INFORMATION and POLICIES

Policies below are general program policies. Individual courses may have their own specific policies that would be found on the course syllabus provided by the Instructor on the first day of class.

Accreditation

Leeward Community College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), an institutional accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, and the United States Department of Education.

ADA Access

Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals desiring information may contact the College by calling the TTY (Text Telephones) number at 1711 or (808) 643-8833. A TTY pay phone is located at the west side, ground floor, of the Administration Building.

Information about the programs, services, activities, and facilities which are available to persons with disabilities, can be obtained by contacting the Kako'o 'Ike Program (455-0421, TTY number at 455-0532 or 643-8835).

Attendance Policy

Participants are expected to attend all class sessions. Sign-in sheets are completed at every class session. Participants must attend all classes in order to satisfactorily complete the course. For every fifteen (15) hours of instruction, one hour of instruction can be missed. Arriving more than 15 minutes late at the start of a class will be documented as a tardy or leaving more than 15 minutes early at the end of a class will be documented as an early departure.

Instructors reserve the right to drop a student from class if student is absent more than 3 days without notifying the school. Refer to the course syllabus for specific course policies.

Awarding of Certificates

Certificates of Professional Development will be issued to students successfully completing workforce development classes. Certificates of Participation will be issued to students who successfully complete personal enrichment classes. Duplicate certificate or course completion documentation fee is $10.

Campus Security

LA 238, 455-0611

Campus Security provides around-the-clock assistance to students, faculty, and staff and maintains a "lost and found" service. Incidents and concerns relating to security should be reported directly to Campus Security. Campus Security offers an Escort Service on request from anyone on campus by calling 455-0611.

Cancellation Policy

OCEWD reserves the right to cancel an event, program, course with insufficient enrollment or attendance. An event, program, or course that is cancelled will have a voucher issued to the payer. At the request of the payer a refund will be processed.

Course Extensions

An extension may be recommended and allowed for students needing additional time to meet course competencies and requirements. Extensions must be approved by the program coordinator and payer (ie. Agencies) prior to the end of the initial course. Note: Fees for extensions vary with each program and must be paid prior to extending.

"Credit" by Review

OCEWD's Course Equivalency Program provides alternate opportunities to obtain recognition for prior learning. Leeward
Community College believes there are many ways to become “educated” besides traditional course offerings. The College provides options which allow students to demonstrate competency gained through non-classroom experiences and to earn college credits for them. This allows students to spend their time and money on the new subjects they need and want to take. Requests for "credit" must be approved by OCEWD administration and the instructor. Methods for earning such credits include:

  • Independent Study
  • Credit-by-Exam
  • Credits Earned at Foreign Colleges and Universities
  • Equivalency Examinations
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Credit for Prior Learning
  • Non-collegiate-Sponsored Education Credit

EEO Policy

Leeward Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, and veteran status. This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment, and employment in the College's programs, activities, and services.

Entrance Requirements

Any person interested in enrolling must meet the following entrance requirements to ensure eligibility and course progression. (1) Participant must be at least 18 years old at the start of the program. (2) Persons less than 18 years of age need the signature of parent or guardian to enroll in course work. (3) A valid photo ID. Refer to specific programs for individual course/program entrance requirements. See "enrollment eligibility" section of individual courses for addition requirements.

Financial Liability Policy

Enrollment/Registration at OCEWD signifies consent to, and acceptance of all policies and procedures governing enrollment/registration, including financial liability. Participants who fail to remit payment when due, agree to pay the University of Hawai’i all reasonable cost for collection, to include collection agency, attorney’s and court fees. Participant is responsible for any unpaid balance.

Medical Emergencies

In case of emergency please notify the Security Office at 611. If you are disabled by sickness or injury, you can contact the Campus Health Center by dialing 515 on any office telephone on campus. Please call 911 in case of emergency (if calling from on campus, you must first dial ‘9’ then 911).

Payment

Make checks payable to ―Leeward Community College. Checks returned due to insufficient funds are subject to a $25 service fee. Credit/Debit Cards are accepted (MasterCard, VISA, or Discover only).

Standards of Progress

Attendance, completion of assignments, quiz/exam scores, and satisfactory performance of all skills/tasks contribute to the overall grade. Possible grades include:

(CR) is used to indicate passing with a “C” or higher for non-credit courses. All assignments completed with a score of 70% or higher, a score of 70% or higher on each quiz/exam, and all skills performed satisfactorily.

(NC) is used to indicate not passing with a “C” or higher for non-credit courses. Participants earning a grade of “NC” may repeat a course once. Additional repeats may be allowed after discussion with a Program Coordinator, and participants may be required to repeat the entire course at an additional expense. Participants may not progress to the next higher level course until a “CR” grade is earned.

(I) is used to indicate that the participant has yet to complete one or more requirements by the scheduled end date of a course. Participants will be given an additional opportunity to successfully complete the requirements after instructors provide counseling/remediation. An additional fee may be required for remedial instruction beyond two (2) attempts. Participants that are unsuccessful after four (4) attempts shall be assigned a grade of “NC”. Completion of course requirements must be accomplished during the next offering of the program/course or the grade will be converted as “NC”.

Enrollment in some courses may require satisfactory completion of prerequisite coursework, meeting health and/or safety requirements. Students successfully completing course and academic performance requirements will receive a certificate for their records.

Student Code of Conduct

Participants enrolled in course(s) are expected to abide by the Leeward Community College University of Hawai’i rules, regulations, and student code of conduct. For more information, refer to the Leeward Community College Policies webpage.

Tuition & Fees

All tuition and fee charges at the University of Hawaii campuses are subject to change in accordance with requirements of State law and/or actions by the University of Hawaii board of Regents or Administration. The tuition for Leeward Community College Non-Credit courses includes all applicable fees. Tuition rates are posted for each course in the catalog. Students with an outstanding balance prior to the first day of class will not be allowed to attend.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy

A withdrawal/refund will be permitted if the request is made at least five (5) business days (Monday-Friday, excluding holidays) prior to the start of the event, program, or course during regular office hours. Refund requests must be made in person or by writing to OCEWD (received in office by the refund deadline). Faxed or mailed withdrawal requests must include the student’s signature. Failure to attend class or notifying your instructor of your intent to withdraw does not constitute an official withdrawal from the course. Agencies submitting purchase orders for student registration fees will be billed regardless of attendance, unless notification of withdrawal is made by the specified refund deadline.

Refunds for check and cash payments are processed within eight (8) to ten (10) weeks. Refunds for charge payments are credited to the account originally charged.