ArgoAlert is UWF’s way of notifying students, faculty, and staff in case of an emergency. In the event of an emergency at the University of West Florida, a combination of methods would be used to communicate with the campus community. Methods utilized are dependent on the situation. Additional information is available at uwf.emergency.org/notification.cfm.
Text Messages (SMS) and Instant Messages (IM) – All students, faculty, and staff can sign-up to receive text messages (SMS) to their text messaging enabled mobile device. Standard text messaging rates from the subscriber’s mobile carrier will apply. Individuals should follow the instructions in the message.
In addition to stocking new, used, and rental texts and educational supplies, the bookstore offers a substantial selection of general books, best sellers, study aids, computers, discounted computer software, art supplies, emblematic gifts and clothing, class rings, graduation announcements, residence hall supplies, personal and food items, and other necessities. The bookstore offers many additional services including special orders for books, graduation apparel rentals, and year-round book buy-back. The bookstore accepts all major credit cards, the Nautilus Card, cash, and personal checks. For more information, visit the website at uwf.bkstr.com.
BookNow is a service which connects UWF’s online registration system to the Bookstore, allowing students to purchase textbooks online immediately after registering for classes. If you choose to buy books, you will be directed into the bookstore’s system and provided with a pre-populated list of required and recommended course materials based on your class schedule. You then can decide which books you wish to purchase, whether to purchase new or used, or to rent books. Purchases may be picked up at the bookstore or shipped to you.
When a student rents their books, they pay, on average, less than half the new book price. A "For Rent" sign will be located beside the book in the store. Rental books must be returned before the end of the term and an online registration form completed before the student can rent again the next term.
If a student plans to use their financial aid award to help pay for their books, the UWF Bookstore has a "Deferment Program" that will allow them to purchase their books before their aid is disbursed. Deferment is an estimated amount of excess financial aid funds based on how much is left over after tuition and fees are paid. The best way to find out if there is excess money, and how much, is to access MyUWF and search for "Account Balance Fees." If a student has excess funds, they can spend up to $600 at the UWF Bookstore. The Bookstore will have a record of the amount that is available and will ask the student to sign a receipt giving them permission to be reimbursed when their financial aid is disbursed.
Career Services at the University of West Florida is the dedicated team providing comprehensive support for students and alumni to explore and pursue a wide variety of career opportunities. The department is focused on helping students acquire the tools necessary to decide on a major, gain experience and refine the tools necessary for life after graduation. In the career planning area, career coaches work with students regarding choosing or changing a major and with the career decision-making process. Career Services staff members assist students with developmental job-search skills such as resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, job search strategies, and evaluating a job offer. Students and alumni can set up one-on-one appointments or attend “drop-in hours” to get answers to quick career-related questions.
Career Services helps students seek ever-important Experiential Learning programs through participating in Cooperative Education (CoOp), interning or volunteering. Individual and group volunteer service programs through local, non-profit organizations add employability value while positively impacting the local community. Current students who register 20 or more service hours in a semester with Career Services will have their hours recorded on their transcript.
Career Services also focuses on making Employer Connections. Employers are invited to interact and network with UWF students and alumni on campus through Career Fairs and Expos, Meet and Greets, and Interview Sessions. Hundreds of employers continually promote their full-time, part-time, internship, CoOp, and volunteer opportunities on JasonQuest, a free job posting and networking database accessible to UWF students. JasonQuest is accessed through a students' MyUWF account. For more information, visit the Career Services website at uwf.edu/career or stop by Building 19, North foyer, during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday.
Cooperative Education (CoOp) allows students to gain professionally relevant work experiences that complement their academic studies. Through alternating or paralleling models of study and paid work experience in their intended fields, students in the Cooperative Education Program have an opportunity to professionally explore and apply principles acquired in the classroom. Cooperative Education is always paid, always for credit, and always a multiple semester experience. Cooperative Education is a partnership among employers, students, and the University focused on professional practice and vocational exploration. Vocational exploration confirms academic and career objectives, enhances the development of self-confidence, and develops professional skills in human relations. Courses assume greater meaning, employment options increase, and educational expenses are partially offset. The student may join an employer in industry, government, or social agencies.
