Campus Policies and Information
Academic Rights and Freedoms of Students(Top)
UH Manoa, 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, UH Manoa 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.
It is a privilege to be a member of the UH Manoa community. This privilege provides the student with the opportunity to learn and 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 System’s Student Conduct Code.
Information, advice, or a copy of the code may be obtained from the Office of Judicial Affairs, Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services 207 or explore www.studentaffairs.manoa.hawaii.edu/policies/conduct_code/.
Collection of Student Work for Assessment Purposes
UH Manoa is committed to furthering its efforts in quality improvement. To assess program and institutional effectiveness, we collect student course work and data (including grades when necessary). When collecting such data, student and instructor identities are kept confidential and are not linked in any way to the course work submitted. These assessment activities benefit you and future students because the university uses these assessment results to support continuous improvement efforts. If you do not want your work to be used for generalized assessment, you have the right to opt out. You can opt out by informing your course instructor that you do not want your work shared outside of the class.
Confidentiality Policy for Student Employees(Top)
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 Manoa may have access to confidential information relating to other students, faculty, and staff and/or pertaining to UH Manoa in the course of performing their duties and responsibilities as student employees.
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) federal law and UH Manoa 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 Manoa. 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 Manoa.
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 Manoa.
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 Manoa 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.
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 Judicial Affairs. In instances in which the faculty member believes that additional action (i.e., disciplinary sanctions and a UH Manoa record) should be established, the case should be forwarded to the Office of Judicial Affairs.
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” 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 UH Manoa. Information, advice, or a copy of the relevant policies and procedures may be obtained from the Office of Judicial Affairs, Queen Lili‘uokalani Center for Student Services Center 207 or explore www.studentaffairs.manoa.hawaii.edu/policies/academic_grievance/.
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.
Excused Student Absences for Official University-Sponsored Events(Top)
Faculty members will make all reasonable attempts to accommodate student absences from class due to their participation in a university-sponsored event, such as an intercollegiate athletic competition or academic event at which the student represents his or her department or UH Manoa.
For regularly-scheduled events, students are to notify instructors within the first two weeks of the semester. For special events or tournaments, students are to notify their instructors as soon as they learn of the anticipated absence. In both cases, students who must miss class for such events will be responsible for completing all assigned work as expeditiously as possible.
UH Manoa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national guard absence, status as a covered veteran, and domestic or sexual violence victim status (includes stalking and dating violence). This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment, and employment in UH Manoa’s programs, activities, and services. With regard to employment, UH Manoa is committed to equal opportunity in all personnel actions such as recruitment, hiring, promotion, and compensation. Sexual harassment and other forms of discriminatory harassment are prohibited under the UH Systemwide policy.
UH Manoa strives to promote full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing affirmative action program in compliance with federal Executive Order 11246. The program includes measuring performance against specific annual hiring goals, monitoring progress, and reporting on good faith efforts and results in annual affirmative action plan reports. As a government contractor, UH Manoa is committed to an affirmative policy of hiring and advancing in employment qualified persons with disabilities and covered veterans. For information on equal opportunity policies or complaint procedures for the UH Manoa campus, contact:
UH Manoa recognizes its obligation to provide equal access to programs, services, and activities to students with disabilities. Contact the KOKUA (disabled student services) program for accessibility information and services.
Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics(Top)
Gender equity in athletics extends the doctrine of fairness to all areas of athletic activity at the university level. It is activated by a sense of moral obligation that exceeds any specific duty to comply with legal requirements, although it also recognizes the necessity of observing the tenets of Title IX. Its desired effect is to offer women and men equal opportunities to participate in sports for which there is demonstrated interest among athletes in Hawai‘i and to provide equitable levels of support for coaching, travel, scholarships, operating expenses, and facilities used. Beyond these specific goals, gender equity also fosters an attitude and establishes an environment in which men’s and women’s sports are encouraged in comparable ways. Those who support gender equity are willing to cooperate in frequent self-evaluations and to implement change so that all student-athletes can have the same opportunity to realize the highest level of their abilities.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
Student Graduation Rates(Top)
Graduation and Persistence of First-time Full-time Degree-seeking Undergraduates
The information in this graph provides a partial description of the graduation and enrollment patterns of students and describes averages for groups of students. It should not be used to infer or predict individual graduation or enrollment behavior.
