Davidson Hall

Honors Program


The Honors Program Statutes

1. Purpose: The Honors Program is an interdisciplinary program of comparative culture studies which provides an alternative to part of the general education program for intellectually motivated and academically qualified students. The Honors Committee shall meet to advise the honors director and make such decisions as are provided for in the statutes that follow:

2. Meetings: The Honors Committee shall meet at least twice each term (preferably in the first and last full months of each term), convened by the director, who will distribute in advance the agenda to all members. It can meet more often if needed. The director of the honors program will chair the meeting, and as a member of the committee will be designated in rotation to take minutes of resolutions and decisions. Quorum is a majority of the members of the committee. Motions and amendments to motions may be made on matters within the committees jurisdiction according to standard rules of order. Round table discussions and the exchange of ideas are encouraged.

3.Membership: Voting members of the committee are (a.) full time faculty presently teaching in the program, (b.) full time faculty who have taught in the program the previous year and have been invited to teach again and have accepted, and (c.) full time faculty who have been invited to teach in a specific course in the following term and have accepted. The director will indicate, at the first meeting of each term, the voting members of the committee for that term. Guests may be invited to attend meetings where appropriate, but they may not vote on decisions before the committee.

4. Decisions: The honors committee determines (a.) the courses to be taught in the honors program, (b.) policies and criteria for student admission, retention, and completion of the program, (c.) policies and criteria for awarding of scholarships to students, (d.) extra-curricular activities of the honors program, and (e.) the submission of a list of proposed candidates for director (in rank order) to the appropriate university authorities, in the term preceding the end of the current director's appointment. All decisions will be made by members by virtue of (#3 above) at meetings of the committee by virtue of (#2 above). 

5. Subcommittees: The honors committee may establish such permanent or temporary subcommittees to realize tasks as specified in (4) above. These subcommittees report to the honors committee or honors director ad determined by their mandates. 

6. Director: The director of the program is responsible for (a.) selecting faculty for honors courses, (b.) selecting students for admission to the program and dismissing those who do not meet standards for continuation in the program, and (c.) selecting students to be awarded scholarships. (b.) and (c.) may be done on recommendation of appropriate subcommittees as established in (#5 above). The director is also responsible for (d.) liaison with the university administration concerning the activities of the program, (e.) preparing and administering a budget for the program, (f.) publicizing the program on campus and to neighboring high schools and colleges, (g.) advising students and monitoring their progress, (h.) submitting reports on the program's activities and accomplishments, and (i.) supervising scholastic and extra-curricular activities of the program. Specific responsibilities may be delegated to individual members of the committee, who report to the director.

The Director shall be elected by voting members of the Honors Committee as defined above, subject to recommendation by the Dean of Arts and Sciences and approval by the President of Central Connecticut State University. The Director shall serve a three-year term, commencing and ending in August, after which she or he may choose to run for subsequent terms. Elections for Director shall normally be held in April of the second year of the Director's term, so that if there is a new Director-elect, she or he may apprentice under the outgoing Director. The Director-elect shall then assume duties the Fall semester of the following calendar year.

7. Statutes: These statutes may be modified by a 2/3 vote of the committee, with the exception of article (6) which depends on agreements with the university administration.