Comprehensive guidelines govern the program. Students enter the program by attending a Cooperative Education Information Session offered through Career Services. Students must then receive departmental recommendation for the program. Once a student has faculty approval and has successfully created an effective resume, he or she can begin to apply and interview for CoOp positions. Upon accepting a CoOp position students will register in the Cooperative Education Program.
Students must have an established UWF GPA to participate in the Cooperative Education program. Undergraduate students must maintain a UWF GPA of at least 2.3. The program is also available at the graduate degree level. To start the program graduate students must have completed at least one semester of graduate study at UWF. Graduate students must maintain a UWF GPA of at least 3.0. Students will participate in either the Alternating CoOp or the Parallel CoOp model. In an Alternating CoOp, students must work at least two full-time semester long assignments. The Alternating Model is separated by a semester of full-time enrollment in courses. While Alternating students are on CoOp assignment they will work 40 hours per week. Alternating CoOps do not enroll in other courses while on assignment. They do not work in their CoOp positions during their coursework semesters.
Parallel CoOp students will work approximately 15-25 hours per week for three consecutive semesters. Undergraduate Parallel CoOp students will enroll in 9-12 credit hours each semester (Fall or Spring), and 6-9 credit hours during the summer. Graduate Parallel CoOp students will enroll in 6-9 credit hours each semester (Fall or Spring), and 3-6 credit hours during the summer. Students must continue to make progress in their courses while participating in the Parallel CoOp Program. Academic consideration may be given for special employer requests requiring back-to-back rotations (Summer/Fall, Spring/Summer). Students that are submitted to employers as CoOp candidates, and accept Cooperative Education positions, are expected to follow program guidelines. A minimum of two alternating or three parallel work terms is required to satisfactorily complete the CoOp Program. Each work term Cooperative Education students enroll in a Cooperative Education credit hour through Career Services. CoOp students are paid by the employers. Students enrolled in a cooperative education course are considered full time for the purpose of enrollment verification regardless of the number of credit hours of the course.
Child care is available through the Educational Research Center for Child Development on a fee basis for children of students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Regular enrollment is open to children who are six months old through kindergarten age. The ERCCD is accredited and a site for the Florida VPK program. An after school program for ages 6 through 10 is available. The Center also has a summer only School Age Camp that accepts children through age 10. No transportation is provided. While students are given priority in placement, prospective students are urged to make application for child care as early as possible. The center is staffed by professionals in the field of education and provides a broad range of learning experiences for each child and opportunities for research, internships, and supervised teaching experiences for University students. Visit the website at uwf.edu/childdev.
Most copiers on campus are equipped with Nautilus Card readers. Money may be added to a Nautilus Card at any Automatic Deposit Machine (ADM) or at the Cashier's Office in Building 20E. Copies made with a personal Nautilus Card cost 8 cents. 11"x17" copies count as two copies. Student copiers are located in the Pace Library, Professional Studies Library, Commons Cyberlab, and the Science and Engineering Building. There is a color copier available for student use on the first floor of the Pace Library and it will copy sizes up to 11"x17". All copiers have a scan function. Documents may be printed from a USB (tif or jpg only) or saved to a USB (tif, jpg, or PDF). For additional information, call the Auxiliary Services' Office at (850) 474-3012 or visit uwf.edu/copyserv/internal/students.cfm.
Counseling and Wellness Services has two areas: Counseling Services and Wellness Services, both located in Building 960. These areas work collaboratively to create a culture at UWF in which students value and nurture both physical and mental health. Each area also works independently, providing unique contributions to the UWF campus community.
Counseling Services provides confidential personal, vocational, and couples counseling to students free of charge. Psychologists and counselors help students with problems including depression, test anxiety, vocational indecision, relationship difficulties, sexual concerns, interpersonal conflict, identity confusion, substance abuse, stress management or other personal difficulties which may impede a student’s academic progress. We have a thriving groups program including personal growth groups, therapy groups and support groups. We also sponsor workshops on various topics, including stress and time management, romantic relationships, interpersonal and personal functioning.
Wellness Services is the focal point on campus for student health education. Wellness staff members provide workshops, awareness events, health marketing campaigns, and other educational programming in the areas of alcohol and other drug misuse/abuse prevention, STI/HIV prevention and sexual health promotion, and sexual assault prevention and risk reduction. These services are initiated campus-wide and are offered to student groups, organizations, residence halls, and classes. Wellness Services also works with the UWF Peer Educators to promote student driven health efforts on campus.
