service
The Florida Union
STUDENT SERVICES ................................ 23
Student Health Service
Campus Traffic and Safety
RESERVE OFFICERS TRAINING CORPS.................. 27
STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS AND ACTIVITIES ............ 33
STUDENT SELF-GOVERNING SYSTEMS.................. 47
THE HONOR SYSTEM.............................. 53
JUDICIAL PROCEDURES .............................. 54
ALUMNI RELATIONSHIPS ............................. 62
The purpose of this handbook is to serve as a guide for students attend-
ing the University of Florida. It is hoped that students will use it as a
reference to answer questions as they arise. If a student's question is not
fully answered in this manual, he is encouraged to seek further informa-
tion from University counselors and administrative personnel. Obtaining
an accurate and early answer to a question may save it from becoming a
problem without an easy answer.