Please note: the Guidelines are interim only and are subject to revision, until we can complete consultation with the stakeholders.

Purpose and Scope

To continue to provide engaging learning opportunities and advance research while limiting the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (“COVID-19”), the university has developed these University of Hawaiʻi COVID-19 Guidelines (“Guidelines”) for campuses to follow as they welcome back students, faculty, staff and invited visitors in the upcoming academic year. These Guidelines were developed under guidance issued by local, state and federal authorities and are subject to change based on our developing knowledge of COVID-19 and evolving federal, state and county guidance.

Additionally, the following publications have served and will continue to serve as valuable resources: U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) Guidelines for Reopening Colleges and Universities, CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting (Public Spaces, Workplaces, etc.), CDC Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education, Guidelines for Opening Up America Again, State of Hawaiʻi Beyond Recovery (PDF), Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (“DOH”) guidance on what to do if you test positive for COVID-19 (PDF), a person at your worksite tests positive for COVID-19 (PDF), or you have been tested for COVID-19 (PDF), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF).

These Guidelines provide a framework for university campuses to resume on-site delivery of classes, advising, student services, research, and other activities. Ultimately, all members of the UH community—students, faculty, staff and visitors alike—must also take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them. No community, particularly one as large and complex as the University of Hawaiʻi, can guarantee an environment completely free of COVID-19. But, the measures described in these Guidelines and the respective campus plans that implement these Guidelines seek to apply the latest national, state and local guidance for making our environment and activities as safe as possible and healthy as can be with the current understanding of the COVID-19 pandemic.

These Guidelines shall remain in effect until and unless superseded or revoked by the President of the university. These Guidelines apply to all university operations (except where noted), activities on the university’s campuses and at off-campus facilities (“onsite” or “facility/ies”), and all students, employees and visitors to university facilities. Based on these Guidelines, each campus will develop its own operational plan that takes into consideration its unique location, facilities, program needs and available resources. These initial Interim Guidelines are based on the current environment and guidance on COVID-19 in June 2020 and will be updated as circumstances change. Additional information for employees is available at the University Office of Human Resources website.

All campuses will closely monitor their local conditions and surroundings. They will be prepared to alter operations and services in a timely and appropriate manner in response to COVID-related situations or circumstances. Additionally, the University of Hawaiʻi continues to work closely with county and state officials to operate in accordance with government orders, recommendations from the Hawaiʻi Department of Health, and CDC Guidelines.

Last modified: November 30, 2020