University of Hawaii at Manoa

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Type: Public
Federal Circuit: 9th Circuit

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Speech Code Rating

University of Hawaii at Manoa has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more here.

At present, FIRE has not been involved in any cases at this school.
Yellow Light Policies

    Speech Code Category: Internet Usage Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2018

    Theft or other abuse of computer and other electronic facilities and resources, including but not limited to: …  Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or abusive messages.

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  • Guide to Campus Living: Community Standards- Hate Crimes/Bias Incidents

    Speech Code Category: Policies on Bias and Hate Speech
    Last updated: March 10, 2018

    Hate Crimes/Bias Incidents: Hate crimes or bias incidents include non-threatening name calling and using degrading language, graffiti or slurs because of a belief or perception about a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, ability, sexual orientation or gender identity and gender expression, and/or other aspect of identity. Incidents may also include actions against persons both physical and psychological, actions against property, and actions committed verbally and electronically.

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  • Guide to Campus Living: Community Standards- Posting of Signage

    Speech Code Category: Posting and Distribution Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2018

    Student Housing Services reserves the right to require the removal of any signage or symbols posted on the exterior of a room door or posted in a window that is disruptive to the community.

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    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2018

    Sexual advances, requests for sexual favors or other behavior of a sexual nature that is unwelcome and sufficiently severe or pervasive that it interferes with a person’s academic or professional performance or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or employment environment. The behavior can be verbal, non-verbal or physical. Examples include sexual innuendo, spreading sexual rumors, sexual put-downs and jokes, remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body, offensive written notes or emails, sexual propositions, insults or threats, leering, whistling, suggestive or insulting sounds and gestures, and touching someone’s body when unwelcome. The University of Hawai’i Executive Policy on Sexual Harassment and Related Conduct E1.203 contains detailed information.

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Green Light Policies
  • Interim Policy and Procedure on Sex Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence

    Speech Code Category: Harassment Policies
    Last updated: March 10, 2018

    Sexual Harassment is unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: …

    c. When such conduct is unwelcome to the person to whom it is directed or to others directly aware of it, and when such conduct is:

    i. Severe or pervasive; and

    ii. Has the purpose or effect of either:

    (1) Unreasonably interfering with the employee’s work performance or student’s academic performance; or

    (2) Creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive work or educational environment. The conduct must be both objectively and subjectively perceived as offensive. That is, the reporting party must view the conduct as offensive, and a reasonable person with the same fundamental characteristics as the reporting party (e.g., actual or perceived sex, age, race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression) must also view the conduct as offensive.

    The following are examples of behavior that may constitute hostile environment sexual harassment if unwelcome and persistent, pervasive, or severe:

    • Sexually offensive jokes or ridicule of a person’s sexuality, sexual orientation or gender identity
    • Remarks of a sexual nature about a person’s clothing or body
    • Remarks about sexual activity or speculations about previous sexual experiences
    • Unnecessary and unwanted touching, patting, hugging, or brushing against a person’s clothing or body
    • Pressure for sexual activity, an element of which may be nonverbal conduct, such as repeated and unwanted staring or sexually suggestive gestures
    • Displays of offensive objects or pictures, including the use of electronic technology to send derogatory, demeaning, threatening, or hostile materials based on sex
    • Requests for sexual favors accompanied by direct or implied rewards or threats
    • Taking, sending, or sharing photos, videos, or audio recordings of sexual activity without the person’s consent, regardless of whether the sexual activity itself was consensual
    • Intimidation, threats of harm, or actual assaults against a person based on their actual or perceived sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

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  • The rules of free speech

    October 18, 2013

    by Joseph Banks Over the weekend, the words on the Mauna a Wākea mural were painted over by Ka Leo in what is being called an attempt to censor an important message against the university’s plan to build a 30-meter telescope on Mauna Kea. According to graduate student and director of the mural Haley Kailiʻehu now covered mural had several statements as part of the final product including “UH cannot be a Hawaiian place of learning while leading the desecration of Mauna a Wākea,” “Hey UH, Be Accountable,” and “Stop the thirty meter telescope!” Murals are provided as an opportunity for students […]

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  • Churchill Wars Continue

    March 28, 2005

    Both Ward Churchill and one of his legislative critics compared the University of Colorado to an asylum this weekend — showing that the debate over the controversial professor has not been put to rest by a university review released Thursday. Churchill says that the new investigation requested by the review — this time an inquiry into whether he engaged in plagiarism and other forms of research misconduct — is unfair. In a speech in San Francisco Friday night, he said that the new investigation at Colorado, which will examine among other things his claims of being an American Indian, was […]

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  • University of Hawaii at Manoa Students Want to Follow UH Hilo’s Lead on Free Speech

    October 31, 2014

    Last spring, the University of Hawaii at Hilo (UH Hilo) did the right thing, albeit under pressure from a First Amendment lawsuit (part of FIRE’s Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project) by two students who had been prevented from handing out copies of the Constitution on campus: The university administration implemented an interim speech policy without a restrictive “free speech zone.” Now, members of other schools within the UH system are taking note. Two guest writers at at student newspaper at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH Manoa), Ka Leo, have spoken out against similar unconstitutional policies at UH […]

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