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UVI students are encouraged to explore the wide variety of academic and student support services and programs available at the University. They are designed to help students succeed in academics, foster professional growth and development, augment leadership skills, complement classroom instruction, promote wellness, and foster personal and career goals and aspirations. In addition to academic services and programs, a variety of social, cultural, athletic and recreational opportunities round out the UVI experience.
The Student Handbook includes the following information:
Students enrolled at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) are assumed to be of good moral character and are expected to exhibit acceptable standards of conduct both on and off campus. The policies and regulations of the University are based on the expectations that students will be responsible for their own behavior during their years at the University. In all cases, it is expected that students will be governed by a respect for the rights of others and for the commonly accepted standards and morals of our society. Thus, the University’s Student Code of Conduct (“Student Code”) is designed not only to maintain order but also to foster positive student development at UVI by establishing behavioral standards conducive to a higher educational learning environment.
The goals of the Student Code are:
a) To maintain order and to ensure the freedom, due process, and privacy of all members of the UVI community;
b) To maintain a way of life that is physically and psychologically healthy;
c) To provide an atmosphere in which students can achieve their educational objectives.
UVI students are members of both the University community and the wider Virgin Islands community. Thus, a student’s conduct may be subject to concurrent review both by the University community and by local law enforcement authorities. A student whose conduct violates the UVI Student Code also may be held responsible for the same conduct in civil court or in criminal court (if the conduct violates existing local and/or federal law). Therefore, it is important for students to become familiar with both the Student Code and local laws that govern their behavior while attending the University.
Click to access UVI's Student Code of Conduct.
The University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and staff can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of assault, sexual harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the UVI community should be aware that such behavior is prohibited by both federal and local law, and by University policy.
UVI CARES (Crisis Awareness Response Evaluation Safety)
The University of the Virgin Islands provides a variety of prevention programming including prevention, awareness, advocacy, risk reduction, bystander, initiatives, campaigns, and others. By offering a variety of programs, UVI strives to create an environment and culture that is safe for all community members and is respectful of all individuals as we work together to respond to and prevent sexual and interpersonal violence.
Members of the UVI community are encouraged to promptly report observance of and/or complaints about sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and unlawful sexual contact to a supervisor or manager, Title IX Coordinator, EEO Officer, Human Resources, or any other UVI administrator. Persons found to be in violation of this policy shall be subject to a transfer, or may face disciplinary action which may include, but is not limited to, written warning, demotion, suspension, expulsion, dismissal or termination.How the Reporting Process Occurs
|Complete Sexual Misconduct Report Form for Students, whether it is either part of the Early Resolution Process or through the internal Grievance Procedure.||Complete Sexual Misconduct Report Form for Faculty and Staff, whether it is pursued formally or informally.||Complete Sexual Misconduct Report Form for Faculty and Staff, whether it is either part of the Early Resolution Process or through the internal Grievance Procedure.|
|St. Thomas Campus||Albert A. Sheen Campus|
|St. Thomas Campus||Albert A. Sheen Campus|
Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time. Not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate.
Bachelor's Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rates Grouped by Gender*:
Bachelor's Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rates Grouped by Race/Ethnicity*:
Bachelor's Degrees 6-Year Graduation Rates Grouped by Receipt of Pell Grant*:
*Percentage of full-time, first-time students who began their studies in Fall 2008 and received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion for their program.
Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics
Paying for college can be difficult, and with college tuition rates increasing across the United States, financial responsibilities can become overwhelming. At UVI, we want to help make your higher education goals affordable while keeping your college debt levels as low as possible.
|2015-2016 Academic Year*|
|Full-Time Tuition Rates||USVI Resident||Non-USVI Resident|
|Undergraduate Full-Time Tuition||$4,410||$13,230|
|Room & Board||$6,824 to $11,380||$6,824 to $11,380|
|Part-Time Tuition Rates||USVI Resident||Non-USVI Resident|
|Undergraduate Part-Time Tuition (per credit hour)||$147||$441|
|Graduate Part-Time Tuition (per credit hour)||$368||$735|
Source: Current Tuition & Fees
* 2015-2016 Academic Year represents potential Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 charges. Summer 2016 is not included in this estimate.
Tuition & fees can be paid by cash, check, credit card, ACH (electronic check), bank wire or with a tuition payment plan. Online payments by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, & Discover) and ACH are accepted and processed.
|Tuition Payment Plans|
|Prepay with 2% Discount||Prepay in full for Fall & Spring semesters by July 31 to receive a 2% tuition discount. Discounts are not applicable to students on financial aid or UVI scholarships.|
|Pay in 2 Installments||The first installment of 50% is due by July 31. The second installment is due by January 5, prior to completing enrollment and beginning Spring classes. No discounts are available.|
|Pay in 4 Installments||The first installment of 25% is due by July 31. The other installments are due by October 1, January 5, and March 1. A 2% interest rate is charged to accounts with this option.|
|Pay in 5 Installments||The first installment of 20% is due by July 31. The remaining 80% is due in four equal installments by October 1, December 1, February 1, and April 1. A 3% interest rate is charged to accounts with this option.|
These options are limited to full-time students not receiving scholarships or financial aid. New UVI students must pay their tuition and fees in full or pay their first installment by August 21. Returning students must pay their tuition and fees in full or make arrangements for one of the payment options in the UVI Business Office by July 31 to complete enrollment and enter classes for the Fall semester.
