Frequently Asked Questions
What do I do if I have a hold on my account?
When a student's records are on hold there are services that they will not be able access until the hold is removed. A hold is an indicator that notifies a student that they are expected to perform a certain task. This task could vary from talking to an advisor to paying for a parking ticket. The most common affects the student's ability to register for courses. It can also impact services like requesting transcripts, or use of library resources.
Students should consult their online myUCF account to find out if they have any holds on their record. If holds are present a brief description of why a hold exists and the office that can help resolve it will be provided. CECS cannot remove holds on students' behalf, they can only be removed by the office that placed them on a student's record.
The College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) places holds on a student's record if they are:
- An Engineering Undecided major
- Placed or continued on probation
- Identified as being on Academic Alert, or
- Newly readmitted to the college
Holds do not impact dropping or withdrawing from courses. Holds for Engineering Pending, Continued on Probation, New Readmits, and Multiple-term Academic Alert require a student to see an academic advisor in the CECS Academic Affairs Office before a student can register. Holds for Placed on Probation and Academic Alert (first term) require students to complete an online workshop and advising session. Until these two components are completed a student will remain on hold.
Once the requirements are completed and approved by an advisor the hold will be temporarily removed to allow for registration.
Holds can only be removed by the office that placed them on a student's record. CECS cannot remove holds placed by other offices. Students must contact the office that placed the hold to have it removed.
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How do I get an override for a class?
An override allows a student to be registered for a course that he or she would not normally be able to register for. This may be for many different reasons, including but not limited to the class being full, not meeting prerequisites, or time conflicts between courses. Students seeking an override should follow the steps listed below:
- Attempt to register for the course through the online registration system at my.ucf.edu. If this registration is not successful, note the error that is indicated in the error log accompanying the notice of unsuccessful registration.
- Determine what department teaches the course that you are seeking an override for. This is sometimes very apparent such as Chemistry I (CHM 2045) being taught by the Chemistry department. If you are not sure what department teaches a course consult the course catalog. Each course description lists an abbreviation of the department teaching the course.
- If the course is taught by a CECS department a course override form must be completed. If the course is taught by a department outside of CECS, contact the department teaching the course and they will inform you how to proceed.
- The override form must be approved. To accomplish this take the form to the office of the department teaching the course to sign.
- Once the form is complete and signed by the department teaching the course, you will still need to be registered in the course. The form should be brought to the CECS Academic Affairs Office in the Engineering 1 in room 107 for all engineering courses.
- After the course is added, students should consult their MyUCF account in order to ensure that they are aware of any changes that may have occurred on their fee invoice.
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What do I do if I am on probation?
Undergraduate students who fall below the academic standard are placed on a probationary status. Satisfactory academic standing at UCF is defined as a minimum cumulative UCF GPA of a 2.0. When a student's cumulative UCF GPA (not term GPA) falls below a 2.0 he or she will be placed on academic probation.
A student is removed from probation, and considered in good standing, once their UCF cumulative GPA is a 2.0 or higher. Once this occurs the college will remove the mandatory advisement hold, but students are encouraged to continue seeking advisement each semester.
If a student goes on academic probation there are several things they need to be aware of:
If a student earns a term GPA below 2.0 he will be disqualified and academically dismissed from UCF. A student who is disqualified must sit out of UCF for a minimum of two semesters before that he can be eligible for readmission. However, there is no guarantee a he will be readmitted. For more information regarding disqualification, readmission and policies and procedures please see the undergraduate catalog.
In order to assist students in avoiding being disqualified, the college places probation students on hold. This hold requires students placed on probation to complete an online workshop. Once completed, CECS AAO staff will remove the hold temporarily allowing the student to register. This hold will be permanently removed once the student is no longer on probation. Please note this process may vary for students who have been readmitted and are still on probation. Also, students that are continued on probation must meet with an advisor in the CECS Academic Affairs Office, ENGR 107.
If there are questions regarding probationary status, holds, academic standing, or advisement please contact the CECS Academic Affairs Office.
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How do I find out who my advisor is?
Undergraduate students have general academic advisors located in the CECS Academic Affairs Office, but also can meet their department advisor or a faculty advisor for employment and research advising. Graduate students need to meet with their department graduate advisors in most instances.
Please click on our Advising link for additional information and to find their contact information.
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How do I take courses at other universities?
Students who would like to take courses required for their major at an institution other than UCF can do so as a transient student. Students should first seek advisement with a CECS academic advisor before taking transient courses to:
Students should also check with the office of Financial Student Assistance for policies regarding transient course work if you are receiving any financial aid or scholarship.
- Verify the transferability of the course you want to take transient.
- Verify the course equivalence for the course requirement in your major.
- Verify that you are not in your graduating semester.
Students desiring to take transient course work are required to submit a transient student form for approval. A transient form must be submitted for each semester the student takes transient course work. The transient form can be either submitted online at www.facts.org for Florida community colleges or universities or by a paper form found at http://registrar.ucf.edu/forms/ . If the student has not attended the transient institution previously, application as a non-degree seeking student will be required. Check with the individual institution for their policies regarding transient enrollment.
It will be the student's responsibility to have a transcript with the completed course sent to UCF to receive credit. Students may not take transient courses in their graduating semester!
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