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RESOLUTION RELATING TO FACULTY HOUSING

Issue # 12
Approved by the Manoa Faculty Senate on March 21, 2012
48 in support; 7 against


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RESOLUTION RELATING TO FACULTY HOUSING

WHEREAS:

The University of Hawai’i in its Executive Policy E5.226 “recognizes that assistance aimed at mitigating housing affordability problems...is essential to enable it to compete in a tightening national and international market for highly qualified teaching, research and service personnel...intended to support the University’s competitive strategy in personnel recruitment and retention.” AND

WHEREAS:

The May 2011 Executive Policy establishes that “The purpose of the Program is to help selected newly and recently appointed personnel of the University system obtain suitable housing...Suitable housing is housing which is appropriate to family needs, is safe, comfortable, located within a reasonable commuting distance to work...Suitable housing does not mean luxury housing or immediate proximity to the campus... AND

WHEREAS:

The intent of Faculty Housing is meant to provide transitional housing primarily for newly recruited faculty. This is reflected in the published rental terms of three properties operated by the University of Hawai’i, Wa’ahila Ridge, Kau’iokahaloa Nui and Kau’iokahaloa Iki with published rental terms of “one year, with possibility of extension.” AND

WHEREAS

The policy limiting rental terms at Faculty Housing was suspended in 2004 with some individuals now living in the facility for longer than 10 years and that this suspension of the policy and lack of turnover has created a significant waitlist, limiting access for newly appointed faculty.


THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:

That the Manoa Faculty Senate asks the UH Manoa Administration to re-establish the term limit policy at Faculty Housing within one year and limit the terms of stay at all facilities to five years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That the UH Administration establish a reasonable policy to terminate the rental contracts of residents that have exceeded five years in residence, prioritizing for vacating those who have resided in faculty housing the longest.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED:

That the UH Manoa Administration undertake no further planning for additional faculty housing until there is clear evidence that the current housing stock is not sufficient.

References

May 2011 University of Hawai’i Executive Policy: University Housing Assistance Program E5.226: http://www.hawaii.edu/svpa/ep/e5/e5226.pdf

University of Hawai’i at Manoa Faculty Housing Rental Housing Program: http://www.hawaii.edu/fachousing/rentalhousing.html


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