Student Right to Know

Student Right to Know and Consumer Information

The Student Right-to-Know Act was enacted in 1990 by federal law. The law requires institutions that receive Title IV HEA student financial aid to collect, report and/or disclose graduation rates for full-time, first-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students and students receiving athletically related student aid.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was implemented in 1974 as a federal law to protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA also gives students the right to review their education records, seek to amend inaccurate information in their records, and provide consent for the disclosure of their records. This law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose crime statistics that happen on and around their campuses. The law was originally known as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and was amended and renamed in 1998 after Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University student who was assaulted and murdered in her residence hall on April 5, 1986. This information is published in the annual Hawaii Pacific University Public Safety Report.

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 requires institutions who participate in federal student aid programs to provide information to its students, faculty, and employees to prevent drug and alcohol abuse. Information about standards of conduct, health risks, programming opportunities, assistance programs available to students and employees with suspected drug or alcohol problems, and the possible repercussions of violating state and institutional drug and alcohol policies is available in the Student Handbook (contact the Student Affairs Specialist at 1-808-687-7022 for more information) and Employee Handbook (contact Human Resources at 1-808-544-1188 for more information).

Any coeducational institution of higher education that participates in a federal student aid program and has an intercollegiate athletics program is required to publish an annual Equity in Athletics report. This report contains participation rates, financial support, academic success rate, and other information on its men’s and women’s intercollegiate athletic programs. This report may be obtained from the Hawaii Pacific University Athletics Office and is also available on the from the Office of Postsecondary Education Web site.

Hawai’i Pacific University admits students without regard to sex, race, age, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all programs and activities generally accorded to or made available to students at the University.

As provided for and to the extent required by state and federal laws, the University provides educational opportunities without regard to, and prohibits discrimination, including harassment, against students on the basis of sex, race, age, color, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law in the administration of its educational programs, policies, admissions policies, scholarships, activities and loan programs, and athletic and other University-administered programs.

The Hawaii Post-secondary Education Authorization Program (HPEAP) was created in 2013 by Act 180 to provide regulatory oversight of certain post-secondary educational institutions that have a physical presence in the state. The Act was then codified as Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 305J. A student or former student of the University may file a complaint concerning the institution at which the student is or was enrolled. The HPEAP may investigate complaints based on possible violations of this chapter or rules. HPEAP cannot consider complaints that infringe on the academic or religious freedom of or question the curriculum content of an educational institution. You must exhaust all administrative remedies available at the institution first; provided that if the complaint involves a violation of state or federal criminal law, this requirement shall not apply.