Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Filing of Complaints

Statement on Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

Kaua‘i Community College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, national guard absence, and status as a covered veteran. 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. 

Kaua‘i Community College strives to promote full realization of equal opportunity through a positive, continuing affirmative action program. The program includes measuring performance against specific annual hiring goals, monitoring progress, and reporting on good faith efforts and results in annual affirmative action plan reports. As a government contractor, Kaua‘i Community College is committed to an affirmative policy of hiring and advancing in employment qualified females, minorities, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.

Resources and Filing Complaints

The process of addressing allegations of discrimination for students, employees, and applicants for admission or employment is described in the University of Hawai‘i's Administrative Procedure A9.920, Discrimination Complaint Procedures for Students, Employees, and Applicants for Admission or Employment.

Click here for A9.920: https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/docs/temp/ap9.920.pdf.

The process of addressing allegations of discrimination for members of the public is described in the University of Hawai‘i's Administrative Procedure A9.900, Policy and Complaint Procedure for Members of the Public Who Have Discrimination Complaints Regarding Public Accommodations or ADA Complaints Regarding Disability Access To University Services, Programs, and Activities.

Click here for A9.900: https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/docs/temp/ap9.900.pdf.

The process for addressing allegations of sex discrimination are described in EP 1.204.

Click here for EP 1.204: https://www.hawaii.edu/policy/docs/temp/ep1.204.pdf.

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 or receive information by contacting any of the individuals listed below.

  • Isaiah Ka‘auwai, Title IX Coordinator & EEO/AA Officer
    (808) 245-8260
  • Thomas No'eau Keopuhiwa, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs/Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Students
    (808) 245-8274
  • Andrew Yamamoto, Human Resources Manager/Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Employees
    (808) 245-8323

Employees or applicants for employment requesting disability accommodations may contact: 

  • Andrew Yamamoto, Human Resources Manager/Deputy Title IX Coordinator/ADA Coordinator for Employees
    (808) 245-8323

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

  • Hawai‘i Civil Rights Commission (HCRC)
    830 Punchbowl St., Room 411
    Honolulu, HI 96813
    Telephone: (808) 274-3141, Ext. 6-8636
    Fax: (808) 586-8655
    TDD: (808) 586-8692
    Email: DLIR.HCRC.INFOR@hawaii.gov
  • Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
    Seattle Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    915 Second Avenue Room 3310
    Seattle, WA 98174-1099
    Telephone: (206) 607-1600
    Fax: (206) 607-1601
    TDD: (800) 877-8339
    Email: OCR.Seattle@ed.gov
  • U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division
    950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
    Educational Opportunities Section, PHB
    Washington, D.C. 20530
    Telephone: (202) 514-4092 or (877) 29-3804 (toll-free)
    Fax: (202) 514-8337
    Email: education@usdoj.gov
  • United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
    Honolulu Local Office
    Prince Jonah Kuhio Kalanianaole Federal Building
    300 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 4-257
    Honolulu, HI 96805
    Telephone: 1-800-669-4000
    1-800-669-6820 (TTY for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only)
    1-844-234-5122 (ASL Video Phone for Deaf/Hard of Hearing callers only)
    Fax: (808) 541-3390
    Email: info@eeoc.gov

Isaiah Ka‘auwai
Title IX Coordinator & EEO/AA Officer
(808) 245-8260