Dining Services locations on campus are as follows:
University Commons: Nautilus Market (All-You-Care-to-Eat and Meal Plan dining facility), Argo Galley, Quiznos' Sub, and Chick-N-Grill
Pace Library: “We Proudly Serve” Starbucks
HLES Facility: Terra Juice
College of Professional Studies Building: Sub Generation
Science and Engineering Building: Outtakes
College of Business Building: Outtakes
Presidents Hall: Papa Johns Pizza/Outtakes
Outdoor Cafe: Bistro Blue food truck
All dining locations accept cash, credit cards, and the Nautilus Card. Meal plans may only be used in the Nautilus Market. First-time-in-college students living in University housing are required to participate in the mandatory meal plan their first two semesters on campus (summer residence not included). Mandatory participants will automatically receive the 12 Meal Plan (the default), but may choose to upgrade to the 15 meal plan. Savings on meal costs are available to resident and nonresident students with Meal Plans. There are many meal and block plans from which to choose. Catering services for special functions are also available. Detailed information about campus dining may be obtained from the UWF Dining Services' Office or by visiting dineoncampus.com/uwf and on Facebook at facebook.com/UWFDining.
The Student Disability Resource Center provides assistance for eligible students with disabilities by ensuring that appropriate academic accommodations are made. Accommodations vary by individual and may include interpretive services, testing accommodations, assistive technology, and note taking assistance. Appropriate academic accommodations will be determined based on the documented needs of the individual. For more information, please contact the Student Disability Resource Center, Building 19, (850) 474-2387 (V/TDD: (850)857-6107), or uwf.edu/sdrc.
The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) at the University of West Florida is responsible for ensuring the campus is prepared for crisis situations, whether they are due to natural or man-made causes that could negatively affect the health and safety of the campus community. More information is available at uwf.edu/ermgt/index.cfm.
The Campus Escort Service is available to ensure the safety of all university students, personnel, and visitors upon request. The service is provided between car and building or building to building, day and night, year round. Qualified, supervised student personnel provide the escort service Monday through Friday while the university is in session, from 8 a.m. to midnight. During all other times, the University Police will provide escort service on an as-available basis. The service can be requested by calling (850) 474-2415 or from any blue light pole on campus.
Student Health Services, located in Building 960, provides primary care for all currently enrolled students. While the cost to see a provider is covered by the student health fee, there are nominal charges for labs, immunizations, and certain exams, procedures, and treatments. Students are seen by appointment only. The clinic is open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8am - 5pm and Tuesday and Thursday from 9am - 5pm. Appointments can be made in person or by calling (850) 474-2172.
A variety of University housing options are available to students wishing to live on campus. UWF has eight residential areas. The Residence Halls, including Martin, Argo, Pace, and Southside Villages, provide double and triple occupancy with a private bath in each room. Heritage Hall and Presidents Hall provide suite-style accommodations and offer single or double bedrooms. The Village East and West Apartments consist of apartment-style accommodations for upper division students. The Village Apartments offer two and four person furnished units. Different types of room styles, configurations, and rental rates are available to meet the needs of UWF students. Students may also choose to reside in a Living and Learning Community. Please refer to our website at uwf.edu/housing for further information. The residential areas offer a variety of amenities including furnishings, laundry facilities, private bathrooms, refrigerator/microwave units, area offices, courtyards, student lounges, study areas, paid utilities, basic cable, and Internet access. Major kitchen appliances are provided in each Village Apartment. Residence Life staff, including Hall Directors and Resident Assistants (RAs), reside within all areas to help resident students build communities. Staff members offer a variety of educational, cultural, and social programs for residents.
Housing contracts are collected on a first-come, first-served basis. This process is based on the date the contract is received by the University online. Prospective students are urged to submit their University housing contract as soon as they are accepted to the University with a priority deadline of May 1st. The University Housing contract process is separate from the UWF admission process. Students will complete a contract online at uwf.edu/housing and will provide a prepayment and a processing fee to the UWF Cashier's Office or online. The term of the contract is for the fall and spring semesters (one full academic year). Housing for the summer term is also available for students taking summer courses. For information regarding University housing please contact the Department of Housing and Residence Life at (850) 474-2463 or visit the housing website at uwf.edu/housing.