To ensure resources are available for instruction, students must pay their required tuition and fees prior to the start of classes. Students who do not conform to UVI’s Tuition & Fees Payment Policy will be removed from registered courses, regarded as not enrolled, debarred from attending classes, and prohibited from residing on University property and utilizing student services.
Refunds - If a student withdraws during a term, the refund for that term will be calculated in accordance with the University’s regular refund policy. In the event a student covered by one of UVI’s payment plans withdraws, or otherwise leaves UVI, the student may withdraw from the plan and the unutilized balance will be refunded.
Business Services/Cashier’s Office
Financial Aid Office
|Scholarships||A variety of scholarships are available for new and current UVI students. The application deadline is typically March 1. However, new scholarships become available year around. Scholarships do not have to be repaid.|
|Grants||Federal and territorial grants are typically available to students who have met certain criteria. Grants do not have to be repaid.|
|Loans||Subsidized, unsubsidized, private and public loans are available to students. Repayment is typically due 6 months after graduation, withdraw, or drop below half-time status.|
|Employment||Federal Work-Study provides part-time jobs for students with financial need, allowing students to earn money to help pay educational expenses.|
In accordance with federal regulations, UVI’s Financial Aid Office must monitor each student’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) toward the completion of a degree. Financial aid is based on financial need, which is calculated by subtracting the expected family contribution from UVI’s cost of attendance. Student’s progress is checked at the completion of each term. The satisfactory academic progress review is based on the percentage rate of attempted credit hours, minimum cumulative and/or semester grade-point average (GPA), and timeframe needed for program completion. Click for additional information about SAP.
To be considered for Federal Financial Aid students must complete the Free Application for Financial Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov . Resources are limited. Apply as soon as possible.
All members of the University community are urged to assist in making the campuses safe places by being alert, cautious, security conscious, responsible and by not taking safety for granted. Everyone who utilizes campus facilities must assume responsibility for the security of personal belongings and their own personal safety. Suspicious persons, dangerous or unusual situations, and all other crimes or attempted crimes including assault or attempted assault should be reported immediately to the Security Department. Everyone is urged to protect personal property by keeping residence hall rooms, entrance doors and vehicles locked and by not leaving keys or valuables in cars.
Effective April 1, 2014, all vehicles of UVI students and employees parked on campus must have valid parking permits which are visible to security officers. Vehicles must be parked in appropriately designated color coded parking areas, i.e. residential student parking (red lots), commuter student parking (purple lots), faculty and staff parking (green lots), visitor parking (orange lots) or open parking (yellow lots). The Security Department will issue tickets or citations and/or immobilize vehicles for lack of properly displayed valid parking permits and other parking violations (e.g. parking in handicap parking spots, etc.). Click to learn more.
The safety and security of UVI students, faculty, staff and guests are of primary concern. Through interdepartmental collaboration, many individuals are involved in keeping our campuses and their facilities safe and secure for all users. The Security Department on both campuses is open 24 hours a day, providing round-the-clock protection and services to the campus communities. Officers are on duty seven days a week, 365 days a year. The Security Department enforces UVI rules and regulations and aids in the enforcement of federal, territorial and local laws and statues. UVI Police officers have full Peace Officer powers, and the Security officers have citizen’s arrest authority and all receive ongoing training from various law enforcement officials and agencies located in the Virgin Islands.
The University is committed to creating and maintaining a community in which students, faculty and staff can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of assault, sexual harassment, exploitation, or intimidation. Every member of the UVI community should be aware that such behavior is prohibited by both federal and local law, and by University policy. Sexual harassment is defined as 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. Personal compliments, social interaction, or relationships freely entered into and welcomed by the recipient do not constitute sexual harassment. Sexual assaults, forcible and non-forcible rape, are considered criminal offenses subject to disciplinary action, arrest and imprisonment. Click to learn more.
The University of the Virgin Islands seeks to encourage and sustain an academic environment that respects individual freedom and promotes the health, safety and welfare of all members of its community. UVI does not condone possession, use, or distribution or marijuana, LSD, hallucinogens or narcotics by anyone in any campus facility or on University grounds. Any individual known to possess, use or distribute such drugs is subject to disciplinary action, which could result in suspension, or dismissal, possible arrest, imprisonment and/or a fine, according to Virgin Islands and federal laws. Click to learn more.
The University of the Virgin Islands has invested institutional resources, both monetary and human, to provide the electronic resources needed for University stakeholders to perform the business of the University. The very nature and expense of these resources make them both valuable and limited and a privilege granted to University stakeholders.
With this privilege, the University imposes the necessary obligations and responsibilities upon its stakeholders. The University is endowing all of these stakeholders with the overall responsibility to maximize the resources and use them in an ethical and efficient way consistent with University policies and contracts, and territorial and federal laws. The University makes resources available to its campuses, its instructional sites and to stakeholders remotely in the expectation that these resources will be used for the purpose of performing University business in the process of achieving the mission and vision of the University. The University accepts the reality that personal calls or emails may be received and/or sent. Click to access UVI's Acceptable Use Policy.
The University of the Virgin Islands is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (Visit the CHE web site for current details.) of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Phone: 215-662-5606. The Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Commission on Recognition of Postsecondary Accreditation.