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CHC PATHS is an online tool for the Commonwealth Honors College community. A UMass NetID is required to log in.

Honors students must use CHC PATHS to set up the course contracts for an independent study honors (ISH) course, or an Honors Thesis (Research Manuscript, T, or Portfolio, P) (499Y/T/P) course. Faculty members and honors thesis committee members use CHC PATHS to review and authorize these contracts.

Information on deadlines for submission of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS for the Fall 2020 semester

For submissions on PATHS for all CHC contract-course proposals for Fall 2020, including senior thesis and independent study courses, the deadline for submission of the proposal by the student is August 15, 2020. This means that students anticipating submitting an Honors contract-course proposal need to work with the faculty sponsor during the Spring 2020 semester to ensure timely submission of the proposal on PATHS.

The deadline for completion of faculty approvals of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS is midnight on Monday, September 14, 2020. In addition, note that students cannot be registered for a course that requires permission for a course overload until that permission is granted.

This deadline is for all Honors contract-course proposals, including those for senior theses and independent study courses.

Faculty approvals are required from the supervisor of the thesis or independent study and the Honors Program Director of the department in which the course is registered.

Once all approvals are received, the contract-course proposal will be reviewed by the Academic Standards Committee of the Commonwealth Honors College. Before submitting, please review the requirements for the information that must be included in the proposal.

For a senior thesis, information is available at and

Note that the second member of the committee for a thesis or project must be named in the proposal for the second semester of a 499 course.

For other independent study honors contract proposals, see the information available at Links are provided on that page to guidelines for writing the proposal and registration details.

Appeals Procedure for CHC PATHS Submissions for the Spring 2020 semester

The deadline for submission and completion of faculty approvals of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS for the Spring 2020 semester has passed, and submissions will not be reviewed for approval by the CHC Academic Standards Committee unless they are accompanied by a Faculty Appeal. This appeal must be written in PATHS on the student's behalf by the student’s faculty sponsor (ISH) or committee chair (499T/P/Y). Click on the "Post Comment to Faculty Link" if comments have already been made or, if not, in the dialog box that will appear after the “approve” button has been clicked. Please put into the comments box the information requested below. The Faculty Appeal must

The CHC credit-hour requirement is a minimum of 3 hours of honors work per credit each week for the entire 13-week semester, not including attendance at group meeting or meeting with advisors and near-peer mentors.