First time in college (FTIC) students will be assigned an advisor from one of several offices for their first year. The advising office assigned depends on a student’s individual circumstances. These offices include First Year Advising & Exploration (FYAE), Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA), Transfer and Transition Services, and Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC).
Once students declare a major, they work exclusively with the advising office in their college. These offices are also the first point of contact for faculty members with questions about degree requirements, advising procedures and processes, and other matters pertaining to academic advising.
Location: Trevor Colbourn Hall, Room 159
Location: Business Administration 2, Room 101
Location: Education Complex, Room 110
Location: Engineering Building 1, Room 107
Location: Health and Public Affairs II, Room 115
Location: University Tower (UTWR), adjacent to campus – 12201 Research Parkway, 3rd floor, suite 3000
Location: CREOL, Room 108B
Location: College of Sciences Building, Room 250
Location: Burnett Honors College, Room 109
Location: Health and Public Affairs II, Room 335
Location: Trevor Colbourn Hall, suite 239
Location: Multiple Regional Campus Locations
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/.
Office of Student Conduct
“The Office of Student Conduct, 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 http://osc.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/.
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/.