Honors Policies & Good Standing
Honors advisors are here to help you understand and navigate the Program's policies and requirements. Please contact your Honors advisor through Orange Success with questions and concerns.
The five components of maintaining good standing in Honors are:
- academic integrity
- student conduct,
- progress through Honors requirements
- thesis project
A cumulative GPA of 3.4 (3.2 in Architecture) is required to remain in good standing. If you fall below a 3.4, you will be given time to raise your GPA to good standing.
Honors will withdraw students from the program when:
- Your cumulative GPA is below 3.4, and there have been three consecutive semesters in which your semester GPA is below 3.4.
- You reach your Junior year and it is unlikely for you to return to good standing.
All Honors students sign a statement that they have read, understood, and agree to abide by the University's academic integrity policy. If a student violates the policy, depending on the level of the violation and the case findings, they may be placed on probation within Honors, or withdrawn from the program. Honors addresses issues of academic integrity based on these guidelines:
- Students with a Level I violation will be placed on warning and early-registration privileges are redacted. Once they complete their sanctions, students return to the program in good standing.
- Students with a Level II violation will be suspended from the program. Once their probationary period and sanctions are completed, they have an opportunity to appeal for readmittance to the program.
- Students with a Level III violation will be permanently removed from the Honors Program.
Participation in the Honors Program is contingent on a student's good standing with the University's Student Code of Conduct System. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will notify the Honors Program of students who have been found to violate the policy with a finding of disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion. The Honors Program will review only closed cases, after all appeals through the OSRR have been exhausted, to determine if the student is eligible to remain in Honors.
Honors students are expected to make steady progress through the Honors requirements. While progress will vary among academic programs, students will be informed of concerns about their lack of progress. Continued lack of progress in fulfilling Honors requirements may be cause for withdrawal from the Program. Students not in good standing in Honors are no longer eligible for Early Registration, will not have access to Honors courses without special permission, and are not eligible for Honors funding. If you have any questions about your standing in the Program, please make an appointment to discuss this with your Honors advisor.
Honors students must complete a thesis project within their major and submit their final project in the spring of their Senior semester. Students are required to submit a thesis proposal in November of their Junior year. Students studying abroad and in other circumstances may receive an extension, however all Honors students must have an approved Thesis proposal no later than the end of the Junior year to ensure there is sufficient time to complete a thesis. Students without an approved Thesis proposal will be permanently removed from the program.
Typical Course Load
The typical course load for a student with a single major is 15 credits per semester (15 credits x 8 semesters = 120 credit hours required by most undergraduate programs). Honors students and others with broad interests, who may be pursuing multiple majors and/or minors, often take more than 15 credits per semester. All Syracuse University full-time undergraduates are allowed to register for up to 19 credits each semester without incurring additional tuition charges. This provides enough flexibility to incorporate courses taken to satisfy additional requirements and to explore new interests.
Registering for More Than 19 Credits as an Honors Student
In rare cases, it may become necessary to take over 19 credits, and you can request permission from Honors to do so, as long as you are making good progress in completing Honors requirements. This is intended to provide exceptional students with the opportunity to take the number of credit hours they need for an appropriately challenging course load. Registration for courses beyond 19 credits is subject to extra tuition charges (see exemption information below).
To request permission to register for more than 19 credits in the following semester, submit the 'Request for Overload' form. Submit the form at least one week before your enrollment appointment.
- You must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 to request this permission.
- Please do not abuse this privilege by signing up for more credits than you actually intend to complete--you are taking space in classes from other students who are relying on these classes for Honors and/or program requirements.
Overload Tuition Rate Exemption
Honors students with a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or higher at the beginning of the semester in which they are registered for 20 credit hours or more will not be billed for the extra tuition charge, providing they have no outstanding grades of "I" (Incomplete).
Exception: Winterlude course tuition is charged separately although Winterlude courses appear in the spring term. There are no exemptions to tuition charges incurred for Winterlude courses.
Honors Academic Integrity Policy
Students, faculty, administrators, and staff of the Renée Crown University Honors Program share responsibility for advocating and upholding the highest standards of academic integrity. We expect our students to understand the educational value of these standards, and we expect those who teach and support our students to help them understand in detail what these standards are, why they are important, and how they will be met in each context of teaching.
The Honors Program follows the University's Policies and Procedures on Academic Integrity. Those policies and the relevant procedures are available at http://class.syr.edu/academic-integrity/.
The Office of Academic Integrity (within the Center for Learning and Student Success - CLASS) will notify the Honors Program of students who have been found to violate the policy, and the Honors Program reserves the right to remove from the Honors Program any student who has committed an academic violation in any course at SU. The Honors Program will review only closed cases, after all appeals through the Academic Integrity Office have been exhausted, and we will adhere to the Academic Integrity Office’s classification rubric, found here:
If a student commits a Level 1 violation, the Honors penalty is a warning and mandatory meeting with Honors staff.
First and second year students who commit a Level 2 violation will be removed from the Honors program, but are eligible to reapply after completion of the Academic Integrity sanctions. Students reapplying to the program after completing the Academic Integrity sanctions will be required to meet with Honors staff before submitting their application.
The Honors penalty for all other students who commit Level 2 or Level 3 violations is permanent removal from the program, even after the Academic Integrity sanctions have been completed.
All Honors Program decisions are final, and there is no appeal process for these decisions. By participating in the Honors Program, students are automatically subject to this policy.
Students, faculty, administrators, and staff of the Renée Crown University Honors Program adhere to all institutional policies and procedures as outlined by Code of Student Conduct and the Office of Community Standards.
Students in the Honors Program must operate in compliance with the University's Code of Student Conduct. Those policies and the relevant procedures are available at http://studentconduct.syr.edu.
Participation in the Honors Program is contingent on a student's good standing with the University Student Conduct System. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will notify the Honors Program of students who have been found to violate the policy with a penalty of disciplinary probation or higher. The Honors Program will review only closed cases, after all appeals through the OSRR have been exhausted.
If a student is placed on disciplinary probation, the Honors Program reserves the right to remove the student permanently from the Program. If a student is placed on disciplinary probation, but not removed from the program, the student will receive standard sanctions that constitute a loss of privileges (student will be ineligible for early registration status and will be ineligible to apply for or receive funding from the Program) during the period of disciplinary probation. Any student suspended from the University will be removed permanently from the Honors Program. There will be no appeal process for these decisions.
By participating in the Honors Program, students are automatically subject to this policy.