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FACULTY OF HUMANITIES & EDUCATION HANDBOOK 2010–2011

SECTION B:

APPENDICES GRADE POINT AVERAGE

REGULATIONS (Revised March 2006)

  • 1.

    The Board for Undergraduate Studies, in the delegated exercise of Senate’s powers as the academic authority for the University under Statute 25, makes the following regulations to govern the Grade Point Average system in the University, effective 2003/2004 academic year for all candidates newly entering a programme. Persons who enter the system prior to 2003/2004 academic year to pursue first degrees will be considered under the GPA scheme effective 2006/2007. All students entering the Faculty of Law in the academic year 2005/2006 and the Faculty of Medical Sciences in the academic year 2006/2007 shall be governed by the GPA Regulations in the calculation of the award of their respective degrees. However, students entering the Faculty of Law prior to 2005/2006 and the Faculty of Medical Sciences prior to 2006/2007 will be treated under the old system of classification. A student who entered the University prior to 2003/2004 and changes his/her major subsequent to the introduction of GPA will be considered to be “newly entering a programme”

  • 2.

    In accordance with Statute 47 and subject to these regulations all students shall normally spend a minimum of three academic years in the University of the West Indies before being eligible for the award of a First Degree.

  • 3.

    (i) For purposes of these regulations, the following meanings shall apply, except where the context otherwise requires:

    • (a)

      Credit Hours Earned: “Credit hours earned” means the credits for each course that count toward the degree requirement and for which a passing grade is obtained.

  • (b)

    Quality Hours: “Quality hours” means the credits for each course that is included in the GPA calculation. Quality hours shall be assigned even when a grade of F is obtained in a course. Courses that are not used in the determination of the GPA shall be assigned zero quality hours.

  • (c)

    Quality Points: “Quality points” means the numerical value assigned to the relevant letter grade earned.

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