The Nautilus Card is UWF's official identification card. It is not the same as the HigherOne debit card. The Nautilus Card serves as a library card, access card, copy card, meal plan card, and a declining balance card. When money is deposited into the Nautilus Card account, it can be used to make purchases at the UWF Bookstore, Dining Services locations, the Ticket Center, Postal Services, most vending machines on campus, and some laundry locations. Students may also use the card to pay tuition, tickets, fees or fines at the Cashier’s Office. Deposits may be made at the Cashier’s Office, via their MyUWF account, or at one of the automatic deposit machines (ADM) conveniently located around campus. Additionally, students may elect to have excess Financial Aid funds placed on their Nautilus Card after all tuition and fees have been paid. Students may view their account information online via their MyUWF account, including card balances, swipe history (financial and access), and meal plan information.
Students registering for on-campus classes will be assessed an annual I.D. fee of $10. If a student’s card is lost or stolen, he or she must contact the Nautilus Card Office immediately or contact the UWF Police after regular business hours, on weekends, and holidays. The cost for a replacement card is $15. Contact the Nautilus Card Office in Building 20W, at (850) 474-3324, or at uwf.edu/idcard.
UWF provides students with access to a variety of quality information technology services and resources. Many of these resources are provided by the central IT department (called ITS) and others are provided by individual colleges and departments. Information on all ITS services is available on the “IT Help” tab in ARGUS and at uwf.edu/its.
Your ArgoNet username and password allow you to use UWF technology and online services. Never share your password with anyone because it provides access to your confidential personal information and coursework.
MyUWF (my.uwf.edu) contains all of the online services used by UWF students including email, eLearning classes, class registration, grades, ArgoPulse, eDesktop virtual computer lab, academic records, financial resources, file storage and web hosting space.
Students access email at gmail.students.uwf.edu. As a student, your email address is your ArgoNet username followed by “@students.uwf.edu” (ex. firstname.lastname@example.org). Faculty and staff email addresses end with “@uwf.edu” (ex. email@example.com). UWF Google Apps also contains Google Calendar, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Chat. More information is available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/google.
eLearning is UWF’s online course system. It contains your fully online courses as well as online materials that supplement your face-to-face courses. eLearning enhances the online learning experience through web pages, discussion groups, blogs, and more. You can access eLearning through my.uwf.edu - search for "eLearning." Some online courses also use Elluminate, a web-conferencing tool that enables instructors and students to meet in a virtual classroom. More information on eLearning is available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/support/stuelearning.cfm.
ArgoAir is UWF’s on-campus wireless network. ArgoAir allows you to be mobile at UWF and connect to the Internet from many locations throughout campus including the John C. Pace Library, the University Commons, and most classrooms and administrative buildings. In Pensacola, the coverage area extends to some outdoor green areas. ArgoAir is safe and secure and only available to UWF students and employees. You must configure your wireless settings to connect. Setup instructions are available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/internetaccess/wireless.
UWF has three general purpose computer labs, among many other departmental computer labs available for student use. On the Pensacola campus, the Building 79 Lab and the CyberLounge in the University Commons offer high-end computers, laser printers, high-speed Internet, DVD drives, CD burners, and a variety of software. Student technicians are available to answer questions. Computer lab hours and locations are available at uwf.edu/computerlabs.
When you need to use computer lab software but you don’t have easy access to a campus computer lab, you can use the eDesktop virtual computer lab. With eDesktop you can access University-licensed computer applications from any computer with a high-speed Internet connection. When using eDesktop, your computer displays a virtual version of a UWF computer lab computer, making it appear as though you are sitting in front of a workstation in a campus lab, complete with the most frequently used computer applications. Essentially, eDesktop allows you to work on a lab computer from home, a residence hall, or around the world. eDesktop is available through my.uwf.edu - search for "eDesktop." More information on eDesktop is available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/support/edesktop.
UWF students receive academic file storage (H: drive) and web publishing space (I: drive) on the UWF server (200MB total). Files are automatically backed up every hour. Files saved to your H: drive are only accessible with your ArgoNet password; files saved to your I: drive are posted to the Internet. Your H: and I: drives are available through my.uwf.edu - search for "File Storage." You will also find links to your H: and I: drives in eDesktop and campus computer labs. More information on personal storage space is available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/support/filestorage/personal.cfm.
