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Academic Rights and Freedoms of Students

Student Conduct

Confidentiality Policy for Student Employees

Academic Intergrity

Academic Grevance

Class Attendance

Nondiscrimiation Policy

Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

Student Records

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Compliance with Federal Guidelines Concerning Research



Academic Rights and Freedoms of Students

The UH, 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 U.S. or from foreign countries, as members of the academic community are encouraged to develop a capacity for critical judgment and to engage in a sustained and independent search for truth.

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

Student Conduct

It is a privilege to be a member of the UH Manoa community. This privilege provides the student with the opportunity to learn and to participate in the many programs that are offered on campus. Along with that privilege, the individual is expected to be responsible in relationships with others and to respect the special interests of the institution. These special interests are fully set forth in the UH’s Student Conduct Code.

Information, advice, or a copy of the code may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Services, Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services 409 or explore www.hawaii.edu/student/conduct.

Confidentiality Policy for Student Employees

Student employees are governed by policies and procedures stated in APM 9.980. The following is an excerpt from those policies:

Student employees at UH may have access to confidential information relating to other students, faculty and staff and/or pertaining to the UH in the course of performing their duties and responsibilities as student employees.
Under FERPA, federal law and UH policy, educational records are protected from disclosure to third parties unless pursuant to narrow exceptions and that other confidential records must not be disclosed.

As part of their duties and responsibilities, student employees shall maintain the confidentiality of all such records during and after their period(s) of employment at UH. They shall not, directly or indirectly, disclose to any person other than their supervisor, or an individual approved by their supervisor, any information concerning such records. Any unauthorized disclosure may be grounds for immediate termination, prohibition of future employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from UH.

Academic Integrity

The integrity of a university depends upon academic honesty, which consists of independent learning and research. Academic dishonesty includes cheating and plagiarism. The following are examples of violations of the Student Conduct Code that may result in suspension or expulsion from UH.


Cheating includes, but is not limited to, giving unauthorized help during an examination, obtaining unauthorized information about an examination before it is administered, using inappropriate sources of information during an examination, altering the record of any grade, altering an answer after an examination has been submitted, falsifying any official UH record, and misrepresenting the facts in order to obtain exemptions from course requirements.


Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, submitting, to satisfy an academic requirement, any document that has been copied in whole or in part from another individual’s work without identifying that individual; neglecting to identify as a quotation a documented idea that has not been assimilated into the student’s language and style; paraphrasing a passage so closely that the reader is misled as to the source; submitting the same written or oral material in more than one course without obtaining authorization from the instructors involved; and “dry-labbing,” which includes obtaining and using experimental data from other students without the express consent of the instructor, utilizing experimental data and laboratory write-ups from other sections of the course or from previous terms, and fabricating data to fit the expected results.

Disciplinary Action

The faculty member must notify the student of the alleged academic misconduct and discuss the incident in question. The faculty member may take academic action against the student as the faculty member deems appropriate. These actions may be appealed through the Academic Grievance Procedure, available in the Office of the Dean of Student Services. In instances in which the faculty member believes that additional action (i.e., disciplinary sanctions and a UH record) should be established, the case should be forwarded to the Dean of Student Services.

Academic Grievance

A student who believes that a faculty member has failed to meet specific responsibilities outlined in “Responsibilities of Faculty and Students and Academic Grievance Procedures for Students, UH Manoa (Policy M-4527)” may register a grievance. Students and faculty are encouraged to resolve their differences through consultation and mediation. Where these efforts are ineffective, the policy sets forth the process that is available to the student grievant. The decisions of the Academic Grievance Committee are final within the UH. Information, advice, or a copy of the relevant policies and procedures may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students and Student Services, Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services Center 409.

Class Attendance

Regular attendance at class and laboratory sessions is expected for all courses in which a student enrolls. Unavoidable absences should be explained to the instructor.