The purpose of this policy is to provide basic definitions and rules for course registration, curriculum completion, and graduation at Brigham Young University–Hawaii (“BYU-Hawaii” or “university”.)
To receive a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University–Hawaii, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours of instruction that includes sufficient English proficiency and completion of current core, program, religious education, and residency requirements as specified in the official university catalog in effect at the time the student first matriculates. Alternatively, students may elect to apply graduation requirements installed at a date after first matriculation. The various rules associated with completing these requirements are outlined below.
The proper procedures for making changes to this policy are given in Table 1 of the Academic Governance Policy as follows:
Major Revision: Category E
Minor Revision: Category H
Elimination: Category E
3.1 Academic Credit
A student may earn academic credit that will be recognized by the university in the following ways:
- Complete work in regular academic courses offered at BYU–Hawaii.
- Transfer credit from courses completed at an accredited college or university. The transferability of these courses and the amount of credit awarded is determined by the Ho’okele Office according to procedures explained on the Ho’okele Department and Academic Advising websites. Students are required to submit transcripts for all college-level coursework completed elsewhere upon application for admission to the university.
- Fulfillment of specific program requirements (majors, minors, and certificates) is evaluated under the direction of the dean of the faculty unit responsible for the program.
- Fulfillment of general university graduation requirements by transfer courses is evaluated by a three-person committee consisting of the registrar, the advisement manager, and the associate academic vice president for curriculum and assessment.
- Complete Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, with satisfactory scores. AP scores are evaluated as transfer credit in the Ho’okele office, and current standards for AP credit are listed on the Ho’okele website.
- Obtain credit for foreign language courses by successfully completing a test from Foreign Language Achievement Testing Services (note that credit obtained through this test may not fulfill specific program requirements; check the current catalog for details). Credit for English as an International Language (EIL) can be acquired by non-native speakers of English depending on the English Language level they demonstrate through proficiency exams on arrival at the university.
- Serve in the armed forces. A Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, has been adopted by BYU–Hawaii as a basis for evaluating college-level training and experiences in the armed forces. Students desiring credit should bring their military service DD-214 form to the Ho’okele Office.
To be eligible to register for and enroll in classes during the next semester, students must:
- have received an official letter of acceptance from the university or been enrolled either full-time or part-time during the previous semester,
- be free from any registration restrictions or holds,
- have not yet reached the end of their time allotment (Section 3.5).
3.2.2 Credit Hour Definition
Generally, a credit hour is defined as one hour (50 minutes) of in-class instruction plus a minimum of two hours of additional student work per week for fifteen weeks (including final exams week) each semester, or the equivalent amount of work over a different length of time (e.g. spring semester).
At least an equivalent amount of work as designated in the previous paragraph is required for other academic activities as established by the institution including laboratory work, internships, practicums, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.
Full-time status is defined as 12 or more credits for fall and winter semesters and 8 or more credits for spring semester.
3.2.3 Registration Procedure
Students register online in the Student Center on the university website (hereafter “Student Center”). Registration is based on a priority system that allows students to begin registration according to their class standing or number of completed hours. Priority begins with seniors who have applied to graduate, then seniors and EIL students, then juniors, then sophomores, and then freshmen. Students enrolled in Educational Outreach may register 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester. Assigned enrollment dates may be verified online in the Student Center. Detailed instructions for the registration procedure are available on the Advisement pages in the university website.
Every student attending classes at BYU–Hawaii must register and pay tuition. Attendance in classes without official registration is not permitted and will result in forfeiture of any right or credit in that class.
Financial holds, vaccination/health restrictions, and all other registration holds must be cleared prior to registration. A student is not considered registered unless all phases of admissions and registration involved have been satisfactorily accomplished. Registration is finalized by payment of tuition. New international non-native English speakers will be registered by Academic Advisors after completion of placement testing.
3.2.4 Changes in Registration (Add/Drop)
Changes in registration may be made during the self-serve add/drop period (first three days of class) without charge. The computer registration system may be used for executing changes during this time. If a class is closed, a student may still add it by submitting to the academic advisor or Office of the Registrar written permission from the instructor.
Classes may also be added during the one-week exceptions period (the seven calendar days after the self-serve add/drop period is over) with written permission from the instructor submitted to the academic advisor or the Office of the Registrar.
Classes may be dropped until the Withdrawal Period begins. A $10 fee will be charged for each class dropped after the first three days of school, including second session (block) classes.
Students are responsible for dropping classes, withdrawing from classes after the drop period is finished, or discontinuing from the university to avoid receiving an F on their academic record for not completing the class requirements. For example, classes are not dropped automatically for non-payment of tuition.
