Continued Enrollment (Good Standing)
In order to be considered active members of the Honors Program and in good standing, students must::
- Hold themselves at all times to the highest standards of honesty and integrity, both inside and outside of the classroom. Conduct themselves personally at all times according to the policies of the campus and Honors Program. Remain in good standing at all times with the OCC Dean of Student Services' Office.
- Incidents of reported academic dishonesty or violations of campus conduct policies, if any, are not pending disciplinary action and have been resolved without temporary or permanent dismissal from the college.
- Maintain the required minimum cumulative GPA* in all transferable coursework; Avoid Incomplete grades that carry the potential for disqualification (IB, IC, ID, IF, or INP); or, obtain a recommendation for continued participation from an honors counselor
- Successfully complete at least one honors course within one year of admission to the Program; or, obtain a recommendation for continued participation from an honors counselor if this requirement has not been met
- Meet with an honors counselor at least once per year (we strongly recommend that students meet with their honors counselor at least once per semester)
- Be continuously enrolled at OCC, or file a petition for “Leave of Absence” status with the Academic Honors Office, stating the reasons for the request
Special recognition is awarded to transferring or graduating students who complete the following requirements:
- Complete at least 15 Honors units distributed over at least three different subject areas. Earn a letter grade in each course (complete at least 12 of the 15 honors units BEFORE the start of your final semester at OCC to qualify for honors transfer certification)
- Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 in all transferable coursework, including courses taken at other institutions. (This requirement must be met immediately prior to beginning the final semester at OCC for certification.)
- Earn a minimum grade of B in at least one of the following English composition courses: Engl A100, A101/A101H, A102/102H, or A109; OR earn exemption from Engl A100 with an AP score of 3 or higher
- Show evidence that any remaining honors coursework required for certification is in progress during the final semester at OCC. Students are welcome to go over the minimum honors unit requirement or take more than the remaining required units in their final semester (certification for honors transfer priority consideration depends on at least 12 honors units being complete before the start of the final semester with any remaining units "in progress" -- that is, confirmed enrollment in those classes)
- Show a “line out” or “exclusion” for any course with a D, F, or NC/NP (no credit/no pass); this may be accomplished with course repetition for a passing grade and a petition filed with the OCC Records Office to request the exclusion of a substandard grade OR through Academic Renewal, which is addressed at a scheduled appointment with a counselor)
- Possess a transcript free of Incomplete grades that carry the potential of disqualification for certification or recognition of completion, including IB, IC, ID, IF, INP)
- Meet with an honors counselor to review eligibility and submit final paperwork for honors transfer certification by the annual deadline (usually the end of February)
- Resolve any incidents of academic dishonesty or violations of campus conduct policies prior to requesting certification or transcript notation for the completion of the Honors Program. Disciplinary action must have been resolved without temporary or permanent dismissal from the college. Students must be in good standing with the OCC Dean of Students' Office.
Credit for Honors coursework completed at other institutions:
A maximum of one-half the required UC-transferable semester honors units for certification/ completion may be earned at another community college or university toward completion of the Honors Program at OCC. Check with an Honors Counselor before registering for courses that you may wish to apply to your OCC Honors Program completion.Note: Students may petition for exceptions to certain Honors Program policies that may otherwise block their enrollment, continuation, or certification/ completion. To find out more about the petition process and request the necessary form, please contact the Honors Office: Phone: 714.432.5601; Email: email@example.com; or visit during walk-in hours: Watson Hall 287
The Orange Coast College Honors Program
Creating a Community of Scholars