University of Hawai'i - West O'ahu

COVID-19 Guidelines

UH West Oʻahu updated and posted revisions to its interim guidelines on August 23, 2021. Edits include updated vaccination guidance and minor edits for clarification.

The University of Hawaiʻi–West Oʻahu has enacted these Guidelines to protect the safety, health and welfare of its students, employees and visitors as it reopens during the current COVID-19 pandemic. Note that these guidelines are interim. We anticipate regular updates as we learn more about the impact of COVID-19 on our campus community and as we are directed by UH System, and our local and state government.

UH West Oʻahu is guided by the following principles:

  • Maximize our efforts that focus on the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff and visitors.
  • Leverage the knowledge and skills of our faculty and staff to fortify and intensify, in innovative ways, engaged learning environments and opportunities.
  • Reinvent and revitalize what we do to meet the challenges of this remarkably unpredictable time.

These Guidelines are to be construed in a manner consistent with the guidance, orders, and proclamations issued by federal, state, and county authorities, including the federal government’s Guidelines for Opening Up America Again and the State of Hawai‘i’s Beyond Recovery: Reopening Hawai‘i, and the guidance of government agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), and University of Hawai‘i System Guidelines (Interim).

These Guidelines provide a framework to resume the on-site delivery of classes, advising, student services, research, and other activities. They shall remain in effect until and unless revoked by the Chancellor of UH West Oʻahu and/or the President of the UH System, in consultation with state and county officials. View the UH West Oʻahu Safe Return to Campus page for additional updates on what the campus is doing to provide a safe environment on campus.

I. Personal Safety Practices

We acknowledge that this is a difficult time that has impacted our university and our lives in unanticipated and unimagined ways. In the end, when the pandemic is controlled our students, and community will remember how we responded and treated one another. This is our time, to be PUEO STRONG, to build a legacy of empathy and grace.

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II. Reporting, Monitoring, Screening

UH West O‘ahu is implementing the following guidelines to screen for sick individuals and manage and prepare for a confirmed positive COVID-19 case on campus.

If students, employees, and visitors test positive for or are suspected of having COVID-19 based on, among other things, their symptoms, travel history, or history of prolonged contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19, they should contact the COVID Response Team Hotline* (808) 689-2525 or email The hotline will be monitored from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during business days, and messages will be checked and returned in the morning. If you have tested positive for or are suspected of having COVID-19, you will be denied entry into University facilities.

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III. Facilities and Spaces

UH West Oʻahu is implementing practices such as cleaning and disinfecting, providing adequate supplies, ensuring ventilation systems, modifying classroom floor plans, and installing physical barriers, guides, and signage to maintain healthy and safe facilities and spaces on its campuses.

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IV. Students and Classes

UH West Oʻahu is modifying scheduling of classes, instructional methods of delivery, and planning for online and hybrid instruction to ensure the continuity of education and research and allow the University to continue to meet its critical mission to deliver high-quality education in a safe manner.

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V. Services & Events

Consistent with the University of Hawaiʻi System and UH West Oʻahu commitment to access, the services provided to students will be accessible to the greatest extent possible whether students are on campus or are studying remotely. This section outlines activities regarding food service, event planning, gatherings, activities, use of facilities by external parties, the Student Fitness Center, outdoor classrooms, and the Student Organic Garden and Hale.

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VI. Staffing, Training, Work Schedules & Office Spaces

UH West O‘ahu is implementing the following staffing measures to reduce the onsite density/population in order to meet physical distancing guidelines. These staffing measures follow federal, state, and county guidance, and take into account the following factors

  • The unit’s operational needs;
  • The employee’s job functions and role in completing critical and time-sensitive projects;
  • The employee’s need to be physically present onsite;
  • The employee’s ability to telework;
  • Whether the employee will be able to work onsite in accordance with physical distancing guidelines;
  • The availability of appropriate personal protective equipment (“PPEs”).

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VII. Promoting Wellness and Health

UH West Oʻahu offers services and resources to help individuals deal with elevated stress and anxiety due to COVID-19.

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VIII. Enforcement of Guidelines

Enforcement cannot be heavy-handed. Rather, the focus should be on practices that promote compliance at both the individual level and campus-wide generating a social norm or care.

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Reopening Strategy (Honolulu’s Tier System)

Closure of campus. Consideration for closing the campus, moving all classes online and remote work due to a significant surge in COVID-19 is dependent on a number of factors to include city and county, state, and local public health mandates such as the City & County of Honolulu’s Reopening Strategy.

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Appendix A

Procedure to Handle a Positive COVID-19 Case On Campus

If a Individual (employee, student, or visitor), who is on campus, has a confirmed/presumptive case of COVID-19:

  • Step #1: Take immediate action
  • Step #2: Minimize spread through sanitizing work/class/other spaces
  • Step #3: Offer support

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Appendix B

Cleaning and Disinfecting Procedures

UH West O‘ahu is guided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for Community, Work, and School “Cleaning and Disinfecting: Plan, Prepare and Respond”.

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Appendix C


Cloth mask includes manufactured or homemade masks that tightly cover the nose and mouth with multiple layers of tightly woven, breathable fabric, a nose wire, blocks light when held up to a bright light source and does not have an exhalation valve (raised plastic cylinder meant for easy exhalation). Cloth masks should be made from washable materials and should be laundered regularly. In support of sustainability efforts, the University encourages the use of reusable masks.

Disposable masks include non-surgical, surgical or dust masks that cover the nose and mouth, are made from multiple layers of non-woven material, and have a nose wire. Disposable masks do not include masks with exhalation valves (raised plastic cylinders meant for easy exhalation).

Face Mask refers to cloth masks and disposable masks.

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