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Dean of Students

Our Mission

Aloha BYU-Hawaii Students! As a part of the Ho’okele division, our department is devoted to helping you navigate your way through your educational journey. The word Ho’okele is about helping guide you through your voyage starting before admittance and continuing past graduation. We are devoted to all of our past, present, and future students.

As Dean of Students, our office works towards a number of things and we are happy to help you in any way we can. We work towards understanding the policies and processes so that we can better help you navigate them. We can redirect you to where you need to go. We strive towards helping students succeed and be happy. We are concerned for your well-being and want you to be both mentally and spiritually balanced. Most importantly, we are an office where you can be heard.

I look forward to meeting you!

Dean James Faustino

Get to Know our Dean of Students!

James Faustino is from Hauula Hawaii. He graduated with his Bachelors at Brigham Young University in Provo Utah. He also achieved his Masters of Science in Engineering Management from Tufts University. He served a mission in Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. He is married and has five children and a dog named Luna. His favorite sport is basketball. He also enjoys surfing, and American football. His go-to meal is the Sunrise poke bowl from Tamura’s down in Hauula.

Meet with Dean

If you would like to meet with Dean Faustino, please fill out the form and we will email you to schedule an appointment.

Request a Leave of Absence

BYU–Hawaii allows for a student to take a leave of absence voluntarily when medical conditions, psychological distress, make the leave in the student’s best interest. If a student is not eligible for a leave of absence, there are additional options for a student who does not wish to attend as a full-time student.

Reduced Course Load Request

BYU–Hawaii requires all full-time students to maintain a minimum of 12.0 credit hours per semester in the fall and winter semesters and a minimum of 8.0 credit hours in the spring semester. A student who wishes to obtain an exception based on a medical condition may request a reduced course load by submitting the form below.