I. Purpose and Scope
These guidelines are interim only and are subject to revision, until we can complete consultation with the unions.
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo (UH Hilo) has prepared these guidelines to build upon those issued by the University of Hawaiʻi System and offer guidance specific to our campus. Our goal is to continue to provide engaging and meaningful learning opportunities for our students and to continue our rich array of applied research activities while at the same time limiting the spread of SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19. These Guidelines were developed under guidance issued by local, state and federal authorities and are subject to change based on our developing knowledge of COVID-19 and evolving federal, state and county guidance.
These Guidelines provide a framework to resume in-person options for the delivery of classes, advising, student services, research, and other activities. Ultimately, all members of the UH Hilo community must also take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and care for the health and safety of others in our ‘ohana.
These Guidelines shall remain in effect until and unless superseded or revoked by the UH Hilo Chancellor and/or the President of the UH System. They apply to all university activities and operations (except where noted) and all students, employees and invited visitors to university facilities. These Interim Guidelines are based on the current environment and guidance available in July 2021 and will be updated as circumstances change. Additional information for employees is available at the University Office of Human Resources website.
The following publications have served and will continue to serve as valuable resources:
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) Guidelines for Reopening Colleges and Universities
- CDC Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Facilities
- CDC Guidance for Institutes of Higher Education
- State of Hawaiʻi Beyond Recovery (PDF)
- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF).
UH Hilo is closely monitoring our local conditions and surroundings. We are prepared to alter operations and services in a timely and appropriate manner in response to COVID-related situations or circumstances. Additionally, UH Hilo continues to work closely with county and state officials to operate in accordance with government orders, recommendations from the DOH, and CDC Guidelines. These Guidelines are interim only and are subject to revision, until we can complete consultation with the unions.