Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action

The University of Hawai‘i is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest, and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran. This policy covers admission and access to participation, treatment, and employment in the University’s programs and activities. Discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited under this policy. The University shall promote the full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing program of nondiscrimination and affirmative action on each campus.

It is the policy of the University of Hawai‘i to comply with federal and state laws which prohibit discrimination in University programs and activities, including but not necessarily limited to the following laws which cover students and applicants for admission to the University: Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended (race, color, national origin); Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (age); Titles VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act as amended (sex); Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex, blindness, severely impaired vision); Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (disability); and to comply with federal and state laws which mandate affirmative action and/or prohibit discrimination in employment (including, but not limited to, hiring, firing, upgrading, salaries, benefits, training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended (race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy); Executive Order 11246 as amended (race, color, national origin, religion, sex); Equal Pay Act of 1963 as amended by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (sex); Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ages 40-70); Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 (veteran’s status); Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (disability); Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, Chapter 76, 78, 378 (race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, color, ancestry, political affiliation, disability, marital status, arrest and court record).

Moreover, the UH Community Colleges strive to promote the full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing program including Titles I-IV of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) P.L.101336. Accordingly, vocational education opportunities will be offered without regard to race, color, national origin, sex or disability. American citizens or immigrants with limited English proficiency skills will not be denied admission to vocational education programs. In addition, employees and applicants for employment are protected under Title IX and Section 504.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance. The conduct prohibited under Title IX includes all forms of sex discrimination:  the failure to provide equal opportunity in any program or service, discrimination based on pregnancy, sex harassment, gender-based harassment (including intimidation or hostility based on sex-stereotyping), and sexual violence such as sexual assault, sexual coercion, and rape.