Withdrawal and Refund of Tuition and Fees
The University of Florida has established deadline dates and procedures for withdrawal and refund of tuition and fees. For more information, visit Fees and Fiscal Information.
Scheduling and Program Calendar
The DPD Program follows the University of Florida Academic Calendar.
Protection of Privacy of Information (Confidentiality of Student Records)
The University of Florida, in accordance with the State University System rules, state statutes, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (i.e. the Buckley Amendment) assures the confidentiality of student educational records. However, student educational records may be released without the student’s consent to school officials who have a legitimate educational interest to access the records, and the university may disclose information from a student’s educational records to either individuals or entities permitted under applicable federal and state law. Information on confidentiality of records is available in the UF Undergraduate Catalog.
Access to Personal Files
Students have the right to review their personal educational records for information and to determine accuracy. To review your student files, contact the Office of Student Services (located on the first floor of the Food Science and Human Nutrition Building) during their office hours. Students must show their student ID to review their files. Letters of recommendation or other materials to which the student has waived his/her rights will not be available for review by the student. Additional information can be found at the UF Undergraduate Catalog, including procedures for challenging content of a student record.
Access to Student Support Services
Student support services, including health services, counseling and testing, and financial aid resources, are available through the Division of Student Affairs/Counseling & Wellness Center. Health services are provided through the Student Health Care Center (located at 1 Fletcher Drive). Financial aid resources are available through the University of Florida’s Financial Aid.
The University of Florida defines a grievance as “dissatisfaction occurring when a student believes that any decision, act, or condition affecting him or her is illegal, unjust, or creates unnecessary hardship."
Such grievances may concern, but are not limited to, the following: academic problems (excluding grades, except when there is an allegation of illegal discrimination or where a grade penalty has been imposed without proper authority); mistreatment by any university employee; wrongful assessment of fees, records and registration errors; student employment and discrimination because of race, national origin, sex, marital status, religion, age, or disability.
Student grievance procedures are outlined in the UF Student Guide and administered through the Dean of Students Office. If you feel that a grievance has occurred, you are encouraged to follow the steps outlined in the Student Guide. If a student has followed the procedures at the University level and still believes that there has not been proper handling of the matter, the student has the right to file a complaint with ACEND, the accrediting agency of the DPD program. The procedures are listed at ACEND.
Assessment of Prior Learning
Prior coursework must be submitted to the Office of Student Services and the DPD Director for review. A prospective student will be notified of courses that will transfer and be provided with a plan of coursework required to complete the UF DPD. The DPD program at the University of Florida does not accept prior work or volunteer experience in lieu of coursework.
Formal Assessment of Student Learning, Performance, and Progress
Course syllabi for all dietetics courses include the evaluation method used in the specific course. Evaluation methods may include exams, case studies, presentations, individual and team projects, etc. Students receive a letter grade for the course as well as individual grades for assignments and exams.The DPD program has adopted the University +/- system for all DIE courses.
Student progress can be measured by accessing the degree audit on One.UF and by meeting with FSHN Student Servicees to determine if the student is on track towards graduation.
DPD Retention and Remediation Procedures
Student progress in the program is determined in several ways. Students must complete the tracking courses (i.e. chemistry, biology, and math) with a C+ or higher in order to stay in the major. In addition, students must achieve a C or better in CHM2210 (Organic Chemistry 1) in order to take CHM2211 (Organic Chemistry 2).
If a student does not meet the tracking course requirement or the organic chemistry requirement, he/she has access to the FSHN Student Services Office, Career Resource Center, or the faculty advisor for advice regarding alternative majors and career paths.
Graduation requirements at UF are 2.0 GPA; the DPD does not have a separate requirement, but highly recommends a 3.2 GPA to be more competitive for admittance into a dietetic internship. Students must have a 3.0 GPA in the dietetics major and have completed all other graduation requirements to receive a DPD verification statement.
The University of Florida has a 96 - 97% retention rate, as published from Fall 2012 through Fall 2017. The UF DPD program is housed in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) and follows the retention and remediation policies reflected in the CALS Student Handbook.
The UF DPD will provide opportunity for dietetic students to successfully complete program requirements.
UF DPD Retention and Remediation Expectations and Procedures:
- The program course requirements can successfully be completed within the desired 8 semesters (for the bachelor's degree) as a full-time student. The final 4 semesters are considered the DPD program.
- A student must complete 120 credits and be in good academic standing (cumulative resident GPA of 2.0 or greater to graduate).
- It is required that students who desire to obtain the DPD verification statement, in addition to the graduation diploma, maintain a C+ grade or better in all required critical tracking and DPD coursework.
- A student may repeat courses. The original grade and the new course grade will be averaged, as UF does not have grade forgiveness. The average grade is used to calculate the GPA.
- Students who are having difficulty meeting the academic expectations are strongly encouraged to meet frequently with their advisors to adjust and modify their curriculum plan.
