Table of Contents
Academic Calendar 3
Messages form the Chancellors -St. Croix 5
Messages form the Chancellors St. Thomas 6
Note to Students 7
Know your University 9
Section I. Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity 10
American With Disabilities Act 10
Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act 10
Drug and Alcohol Policy 1 1
Emergency Closings 1 1
Family Education Rights And Privacy Act 1 1
Sexual Harassment 12
Student Right-To-Know 12
Section II. Academic Resources and Procedures
Center for Advising and Tutorial Services (CATS) 13
Class Attendance and Behavior 13
Computer Labs 14
Course S. II Ius 14
E-mail accounts 14
Faculty Advisors 15
Faculty and Office Hours 16
Freshman Center 16
Freshman Development Seminar 17
Information Technology Services 17
Student/Faculty or Staff Conferences 18
Administrative and Academic Procedures
Changing Majors 19
Identification Cards 19
Registration/Changes of Registration 20
Transfer Credit 2
Tuition/Fees Payment 21
Computer Literacy Examination 2
English Proficiency Examination 22
Graduation Evaluation and Application 22
Semester Checklist 22
Section III. Student Life and Resources
Athletics and Recreation 23
Campus Security 24
Counseling and Placement Services 26
Disabilities Services 26
Drugs and Alcohol on Campus 26
Drug and Prevention Education Program (DAPEP) 27
Food Service 27
SIll ii Services and Insurance 27
Laundry Services 28
Mail Services 29
Leadership, Service, and Student Life Programs
Mentorship Program 29
Peer Counseling and Peer Leaders/
Peer Tutors and Peer Mentors 29
Senior Reserve Officer Training Corps (SROTC) 30
Student Exchange Programs 30
Student Government Association 30
Student Representative on the Board of Trustees 31
Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders in the Caribbean 31
Student Activities 32
Food, Alcohol and Vendor Services 32
Sponsoring an Activity 33
Student Clubs and Organizations 33
Alma Mater by the Sea 35
Section IV. Code of Student Conduct
Major Infractions 36
General Infractions 39
Minor Infractions Sanctions 40
Due Process Proceedings 44
Appeal Procedures 45
The Discipline Committee 46
Residence Hall Judicial Council 46
Student Judicial Board During the Summer 46
Appendix A 47
2005 2006 ACADEMIC CALENDAR
17th -1 9th
7th -1 0th
1 st 7th
Last day to pay tuition & fees
New student orientation
New student advisement & registration
Advisement & late registration
Holiday LABOR DAY (University closed)
Final day to drop w/o WF,WP, or change from credit to audit or audit to credit
Midterm low grade reports due
Final day to drop w/o Provost's permission
Admissions application deadline for Spring 2006
Advisement & registration for continuing students for Spring 2006
Holiday LIBERTY DAY (University closed)
Advisement & registration for continuing students for Spring
Advisement & registration for continuing students for Spring
Holiday VETERANS' DAY (University closed)
Holiday THANKSGIVING (University closed)
Holiday FORTSBERG/DISCOVERY DAY (University closed)
University recess (No classes)
Schedule adjustment for classes meeting on Fridays
Fall semester ends for students
Last day to submit grades
Fall semester ends for faculty
Last day for returning students to pay tuition & fees for Spring 2006
Spring Semester 2006 next page
SPRING SEMESTER 2006
1 7th 1 8th
1 5th 1 6th
1 st -
9th 1 0th
New student orientation
New students' advisement & registration
Advisement and late registration
Holiday MARTIN LUTHER KING'S B/D (University closed)
Last day to apply for graduation
Last day to drop w/o WP, WF, or to change from credit to audit or audit to credit
Midterm low grade reports due
University Spring recess (No classes)
Last day to drop w/o Provost's permission
Advisement & Registration for continuing students for Fall 2006
Advisement & Registration for Fall 2006 con't
University Recess (University closed)
University recess (No classes)
Schedule adjustment for classes meeting on Fridays
Holiday CARNIVAL RECESS (University closed)
Admissions Application deadline for Fall 2006
Spring Semester ends for students
Last day to submit grades
Semester ends for faculty
Faculty professional development
Faculty meeting to certify graduates
SUMMER SESSION 2006
Note: The Academic Calendar for Summer 2006 was not available at this printing. The Calendar will
be provided by addendum when it becomes available.
Message from- the chaGllcelLor st CroixK cai-pus
Welcome to the University of the Virgin Islands. It is our desire to offer you the best
possible educational and developmental experience during your stay at the University and
to have a continuing rewarding relationship with you as an alumnus/alumna.
Consequently, we have developed this handbook to serve as a guide for your actions and
experiences during the years you spend as a student here.
I would strongly recommend that, :!: II,,, you read it as thoroughly as possible, and then
continue to use it as a reference guide throughout your tenure with us. It outlines many
of the programs and services available to you, and describes some of the opportunities for
rewarding experiences. It serves as a policy guide for your actions and those of your
fellow students, and includes a Code of Conduct for all students. It explains your rights as
a student and recourses that you and others have when it is perceived that those rights
have been violated. It gives you a thorough overview of what you can expect as a
student at the University of the Virgin Islands.
A thorough reading of the handbook will also acquaint you with the many opportunities
available to you, and assist you in taking advantage of them in the timely manner that will
best serve your interests. It is my hope that use of this handbook will allow you to
understand the leadership roles that you can adopt, not merely for your personal
development, but also roles that will allow you to partner with the faculty and the
administration in ensuring that we all coexist in a civil society that serves as a model for the
rest of the Virgin Islands.
We have a tradition of quality and excellence at the University of the Virgin Islands. We
hope that this handbook serves to assist you in upholding that tradition for our mutual
benefit and the benefit of the people of the Virgin Islands whom our institution was
created to serve.
Jennifer Jackson, Chancellor
St. Croix Campus.
Message FvnYO The c-lhalvcello St. Thomal s campus
Greetings New UVI Students,
On bL I II of the St. Thomas Campus community, I welcome you to the University of the
Virgin Islands. You have chosen an exceptional institution to pursue your higher
education goals. UVI has recognized academic programs which prepare our graduates
to successfully pursue careers or graduate study and to assume leadership, administrative
and educational positions in the US Virgin Islands, the Eastern Caribbean, the US mainland
Academic preparation is but one indicator of student success. Our most successful
students are those who take full advantage of the programs, activities and services that are
available at UVI. The St. Thomas campus abounds with cultural, social and artistic activities
as well as the opportunity to participate in intramural and varsity sports. There are
wonderful and varied opportunities to be an engaged student at UVI. UVI provides each
student the opportunity to grow and to prosper in very meaningful ways. I encourage
you to be active in student government, student clubs and to make a contribution to
student life programs and activities. By becoming engaged, you will enhance both our
university and your educational experience here.
Exciting things continue to occur on the St. Thomas campus in support of student life. A
new Dining Pavilion and renovated dorms are just the beginning. Soon we will be
rebuilding the Student Activities Center and have plans to locate a campus
store/bookstore next to the dorms. A Student Commuter Center is in the works as well as
state-of-the-art laboratory and academic spaces.
It is vital for you to know of the resources available to you on our campus, and your first
responsibility is to familiarize yourself with this Student Handbook, the UVI Catalog, and
other printed documents that will guide you during your studies at UVI. Important rules
and regulations of the University are contained in these documents. Students should pay
particular attention to the Student Code of Conduct policies outlined in the Student
Handbook. Your knowledge of this information will help to facilitate your understanding
of UVI and ease your transition into the university setting and our campus.
Once again, we welcome you to UVI where we specialize in futures. My staff and I are
thrilled that you have joined our community and look forward to getting to know you
better as you become an active and engaged UVI Buccaneer!
John S. Leipzig, Ph.D.
Chancellor, St. Thomas Campus
Note to Stucodevnts
The intention in developing this Handbook is to provide you with the tools needed
to become a master student at the University of the Virgin Islands. First time students, as
well as returning students, will find its subject matter invaluable. The Handbook is also
intended as a resource for prospective students to learn about the many academic and
other support services offered at the University. Upon reviewing the Handbook, you will
see that UVI offers a very supportive learning environment, making it an exceptional
choice as a higher education institution. Familiarize yourself with the contents of the
Handbook, and take the time to learn about the many academic and other support
services. It is a known fact that students who engage with campus resources and get
involved in campus activities tend to be more successful, persist, and graduate!
We expect that some of you may have a great many questions. That's quite alright
-students typic II., have questions about what is expected of them. Answers to many
such concerns are contained in the information presented in this handbook. Using the
Handbook, along with the University Catalog and university web site (www.uvi.edu), will
provide you with access to information about university policies, procedures, resources,
and events. For example, you may like to know that if you have a personal concern, want
to join a club, want to find out more about a career, need a little extra help in a subject
area, need to find out what courses to take, need money for school, or are just looking for
something to do on a Saturday night, you can find answers in these three resources.
Likewise, if you are interested in finding a cure for a particular disease, designing a more
fuel efficient engine, finding a new source of energy, or knowing what careers pay the
most, these same resources can point out those best suited to advise you.
As students, campus services such as counseling, career planning, he iiI I care and
other programs are available to you. For example, do you know that opportunities are
available for you to participate in student exchange programs where you can study
Spanish in Mexico, or attend classes, conduct research, or experience life at schools or
universities on the U.S. mainland? Do you know that ccii ,orative agreements exist
between UVI and U.S. institutions where it is possible for you to earn an engineering or
medical degree? Access to more information on these agreements has been included.
Details on a wide choice of clubs and organizations that you may want to join and extra
curricular activities you may want to attend have likewise been included.
You will also be introduced to the university's website and its various links. One link,
UVI Announcements, will keep you abreast of current campus activities. The site is
updated twice weekly and is an excellent source to help you assimilate into student life.
You may also use this website to register for classes and conduct library searches when
writing papers or conducting research for class. UVI Magazine, the UVI Catalog and the
Caribbean Writer, three informative campus pieces, may also be accessed on this site.
They detail students' achievements, creative contributions and other developments on
Dateline: UVI, another publication available online, announces events and activities,
and chronicles achievements of the community.
Ir:l: II,, a student's introduction to campus is through the university's Orientation
Program. Freshman students then go on to enroll in Freshman Developmental Seminar, a
class where students learn the details about university policies and procedures, academic
support services, study skills techniques, and other resources. The next most important
contacts you should make are with your academic advisor and the Campus Advisement
and Tutorial Services (CATS). Refer to these two sections of the handbook early in the
semester so that you can get off to a good start and stay on the right track.
The handbook is divided into four major sections:
Policies and Procedures introduces students to some important policies
Academic Resources -provides an overview of the many sources available
to support students in their academic goals. It also gives some helpful
guidelines and checklists.
Student Life and Resources details the resources available within our
learning community to support students' personal and professional needs.
Code of Student Conduct -outlines conduct prohibited at the university
F:: II,, we encourage you to form relationships with your faculty, staff, and fellow
students to optimize your learning experience. The handbook will give helpful
suggestions as you develop your learning community.
