UH Mānoa Policies and Procedures

UH Mānoa Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure

The UH Mānoa Sexual Harassment Complaint Procedure is intended to provide a fair, prompt, and reasonable determination regarding complaints from UH Mānoa students and employees alleging violations of the University’s Executive Policy E1.203 on sexual harassment. E1.203 prohibits sexual harassment as a form of sex discrimination, in compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and the Hawai‘i State Fair Employment Practices Act, Chapter 378 HRS.

E1.203 Policy on Sexual Harassment and Related Conduct

The E1.203 Policy on Sexual Harassment and Related Conduct reflects the University of Hawai‘i’s systemwide commitment to eliminate sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination. It is the policy of the University of Hawai‘i 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 academy.

E1.204 Sexual Assault Policy and Procedural Guidelines

The University of Hawai‘i is committed to creating a community free from violence. Sexual assault is prohibited by law and is a serious offense that violates the basic standards of behavior expected of members of the University community. The University will not tolerate acts of sexual assault. The University will take appropriate action to prevent sexual assault and will correct and discipline behavior that is found to violate this policy. The E1.204 Sexual Assault Policy and Procedural Guidelines reflects the University’s systemwide commitment to creating an environment that is free from harassment, exploitation, intimidation or assault.

E2.210 Use and Management of Information Technology Resources

E2.210 Use and Management of Information Technology Resources 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 Hawai‘i, as well as to individual activities that take place over the Internet or other external network connections using University systems, connections or user accounts

The same legal and policy standards that define intimidation, harassment or invasion of privacy apply to the electronic environment. For example, persistence in sending unwanted email constitutes harassment and is unacceptable if not illegal. Display of sexually explicit images or sounds where others can see or hear them may create a hostile environment and could constitute sexual harassment according to University policies on sexual harassment. And obscene email is comparable to obscene phone calls or letters. Laws relating to child pornography, obscenity and defamation apply in electronic environments and the University will willingly cooperate in the prosecution of individuals formally charged with such offenses.