Honors Policies

Honors Course Grades

Any student receiving an “F” as a final grade in any semester of an Honors course, for any reason other than academic misconduct, may discuss the grade with the instructor. In accordance with standard University policy, the student must initiate the discussion no later than fourteen (14) calendar days from the day grades are issued. The professor will determine whether the student presents a sufficiently compelling case to warrant a grade change, or whether additional work or other remediation must be submitted by the student, and when it is due. The student will have one semester from the time of receiving the failing grade to submit all work for the professor to change the grade.

If the student is not satisfied with the result of that consultation, he or she may follow the University’s stated grievance procedures to appeal (http://undergrad.fiu.edu/academic-misconduct/pdfs/undergraduate-academic-misconduct-final.pdf).

If the student retains the “F” grade, and otherwise meets all Honors College criteria (3.3 GPA and citizenship requirements), he or she may, space permitting, take an additional year-long (six-credit) Honors upper-division seminar (IDH 3000-level or higher) to acquire the needed credits to graduate through the Honors College. Students choosing this option must take the full two-semester course and will not be able to use the University’s Forgiveness Policy to substitute for the initial F grade.

A second “F” grade in any IDH course in any subsequent semester will result in automatic dismissal from the Honors College.

Warning, Probation, & Academic Dismissal

40 Credits or Less

Honors Warning:

•Students with 40 credit hours or less who have a GPA between 3.29-3.00 will be placed on Academic Warning.
•A student on Warning will not be given an Honors advising registration hold; however, students are strongly encouraged to meet with an Honors academic advisor every semester.
Honors Probation:

•Students with 40 credit hours or less who have a GPA of 3.00 or below will be placed on Academic Probation.
•The resulting Honors advising hold can only be removed once the student has met with an Honors academic advisor.
•While on Honors Probation, students must meet with an Honors academic advisor every semester.
•Students must earn a GPA of 3.00 or above within one academic year or they will be dismissed.
If applicable, students must provide proof of any pending academic decisions/changes regarding any of the following:

•Course forgiveness
•Change of grade
•Incomplete grade (will result in an advising hold to until a letter grade has been earned).
41 Credits or More

Honors Probation:

•Students who have 41 credit hours or more and an FIU GPA between 3.29-3.00 will be placed on Honors Probation.
•The resulting Honors advising hold can only be removed once the student has met with an Honors Academic Advisor.
•While on Honors Probation, students must meet with an Honors academic advisor every semester.
•Students must meet one of the following criteria within one academic year, or the student will be permanently dismissed:
›Earn an FIU GPA of 3.30 or above
›Show significant improvement and potential for the attainment of an FIU GPA of 3.30 or above by graduation
Honors Academic Dismissal:

•Students who have 40 credit hours or more with a GPA of 3.00 or less will be dismissed from the Honors College.
›Students with extenuating circumstances may appeal the dismissal to the Director of Academic Support Services. If the appeal is approved, the student will be placed on Honors probation.
›A student on probation must meet with an Honors academic advisor every semester. A registration hold will be in place that can only be lifted by the Honors academic advisor.
If applicable, students must provide proof of any pending academic decisions/changes regarding any of the following:

•Course forgiveness
•Change of grade
•Incomplete grade (will result in an advising hold to until a letter grade has been earned).
To fill out an academic dismissal appeal form, please click here

Academic Misconduct

Honor in Honors

In the Honors College, the term “honor” refers both to academic accomplishment and character. Students in the Honors College should adhere to and be held to the highest standards of personal accountability. Dishonesty in any form is antithetical to the very definition of being an Honors student at FIU.

All Honors students are expected to know what constitutes misconduct and to abide by both University and College policies on conduct and integrity. The Honors College distributes information on these policies on its website, with links to the FIU Code of Academic Integrity, which is part of the FIU Student Handbook. All faculty members are expected to report academic misconduct immediately.

Any demonstrable act of academic misconduct will result in both

  1. A grade of F, if it occurs in any Honors course. A student may appeal a grade through the university’s formal grievance process, as described below.
  2. Dismissal from the Honors College at the discretion of the Dean. Dismissal from the Honors College is independent of any other resolution regarding a class or grade, and is based solely on whether the student has violated College policy. Membership in the Honors College is a privilege, not a right, and can be revoked without further adjudication.
    Charges of academic misconduct may be brought against an Honors student by any Honors faculty member. In accordance with university policy and procedure, a professor who suspects a student of committing academic misconduct may request an informal meeting with the student within fourteen (14) calendar days of either the act or omission that gives rise to the complaint or the date on which the faculty member became aware of the act or omission, whichever is later. At this time, the professor will inform the Dean of the Honors College or his/her designee of the alleged act of misconduct.

