Safe Return to Campus

Kapi‘olani Community College “will deploy a COVID-19-aware approach to providing a safe, high-quality education for new and returning students, faculty and support staff.” The University plans to resume in-person instruction for the fall 2020 semester.

About the Committee

The campus has identified a COVID-19 Comeback Committee (CCC) and four subgroups focused on the central coordination of key planning areas for a safe return to campus. The University of Hawaiʻi has chosen a moderate risk level based upon CDC guidance in re-opening our campus: “Small in-person classes, activities, and events. Individuals remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and do not share objects (e.g., hybrid virtual and in-person class structures or staggered/rotated scheduling to accommodate smaller class sizes).”

The objectives of the CCC is to recommend to the Chancellor an inclusive, transparent, and accountable plan for Fall 2020 preparation:

  1. Create a plan for class schedules, instructional accommodations, student services, facilities management for Fall 2020
  2. Develop a timeline for implementation

Members

Core Committee

Members: Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Maria Bautista, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Brian Furuto, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs No‘eau Keopuhiwa, Dean of Arts and Sciences Nāwa‘a Napoleon, Facilities Manager Sean Nathan and Executive Assistant to the Chancellor, Joanne Whitaker.

Four Subgroups (Instruction, Student Services, Facilities Management, and Employee Safety)

The Chancellor invited the Authorized Governance Organizations (Faculty Senate, Student Congress, Staff Council and ‘Aha Kalāualani) to participate in this planning process by having one or two representatives of the AGOs serving on each of the subgroups.

Instruction Subgroup

Tasked to work with all ten campuses of the Office of Academic Affairs led by Vice President for Academic Planning and Policy Don Straney, the Council of Chief Academic Officers (CCAO), and the other subgroups, to implement specific actions to support academic coursework in a transparent, caring/attentive, and safe manner. Also tasked to provide professional development opportunities for faculty, instructors, and lecturers, working with CELTT’s Instructional Design Group and the UH System committee on distance learning. The Subgroup must consult CDC and Hawaiʻi State guidelines as well as adhere to all UH System and campus policies and procedures.

Lead: Interim Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Maria Bautista

Members: Nawa’a Napoleon, Lisa Radak, John Richards, Lisa Kanae, Susan Jaworowski, Jamie Sickel, Raphael Lowe, Leaugeay Barnes, Melissa Nakamura

Student Services Subgroup

Tasked to work with all ten campuses of the Office of Student Affairs led by Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Director of Academic Technologies Hae Okimoto, the Council of Senior Student Affairs Officers (CSSAO), and the other subgroups, to prioritize, design, and implement specific actions to support student services while ensuring students have the success components required to persist and thrive in higher education, in a transparent, caring/attentive, and safe manner. The Subgroup must consult CDC and Hawaiʻi State guidelines as well as adhere to all UH System and Campus policies and procedures.

Lead: Vice Chancellor for Student Affair No‘eau Keopuhiwa

Members: Kevin Andreshak, Jenifer Bradley, Brandon Chun, Joe Overton, Danielle Chung, Jan Fried, Romyn Sabatchi, Joy Oehlers

Facilities Management

Tasked with preparing and maintaining safety and sanitization of campus facilities. Work with all campus departments and units to design, procure materials, and support the learning and teaching efforts of faculty, staff and students. The Subgroup must consult CDC and Hawaiʻi State guidelines as well as adhere to all UH System and campus policies and procedures.

Lead: Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Brian Furuto

Members: David Apostol, Kapulani Landgraf, Raphael Lowe, Lisa Miller, Wanda Mita, Sean Nathan, John Ridgeway, Shannon Sakamoto-Sakaue

Employee Safety

Tasked with drafting guidelines for employee safety across the campus, which includes office spaces, areas where students gather, outdoor spaces, and common areas such as bathrooms. The Subgroup must consult CDC and Hawaiʻi State guidelines as well as adhere to all UH System and campus policies and procedures.

Lead: Executive Assistant to the Chancellor Joanne Whitaker

Members: Linda Katsuda, Jung Kim, Chad Yasuda, Justin Kashiwaeda, Annie Thomas, Deneen Kawamoto, Lauren Tamamoto, and Joanne Nakano

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