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Academic Rights and Freedoms of Students

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Confidentiality Policy for Student Employees

Academic Integrity

Academic Grievance

Class Attendance

Excused Student Absences for Official University-Sponsored Events

Nondiscrimination Policy

Gender Equity in Intercollegiate Athletics

Student Records

Student Graduation Rates

Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes

Compliance with Federal Guidelines Concerning Research



Nondiscrimination Policy

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) (Rev. 10/15). 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 Mânoa 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. (Revised 07/15)

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:

  • Title IX Coordinator: Dee Uwono, Director and Title IX Coordinator, Hawai'i Hall 124, phone (808) 956-2299, email t9uhm@hawaii.edu, manoa.hawaii.edu/titleix/ (Revised 07/15)
  • Students: Lori Ideta, Interim Vice Chancellor for Students, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students and ADA Coordinator, QLCSS 409, phone (808) 956-3290 (Voice/Text)(Revised 07/15)
  • Students with Disabilities: Ann Ito, Director, KOKUA Program, QLCSS 013, phone (808) 956-7511 (Voice/Text) or (808) 956-7612 (Voice/Text)
  • Employees (and Affirmative Action Plan): Mie Watanabe, Director of EEO/AA, Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees and ADA Coordinator, Administrative Services Building 1, Room 102, phone (808) 956-7077, www.hawaii.edu/eeo(Revised 07/15)
  • Student Advocates: Christine Quemuel, Director of the Women's Center, QLCSS 211, phone (808) 956-8059, email uhmwomen@hawaii.edu (Revised 07/15)
  • Sexual Harassment/Gender Equity Counselor: QLCSS 210, phone (808) 956-9977 (Rev. 9/15)
  • Civil Rights Counselor: Jill Nunokawa, Civil Rights Counselor, QLCSS 210, phone (808) 956-4431

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

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.

Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day UH Manoa receives a request for access. A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The school official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
    A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the school official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
    If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, the school will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student's right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to provide written consent before the school discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
    The school discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by UH Manoa in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of regents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of UH Manoa who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for UH Manoa.
  • Parents and spouses of students are advised that information contained in education records, with the exception of directory information, will not be disclosed to them without the prior written consent of the student.
  • Students are advised that institutional policy and procedures required under FERPA have been published as Administrative Procedure AP 7.022, Procedures Relating to Protection of the Educational Rights and Privacy of Students. Copies may be obtained from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by UH Manoa to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office; U.S. Department of Education; 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202.
  • Directory Information: The university has designated the following information from a student's education record as "directory information": (1) Name of student; (2) Major field of study; (3) Class (i.e., freshman, sophomore, etc.); (4) Past and present participation in officially recognized activities (including positions held and official statistics related to such participation and performance); (5) Past and present participation in officially recognized sports (including positions held and official statistics related to such participation and performance); (6) Weight and height of members of athletic teams; (7) Dates of attendance; (8) Previous institution(s) attended; (9) Full or part-time status; (10) Degree(s) conferred (including dates); (11) Honors and awards (including dean's list).
    At its discretion and in conformance with applicable state law, the university may disclose directory information to the public without obtaining a student's prior consent, so long as certain conditions regarding general notification of disclosure of directory information have been followed. Specific directory information about an individual student will not be released to the public if the student has affirmatively informed the university that he or she does not want any or all of those types of information about himself or herself designated as directory information. The procedures for an individual student to "opt" out of disclosure is set forth in UH Administrative Policy A7.022.
    Note: Submission of this FERPA nondisclosure of directory information request does not automatically remove students from the UH Online Directory of email addresses, which is accessible only to those with a valid UH email address. To remove yourself from the UH Online Directory: (1) Login to MyUH; (2) Select the My Profile tab; (3) Look for UH Online Directory, Options for Students, select Opt-out. Lists of directory information will not be made publicly available to third parties.
    The school may provide the UH Foundation with lists of students with the following information: name, school/college/division/department. Degree, major and minor fields of study, UH email address, home address, and telephone number for the purpose of university and alumni relations.
  • FERPA Annual Notice Addendum: As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records–including your social security number, grades, or other private information–may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, state authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other federal or state data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

Student Graduation Rates

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.