- Copies of changes to the advising plan of study are maintained in the student's advising record.
- Students in academic trouble (fall below required GPA or course grade requirement) should seek advising and counseling support to provide the student with examples of possible solutions to improve or choose a more appropriate career pathway.
Disciplinary and Termination Procedures
Students are required to follow the University of Florida Student Code of Conduct.
All students must obey the Student Honor Code. On all work submitted for credit by students at the University of Florida, the following pledge is either required or implied: “On my honor, I have neither given nor received unauthorized aid in doing this assignment.” Failure to comply will result in disciplinary action.
Graduation and/or Dietetic Major Completion Requirements
The Dietetics major follows the same graduation requirements as the University. Students must complete the program with a 2.0 GPA to receive a diploma. Other requirements can be found at the UF Undergraduate Catalog.
Students seeking a verification statement will need to complete the verification statement requirements.
Verification Statement Policy
After completion of all courses, program requirements and graduation in good standing, the DPD graduate will be issued six originals of the Verification Statement signed by the DPD Program Director. A copy is also kept as a permanent record in the Office of Student Services if a student requires additional copies.
Verification statements will be issued if the graduate meets the following conditions:
- Graduation from University of Florida with a 2.5 GPA or higher
- Successful completion of all FSHN courses required in the DPD curriculum with a C+ or higher, including HUN, FOS, DIE, and BCH courses.
- All DIE courses taken at the University of Florida
- Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Student Member in senior year
- ServSafe® certified
Students may still graduate from the University of Florida if they do not receive a verification statement, however they will not be able to enter a dietetic internship program without a verification statement.
More information on verification statements may be found in the UF Program Handbook and Policies & Procedure Manual.
Verification Statement Procedures
At the completion of the DPD program, all students should contact Marianne Mangone in Student Services with post-graduation plans and a permanent mailing address.
After graduation and verification by the registrar, the student will be issued six copies of the verification statement. The verification statements should be kept in a safe place and are required for dietetic internships.
Email and Dietetics Listserv
All students must have a UF email and be on the dietetics listserv. If you are not receiving emails from the listserv, please contact Herschel Johnson to be added to the list.
The listserv is used to provide information to you regarding courses, registration reminders, volunteer and work opportunities, and FSHN club meetings.
Dietetics Course Attendance and Tardiness
Attendance is required for all DIE courses. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class. Excused absences will only be granted for the following reasons:
- Death in the family as documented by a dated obituary
- Illness or hospitalization as documented by a physician’s note related to that illness (vague notes such as “was seen” are not acceptable)
- Religious holiday as documented by a written statement to the professor before the holiday
- Professional/graduate school interviews with documentation of interview letter and travel arrangements
- Accident as documented by a copy of the police report
Only students with excused absences will be allowed to make up the original work or suitable alternative if an exam or in-class assignment is missed. Absence from class will result in a penalty (as determined by faculty member) unless there is an unavoidable extenuating circumstance (subject to the faculty member’s discretion) that can be documented to the faculty member’s satisfaction.
Tardiness is unacceptable in the workplace and is also not appropriate in the classroom. It shows disrespect for the professor, other students in the class, and the course content. Students who are tardy (as defined by the professor of each class) will be penalized according to the policy established for that class.
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Membership
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics membership fosters commitment to the dietetics profession. As an Academy member, you are eligible for scholarships, have opportunities to network with other dietetic students and professionals, may access research in the Evidence Analysis Library, and learn about the profession.
As an Academy member, you automatically become a member of the Florida Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) (unless you select a different state affiliation on the membership application) and are eligible to join the Gainesville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (GAND).
In addition, DPD professional courses require use of resources that are limited to Academy members. All DPD majors must be members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics by the Fall semester of their junior year or after 60 credits.
Students must submit proof of membership (copy of Academy membership card) to Kohrine Counts, the Dietetics Program Coordinator, by September 15th each year. Membership information can be found at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Student membership dues for the Academy are $58.00. Membership runs from June 1st – May 31st.
The program will not provide professional liability insurance, health insurance, or automobile insurance for students. Students must provide evidence of health insurance to the University of Florida because the program does not provide it and it is a requirement of the university. Transportation to and from any off-campus sites are the student's responsibility; student must maintain a valid driver's license and automobile insurance. The University of Florida is not liable if accidents occur.
Students who are injured or become ill at a facility during the course of performing responsibilities associated with assigned experiential learning should follow the directions specified in the site's policy and procedure manual. If specific instructions are not addressed in the sites policy and procedure manual, the student should follow the directions of their immediate supervisor. Students should be aware that charges may be assessed for medical treatment and that they are responsible for any medical expenses they incur.
Paid Compensation and Employees
No DPD student substitutes for employees at work in any UF DPD related course requirement or to complete any KRDN. No required work experience or activity to complete KRDN competencies provides paid compensation to UF DPD students.
The UF DPD does not use outside institutions to complete program requirements and therefore do not have affiliation agreements with any institutions.