Title IX

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The University of Hawai’i–West Oʻahu strives to provide an environment that emphasizes the dignity and worth of every member of its community and that is free from harassment and discrimination.

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UH West Oʻahu is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, domestic violence, marital status, arrest and court record, and veteran status. (See the University of Hawai’i Statement of Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy). 

On August 15, 2020, the UH System adopted the interim version of EP 1.204.  Therefore, the grievance policy and procedure that UH West Oʻahu will use to address any allegations of sex discrimination and gender-based violence involving students, employees and/or visitors or third parties at UH West Oʻahu will be in accordance with the new Interim Executive Policy 1.204, Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment and the accompanying process will be Interim Administrative Procedure AP 1.204, Title IX Sexual Harassment Grievance Process. Policies and procedures addressing allegations of sex or gender-based discrimination and/or retaliation are consistent with state and federal law.

Prohibited behavior includes, but is not limited to: Sex discrimination; Sexual harassment; Gender-based harassment, including harassment based on actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or  gender expression; Sexual assault; Domestic violence; Dating violence; and Stalking.

Contact Information

We highly encourage the UH West Oʻahu community to report behavior that may be considered sex discrimination, gender-based violence and retaliation.

If an individual is not sure as to whether or not they would like to file a formal complaint, they may meet with the campus’ Confidential Resource using the information listed below. Information shared with the Confidential Resource will not be shared with the campus Title IX Coordinator.

Campus Title IX Coordinator:

For sex/gender based discrimination (Title IX) complaints or reports involving a UH West Oʻahu student or employee, you may contact:

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Bev Baligad, J.D.
Title IX Coordinator (T9C)
bbaligad@hawaii.edu
(808) 689-2934

In case of emergency, call 911 or Dial 2911 (808) 689-2911for Campus Security

Report an Incident of Sex/Gender Based Discrimination

If you would like to submit a report regarding alleged sexual harassment, please report the incident using the link to the report form below.

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For general information, or if you have questions regarding the UH Sexual Harrasment Policy or Process, please contact:

Keri Perry, Compliance Support
Employee/Student Title IX Process Advisor
kerit3@hawaii.edu
(808) 689-2655

Under the direct supervision of the campus Title IX Coordinator, Keri may assist employees or students who are either a Complainant or Respondent with questions about the Title IX Policy or Process.  Keri may also serve as an Advisor (an individual who may be present with a party during a meeting or an interview) when requested by a party.  The Advisor provides support during a meeting or interview, but does not have an active role in the process, and does not act as an advocate for a party.  The party may be either a student or employee.

Monique Sylva, Compliance Intern
Student Title IX Process Advisor
ms39@hawaii.edu

Under the direct supervision of the campus Title IX Coordinator, Monique may assist students who are either a Complainant or Respondent with questions about the Title IX Policy or Process.  Monique may also serve as an Advisor (an individual who may be present with a party during a meeting or interview) when requested by a party.  The Advisor provides support during a meeting or interview, but does not have an active role in the process and does not act as an advocate for a party.  The party requesting Monique to act as an Advisor must sign a FERPA release. 

Other UH West Oʻahu Title IX Core Team Members

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Janice Sunouchi
Investigator/Informal Resolution Officer (DET9C)
janice.sunouchi@hawaii.edu
(808) 689-2523 

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Trudy Asato
Investigator/Informal Resolution Officer (DST9C)
tasato7@hawaii.edu
(808) 689-2936

Confidential Resource

UH West Oʻahu’s designated confidential resource is a clinical psychologist. Information provided to the confidential resource will not be provided to the Title IX Coordinator.

 

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Dr. Steven Taketa
UH West Oʻahu Clinical Psychologist
B-216 in the Library Building
taketas@hawaii.edu
(808) 689-2975


Other Resource

Confidential Advocate (Complainant/Victim Resources)
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Leslie Cabingbang, MSW
Senior Confidential Advocate, UH Confidential Advocacy
leslie.cabingabang@hawaii.edu
(808) 348-0432

The UH Confidential Advocate provides confidential advocacy services and case management to individuals involved in the University of Hawaiʻi system who are experiencing or have experienced sex discrimination and gender-based violence. Sex discrimination and gender-based violence includes sexual harassment, gender-based harassment, dating and domestic violence, stalking, sexual exploitation and sexual assault. UH advocates are required by law to report to the Title IX coordinator cases in which the responding party (alleged offender) is an employee of the institution. The reporting party’s privacy will be upheld to the extent permitted by law. 

