Opinion Letter No. 91-31
December 30, 1991
University of Hawaii Coaches Contracts
The OIP examined whether copies of the employment
contracts of intercollegiate athletic coaches at
the University of Hawaii ("UH") should be given to The
Chronicle of Higher Education as part of a
survey of intercollegiate athletics being conducted by that publication.
Although the UIPA expressly
requires the public availability of the employment contracts of
agency "contract hires," after examining the UIPA’s
legislative history and the State’s civil service law, the
OIP concluded that the UH
intercollegiate athletic coaches were not "contract hires."
Additionally, because the Legislature expressly stated
that "only" the salary ranges of employees covered by
chapter 103, Hawaii Revised Statutes (entitled "University
of Hawaii"), should be publicly available, the OIP advised
the UH that it should delete the exact salaries of UH intercollegiate
athletic coaches from their employment contracts before making the
contracts available for public inspection and copying. However,
the OIP advised the UH that it must disclose the athletic coaches’
salary ranges as established by Board of Regents policies.
NOTE: This opinion was partially overruled by OIP
Opinion Letter No. 03-16.