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What is a HOLD?
A hold is a block placed on a student's record for failure to comply with obligations to the university. If you have a hold on your records, you may not register, or in many cases, obtain transcripts until that hold is cleared with the office imposing the hold. A hold may be imposed for financial indebtedness to the University (i.e. unpaid tuition and fees, unpaid library fines), academic or disciplinary reasons. Examples of holds are: transcript holds, faculty advising holds, immunisation holds, accounts receivable holds etc. If you have not cleared your holds before the start of the academic year, you will be unable to register until the hold is cleared.
Students are notified of their holds on-line when they attempt to register. You may view any holds on your records or registration through mySTA. You will be directed to contact the respective Department issuing the hold.
How do I ADD or DROP a course?
You may add or drop a course(s) on-line via the internet through the mySta student information system on myCampus Portal ONLY during the "add/drop" period.
Add/drop is permitted during the registration period and up to the end of the 3rd week of the first semester, and the 2nd week of the second semester.
Changes in Course Registration should be made, only AFTER consultation with the lecturer in charge of the course and the Head of Department.
Changes in registration involving the ADDITION or substitution of courses or DROPPING/WITHDRAWAL FROM courses will be permitted up to the end of the THIRD week of the Semester 1 and the second week of the second semester. Any changes after this period will require permission from the Academic Board.
NOTE: ADDING OR DROPPING COURSES AFFECTS THE FEES FOR WHICH YOU ARE LIABLE. DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF COURSES YOU MAY HAVE ADDED YOU MAY BE FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT OF ADDITIONAL FEES; ALTERNATIVELY DEPENDING ON THE NUMBER OF COURSES YOU MAY HAVE DROPPED YOU MAY BE ENTITLED TO A REFUND OF FEES.
ADDING OR DROPPING COURSES ALSO AFFECT YOUR STUDENT LOAN STATUS.
Why can't I register on-line?
In order to register on-line via the Internet, you must be an accepted student of The University of the West Indies. You must also know your UWI Student Registration Number/ UWI ID number and PIN.
If you have not cleared any holds on your account before the start of the academic year, you will be unable to register until the hold is cleared.
How important is the Medical Certificate? Do I have to submit this before I can register?
Please note that you will be unable to register if your Medical Certificate is not received at the University Health Service Unit.
Can I register for a course and not have the credits counted towards my degree?
Such a course is considered as Not for Credit (NFC). Persons wishing to pursue a NFC course(s) must seek approval prior to registering for the course. All such requests must be made, in writing, or in the required form, to the Dean of the Faculty, through the Senior Assistant Registrar, Student Affairs (Admissions).
A course designated at registration as Not For Credit (NFC) shall not count for the purpose of assessing Honours. Where a student fails to specify the course which is Not for Credit, the date(s) on which such course(s) were registered shall be used to make a determination.
Persons would not be allowed after Not for Credit approval has been granted to rescind such approval.
Can I register for courses in the Summer School session?
Yes. The Summer School Session runs from the end of May to July and is compulsory for Evening and B.ED. students. Note that registration in the Summer School session is optional for all other students and conditions apply. Summer sessions condense an intensive level of academic study into a short time period.
Details are available on our website at http://www.sta.uwi.edu/registration
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