New Policy on Mandatory Training for RCUH Employees

To better enforce training requirements and to make mandatory training requirements easier to find, RCUH has published a new policy, 3.270 Mandatory Training for RCUH Employees. While this policy does not result in major changes for employees, it does provide a single location for employees and their supervisors to reference. It also provides guidance on disciplinary action after 30 days of non-compliance.

If there are any questions surrounding this new policy, please email [email protected].

UH/RCUH Forum: Unleashing the Potential: AI’s Impact on Academic Research – Nov. 17, 9:00 AM

Join us at RCUH’s annual forum, “Unleashing the Potential: AI’s Impact on Academic Research,” scheduled for Friday, November 17 at 9:00 a.m. Co-sponsored by the UH Manoa Office of the Vice Provost for Research and Scholarship, attendees can learn how AI is reshaping academic research and explore various ways UH research projects are incorporating it within their workflows. Panelists will highlight potential AI opportunities, challenges, and recommendations for researchers, institutions, and policymakers; in addition to addressing AI-related questions submitted by registrants.

RCUH Outstanding Employees of the Year Awards Luncheon – October 24, 2023

One of the year’s highlights is recognizing RCUH’s best of the best employees. This year we honor 20 stellar employees at an awards luncheon on Tuesday, October 24, 2023, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Campus Center Ballroom.

Reservations are now being taken and seating is limited. Please click on the button or complete the fillable form below to RSVP by October 2, 2023.

Should you have any questions, please contact RCUH Corporate Services at [email protected] or (808) 956-0504.

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RCUH Operations on Sept. 1, 2023

RCUH is following the University of Hawai’i’s lead in regards to campus operations on September 1, 2023. Due to the UH vs. Stanford football game at 5:00 p.m. and the expectation of heavy traffic around campus, RCUH has encouraged core staff to work remotely. RCUH will continue to offer services virtually (e.g., email, phone communications) during regular business hours. In the event you need to visit RCUH’s offices that day, please call (808) 956-0504 to make arrangements. The front doors of Burns Hall will be locked and the building will be accessible by keycard only. If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]. Mahalo for your understanding.

RCUH Employees on Maui Advised to Report to Work Monday, August 14

In alignment with the University of Hawai’i and State Offices, RCUH employees on Maui are advised to report to work on Monday, August 14 to the extent possible. Principal Investigators (PIs) and Supervisors are encouraged to allow employees who are directly affected by the wildfires to use accrued vacation leave, if available and requested. Employees may also be allowed to telework under their project’s applicable telework guidelines under UH or the State of Hawai’i.

For worksites that may not be accessible (e.g., no power, no water, impassable roadways, etc.), employees may be directed by their PI to report to another worksite as space is available.

For projects/individuals who require assistance with eTimesheets, please email [email protected] or call (808) 956-8900.


IMPORTANT: Administrative Leave for RCUH Employees on Island of Maui Due to Severe Wildfires (8/10 – 8/13)

It has been heartbreaking to see the devastating images coming from Maui over the past few days. Our hearts go out to the people of Maui and those who have loved ones impacted by the fires. In alignment with the University of Hawai‘i and the State of Hawai‘i, RCUH will be granting administrative leave on Thursday, August 10, 2023 through Sunday, August 13, 2023 for RCUH Employees on the island of Maui. Please see yesterday’s announcement regarding administrative leave for August 9, 2023.

Employees should not report to work on these days, and will be granted administrative leave, except for:

  • Departmental Disaster/Emergency Coordinators,
  • Disaster Response Workers, and
  • Employees whose work involves continuing crucial operations/services.

Employees who fall into one of the above categories should report to work. If employees are unsure as to whether they fall into the categories above, they should consult with their immediate supervisor.

The following information is provided in order to clarify the work or leave status of employees:

  1. Employees who were expected to work at Maui island campuses and/or offices on Thursday, August 10, through Sunday, August 13, 2023 shall be considered as having worked their normal day of work and shall not be granted equivalent time off at a later date.
  2. Employees who are on their scheduled day off shall not be granted equivalent time off at a later date.
  3. Employees who are on approved leaves should be continued on leave status without any adjustment to their leave records and shall not be granted equivalent time off at a later date.
  4. Hourly paid employees shall not be entitled to Administrative Leave.  


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RCUH to Reduce Duplication of Training on Harassment & Discrimination

To eliminate the duplication of training for RCUH Employees working on UH Projects, RCUH will accept the University of Hawai‘i’s Title IX Training in lieu of RCUH’s EEO/Sexual Harassment Prevention course, effective August 1, 2023. In order to be compliant, individuals must upload their UH Title IX Certificate of Completion into the RCUH Training Portal and view three custom PDFs. Either course is due once every two years.

