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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 (499Y/T/P) course. Faculty members and honors thesis committee members use CHC PATHS to review and authorize these contracts.
Final Thesis Submission of Documents to be Archived (abstract, manuscript, portfolio, reflections, etc.)
For graduates in:
•Spring 2021: May 10, 2021
Submission and Registration of Honors Thesis Proposals and Honors Independent Study Proposals
•Research proposals for Spring 2021: December 10, 2020
•Research proposals for Fall 2021: August 1, 2021
Faculty Approvals of Honors Thesis Proposals and Independent Study Courses
•Faculty should review proposals as soon as notified by PATHS. Please note that after February 6, 2021 an appeal is required.
Approvals are required from the Faculty Sponsor of the thesis or independent study AND the Honors Program Director of the department in which the course is registered. Once all faculty approvals are received, the proposal will be reviewed by the CHC Academic Standards Committee.
NOTE: Students cannot be registered for a course that requires permission for a course overload until permission is granted. Students should review the requirements before submission of a proposal.
For an honors thesis, information is available at https://www.umass.edu/honors/curriculum/thesis
For other independent study honors contract proposals, see the information available at https://www.umass.edu/honors/advising/handbook/curriculum/independent. Links are provided on that page to guidelines for writing the proposal and registration details.
UMass Guidelines for Undergraduate Researchers in Spring 2021 and Fall 2021
All proposal submissions must include a COVID-19 Impact Statement that describes how the circumstances of the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters will be accommodated. This information will be gathered as part of the semester plan for 499Y and ISH, and as part of the proposal for 499T/P.
Any undergraduate student who intends to complete on-site laboratory and field work is subject to several requirements, conditions and limitations to mitigate the health and safety risks of COVID-19. Research that can be conducted remotely is not subject to these limitations. It is recommended that projects be adjusted to remote work if and where possible. Students planning to do research involving on-site laboratory or field work will be registered for academic credit in a F2F course (e.g., honors thesis, or an independent study course) and they must be included in their faculty sponsor’s Research and Libraries Operating Plan (RLOP).
Please refer to the Chancellor's UMass Spring 2021 Re-opening Plan for guidelines on undergraduate research. Please note: Fall 2021 reopening plans have not yet been announced and any changes to the policy regarding RLOP will be posted on https://www.umass.edu/coronavirus/news/research-library-operating-plan-rlop-form-now-available.
After the February 6, 2021 deadline for approval of Honors contract-course proposals on PATHS for the Spring 2021 semester, proposals will not be reviewed by the CHC Academic Standards Committee unless they are accompanied by a Faculty Appeal.
An 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. In the comments box, please
1. Explain the extenuating circumstances necessitating late registration,
2. Confirm that a semester's worth of work for the credits requested will indeed be completed on the project during Spring 2021.Login