Title IX

Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

HPU is committed to providing an educational environment free from sexual discrimination. Students, faculty and staff must report violations of sexual harassment, sexual assaults, stalking, domestic violence, dating violence, and retaliation to trigger corrective and preventative actions as well as victim support services. Victim support services include assistance with filing police reports, referrals to counseling and medical providers, assignment of a victim advocate, and assistance with academic accommodations. Students who become aware of such violations should contact the Title IX Coordinator (808-544-0276) or file an anonymous report using the Compliance Hotline (877-270-5054 or www.tnwinc.com/hpu.) More details can be found in the student handbook.

William Sabio
Hawai`i Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, Ste. 210-D
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 544-0276
E-mail: wsabio@hpu.edu

Any complaint of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, and sexual assault can be made to the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for overall administration of discrimination-related grievance procedures for faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University community.



Kathryn Conlon
Assistant Dean of Students
Hawai`i Pacific University
1 Aloha Tower Drive, Ste. 1400
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 544-1461
E-mail: kconlon@hpu.edu


Chelsea Patton
Assistant Athletics Director of Internal Operations and Title IX Deputy Coordinator
Hawai`i Pacific University
1166 Fort St. Suite 102
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: (808) 687-7046
Email: cpatton@hpu.edu 


Susan Gray
Manager, Employee Relations and EEO/AA Compliance
Hawai`i Pacific University
1164 Bishop Street, 8th Floor
Honolulu, HI 96813
Telephone: (808) 544-1186
E-mail: sgray@hpu.edu

All reports or complaints of sexual discrimination and sexual misconduct will be kept confidential, except that individuals with a legitimate need to know will be informed of the complaint in order for the university to conduct a meaningful review of each complaint and for the purpose of determining whether the complaint is isolated, frequent, part of a pattern of practice or pervasive. All records are confidential with access only to individuals with a legitimate need to know.

In order to take prompt and equitable corrective action, the university must be aware of violtions of this policy and/or related retaliation. Therefore, members of the HPU community who believe that they have been sexually harassed, the victim of sexual misconduct or know of someone who may have been sexually harassed or the victim of sexual misconduct by a student, faculty, staff or vendor/supplier are advised to bring the matter to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or a Title IX Deputy Coordinator listed in the Student Handbook, as well as the local police. 

Injured parties have the right to take separate actions:

(1) Report an incident to local police; 

  • In an emergency or situations requiring immediate attention, please dial 911
  • Honolulu Police Department 808-529-3111 or honolulupd.org

(2) File a complaint through the university student disciplinary process [contact the Title IX or Deputy Title IX
Coordinator at (808) 544-0276] or Human Resources process as appropriate to the involved parties (including the
option of filing via the university’s compliance hotline 1-877-270-5054 or www.tnwinc.com/hpu, which is available
24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any location);

(3) Choose to prosecute criminally; and

(4) Choose to file a civil case.

Additionally, injured parties may take advantage of remedial assistance without filing a complaint. Information
pertaining to these options and resources available on campus and in the local community may be provided by the
Title IX or Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Security measures, counseling, and other forms of assistance (e.g., filing a
temporary restraining order) can be made available. More information on these resources are found below in this

In any and all cases of sex discrimination reports, the complainant should immediately contact a Hawai‘i Pacific
University employee who will assist with notifying a Title IX Coordinator. HPU faculty and staff are “responsible
employees” who have an obligation to report incidents of sexual harassment/misconduct to a Title IX Coordinator.

On-Campus Resources:

1. Counseling and Behavioral Health Services (CBHS) primary responsibility is to the student population on campus.
CBHS also provides consultation and referral services to public and private community providers. During normal
business hours, please contact the CBHS department at (808) 687-7076 (main line) or counseling@hpu.edu.

2. Campus Security’s general phone numbers: Aloha Tower Marketplace: (808) 544-1400 and Hawaii Loa campus:
(808) 236-3515.

3. SafeWalk program is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week. A security guard will escort you anywhere on campus. Call (808)544-1400.


Off-Campus Resources:

1. Sex Abuse Treatment Center: Provides assistance for assault victims, care and assistance, medical exams,
emergency intervention and legal help (office: (808) 535-7600, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.). The 24-hour Hotline (phone:
(808) 524-7273) provides confidential counseling, medical and legal advocacy services for victims of rape and
sexual assault.

2. Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Is a statewide partnership of domestic violence shelters and
programs. Call at 808-841-9316 or view their list of resources online at http://hscadv.org/resources/

3. Spouse Abuse Shelter: 24-hour Hotline for women: (808) 841-0822. Hotel vouchers possible for abused men.

April 29, 2018

#MeToo Monologues: Paul and Vi Loo Theatre

April 28, 2018

#MeToo Monologues: Kumu Kahua Theatre

April 27, 2018

#MeToo Monologues: Paul and Vi Loo Theatre

April 25, 2018

Denim Day

April 13, 2018

"It Starts with Us" Sexual Assault Awareness Fair featuring the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® event

April 2018 - Sexual Assault Awareness Month


November 17, 2017

Brenda Tracy nationally-recognized speaker visits HPU to speak to more than 250 students, faculty, and staff about her #SetTheExpectation campaign

October 27, 2017

Sex Abuse Treatment Center educational presentation, with a guest speaker survivor to share her story

October 2018 - Domestic Violence Awareness Month

From time to time we all find ourselves in situations where we witness troubling behavior.  In those moments we have the choice to join in even though we don’t feel comfortable doing so (e.g.- exacerbate the situation by participating), interrupt the problematic behavior (e.g.- be an active bystander), or remain complacent and allow the situation to continue (e.g.- be complicit in the problem). 

Bystander intervention provides you with techniques for taking action when these situations arise. The more you learn about ways to intervene, the more prepared you'll be the next tie you find yourself witnessing a potentially harmful situation. While these situations are not necessarily comfortable to be in, the provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate your moral character, play a role in shaping the culture of our campus community, an dpotentially make a difference in someone's life.  

What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander intervention, or being an active bystander, is part of demonstrating the HPU values of pono and kuleana. We all have an important role in shaping the culture of our campus community as well as preventing potentially violent or dangerous situations.  

Being an active bystander can include:

  • Speaking out against statements, attitudes, or behavior that may perpetuate a culture endorsing violence, harassment, or sexual discrimination as acceptable or inevitable
  • Preventing situations that could lead to a sexual assault
  • Stepping in during a high-risk incident, whether by disruption, distraction, speaking up, or even calling for help so others can step in.
  • Supporting and believing others when they feel uncomfortable, hurt, or have been the victims of a crime
  • Helping others respond to problematic situations

A typical bystander…

Goes through 5 stages when determining whether or not to act:

  1. Noticethe situation
  2. Interpretthe situation as requiring intervention
  3. Assume responsibilityfor intervening
  4. Know howto effectively help/Decide how best to help
  5. Actually intervenein the situation

Being an active bystander does not mean that you should risk your personal safety, or that you need to become a vigilante. There are a range of actions that are appropriate, depending on you and the risky situation at hand. Remember, if you are ever worried for the immediate safety of yourself or others, you can decide to leave the situation and seek outside help – that’s still bystander intervention!

The Ideal Bystander…

  • Approaches everyone with aloha
  • Is honest and direct whenever possible
  • Tries to de-escalate the situation before it is a crisis
  • Avoids using violence as a means of intervention
  • Calls out victim blaming, complicity, and other attitudes that perpetuates problem behaviors
  • Refrains from antagonizing or accusatory actions
  • Asks for help from others present when needed
  • Knows when to call for professional assistance (EMTs, Police, RAs, etc.).


How Does This Make A Difference?

It Can Happen to Anyone; sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking are real problems experienced by many college students, even your peers!  About 1 in 5 women and 1 in 17 men will survive sexual assault during their time at college.

Pay Attention to the warning signs of violence or the precursors to someone being taken advantage of. If you notice something or someone tells you about their experience, believe them.

Recognize the importance of consent and how we respect others with our actions as root causes of violence and abuse.

Don’t minimize it; stalking is not just a case of “unrequited love” or “excessive affection”, encourage a friend who is worried they are being harassed to seek help.

Don’t brush it off; if something or someone makes you uncomfortable, say or do something.

Watch out for each other; if you see someone who looks like they're in trouble, ask if they're ok.

Speak up if you see something offensive or abusive. If you hear victim blaming or jokes that degrade other people, don't laugh. Say you don't think it's funny to hurt others. Encourage respect.

Get involved with the “Don’t Be a Shy Shark” Program or a partner student organization and consider getting further in-person education.


HPU is committeed to educating Hawaii's graduating high school students about campus safety and sex assault, before students are caught up in the flurry of freshmen onboarding, at a time when parents can guide the conversation. If you are a staff member at a local high school and would like HPU to bring the We Care presentation to your campus, please contact Ms. Jan Boivin Senior Vice President/General Counsel at jboivin@hpu.edu.