UH plans changes to complimentary policy

HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii is planning to make significant changes in how complimentary tickets to it sporting events are issued.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports the university's athletic department distributed nearly $2.5 million annually in complimentary tickets to it sporting events.

Athletic director Ben Jay says the department is now looking at restricting who will be able to get tickets and how many they can get.

The planned changes will begin with football.

People expected to be affected by the change include UH administrators, employees and their family members who are not performing a legitimate state purpose.

The change follows tighter guidelines recently developed by the Hawaii State Ethics Commission, as well as a UH system audit that was critical of the program last fall.

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