This information is provided for the Student Right-to-Know Act, Public Law 101-542 published in the Federal Register, December 1, 1995.
Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes(Top)
Students who do not qualify on the first day of instruction as bona fide residents of the state of Hawai‘i, according to UH Manoa rules and regulations, must pay the nonresident tuition. An official determination of residency status will be made at the time of application. Applicants may be required to provide documentation to verify residency status. Once classified as a nonresident, a student continues to be so classified during his or her enrollment at UH Manoa until he or she can present satisfactory evidence to the residency officer that proves otherwise.
Some of the more pertinent UH Manoa residency regulations follow. For additional information or clarification, contact the residency officer in the Office of Admissions.
Definition of Hawai‘i Residency
A student is deemed a resident of the state of Hawai‘i for tuition purposes if the student (19 years old or older) or the student (under 19 years old) and the student’s parents or legal guardians have done the following:
To demonstrate the intent to make Hawai‘i a person’s domicile, the following indicia apply, but no single act is sufficient to establish residency for tuition purposes:
Other Legal Factors
Other legal factors involved in making a residency determination include the following:
Nonresidents may be allowed to pay resident tuition if they qualify as one of the following:
Citizens of an eligible Hawai‘i Pacific island district, commonwealth, territory, or insular jurisdiction, state, or nation which does not provide public institutions that grant baccalaureate degrees may be allowed to pay 150% of the resident tuition. These currently include the following: American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Futuna, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Republic of Palau, Republic of Marshall Islands, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Wallis.
A student or prospective student who provides incorrect information on any form or document intended for use in determining residency status for tuition purposes will be subject to the requirements and/or disciplinary measures provided for in the rules and regulations governing residency status.
Residency decisions may be appealed. Contact the residency officer for information on how to initiate an appeal before the Committee on Resident Satus.
Compliance with Federal Guidelines Concerning Research(Top)
There are a number of offices and committees at UH Manoa that play key roles in overseeing and developing policy for various aspects of the research process. Federal, state, and UH Manoa regulations require that certain proposed research projects are reviewed and approved to ensure that the proposed research complies with protective standards.
UH Manoa students who intend to conduct the following types of research should check with their respective academic offices and the committees and office below for guidance and information pertaining to their research project.
General information regarding standards applicable to research activities can be obtained from the Office of Research Services, 2425 Campus Road, Sinclair Library Room 1, Honolulu, HI 96822, (808) 956-8658 or visit their website at www.ors.hawaii.edu/.
Environmental Health and Safety Office
Employees and students whose research projects may involve radioactive materials, SCUBA diving, or hazardous materials should contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at (808) 956-8660 or visit their website at www.hawaii.edu/ehso for information and guidance. For more details, go to the “Instructional Support and Research Units” section.
Human Studies Program
UH Manoa employees and students who intend to conduct research involving nonhuman, vertebrate animals are required to submit an animal use protocol application to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for review and approval prior to any use of animals. Applications and information may be obtained from the Animal Welfare Program Office by calling (808) 956-4552 or visit the website at www.hawaii.edu/researchcompliance/animal-welfare. Students should check with their departments or course instructors for further guidance.
Institutional Animal Care and Use CommitteeUH Manoa employees and students who intend to conduct research involving nonhuman, vertebrate animals are required to submit an application to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) for review and approval prior to any such use of animals. Applications and information may be obtained from the Animal and Veterinary Service Program or visit the website at www.hawaii.edu/researchcompliance/animal-resource-center-arc-services. Students should check with their departments or course instructors for further guidance.
Institutional Biosafety Committee
UH Manoa employees and students who intend to conduct research, teaching, and testing activities involving infectious microbial agents or recombinant biological or synthetic materials are required to submit a biosafety protocol application to the Institutional Biosafety Committee (IBC) for review and approval prior to use. Applications and information may be obtained from the Biosafety Program Office by calling (808) 956-3084/3197 or visit the website at www.hawaii.edu/researchcompliance/Biological-Safety. Students should check with their departments or course instructors for further guidance.
Please note: This Catalog was prepared to provide information and does not constitute a contract. The University reserves the right to change or delete, supplement or otherwise amend at any time and without prior notice the information, requirements and policies contained in this Catalog.
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