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Scholastic Standing Policy

The academic performance of all School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program students is reviewed at the end of each semester. All decisions regarding a student's status in the program are based on the semester GPA.
(Note: Summer and Winter session GPAs are not considered.)

  1. Each Honors Program student is expected to maintain a semester grade-point average of at least 3.250 in each term of the first year, and at least 3.500 in each term thereafter at Rutgers (Summer and Winter sessions excluded).
  2. If a student’s semester grade point average is below the required semester grade-point average in any one semester, that student is placed on Honors Probation.
  3. If a student’s semester grade-point average is below the required semester grade-point average for a second, consecutive semester, that student is placed on Honors Continued Probation.
  4. If a student’s semester grade-point average is below the required semester grade-point average for a third, consecutive semester, that student is dismissed from the SAS Honors Program,
  5. If a student's semester average is below 2.0 for any one semester, that student will be placed directly on Honors Continued Probation; the student will therefore have only one semester to achieve the required semester grade-point average before that student is dismissed from the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program.

    Any student placed on Honors Probation or dismissed from the program is informed of his/her academic status by email if put on Probation or Continued Probation, and by letter if dismissed.

    When academic performance is reviewed, temporary (“T”) grade(s) are counted in the semester GPA; TZ, TF, and NG grades are calculated as “F.”  It is the responsibility of the student to inform the School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program, through the submission of an up-to-date unofficial transcript, of any grade change(s).  If such a change of grade results in a semester GPA above 3.250 during the first two semesters or 3.500 in subsequent semesters, the student's status will be adjusted appropriately.

    A School of Arts and Sciences Honors Program student who is placed on Probation or Continued Probation is required to meet with his/her assigned Honors Program dean to discuss his/her current GPA, to consider the circumstances – academic or otherwise – which might have affected the academic performance, and to discuss specific steps the student plans to take in order to improve that performance.  A student who has been dismissed from the program is encouraged to meet with his/her Honors Program dean.

    The SAS Honors Program determines Honors Probation, Honors Continued Probation, or Honors Dismissal status based solely on the term average computed for the official final grades reported for the semester; therefore, repeating a course in a subsequent semester, or in the summer, and achieving a higher grade in that course does not rescind Honors Probation, Honors Continued Probation, or Honors Dismissal status.

  6. A student who has been dismissed from the program will not be allowed to enroll in a School of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Honors Seminars or Honors Courses offered through departments.
  7. With regard to housing:
    • Dismissed Students:  A student who is dismissed from the program after the Fall semester, and who is living in SAS Honors Housing at that time, may continue to live in SAS Honors Housing for the Spring semester.  Dismissed students, regardless of current residence, are not permitted to participate in the Honors Housing Sign Up in the Spring semester and will not be permitted to reside in Housing for the coming year.
    • Students on Probation:  Students who are on SAS Honors Program Probation or Continued Honors Probation are permitted to reside in SAS Honors Housing and may participate in the SAS Honors Housing Sign Up in the Spring semester.
  8. There is no minimum cumulative GPA required at time of graduation in order to graduate with the designation 'Honors Scholar'.

Academic Progress Policy

 To graduate as a SAS Honors Scholar, a student must have completed all SAS Honors requirements except the Capstone requirement by the start of the senior year; the Capstone must be completed by the end of the senior year. Failure to complete the requirements as noted above will result in Academic Progress Dismissal from the program.

Students should work closely with their SAS Honors Program advisor each semester to create an academic plan that incorporates all SAS Core, SAS Honors Program, major, minor (if applicable), and other relevant requirements.  Although students may tailor their plan to their individual academic goals, the SAS Honors Program recommends the following sample academic plan for students who entered as a first-year student*.

Sample Academic Plan*

 First-Year
One SAS Honors Colloquium
One Byrne Seminar (or approved alternate)**
Two Honors Courses
Progress on Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement
 Sophomore
Two Honors Courses
Completion of Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement
 Junior
Begin Capstone planning
Completion of remaining SAS Honors requirements
 Senior
Completion of Capstone


*
Students who are admitted to the SAS Honors Program as sophomores should work with their SASHP Advisor to create an individualized plan.
**While taking one Byrne Seminar (first-year students only) is recommended, students may select to take the following approved alternate: a 2nd Honors Colloquium, an Honors section of a SAS Signature course (when offered), a study abroad program for which a student receives Rutgers credit, to serve as a Peer Instructor for a FIGS course.

Pass/No Credit Option for Seniors Policy

Students who have completed 90 or more credits may take up to two courses (8 credits maximum, only one course per term) on a Pass/No Credit basis. Grades of A, B, and C correspond to Pass; grades of D and F to No Credit.  Whether or not you earn credit for the course, it will not be included in computation of your GPA.  Your instructor will not be aware of your choice; the letter grade earned for the course will be converted to Pass or No Credit by the Registrar. 

The following courses cannot be applied to the P/NC option:

  • You may not select this option for a course being used to satisfy your major, minor, liberal arts distribution requirements, or other graduation credential.  Only free elective courses may be taken on a pass/no credit basis.
  • Courses that could potentially satisfy an unfulfilled requirement may not be taken pass/no credit.
  • Rutgers Study Abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/no credit basis.
  • Honors seminars and department-based honors courses and honors sections of courses may not be taken on a pass/no credit basis.
  • Students pursuing a second degree through SAS may not use the pass/no credit option.
  • Only one course may be taken on a P/NC basis per semester
  • Deadlines are binding. The pass/no credit option may not be rescinded once the deadline has passed.
  • The above restrictions do not apply to courses that are only offered on a P/NC basis

Students who have completed 90 or more credits may take up to two courses (8 credits maximum, one course per semester) on a Pass/No Credit basis. Grades of A, B, and C correspond to Pass; grades of D and F to No Credit.

Details including deadlines for submission of request can be found on the SAS Academic Services Pass/No Credit page.


honors program offices

BUSCH CAMPUS COLLEGE AVENUE CAMPUS DOUGLASS CAMPUS LIVINGSTON CAMPUS
Nelson Biological Labs
Room A-110
P 848-445-3912
Milledoler Hall
Room 119
P 848-932-1406
College Hall
Room 306
P 848-932-2011
Lucy Stone Hall
Room A-201
P 848-445-3206

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