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UH Mānoa requires the following personal safety practices for all employees, students and visitors.

Students who fail to comply with the requirements could be subject to sanctions for violation of the university’s student conduct code, which could include suspension or expulsion.

Employees who fail to comply with the requirements will be subject to a progressive disciplinary action. A description of that process can be found on the UH Human Resources COVID-19 webpage.

The following is based on the Health and Well-Being Working Group report, the New First-time Students Working Group report and the Interim UH System COVID-19 Guidelines on Personal Safety Practices.

Not Permitted on Campus

You are not permitted on the Mānoa campus or off-campus facilities if:

  • You have tested positive for COVID-19.
    Those who test positive may not return to campus until they are cleared by University Health Services Mānoa and that decision will be based on the latest Hawaiʻi State Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
  • You are subject to government-issued or a healthcare provider’s orders to quarantine.
  • You have been identified through contact tracing as someone who needs to be tested for COVID-19.
    Stay home and self-isolate until you receive a negative test result.
  • A member of your household has tested positive for COVID-19, or you have been notified that you have had close contact with a person with COVID-19.
  • You are sick.
    If you are sick, stay home, even if you only have mild symptoms of illness that could be COVID-19. Contact your medical provider and follow their advice including about when to return to campus.

COVID-19 symptoms include:

  • Unusual weakness or fatigue
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Fever greater than 100.4°F or feeling feverish
  • Chills
  • Unexplained muscle pain or body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Skin rash
  • Chest pain or pressure
  • New loss of taste or smell

If you are an employee required to stay at home under these guidelines, contact your supervisor regarding telework options or available leave.

If you are a student, contact your instructors as you normally would if you are feeling ill and are going to miss classes. If necessary, contact your academic advisor for assistance or email

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, graduate assistants will not lose their income and health benefits if they become sick with the COVID-19 virus, need to quarantine due to potential exposure, and/or need to take care of loved ones sick with COVID-19.

Before you come to campus
Mandatory daily health check

All students, employees and campus visitors who will be on campus at any time are required to monitor their own health daily and screen for the COVID-19 virus.

  • Anyone who plans to be on campus physically is required to use and complete the daily UH health check-in with the LumiSight UH mobile app (Android or iOS) and/or web browser that will include a brief questionnaire on COVID-19 symptoms and possible exposure and can be set to provide reminder notifications by email or mobile phone push notifications.  Information on installing the mobile app can be found in the Quick Start guide.
  • The daily UH health check-in app is mandatory and applies to all students, employees and visitors who will physically be on the UH Mānoa campus.
  • Any individual who refuses to use the daily check-in health app or web form will not be allowed on campus, except as needed for employees to complete the screening onsite from a UH-provided computer or device.
  • Students and employees could be subject to disciplinary action discussed in the first paragraph of this section.

COVID-19 symptoms are listed above.

Additional information on the mandatory, daily health check-in app, including privacy policies, data usage, and more is available in the Update on daily health check-in app for UH news.

When on campus
Face masks are mandatory while indoors

All students, along with employees and visitors, must wear face masks indoors while on campus. This includes classrooms, laboratories, offices, shops and common spaces such as hallways and elevators.

  • Classrooms and Labs – Students: Masks are required and 3 feet of physical distancing must be maintained between students.
    Exceptions: Masks with a clear window over the mouth are allowed if visible facial features are necessary to support learning or an activity.
  • Classrooms and Labs – Instructors: Masks with a clear window over the mouth are allowed if visible facial features are necessary to support teaching, learning or an activity.
    Exceptions if the instructor is fully vaccinated: No mask is required if the teaching podium is separated by 6 or more feet from the audience or a clear physical barrier has been previously installed.
    Note: the barrier alone does not protect the audience or the instructor as effectively as a mask.

Face masks are not required while outdoors on campus but recommended while in large groups.

You are not required to wear a face mask while working in isolation, (for instance, if you are working in a room by yourself) or if you have a medical condition or disability where wearing a face mask poses a health or safety risk. Reasonable accommodations will be made in those instances.

Note: Face masks, face masks and/or respirators with exhalation valves should be avoided as they do not protect others from expelled respiratory droplets and aerosols. Face shields should only be used in combination with and not as a substitute for face masks.

More information on face masks can be found on the UH System Guidelines and FAQs for face masks.

When on campus
Face masks mandatory in student housing

  • Residents in student housing are required to wear face masks in common spaces of all residential buildings, including but not limited to lobbies, hallways, elevators, lounges, laundry facilities, eating spaces, etc.
  • Residents are not required to wear a face mask when in their own living space, including bedrooms, suites, or apartments.
  • If residents are feeling ill, they should wear face masks at all times.

For more information, refer to the Student and Residence Life Working Group general plans for student residents.

When on campus
Practice good hygiene

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially:

  • after wiping or blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing;
  • after returning from a public place or shared common area/space (e.g., classroom, conference room, break room or lunch room);
  • after touching trash or objects frequently used by others (e.g., handrails, door handles, and elevator buttons);
  • after using the toilet;
  • before, during, and after preparing food; and
  • before and after work breaks and work shifts.

Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. Hand sanitizer stations have been placed in every classroom, teaching laboratory and at the main entrance of every building. Hand wipe stations have been placed in every classroom and teaching laboratory.

When on campus
More good hygiene tips

  • Do not touch your face with your hands.
  • Cough or sneeze into your elbow or a disposable tissue or cloth.
  • Avoid sharing or using communal items (such as office supplies) and objects that are not as frequently or easily disinfected (such as fabric).

When on campus
Practice Physical Distancing

Wherever possible, the following physical distancing practices should be adhered to:

  • Stay at least 3 feet from others
  • Avoid gathering in groups or crowds, and
  • If using an elevator, face masks are required and occupants must adhere to posted occupancy limits.

UH Mānoa has taken steps to ensure that those on campus are able to practice safe social distancing. Those steps include reconfiguring teaching, office and public spaces and adjusting the fall 2021 course delivery formats so that courses have the option to be online in some capacity.

When on campus
Cleaning Your Personal Workspace

  • Clean and disinfect high-contact surfaces in your personal workspace frequently in the same way that you would in the home.
  • Clean and disinfect before and after each shift, including computer keyboards, phones, copy machines, hard-surface furniture and other objects such as the door knob to your office.
  • Avoid sharing phones, desks, offices, vehicles, tools and equipment. If sharing cannot be avoided, items should be cleaned and disinfected by the user before and after every use.
  • Office common areas like conference and lunch rooms should be cleaned before and after every use by the individual who uses them.

Get a Flu Shot

A flu shot will not protect against COVID-19, but may help reduce the chances of catching the flu or another influenza-like illness which may be mistaken for COVID-19 and/or hinder a diagnosis.

State of Hawaiʻi – COVID-19 Pre-Travel Testing program

Everyone over the age of 18 is required to register online with the State of Hawaiʻi Safe Travels Program before traveling to Hawaiʻi or inter-island, and follow the required steps.

Link to more information:

Avoid All Non-Essential Travel

  • Employees shall consult and abide by the university’s Travel Information, which may be updated as government guidance changes
  • Consult local and national travel advisories for any travel restrictions.
  • As travel restrictions are subject to change at any moment, be prepared for unanticipated quarantine requirements, which may prevent you from returning to campus.
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