Honors Probation Policy
In order to graduate with Honors distinction a student must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better.
A student in the Honors program whose overall GPA drops below 3.25 is placed on probationary status. Students on probationary status must make a plan to raise their GPA's in coordination with the Honors Director or risk being dropped from the program.
The maximum amount of time that a student may be on probationary status (before either being disqualified from the Program or raising his or her overall GPA above 3.25) depends on the student’s class standing at the time of their 1st quarter on probation:
- First year students may be on probation for up to four consecutive quarters.
- Sophomores may be on probation for up to three consecutive quarters.
- Juniors may be on probation for up to two consecutive quarters.
- Seniors without an approved graduation contract for up to one quarter.
- Seniors with an approved senior contract may meet their graduation requirements by remaining in Honors courses, thus fulfilling the General Education requirements, even if their GPA falls between a 3.0 – 3.5. Only students with a GPA of 3.5 or above will graduate with Honors distinction.
A student may only be allowed extensions to the probationary period if a) he or she plans to retake a course in which he or she received lower than a "C" and that course is not offered during the allowed probationary period, or b) the student requests an extension in writing and it is approved by the Honors Council or the Honors Admissions Committee.
Once dropped from the program, the student must make arrangements to transfer to the General Education track and fulfill those requirements for graduation.
A student whose overall GPA is between 3.26 – 3.49 during any given quarter will receive a warning letter notifying the student of his or her risk of being on probation. While, there is no limit to the number of warning letters a student may receive, the student will not graduate with the Honors distinction on their diploma unless he or she has a 3.5 GPA or above.