Agenda Item FA 12-52

Submitted by the Academic Standards Committee

Latin Honors Policy

12/06/12: Passed

12/11/12: Approved

The Academic Standards Committee proposes the following change to the Latin Honors policy. 
This minor change will essentially allow students graduating from the accelerated BS-MS program to graduate with Latin Honors.
   

Latin Honors Policy  


I. STATEMENT OF POLICY 

 


Effective Fall 2001, provided at least forty-eight (48) semester hours (30 semester hours for RN-BSN students) of course work have been completed at the University of North Florida, undergraduate students who graduate with a UNF grade point average of 3.5 or higher will qualify for degrees designated cum laude; those who graduate with UNF grade point averages of 3.65 or higher will qualify for degrees designated magna cum laude; and those who graduate with UNF grade point averages of 3.8 or higher will qualify for degrees designated summa cum laude. GPA calculations will be based on all credits earned at UNF. A minimum of thirty (30) hours are required for Latin honors distinction in a second baccalaureate degree.

For the purposes of Latin Honors, students graduating from accelerated BS-MS programs, where both degrees are conferred simultaneously, will be considered as undergraduates under this policy.
Transfer students must have the minimum Latin Honors GPA (3.5) prior to the term of graduation and must be taking enough credit hours during the term of graduation to bring them to the required 48 (30 for BSN) UNF hours needed to qualify for Latin Honors.

II. STATEMENT OF PROCEDURES

Criteria Determination
Latin honors are electronically calculated based on the criteria stipulated in the University catalog under which a student is meeting degree requirements. Typically, the catalog year reflects the academic year in which the student was admitted, however, this may change if the student broke continuous enrollment and is readmitted under a different catalog.

If a student has used either a Grade Forgiveness or a Term Forgiveness, the originally recorded grades will be used in any "Latin Honors Distinction" calculations.

On occasion, a student may be pursuing a degree program that is being phased out or has been drastically altered (e.g., freshmen/sophomore student pursuing a graphic design track under the ART major.) The only alternative for the student is to switch to the degree requirements stipulated in the current catalog.

Because the change of degree requirements is beyond the student's control, the student would be allowed to petition to be covered by the catalog under which he/she was last admitted. If you believe an exception should be made in your case, please contact the Registrar's Office for a Latin Honors Review Form.

Recognition at the Commencement Ceremony
Native and Transfer candidates who will have accumulated forty-eight (48) hours at UNF by the end of the term of graduation and have the appropriate GPA prior to the term of graduation will be eligible to purchase a gold honor cord at the time they pick up their regalia from the UNF Bookstore. 

Honors candidates will be asked to stand for recognition during the ceremony, and will be specially recognized in the printed Commencement Program (provided they have selected to have their names included in the program.) Candidates who will have earned Latin Honors after the current term's grades are recorded will have honors posted on their diploma and transcripts (baccalaureate degree only.)