If your disability impacts your ability to complete either your General Education Math or Foreign Language Requirement, course substitutions may be available.
Please Note: core courses may not be substituted.
Please see the Foreign Language Petition Process or Math Substitution for GE Requirement Petition Process for more information. Once a petition is submitted online, you should call the DRC to schedule an appointment.
The Colleges of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Fine Arts, and Journalism & Communications require the completion of foreign language courses as part of their degree requirements. A student with a documented disability may petition to complete the requirement through the cultural option substitution. Appropriate documentation must be presented and provide a rationale that the student’s failure to meet the requirement is relative to the disability. 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.
Foreign Language Substitution (FLS) Petition Process
NOTICE: The petition process will take approximately three weeks from the time the petition is submitted to the designated DRC Learning Specialist. It is strongly recommended that you initiate this process as early in your college career as possible. A sense of urgency will allow you time to fulfill any college requirements without consequences (e.g. academic holds, contracts, and probation) which could ultimately delay future registration or graduation.
- Student writes a personal statement requesting the petition and completes the necessary petition forms to submit to the DRC. 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.
- Student submits the completed petition, which includes documentation of disability and Release Consent form, to the DRC.
- Student meets with a designated DRC Learning Specialist to review the petition for completeness.
- DRC forwards completed petition packet to the committee for review.
- DRC notifies the student & appropriate UF department/s (Registrar’s Office, Academic Advisor) of the committee’s decision.
- If approved, the student will then meet with his/her Academic Advisor (AA) to complete a FLS “Cultural Option Program Plan”. College of Liberal Arts and Sciences students will meet with AA – Bailey Coleman, College of Communication and Journalism students will meet with AA – Sandra Storr, and College of Fine Arts students will meet with his/her individual AA.
- It is the student’s responsibility to make sure an approved “Cultural Option Program Plan” is on file with his/her AA and the DRC before taking the substitution courses. Failure to do so may result in the courses not being credited toward fulfilling the Cultural Option requirements. If you alter your “Program Plan,” you should get it approved by your advisor with an addendum.
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. Appropriate documentation must be presented and provide a rationale that the student’s failure to meet the requirement is relative to the disability. 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. Only “Gordon Rule” general education (GE) courses may be substituted. If a specific math course is a core course or required for your major/minor, it may not be substituted. 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.
Approved substitution courses include: CGS1000, CGS1060, MAT0018, MAT0020, MAT0024, MAT0028 and MAT1033. At least three of the required six credits must be in a pure math (MAT prefix) course.
Math Substitution Petition Process
It is the student’s responsibility to obtain written verification from his/her college that these courses will be accepted for his/her degree. The student is encouraged to place a copy of the verification in his/her file at the DRC. Florida Math Requirement (Gordon Rule) must be met by the student regardless of disability. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog > Academic Policies > University Requirements > Writing & Math for more information on the Gordon Rule requirement.