Board of Regents Policy 7.205 Board of Regents Policy 7.205


Student Housing


Regents Policy Chapter 7, Student Affairs
Regents Policy RP 7.205, Student Housing
Effective Date:  Apr. 22, 2005
Prior Dates Amended:  May 12, 1977; Dec. 12, 1986; July 16, 1993; Feb. 18, 1994; Apr. 22, 1994; Nov. 11, 1999; Oct. 19, 2001; Jan. 20, 2005; Oct. 31, 2014 (recodified)
Review Date:  August 2018

I. Purpose

To set forth policy regarding student housing goals, objectives, assignment priorities and room rates.

II. Definitions

No policy specific or unique definitions apply.

III. Board of Regents Policy

    A. Student Housing Goals for the University

        1. It shall be a goal of the university’s student housing program to provide reasonable levels of accommodations for students who are residents of the state.

    B. Objectives of the Student Housing Program

        1. There are two sets of objectives that guide the student housing program at the university; one set is educational in nature and the other is managerial. The educational objectives comprise a variety of commitments both to the development of the individual student and to the development of residence hall communities. The management objectives are expressed in the maintenance of certain operational standards and fiscal accountability, while ensuring that the students’ health, safety and security are uncompromised in the design and operation of the residence halls. These dual objectives uniquely characterize student housing as both an educational program and an administrative function that is managed in accordance with the highest operational, personnel, fiscal and safety standards.

    C. Student Housing Assignment Priorities

        1. As long as the demand for student housing exceeds its availability, there will be a need to develop and maintain housing assignment policies that seek to assure that Hawai‘i resident students with the greatest physical and educational needs are assigned highest priority for suitable and available spaces. A student’s physical need for housing is understood to increase in direct proportion to the distance of the campus from the student’s home and the student’s educational need for housing is considered greatest during the first year of college and diminishes thereafter. Within this context, the first objective of the housing assignment priority system is to provide space in student housing for all Hawai‘i resident students who live beyond reasonable commuting distance to the campus at which they are enrolled. The university recognizes the educational desirability of achieving a diversity of resident and nonresident students in our housing facilities. Therefore, the university supports the achievement of such diversity provided that the assignment of nonresident students is undertaken only after all high priority resident students have been accommodated. It must be understood that the fiscal soundness of the housing operation requires that application deadlines be established, and that vacancies remaining after the processing of all timely applications be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.

        2. Assignment priorities may make considerations to accommodate students’ special needs and campus and system enrollment goals as deemed by the president or president’s designee. Student housing assignment priorities for special campuses shall be delegated to the president or the president’s designee.
    D. Student Housing Room Rates

        1. Student housing room rates are established by the president or the president’s designee in accordance to guidelines set forth in executive policy.

            a. Housing rates for conferences. The board delegates to the president, who may at his/her discretion delegate to the chancellors or their designees, the authority to negotiate and set housing rates for conferences, provided that said rates shall enhance the support of the University Revenue Undertaking Fund pursuant to the board’s covenants in its Bond Resolution adopted on January 18, 1973.

            b. The university adheres to all applicable local, state, and federal antidiscrimination laws including the state Discrimination in Real Property Transaction law (Section 515-1 et.seq., HRS) in providing student housing services.

IV. Delegation of Authority

Setting assignment priorities and room rates shall be delegated to the president or the president’s designee. See RP 7.205(C)(2) and (D)(1)(a).

V. Contact Information

Office of the Board of Regents, 956-8213,

VI. References

    B. Bond Resolution, adopted January 18, 1973
    C. Discrimination in Real Property Transaction law (Section 515-1 et.seq., HRS)
    D. EP 7.201

VII. Exhibits and Appendices

No Exhibits and Appendices found


    approved as to Form:    
    Cynthia Quinn    
    October 31, 2014    
    Executive Administrator and Secretary of the Board of Regents


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