Students with disabilities whose diagnosis directly impacts their ability to complete either the General Education Math or Foreign Language requirement may petition for a course substitution. Core courses may not be substituted. Once a petition is submitted online, students should call the DRC to schedule a meeting to discuss next steps with the designated DRC Learning Specialist to ensure completeness of the petition.
The Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Fine Arts, and Journalism & Communications require the completion of foreign language courses as part of their degree requirements. If the petition is granted, the student must successfully complete pre-approved cultural options courses in order to fulfill his/her college’s foreign language requirement. Substitution courses must be taken for a grade; taking them pass/fail is not acceptable.
Typically the student will be required to take 12 credits of pre-approved cultural option courses which include a 3 credit language development course and 9 credits of courses from a pre-approved cultural diversity package. The Course Substitution Committee meets once per month (the first Thursday of each month). Therefore, petitions may take up to one month to be reviewed. Following the review process, the designated DRC staff member will send notification to the student of the result and next steps.
Math Substitution for GE Requirement
The State of Florida and University of Florida have a math graduation requirement. A student with a documented disability may petition to complete the requirement through math substitution courses. If the petition is granted, the student must successfully complete pre-approved lower-level math substitution courses in order to fulfill the “Gordon Rule” requirement. Substitution courses must be taken for a grade; taking them pass/fail is not acceptable.
The substitution courses are offered at most Florida Community Colleges. A Student Transient Form (available at the Registrar’s Office or Academic Advising) must be completed to enroll in community college math courses. At least three of the required six credits must be in a pure math (MAT prefix) course.
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain written verification from his/her college that these courses will be accepted for his/her degree. Florida Math Requirement (Gordon Rule) must be met by the student regardless of disability. Students can review this information here:
Petitions for Courses Outside of General Education (Gordon Rule) Math & Foreign Language
Petitions for other substitutions relating to a disability are not reviewed by the DRC Course Substitution Petitions Committee. Students should meet with their Learning Specialist at the DRC to discuss the process for petitioning for a course substitution within their college.
Steps to Petition Foreign Language & Math
- Student Submits a completed petition on the DRC Website which includes:
- Release Consent form
- Personal Statement
- The personal statement should explain prior attempts to complete high school and/or college foreign language courses and how those attempts have been negatively impacted by his/her disability. Statements should describe why success in the course would be difficult even when utilizing accommodations.
- Disability Documentation (If the DRC does not already have)
NOTE: Petitions will be reviewed the first Thursday of each month. If a petition is submitted later than the Tuesday prior, it will not be reviewed until the following month.
- Student meets with the designated DRC Learning Specialist to review the petition for completeness.
- Designated DRC Learning Specialist presents and provides the completed petition packet to the Course Substitution Committee during their monthly meeting.
- Course Substitution Committee makes their decision.
- The designated DRC Learning Specialist notifies the student & appropriate UF department/s (Registar’s Office, Academic Advisor) of the decision via email.
- If approved:
The student will then meet with his/her Academic Advisor (AA) to complete a “Cultural Option Program Plan”.
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | AA – Shannon Kelly
College of Communication and Journalism | AA – Meisha Wade
College of Fine Arts | AA – Dana Myers.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure an approved “Cultural Option Program Plan” is on file with his/her AA* before taking the substitution courses. Failure to do so may result in the courses not being credited toward fulfilling the Cultural Option requirements. If the student wishes to alter their “Cultural Option Program Plan,” they should get it approved by their advisor.
*Exceptions with Fine Arts
The student will then meet with his/her Academic Advisor (AA) to determine the math substitution courses. Academic Advisors are determined per college for math substitutions.
It is the student’s responsibility to make sure the courses are approved before taking them. Failure to do so may result in the courses not being credited toward fulfilling the requirements.
Course Substitution Appeals Process
Students whose course substitution petition for math or foreign language was not approved, may appeal the decision. Students are notified as to why their petition was not approved and may then submit an appeals petition addressing the reasons in which their petition was not approved. They may submit their appeal through the same course substitution link on the DRC website. The designated DRC Learning Specialist will send the appeals petition to the Appeals Committee. The Appeals Committee will meet upon need and make a decision. The student will then be notified of the decision by the designated DRC Learning Specialist.