AngeLa Mcqhee, Ed.D
Vice Provost for Academic and Student Affairs
The College of the Virgin Islands began on March 16, 1962. By 1986 it had grown
extensively, offering many additional programs to students, and it was granted university
status becoming the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). By this time, UVI offered
associate, bachelor, and master degrees in a variety of concentrations. Additional
information on the university's history and a complete listing of the programs offered can
be found in the preliminary pages of the University Catalog. Read about the numerous
opportunities available to students at UVI which demonstrate that UVI is "the leading
provider of intellectual capital in the US Virgin Islands and beyond". The sister campuses
on St. Thomas and St. Croix offer a wide array of programs to students. While each
campus is unique in some program spec: !i:. -, teleconferencing between the campuses
allows shared instruction and administrative functions.
AccredlltatovL UVI is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Middle States Association of
Colleges and Schools is a non-profit association that assures and attests to the quality of
higher education institutions through self study, evaluation, and other developmental
services that lead to accreditation. More information on accreditation and memberships
can also be found on the preliminary pages of the Catalog.
MissLoi UVI is a liberal arts, land-grant, Historic II., El !ck College and University
(HBCU) established by public statute to meet the higher education needs of the people of
the U.S. Virgin Islands and wider Caribbean.
The University offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education
programs, which provide the requisite competencies for productive, fulfilling lives and
UVI also strives to be a major provider of intellectual capital for the development of
the region through the integration of its teaching, research and public service activities.
The University is committed to advancing knowledge through research and public
service particularly in areas that contribute to understanding and resolving issues and
problems unique to the Virgin Islands and the Caribbean.
On March 16, 2003, UVI made history when Dr. LaVerne Ragster was inaugurated
as its fourth and first woman president. Her short time as president can be characterized
as guided by strategic planning with a focus on monitoring to achieve set targets. UVI's
goal is to ensure that the institution contributes to producing a labor force capable of
improving the quality of life for residents of the Virgin Islands and the greater Caribbean.
As President, Dr. LaVerne Ragster, is the chief executive of the University. She is
supported by a Board of Trustees, which governs the University. Reporting to Dr. Ragster
are the Provost and the Campus Chancellors. The Provost is responsible for all academic
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matters, and integrating the three-part mission of the University, i.e., instruction, research
and public service. Each campus is managed by a Chancellor who is responsible for
operationalizing the policies and for the administration of the campus. Reporting to the
Chancellors are Associate Chancellors who implement Student Services programs. The
Vice Provost of Academic and Student Affairs is responsible for developing policies relating
to Student Affairs and assists the Provost with select academic programs. There are six
academic divisions and each division is administered by a Chairperson to whom the
fi i, iiy in that division reports. As a student, it is important to know and understand the
chain of command when trying to address various issues. The Student Support Resources
section will guide you through some steps that may be needed for problem solving and
resolving academic and other concerns.
SectioLn (. Policibes AVnd ProcedL-Cres
This section outlines, in alphabetical order, some of the policies you should be
familiar with since they involve your rights and responsibilities as a student attending a
higher education institution. You should read this section very carefully.
Acladem-ic lAtegyity Your experience at UVI will provide you with scholarly and
personal c i II. nges. Nonetheless, all members of the academic community are expected
to behave with integrity as the university will not tolerate academic dishonesty. The
University of the Virgin Islands strives to maintain an environment of mutual trust among
its students and faculty. Refer to the section in the university catalog on academic
information and regulations which gives details on procedures and penalties relative to
Amiericlanv with Disabilities Act Federal law requires colleges and universities to
provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities. Students should be
prepared to provide appropriate documentation to support their request. Both the
Counseling and Placement Office and the Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in
Developmental Disabilities provide support services for students with special needs.
Camps sex Crimes Preventiov Act The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
requires individuals convicted of a sexual offense to provide notification to our campus
security departments. The University of the Virgin Islands is required by federal law to notify
students and employees of known sexual offenders employed or enrolled at the University.
These persons must register as sex offenders with the Attorney Ger-: ,I s office after
completing their sentence.
On the St. Thomas campus, the Security Department is located on the first floor of
the Penha House building. Contact the Chief of Security, at 693-1530/693-1535, to
On the St. Croix campus, the Security Department is located on the ground floor of
the Evans Center, room 134. Contact the Security Supervisor, at 692-4160, ext. 4444 to
For additional information log on to: http://www.uvi.edu/pubrelations /relations
Drcug And ALcohoL Poliy The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation,
possession or use of a controlled substance and/or illegal drugs are prohibited in and on
the University of the Virgin Islands' campuses or on university owned or controlled
property. The misuse or abuse of legal drugs, including alcohol, is prohibited.
Any University employee or student deemed to have violated this policy 51 ,I! be
subject to disciplinary action for misconduct, which action may include evaluation/
treatment for a drug use disorder or for disciplinary action up to and including termination
or expulsion in accordance with University policies and procedures. No employee/ student
is to report to work/class while under the influence of illegal drugs or influence by the
abuse of legal drugs.
In order to comply with the federal law, the university requires that an
employee/student notify the employer (university) of any criminal drug statute conviction
for a violation occurring in the workplace/classroom. The university will discipline any
employee/student who is so convicted or require the employees/students satisfactory
participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program in accordance with
university policies and procedures.
In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, administrative decisions
regarding closure or suspension of classroom activities and support operations will be
announced on the University website and on local broadcast media.
Family ducati-onaL RieghSts Cand Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. 1232; 34 CFR
Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law
applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S.
Department of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education
records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or
attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have
transferred are referred to as "eligible students." Parents or eligible students have the right
to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools
are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is
impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Once a student becomes
18, their educational records cannot be released to their parents without their permission.
Schools may charge a fee for copies of these records.
Parents or eligible students have the right to request that a school correct records
which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If the school decides not to amend the
record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the
hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student
has the right to place a statement within the record setting forth his or her view about the
Ger-: I ,i, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student
in order to release any information from the student's educational record. However,
FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following under
specific conditions (34 CFR 99.31):
School officials with legitimate educational interest;
Other schools to which a student is transferring;
Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
Organizations conducting certain studies for or on b, I II of the school;
When complying with judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
Appropriate officials in cases of -. !iii and safety emergencies; and
State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's
name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates
of attendance. However, schools must notify parents and eligible students about the
intent to disclose directory information and allow parents and eligible students a
reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information
about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annui; II, of their rights
under FERPA. That actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin,
student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
Sexual harassment is prohibited by law as well as by UVl's policy. Gert.ii
speaking, sexual harassment includes any unwelcome advance, contact and verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature that unreasonably interferes with an individlo I s work
performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive working/educational
Sexual harassment may occur in a variety of ways and harms both men and
women. For example, a proposition by a professor for sexual favors in exchange for better
grades, and repeated sexual comments by a supervisor are instances of sexual harassment.
Refer to the U.S. Department of Education's Web site for further information.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policies and Campus Crime
Statistics Act became federal law in the early 1990's as a result of the increasing violence
occurring on college and university campuses across the United States. Over the past
fifteen years, the Act has been amended. Reporting guidelines on specific categories of
campus crime and institutional policies to address these issues are now mandated by law
to be made available to perspective and current students and employees. Be an informed
consumer and familiarize yourself with this information. You can get copies of the reports
from Campus Security on both campuses. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus
Security Policies and Campus Crime Statistics Act can be accessed by logging on to the U.S.
Department of Education web address.
Sectiov. II. Acao(devtic Resources avdt Proceo(ures
Boolzstore STT L51&; STX 4162
The campus bookstore is located on the first floor of the Sports and Fitness Center
on St. Thomas and adjacent to the Student Activities Lounge on St. Croix. Hours of
operation are Monday Friday from 8:30 4:30, with extended hours during registration
periods. The bookstore carries your required textbooks and other course materials,
supplies, computer software, an attractive line of UVI clothing, and many convenience
items. We suggest that you review their refund and exchange policies, particularly as
related to textbooks. On the first day of class each instructor/professor will provide you a
course J II us for his/her course. You have the right to request it if it is not distributed.
The iI ius will list all required text books and other course materials that your
instructors/professors wish you to have. Take the II iI us with you to the bookstore when
making purchases for your classes. Used books are often available for purchase and can
offer significant savings in the total cost of textbooks. At the end of each semester, the
bookstore has a book "buy back" period for students interested in selling back their text
books. When you buy your textbooks you should ask about the Bookstore policy on
buying back textbooks.
Center For Advisivg Aav nd TutovraL servLces (CATS) STT 1220; STX 4156
The Center for Advising and Tutorial Services is scheduled to open Fall 2004.
The Center will address the advising and tutorial needs of all students at UVI. Part-
time, full-time, matriculated and non-matriculated students will be able to receive
information about curricula, investigate career resources, or connect with tutorial
services. The Center will be located in the CA building, room 1 18 on St. Thomas;
and on the 700 level in the Evans Center on St. Croix. Make it a point to visit the
Center early in the semester.
cLass Atte ndatcve avnd Behiavior
The university expects you to attend all classes regularly and to be on time. Failure
to attend classes may result in your grades being adversely affected or other punitive
action, including the return of financial aid and ineligibility for future financial aid. The
university is required to return a portion of awarded financial aid for students who did not
persist in classes until the end of the semester. Also please note that each
instructor/professor may have his or her own attendance requirement for a course.
You will be expected to conduct yourself in an appropriate manner inside the
classroom. Instructors/professors are in charge of the classroom and lab environments and
they have the right to exclude you from their class if your conduct is disruptive or
The classroom environment should be conducive to learning. C. II I Ir phones and
any other personal equipment which may be disruptive to instructors and students alike
are not allowed.
The University is equipped with several computer labs that you may use to do
class assignments, research, and other academic responsibilities. It is important
That you understand all regulations related to computer use. If you use university
equipment in any way that is prohibited, you will be referred for judicial action
and appropriate sanctions imposed. Please familiarize yourself with computing policies.
Hours of operation for labs when classes are in session are as follows:
* Business Administration Building
204 East & 204 West
Monday thru Saturday 9:00 a.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. 12:00 a.m.
* Classroom Administration Building (CA) Labs
Rooms 101 & 103
Monday thru Friday: 8:30 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m.
* Freshman Center
Monday thru Friday: 9:00am -7:00pm
Saturday Sunday: closed
* R.M. Paiewonsky Library lab
Monday Thursday: 8:00am -10:00pm
Friday: 8:00am -8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am -5:00pm
Sunday: 1:00pm -6:00pm
* MelMn Evans Center Library Lab
Monday thru Thursday 8:00
Friday 8:00 a.m. -8:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. -6:00 p.m.
* North West Wing Lab
Monday -Thursday 8:30 a.m. 9:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 6:30 pm;
Saturday 9:00 -5:00 pm;
Sunday 1:00 -5:00 pm
* Freshman Center
Evens Center 715
Monday -Frday 8:30pm 4:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday closed
Each instructor/professor should give you a course II I !ius on the first day of class.