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The UH System, along with the UH West Oʻahu, is committed to building an inclusive community that supports and advocates for all students. We welcome all members of our campus community to our campuses: transgender persons, māhū, and people of all gender identities and sexual orientations.

All members of our campus community deserve a work and educational environment free from harassment or bullying based on their sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

Title IX Rights

The following is a summary of the rights of employees and students who are identified as either complainants or respondents engaged in the Title IX process.

If you are an individual with a disability, you have the right to request a reasonable accommodation throughout the Title IX process.  Visit our Disability Services website for more information. 

If you believe you have been the victim of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence (including sexual assault and dating or domestic violence) and/or stalking, you have the right to file a formal complaint with the UH West Oʻahu Title IX Coordinator.

You have the right to request supportive measures.  Supportive measures are non-disciplinary, non-punitive individualized services offered as appropriate, as reasonably available, and without fee or charge to the complainant or the respondent before or after the filing of a formal complaint or where no formal complaint has been filed. 
Such measures are designed to restore or preserve equal access to the University’s educational programs and/or activities without unreasonably burdening the other party, including measures designed to protect the safety of all parties or the University’s educational environment, or deter sexual harassment.

You have the right to know the name and contact information of the Title IX Investigator(s) assigned to your case.

You have the right to written notifications of  the allegations of sexual harassment alleged in formal complaint, including the specific provisions of the UH System’s EP 1.204: Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment and/or any other alleged policy violations including the Student Code of Conduct.

You have the right to request privacy. The University will balance this request with its responsibility to provide a safe and non-discriminatory environment for all community members including the reporter and UH West Oʻahu’s ability to conduct a fair and impartial investigation.

You have the right to speak with the Title IX Coordinator directly at any time during the investigation if you have questions about UH System’s EP 1.204: Interim Policy on Title IX Sexual Harassment.

You have the right to not participate in any portion of the Title IX process. If you do not wish to participate, your decision will not stop the institution from continuing the investigation when necessary.

You have the right to be protected against retaliation. The Sexual Harassment Policy prohibits retaliation against any person filing a complaint or report alleging sexual harassment, or against any person cooperating in the fact-finding of (including providing information as a witness) any allegation of sexual harassment. For these purposes, “retaliation”  includes, but is not limited to, intimidation, threats, harassment, and other adverse action threatened or taken against any such reporter, Complainant, or witness.

You have the right to submit the names of any relevant witnesses and documentary evidence to the assigned Title IX Investigator(s).

You have the right to be notified in writing, about the outcome of the complaint and any rights to appeal, as well as the process and timeframes to submit any appeals.

You have the right to file a campus report for incidences or allegations of sexual harassment that occurred on the UH West Oʻahu campus with Campus Security. Contact Campus Security by dialing 2911 from any UH West Oʻahu phone. Dial 808-689-2911 to reach an officer from a mobile or off-campus phone. Campus Security can also be reached via email at uhwosec@hawaii.edu. Campus Security is located in the Maintenance/Mechanical Building, room F202. Office hours are Monday through Friday (excluding state holidays), from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
You may also file a police report with the Honolulu Police Department if you believe the alleged sexual harassment was criminal in nature.  To file a report with HPD, dial 911.  Reports with HPD are not shared with the University campus administration, unless the reporter of the crime shares the actual report.  If you would also like to share the police report that was filed (and that you have a copy of), contact the UH West Oahu Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Trainings & Resources

In accordance with the new Title IX regulations published on May 6, 2020, [34 CFR Part 106.45(b)(10)(i)(D)], the following training/materials were used to train Title IX Coordinators, investigators, decision-makers and individuals who assist with the Informal Resolution process.