Although academic advising is decentralized across the University, each college has a central advising office that is also supported by advisors in schools/departments and/or faculty advisors. This model allows advisors to specialize in their major, program, or area of expertise, leading to better guidance on schedule planning, academic support, career preparation, and staying on track to graduate. Every undergraduate student in a declared major has a college advising office assignment. Undeclared students or those exploring majors will work with the Knights Major Exploration and Transition Center. Additional support for Student Athletes, University Honors, EXCEL, COMPASS, and for students pursuing pre-health or pre-law is provided by supplemental advising offices.
Additional academic advising and student success resources can be found on the Student Success and Advising website.
Student Development and Enrollment Services
Student Development and Enrollment Services (SDES) provides a wealth of resources for student success and support at the university. The departments listed below are not exhaustive, but are illustrative of some of the services offered for students. For a more complete list, visit https://www.sdes.ucf.edu/departments/.
Student Academic Resource Center
The Student Academic Resource Center (SARC) aims to “strengthen comprehensive learning, enhance retention, and promote student success by providing academic support services to UCF students.”
SARC offers free programs and services to UCF students such as peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), workshops and seminars, learning skills consultations, and first-year transition programs.” See https://sarc.sdes.ucf.edu/.
Student Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) coordinates academic accommodation efforts. They can provide Braille materials and electronic files for textbooks, and can create transcripts of recorded lectures and convert text-based materials into accessible formats. See https://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/.
First Year Experience
First Year Experience (FYE) combines orientation with extended first-year transition programs including UCF’s official Welcome Week (Pegasus Palooza), LINK, and the Strategies for Success (SLS) course. It assists entering freshmen and transfer students with their transition to UCF by providing information about student services, campus life, academic support, academic advising, and registration. See https://fye.sdes.ucf.edu/.
Student Conduct and Academic Integrity
“Student Conduct and Academic Integrity (SCAI), a division of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, provides educational opportunities that foster individual growth, ethical development and personal accountability while promoting the core values of the university: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence.” See https://scai.sdes.ucf.edu/.
The university has a process in place for students in distress or students of concern. Students, staff, faculty, and UCF community members can report concerning behavior so that UCF Cares can intervene before the student reaches a crisis level. Please visit http://cares.sdes.ucf.edu/ or http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/ to learn more about the reporting process, what to look for, resources, and how to help.
Counseling and Psychological Services
As a faculty member who will see students regularly over a period of time, you may be the first to notice a student’s decline due to a mental health issue or personal problem that is causing them to feel overwhelmed. There are periods during the semester when some students may be particularly susceptible to stress and anxiety related to academic pressures that can trigger mental health issues. These issues, if left untreated, can become more severe, even life threatening, and can impede a student’s ability to be successful in the classroom. Many students can be successful if there is early intervention from you as a faculty member to connect them with mental health services such as Counseling and Psychological Services at UCF. See https://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/about/.
Togetherall is a free online peer-to-peer platform offering a safe space to connect with others experiencing similar feelings. Whether students are struggling to cope, feeling low, or just need a place to talk, Togetherall can help them explore feelings in a safe, supportive environment. There are always trained professionals on hand, 24/7, 365 days a year if a post rises to a level of concern. And, if a student does not want to share, Togetherall has tools and courses to help, along with plenty of resources to explore. See https://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/togetherall/.
UCF Victim Services provides free, comprehensive victim advocacy services to students, faculty, staff, and visitors to campus who have been impacted by crime, violence, or abuse. Visit their site at http://victimservices.ucf.edu/.