The II ,ius will state the instructors/professor's office hours, phone number and office
location, required text(s), and class readings/ assignments, and their due dates. Some
II I ,: will identify specific dates when you will be tested. In order to participate fully in
classes, you should read the required material beforehand. Use your II I us as a
blueprint to complete the requirements for your courses.
ex) e sVokt sTF/STX iL4 ,'
All students who enroll at UVI are automatic II., assigned a campus e-mail address.
You should use this address to receive notices and campus information.
Here's how to activate your UVI e-mail account:
Open a web browser on your computer (Netscape Navigator, Internet Explorer,
Log on to the following web address: http://webmail.uvi.edu/.
Your username is the first three letters of your last name, followed by the last four
digits of your social security number -all lower case with no space.
The initial password given to you by the University is the first three letters of your
last name, followed by the 5 h, 6,and 7th digits of your social security number
again all lower case with no spaces. Passwords must contain at least six characters.
Note: Students who were here before Fall 2002 would use a different deft i, i email
Click on the log in button to display your list of e-mail messages. A list of your e
mail messages will appear. Choose the messages you want to read. Once read,
you can either respond or delete. You should delete messages you no longer
You may select either of the following choices on the menu:
Compose will allow you to send messages.
Reload will display the list of messages in your !II ox.
Logout will exit you from the program.
Help will provide you with additional assistance if you need it.
caution: For security reasons, immediately change your password after your first log in.
To change your password:
Use the following address http://password.uvi.edu. Select either St. Thomas or
St. Croix campus.
Enter your username.
Verify your password.
Please call the Help Desk at (340) 693-1466 if you need more help familiarizing
yourself with these steps.
FacuLty Advisors Acawdevvic DiviisiLo (see web diWectory for extension)
LAudeilded matljors extension STTi340; STX 4150
A faculty advisor can be the single most important academic resource. Students,
who have decided on a major, are assigned an advisor within their division. Your
discipline/major f iII. within a particular division.
Your advisor will help you to plan your program of study. He/she will provide
accurate information about educational options, program requirements, policies and
procedures, job market trends, and career options within your major. He/she will discuss
the "paradigm" for your major. The paradigm is simply the courses you will need to take to
fulfill the requirements for a degree in a particular discipline.
If you are undecided about your major, you will be advised in the Humanities
Division. Advisors are available throughout the semester to discuss specific or general
concerns that you might have. You should meet with your advisor at least twice each
semester, and before you register for the following semester. Your advisor can help you
obtain a Personal Identification Number (PIN) which will provide you with access to your
student data via the web. Thereafter, you will be able to register, check your grades, and
review your academic data on line via the web.
Some students decide to change their majors during the course of their academic
experience. Your faculty advisor or CATS are good resources to guide you through this
decision. If you do decide to go ahead with the change, you will have to complete some
paperwork in the Registrar's Office on St. Thomas and the Academic Services Office on St.
Croix. After you have completed the paperwork you will be reassigned to an appropriate
FaculLty Aond office H-ours see web directory for fapcuLty extessiLOV
Faculty are another tremendous resource to students; one that is too often under
utilized. All faculty members are required to conduct office hours outside of class times.
These hours are provided in your course II ,I us and posted outside the instructor's office.
During this time, students can get help with class material they are having problems
understanding; have written assignments critiqued; get help researching a topic; discuss
their progress in class, and have other needs addressed. They can also provide
information on internships, work-related positions, enrichment opportunities and other
experiences. Take advantage of this time to interact with your teachers. Make an
appointment very early in the semester to see each of your teachers and introduce
yourself. Share some of your academic background in the subject area and any concerns
you may have about being successful in the course. Likewise, students who may want
more c! i !i nging course material should work out the details with their instructors. Talk
with your instructor about forming orjoining a study group.
FrYesVAFLt C-enter ExtensiLos STTi220; STX 4140
It is important that your skills level in reading, writing, and mathematics be
adequate to ensure that you can be successful in your classes. Your SAT scores or the
placement tests administered are assessment tools that determine your proper placement
in college level Mathematics and English classes. Some students might take basic skills
courses before moving on to begin taking some college level courses. All freshmen may
receive additional support for success in these courses from the resources of UVI's
Freshman Center. The Center familiarizes new students with academic and student
support services. Specialists develop course schedules and otherwise assist in academic
advisement and referrals for tutorials. Tutors are available in a number of subject areas.
The Center is also equipped with a computer lab which all freshman students may use. As
a student, you can also speak with a specialist about personal concerns which may be
adversely affecting your adjustment to college life.
The Centers are located on the first floor of the Classroom Administration (CA)
building on the St. Thomas campus; and on the seventh level in the Melvin Evans Center
on the St. Croix campus.
Fresh mavn DieveLopmenvt semnaw r
The Freshman Development Seminar provides you, the student, with an
introduction to university resources and procedures. Along with your instructor and
classmates, you will consider strategies which can help you become a master student!
Some issues which are discussed include effective management of your time, various study
strategies, decision-making, and academic and career planning. In addition to your
instructors/professors, your Seminar instructor is another excellent resource for helping
you adjust to college life. All freshmen are required to take this course, preferably during
their first semester.
Information TechnologL Services (IT) extenAsiDons STT 4&0; STX 4030
This component provides computer labs, internet access, e-mail, and telephone
services to students in the residence i, !i It is located in Penha House on St Thomas and
on St. Croix in the North West Wing Room 133, which is adjacent to the Evens Center.
Hours of operation are Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
If you live on campus you will need to arrange to connect your computer to the UVI NET,
a high-speed network, which will give you full, high speed internet access from the
residence ,i Ii Your computer will have to be fitted with an Ethernet card. For rules
regarding usage, fees, and other information log on to http:// Infotech.uvi/dorms.html.
If you are interested in having telephone or internet access, contact the residence life staff.
The Media Center is part of UVI's Information Technology Department, located on
St. Thomas in room T-102 of the Teacher Education building. It provides audio-visual
equipment, conferencing services and technical assistance to the university community.
You can find any equipment you may need to assist you in your classroom instruction.
Overhead projectors, LCD (computer) projectors, slide projectors, laptops, digital still
cameras and digital video cameras are just a few of the items which you will find, along
with equipment loans and technical support. Please call or email the Center with
questions or reservations: http://mediacenter.uvi.edu/. Students needing media services
on St. Croix should contact the Library.
Libravr Exten&sitos STTs36y; STX 4130
The library is an essential part of your learning experience. They provide access to
- information resources to support your academic program. Reference librarians will
instruct you on the use of these resources and on appropriate strategies for
conducting research and managing information. After you have registered for your
classes, take some time to meet with a librarian, present your UVI photo I.D. to register as a
library user, and become familiar with your library's holdings. A barcode number will be
placed on your UVI photo I.D. which will allow you to use It as a library card. You must
present your I.D. card at the Circulation Desk in order to borrow library material and access
some specialized services. Library cards must be updated every semester.
UVI libraries provide electronic resources that you may view and access from your
computer at home or from other areas on the campus computer network. The libraries
also provide interlibrary loan services between campuses and with other higher education
institutions. If a book that you need is not available loc II,,, a librarian can arrange for it to
be loaned from another institution that participates in the program.
Both campus libraries have a Caribbean Collecton of materials for use within the
libraries, and have developed a rgin standss Digita/ Co//ectlon for online access to local
documents on history and culture of the Virgin Islands.
In general, books borrowed from the library must be returned within two weeks to
avoid a fine. If you fail to return general collection books on time, you will be charged 5
cents a day and 10 cents a day if the material has been placed on hold by another
borrower. See the library staff for rules that apply to the use of other materials. Unpaid fines
will result in a hold being placed on your registration and transcript.
Hours of opeYrtioL, St. Thoimals iand St. CroL
Monday Thursday 8:00 10:00
Friday 8:00 8:00
Saturday 9:00 5:00
Sunday 1:00 6:00
stucdenLt /Facuclty or staff confereinces
Earlier, you were introduced to the concept of the "chain of command" at
UVI. If you find yourself in a situation where you are having difficulties, knowing
who to contact for help will usually allow you to resolve the issue and move on. Like
anywhere else, knowing the territory in which you operate will result in a more
successful experience. All too often, when students experience frustration from
failed attempts to resolve concerns, they are unable to get past the "complaining"
phase and move to the "resolving" phase. Knowing who to talk with and how to
present your concerns are important. Remember, stick to the facts.
In general, when you have a concern, start your efforts at the level where you are
experiencing the problem. If possible, make an appointment to meet with someone who
is in the position to help. Get the person's name. Bring all paperwork to support your
position as you present the details of your concern. Outline what you have already done
to try to resolve your concern. If you are unable to solve your problem at one level, ask
the person with whom you have been working to recommend someone who can
continue to assist you. U, iI this means contacting someone higher up on the "chain of
command". Keep moving up the chain until you have gotten the help you need. For
example, if you have a concern with a teacher, make an appointment to talk with him/her.
Explain your concern and work with the teacher following up with any suggested
recommendations. Try to work things out with your teacher. If you find it necessary to
seek help elsewhere, the next level is the chairperson of the department that is offering the
course, followed by the Chancellor, the Provost and uiI: 1i.~, the President. In such a
scenario, do not take your concern directly to the President as you will be redirected back
down the chain to the level where you are experiencing the concern.
However, if your concern is the nature of an unwanted sexual advance made by
fI, ;i1y, staff, or another student, immediately log on to the following web address for
more information on how to report the incident: http://www.uvi.edu/pub
Adlmvintistractive AcdLemic- Proceducres
CvhaLgiLg Majors Extenstions STT 160; STX 4158
Changing your major should not be an arbitrary process. It is important for you to
speak with your advisor regarding the reasons why you are considering changing your
major. Information gained from career fairs, vocational aptitude inventories, internships
or other factors can affect a decision to opt for or change a major. Before changing your
major, be sure to investigate how the new curriculum and degree requirements will affect
your academic plans, Including the projected time for graduation. It is possible that
courses previously taken may not be required for the new major, and you may need to
adapt your academic plans accordingly. Your official request to change your major must
be filed in the office of the Registrar on St. Thomas, or the Academic Service Office on St.
IdeVtifl&atioV cYards (ID's) studenAt H-ousiLvg t xtevsiovs STT1110; STX 4122
Media Ceenter Extevnsions STT-18s3; STX 4122
You can have your UVI I.D. made at the I.D. station during registration periods by
presenting your paid receipt. For a one-week period atter registration, students on the St.
Thomas campus can get their I.D. card from the Office of Student Housing, on the first
floor in Jerome House (Student Affairs Building). Thereafter, I.D. cards are made in the
Media Center in the Teachers Education Building, Room 102. On St Croix, after the
registration period, you can get your ID from the Students Affairs Office in the Residence
We encourage you to have your UVI I.D. on you at all times. You may need to use
your identification card to access campus facilities and activities. You are required to
present identification when requested by authorized University personnel. Your UVI I.D. Is
not transferable; you cannot use another student's I.D. or allow anyone to use your card.
