Policies

Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Hawaii 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 academic considerations such as admission and access to, and participation and treatment in the University’s programs, activities, and services. With regard to employment, the University is committed to equal opportunity in all personnel actions such as recruitment, hiring, promotion, and compensation. Sexual harassment is expressly prohibited under University policy.

The University strives to promote full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing program in compliance with the affirmative action in employment mandates of the federal Executive Order 11246. The program includes measuring performance against specific annual goals, monitoring progress, and reporting on good faith efforts and results in annual affirmative action plan reports. As a government contractor, the University is committed to an affirmative policy of hiring and advancing in employment qualified persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, and veterans of the Vietnam era.

For information on equal opportunity policies or complaint procedures for the Manoa campus, contact the following departments:

Dean of Students and Student Services (Discrimination, Grievances, Academic Disputes, etc.):
Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 409
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: (808) 956-3290       (V/T)
Fax: (808) 956-9682

Civil Rights Specialist:
Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 210
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: (808) 956-4431
Fax: (808) 956-4541

Gender Equity Specialist:
Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Services, Room 210
2660 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: (808) 956-9977

Women’s Center:
Queen Lili’uokalani Center for Student Sevices, Room 211
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: (808) 956-8059
Fax: (808) 956-9314

UH Manoa recognizes its obligation to provide overall program accessibility for persons with disabilities. For information as to the existence and location of services, activities, and facilities that are accessible to, and usable by persons with disabilities, contact the following program:

Kokua Program (Disability Access Services)
Queen Lili’oukalani Center for Student Services, Room 013
2600 Campus Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Tel: (808) 956-7511       (V/T)


Student Records

Pursuant to Section 99.6 of the rules and regulations implementing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (hereinafter the Act), students in attendance at the University of Hawaii are hereby notified of the following:

  1. It is the policy of the University of Hawaii to subscribe to the requirements of Section 438 of the General Education Provisions Act, Title IV, of Public Law 90-247, as amended and to the rules and regulations implementing the Act, which protect the privacy rights of students.
  2. The rights of students under the Act include the following: (a) the right to inspect and review education records, (b) the right to request to amend education records, (c) the right of protection from disclosure by the University of Hawaii of personally identifiable information contained in educational records without permission of the student involved, (d) the right to waive certain rights under the Act, and (e) the right to file complaints concerning alleged failure by the University of Hawaii to comply with the Act.
  3. Students are advised that institutional policy and procedures required under the Act have been published as Administrative Procedure A7.022, “Procedures Relating to Protection of the Educational Rights and Privacy of Students.” Copies of APA7.022 may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Services.
  4. Directory Information. Students are advised that certain personally identifiable information is considered by the University to be directory information and, in response to public inquiry, may be disclosed in conformance with state law, at the University’s discretion, without prior consent of the student unless the student requests that the University not disclose such information. This includes (a) name of student, (b) local address and zip code, (c) local telephone number, (d) major field of study, (e) education level (e.g., freshman, sophomore, etc.), (f) participation in officially recognized activities and sports, (g) weight and height of members of athletic teams, (h) dates of attendance, (i) most recent educational institution attended, and (j) degrees and awards received. A student has the right to request that any or all of the above items not be designated directory information with respect to that student. Should a student wish to exercise this right, he or she must in person and in writing, not earlier than the first day of instruction nor later than 14 calendar days from the first day of instruction for the academic term or semester, or the fourth day of a summer session, inform the campus registrar which of the above items are not to be disclosed without the prior consent of that student.
  5. A parent or spouse of a student is advised that information contained in educational records, except as may be determined to be directory information, will not be disclosed to him/her without the prior written consent of the student.

Academic Rights and Freedoms of Students

The University of Hawaii, like all state universities, embraces those aspects of academic freedom that guarantee the freedom to teach and the freedom to learn. Free inquiry and free expression for both students and faculty are indispensable and inseparable. Students, whether from the United States or from foreign countries, as members of the academic community are encouraged to develop a capacity for critical judgment and to engage in sustained and independent search for truth.

Students from foreign countries, as full participants in the educational process at the University, have the right to pursue formal knowledge, verbal or written, in whatever directions and with whatever legitimately appropriate associations are necessary, without fear of reprisal.

For its part, the University guarantees all students the freedom of silence. No student is required to engage in research on any topic or make statements of any kind, unless it is the student’s wish to do so.

The University would be most concerned if any government placed its own nationals in jeopardy for engaging in normal academic studies on a university campus; it urges other governments to accept the concepts of academic freedom prevalent here if they intend for their own nationals to study at this institution.