Extensions and Appeals

Students admitted to the HITM program are expected to meet paperwork deadlines and thesis milestones, as well as maintain a minimum 3.20 GPA. Missed deadlines or milestones and/or dipping below a 3.20 GPA may result in removal from the HITM program. Program requirements are reviewed in-depth in the Honors in the Major Handbook.

Extension Request Process

If extraordinary circumstances prevent adherence to the deadlines or milestones, the student must send an email to HITM@fsu.edu (cc: the thesis director in the email) with an explanation and a request for an extension. This emailed request assumes you have already previously spoken to the thesis director about the request.  The email must be received at least 3 business days before the deadline.

  • Extension requests will not be considered if they do not come from both the student and the thesis director.
  • Decisions regarding extension requests will be communicated to the student and the thesis director within three business days of receipt.
  • Extension requests made after a missed deadline or milestone may not be considered.

Appeals Process

Students have the right to appeal their removal from the HITM program if they believe the decision was unfair.

  • Students must complete the Appeal Form stating the details and reason for reconsideration.
  • No additional edits to the submission is allowed and a blind reviewer will evaluate the submission on the student's behalf.
  • Appeal Form must be submitted within two weeks (including holidays and weekends) of the missed deadline in question or notification of removal from the program.
  • The Honors Program will contact the student with the decision within two weeks of the appeal request.
  • Only one appeal request may be submitted per student.
  • If an appeal is granted and a student is subsequently removed from the HITM program due to failure to meet requirements, no additional appeals are possible, and removal from the program is final.
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