3.2.5 Course Numbering System
1 to 100: Pre-college level courses.
100 to 299 (lower division): Courses intended primarily for freshmen and sophomores.
300 to 499 (upper division): Courses intended primarily for juniors and seniors.
Section numbers of a given course may also contain the following additional information:
Sections 1–99 indicate a face-to-face on-campus instruction mode.
Section 100-199 indicate a hybrid mode of instruction meaning a combination of face-to-face and online instruction.
Sections 200–299 indicate online courses with a required on-campus component.
3.2.6 Withdrawal from a Class
Any student withdrawing from individual classes after the drop period and during the withdrawal period (see the academic calendar for deadlines) must contact the instructor of the class with the appropriate form and complete the withdrawal procedure. No withdrawals are permitted after the established deadline. Based on the student’s academic performance to that date, the professor will assign either a W (passing at the time of withdrawal) or WF (failing at the time of withdrawal). A student who does not withdraw properly will receive an F grade. The WF is also calculated as a failing grade and may affect a student’s academic standing.
If withdrawing from a class reduces the number of enrolled credits below the threshold for full-time status, eligibility for Federal Financial Aid and university student benefits are impacted. International students may not withdraw from classes if doing so places them out of status.
3.2.7 Repeated Classes
BYU–Hawaii Classes: Students may repeat as many classes as they choose if they are able to complete all graduation requirements within the allotted time. Online and face-to-face courses from BYU–Hawaii are treated the same.
Transfer Credit: For a transfer grade to be replaced, the student must repeat that course at the institution where the original course was taken and then transfer the credit to BYU–Hawaii. If a class taken at a different institution is repeated at BYU–Hawaii, the transfer record of the previous class will be adjusted to show it as an elective class.
In all cases of courses repeated for credit, the most recent grade will replace the previous grade, whether it is higher or lower.
3.2.8 Classes Taken by Audit
Students who wish to audit a class (take a course without receiving any credit for it) may register or add the class on the first day of the semester by submitting an add/drop form signed by the instructor to the Office of the Registrar after the semester has begun. The add/drop form must indicate the student’s desire to take it as an audit. These classes appear as a “V” on the student’s transcript and do not affect a student’s grade point average. Students must be officially enrolled to be eligible to audit classes. The charge for auditing classes is the same as for credit classes.
3.2.9 Semester Credit Overload Policy
An undergraduate student in good academic standing may register for as many as 18 hours of credit in fall or winter semester or 12 hours in spring semester by following the regular registration procedure. Credit hours taken in excess of 18 for fall and winter or 12 for spring are considered credit overload. All credit overloads require the permission and signature (on an add/drop form) of the student’s major program dean.
3.3 Double Counting
There are no limits on the number of courses that may count toward completing requirements for multiple programs.
However, students are not awarded both a major and a minor in the same subject. If they complete the requirements for both, only the major is awarded. Likewise, when minors are completely embedded within a major, the minor is awarded when the student meets the requirements for the minor but not the major. When the requirements for both are completed, only the major is awarded.
Double-counting between the same major/minor and certificate is allowed and the certificate is awarded in addition to the major or minor when requirements for both are completed.
3.4 Academic Standing
3.4.1 Classification by Credits Earned
Freshman: 0 to 29 credits
Sophomore: 30 to 59 credits
Junior: 60 to 89 credits
Senior: 90 or more credits
3.4.2 Grade Rules
The following letter grades are given at the university. The grade point average (GPA) is computed by using the numeric values indicated.
Other marks that may be given are: I (Incomplete), NS (Grade Not Submitted), P (Passing), NP (Not Passing), T (Course Work in Progress), W (Withdrawn), and V (Audit).
The I Grade
The I grade indicates that the required work for a class has not yet been completed and is given only when extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student make it impossible to complete the required work within the prescribed time. Students do not re-register to complete a course for which an I grade was recorded. Arrangements for an I grade must be made between the instructor and the student prior to the end of the semester.
An I grade form specifying the work to be completed and the deadline for completion (up to a maximum of one year), prepared by the instructor and approved by the appropriate dean of the faculty, must be turned in to the Office of the Registrar no later than one week after grades are due. The I grade is never given when a student is failing or has failed a course.
A Grade Change Authorization form is processed through the Office of the Registrar on completion of the course work. The I is not computed in the grade point average until one year has elapsed, at which time it is computed as an F if the course requirements have not yet been completed. The due date for course completion may be extended only with the approval of the instructor.