The RCUH Training on EEO/Sexual Harassment Prevention will continue to be offered in the RCUH Training Portal. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this update or the RCUH Training Portal, please feel free to call (808) 956-0504/956-0503 or email [email protected].


  • Log into the RCUH Training Portal
  • Click “Content Library”
  • In the search bar, type in “UH Title IX”
  • Click on the course
  • Upload your certificate
  • Click to view each PDF
  • RCUH will review your uploaded file before marking you as “Complete”

IMPORTANT: TIAA Third-Party Data Security Incident

RCUH’s retirement plan provider TIAA has reported that a third-party vendor, Pension Benefit Information, LLC (“PBI”), was affected by the worldwide MOVEit security breach that occurred on or around May 31, 2023. PBI utilizes MOVEit to securely transfer files. Unfortunately, TIAA has confirmed that there are RCUH participants whose personal information was involved. Impacted individuals will receive a letter from PBI over the next few days that will have additional information. Although PBI is unaware of any identity theft or fraud as a result of this event at this time, PBI is offering free credit monitoring for 24 months.

Law enforcement has been notified by PBI, and TIAA Information Security experts are in close contact with the third-party vendor. TIAA stated that it is working diligently to address and remediate this incident as quickly as possible, and shared the update below:

What TIAA knows:

  • This incident involves the MOVEit Transfer software owned by Progress Software and used by our vendor, Pension Benefit Information, LLC (“PBI”).
  • PBI receives personal data of individual participants and clients and matches it against death notices and obituaries to assist TIAA in death claim and beneficiary processes.
  • Personal information from people at your institution is part of this incident: first and last name, address, date of birth, gender and Social Security Number.
  • No information was obtained from TIAA’s systems and TIAA systems are not threatened.
  • We have not observed any related unusual activity from this event involving TIAA accounts.
  • We have reviewed our systems and we are not susceptible to the security vulnerability associated with this security incident.

In the meantime, people should always remain attentive to the possibility of fraud and identity theft. Some of the steps that help protect online interactions include:

  • Enabling multifactor authentication everywhere it is available and not automatically provided. At TIAA, we provide it automatically.
  • Creating a unique password with 12 or more characters for each of their online accounts. Weak and compromised credentials are the most-used attack vector.
  • When you receive an email, stop and look for red flags. The best way to defend against phishing is to assume that every email is part of a phishing attack.
  • Be cautious of urgent requests. Cyberattacks are designed to catch you off guard and trigger you to click links impulsively.
  • Being wary of oversharing personal information online.
  • Being vigilant in spotting email and text phishing attacks, which urgently request personal information for claimed emergencies.
  • Keeping personal contact information current with financial institutions and reporting unusual balance activity immediately.
  • Regularly monitoring credit score and online accounts.
  • Using antivirus software for all devices and updating software, hardware and applications.
  • Securing home networks with unique passwords and setting up a unique PIN for mobile phone SIM cards.
  • Knowing how to report identity theft and cybersecurity incidents.
  • If you’d like to look into the risks and benefits of freezing your credit, visit:

If you have additional questions, you may call TIAA at 1-800-842-2252, weekdays from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time).

Mandatory Training and Employee Performance Evaluation

TO:                 Principal Investigators, Supervisory Authorities, Administrative Authorities, and RCUH Employees

The 2023 RCUH Annual Performance Evaluation Form includes a certification by the employee that all mandatory trainings and/or requirements defined in their job description have been completed. The certification appears in the employee signature block on the evaluation form.  Please reference our April 17, 2023 web announcement.

The courses mandated by RCUH are as follows:

1) RCUH EEO/Sexual Harassment Prevention for Employees (or Supervisors, as appropriate)

2) RCUH Workplace Violence Prevention for Employees (or Supervisors, as appropriate)

  • Both courses above are found in the RCUH Training Portal
  • Both courses above must be completed once every two (2) years

3) Hawaii State Ethics Commission (HSEC) General Ethics Training

RCUH employees may be required to take additional training, such as the UH Information Security Awareness Training or UH Title IX Training, but employees should check their job description or talk to their Principal Investigator to verify additional training requirements. NOTE: RCUH is currently evaluating its training and policies to reduce redundancies in training requirements for those working for UH projects. 

In a recent audit, we found that many Regular-status RCUH employees did not have an RCUH Training Portal account. Effective May 30, those employees will receive a system-generated message that an RCUH Training Portal account has been created. The three (3) courses mandated by RCUH will have been assigned.

We appreciate the efforts of all employees to complete the assigned training. Should an employee have difficulty logging into their RCUH Training Portal account or uploading the ethics training certificate, please contact RCUH Corporate Services at [email protected].