The professor will discuss with the charged student the allegation(s), provide available evidence, and allow the student to respond. As stated above, any act of academic misconduct in an Honors course will result in a grade of F.

Resolution through the Honors College

After meeting with the professor, the charged student may present a request for informal resolution to the Associate Dean of the Honors College. This request must be submitted no later than seven (7) calendar days following the meeting with the professor. In this case the professor and the charged student will meet with the Associate Dean in an attempt to determine the student’s culpability and to discuss grading options. Within three (3) days of this meeting, the student may ask the Dean of the Honors College, in a letter, to review the situation if the student is not satisfied with the outcome of the meeting.

Formal Resolution on Grading through the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education

If resolution of the grade cannot be achieved, the professor, the student, or the Dean of the Honors College may petition the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Education for a formal hearing on the allegations. For more details on the formal resolution process, visit the Campus Life website at http://campuslife.fiu.edu/ for the FIU Student Handbook. Note that the hearing committee cannot require a faculty member to change a grade, but can only make recommendations.

Definition of Academic Misconduct

In accordance with the FIU Student Handbook, academic misconduct includes the following activities:

Cheating: The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources, online exams, library materials, or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations or other coursework; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Any student helping another cheat may also be found guilty of academic misconduct.

Plagiarism: The deliberate use and appropriation of another’s work without sufficient indication of the source, and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, images, texts, or materials taken from another source, including the internet, is guilty of plagiarism. “Cutting and pasting” without proper attribution is also plagiarism. Any student helping another to plagiarize may be found guilty of academic misconduct.

Misrepresentation: Intentionally lying or presenting oneself falsely to a member of the faculty, staff, administration, or outside agency to gain academic advantage for oneself or another, or to avoid full participation in a required activity. In addition to lying, misrepresentation includes, but is not limited to, such behaviors as

•signing or card-swiping into a required activity for someone other than yourself.
•signing or card-swiping into a required activity more than five minutes after the activity has begun
•signing in, then leaving a required activity before its conclusion
•using electronic devices in the classroom or other required academic activity unless expressly permitted by the professor or staff member in charge.
Misuse of Computer Services: The unauthorized use of any computer, computer resource or computer project number, the alteration or destruction of computerized information or files, or the unauthorized appropriation of another’s program(s).

Bribery: Offering money or any item or service to a member of the faculty, staff, or administration, or to any other person, in order to commit academic misconduct.

Conspiracy and Collusion: Planning or acting with one or more fellow students, any member of the faculty, staff or administration, or any other person to commit together any form of academic misconduct.

Falsification of Records: Tampering with, or altering in any way, any academic record used or maintained by the College or the University.

Academic Dishonesty: In general, any act or omission not specifically mentioned above that is outside the customary scope of preparing and completing academic assignments and/or contrary to the above-stated policies concerning academic integrity.

Disruption: Deliberate, repeated disruption of a class, lecture, workshop, or other academic activity, vocally, physically, or by inappropriate use of electronic devices, and/or inappropriate remarks or behavior to a faculty member.

Other Misconduct

All Honors students are expected to act with integrity, honesty, and civility. A student may be dismissed from the Honors College for behaviors such as excessive or repeated rudeness toward faculty, staff, or other students; offensive comments or actions regarding such categories as race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief; or persistent absences or lateness for class.

Any student found guilty of misconduct involving illegal acts, whether on or off campus, will be dismissed from the Honors College. Such acts may include, but are not limited to, assault, battery, theft, fraud, DUI, and drug use.

Procedures and Sanctions

Procedures Related to Dismissal from the Honors College

It is the responsibility of the Dean of the Honors College to protect the integrity and reputation of the College and its members. If, after careful review of the case, the Dean determines that the student has committed academic misconduct, the Dean can dismiss the student from continued membership in the Honors College. Such a decision is separate and apart from the determination of the student’s grade. If a formal grievance hearing is to be held, the Dean may choose to take the committee’s recommendations under advisement. No student will be dismissed without having had an opportunity to discuss the allegations with the Dean or his/her designee (Associate or Assistant Dean). However, the decision of the Dean is final.

This policy incorporates the FIU Academic Misconduct Procedures of the Code of Academic Integrity, as well as policies unique to the Honors College.