  Fall 2008 Cohort

GRADUATION RATE–Graduated within 6 years


IPEDS Race/Ethnicity
Nonresident Alien
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black or African American
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Two or more races
Race and ethnicity unknown

Federal Grant/Loan Recipient
Recipient of a Federal Pell Grant
Recipient of a subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant
Student who did not receive Pell Grant or subsidized Stafford Loan

Persistence Rate-Still enrolled 6 years after entry 7%
A pound sign (#) denotes any cohort/subcohort with fewer than ten students.
This information is provided for the Student Right-to-Know Act, Public Law 101-542. It provides a partial description of the graduation and enrollment patterns of students. It should not be used to infer or predict individual behavior.
Institutional Research and Analysis Office, University of Hawai'i February 2015

Residency Requirements for Tuition Purposes

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:

  1. Demonstrated intent to establish domicile in Hawai'i (see below for indicia);
  2. Been physically present in Hawai'i for 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of instruction and subsequent to the demonstration of intent to establish domicile in Hawai'i; and
  3. The student, whether adult or minor, has not been claimed as a dependent for tax purposes for at least 12 consecutive months prior to the first day of instruction by his or her parents or legal guardians who are not residents of Hawai'i.

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:

  1. Filing Hawai'i resident personal income tax return;
  2. Voting/registering to vote in the state of Hawai'i; and
  3. Other indicia, such as permanent employment and ownership or continuous leasing of a dwelling in Hawai'i.

Other Legal Factors

Other legal factors involved in making a residency determination include the following:

  1. The age of majority is 18 years. However, a person between the ages of 18 and 19, unless emancipated, cannot claim residency solely on the basis of himself or herself because he or she does not have the minimum 12 months residency, which commences on his or her 18th birthday. Therefore, the applicant must claim a portion of the required 12 months on the basis of his or her parents or legal guardian;
  2. The 12 months of continuous residence in Hawai'i shall begin on the date upon which the first overt action (see indicia above) is taken to make Hawai'i one's domicile. Resident status will be lost if it is interrupted during the 12 months immediately preceding the first day of instruction;
  3. Residency in Hawai'i and residency in another place cannot be held simultaneously;
  4. Presence in Hawai'i primarily to attend an institution of higher learning does not create resident status, regardless of the length of stay. A student cannot establish residency by simply being enrolled in school. If a student is a nonresident, it is presumed that he or she is living in Hawai'i primarily to attend school and his or her presence is temporary even if the student lives in Hawai'i during vacation and other breaks from study. For example, the student may be presumed to live in Hawai'i primarily to attend school if he or she is enrolled in school half-time or more, appears to be receiving significant financial support from family members who reside outside Hawai'i, is absent from the state for more than 30 days per year during school vacation period, or receives student financial assistance based on residency in another state or jurisdiction;
  5. The residency of unmarried students who are minors follows that of the parents or legal guardian. Marriage emancipates a minor;
  6. Resident status, once acquired, will be lost by future voluntary action of the resident inconsistent with such status. However, Hawai'i residency will not be lost solely because of absence from the state while a member of the U.S. Armed Forces, while engaged in navigation, or while a student at any institution of learning.


Nonresidents may be allowed to pay resident tuition if they qualify as one of the following:

  1. U.S. military personnel and their authorized dependents (as defined by the armed services) during the period such personnel are stationed in Hawai'i on active duty;
  2. Members of the Hawai'i National Guard or Hawai'i-based Reserves;
  3. Full-time employees of UH Manoa and their spouses and legal dependents (as defined under Internal Revenue Service rules);
  4. East-West Center student grantees pursuing baccalaureate or advanced degrees; or
  5. Hawaiians, descendants of the aboriginal peoples that inhabited the Hawaiian Islands and exercised sovereignty in the Hawaiian Islands in 1778.

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.

Appeal Process

Residency decisions may be appealed. Contact the residency officer for information on how to initiate an appeal before the Committee on Resident Status.

Compliance with Federal Guidelines Concerning Research

here 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.

  1. Research funded by non-UH Manoa funds.
  2. Research sponsored by UH Manoa.
  3. Research conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of UH Manoa in connection with his or her institutional responsibilities.
  4. Research conducted by or under the direction of any employee or agent of this institution using any property or facility of this institution.
  5. Research involving the use of UH Manoa's non-public information to conduct research or identify research subjects.

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/.

Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee

UH 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/LAS. Students should check with their departments or course instructors for further guidance.

Committee on Human Studies

UH Manoa employees and students who will conduct research involving human subjects are required to submit an application to the Human Studies Program for review and approval prior to the involvement of human subjects in the research project. This includes biomedical, behavioral, humanities, and social science projects whether funded or not. Applications and information may be obtained from the Human Studies Program at manoa.hawaii.edu/researchcompliance/human-studies or by calling (808) 956-5007. Students also should check with their departments or course instructors for further guidance.

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.