Non-Discrimination at Kaua'i Community College

The University of Hawai‘i, Kaua`i Community College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution, and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including gender identity and gender expression), sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, citizenship status, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, arrest and court record, National Guard absence, uniformed service, veteran status, income assignment for child support, credit history or credit report, pregnancy, breastfeeding or expressing milk, or status as a victim of domestic or sexual violence. 

This policy covers admission and access to, and participation, treatment, and employment in, the University of Hawai‘i’s programs and activities. Discriminatory harassment, including sexual harassment, is prohibited under this policy. With regard to employment, Kaua`i Community College is committed to equal opportunity in all personnel actions such as recruitment, hiring, promotion, and compensation.

Retaliation against individuals for making or participating in complaints of discrimination is strictly prohibited.

For more information on Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action and the University of Hawai‘i’s commitment to diversity, please visit the University of Hawai‘i System’s Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action webpage. 

Contacts

For more information or inquiries on discrimination policies and procedures and how to file a complaint, please contact:

Teresa Tumbaga
EEO/AA Coordinator & Title IX Coordinator
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201C
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8395
Email: tumbagat@hawaii.edu

JoRae Baptiste
ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for Employees & Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 106H
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8323
Email: jorae@hawaii.edu

Alicia Sams
ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for Students
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, Student Counseling
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8317
Email: samsa@hawaii.edu

Margaret Sanchez
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201B
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8274
Email: masanche@hawaii.edu

Visit the Kaua`i Community College Disability Services webpage

Students or applicants for admission requesting disability accommodations may contact:

Alicia Sams
ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for Students
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, Student Counseling
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8317
Email: samsa@hawaii.edu


Employees or applicants for employment requesting disability accommodations may contact: 

JoRae Baptiste
ADA/Section 504 Coordinator for Employees
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 106H
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8323
Email: jorae@hawaii.edu  

Individuals may also contact the offices below for information or to file a formal grievance:

Discrimination Complaint Procedures

Students, employees, applicants for admission or employment, or members of the public who believe that they have been discriminated against on the basis of a protected category may file a complaint by contacting:

Teresa Tumbaga 
EEO/AA Coordinator & Title IX Coordinator
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201C
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8395
Email: tumbagat@hawaii.edu


Complaint Procedures for Students, Employees, and Applicants for Admission or Employment


Complaint Procedures for Members of the Public


Complaint Procedures for Incidents of Sex Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence

Incidents of sex discrimination and gender-based violence can be reported to Kaua`i Community College using the online Title IX Reporting Form, or by contacting a Title IX Coordinator (listed below).

Note: The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are not confidential sources of support. While they will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential assistance, please contact a Confidential Resource. If the Title IX Coordinators are informed of a report of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or gender-based violence, they have a legal duty to follow up on the report to determine the appropriate response, which could include a formal investigation. However, you will not be forced to participate or share information.

Title IX Coordinators

Teresa Tumbaga
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201C
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8395
Email: tumbagat@hawaii.edu

Margaret Sanchez
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201B
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8274
Email: masanche@hawaii.edu

JoRae Baptiste
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 106H
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8323
Email: jorae@hawaii.edu

Title IX is a federal civil rights law that prohibits sex and gender-based discrimination in educational programs that receive federal financial assistance.

Kaua`i Community College is committed to maintaining and promoting safe and respectful campus environments that are free from sex discrimination and gender-based violence. Members of the Kaua`i Community College community, guests, and visitors have the right to be free from all forms of sex/gender harassment, discrimination, and misconduct, which can include acts of sexual violence, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. All members of the campus community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others.

The University of Hawai‘i, Kaua`i Community College does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any educational program or activity which it operates, and is required by Title IX and its implementing regulations not to discriminate in such a manner. Kaua`i Community College’s prohibition of discrimination in educational programs and activities extends to employment as well as to admission. 

For more information on Title IX at Kaua`i Community College and how to file a report of sex discrimination or gender-based violence, please visit Kaua`i Community College’s Title IX webpage, or contact a Title IX Coordinator listed below. 

