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USF 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog- Page 22-23

Student Affairs and Student Services

Important Policies
Students who attend the University of South Florida are subject to University policies in addition to guidelines established by the Board of Trustees of the University of South Florida. The Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs, along with other University officials, is charged with interpreting the policies of the Board of Trustees to students, their families, and others in the University community. To prepare students for successful lives after graduation, Student Affairs staff members foster an environment where students are challenged and supported to make good decisions and to learn from the outcomes of those decisions. Students are expected to take primary responsibility for their education: they are accountable to know and fulfill academic requirements, meet financial obligations, and adhere to the University’s expectations for appropriate conduct.
The following are important policies all students must read, understand and agree to comply with as students of
USF.


Immunization Policy

1)Introduction

The University of South Florida requires the following immunizations for registration and specific immunization in order to be eligible for on-campus housing.

2)  Statement of Policy
A) ALL STUDENTS MUST HAVE:
•   MEASLES - proof of immunity if born after 12/31/1956
•   RUBELLA - proof of immunity if born after 12/31/1956
•   HEPATITIS B - proof of immunity or signed waiver declining the vaccine
•   MENINGITIS - proof of immunity or signed waiver declining the vaccine, except as listed below
·   SIGNED Medical History Form

B) EXEMPTIONS:
1. RELIGIOUS: Religious exemptions - contact USF Student Health Services for an application.
2. MEDICAL: Requests for temporary or permanent medical exemptions must be submitted to USF Student
Health Services by the attending physician, must include reason for exemption and duration of exemption. All requests for exemptions will be reviewed to ensure consistency in application.

Students who fail to comply with the requirements as stated above will be blocked from registration and/or on- campus housing assignment. In specific circumstances, a temporary override may be granted; however, vaccination requirements must be completed before any further registration in subsequent terms will be permitted and current registration may be suspended if any deficiency in immunization status is identified.

HEALTH CARE INSURANCE REQUIREMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
The State University System of Florida requires that all international students have medical insurance in order to register for classes at USF.

First Year Live on Campus Requirement
The University of South Florida is committed to providing all of its students with a comprehensive educational experience. There are numerous educational and social benefits for first year students living in the residence halls that may not be realized by those living off campus. With this understanding, USF requires all First Year undergraduate students enrolled as full-time students, as defined in the University of South Florida Undergraduate Bulletin, to live in on-campus housing. Students first enrolling in the summer are required to live in the residence halls during the summer, fall and spring terms. Students first enrolling in the fall are required to live in the residence halls during the fall and spring semesters. Students first enrolling in the spring are required to live in the residence halls during the spring semester.
Exemptions:
First year students may be exempt from the requirement to live in the residence halls if the student:
·     Will reach the age of 21 prior to the first day of classes of their first term of enrollment,
·     Is married,
·     Has dependent family (children or parents) under the student’s care,
·     Resides in the principal residence of a parent or legal guardian within the counties of: Hillsborough, Pasco, or  Pinellas.  Students  desiring  this  exemption  must  apply  and  provide  parent  or  legal  guardian endorsement.
In addition, requests for exemption to the first year live on campus requirement on the basis of compelling
individual circumstances will be considered.


Requests for priority consideration of exemption must be submitted according to the following schedule:
•    Summer term of first enrollment – May 1
•    Fall term of first enrollment – May 1
•    Spring term of first enrollment – November 1
For additional information regarding requests for exemption, contact the Assignments Office of the Department of
Housing and Residential Education.
Failure to comply with the First Year Live-On Requirement by not registering for housing, assuming occupancy in a  University  residence  hall,  and/or  providing  false  or  misleading  information  in  connection  with  a  request  for
exemption will be referred to the Office of Student’s Rights and Responsibilities and may result in cancellation of enrollment and revocation of student status at the University of South Florida.
If a first year student is removed from on-campus housing due to disciplinary action, the student may also be suspended from the University. As all first year students (excluding Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties) must
live in on campus housing and housing is allocated accordingly, any first year student whose conduct results in their being forced to leave on campus housing due to violations of the contract or the USF Code of Conduct shall be responsible for the ENTIRE housing fee. No refund or credit will be given to the student if removed from housing for
cause.


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