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Honors Policies

Policies established by the District Honors Council result in the fair, ethical and professional operation of the Honors Program.
The Honors community is committed to complying with the letter and the spirit of CAC policies, and we have included here, for the convenience of students, a few CAC policies that are particularly relevant to Honors students.

Admissions Policy
For admission to the Honors Program, current CAC students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 in at least 12 transferable credits from CAC. In addition, applicants must provide two or three current letters of recommendation from educators, a 500-word statement of their goals and/or expectations of the Honors Program, and unofficial transcripts (available online).

Retention Policy
In order for students to continue in the Honors Program, they must maintain a 3.25 average for regular status.

Students will be placed on probation for only one semester if the cumulative grade point average is between 3.0 and 3.24 and may be re-admitted to regular status when the G.P.A. returns to 3.25 or above.

Students may also be placed on Honors Program probation if they do not complete at least one honors course or if they earn a C in even one of their Honors courses, including an Honors Extended course.

Drop from Honors Program
Those students whose cumulative G.P.A. falls below a 3.0 will be dropped from the Honors Program without probation.

Those who elect to withdraw from the only Honors course they are enrolled in are also withdrawn from the Honors Program and must petition the District Honors Council to be re-admitted to the program.

Re-Admission to the Honors Program
To re-enter the Honors Program a student must petition the District Honors Council. The District Honors Council will decide whether or not to re-admit the student and whether re-admission will be contingent upon conditions, such as a semester of probation, the suspension of scholarship, etc. Students should work with the campus Honors Director regarding the petition for re-admission.

Code of Conduct
Honors Program students are expected to abide by the Student Code of Conduct established by Central Arizona College. Infractions of this code may be adjudicated by the District Honors Council or referred directly to the Dean of Students for Action.

Graduation Policy
Students who graduate from Central Arizona College and from the Honors Program have accomplished something they can reflect on with pride. To graduate from the Honors Program, several requirements must be met.

  • At least nine credit hours (three courses) of Honors Extended courses must be taken (regular college courses that are extended for Honors credit). These courses must be in different college disciplines and transferable to at least two of the three state universities. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Honors Director.
  • Two consecutive semesters of Colloquium must be taken, and the year-long Honors Project must be completed.
  • At least three Honors Seminars with three semester projects must be completed in conjunction with the three Honors Extended courses.
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.25 must be maintained.
  • Student must have earned a “B” or better in each course taken for Honors credit. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Honors Program Director.

CAC’s Plagiarism Policy
CAC recognizes the seriousness of plagiarism, which is defined as turning in someone else’s work and calling it your own. At CAC plagiarism is treated as a dishonest action, an issue of dishonorable behavior.

There are two types of plagiarism to beware of–intentional and unintentional plagiarism. Intentional plagiarism is an obvious type of cheating that includes turning in writing that you are falsely presenting as your own. It may be writing that was produced by a roommate, a spouse, an essay bought from the Internet, and passages copied from a research source such as a book, magazine, or web site. Allowing another student to copy your work is another type of intentional plagiarism.

In addition, students are expected to avoid unintentional plagiarism, which means including in your own work and passing off as your own writing, phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or more, that are only slightly changed from the original source. To avoid unintentional plagiarism, you must paraphrase properly and identify the original writer and source; this is called citing your work. Citations can be done in a few different formats, and your instructors are eager to help you learn how to cite your sources correctly. Unintentional plagiarism can also include passing off somebody else’s ideas (not just words) as your own without indicating that the idea or information came from somewhere else. Finally, unintentional plagiarism also can be allowing someone else to make significant wording alterations or editing changes to your writing.

Penalties for plagiarism, according to CAC’s Student Code of Conduct, can be severe. They may range from failure of an assignment to failure of a course, to referral to the Dean, to dismissal from the college. These actions are not meant to be threatening but to ensure that students understand that the school takes plagiarism seriously. The underlying message of the CAC plagiarism policy is that instructors are committed to encouraging student writers to use source material correctly and develop the confidence to express themselves in their own unique ways.