Each student is responsible for keeping his or her computer free of viruses and spyware. To help, UWF provides free McAfee anti-virus software. Most new computers come with a trial copy of anti-virus software, but when it expires your computer becomes vulnerable. It’s important to use a non-trial version such as the software provided by UWF. Download McAfee through my.uwf.edu - search for "Software." You should also regularly scan your computer for spyware with a legitimate anti-spyware program such as Malwarebytes’ Anti-Malware (malwarebytes.org). More information on protecting your PC is available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/computersecurity.
The Information Technology Services (ITS) Help Desk is the primary support provider for UWF technology. Students are encouraged to contact the ITS Help Desk for assistance with UWF technology resources. Help Desk analysts are available via phone: (850) 474-2075, email: firstname.lastname@example.org, and chat: uwf.edu/helpdesk. For self-service help, visit uwf.edu/helpdesk. A list of supported services is available at uwf.edu/helpdesk/aboutus/whatwesupport.
The University of West Florida Libraries include the John C. Pace Library and the Professional Studies Library on the Pensacola campus and the Fort Walton Beach Campus Library on the Fort Walton Beach campus. Through the libraries’ Internet-based home page, library.uwf.edu, students at all locations have access to the catalog of materials held by all UWF libraries, to a multitude of electronic reference databases and indexes, and to full-text journal articles and books. For those materials not held locally or electronically, students may request interlibrary loan. Professional librarians are available at all locations to assist students in the effective use of materials, the computerized library system, and with retrieving materials through intercampus or interlibrary loan.
The John C. Pace Library houses more than 850,000 volumes, over 1.7 million microform pieces, over 6,700 print and electronic serials subscriptions and has access to online articles from over 50,000 serials. The library is also a regional depository for U.S. and Florida government publications. The Special Collections unit contains over one million unique items relating to Pensacola and to the historic West Florida region.
The Emerald Coast Campus Library is located in Fort Walton Beach and provides access to information resources which support courses taught on that campus. The collection has over 27,000 volumes and dozens of print serials subscriptions. Emerald Coast students also have access to all electronic resources including online books, databases, and journals. Items held at the Pace Library can be retrieved for use at the Emerald Coast Campus locations.
All students and employees who park on University property are required to register their vehicles and purchase a parking permit either online via MyUWF (my.uwf.edu) or at the Cashier's Office in Building 20E. Permit enforcement begins the first day of class each term. Students should ensure that a current valid permit is properly displayed on their vehicle.
Decal or hanging style permits are available. Semester permits may be purchased at 1/2 the yearly rate, A Convenience Fee is NOT incurred if a parking permit is purchased online. Hag tags are transferable to another vehicle owned by the same individual. However, no permit is transferable to another individual. Decals must be affixed to the vehicle for which it was registered and are not transferable.
Visitors and guests may obtain a visitor's pass at the Visitor's Center, Parking Services, or the University Police Department. Fort Walton Beach Campus information may be obtained from the Cashier's Office on that campus. This information can also be found on our website uwf.edu/parking.
Three Trolleys serve the UWF campus during the Fall and Spring semesters, Monday through Thursday. On Friday, two Trolleys serve the campus with service ending at 4:15pm. On Saturdays, one Trolley serves the campus, with service ending at 4:05pm. There are 20 official Trolley stops on campus, but the Trolley will stop when hailed. A Trolley schedule can be found on the Parking Services web site. The Trolley also makes one stop off campus at the University Town Center Shopping area (Target/Publix, Nine Mile Rd).
Escambia County Area Transit (ECAT) buses run on campus Monday through Saturday each week. Students may receive two free bus passes each day by visiting Parking Services (building 91) and showing their Nautilus Card. For route details, visit http://goecat.com/routes and click on Route 43.
Fort Walton Beach Campus information may be obtained from the Cashier's Office on that campus. This information can also be found on our website uwf.edu/parking.
The University operates a full-service post office housed in the University Commons. Postal services include student mailboxes (offered free of charge to students living in University housing), money orders, stamp sales, overnight Express Mail, Priority and First-Class mail, media mail, 10 campus mail drops, package mailing and delivery services, and address changes. For additional information, contact Postal Services at (850)474-2436 or visit the website at uwf.edu/postal/internal.
