Attendance, Satisfactory Progress, Academic Probation, Dismissal, Readmission, Bankruptcy
Regular on-time attendance in class and laboratory sessions is expected of all students in the University. Unavoidable absences should be explained to the instructor involved. If a student finds it necessary to take a leave of absence during a semester, he or she should discuss this with each instructor and arrange to make up course requirements.
Students failing to attend classes during the Add/Drop period may be dropped from those courses to accommodate students on waiting lists.
Declaration of Major
All classified undergraduate UH Hilo students should declare a major before registering for the junior year. Failure to do so could lengthen a student’s time to graduation.
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Satisfactory academic progress is defined by the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo as maintaining an undergraduate or post- baccalaureate UH Hilo cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or a graduate UH Hilo cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
An undergraduate student whose UH Hilo GPA is less than 2.0 will be notified and will be encouraged to seek academic advising.
An undergraduate student whose UH Hilo GPA is less than 2.0 will be placed on academic probation. A graduate student whose UH Hilo cumulative graduate GPA is less than 3.0 will be placed on academic probation.
Continued Academic Probation
Following a semester on academic probation, an undergraduate student will be placed on continued academic probation if the UH Hilo GPA for the semester just completed was 2.0 or higher, but the UH Hilo cumulative GPA remains less than 2.0.
An undergraduate student whose UH Hilo semester GPA and UH Hilo cumulative GPA are both below 2.0 at the end of a semester of academic probation or continued academic probation will be dismissed from the University. He or she may appeal the academic dismissal in writing to the appropriate college dean within 10 working days of receiving the notification of academic dismissal.
A graduate student whose UH Hilo semester and cumulative GPA is still below a 3.0 at the end of 2 semesters of academic probation will be dismissed from the University. Individual graduate programs may have stricter requirements.
College of Pharmacy students should refer to the College of Pharmacy Handbook for specific information pertaining to academic status and dismissal.
An undergraduate student who has been dismissed from the University for academic reasons may apply for readmission one semester after the date of academic dismissal. Such a student may be readmitted only under circumstances deemed acceptable to the appropriate college dean. Readmission is not automatic and will be granted only where there is evidence the student will perform satisfactorily.
Undergraduate students may declare one semester of their academic career at UH Hilo as an academically bankrupt semester. Although the student’s UH Hilo GPA will be recalculated to exclude all of the grades from the bankrupt semester, the grades from that semester will remain on the transcript. A notation that the student has declared academic bankruptcy will appear on the transcript. A declaration of academic bankruptcy must be made prior to graduation.
Students who are interested in declaring academic bankruptcy should take the following into consideration:
- Courses taken during the semester for which a student declares academic bankruptcy count toward the “3-peat” rule, which limits to three the number of times a student may take a course.
- If a student received financial aid during the semester for which he or she declares academic bankruptcy, he or she should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine how declaring academic bankruptcy might impact his or her financial aid eligibility.
- No courses taken during the semester of academic bankruptcy shall count toward a degree, certificate, or minor.
- Only one semester may be declared bankrupt during a student’s academic career at UH Hilo.
- Under no circumstances may less than a full semester’s work be declared bankrupt.
The form to declare academic bankruptcy is available at each of the college deans’ offices, in each of the College of Arts and Science Division Offices and online at hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/registrar/forms.php
- Academic Expectations and Responsibilities
- Academic Advising
- Adding a Course
- Dropping or Withdrawing from a Course
- Complete Withdrawal
- Change of Major/College/Classified Status
- Classification of Students
- Course Numbering System
- Credits, Grades, and Examinations
- Transfer Credits
- Credit for Education Received While in Military Service
- Final Examinations
- Repeating Courses
- Directed Reading and Directed Studies
- Exceptions to Academic Regulations
- Attendance, Satisfactory Progress, Academic Probation, Dismissal, Readmission, Bankruptcy
- Academic Dishonesty
- Academic Complaints
- Participation in Assessment Efforts
- Graduation Requirements