Your on-campus residential experience is a great opportunity to learn about yourself, others, and how to truly be a part of a diverse community. Involvement in this unique environment can significantly enhance your overall collegiate experience academically, socially and developmentally.
All students who live in on-campus residential communities should feel welcome, valued and safe, and deserve to be treated with respect. Behavior that strays from the goals and mission of the University and Student Housing Services (SHS) will not be accepted. Any form of bigotry, threats, intimidation, violence, or other forms of harassment or oppression against any member of our community is not welcome and will be addressed by SHS staff.
The University is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs, and activities, that is free from discrimination on the basis of sex. The Office of Title IX has the specific responsibility for providing prompt and effective responses to all complaints of Title IX sexual harassment. For detailed information, access the website of the Office of Title IX at: https://manoa.hawaii.edu/titleix/.
For details on the community standards related to Title IX sexual harassment including sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, refer to the section: 4. Assault/Harassment/Discrimination, 4-A. Sexual Harassment. Incidents of Title IX sexual harassment are referred to the Office of Title IX.
A. Living Agreements: residents are expected to participate in good faith in the creation of a roommate/suitemate/apartment-mate living agreement with all roommates at the start of the semester or when there is a change in occupants. All parties are expected to abide by the agreement or to advocate for modifications to the agreement as necessary. Open and honest communication is encouraged.
B. Roommate Conflicts: when conflicts arise, residents are encouraged to engage in open discussion of issues. RAs are available to assist with mediating disagreements so that residents grow in ability to communicate, resolve differences, and compromise. Residents requesting room changes based on interpersonal conflicts will participate in a conflict resolution discussion with an RA, Assistant Residence Director, or Residence Director prior to the consideration of any room change request. If safety concerns are present, residents should notify hall staff immediately.
C. Health and Safety: all residents are expected to contribute to an environment that promotes the health and well-being of all roommates including an attention to personal hygiene. Residents are encouraged to have discussions with their roommates on how they will manage any communicable illnesses among roommates should they arise. Some options for illness management include the wearing of face masks, extra sanitization/cleaning efforts, or isolation from roommates. Residents can also seek the guidance of the University Health Services office or their own Personal Care Physician (PCP) when illnesses arise. If safety concerns exist, residents should notify hall staff immediately.
Community Standards 2023 - 2024
The Community Standards are established to help students be part of communities that are inclusive, respectful and conducive to academic pursuits. Disciplinary action may be taken against any member of the residential community for any misconduct or violation of University and/or SHS policies and regulations including, but not limited to, the following types of conduct:
- Violation of rules and regulations as contained in the current Student Housing Services application forms, Residence Hall or Apartment Contract, Community Standards, and specific hall regulations.
- Violation of standards of conduct and/or regulations contained in the current University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Handbook, catalog, and UHM Student Conduct Code. The UHM Student Conduct Code can be found on-line at http://studentaffairs.manoa.hawaii.edu/policies/conduct_code/.
- All residents are expected to know and comply with all applicable Federal, State and local laws and guidelines.
All residents are responsible for knowing and complying with SHS Community Standards and University regulations. Please take time to review all the policies and standards on this website. If you have any questions, please ask a Student Housing Services staff member.
For information on Student Housing’s conduct process, see our page on the Conduct Process and Procedures.
All residents are expected to know and comply with all State laws and guidelines regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages on University premises as outlined in the University policies (EP11.201 and EP11.202) and the Community Standards. University policies can be found at: http://hawaii.edu/policy/. The legal drinking age in the State of Hawai‘i is 21 years of age.
A. Residents who are not of legal drinking age may not possess, be in presence of, consume, or be under the influence of alcohol. Possession of an open or empty alcohol container shall be interpreted as being consumed. If alcohol can be seen, smelled or otherwise determined to be present, it can be assumed that a policy violation has occurred.
B. Residents of legal drinking age may be in the presence of, possess or consume alcohol within the privacy of their room or apartment, so long as ALL occupants of the room/apartment are of legal drinking age. If a roommate who is not of legal age is not present, residents of legal age may be in the presence of, or consume alcohol with others of legal drinking age. University or Student Housing Services staff, acting in their official capacity, may request a government-issued picture identification to verify resident(s) ages.
C. Alcohol must be consumed within the confines of the resident’s room/apartment. Any and all alcohol outside the room/apartment is strictly prohibited, including, but not limited to, hallways, in parking lots, courtyards, and BBQ areas. Containers of alcohol that are transported through common areas must remain unopened. If the room/apartment door is open, the room/apartment is considered a common area.
D. Misuse of or abuse of alcohol, regardless of where it is consumed, which results in disruptive or destructive behavior, is prohibited.
E. Anyone who is 21 years of age or older is prohibited from distributing alcohol to anyone below the legal drinking age. The State of Hawai‘i’s Social Host Liability Law makes it illegal to host underage drinking in a residence. Adults can be prosecuted for giving alcohol to minors. Resident hosts will be held responsible for distributing alcohol to anyone, resident and/or guest, under the age of 21.
F. Drinking games (such as water pong) or any activity that promotes excessive consumption, whether or not alcohol is involved, are strictly prohibited.
G. Common source containers are strictly prohibited and will be confiscated and/or disposed of. Common source containers include, but are not limited to, kegs, party balls, water jugs, and beer bongs.
H. The sale of alcohol for a form of payment, donation, or other benefit is prohibited. The advertisement of parties/gatherings where alcohol will be consumed is not allowed.