Admissions & Discipline Clearance
Universities may deny admission or readmission to an applicant due to past misconduct on or off campus, providing such denial is consistent with state and federal law. Florida Board of Governors Regulation 6.001 authorizes universities to refuse admission to applicants due to past misconduct. University boards of trustees shall establish guidelines regarding evidence required for such action (UCF Regulations Chapter UCF-2).
Frequently Asked Questions
How to report discipline at an educational institution and violation of the law for Incoming and Transfer Students
Once the information requested is processed, the Assistant Dean of Students, Executive Director of Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will provide a recommendation that will be returned to the admissions office through which the applicant applied. The admissions office will make a final determination of acceptance:
Students placed on Disciplinary Probation through the Admissions Clearance process will be given one of the following based the severity of the incident(s) disclosed:
- 1 semester of disciplinary probation
- 2 semesters of disciplinary probation
- 3 semesters of disciplinary probation
Disciplinary probation for the Duration of enrollment
No. Direct Connect looks at academic performance as well as compliance with university policy on past misconduct at an educational institution and criminal history. If your past misconduct at an educational institution is egregious, you are not completed with your court ordered sanctions for felonies and not half way through for misdemeanors may result in a Not Clear recommendation. For more information on our process and Not Clear recommendations please visit our website at: https://osrr.sdes.ucf.edu/clearances.
Yes. A Notice to Appear will result in the offense being charged as a misdemeanor. Unless this is sealed (through separate court order) the applicant will have a misdemeanor charge that will need to be reported.
Yes. The questions on the UCF application about past violations of the law ask for CHARGES and not convictions. When completing any application with a Crime Section, be sure to read carefully to understand what exactly they are asking for.
What are the questions that ask about past misconduct at and educational institution and violations of the law:
- “Are you currently or have you ever been subject to disciplinary action for misconduct at any educational institution?”
- This relates to Misdemeanors: “In the past ten years and including pending charges, have you been the subject of any criminal proceedings other than a minor traffic violation?” (DUI, Reckless Driving Alcohol Related and Knowingly Driving While license suspended are NOT minor traffic violations).
- “Have you ever been charged with or convicted of a felony?”
What happens if I have a violation, which would have resulted in an affirmative answer, once I am accepted to UCF? or After I Enroll in classes?
If you commit an offense that would have resulted in an affirmative answer on the application after you have been accepted, but before you enroll in classes, you must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Below is the statement the applicant signs binding their Undergraduate contract: Undergrad
IMPORTANT: You must read and sign the following section in order to complete your application to UCF.
I understand that this application is for admission to the University of Central Florida and is valid only for the term chosen.
I understand and agree that I will be bound by the university’s regulations concerning application deadline dates and admission requirements.
I agree to the release of any transcripts, student records, and test scores to this institution. All application materials submitted, including transcripts and test scores, become the sole property of the university.
I certify that the information given in this application is complete and accurate and I understand that to make false or fraudulent statements within this application or residence statement may result in disciplinary action, denial of admissions, and invalidation of credits or degrees earned. Should any of the information I have given change prior to my enrollment, I shall notify the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
If admitted, I hereby agree to abide by the policies of the Board of Trustees and the rules and regulations of the university.
I understand that the $30 application fee I submit for this application is non-refundable.
I understand that by entering my name below, I am certifying that I am the person making the application to the university and that all information is true and accurate to the best of my knowledge.
After you enroll in classes, if you commit this offense, you must contact Student Conduct and Academic Integrity. At that time you will be scheduled to meet with a staff member to discuss the violation and your responsibility for it.
If you choose not to disclose a violation that would have deferred your application for review and the university finds out about this violation, you will meet with staff from Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for falsifying your application. Falsifying an application is a serious offense that can lead to suspension or expulsion depending on the violation.
Applicants whose cases have been expunged or sealed and they are in possession of a court order that is signed and dated, do not have to report their violation of the law on their application. Being eligible for expungement and in the process of being expunged IS NOT the same as possessing the court order stating your case has been expunged/sealed.
When all court ordered requirements (including fines) are completed and paid, the case will be closed. If probation, pre-trial diversion or pre-trial intervention are required, the case will not be closed until these are terminated. In order to have a case expunged, you must go through a separate court hearing for this to happen. Cases may be eligible to be expunged, but when they are closed they are not automatically expunged.