The NS Grade
When a faculty member does not submit a final grade by the specified deadline, the grade of NS is posted by the Office of the Registrar on the student’s official record. An NS grade does not affect a student’s final grade or the grade point average. However, the student does not earn any credit for the course as long as the NS grade remains. The NS grade may affect scholarships, financial aid, housing, graduation status, and transcripts. Instructors are responsible for changing the NS designation to the proper final grade through a Grade Change Authorization form.
P and NP Grades
The P grade indicates successful completion of a course for which the pass/not-pass grade rule is designated. A P grade is received if students’ work in the course is rated as equivalent to C or better. If the work is not rated at this level, NP will appear on the permanent record. The P and NP are not included in the computation of the grade point average.
The T Grade
A grade of T indicates course work in progress and is only used in 399R and other internship courses in which work may extend beyond the semester. The T grade may be changed to A, B, C, D, F, P, or NP, depending on the grade rule for the course, when the work is completed. A T grade does not affect a student’s GPA until one year has elapsed, at which time it is computed as an F or NP (failing grade) if the course requirements have not been completed. The due date for course completion may be extended only with the approval of the instructor.
W and WF Grades
Courses discontinued officially up to the 5th week (fall and winter semesters) or 3rd week (spring semester) do not appear on students’ permanent records. From the 6th week through the 9th week (fall and winter) or 4th through 5th week (spring), the instructor reports to the Office of the Registrar the student’s grade status (passing or failing) at the time of the withdrawal. A grade of W is entered on the record of students who are passing the course at the time of withdrawal, and a WF is recorded for those who are failing. The W is not used in computing the student’s GPA. WF is counted as 0.00 grade points in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.
Grades are available to students via their myBYUH SC at the end of each semester.
3.4.3 Grade Probation
Students are placed on grade probation when they fall into any of the following categories:
- Student has attempted at least 24 credits and the Cumulative GPA is below 2.0.
- Student semester GPA is below 1.5 regardless of Cumulative GPA or attempted credits.
Students on grade probation are subject to the following consequences and corrective processes:
- Students are required to meet with the Center for Academic Success to develop an academic plan and determine which section of STDEV 101R course to take. Successful completion of STDEV 101R is expected from all academic probation students.
- Students who fail to meet with the Center will have a hold placed on their registration.
The intent of this policy is to ensure that the student has the support needed to improve their academic performance and to make progress related to raising the Cumulative GPA and/or semester GPA above 2.0. Working with the Center for Academic Success is required. Failure to progress will result in grade suspension the following semester.
Role of Faculty Members
Due to the short number of days between semesters, it is critical for faculty to submit grades within the established time frame to give the Office of the Registrar twenty-four hours to notify students of grade probation status.
3.4.4 Grade Suspension
When a student has been placed on grade probation for one semester and their semester GPA for the next semester and their Cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, they are placed on Grade Suspension.
A suspended student cannot register for any classes on campus and must be readmitted to the university to continue as a student. This includes but is not limited to registering for Education Outreach classes, taking classes at a reduced load, or for audit and taking classes as a part-time or non-degree seeking student. A suspended student may apply for readmission when the individual can provide evidence of being ready to return and engage in successful full-time study. The readmission may not be for a semester beginning sooner than one year after the start of the last semester attended before the suspension was executed.
During the first semester of Grade Suspension, the consequences are held in abeyance, allowing students one additional semester to prove they can be successful. Students who are granted Grade Suspension in Abeyance must obtain a 2.0 GPA for each semester that they attend, or the consequences of the Grade Suspension are immediately executed without appeal.
The Abeyance continues until the Cumulative GPA rises above 2.0 and the Enrollment Services Committee feels the student has demonstrated the ability to remain in school.
Appealing Academic Suspensions
In general, the abeyance process eliminates the need for appeals. However, if a student believes that his or her situation warrants additional consideration, that student may submit a written letter of appeal to the Enrollment Services Committee. The letter may be submitted through the academic advisor or the university registrar. As part of the process, the committee may invite the student to present the case in-person to the committee. Decisions by the committee are final and binding. Those decisions are communicated in writing to the student within 30 days of receipt of the initial appeal letter from the student.
3.4.5 D Grades
University academic standing and graduation standards are based solely on GPA (2.0).
In addition, some degree programs limit the number of D grades allowed in order to complete major requirements. Rules regarding D grades in the majors are determined by the faculty units housing the major and approved by the University Curriculum Council.
There is no D grade limit for completing minors or certificates.
3.4.6 English as an International Language (EIL) Progress
This section applies to all students whose English proficiency assessed during admission and early first-year matriculation places them in the EIL program. Students are not permitted to retake the placement test unless approved by the EIL Coordinator.
