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 Integrity

A complete copy of Gonzaga's Academic Integrity policy can be found at on the Provost & Senior Vice President's website.

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 Provost & Senior 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 (16) semester credits. For academic purposes, the minimum full-time course load is twelve (12) credits. The maximum load for students in good standing is eighteen (18) semester credits in one semester; for students on probation, the maximum is fifteen (15) credits or five courses. 

Part-Time Status: Undergraduate students are considered to be enrolled at three-quarters time if enrolled in nine (9) to eleven (11) credits, half-time if enrolled in six (6) to eight (8) credits, and less than half time if enrolled in five (5) credits or less per semester.

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 affect 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 sent through Zagmail 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 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 catalog.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Veterans

Gonzaga University's academic programs of study are approved by the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board's State Approving Agency (HECB/SAA) for enrollment of persons eligible to receive educational benefits under Title 38 and Title 10 USC.

Eligible veterans needing to apply for their benefits, approved veterans needing certification of enrollment, or students with questions about possible veteran benefits should contact the University's Veteran Advisor in Room 229 in College Hall, by phone at (509) 313-6596, or by email at

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.  Should satisfactory academic progress not be achieved by the following term, certification of veteran benefits will be suspended and the VA Regional Processing Office will be notified.  Certification of veteran benefits can resume once satisfactory academic 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

Students should contact professors or academic departments prior to the first class session if they plan to be absent.  If a student misses the first class meeting without notifying the instructor or academic department, the student may be dropped from the course at the discretion of the instructor and provided that the course is closed.  Professors will report absences to the Dean, who, upon approval, will notify the Registrar’s Office to drop students from course sections.  For further information about unexcused absences, please refer to Gonzaga’s “Class Attendance Policy.”

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, once a month 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.