You cannot ,II. r or make any changes to your card or use it in any way prohibited by the
university. If you lose your card, you will be charged $ 5.00 to get a replacement I.D. card.
You must have your UVI I.D. validated/updated each semester.
There are minimum standards of academic success that you must maintain in order
to remain at the University. If your grades fall below this level, you will be placed on
academic probation and limited in the number of credits you may take. Please refer to the
heading Academic Standards in the University Catalog for more information.
We recommend that you review and discuss these standards with your faculty
advisor to make sure you understand them. Visit CATS for information about how to
improve your academic performance. FII:: ig below these standards may result in your
being placed on probation, losing your financial aid or being suspended or dismissed from
Registration/changes of RegLstratitoL Extensionvs STT 1i60; STX4o03
The Registrar's office is located on the second floor in the CA Building on St.
Thomas; and at the Academic Services office on St. Croix. These offices maintain all official
academic records. Each semester, students register for classes during publicized
registration periods. All students must prepare their class schedule with assistance from
their faculty advisor.
Registration is a three step process which begins with: 1) a conference with your
advisor to finalize course selection; 2) online or in person data entry of courses; and 3)
payment of tuition and fees.
You may drop, audit or add classes according to the guidelines and deadline
published in the semester course schedule booklet, and in the university Catalog, both of
which are available on the web site. Consult your academic advisor before you make the
decision to drop a class. Be sure you consider the financial, scholarship and h -1iilI
insurance issues which may be impacted by your decision to drop a class. Dropping a
class is an official process; discontinuing attendance does not mean that you have
dropped a class.
If you feel that you must withdraw from the university, consult with your faculty
advisor before making your final decision. Official withdrawal from classes must be done
via completion of forms obtained from the office of the Registrar on St. Thomas, or the
Academic Services Office on St. Croix. Appropriate signatures are required to validate
If you do not office: !II, withdraw from the University or drop a class correctly, you
may receive a failing grade. Consult the university catalog for further information about
the conditions and consequences associated with withdrawing, dropping or adding
TYraVSCripts ExtensioLsS STTi&160; STX 41582
An academic transcript is a record of the courses you've taken, the grades earned, and
other degree requirements completed. These records are available at a charge of 10.00
from the Registrar's Office on St Thomas and from the Office of Academic Services on St.
Croix. Final grades are mailed out to students at the end of each semester. Notify either of
these offices immediately if your address changes.
Many students who transfer are concerned about the number of credits they will
receive. Your transcripts will be evaluated on a course-by-course basis for consideration of
transferable credits. You will receive your tentative transfer evaluation before or during
orientation. Discuss your transfer credits with your advisor and refer questions to the
Admissions office on St. Thomas, or to the Academic Services Office on St. Croix.
Tuitton/Fees Pa y tmet extevnsio vs STT 1510; STX 4170
After registering, you must pay your tuition and fees. If you don't make payment
by the published date, your registration will be cancelled. If your registration is cancelled,
you will be removed from all courses.
You may re-register during the late registration period. You will have to pay a late
registration fee of $75. You will want to register and pay tuition and fees on time in order
to get into the classes you need at the times desired.
It is important to pay all of your tuition and fees to avoid holds being placed on
your academic records. Outstanding bills may prevent you from being able to get your
transcript or diploma, and may also result in reporting non-payment to credit agencies.
Tuition and fees may be paid by cash, check, money order or credit card at the
Cashier's Office at any time up to the last published deadline. On St. Thomas, the Cashier's
Office is located on the lower level of Quarters B, upper campus; and on St Croix, on the
first floor of the Melvin Evans Center.
Financial aid and scholarship recipients must check with the Business Services
Office to be sure their award has been posted to their account.
In addition to completing the courses required for your paradigm, you must also
satisfy other competencies to meet the requirements for graduation. Be sure to read
about all the requirements for your major in the University catalog.
C-ompuLt Lter L-teracy E xanatio (CLE)
UVI recognizes that in order for you to be competitive in today's
marketplace, you must be familiar with basic computer concepts. With this in mind,
UVI developed the Computer Literacy Examination as a means of assessing
students' computer skills. You must take and pass this exam to earn your degree.
The CLE must be taken by the end of the freshman year. If you fail to take it during
the time specified, you may not be allowed to continue to register for classes. For
further information please refer to the computer literacy requirement explained in
the Academic Information and Regulations section of the university catalog.
EtgLish ProfilcieLcy ExaiVLatiLo (EPE)
The English Proficiency Examination is an examination designed to
jEt ..,S-" test your writing abilities. You must take and pass this exam in
: order to graduate. It is offered three times per year during the
months of November, February, and April. We recommend that
you take the proficiency exam as soon as possible after successfully completing
English 120, (Do we need both of these courses or just ENG 201 here.) English
201 and before taking any 300 level courses.
radCuation Evaluatitol and Applicatiton
? After earning 60 or more credits, you should request a graduation
evaluation from the Academic Records Officer located in the
Registrar's Office on St. Thomas or the Academic Services Office on
St. Croix. Once you receive your evaluation, take it with you as a
guide when meeting with your faculty advisor for registration
advisement. You must also complete an application for graduation by February of
the Spring semester you anticipate completing all requirements for graduation. A
non-refundable application fee will also be due at that time. If you complete all
your requirements at the end of the Fall semester, the Academic Records Officer
can provide you with verification of your pending graduation.
a attend the new or transfer student orientation
a Inquire about and meet deadlines for applying for or renewing scholarships
and other forms of financial aid.
a pay room deposits for the residence II
a check your student accounts
a pay your fees
a make sure that your name appears on the class roster
a get or update your library card
a meet with your faculty advisor prior to registering to review your paradigm.
a get your I.D. updated
a juniors must complete a graduation audit
a seniors must submit an application for graduation
SThe information disseminated on the first day of class is very important and will set
the tone for your performance in the class. Teachers will hand out and review the
course ,, iI ius and share their expectations. Arrive on time, sit up front, listen
carefully and ask questions. After attending this first session, you should know:
o Required Readings
o Test/Quiz Dates
o How your teacher will calculate your final grade
o Penalties for late or missed assignments
o Class attendance policy
o Penalties for academic dishonesty and other prohibited conduct
Take an active part in your learning
o Manage your time. There are several resources you can use to learn the
best practices for managing your time. Some good sources for learning
time management skills include: reference librarians, CATS specialists,
instructors/professors, or web searches.
o Get help immediately if you start having trouble understanding materials
covered in class. Arrange a student-teacher conference to discuss your
concerns. Going to CATS or joining a study group are other ways of
o Don't wait until the midterm or later to learn how you are doing in your
classes. Get early and frequent feedback from your instructor.
o Form or join study groups. Joining a study group facilitates more in depth
coverage of class material, understanding of difficult class material, and test
preparation. Consult with your teachers, advisors, CATS specialist, or
classmates about forming study groups.
o During the first week of school, register with the CATS
o Consult with a librarian concerning the use of websites for research projects
SectiOvL IIH. StLdevnt Life ResouiYrces
Athletics And Recreatitov Extenxsion STT/STX sports & Fitness center 1199
TYials: STT/ STX 1213
UVI has an active varsity and intramural sports program. If you are interested
in joining any athletic team, you can find out about tryouts by contacting the
Assistant Athletic Director, or looking for notices and sign up sheets which are
posted at various places around campus.
We encourage all students, particularly our new arrivals, to join in the exciting
competitions between the UVI Buccaneers or Lady Bucs and other Colleges or
Universities. Come out, wearing our school colors and support our teams. Some recent
UVI Championships and wins have included:
Caribbean University Championship in 2002 and 2003 (Men's Varsity
Puerto Rico University League Championship 2002 & 2003(Women's
Varsity Bask i, II! Team)
Combined League Title in 2002 (Men's and Women's Tennis Teams)
2002, defeated the NCAA Division III, 12th ranked team in the nation,
Ramapo College (Men's Volleyball Team)
The Athletic Department also offers a full range of intramural sports and
club sporting activities. Intramural teams are available in the following sports: baski II ,
volleyball, tennis and golf.
The St. Thomas Campus has a golf course, tennis courts, outdoor bask 1i, II and
volleyball courts, a base~, II! field and soccer fields. The University is adjacent to beautiful
Brewer's Bay Beach where students participate in water sports. The recently renovated
Sports and Fitness center seats up to 3500 people, depending on the type of event being
On St. Croix, construction of new outdoor sports facilities has been completed. The
campus is equipped with an outdoor basketball/volleyball court and tennis courts.
Students compete in bask(i ,II base ,II soft ,II track and field, tennis, volleyball, cross
country and soccer.
Students may register for credit and non-credit classes in tennis, volleyball,
swimming, aerobics and dancing offered by the Physical Education (PE) Department. If
you have already completed your PE requirements you may still take any of these classes.
The varsity athletic program gives students the opportunity to compete in men's
and women's bask ii, ,I track and field, tennis, volleyball, beach volleyball and cross
country. UVI is a provisional member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic
Association) and competes against NCAA Division II and III members. In addition, UVI also
competes in the O.D.I. League in Puerto Rico. The O.D.I. League consists of 11 Universities
in Puerto Rico. The University of the Virgin Islands is also a member of the Caribbean
University Sports Association (CUSA).
UVI hosts and participates in the "Paradise Jam" Tournament with institutions like
Arizona State, Boston College, Hampton, Miami, Wichita State, Texas, Georgia Tech, James
Madison, Indiana, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, West
Virginia, LSU, Penn State, South Carolina, Duke, Wisconsin, Clemson, Arkansas and
24-hour banking is available on campus on St. Thomas via an ATM machine
located in Penha House, adjacent to the Campus Security Office.
Cam VLpuS SecrYty ExtenLsion STT 1530; STX 4444
http ://www. uvi.eld lAu/piub relatios/securltyM/ifo. htm
Campus security is located in Penha House on St Thomas, and in room 134 of
the Melvin Evans Center on St. Croix.
Protecting our campus communities is a serious task. UVI's campuses,
both on St. Thomas and St. Croix, are open campuses. On St. Thomas, the campus is
located on the western end of the island, adjacent to the Cyril King Airport and John
Brewer's Bay. The campus is approximately 175 acres and is surrounded by residential
communities and public recreational facilities. The St. Croix campus is approximately 130
acres and is located midway between the towns of Chnrstiansted and Fredenksted in a
quasi residential/commercial setting. UVI is also affiliated with a research station on the
island of St. John. Altogether, UVI is made up of more than forty academic, residential,
research and recreational buildings and playing fields. It enrolls approximately 2,700 full
time, part-time and graduate students in its academic programs; and employs
approximately 700 full and part-time employees. As you can see, this is a lot of ground to
cover. While the focus of our security services is on protecting our campus community,
everyone is reminded of their role and responsibility in reducing their vulnerability to crime.
As members of our community, we encourage you to notify campus security of any
criminal activity or other public safety concerns.
