First, we helped University of Hawaii West Oahu students get their money back.
After our story aired last month, UH is now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again at any of its campuses.
Before passing new fees onto students, UH must now explain exactly how the money will be used.
When a proposed fee goes before the board, it must state when it will begin, when the service will be available, and how it will be used to support startup of the new services.
Students at the UH Manoa campus say they’re happy with the school’s decision.
“I think that’s an awesome change now because as students, we’re paying hundreds of dollars for these fees, not necessarily knowing exactly where it’s going to,” UH Manoa student Jonathan Kutsunai said. “So it’s nice to know that they have to have a plan before they can initiate any fees.”
“I think it’s a great idea. I think it’s important for students to understand and realize what they’re paying for and the options that they have,” UH Manoa student Shayla Hixson said.
Last month, our Always Investigating report found that students at the West Oahu campus were paying for services that didn’t exist.
Now that UH has addressed the problem, they say it won’t happen in the future.
“So specifically, when that was brought to our attention, the chancellor decided to refund the fees from last semester. That addressed the problem of that particular fee. the policy change will ensure that this doesn’t happen again,” UH Interim President David Lassner said.