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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 can use CHC PATHS to set up course contracts such as an independent study honors (ISH) or an Honors Thesis/Project (499Y/T/P). Faculty members and honors thesis committee members use CHC PATHS to review and authorize these contracts.

Appeals Procedure for CHC PATHS Submissions after the September 12th Deadline

The deadline for submission and completion of faculty approvals of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS was 11:59 p.m. on September 12, and has now passed. Submissions after the deadline 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, enter text 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

  1. specify the extenuating circumstances necessitating late registration
  2. demonstrate that a semester's worth of work for the credits requested will indeed be completed on the project during Fall 2019. 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 advisers and near-peer mentors.

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.

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

Note that the second member of the committee for a thesis 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 of the CHC website to guidelines for writing the proposal and registration details.