The Campus Security staff consist 16 security officers of various rankings on St.
Thomas and 10 on St Croix, directed by a Chief of Security on each islands. Security
officers receive in-house training as well as training in cci li oration with local law
enforcement agencies. The officers have citizen's arrest authority and work very closely
with the local police departments on both islands as part of their responsibilities.
Every effort is made to ensure that campus facilities, buildings, and grounds be
maintained to promote safety and security, and to reduce opportunities for criminal
activity. Emphasis has been placed on protective lighting, landscaping and grounds
keeping, and identification of campus areas which may be vulnerable to crime. Other
security measures include foot and car patrols.
The Campus Security Department publishes brochures and news bulletins, and is
available to provide oral presentations to all segments of the campus community and to
educate community members on security policies and procedures.
If your conduct violates Virgin Islands or federal laws you may face legal and/or
disciplinary charges. Campus security cooperates fully with the Local and Federal law
enforcement agencies in cases which involve both on-campus and off campus
UVI complies with federal law by providing statistics on crime committed on
University owned or leased property, properties which the University maintains
agreements, and properties surrounding campus. These statistics are available to all
current and prospective students and employees. If you would like to request this
information, contact our campus security office in person or by telephone, or through
correspondence addressed to: University of the Virgin Islands, # 2 John Brewer's Bay,
UVI also complies with Title 14 of the VI Code which requires any employee or
students convicted, or found not guilty by reason of insanity of a sexual criminal offense
against a minor, or of a sex, IIi, violent offense, to register as a sexual offender with the
Virgin Islands Department of Justice.
If you believe you have been sex,; II., harassed, go to the Counseling Center for
help. We also encourage you to report the incident to campus security. If you are not
sure if the unwanted attention was sexual harassment, still go to the Center for help.
Employees who feel that they have been sex, II, harassed should report the
incident through Human Resources. In either case, Campus Security should be notified
and, where appropriate, charges filed with the local Police Department.
If you have any concerns about the conduct of any member of the security force,
they should be reported to the Chief of Security. Reports that are not attended to on this
level should be taken to the Chancellor.
CouncseliVtg aUnd PLacemenVLt services extevnsiovs STT 1134; STX 4186
Personal academic and career guidance counseling services are available to
students. If you are experiencing problems in your personal or academic life,
a counselor is available to help you. Conversations with your counselor are
confidential, unless it is determined that you represent a danger to yourself or
others. The office also offers workshops on values clarification, interpersonal relationship
skills, conflict resolution, and more. Other services offered include career counseling;
student employment; hosting graduate and professional school recruiters; conducting
career fairs; maintaining a career resource library; and, facilitating workshops on resume
preparation, interviewing skills and job search techniques.
The National Student Exchange Program and the "Who's Who Among Students
in American Universities and Colleges Program" are coordinated through this office.
Disa biitiles services exteAnsios sTTii34; STX 418y
SThe University is equipped with facilities and provides reasonable
accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with disabilities
should contact the Counseling and Placement Office prior to New Student
Orientation week so that their needs can be assessed. We also recommend that students
with disabilities explore the resources and services provided by the Virgin Islands University
Affiliated Program (VIUAP), established in 1994 to exclusively serve students and the
families of students with disabilities. Refer to the UVI catalog for more information on the
DrVugCs and ALcohoI onL Campus
The University prohibits the manufacture, possession, cultivation, distribution, selling,
and/or use of any illegal drug or narcotic while on or about University premises. Violators
of this policy are subject to immediate dismissal from the University pending due process
proceedings. Students s I II not store, possess or consume alcoholic beverages in the
residence !II Violators of this policy will be charged with an infraction and their student
housing contract may be immediately cancelled.
You are cl i!II nged to remember, that if you bring an illegal substance on campus,
you are choosing to jeopardize your academic career. Federal law requires the denial of
financial aid to any students who is convicted of a drug charge. All violations of University
Drug policy will face disciplinary action and will be appropriately sanctioned.
TvVcDrug aCtd Prevewtiovn education Program (DAPEP) Extensionv's STT/STX 1120
We are very concerned about any student who abuses alcohol or use illegal drugs.
DAPEP is one of a number of strategies available to assist such students. This program is
administered out of the Associate Chancellor's Office on the St. Thomas campus.
DAPEP sponsors ongoing drug prevention and education programs, and provides
referrals services to community agencies for students who need counseling and or
treatment. One of the DAPEP's most popular and successful outreach programs involving
UVI students is the Mentorship Program. For further information on the DAPEP program,
refer to the Student Support Services and Programs section of the UVI catalog.
Refer to the policy and procedure section of this Handbook for further information
on UVl's drug and alcohol policy. Students who violate these policies may face disciplinary
action that may result in dismissal from the university.
EmployI mtevnt Extevsi-ovs STT 1088; STX 418g7
FiLaniat Aid office STT 10o0; STX 4193
Employment opportunities are available through the Counseling and Placement
Office on both campuses. Information is available about both on and off-campus
employment opportunities. Students who quality for federal College Work Study (CWS) as
part of their financial aid package should pursue opportunities available by visiting the
Counseling and Placement Office. Students who do not qualify for CWS may apply for
on-campus employment through the Institutional Work-Study (IWS) program.
International students on F 1 visas are eligible for employment after one year of full-time
study at the University. In addition, many departments hire students for temporary part
time positions to assist with tutoring, research projects, and other activities. For
information on the fedc : II., funded College Work Study Program, contact the Financial
Food services Extensiovns STT 1144; STX 4161
Students who reside in the residence ,, '-. must select one of the established
Smeal plans. Students who reside in off campus facilities may also elect to
purchase a meal plan or pay on a per meal basis. The University offers two
plans. To obtain information about the cost and meal plan options, refer to the
catalog section entitled 'Student Support Services and Programs'. Meals are
served in the university dining facility on each campus.
H-alth serVices aid iSLAStRnr e ExtevLslovis STT 1124; STX 4124
Student medical forms must be turned in to the HE NI I Services Center. All
students are required to have an updated immunization record, completed
physical examination, and medical consent form on file in the He !I 1i Center. In
Sthe event you are not feeling well and need medical services, your medical history
will be important in determining how best to treat you.
ii I Services are provided in the Gordon House on St. Thomas and in the Great
House on St. Croix. A campus nurse is available during regular daytime hours and is on
call for emergencies. In addition, a physician is available at appointed times to see
students. The He IIi Services office provides medical assistance, referrals, and h( 1Iii
education to students, staff and faculty members. For further information regarding he 1I I
coverage, contact the Business Office. The campus he !I I care staff may, at times, make
referrals to appropriate off-campus he ii I facilities.
toLusiVLg extensionos STT:1110; STX 4194
If you are a full time, undergraduate student, you may choose to live in the
campus residence i.I Applications to live in the residence I, Ii. are available
at the Student Housing Office and on the Office of Student Housing's web
site coming on line Spring 2005. On St. Thomas, the Housing Office is located
in the Jerome House, Student Affairs Building, on the upper campus. On the St Croix
campus, the Office is located in room NN101 of the residence I !II building, the first
building off of Palms Drive as you enter the campus. The application fee is $ 100.00,
certified check or money order, to be paid by the published deadline. Payment of the
application fee does not guarantee housing. You will be notified when you have been
assigned a room. Placement is done on a first-come first-served basis. The office
maintains a waiting list system once capacity has been reached.
Returning students must indicate to the resident ,i I office their intention to return
by completing a room reservation form and paying the $100 room reservation fee. Once
a room has been assigned, canc II !Ions must be made three (3) weeks prior to the
opening of the Residence Halls in order to receive a reservation deposit refund. No refund
of the reservation deposit will be made for canc II !ion after this date.
Students who accept housing in the residence I, I. sign a contract with the
university indicating their commitment to abide by the rules and regulations contained in
the contract. If you fail to comply with these terms, your contract may be terminated.
On St. Thomas there are four residence I, iI. that can accommodate up to 268
students. North and Middle Halls are single occupancy facilities, while East and South Halls
are double occupancy. On St. Croix, there is one residence I !I with double occupancy,
which accommodates 100 students. For a virtual tour of the ,i I, you may log on to the
following address: http://www.uvi.edu/pub-relations/uvi/home.html.
The Residence Life staff includes a Student Housing Supervisor who reports to the
Associate Chancellor, a Graduate Assistant, (GA) for Student Housing, eight (8) Resident
Assistants (RA's) and an Administrative Assistant.
Token-operated laundry rooms are available for use by students who live on
Sthe St. Thomas campus. There are two facilities on St. Thomas, one on the
ground floor of the Gordon House and the other in East Hall. Tokens may be
purchased from the Student Housing and Activities Office in the Student
Affairs Building, Monday-Friday, 8:30 4:30; and thereafter, daily in the lobby
of East Hall. On the St. Croix campus, coin-operated facilities are available in the residence
If you reside in the campus residence !II you will be assigned a mail box
t when you check in to your, !II Staff will give you your box number and key
at this time. Commuter students who are interested in applying for a campus
mail box should go to the Student Activities Office on the first floor in the
Student Affairs Building on St Thomas and to the Student Activities Center adjacent to the
campus bookstore on St Croix. Boxes are located in the Student Activities office on both
Public telephones are available for students' use throughout campus. They are
also available in the lobby/lounge areas in the residence ,i II If you live on
campus, you may apply for a private phone by going to the Information
Technology Center (IT). Refer to the IT section of this handbook for more information on
getting a private phone in your room.
Leadership, service Avd Studevnt Life Programs
There are many programs and activities which provide students an opportunity to
develop intellectui I ,, cult: II'. and soc: !II, during their academic years at the University.
Some serve strictly entertainment purposes, while others may lead to credits towards your
Me/Ytorshi PYrog YrM Extenvsion.s STT/STX 1120
The primary focus of the Mentorship program is to encourage UVI students
to serve as mentors for elementary students attending public schools. The
Mentorship Program has taken on the task of providing mentor/mentee
relationships to fill the void in the lives of some young students. Many UVI full-time
students have volunteered to serve as mentors and, in so doing, consider
mentonng" their most rewarding co-curncular experience.
For more information on Drug & Alcohol Prevention Education and
Mentorship programs, students may contact the Office of the Associate Chancellor
in Gordon House on St. Thomas and the Student Activities Supervisor in the
Student Center Building on St. Croix.
Peer counselintg iantd Peer Leaders ExtenVsionLs STTLL34; STX 4187
Peer Tutors and Peer Mentors Extensiovns STT 1220; STX 4156
Opportunities to develop leadership skills exist through the peer support
programs offered on both campuses. You can participate as a Peer Counselor and
play a role in helping other students deal with personal issues. Through the Peer
Tutor program, you will provide supplemental instruction to your fellow students
struggling with coursework. The Peer Mentor program on the St. Thomas campus
provides guidance to freshman through an upper-class student who can help
them adjust to college life. The Peer Leader program consists of students who
enjoy organizing campus projects including Open House, Student Orientation, and
other campus activities.
