Title IX

Sexual Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct Policy

Hawaiʻi Pacific University is committed to providing a safe learning, living, and working environment. Students, faculty and staff are empowered to report incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking, and retaliation to facilitate support services, a remedy or action, and prevention of recurrence. Support services include assistance with interim measures, action options, referrals to counseling and medical providers, and advocacy. Students, faculty, and staff should contact the Title IX Coordinator (808-544-0276) or file an anonymous report using the Compliance Hotline (877-270-5054 or https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?HawaiiPacificUniv&layout_id=3.) 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 allegation of sex discrimination, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and sexual assault can be made to the Title IX Coordinator, who is responsible for overall compliance of Title IX guidance and procedures for the entire HPU 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 Deputy Title IX 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 private, 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 case records are private with limited access.

In order to take prompt and equitable corrective action, the university must be aware of violations of this policy and/or related retaliation. Therefore, members of the HPU community who believe that they have been the victim of sexual harassment, the victim of sexual misconduct, or know of someone who may have been the victim of sexual harassment, or the victim of sexual misconduct by a student, faculty, staff or vendor/supplier are encourages to bring the incident to the attention of the Title IX Coordinator or a Deputy Title IX 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 Title IX process (contact the 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 https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?HawaiiPacificUniv&layout_id=3
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. Options and resources
available on campus and in the local community will be provided by the 
Title IX Coordinator, or a Deputy Title IX Coordinator.
Security measures, counseling, and other forms of safety assistance
are 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 and sexual misconduct to the 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 5-14, 2019

#MeToo Monologues


April 25, 2019

Denim Day


April 2019 - Sexual Assault Awareness Month



What is Bystander Intervention?

Bystander intervention identifies an approach for taking action when you see an unjust or risky situation. Bystander intervention, or being a HPU up-stander, is a part of our HPU values of pono and kuleana. Make a difference! Stand-up for a situation that isn't right.

Being a HPU up-stander can include:

  • Speaking out against hurtful, hate, and discriminatory statements or behaviors. 
  • Preventing situations that could lead to a sexual assault or other harm.
  • Supporting individuals when they feel pressured, uncomfortable, or victimized.
  • Helping others respond to problematic situations.

Bystander Intervention action could include any one of the 3-Ds:

  1. DIRECT - directly address the situation or harm.
  2. DISTRACT - distract someone from the situation or harm.
  3. DELEGATE - delegate intervention to the situation or harm to someone else.

Being a HPU up-stander does not mean that you should risk your personal safety. Use the 3-D approach that is comfortable for you.

The HPU up-stander also:

  • Approaches everyone with aloha.
  • Avoids using violence as a means of intervention.
  • Refrains from antagonizing or accusatory actions.
  • Asks for help from others and knows when to call for assistance (EMTs, HPD, CAs, etc.).


How Does This Make A Difference?

It Can Happen to Anyone; sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking are real issues experienced by many college students, including your friends!  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 someone being taken advantage of. 

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.


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.