University of Florida Policies

The University of Florida Board of Trustees, in conjunction with Florida Board of Governors, adopted regulations to govern all individuals on the UF campus, http://regulations.ufl.edu/regulations/.  UF also adheres to standards of professional conduct set by the Florida Department of Education, http://www.fldoe.org/edstandards/code_of_ethics.asp.  Specific UF policies can be found at the following links.

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT (ADA) ACCOMMODATIONS

The University of Florida is committed to providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students requesting accommodations must first register with the Disability Resource Center (DRC) (352-392-8565 https://disability.ufl.edu/students/get-started/) by providing appropriate documentation. Once registered, students should present their accommodation letter to the College of Medicine’s ADA Representative, Mr. Jim Gorske, who will distribute the accommodation letter to appropriate course and/or clerkship directors, as needed, as well as the testing center. The University encourages students to register with the DRC as soon as they begin medical school or upon the verification of a disability.

ANTI-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

The University of Florida strives to foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all students, employees, partners, and visitors. UF is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status. The full policy can be located under UF Regulation 1.006.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST POLICY (COI)

Information about the College of Medicine COI policy can be found at https://bridge.ufhealth.org/college-of-medicine-compliance/policies/. Additionally, the University-wide Guidelines, Policies, and Procedures on Conflict of Interest and Outside Activities, Including Financial Interests can be located at https://coi.ufl.edu/.

THE FAMILY EDUCATION RECORDS AND PRIVACY (FERPA)

The U.S. Department of Education summarizes the rights afforded to students by FERPA as:

  • The right to inspect and review educational records within a reasonable period of time and no more than 45 days after the institution has received the request
  • The right to request to amend inaccuracies in educational records
  • The right to limit disclosure of some personally identifiable information
  • The right to file a complaint if the student feels that FERPA rights have been violated.

Additional information regarding FERPA can be found on the following UF websites: https://registrar.ufl.edu/ferpa/ and http://privacy.ufl.edu/privacy/studentfaculty/.

HEALTH INSURANCE PORTABILITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY (HIPAA)

To improve the privacy of personal health information, individuals working with patients and their health information are required to take a training course and sign a confidentiality agreement.  See, http://privacy.ufl.edu/uf-health-privacy/, for additional information.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT

In accordance with federal and state law, the university prohibits discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex.  A definition of sexual harassment, reporting options, and Title IX contacts are located on the UF Office for Accessibility and Gender Equity website, https://titleix.ufl.edu/.

STUDENT HEALTH

Students are required to have health and disability insurance. They have the choice of accepting medical coverage through the university-sponsored insurance plan or pursuing other insurance through outside companies.   Medical students must have coverage all years of training, including time in the research laboratory. Health insurance must provide coverage for all internal and external training sites. The following links provide valuable information to student health.

  • Immunization Policy:  UF requires that all new students show proof of immunizations before attending UF, http://shcc.ufl.edu/services/primary-care/immunizations/.
  • Student Health Care Center:  UF provides a variety of care to students, partners, and spouses.  Specific information can be found on their website, http://shcc.ufl.edu/.
  • Needlestick Hotline Program:  UF’s dedicated phone line provides immediate access to trained provider.  Students should call 352-265-2727 (ASAP), or can access the website for additional information, https://shcc.ufl.edu/services/primary-care/emergencies-and-urgent-care/online-assistance/. When in doubt, go directly to the nearest emergency room.
  • Under most circumstances, students who have the UF Health Insurance plan must initially seek care through their assigned primary care provider. However, no referral is required when the student seeks obstetric or gynecologic care. If you have difficulty arranging for this type of medical care, please contact Ms. Kaitlin Lindsey (273-4550).
  • U Matter, We Care:  At UF Every Gator Counts. U Matter, We Care serves as UF’s umbrella program for UF’s caring culture and provides students in distress with support and coordination of the wide variety of appropriate resources. Families, faculty and students can contact http://www.umatter.ufl.edu/ seven days a week for assistance for students in distress.

UF STUDENT HONOR CODE

Students are expected to observe the UF Student Honor Code for all courses and clerkships. Refer to UF Regulation 4.040, https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/4-040_2021-12-06.pdf, and the course/clerkship syllabi for specifics.