Senior Reserve officer Trvaining corps (SROTC-) ExtensiLon STX 4187
New to the St. Croix campus is the SROTC program, which provides a
military-based student leadership training ground. Students, who
successfully complete the military training curriculum, can earn
scholarship benefits and ensure job placement after graduation via
service to the US military. Your commitment ensures you will serve
active duty with officer ranking upon graduation. St. Thomas students interested
in the military leadership training program must complete the curriculum on the St.
StudeVt ExchngILe Proyrams ExtevLsi.oL STT/STX 1207
NatitonamL stLudeVt ExchangAe STT 1120/4180
1 As UVI continues to grow its student exchange programs, exciting new
opportunities are being created to enhance your academic
Experience. By participating in an exchange program, you can
expand your academic curriculum by taking courses that may not be
offered at UVI. Cooperating exchange institutions can also offer you internships,
service learning, and a variety of other life experiences. Visit new places, immerse
yourself in foreign cultures and languages, and receive instruction by noted faculty
engaged in research and special projects!
Exchanges and cooperative programs exist with a number of institutions.
UVI is a member of the National Student Exchange Program (NSE), which is a
consortium of 171 colleges and universities throughout the U.S. and its territories.
Students may spend one or two semesters at the member institutions. Faculty and
student exchange opportunities also exist with the College of Charleston, Emory
University, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Universidad Internacional
The Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Studies (UNINTER) in Mexico. An exciting
3-2 engineering program exists in cooperation with Columbia University in New
York and Washington University in St. Louis; and many UVI students have taken
advantage of the excellent opportunity offered through the early entry to medical
school program with the Boston University School of Medicine. Through
participation in the Association of Caribbean Universities and Research Institute
(UNICA) and the Caribbean Intercollegiate exchange program, you can learn more
about and discover the wider Caribbean by spending one or two semesters at a
partner institution in the region.
stuideint rGovernmenvt Associatiovi (SGCA) ExtensiLon STTrIO09; STX 4191
The SGA should be a viable part of your University life. Through SGA
working closely with the Student Activities Office and SGA Committee Advisors,
students can contribute to the decision-making processes that directly affect them.
Students interested in holding office may go to the Student Activities Office for
The Student Government Association is made up of two branches: the
Student Council and Executive Body. As stipulated in the Constitution, Council
elections are held twice yearly: in April for sophomore, junior and senior class
representatives and the executive officers and in September for freshmen
representatives. The Student Council is comprised of students elected to represent
each class. The Executive Body is made up of the President, Vice President and
Treasurer. The student body president heads the Executive Body. Cabinet
members such as chairpersons of Student Government standing committees are
selected and ratified by the Student Council to whom they must report concerning
their committees or posts. Regular meetings of the Student Council are held at
least once per month and are chaired by the Vice President of the SGA. All full
time and part-time, matriculated students who have paid their student activities fees
are eligible to vote in elections. All policies, procedures, and guidelines are
available in the Office of Student Activities.
student Represevtati-ov OnV the Board of Tnustees
Student participation the governance of the of the University is exercised, as
provided by legislative action by the Virgin Islands Legislator, through the role of
the Student Trustee on the Board of Trustees. Students interested in filling this
position must meet the following qualifications:
a resident of the Virgin Islands
A full-time student
In good academic standing
Ajunior or Senior
Elected ,I'i mnatively from each island
SAvwmer I iLstitute for Fiuture
Global Leaders iV the earibbea, ExtenLsionv STT/STX 1310
Summer Institute for Future Global Leaders is an annual event that provides
an intensive two week multi-disciplinary leadership training experience. By design,
it equips students with the broad knowledge and functional skills necessary to
assume future leadership roles in a Caribbean or global environment. You will
attend lectures, seminars, workshops and laboratories; go on field trip tours of
government and political institutions, historic sites, and commercial centers. Focus
is placed on the Global Business Environment, Leadership for Tomorrow, and
Culture and Communication. Experts in leadership, culture, communications, and
global business serve as instructors and lecturers; these include professors and
accomplished practitioners in various fields and leadership positions from the
Caribbean, the United States, and abroad.
Candidates for the institute must be juniors, seniors, or in their first year of a
graduate program. If you are interested in finding out more about this program,
contact the Director of the Summer Institute for Global Leaders.
Every full-time student is encouraged to join at least one club, committee or
organization, attend and support programs and activities sponsored by Student
Affairs, and eq i II, as important, support programs planned by fellow students and
the Student Government Association. Through various music programs, theatrical
performances, and speech competitions, students have access to a wide array of
opportunities to express, develop, and hone their talents. Students participate in
decision-making at UVI by becoming involved in SGA and actively seeking
memberships on University Committees.
The Office of Student Activities coordinates student activities and provides
administrative and technical support and advisory services to individuals and
groups activities. It also facilitates clubs and organizations in response to students'
interests. All registered student clubs and organizations are also required to
sponsor two (2) community/public services projects per year.
Food, ALcohoL a vnd vendor services
Student clubs and organizations interested in serving food at an activity
must first consult with the Student Activities Office and follow appropriate policies
Guidelines for serving alcoholic beverages at student-sponsored activities
are available in the Associate Chancellors' Offices on St. Croix and St. Thomas.
Students must follow University rules and regulations concerning alcohol on
Organizations that enter into a contractual relationship for entertainment,
speakers, or other activities, accept full responsibility for the demands of the
contracted agreement. Because of the technical nature of these documents, all
contracts for student groups must be reviewed and approved by the advisor and
Student Activities Supervisor prior to signing.
A Public announcements or advertisements about planned activities may
not be posted until the activity has been approved, facilities reserved
and other appropriate procedures followed. Unauthorized signs will
be taken down. All notices and/or posters placed on bulletin boards on
campus must be signed by the student and organization responsible for posting
the sign. It is advised that signs, posters, and flyers be tastefully done and posted
preferably two weeks, in advance of the activity. The student group responsible for
posting notices is also responsible for removing signs as soon as possible after the
event has taken place.
Office: II., registered student groups may express religious views on campus
in accordance with their right to free speech; however, the university
administration, including student government, may not get involved in the
sponsorship or co-sponsorship of any religious group, or actively aid, endorse, or
EctendsiovLs STT1188; STC 418822
support, finance: !II, or otherwise, the religious expressions of the group. Student
religious groups may have access to facilities as any other registered student
organization but may not use the facilities to conduct door-to-door solicitation of
students to join or support their organization.
Sponsoirtg an ActiviLt
Any individual or group who wants to sponsor an activity must check with
the Student Activities Officer about the appropriate procedures before holding the
activity. In general, you must reserve a campus or lecture !II at least one week
before the event.
On St. Thomas, requests to use Brewer's Beach, athletic/recreational
facilities, and playing fields are coordinated by the Athletic Department. For further
details, refer to the Student Activities Office. On the St. Croix Campus, a Facility
Reservation Form must be obtained from the Student Activities Office and
submitted two weeks in advance of an activity. Requests to use campus grounds
and recreational/athletic outdoor facilities must be submitted to the Student
student clubs Avnd corga oS zatiois
There are numerous clubs and organizations at UVI. More than likely you can find
a club to meet your interest, whether academic, sports, social, spiritual, or service-based. If
you are interested in joining one of these organizations or in starting or reactivating a
campus club, contact the Student Activities Office.
Acadevmicatll Relfated clubs lanad DrgaLi.zactitons
Computer Science Club
Future Business Leaders of America
Phi Beta Lambda
RecreationA/Sports Related Ilterests
Health Awareness Club
MBA Student Association
Music Educators National Conference
Student Nursing Association
Pre-Professional Science Club
Social Science Student Association
Student Education Assn (SEA)
Student Nurses Association
Anguilla Student Association
British Virgin Islands Association
Creole Language & Culture Club
Hindu Caribbean Association
Netherlands Antilles/Aruba Association
St Kitts & Nevis Student Association
Volleyball Boosters Club*
Advent Youth Fellowship
Baptist Student Union
Catholic Students Club
Residence H-clll Clubs
* Inactive clubs and organizations
speciaL lvterest cLLbs
Knights of Distinction
Frateraiuties ianld Sororities
Alpha Kappa Alpha- Rho Omicron Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Rho Xi Chapter Predators
Alpha Phi Alpha Interest Group
Delta Sigma Theta-Sigma Omega Chapter
Kappa Club Interest Group
Kappa Sweet Hearts Interest Group
Phi Alpha Psi Interest Group
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority
New student clubs and organizations must be registered with the Office of Student
Activities. There are formal procedures which must be completed in order for your club
or organization to be recognized by the University. Current clubs must renew their
registration periodic .Ii,. Each club and organization is guided by a faculty or staff activity
advisor. Clubs and organizations are expected to strictly adhere to established guidelines
regarding the management of expenditures and accounts.
Afternoon on the Green
Charter Day Activities
Alma Mater By the Sea Composer Wilbur
Annual fund-raising activity held on the
St.Thomas campus golf course where
foods prepared by community supporters
Cultural and agricultural exhibits highlight
local plants, animals and foods.
Sponsored by the Counseling and
Recognition of the founding of the
UVI school color is Reflex Blue.
Miss UVI Queen Selection
Sports Awards Program
Student Activities Awards Program
St. Thomas Carnival & Cruzan Festival
Sponsored by the Queen's Committee of
the SGA and open to female students who
are interested in serving as an ambassador
for the University. Interested students must
meet specific qualifications.
Hosted by the Athletic Department to
recognize student-atheletics who
participated in the Univeristy sports
Hosted by the Office of Student Activities to
recognize the contributions of student
organizations to the University
Annual entries of 4-H and
f., inily/staff/student floupes or troupes.
ALmvc Mater By the sea
Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater
Beside the blue Caribbean calm
Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater
neath sunny skies and whisp'nng palm
Proud we are to tread thy ways
Loud and true we voice our praise
Open door thy every portal
'mid sand and sea and golden days
Long the ties that will endure
Strong in heart and memory
Faithfully we'll always honor
Our Alma Mater by the sea
Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater
For guiding stars so brightly shown
Hail to thee, dear Alma Mater
How wide the bound'nes we have flown
Sing we now of bright tomorrows
Yesterday we never knew
W i, ig down thy, II. of wisdom
The towerln' heights are all in view
Here to us on islands famed
Dear to us thy name will be
University of the Virgin Islands
Our Alma Mater by the sea.
Section IV. Code of student C-ovduct
The following behaviors are in violation of the UVI Code of Student Conduct and are
considered of the utmost gravity by the University and may result in the maximum
sanction of expulsion (dismissal) from the University or any lesser sanction listed
(recommended) by the Coder of Student Conduct.
A. Academic Misconduct:
This includes all forms of student academic misconduct wherever committed,
including but not limited to plagiarism and cheating on examinations as defined in
the University Catalog and this Student Handbook under Academic Integrity. A
student charged under this section in most cases will be referred to the appropriate
academic unit for necessary disciplinary action.
