Students’ advisors are responsible for providing guidance regarding format and the conventions of scholarly documentation pertinent to their disciplines.  Advisors are also expected to periodically review the progress of their students’ research or creative activity. In addition, the advisor is responsible for asking faculty to serve as voting members of the examining committee and scheduling the exam.

All voting members of Lawrence University’s faculty may serve as advisors of Honors Projects. If the Honors Project advisor is a non-voting member of the faculty, he or she must enlist a voting member of the faculty to serve as a co-sponsor of the proposed Project and periodically consult with the co-sponsor as the project develops. A voting member of the faculty is one with academic rank (Instructor, Assistant Professor, Professor, etc.) and does not have to be tenure-track or full-time.  Emeriti professors are considered voting members of the faculty during those terms in which they are teaching.  Fellows may act as Honors Project advisors.  Visiting faculty may act as Honors Project advisors at the discretion of the Committee on Honors.

The advisor, in consultation with the student and with the assent of the Committee on Honors, appoints an examining committee consisting of at least three voting faculty members, one of whom must be from outside the student’s department; the advisor, if a voting member of the faculty, acts as one of the three voting members of the committee. If the advisor is a non-voting member of the faculty, the co-sponsor acts as one of the three examining committee members. The non-voting advisor attends the oral examination and participates in all aspects of the committee's discussion of the project except voting on whether to award honors and the level of honors to be awarded.

The advisor reports the results of the examination to the Committee on Honors prior to its last meeting. The Committee on Honors reviews the recommendations of each examining committee and submits its recommendations for Honors in Independent Study to the faculty for final approval.

Procedures for Handling Dissenting Opinions in Awarding Honors

On occasion, members of the examining committee may not agree upon the awarding of honors/no honors or the degree of honors to be awarded. Such dissent may be handled in one of two ways:

  1. The dissenting member of the committee, while unable to support the decision of the other members of the committee, may not disagree so strongly as to challenge the decision. In this instance, the inability of the committee members to come to a mutual decision should be indicated in the report submitted by the student's adviser to the Committee on Honors.
  2. The dissenting member of the committee may vigorously disagree with the decision, believing that inappropriate standards were applied or that incorrect evaluations were made in judging the project. In this situation, the dissenting member submits a written statement to the Committee on Honors, challenging the legitimacy of the decision and, in effect, requesting the Committee to reconsider the decision. The student's adviser should also include information concerning the disagreement in the report sent to the Committee on Honors.

In either instance, all members of the examining committee will sign the adviser's report to the Committee and the signature page which will later be attached to the library copy of the paper.

The Committee on Honors representative will also include a brief summary of the dissent in his/her report to the Committee.