Visitors from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) will be on campus to review UH Mānoa for compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a federal law which prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence, on university campuses. Students are encouraged to attend focus groups and open hours with OCR (please see schedule below).
OCR visits U.S. university campuses as part of a Title IX compliance review program and is not responding to any specific complaints regarding UH Mānoa. OCR representatives will conduct informal focus groups at the University between April 28 to April 30, 2014. The purpose of the focus groups is to provide an opportunity for students to converse with the Office for Civil Rights about sexual harassment and sexual violence on campus. Individual requests to speak to OCR representatives can also be accommodated.
OCR keeps records of its contacts, and those records are public records which are subject to public disclosure laws, but any identifying information in these records is redacted or removed before release to the public.
Chancellor Tom Apple provides background information on the Office for Civil Rights’ campus visit, and on steps to strengthen the campus’ Title IX infrastructure, in his open letter to students, faculty and staff (PDF).
Student Focus Group Schedule:
If you have any questions regarding the site visit, please contact:
Jennifer Rose, JD
Gender Equity Specialist
For more information, please visit: http://manoa.hawaii.edu/chancellor/title-ix/