B. Assault/Infliction or Threat of Bodily Harm to a Person:
This includes inflicting or threatening to inflict bodily harm or coercing or
restraining any person while on or about University premises. This also includes
brandishing of weapons.
C. Aiding and Abetting or Complicity in Threatening Bodily Harm and/or Committing
Bodily Harm to a Person:
This includes conspiring with or knowingly helping or encouraging another person
to engage in the above mentioned behavior violations. Students present during
the commission of an act(s) by another which constitutes those kinds of behavior
violations mentioned above and who fall to report such act(s) to the proper
University authorities sI !h be guilty of complicity to commit bodily harm to a
D. Sexual Harassment and/or Sexual Assault:
This includes any deliberate, unsolicited, and un-welcomed sexual advances,
requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature
or with sexual implications.
Committing, conspiring to commit, or causing to be committed any act which
causes or is likely to cause serious physical or mental harm or which tends to injure
or actui II, Injures, frightens, demeans, degrades or disgraces any person. This
includes but is not limited to violation of the University policies on hazing, sexual
harassment or sexual ill
(1) Furnishing false information to the University by forgery, ii mrnation or
misuse of University documents or records with intent to deceive.
(2) Furnishing to a University office or official a written or oral statement known
to be false.
G. Disruption-Obstruction of University Functions or Activities:
(1) Obstructing or interfering with the orderly conduct of University affairs
including teaching, research, administrative and disciplinary procedures or
any University activities on or off University premises;
(2) Obstructing the free flow of vehicular or pedestrian traffic on University
H. Unauthorized Use of University Keys:
The unauthorized duplication, attempted duplication, use, loan or possession of
any key to any building, room, property or facility owned or controlled by the
I. False Report of Emergency:
(1) Intentic.: II, initiating or causing to be initiated any false report, warning or
threat of impending fire, explosion or any emergency.
(2) Intentic.: II' causing the evacuation of University buildings for reasons
known to be false.
J. Forcible Entry:
Forcibly breaking into and entering, or attempting to break into, any building,
room, locker, or facility on University premises.
K. Interference with Emergency Services, Procedures or Equipment:
(1) Obstructing or hindering the maintenance, provision, or function of such
emergency services as fire department, policy department, security
personnel, first aid rescues on or coming into or about University premises.
(2) Obstructing or hindering emergency evacuation or similar procedures
announced for any building or facility on University property.
(3) Tampering with, misusing, abusing, or I :: g any safety equipment or
devices, including but not limited to, fire extinguishers, elevators, etc. on or
about University premises.
L. Possession of Dangerous Weapons, Devices, or Substances:
Possession or storage of any firearms, pellet gun, illegal knife, sling shot,
ammunition, dangerous chemical or explosive device or other dangerous weapon
or substance of any kind on or about the University premises.
M. Manufacture, Distribution, Possession, Use or Sale of Drugs or Illegal Narcotics:
This may include but not limited to the manufacture, distribution, cultivation, use,
possession, or sale of any illegal drug or narcotic while on or about University
premises and violation of the University Drug and Alcohol Policy.
N. Interference with or Misuse of the Property Rights or Service of the University or of
These include but may not be limited to the following:
(1) Theft, defacement, damage, destruction, or unauthorized possession of
College property belonging to any individual group.
(2) Unauthorized use of, misuse of, or interference with any University service
including but not limited to duplication equipment, typewriters, computers,
fax machines, etc.
O. Violation of Federal and Local Ordinances and University Policies on or About the
P. Misuse of the University Computer System:
(1) Disruption or interference with the normal use of the computers, computer
related equipment, data, or programs of individuals and the University.
(2) Use of this equipment, data, or programs in performance of any act listed as
prohibited in this document.
(3) Attempts to break security in any manner.
(4) Use of a computer account for other than the purpose for which assigned.
O. Throwing Objects from University Buildings:
R. Misbehavior at Sports Events, Concerts, and Social-Cultural Events:
(1) The throwing of any article into a crowd or onto a playing field, court, or a
(2) Alcoholic beverages of all kinds are prohibited at University sponsored
events unless permitted by appropriate University officials.
(3) Displaying in the Field House, soft, I! field, soccer field, cafeteria and
Reichhold Center for the Arts any unauthorized or obscene, offensive or
Discrimination on the basis of race, gender, color, religion, national origin, political
affiliation, disability or age.
T. Repeated Violations, Violation of Probation, Mediation Agreement:
This applies to students who have demonstrated a history of committing infractions
of University regulations or who commit any violation of the terms of any University
U. Failure to Comply with the University Judicial Process:
This includes failure to comply with a subpoena and/or request for written
information from a duly constituted University judicial body; failure to attend a
meeting requested by a University official or judicial body; failure to attend a
disciplinary hearing; failure to comply with imposed sanctions.
The following behaviors are in violation of the UVI Student Code of Conduct and may
result in a maximum sanction of suspension from the University or any lesser sanction
authorized by the Code of Student Conduct.
A. Negligent Bodily Harm:
This includes, but is not limited to, the following:
(1) Failure to exercise reasonable care, thereby causing bodily harm to any
person on or about University premises;
(2) Failure to exercise reasonable care, thereby creating a substantial risk of
bodily harm to a person on or about University premises.
B. Verbal Assault, Lewd, Indecent, or Obscene Conduct or Expressions on University
Owned or Controlled Property or at University Sponsored or Supervised Functions.
C. Aiding, Abetting and Complicity in the Destruction of University or Personal
This includes conspiring with or knowingly helping or encouraging another person
to engage in the above mentioned behavior violations. Students present during
the commission of any act(s) by another which constitutes one of the above
mentioned behavior violations and who fall to report such act(s) to the proper
authorities 51 !I! be guilty of complicity.
D. Trespassing or Misuse of University Facilities:
Unauthorized presence in or use of any University building or facility.
E. Unauthorized Possession of Property:
Possessing, receiving, or storing property on or about University premises known to
have been wrongfully taken from the University or from any person or group.
F. Negligent Destruction or Impairment of Property:
Failure to exercise reasonable care thereby causing or creating a substantial risk of
damage, defacement, destruction, theft or loss of property belonging to the
University or to any person or group on or about University premises.
G. Failure to Comply with the Lawful Direction of a University Official:
Failure to comply with directions of University or other law enforcement officers, or
University officials in the proper performance of their duties.
H. Misuse of University Telephones:
(1) Charging or causing to be charged any long distance or other toll
telephone call to the University or loc II,' operated telephone without
(2) Damage or destruction to or tampenng with University or loc II'. operated
The following behaviors are in violation of the UVI Code of Student Conduct and may
result in a maximum sanction of disciplinary probation or any lesser sanction authorized or
recommended by the Code of Student Conduct.
A. Sales and/or Solicitation:
This includes violation of the sales, public communication, and solicitation policies
of the University including the promotion of political, commercial or religious
B. Gambling and/or Scalping:
This includes gambling by organizations or individuals including chain letters,
lottenes and games of chance at any form, or the resale of tickets to a University
event or function for a pnce higher than the pnce orig(:: IIi, listed on the ticket.
C. Unauthorized Possession or Use of Alcoholic Beverages:
Serving, giving, or selling alcohol to anyone who is not leg II, able to possess or
consume alcoholic beverages, including beer, under the laws of the U.S. Virgin
Islands. Use of alcoholic beverages, including beer, in restricted areas of the
D. Disturbing the Peace:
This includes, but is not limited to, disruption of the peace on or about the
University premises by fighting, disorderly conduct, or violation of University policies
concerning demonstrations and use of sound amplifying equipment.
E. Violations of Residence Halls, Cafeteria, Student Housing Policies and/or Procedures
and the Student Housing Contract as Stated in University Publications: These
include, but are not limited to the following:
Quiet Hours Defacement
Visitation Policy Pets
Unauthorized Moves Alcoholic Beverages
Improper Maintenance Smoking
Refer to the residence II. contract for other rules and regulations governing
residence i II! living.
F. Bad Checks:
This includes the repeated passing of worthless checks or failure to promptly
redeem worthless checks) submitted to any unit within the University.
G. Misuse of any University Identification Material:
Loaning, transferring, !IL ::) g, borrowing or otherwise misusing official University
identification materials, including the UVI Logo and/or Emblem.
H. Conduct Which Causes Emotional Distress:
This includes conduct which results in physical manifestations, significant restraints
on normal behavior or conduct and/or which compels the victim to seek assistance
in dealing with the distress.
I. Unauthorized Animals on Campus:
Violation of the University Policy concern animals or pets on campus.
J. Aiding, Abetting and Complicity to Influence the University Judicial Process or the
Orderly Process of Instruction Under the Auspices of the University.
This includes conspiring with or knowingly helping or encouraging another person
to engage in the above mentioned types of behavior violations. Students present
during the commission of an act(s) by another which constitutes said behavior
violations and who fall to report such act(s) to the proper authorities 1 i I be guilty
PROHIBITED CONDUCT -All misconduct, including, but not limited to, the prohibited
conduct listed in this Code, is subject to disciplinary action.
The purpose of a sanction, in addition to protecting others, is primarily to educate
an individual by increasing his/her awareness of the consequences of conduct violations
and the importance of responsibility to the University community for one's actions. This
will ordinarily be the guiding force behind imposition of sanctions by the University's
judicial system. In some instances, however, the community's need to properly function
outweighs the University's ability to so educate an individual. In such a case, for benefit of
both the student and the community, suspension from the University may result.
Nco:!! I ,, students facing suspension or expulsion from the institution will be
entitled to a hearing prior to the imposition of the sanction. However, a student may be
temporarily suspended pending final action on the charges when the student's continued
presence on campus would constitute a potential for serious harm to himself/herself or to
the safety of the other members of the University community. Such temporary suspension
5I !IIl be followed with speedy disciplinary proceedings consistent with these policies, rules
THE STUDENT SANCTIONS LISTED BELOW MAY BE IMPOSED FOR
VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT POLICY
A. Expulsion or Disciplinary Dismissal:
Expulsion or Disciplinary Dismissal is the termination of all student status, including any
remaining right or privilege to receive some benefit or recognition or certification.
Recommendations for expulsions or disciplinary dismissals are made by the Associate
Chancellor or Chancellor to the President of the University. Only under very unusual
circumstances would an expelled student be readmitted. Conditions for readmission may
be established only through written appeal to the Chancellor no sooner than one
complete calendar year from the date the expulsion became effective. During the
expulsion the person is barred from coming onto or using University property and facilities.
The action will appear on the student's official transcript only after all appeal channels have
Suspension from the University is nc:!! Iill' for a stated period of time up to one academic
year. Any conditions on resumption of activities may also be imposed. During suspension,
an individual may not attend classes and/or participate in any University activities, nor
come to the University property without express written consent from the Associate
Chancellor or the Chancellor or his/her designee. Further violations of the University
regulations while on suspension may result in additional sanctions by the University.
Notification appears on the student's official transcript until the expiration of the sanction.