After any semester, including the first semester, students with:
- adequate proficiency and engagement in EIL classes progress to the next level (or ½ level, if applicable). Adequate proficiency is defined as a minimum of 80% on three out of four of the final level proficiency exams taken at the current level and a “B” or better grade in the core level courses.
- inadequate proficiency (i.e., not meeting the standard in #1) during the first attempt at EIL classes at the current level are placed on EIL Proficiency Probation. During this probation, they may repeat classes at the current level in an attempt to reach proficiency.
- repeated inadequate proficiency at a given level must return home and are placed on EIL Proficiency Suspension.
- inadequate engagement (i.e., fewer than 80% of engagement points based on attendance and homework completion) must return home on EIL Engagement Suspension. When possible, students at risk of falling short of this standard will be given a midterm engagement alert warning them of consequences if their attendance and/or homework completion do not improve to acceptable standards. EIL Engagement Suspension is also triggered by failure to enroll in EIL courses associated with the current proficiency level and other courses assigned by the EIL Coordinator.
Students suspended for either insufficient proficiency or engagement are dismissed from the university. Return to study requires readmission following the same rules and abeyance procedures described in Section 3.4.3. Suspension for EIL progress takes precedence over Grade Probation or Grade Suspension.
3.5 Allotment of Time
Students are expected to graduate within four consecutive years. Students may be permitted to complete their degree beyond four years if the relevant requirements are completed away from campus. (i.e., online courses at the end of their studies). Furthermore, the four-year limit may be extended to accommodate an internship for credit if the internship involves part-time enrollment or if the internship site is located outside the U.S. All other internships must be completed within the four years. The allotment of time is extended to accommodate a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Within this allotment of four years, students must progress towards a degree in order to maintain their eligibility to graduate in their desired major. Students who do not progress because of repeated failures are still required to finish within four years, but they may need to graduate with a different major or with an associate degree.
Students may choose to take elective courses, additional majors, or programs beyond those required to complete the Holokai requirements if these courses and programs can be completed within the allotment of time. Participation in these additional courses or programs is not acceptable as a justification for granting any additional allotment of time.
For students who test into intermediate-level EIL classes, the four-year allotment does not commence until the student completes two semesters of EIL or when the student begins Academic I Level coursework (whichever comes first).
The time allotment for students with previous college credit is prorated based on the principle of a four-year total following evaluation of credits accepted.
3.6 Leave of Absence and Discontinuance
BYU–Hawaii students are expected to attend classes during all three semesters each year. Requests for a leave of absence during one of the semesters must be approved by the Dean of Students. In general, these leaves of absence are intended for students experiencing medical conditions or psychological distress that make the leave in the student’s best interest. If a leave of absence is granted, that leave does not extend the student’s allotment of time to complete his or her studies. For example, a student with an allotment of four years must still finish within the same four years as though the leave had not been granted.
Discontinuing from the university consists of withdrawing from all classes in a semester. It is recommended that students counsel with instructors, academic advisors, financial aid counselors, international student counselors (for international students), or members of the Counseling Center before making the decision to discontinue. Students discontinuing their entire registration at the university may apply for discontinuance in the myBYUH SC. Prior to requesting a discontinuance, students must check with the housing office regarding contractual obligations and the consequences that may occur by submitting a discontinuance.
All students leaving for one or more semesters without an approved leave of absence should discontinue enrollment. Those who have not registered for classes and have not notified the university regarding their absence will be discontinued automatically that semester.
Students who have discontinued from the university must apply for readmission before registering for courses and returning to study.
For financial information, see the sections under Discontinuance-Tuition Charge/Refund on the university’s tuition and fees webpage.
3.7 Completion of Discontinued Programs
If any academic program or degree is discontinued at BYU–Hawaii for any reason, provisions will be made for students impacted to complete their program in which they are currently enrolled within a reasonable time period. If the program is being replaced with a revised version, students are granted the option of completing the new version.
3.8 Graduation and Commencement
Students graduate at the end of the semester in which all graduation requirements are completed. Participation in Commencement does not mean the student has graduated.
Students may not enroll for additional semesters after they have graduated unless admitted to a post-baccalaureate program.
It is the student’s responsibility to complete all graduation requirements and comply with all university policies and procedures in order to graduate from BYU–Hawaii and receive a diploma.
4. RELATED POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Executive Sponsor: Academic Vice President
Approved by President's Council: December 14, 2020
Modified: May 11th, 2021
Full revision history maintained by Human Resources.