The Fac­ulty Senate on Wednesday passed a res­o­lu­tion on delaying imple­menting new GPA require­ments to grad­uate with honors by one year, so the class of 2014 will grad­uate with the same honors require­ments that have been in place since they were first-​​year students.

In 2010, the Senate passed the orig­inal res­o­lu­tion about raising the require­ments stu­dents need in order to grad­uate with “Latin” honors—cum laude, magna cum laude, and summa cum laude—for the first time since 1984.

Under the new require­ments, under­grad­uate stu­dents need a GPA of 3.5 to 3.69 to grad­uate cum laude, 3.7 to 3.849 to grad­uate magna cum laude, and 3.85 to 4.0 for summa cum laude. To make the Dean’s List, stu­dents would be need a 3.5 GPA.

The require­ments were changed from 3.25 to 3.49 for cum laude, 3.5 to 3.749 for magna cum laude, and 3.75 to 4.0 for summa cum laude.

According to the 2010 res­o­lu­tion, the changes were to take effect last month. But Bruce Ronkin, vice provost for under­grad­uate edu­ca­tion, explained on Wednesday an exten­sion is needed because it’s the gen­eral prac­tice of North­eastern that the aca­d­emic require­ments defined in the hand­book stu­dents receive in their first year should carry through to graduation.

If aca­d­emic pro­grams or require­ments change after that date, those changes simply take effect for the fol­lowing year’s freshmen class,” Ronkin told the Senate.

Stu­dents who were enrolled as freshmen in the 2009-​​10 aca­d­emic year—when the res­o­lu­tion passed—and are on the five-​​year, three co-​​op pro­gram are expected to grad­uate in May. Crim­i­nology pro­fessor James Alan Fox noted that a couple of his stu­dents approached him about the require­ment changes and he was in favor of extending the implementation.

It does make sense, in fair­ness, that what­ever the policy was when they entered should be the one they grad­uate with, assuming they grad­uate on time,” Fox said.

Also at Wednesday’s meeting, Fac­ulty Senate agreed on pro­posed changes to Senate bylaws, including giving full-​​time non-​​tenure-​​track fac­ulty mem­bers the right to vote for Fac­ulty Senate candidates.

The pro­posed changes will now go to tenured and tenure-​​track fac­ulty for their votes, and a two-​​thirds majority and at least 25 per­cent par­tic­i­pa­tion is required for the changes to pass.

The Senate also passed a sense of the senate res­o­lu­tion that mem­bers sup­port giving appro­priate, con­tin­uing full-​​time non-​​tenure-​​track fac­ulty mem­bers full par­tic­i­pa­tion in fac­ulty gov­er­nance, including run­ning for Fac­ulty Senate. That would be based on, among other actions, due process pro­tec­tions in insti­tu­tion poli­cies and actions being afforded to full-​​time non-​​tenure-​​track faculty.

There are a lot of fac­tors here, and I under­stand that,” said J. Murray Gibson, dean of the Col­lege of Sci­ence, who pro­posed the sense of the senate res­o­lu­tion. “I’m sug­gesting we all vote and say ‘we want to get there.’ We want to get to this place where we have equality in rep­re­sen­ta­tion. I think it would be really pow­erful to say that now or we could quickly lose energy.”

An ad hoc com­mittee pre­sented a report on the status of full-​​time non-​​tenure-​​track to the Fac­ulty Senate ear­lier this month, and those rec­om­men­da­tions, as well as their pos­sible impact on the Senate Bylaws were dis­cussed in a “committee-​​of-​​the-​​whole” ses­sion. The pro­posed bylaws called for a new standing com­mittee made up entirely of full– time non– tenure– track fac­ulty mem­bers that would report to the Senate Agenda Committee.