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Honors Gripes

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By Christopher B. Wright

The uncertainty surrounding the number of students in the class of '78 adversely affected by the Faculty's recent tightening of the honors requirements is delaying remedial action, Dean Whitlock said Thursday night.

Under the new requirements, pass-fail courses reduce a candidate's chances for magna and cum laude degrees, beginning with the class of '78.

If a very great number of students are upset and want to change the status of their spring-semester courses from pass-fail to graded, the Ad Board will announce a procedure to allow them to do so, Whitlock said.

Another delay in resolving the dilemma is that the Faculty has not met again to consider amending the requirements, Whitlock added. The next meeting of the Faculty is scheduled for April 13.

The Class of '78 is the first class subject to the requirement changes. The Crimson incorrectly specified it as the Class of '79 yesterday.

In independent straw votes taken two weeks ago, both the Ad Board and the Faculty Council voted unanimously against the Faculty's March 9 decision to change the first class affected from '79 to '78, rather than from '78 to '77, as reported.

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