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.
Gonzaga University is committed to supporting and protecting academic integrity in all aspects of what we do. Our Academic Integrity Policy was developed with that commitment in mind. We encourage all students, faculty and staff to familiarize themselves with the policy.
The institution’s mission statement expresses Gonzaga University's self-understanding through its Catholic, Jesuit and humanistic heritage and identity. These spiritual and intellectual traditions are expressed in the ideals of reflective and critical thought, ethical discernment, innovation, and commitment to social justice. The ideals imply a deeply held, rigorously maintained, and clearly articulated standard of academic integrity. We believe that a commitment to academic integrity contributes, not only to a campus climate of trust and community, but also to individual integrity, honesty and well-being. Conversely, violations of academic integrity are detrimental to both the community and to the individual. This belief entails just sanctions for violations of these ideals, the details of which are contained herein. Just sanctions require that all students and faculty be aware both of the sanctions and of the policies that they enforce.
Resources for faculty and students can be found at www.gonzaga.edu/academicintegrity.
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.
Class Attendance Policy
Gonzaga University presumes that students have sufficient maturity to recognize their responsibility for regular class attendance. Gonzaga University has this policy on absences because illness or other good reasons may prevent attendance, and because the intensive nature of some courses dictates that attendance may be a factor in the student evaluation process. Individual instructors are not required to enforce the University Class Attendance Policy but may do so at their own discretion. Therefore, students should check with the syllabus for each course to confirm the instructor’s specific attendance policy, which should be clearly delineated within each syllabus. No instructor may enforce an attendance policy that is more restrictive than the standard university policy:
Gonzaga’s standard 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. Faculty are encouraged to work with individual students to ensure academic success.
When students are required to be absent from class for activities sanctioned by the University, the University should help students resolve these conflicting commitments. Students who will be absent due to University-sanctioned activities are responsible for providing to faculty written documentation of the travel dates from the University staff directing or advising the activity. This documentation should be provided as far in advance as reasonably possible (ideally at the beginning of the semester). On receipt of proper documentation, instructors should make efforts to both satisfy the course objectives and meet the students’ needs due to absences related to University-sanctioned activities.
The University Class Attendance Policy may be modified for qualified students with documented short- or long-term disabilities and/or for religious accommodations. For more information or case consultation, contact the Disability Access Office or, for matters related to religious accommodations, the Office of Diversity Equity & Inclusion. Additionally, students who feel that they have experienced a misuse of the University Class Attendance Policy, or who feel they have unfairly received a “V” grade, may appeal to the Dean of the College/School in which the course is offered.
Addendum to the Class Attendance Policy
Approval of University-Sanctioned Activities
Any group wishing to have activities sanctioned under the scope of the University Class Attendance Policy must submit their rationale in writing to the Provost’s office for approval. That submission must include written support from the chief administrator of the division wherein the activity is housed (e.g. Academic Dean, Athletics Director, Associate Provost for Student Development, etc…). A list of university-sanctioned activities will be maintained by the Provost’s office. Modification of this list will take place as needed at the Provost’s discretion and will not require amendments to the University Class Attendance Policy. The University staff responsible for directing or advising approved activities must provide written documentation of potential student absences as outlined in the University Class Attendance Policy.
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 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.
Once a month the Registrar’s Office transmits enrollment data to the National Student Clearinghouse. This data is used to provide enrollment verification of students that can be accessed by a third party including lenders of 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.