Student printing services are offered via 25 kiosks on the Pensacola campus and 1 on the FWB campus in the library. Students may print from their home computer, smartphone device, online or using USB at any of the kiosks. The kiosks accept most PC and MAC files. Prints are 8.5"x11" and may be color or black/white, simplex or duplex. For additional information, contact the Nautilus Card office at (850) 474-3324 or visit uwf.edu/studentprinting.
Located in University Park, the Health, Leisure, and Sports (HLS) Facility and Aquatic Center are managed by Recreation and Sports Services providing leisure and fitness activities for students, faculty, and staff. Seven program areas are designed to meet diverse campus recreation needs, including Aquatics, Fitness/Wellness, Instructional Programs, Intramural Sports, Facility Operations, Sport Clubs, and Outdoor Adventures. For further information, visit uwf.edu/recreation.
The $15M HLS Facility houses the Fitness Center, with over 10,000 sq. ft. of workout space, and offers the perfect environment for personal training and fitness assessment for individuals at all fitness levels. A wide variety of group fitness classes are taught six days a week. Enjoy reasonably priced massage therapy after a strength training or aerobic workout. The Climbing Center is a state-of-the-art, indoor wall accommodating all abilities and experience levels. At 36 ft. tall, it has plenty of challenges for everyone. There is top-rope climbing as well as bouldering. Routes are changed regularly to provide new challenges for regular visitors.
The purpose of intramural sports is to provide a comprehensive and diverse program of both competitive and recreational experiences. The program is designed to meet the needs and interests of currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff members. More than 40 activities are offered featuring team sports, individual/dual sports, meets, and special events.
The Sport Clubs program provides specialized sports instruction and extramural competition. Established clubs include Aquatic Racing, Ballroom Dance, Cheerleading, Climbing, Cycling, Dance, Fencing, Handball, Lacrosse, Men’s Rugby, Paintball, Pura Sabrosura, Running, Sailing, SCUBA, Shotokan Karate, Soccer, Surf, Table Tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, Water-ski & Wakeboard, and Wrestling
Outdoor Adventures provides outdoor trip experiences and training to members of the University campus community. Activities include rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, rafting, and other nontraditional human-powered outdoor sports. No experience is necessary and all events are open to beginners.
The Aquatic Center has an Olympic-sized, heated swimming pool, two 1M and one 3M spring boards, whirlpool and dry sauna. A hydraulic lift and an Aqua Step enable use by physically challenged individuals. Curriculum includes swim lessons and advanced courses in Lifeguard Training, CPR, First Aid, and Water Safety Instructor. The Aquatic Racing Club invites competitors to join and Swim Club welcomes the fitness swimmer. A valid Nautilus Card gives students free access. Group rentals welcome.
Facility Operations allows access to and checkout of sports and recreational equipment. Upon presentation of a valid Nautilus Card, students, faculty, and staff may use the HLS facility, sailing and outdoor facilities. Recreation and Sports Services also has a variety of activity spaces available for rental. Contact Recreation for more information.
University Park and Oak Grove Picnic Area are a 15-acre recreational space with multiple fields, courts and an 18-hole disc golf course. The Park is open dawn to midnight. It’s a great place to play and hangout.
The Mathematics and Statistics Tutoring Laboratory provides individual tutorial instruction for students who need help in mathematics or statistics courses. It is staffed by mathematics or statistics undergraduate and graduate majors. The Lab is located in Bldg. 4 Room 321. Lab hours are: Monday-Thursday 9:00-5:00 and Friday 9:00-1:00. For further information, contact Dr. Franco Fedele, (850) 474-2276, with the Math Department.
The Writing Lab, located in Building 51, offers services to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Any University student may use the Writing Lab for assistance with spoken and written English, including writing effective college papers. The Writing Lab offers many valuable services, which are available 40 hours a week. For additional information, contact the Writing Lab at (850) 474-2129 or send email to email@example.com. Download the Write Advice Newsletters and handouts from the website: uwf.edu/writelab.
The ombudsperson serves as an alternate resource for all students to complement other existing channels of communication and conflict resolution. The role of the ombudsperson is to serve as a resource and designated neutral party for those who may have a University-related concern or grievance. Such problems may be related to grades, difference of opinion with instructors, interpretation of university policies, or other administrative issues. Students seeking guidance or assistance related to their University of West Florida (UWF) experience - both academic and nonacademic - should contact the UWF Student Ombudsperson. The Student Ombudsperson, a full-time University staff member, acts as an impartial campus resource by evaluating the student's situation and assisting him/her in navigating the steps necessary to resolve the issue.