Note: The Title IX Coordinator and Deputy Title IX Coordinators are not confidential sources of support. While they will keep your information as private as possible, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. For confidential assistance, please contact a Confidential Resource. If the Title IX Coordinator is informed of a report of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, and/or gender-based violence, the Title IX Coordinator has a legal duty to follow up on the report to determine the appropriate response, which could include a formal investigation. However, you will not be forced to participate or share information.


Title IX Coordinators

Teresa Tumbaga
Title IX Coordinator
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201C
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8395
Email: tumbagat@hawaii.edu

Margaret Sanchez
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 201B
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8274
Email: masanche@hawaii.edu

JoRae Baptiste
Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
Office: Kaua`i Community College, One Stop Center, 106H
3-1901 Kaumualiʻi Highway
Līhuʻe, HI 96766
Phone: (808) 245-8323
Email: jorae@hawaii.edu


Federal Agencies

Individuals may also contact the federal offices below for information regarding Title IX or to file a formal grievance:

The purpose of this policy is to set forth policy for the University of Hawai'i regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. 


The University of Hawai'i’s Policy on Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action establishes the administrative framework to ensure compliance with applicable federal and state statutes, rules, regulations, city and county ordinances, and provisions in the collective bargaining agreements governing nondiscrimination and affirmative action.


The University of Hawai‘i, Kaua`i Community College, in accordance with EP 1.202, is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the bases of race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, arrest and court record, sexual orientation, and veteran status in all of its programs, policies, procedures and practices. This nondiscrimination policy covers students, employees, and applicants for admission or employment. With regard to students and applicants for admission, it covers admission and access to, benefits of, participation and treatment in all University programs and activities. With regard to employees and applicants for employment, employment practices covered include, but are not limited to, recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, retention, compensation, benefits, transfers, and layoffs.

Complainants are not limited to these UH Discrimination Complaint Procedures, and have rights under both federal and state laws, which have deadlines for filing of complaints.


The purpose of this policy and procedure is to prohibit unfair discriminatory practices with regard to the access and use of public accommodations at the University of Hawai‘i, under Chapter 489, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes, and to implement the complaint procedure requirement of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. 


The purpose of EP 1.204, Interim Policy and Procedure on Sex Discrimination and Gender-Based Violence, is to maintain and promote safe and respectful campus environments that are free from sex discrimination and gender-based violence, and to establish an integrated and consistent approach to preventing, reporting, and promptly responding to incidents of sex discrimination and gender-based violence across all campuses and centers at the University of Hawai‘i.

For more information on sex discrimination and gender-based violence, please visit Kaua`i Community College’s Title IX webpage.


This policy is intended to promote an atmosphere at the University of Hawai'i that allows individuals to disclose in good faith violations of law, regulation or policy, and to protect individuals from retaliation by adverse academic or employment action taken as a result of a good faith report of suspected wrongful conduct. 

As a public institution, the University and its members (faculty, staff, students and administrators) have a responsibility to conduct their affairs ethically and in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and policies.

This policy is intended to supplement and not supersede the Hawai'i Whistleblowers’ Protection Act, Hawai'i Revised Statutes (HRS) § 378-62, and existing policies prohibiting retaliation for good faith reporting of violations of law, regulation and policy. This policy is not intended to provide an additional avenue for seeking redress on a claim that has already been adjudicated under another existing policy.

To report a concern or for more information, please visit the University of Hawai'i Whistleblower Hotline webpage.

Veteran/Disability Self-Identification for University of Hawaiʻi Employees

The University of Hawaiʻi is an affirmative action employer, committed to employing and advancing in employment qualified persons with disabilities and qualified protected veterans. In compliance with federal regulations, the University has a responsibility to invite all employees to identify their veteran and disability status.

Your response is strictly voluntary. This information will be confidential and submitted directly to the EEO/AA Officer. It will be used only for federal reporting purposes and will not affect your current employment.

Please indicate your veteran and disability status using this confidential UH login.

If you have any questions or problems filling out the survey, please contact the EEO/AA office at eeo@hawaii.edu or (808) 956-7077. Thank you for your participation.

Please notify your supervisor or the Office of Human Resources, as soon as possible, if you need special assistance in the event of an emergency, or workplace accommodations that would enable you to perform the job properly and safely; e.g., special equipment or modifications to the work environment or to the manner in which the job is customarily performed.