Any violation that would fall under the 18 rules of Conduct in the Golden Rule Student Handbook at UCF:
- Academic Misconduct (Unauthorized Assistance; Communication to another through written, visual, electronic, or oral means; Commercial Use of Academic Material; Falsifying or misrepresenting the student’s own academic work; Plagiarism,; Multiple Submissions; Any student who knowingly helps another violate academic behavior standards is also in violation of the standards.)
- Possession and/or providing False and Misleading Information and/or Falsification of University Records: (Withholding information for furnishing false or misleading information to University officials, law enforcement; Possession, use or attempted use of any form of fraudulent identification (school ID); Forgery; Deliberately and purposefully providing false or misleading verbal or written information about another person.)
- Disruptive Conduct: (Any act that impairs, interferes with, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes, and functions of the University or any part thereof or the rights of one or more individuals; Misuse of any University safety equipment, firefighting equipment, or fire alarms; A false report of an explosive or incendiary device, which constitutes a threat or bomb scare; Breach of peace.)
- Harmful Behavior (Physical harm or threat of physical harm; Verbal, digital or written abuse, threats, intimidation, coercion; Discriminatory Harassment; Bullying; Stalking, Retaliation; Condoning or encouraging acts of harmful behavior as defined above or failing to intervene during act of harmful behavior while it is occurring.)
- Sexual Misconduct and/or Interpersonal Violence (Nonconsensual Sexual Conduct; Sexual Harassment; Gender-Based Harassment; Obscene or Indecent Behavior; Voyeurism; Solicitation of a Minor; Child Pornography; Relationship Violence; Stalking; Sexual Exploitation; Complicity.)
- Larceny/Property Damage (Unauthorized use, possession, or theft of property or service; Damage or defacing of University property or the property of another person whether or not it is on University premises.)
- Hazing (Any action or situation which recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health and/or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation or admission into, or affiliation with, any organization operating under registration with the University. Hazing may result in felony charges; Brutality of a physical nature such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements; forced consumption of any food, liquid, liquor, drug, or other substances; or other forced elements; or other forced activity which could adversely affect the mental or physical health or safety of the individual; Any activity which could subject the individual to mental stress such as sleep deprivation, forced exclusion from social contact, forced contact which could result in embarrassment, or any other activity which could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the individual; Forcing or requiring the violation of University policies, federal, state, or local law.
- Misuse or Unauthorized Use of Facilities and Grounds
- Misconduct at University Sponsored/Related Activities (Violation of UCF rules of conduct at UCF sponsored or related activities shall also be a violation of the golden rule; Violations of a regulation(s) of a host institution sponsored or related activity shall be a violation of the golden rule.)
- Controlled Substance and Drug Violations
- Alcoholic Beverages Violation
- Possession of Weapons and/or Dangerous Material
- Instigation or Participation in Group Disturbances during Demonstrations, Parades, or Picketings (Participation in a demonstration(s), parade(s), or picketing which invades the rights of others, which interferes with the educational function of the University, or which jeopardizes public order and safety; Leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities.)
- Misuse of Computing and Telecommunications Resources (Unauthorized entry into a file, to use, read, or change the contents, or for any other purpose; Use of another individual’s identification and/or password; Use of computing facilities and telecommunications resources to send obscene or abusive messages; Use of computing facilities and telecommunications resources in violation of copyright laws.)
- University Student Residence Violations
- University Wordmark Violations
- Violation of Local, State, and/or Federal Laws
Infractions in high school that required out of school suspension or placement in alternative school i.e., drug possession, violence, underage consumption of alcohol, sexual misconduct or academic misconduct. In school suspensions for reasons such as being tardy, use of a cell phone, skipping class, a fight in which law enforcement was not notified and did not result in OSS, etc. need not be reported.
For more information and extended definitions on the Rules of Conduct, please visit the Golden Rule Student Handbook on our website: http://goldenrule.sdes.ucf.edu.
For more information on the Admissions Clearance Process and Not Clear recommendations, you can visit our website at: http://osrr.sdes.ucf.edu/admissions.
Release of Disciplinary Records/Dean Certifications/Letters of Good Standing
Discipline Clearance, Dean Certification or Letter of Good Standing, pertaining to UCF disciplinary records, can be completed when a student submits the proper forms to the the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. Receipt of these documents will allow the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities to report UCF disciplinary record(s) to requesting entities such as institutions of higher education, professional schools or government agencies. A Discipline Clearance also occurs when a member of the Federal Government requests information on a student or former student. In all cases, an authorization to release information is required.