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The Associate Dean of Students / Director of Inclusion Services and Programs, Dr. Lusharon Wiley, is the UWF Student Ombudsperson. Her office is located in the Dean of Students Office in Building 21/ Room 130 or call (850) 474-2384.
In addition to the Student Ombudsperson, a Student Advocate is available to assist students with information regarding University policies, grievance procedures, and appeal procedures. The Student Advocate may also serve as a facilitator in the resolution of disagreements, grievances or otherwise unsatisfactory conditions. The Student Advocate, a UWF student, is appointed by the Student Government Association (SGA) President. Students wishing to speak with the Student Advocate should go to the SGA Office located in the University Commons, Room 227 or call the office at (850) 474-2393.
Student Success is responsible for the administration of programs designed to increase recruitment, retention and graduation rates of participating students. Student Success Programs provide academic support services for students enrolled at the University. Contact: Student Success, Building 18, Room 137, (850) 474-3266, or uwf.edu/studentsuccess/.
Brother to Brother is a pilot mentoring component designed to increase retention and graduation rates of African-American, Latino, and Hispanic males. Contact: Brother-to-Brother, Building 18, Room 137, (850) 474-2253/2238/3421 or uwf.edu/studentsuccess/programs.cfm.
The Learning Center provides free tutorial assistance and academic support services to all students, including distance learners enrolled at the University of West Florida. The Learning Center is located in Building 52, Room 131. Please contact (850) 474-3488 or visit uwf.edu/learningcenter/.
The Mentoring Program pairs juniors with freshmen for a two year mentorship. When the freshman student becomes a junior the student will become a mentor, creating a cascading mentoring program.
Student Support Services Program (SSS) is a federally-funded TRiO program which provides academic support for eligible undergraduate students. Services include: tutoring, intrusive advising, career planning, cultural and social activities, and academic intervention. The TriO/SSS serves low income, first generation students and disabled students. Contact: Student Support Services, Building 18/Room 145, (850) 474 3212 or uwf.edu/triosss/.
The Testing Center offers information on numerous testing programs, and can provide specific information about the following tests:
The Testing Center also has a computer-based testing center (CBT). The following exams are currently administered via computer at UWF: GRE, MAT, TOEFL, PRAXIS, CLEP, TEAS and several others.
The University Police Department's mission is to provide for the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and visitors, as well as facilities security. The department provides a full range of police and security services to include uniform patrol, investigations, crime prevention, and victim advocate personnel. The department is comprised of sworn police officers, communications personnel, and security officers who are available 24 hours a day. The possession and/or use of firearms is prohibited on campus.
This federal law is aimed at tracking convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The act requires sex offenders registered with the state to provide notice to the state of each institution of higher education that the offender is employed, carries on a vocation, or is enrolled as a student. To obtain additional information on this act or a listing of convicted offenders at the University, contact uwf.edu/uwfpolice/ or the University Police Department.
This is a federal law requiring institutions of higher education to disclose campus security information, including crime statistics for the campus and surrounding area. Current and prospective students or employees have the right to obtain a copy of this information for this institution. Students may review this information by accessing the federal government website at ope.ed.gov/security/search.asp (by typing in the "University of West Florida") or by accessing the University website at uwf.edu/uwfpolice/. Students may also obtain a copy of this information upon request by contacting the University Police Department.
Beverage and snack vending machines are located in most buildings on campus, including residence halls. Only Buffalo Rock/Pepsi brand beverages are being sold on the Pensacola campus. Your Nautilus Card may be used at most of the vending locations.
All beverage products being used for University events should be Buffalo Rock/Pepsi products regardless of the funding source used to purchase the products. Competitive products, even if donated, should not be served at University events on the Pensacola campus. For additional information, contact the Auxiliary Services Office at (850) 474-2640.
State law requires colleges and universities to provide each enrolled student the opportunity to apply to register to vote or to update their voter registration records at least once a year. Voter registration information at the University may be obtained during orientation, or at various locations around campus, including the University Commons, Student Affairs, Registrar, the Fort Walton Beach Campus, or Advising Center. For further information on this amendment, contact Student Affairs. Students with disabilities may obtain information and assistance in filling out the cards at the Student Disability Resource Center.