Credits, Grades and Exams
Maximum Course Load: University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu students may take up to 18 credits. Those who request enrollment of 19 or more credit hours of work in any semester must obtain approval from the Dean of Student Services. Approval for more than 18 credits will not be given at the time of pre-registration except for extenuating circumstances and must be approved by the Dean of Student Services.
International Students: International students on student visas are required to carry a minimum of 12 units of credit each semester.
Evaluation and Grades
Grades are awarded for the purpose of recognizing different levels of achievement in the pursuit of course objectives. These grades are interpreted as follows:
Grades Interpretation Grade Points
A Excellent Achievement 4.0
B Above Average Achievement 3.0
C Average Achievement 2.0
D Minimal Passing Achievement 1.0
F Failure 0.0
I Incomplete 0.0
L Audit 0.0
R Credit (for Challenge Exams) 0.0
W Withdrawal 0.0
The “W” grade indicates formal withdrawal from a course between the fourth and ninth week of instruction.
Individual grade reports are no longer mailed to the student after each semester. Grades may be viewed and/or printed through the MyUH Portal over the World Wide Web. Grade reports may be requested by the student at the Student Services Office.
With the approval of the instructor, an “I” or incomplete grade may be awarded at the request of the student. An “I” indicates that the student has yet to complete part of the work in the course. Each “I” grade will be reported with a letter grade which indicates student performance in the class at the end of the term. If no further work is submitted by the student by the published deadline, the incomplete will automatically convert to the assigned letter grade (e.g. an “IF” will convert to a grade of “F”). Each student receiving an “I” should contact the instructor to determine what work must be completed to make up the incomplete. Grade changes must be submitted by the instructor to the Student Services Office no later than the dates specified on the University Academic Calendar. If a grade change is not submitted by deadline, the “I” grade will automatically become the letter grade assigned with the incomplete. “I” grades will be noted on the transcript along with the grade that will be earned once the deadline for incomplete grade changes has passed.
Transcripts of coursework completed at the University of Hawaiʻi - West Oʻahu may be obtained with a written request to the Student Services Office. The cost per copy is $5.00 for “regular” processing within 10 business days after date of receipt. “Rush” transcripts are prepared for mailing within two business days after date of receipt and may be requested at a cost of $15.00 per copy. Payment must be remitted at the time the transcript request is made.Transcripts to be sent to University of Hawaiʻi system campuses for admission purposes are sent at no cost to the student.
Regular and prompt class attendance is expected of all students. A student is expected to inform each instructor of anticipated or unavoidable absences. The responsibility for make up work lies with the student. Unexcused absences exceeding 20% per calendar month is considered unsatisfactory attendance.
When a student fails to attend a class or stops attending class but does not officially withdraw from that class, the instructor may award any letter grade, including an “F.” Under no circumstances will the “W” grade be awarded by the instructor.
Repetition of Courses
A student may repeat any course taken at the University, regardless of the grade received. However, in the certification of a degree, credit will be allowed once for a course. In determining whether the concentration requirement has been met, the higher grade and grade point will be used. The lower grade, however, shall remain on the student’s record and will be calculated into the UH West Oʻahu cumulative grade point average.
In some cases, courses such as Directed Reading and Selected Topics may be repeated for additional credit. The student’s faculty advisor should be consulted in this matter.