Near the end of the suspension period as specified by the suspension action, a student
suspended for non academic reasons must obtain from the Associate Chancellor any
conditions applicable to the resumption of enrollment. The Associate Chancellor may
recommend a denial for readmission in those instances where the suspended student fails
to demonstrate a positive change in behavior which indicates that the suspended student
is not yet prepared to become, again, a responsible member of the University community.
The Discipline Committee, Residence Hall Judicial Council, or the Associate Chancellor
Committee may decide on the case. The academic record of the student will not be used
in consideration of the application for readmission after suspension for disciplinary reasons.
C. Disciplinary Probation:
This action involves a specified period of time, not to exceed one year determined
by the Discipline Committee, Residence Hall Judicial Council or the Associate Chancellor
during which a student in violation of one or more University regulations is given an
opportunity to prove that he/she can become a responsible and positive member of the
A student violating any University regulation or the terms of probation while on
probation may be subject to disciplinary action as specified under the repeated violations
section of the Code of Student Conduct. Disciplinary probation may include one or more
of the following:
1. The student may not represent the University in any extracurricular activities such as
intercollegiate athletics, debate teams, University theater, band, etc. However, the
student may participate in informal activities of a recreational nature sponsored by
the University, such as intramural sports.
2. A program of self development will be planned in conjunction with a faculty or
staff person assigned to assist in a counseling/guidance capacity. Numerous
resource persons and agencies may be used to assist the student in identifying and
clarifying experiences, goals, educational and career choices, and other personal
3. Dismissal from University Housing: In the event of serious or repeated violations of
University regulations occurring in a residence i, II, a student may be dismissed
from University housing for a specified length of time. Such dismissal may result in
a percentage refund of room and board service fees in accordance with the
written instructions of the Associate Chancellor.
4. Restitution: A student may be required to make payment to the University or to the
complainant for any expenses incurred as a result of physical injury or property lost,
damaged, destroyed or stolen as a result of a violation of a University regulation.
Once ordered, restitution becomes an integral part of the student's sanction.
Failure to make restitution constitutes a violation of sanction and may lead to more
serious disciplinary action which may result in suspension, expulsion or access to
transcripts and placement files.
5. Other conditions and restrictions as deemed appropriate by the Discipline
Committee, Residence Hall Judicial Council or the Associate Chancellor.
D. Disciplinary Warning:
Disciplinary warning is a formal written notification from a University official or the
Associate Chancellor containing a warning that repeated infractions of regulations may
result in more severe disciplinary action. A record of the action will be filed in the Division
of Student Affairs.
THE SANCTIONS LISTED BELOW MAY BE IMPOSED AGAINST A STUDENT
ORGANIZATION IN CASES OF VIOLATION OF THE STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT
Sanctions which may be imposed in cases of student organizations' violations are:
1. Denial of Use of University Facilities
2. Denial of Recognition of the group as an organization
3. Forfeiture of the Right to Representation or other University organizations (Student
Council, Intercollegiate Sports, etc.)
4. Forfeiture of the Right to Representation in the Student Handbook, Student Leaders
Directories or other University publications.
5. Denial of Privileges of some or all social activities on University premises for a
6. The University reserves the right to establish contact with and recommend to the
organization's regional or national office for Forfeiture of Right to Function as a
group including forfeiture of charter or chapter. This p. iiliy must be approved by
the Discipline Committee, Residence Hall Judicial Council, and the Associate
7. Restitution. An organization may be required to make payment to the University,
or to the complainant, for any property lost, damaged, destroyed or stolen as a
result of a violation of a University regulation. Once ordered, restitution becomes
an integral part of an organization's sanction. Failure to make restitution constitutes
a subsequent violation of sanction, and may lead to more serious disciplinary
Changes and amendments to the Code of Student Conduct 51 il take effect immediately
following approval by the Associate Chancellor.
DUE PROCESS PROCEEDINGS
In cases of violation of UVI's Code of Student Conduct or infractions of University
regulations or behavior detrimental to the *i !!e of the University community, the
following procedures will nc: i I, be followed.
1. All complaints of 'll ged violations of the Code of Student Conduct should be
submitted in writing to the appropriate department within the Division of Student
Affairs. Each complaint 51 i i contain a detailed statement of facts explaining the
misconduct or infraction which the student is 1,I' ged to have committed.
2. The student .I'i ged to have committed an infraction s Ii! be c II' d in by a
member of the staff in Student Affairs within 5 working days of receipt of the
complaint. At this time, the student will be given the Notice of the Charges and be
given the option of having his/her case heard before the Discipline Committee, the
Residence Hall Judicial Council, or the Associate Chancellor. The student 1s I!
indicate his/her preference in writing.
At this point a decision will be made regarding the need for witnesses, and the
wishes of the student concerning an advisor. (The student has the option of an advisor,
providing the advisor is not a lawyer. The Advisor may be present during all hearing
proceedings to advise the defendant but may not take an active role in the proceedings.)
3. The student will be notified in writing at least forty-eight (48) hours before the
hearing concerning the following:
a. The date and time of the hearing.
b. The names of the witnesses, if witnesses are scheduled.
Any student who fails to appear before the Discipline Committee, Residence Hall
Judicial Council, or the Associate Chancellor after having been properly notified to do so is
in contempt of the University's judicial processes and will be subject to further disciplinary
action. The hearing may be rescheduled at the discretion of the Discipline Committee, the
Residence Hall Judicial Council or the Associate Chancellor depending on who is hearing
the case but within 5-10 working days of the originally scheduled hearings. Should the
student fall to appear at a reschedule hearing, a recommendation may be made to the
Associate Chancellor that the student be suspended.
4. The decisions) reached at the hearing will be communicated in writing to the
student within five working days after a final decision regarding sanctions has been
determined by the Discipline Committee, Residence Hall Judicial Council, or the
At the disciplinary proceedings, the defendant has the right:
a. to an advisor of his choice, providing the choice is not a lawyer
b. to question the complainant
c. to present evidence in support of his/her case
d. to call witnesses (if this is applicable)
5. Due to the confidential nature of disciplinary hearings, proceedings are not open
to the public.
6. In the event of an emergency involving danger of life or destruction of property,
etc., the Associate Chancellor or Chancellor or designee may immediately
temporarily suspend a student, pending a hearing within seven days from the date
of such suspension.
A tape recording and/or summary transcription of the proceedings 51 il be made of the
hearing and kept in the Division of Student Affairs for the sole purpose of appeal. The
student may also have a verbatim transcript made at his/her own expense for the
purposes of appeal.
When a student is expelled, suspended, or placed on probation, he/she 5I !II! have the
right to appeal. Appeals 51 !I! be made in writing to the Associate Chancellor, or to the
Chancellor in cases where the Associate Chancellor was the original hearing officer, within
seven-two (72) hours after notification of the decision of the case in question. In cases of
appeal, any action assessed by the previous hearing (Associate Chancellor, Discipline
Committee, or Residence Hall Judicial Council) 51 i l be suspended pending the outcome
of the appeal to the Associate Chancellor/ Chancellor. Exceptions to this 51 !I! be made
when the student's presence would create a clear and present danger to himself, others,
UVI property or interference with the normal operation and processes or the requirements
of appropriate discipline at the University.
1. The student sii I appeal in writing to the Associate Chancellor within 72 hours
after notification of the decision.
2. A student may appeal on the grounds that the evidence was not sufficient to find
him/her guilty or other specified relevant grounds. He/she sIII! clearly state
his/her grounds in his/her letter to the Associate Chancellor.
3. The Associate Chancellor reserves the right to determine the nature and format of
the appeal. The Associate Chancellor will be given the tapes and/or written
summaries of the original hearing for consideration and may or may not require a
full hearing after all the evidence and proceeds of the hearing have been
4. If Associate Chancellor determines that a full hearing is warranted, it is at this state
that legal counsel may be allowed. If the student requests the use of legal counsel,
the University also reserves the right to legal counsel.
THE DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE
The Discipline Committee of the University 1 i, II consist of seven members of whom
four 51 il be full time students, one from each class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior)
recommended by the Associate Chancellor or Chancellor and be appointed by the
President. The President 51 II appoint a member each year to act as Chairman of the
Discipline Committee. A member of the Division of Student Affairs 51 i!i present the case to
the committee and si Ii! be available to perform recording and other related functions.
The role of the Discipline Committee is found throughout the "Due Process Proceedings"
section of this Handbook. The Committee will serve for one academic year or until
replaced by the President.
THE RESIDENCE HALL JUDICIAL COUNCIL (RHJC)
The Residence Hall Judicial Council is a new addition to the University's Judicial process. It
became effective Fall 1997 and was established to hear only those cases concerning
infractions/violations committed in and around the residence II
STUDENT JUDICIAL PROCESS DURING THE SUMMER: The Associate Chancellor, or
designee, will hear all disciplinary cases during the summer months (from the end of
examinations in the spring semester to the first day of classes in the fall semester.
The purpose of fire safety information is to alert students to facts concerning the
causes of fires and what can be done to insure student safety. All members of the
University Community, espec: lli' those who reside on campus have a share in the
responsibility for fire safety. Because of the serious nature of fire safety and prevention,
some behaviors are considered unacceptable. Among the more juvenile abuses that can
result in serious consequences, including disciplinary action, are such things as playing
with fire extinguishers, blocking open fire doors, and setting false alarms.
The University has done, and will continue to do everything within its power to
provide safe accommodations for faculty, staff and students. It is eq, II,' important that
residence II occupants:
1. recognize the fire hazards
2. have a responsible attitude towards fire safety
3. respond in a positive way to the ci! iII' nge of fire prevention
4. take a serious view of and participation in fire drills
THE ORIGIN OF AND PROCEDURES IN CASE OF A CAMPUS FIRE
Improper smoking habits and carelessness related to smoking is one of the leading
causes of fires. It is for this and h. 1iii reasons that smoking is prohibited in the residence
,Ii I classrooms and offices.
Many fires are caused by electrical i !liunctioning. It sometimes takes years for the
insulation of an overloaded wire to deteriorate to a point where shorting can take place
and cause ignition of combustible materials. When shorting does occur, it is neither seen
nor smelled before it erupts into a sizeable fire and breaks through where it can finally be
discovered. This is the reason for residence I, iI rules which deny cooking and the use of
certain appliances, such as hot plates and refrigerators.
Fire Control and Evacuation
Here is what to do when a fire is discovered in the residence ,i
(1) Pull fire alarm and try to arouse your, i I mates.
(2) Alert Campus Security.
(3) Isolate the fire by closing doors and windows in the immediate area of the fire.
(4) Size up the fire and if possible fight with a fire extinguisher.
(5) If the fire gets out of control evacuate the building.
Residence Hall occupants should do the following when a fire alarm is heard:
(1) Grab a towel to protect your face.
(2) Close door behind you.
(3) Walk, do not run, to the designated exit. Maintain a single file.
(4) Do not talk, so that instructions from the Resident Assistant(s), Graduate Assistant(s)
or Housing Supervisor can be heard.
(5) When the signal is given to return to the building, proceed in an orderly manner.