Purpose and Scope
The top priority of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa during the COVID-19 pandemic is ensuring the health and safety of students, faculty and staff while fulfilling the university’s commitment to provide the best possible learning, teaching and research experience for the campus community. The goal is to make the campus environment and activities as healthy and vibrant as possible with the current understanding of the pandemic.
The UH Mānoa COVID-19 Guidelines for the 2020–2021 academic year apply the latest county, state and federal COVID-19 guidance, as well as science, data and best practices from around the world. They are based off of the plans developed by eight campus working groups and the Interim UH System COVID-19 Guidelines (UH System Guidelines). They cover every aspect of campus operations, with a focus on health and safety and preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus on the Mānoa campus and in Hawaiʻi.
There are seven categories of guidelines, which can be accessed from the menu on the right side of the screen for desktops or by scrolling down on mobile devices
The guidelines are the framework to resume on-site delivery of classes, advising, campus services, research and other activities. As stated in the UH System Guidelines, ultimately, all members of the university community—students, faculty, staff and visitors alike—must also take responsibility for their own health and safety and act in a manner that demonstrates respect and consideration for those around them. No community, particularly one as large and complex as UH Mānoa, can guarantee an environment completely free of COVID-19.
These guidelines shall remain in effect until and unless superseded or revoked by the UH Mānoa Provost. These guidelines apply to all UH Mānoa operations and at off-campus facilities, and all students, employees and visitors are expected to comply.
This guidance includes information on topics such as:
- Mandatory face masks
- Mandatory daily check-in app
- What to do if you test positive or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive
As with the UH System Guidelines, 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 Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting (Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes)
- CDC Considerations for Institutes of Higher Education
- Guidelines for Opening Up America Again
- State of Hawaiʻi Beyond Recovery (PDF)
- Hawaiʻi State Department of Health (DOH) guidance on what to do if
- Office of the Mayor City and County Of Honolulu Emergency Order No. 2020–22 (PDF)
- U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 (PDF)
- U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission guidance on What You Should Know About COVID-19 and ADA, Rehabilitation Act, and Other EEO Laws