I’m pleased to announce the addition of a Director of Compliance at UH West Oʻahu. Beverly Baligad will serve our campus as the principle coordinator for UH West Oʻahu policies, procedures, and programs relating to compliance with Title IX, Clery Act and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)/Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act), among other duties, including assisting in the ADA/Section 504 compliance efforts and establishing the Student Judicial Affairs processes to address student disciplinary issues. She is also creating and writing the protocols for UH West Oʻahu’s Behavior Intervention team (BIT).
Beverly comes to us most recently as the Director of Student Compliance and Student Title IX Coordinator at Lansing Community College in Michigan. Nationally, she has presented at conferences and workshops on Title IX compliance, Behavior Intervention Teams (BIT), Judicial Affairs, ADA/Section 504, First Amendment and Due Process, Hearing Boards, and Civil Rights Investigations, and will apply that expertise to our campus as well.
It is important that you all feel safe in reporting any discrimination or harassment. As a reminder, federal law does not only prohibit sex or gender based discrimination and harassment of employees by employers. The law also prohibits discrimination and harassment between members of the UH West Oʻahu community, including between an instructor and a student, between two students, or between a student or employee and an applicant or campus guest. The policy applies to all UH West Oʻahu programs and activities, including, but not limited to, discrimination in instruction, grading, and UH West Oʻahu employment.
Additionally, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in an investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment. Any student, employee, or community member who believes they (or another individual) may have been the target of unlawful discrimination or harassment, should report their concerns for an appropriate investigation and response, without fear of retaliation or retribution.
If you feel you have been a victim of sexual violence or sexual assault, or to address issues of discrimination on the basis of gender in educational programs and activities, please use our Online Discrimination Complaint Form or contact UH West Oahu's Title IX coordinators.
To learn more about UH West Oʻahu’s sexual misconduct information and procedures, check out UH West Oʻahu’s website.
In keeping on the topic of safety and services on our campus, I also want to remind you about the services of our clinical psychologist, Dr. Steven Taketa, who is responsible to provide direct counseling and psychological services to students. His services include intake assessment, treatment planning, brief counseling and psychotherapy within individual, couple and group modalities, crisis intervention with on call monitoring, and responsiveness to emergent situations. Dr. Taketa’s office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dr. Taketa can be reached at (808) 689-2675.
We also have a nurse, Lehuanani Akau, who is able to administer vaccinations for Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), Tetanus, Diptheria, Pertussis (Tdap), tuberculosis (TB), Flu vaccine, Gardisil (HPV), Hepatitis B and Meningococcal. Lehuanani, who currently teaches at UH Hilo as clinical faculty in the BSN program, also wants to offer family planning services, pregnancy testing, sexually transmitted infection (STI) testing and basic acute care needs, first aid and wound care. Her office hours are Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon; and Friday from noon to 4:30 p.m. For frequently asked health questions or appointments, please call (808) 689-2679.
Your academic leaders at UH West Oʻahu, including the Division Chairs and members of the Faculty Senate, are working on converting concentrations to majors.
A committee is working over the summer to develop a draft strategy and timeline for the conversion, and intends to present the draft to the faculty during Convocation and Professional Development Day in August, with the intent to give faculty and staff the opportunity to review, discuss, comment on, and provide insights and input to the draft plan.
Congratulations to the ʻUluʻulu Henry Kuʻualoha Giugni Moving Image Archive of Hawaiʻi, which completed its vault with newly installed Spacesaver High Density Eclipse Powered Mobile System. It is the largest powered mobile system in the state of Hawai‘i with over 5,189 linear filing feet – a mile of shelves!