It took 15 months but starting January 1, 2017 Dr. Kathleen Cole received the settlement to her grievance based on her improper removal as Biology Department chair in September 2015. UHPA represented Dr. Cole through both a prohibited practice and a grievance. These actions were based upon facts which indicated her advocacy for faculty member, Dr. Kevin Bennett whose letter of hire was not honored, contributed to her removal as department chair.
With the dismissal of Dr. Cole in September 2015, the research support, provided as part of the agreement to serve as department chair, ended. This support allowed Dr. Cole to continue her research as well as provide support for three graduate students. The students were forced to file a student grievance to obtain support; Dr. Cole was left without the necessary resources to continue her research.
In late December 2016 UH Manoa administration and UHPA staff arrived at a settlement that replenishes the research support that should have been provided to Dr. Cole. There is recognition that Dr. Cole appropriately performed her duties as department chair.
The settlement of $150,000 will be paid over a two year time period allowing Dr. Cole and her graduate students to advance their research endeavors.