Academic Citizenship

Academic Freedom of Students

Freedom of Expression: Students are free to take reasoned exception to the views offered in particular courses of study. They may, however, be required to know thoroughly the particulars set out by the instructor, but are free to reserve personal judgment as to the truth or falsity of what is presented. Knowledge and academic performance should be the norms by which students are graded.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is expected of all Gonzaga University students. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and theft. Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty is subject to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action against a student found guilty of academic dishonesty may include, but is not limited to:

  1. 1) A failing grade for the test or assignment in question.
  2. 2) A failing grade for the course.
  3. 3) A recommendation for dismissal from the University.

A student may appeal the disciplinary action taken. The appeal shall be made in writing to the Chair of the department, or Dean if there is no Chair, of the appropriate school within 14 days of receipt of written notification of the disciplinary action taken.

Following an appeal, a final report shall be submitted to the Academic Vice President for review and possible further disciplinary action taken by the University. The Academic Vice President may direct in intermediate appeal to the Chair’s Dean. Final appeal by the student may be made to the Academic Vice President.

A complete copy of the policy can be obtained from the Academic Vice President’s Office.

Grade Appeal

Students must maintain standards of academic performance set forth by the University if they are to receive the certificate of competence implied by course credits and degrees. The instructor is the usual and competent judge of these matters. But students must be protected against the rare case of unjust grading and evaluation. Allegations of unfair or prejudiced grading may be brought to the attention of and reviewed by the department Chair, by the Dean of the appropriate school and, if necessary, by the Academic Vice President, whose decision is final.

Minimum/Maximum Course Loads

Full-Time Status: The normal course load of a regular full-time undergraduate student is sixteen semester credits. For academic purposes, the minimum full-time course load is twelve credits. The maximum load in one semester is 18 credits.

Good Academic Standing, Unsatisfactory Academic Progress, Probation, and Academic Dismissal

Students are on Academic Probation whenever the term and/or cumulative GPA earned falls below a 2.00. To be in Good Academic Standing with the University, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.00 as determined at the end of every semester, beginning with the completion of the student’s second regular (non-summer) semester at Gonzaga University. Good Academic Standing is required for all graduating students, and it may impact a student’s ability to receive financial aid, scholarships, or to represent Gonzaga in extra-curricular activities.

Any student on academic probation will have his/her student status reviewed by the Committee on Academic Standing. The conditions of academic probation are specified in a letter to the student from the Committee. Students are expected to comply with all stipulations made in the letter and any additional requirements placed upon them as a result of academic probation.

Students on academic probation, regardless of their academic standing, may be subject to academic dismissal from the University. A notation of “Academic Dismissal” will appear on grade reports and transcripts. Dismissed students have an opportunity for appeal. Directions for this process are indicated in the dismissal letter sent to the student.

Those receiving financial aid also may be subject to Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Probation and/or Suspension, which may result in additional financial consequences. Further information can be found in the Financial Aid section of this catalogue.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Veterans

Veterans failing to achieve minimum standards of academic progress are placed on probation for the following semester and notified via email by the University’s Veterans’ Advisor. The Department of Veteran Administration will be notified should a veteran fail to achieve satisfactory academic progress subsequent to the initial probationary period and benefits will be suspended until satisfactory progress standing is attained.

Class Attendance Policy

Students are presumed to have sufficient maturity to recognize their responsibility for regular class attendance. Since illness or other good reasons may prevent attendance, Gonzaga University has a standard policy on absences. However, students should check the syllabus for each course to confirm the instructor's specific attendance policy, which should be clearly delineated within each syllabus, and which cannot be more restrictive than the GU policy.

Gonzaga's policy on absences stipulates that the maximum allowable absence is two class hours (100 minutes) for each class credit.  For three credit classes the maximum absence is, therefore, six class hours (300 minutes).  Classes scheduled to meet for more than 50 minutes have more than one class hour for each meeting; for example, a class which meets for 75 minutes has one and one-half class hours for each scheduled meeting. Instructors may report absences to the Registrar’s Office which will in turn notify the students. The grade given for excessive absences is a “V”, which has the same effect as “F” (Fail) and is counted in the GPA.  This outcome can be appealed to the Dean of the College/School in which the course is offered. Faculty are encouraged to work with individual students to ensure academic success.  

Participation in school activities or athletics does not exempt students from this standard policy on absences. The fact that a student has met the other course requirements (such as papers) is not sufficient to change a "V" to a passing grade. The University Class Attendance Policy may be modified for qualified students with documented short or long term disabilities. For more information or case consultation, contact Disability Resources, Education, and Access Management (DREAM).

Faculty Initiated Drop Policy

If a student misses the first day of class without notifying the instructor prior to the second class meeting, the student may be dropped from the course, provided that the course is closed and there are wait listed students.     Professors will report absences to the Dean, who, upon approval, will notify the Registrar’s Office to drop students from course sections.

Students should contact professors or academic departments if they plan to be absent the first class day. Students who register for courses they do not attend are themselves responsible for officially dropping the courses through the Registrar’s Office. The consequence of not officially dropping courses is a “V” (unofficial withdrawal) grade which is calculated as a failing grade and is counted in the grade point average (GPA). Students should not assume that professors will automatically initiate course drops for non attendance.  This may affect financial aid awards, scholarship eligibility, athletic eligibility, VA benefits, and numerous other areas related to minimum credit requirements.

Final Examinations

Final examinations are held at the end of each semester, and, at the option of the instructor, examinations are held at mid-semester. Final examination times are listed for each semester on the Registrar’s Office web pages. Students making their travel arrangements for the end of each semester must take into account these final examination times.

Final examinations or their equivalent can be administered by instructors only on the day and at the time indicated in the Final Exam Schedule; any exceptions to this procedure must have the explicit approval of the appropriate Dean.

Enrollment Verifications

On average, six times each semester (not including summer sessions) the Registrar’s Office transmits enrollment data to the National Student Clearinghouse for enrollment verification of students with federal and state loans. The Registrar’s Office, upon timely notice, will also provide to any student a letter verifying his/her enrollment status to any agency. Students may print out their verification for insurance providers by accessing the National Student Loan Clearinghouse link through ZAGWEB.