Scholarships offered by the Honors
College are commensurate with the requirements of the
individual honors programs.
Students will be informed in writing of the amount
and duration of any scholarships provided, as well as
requirements for maintaining academic standing (satisfactory
academic progress) in their particular honors program.
University policy limits the duration of any in-state
tuition scholarship to no more than eight (8) regular
semesters (fall, spring).
Students who elect non-degree seeking
status or those seeking a second Bachelor's degree are not
eligible for Honors scholarships at ETSU.
Honors Scholarships for in-state
tuition & fees typically are available only for regular
semesters (fall, spring).
The policies of the Tennessee Board of Regents allow
for scholarships for out-of-state tuition (no course fees)
to be paid during summer and/or winter sessions.
Scholarships provided during regular
semesters may provide for program fees and/or certain course
fees. These fees
will be reviewed periodically to determine whether the
Honors College can continue to fund as part of scholarships.
As of July, 2011, the following course fees are
excluded from scholarship:
- Fees associated with Regents' Online Degree Program (RODP) courses;
- Online fees;
- Fees associated with general, participatory, physical education (PHED) courses.
In the case of
Honors-in-Discipline (HiD) programs, students who are
receiving a scholarship in one HiD program may transfer to
another HiD program and retain their scholarship.
The original limitations (e.g., number of semesters)
will remain in force, but the conditions for satisfactory
academic progress will reflect the current (new) HiD
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
MINIMUM ENROLLMENT: To remain in good academic standing with an honors
program, students on scholarship are required to enroll in a
minimum of 15 credits, and those not receiving an honors
scholarship must enroll in a minimum of 12 credits, each
regular semester (fall, spring).
Students working on their Senior Honors Thesis, who
have completed all other requirements for graduation, may be
permitted to enroll in fewer than 15 credits, but not less
than 12 credits, for one semester.
Permission to waive the minimum enrollment
requirement must be requested by the student in advance
of the semester in consideration.
Students enrolling in less than 15 credits without
prior approval are subject to probation (see below).
REQUIRED CURRICULUM: Honors students are expected to be engaged and
involved in their honors program, including (but not limited
to) regular enrollment in the appropriate honors courses.
All students must complete the designed curriculum
for their particular honors program.
In addition, students must be making satisfactory
progress in their major and minor degree programs (e.g.,
timely completion of courses).
The minimum number of honors courses
(credits) in any honors program must be met.
Conflicts may arise, owing to student participation
in study abroad/exchange programs or from class schedule
conflicts (beyond student control) with required major or
minor courses. In
these cases, delayed enrollments in honors courses
(preferred method), substitutions of other honors courses,
or alternate assignments may be allowed.
Students should provide a complete description of the
conflict (courses and reasons for the conflict) to their
Honors-in-Discipline (HiD) Coordinator and/or the
appropriate Honors Director.
Failure to enroll in
Senior Honors Thesis
(xxxx-4018; or equivalent course approved for some HiD
programs) without advance approval will result in loss of
scholarship and/or dismissal from the Honors Program.
Students completing a 6-credit Honors Thesis must
enroll no later than the first semester of the senior year;
students completing a 3-credit thesis must enroll no later
than the second semester of their senior year.
Students must request exception in advance (i.e., at
least three weeks before the start of the semester) from
their HiD Coordinator and/or appropriate program Director,
who will then will submit his/her recommendation (pro or
con) to the Dean of the Honors College.
If an exception is granted, the student will be
informed no later than the beginning of that semester.
To remain in good academic standing with an Honors
program, students are required to meet a minimum GPA
requirement each semester.
The minimum term GPA required is determined by the
individual honors program.
Honors programs also may utilize a combination of
term and cumulative GPA standards and/or minimum GPA for
courses in the field of study.
GRADUATION: In order to graduate with transcript
recognition of Honors (and other acknowledgements), students
must complete all curriculum, GPA and thesis requirements of
their Honors Program.
Grade(s) of B or better are required for Senior
Honors Thesis courses.
Students on probation their final semester must meet
the minimum GPA requirements for recognition of Honors.
Any exceptions to this policy must be recommended by
the appropriate Director and approved by the Dean of the
Grades of 'F' or 'FN' are not acceptable on an
honors student transcript.
A minimum grade of 'B' is required for Senor Honors
Thesis courses. Obviously, grades are also subject to the policy on GPA.
Students receiving an 'F' or 'FN' grade
are required to contact the Director/Coordinator of their
honors program as quickly as possible, but no later than the
first week (January, June, July, or September) of the
following semester (including summer terms, whether enrolled
or not). Students
receiving an 'F' or 'FN' grade will be required to repeat
the course(s) as soon as possible (i.e., at the next
the course will not be offered before the student plans to
graduate, the Director/Coordinator of the program will
determine, in consultation with the Dean of the Honors
College, appropriate substitute requirements.
Failure to abide by these requirements will be result
in dismissal from the Honors College and loss of Honors
Distinction as noted on final transcripts.
Failure to meet satisfactory academic progress or
other program requirements (including minimum credit and
Senior Honors Thesis enrollments without prior approval)
will result in probation, according to the following
Probation semesters are
considered as part of the total number of semesters for
which scholarship was awarded (i.e., added semesters of
support do NOT accrue).
Reinstatement of scholarship is subject to
Students may be placed on
honors probation only TWICE during their academic studies at
who fail to meet requirements for third semester will be
automatically dismissed from their honors program and the
Honors College and may not seek readmission.
- The student will be placed on
probation for the regular academic semester (fall, spring)
that immediately follows. Students
receiving an honors scholarship will retain that scholarship
for the semester of probation.
- If the student attains the
minimum GPA and/or meets the requirements for satisfactory
progress for that semester, they will be released from
- If the student fails to
attain the minimum GPA and/or does not meet requirements for
satisfactory progress for the probation semester, the
following will result:
- In Honors-in-Discipline
programs, the student will be dismissed from the program and
the Honors College.
Students may re-apply to the HiD program in
the future, if they attain the minimum requirements.
Future scholarship support cannot be guaranteed.
- In University, Midway and
Fine & Performing Arts programs, students may be granted a
second probation semester without scholarship.
If the student successfully recovers satisfactory
progress and/or the minimum GPA for the second probation
semester, they will be released from probation and their
scholarship may be reinstated, if possible.
If the student fails to regain satisfactory progress
and/or the minimum GPA for the second probation semester,
they will be dismissed from their honors program and the
Honors College and may not seek readmission.
Students who fail to achieve a minimum grade of B for
any/all semesters of Senior Honors Thesis will be dismissed
from the program and will not receive Honors Program
distinction on their academic transcript.
Dismissal may also be a consequence of too many
semesters of probation and/or egregious instances of student
misconduct. Appeals of dismissal must be submitted, in writing, to the
Dean of the Honors College, who may seek consultation with
the Honors College Executive Committee (composed of all
PLAGIARISM AND CHEATING: Any incidents of plagiarism or other forms of
cheating on exams or other assignments for coursework should
be reported by the faculty member and documentation provided
to the Director of the appropriate Honors program and the
Dean of the Honors College.
MISCONDUCT: Any incidents of misconduct, whether it occurs on
campus (e.g., classrooms, meeting rooms, student facilities,
residence halls) or off-campus locations, should be reported
by the student to the Director of the appropriate Honors
program and the Dean of the Honors College.
Students should be aware that reports from other
campus and local officials (such as ETSU Public Safety, Dean
of Students, or Johnson City Police Department) are provided
directly to the Dean of the Honors College and will be