UH Hilo and Select System Policies Pertaining to Faculty Rights and Responsibilities

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Academic policies specific to UH Hilo are posted at hilo.hawaii.edu/policies/

The UH Hilo academic policy review process is described in a flow chart and explanatory notes posted on the policies webpage.

Links to UH Hilo policies for all categories--BOR, governance, academic affairs, student rights and responsibilities, administrative affairs, research, and university relations with the community can be found at hilo.hawaii.edu/chancellor/UniversityPolicies.php

All University of Hawaiʻi system policies are available at the UH system website: www.hawaii.edu/svpa/

For faculty grievance procedures regarding the interpretation and application of the agreement (contract) between the University of Hawaiʻi Professional Assembly and the Board of Regents, see the contract, Article XXIV. Article IX of the contract specifies procedures for infringement of academic freedom.

System policies often sought by faculty include the following.

Policy on Copyright and Intellectual Property.. The UH system policy on copyright and intellectual property are presented in Executive Policies E2.210, E5.211, E5.500; and in Article XI of the UHPA contract. The university policies can be downloaded from www.hawaii.edu/svpa/ep/e5/acaf.html; the contract from www.uhpa.org/uhpa-bor-contract

Policy on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action. The University of Hawaiʻi is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and status as a covered veteran . It covers employment practices such as recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, retention, compensation, benefits, transfers, and layoffs.

The full text of the policy is available online at www.hawaii.edu/svpa/ep/e1/e1202.pdf

Discrimination complaint procedures are online at www.svpa.hawaii.edu/svpa/apm/pers/a9920.pdf

Policy on Sexual Harrassment and Related Conduct. It is the policy of the University of Hawaiʻi that harassment based on sex is prohibited and will not be tolerated in any part of the University’s programs, activities, or employment. Acts of sexual harassment undermine the trust and mutual respect essential to the mission and function of the academic community. UH Hilo is committed to the swift redress of sexual harassment or sexual assault on campus.

The full text of the policy, which contains definitions and examples of sexual harassment and procedural guidelines, is available online at www.hawaii.edu/svpa/ep/e1/e1203.pdf

UH Hilo's sexual harrassment complaint procedure is posted at

hilo.hawaii.edu/studentaffairs/conduct/documents/StudentSexualAssaultPolicy.pdf

Faculty are urged to become familiar with this policy and to share it with students and other employees who express concerns about sexual misconduct. Complaints can be brought to the attention of any of the vice chancellors, deans, directors, assistant or associate deans, the EEO/AA Director, Women’s Center Director, or student sexual harassment advisor.

Policy on Use and Management of Information Technology Resources. The University strives to create an intellectual environment in which its community can effectively access and create information and collaborate with colleagues both within the UH system and at other institutions. As it does so, the University is committed to maintaining an information environment that is free of harassment and is accessible to all members of its community.

This policy creates the basis for such an environment by outlining the philosophy and general principles for appropriate use and management of information technology resources by University faculty, staff and students. It applies to all computing, information and network systems and services owned or administered by the University of Hawaiʻi, as well as to individual activities that take place over the Iternet or other external network connections using University systems, connections or user accounts.

The full text of the policy is available online at www.hawaii.edu/svpa/ep/e2/e2210.pdf

Policy on Workplace Non-Violence. The University of Hawaiʻi has adopted a policy of prohibiting any work related or workplace violence against its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. Prohibited violent acts involve physical attack, property damage, as well as verbal statements that express or suggest the intent to cause physical or mental harm to another person. More specifically, violent behaviors include but are not limited to hitting, pushing, and shoving; throwing or breaking objects; theft; shouting or yelling; threatening gestures or remarks; disruptive or hostile actions; abusive or belligerent language; sabotage of equipment; repetitive unwanted phone calls, notes or emails, etc.

Employees should report all incidents to their supervisors. The supervisor is responsible for addressing the complaint immediately in accordance with statutes or University policies.

The full text of the UH system’s Workplace Non-Violence Policy is online at www.hawaii.edu/apis/ep/e9/e9210.pdf

UH Hilo workplace non-violence policy and procedures are posted at http://hilo.hawaii.edu/auxsvc/security/#nonviolence

 

Reviewed June 2013--AKS