General Policies and Regulations
Election of Regulations for Degree Requirements (Catalog Rights)
Undergraduate students acquire “catalog rights” with respect to the requirements for a degree program by maintaining “attendance” continuously. This means that, if continuous attendance is maintained and the degree objective is not changed, students may choose to graduate under the requirements for the degree in effect 1) at the time they began the study in a California community college or another campus of The California State University, 2) at the time they entered CSULB, or 3) at the time of graduation from CSULB. Substitutions for discontinued courses may be authorized or required by the Dean of the cognizant College. Students who change their major, including changing from “undeclared” status to a defined degree objective or from one option to another option under the same degree, are governed by the degree major requirements in effect at the time of the change or declaration of major. Students who change majors are advised that some courses counted for General Education or double counted for General Education and a major may become unacceptable for General Education in connection with a new major. These students should check with the Academic Advising Center.
The term “attendance” means, literally, attendance in a course for at least one semester (or quarter) unit credit in at least one semester (or two quarters) in a calendar year, culminating in a record of enrollment on the student’s official transcript. For the purpose of establishing catalog rights, the course must be at the baccalaureate or graduate level in a California community college, a California State University, or a University of California campus. Enrollment resulting in a withdrawal (the grading symbols W or WU) does not count as attendance in a course, and so does not preserve "catalog rights."
Once “catalog rights” are established, absence related to an approved medical, military or academic leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher education will not be considered an interruption of attendance, provided that the absence does not exceed two years. Please see Educational Leave later in this section.
For all students, disqualification or a failure to remain in continuous attendance will mean that the student must meet the regulations current at the time of resuming the degree program or those applicable at the time of graduation. In addition, for graduate students, a failure to maintain continuous attendance means the automatic revocation of “candidacy” for the degree (advancement to candidacy) and of “catalog rights.”
Changes in Rules and Policies
Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this Catalog, students and others who use this Catalog should note that laws, rules, and policies change from time to time and that these changes may alter the information contained in this publication. Changes may come in the form of statutes enacted by the Legislature, rules and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, by the Chancellor or designee of the California State University, or by the President or CSULB designee. It is not possible in a publication of this size to include all of the rules, policies and other information that pertain to students, the institution, and the California State University. More current or complete information may be obtained from the appropriate department, college, or administrative office.
Nothing in this Catalog will be construed as, operate as, or have the effect of an abridgment or a limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, the Chancellor of the California State University, or the President of the campus. The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the President are authorized by law to adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies which apply to students. This Catalog does not constitute a contract or the terms and conditions of a contract between the student and CSULB or the California State University. The relationship of the student to the institution is one governed by statute, rules, and policy adopted by the Legislature, the Trustees, the Chancellor, the President, and their duly authorized designees. Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices, and procedures, or its faculty and staff, may be obtained from Leslie Nix-Baker, Director of Employee Relations, Brotman Hall (BH) 303, (562) 985-1742, or from Steve Katz, Director of Judicial Affairs, BH 377, (562) 985-5270.
The Federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.
Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at http://www.sss.gov.
Information concerning the academic programs of CSULB may be obtained from the Academic Vice President, BH 303, at (562) 985-4128 and may include:
1. the current degree programs and other educational and training programs;
2. the instructional, laboratory, and other physical plant facilities which relate to the academic program;
3. the faculty and other instructional personnel;
4. data regarding student retention at CSULB and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest; and
5. the names of associations, agencies, or governmental bodies which accredit, approve, or license the institution and its programs, and the procedures under which any current or prospective student may obtain or review upon request a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation, approval, or licensing.
CSULB has an obligation, under the federal Student Right-To-Know law, to provide information regarding graduation rates to prospective and current students. There are several ways of expressing graduation rates. The most widely used is the “six-year freshman cohort graduation rate.” This indicator expresses the percentage of students who began as freshmen and who complete their degrees within six years at the same campus where they began studies. This percentage does not provide complete information for the following reasons. While most students who complete baccalaureate degrees finish in six years or less, others take longer. Some students do not begin at a four-year institution as freshmen but come as transfer students. Some attend several undergraduate institutions before receiving baccalaureate degrees. In the California State University system, a small percentage of students begin at one CSU campus, transfer to another CSU campus, and complete their degrees.
Following is information about CSULB six year freshman cohort graduation rates, four year transfer rates, total eventual graduation rates, and time to degree for freshmen and transfer students.
The most recent six year freshman graduation rate for CSULB is based on the cohort entering in 1998 and stands at 46.2%. This represents an increase from the prior cohort which was at 41.6%. For regularly admitted students2, graduation rates were higher: 48.5% (1998 cohort) and 44.2% (1997). These graduation rates cap a seven year increase of about 17% for CSULB. Eventually even more students will graduate. The CSU has estimated that about 11% more students will complete after six years or transfer to another campus and graduate.
Cohort beginning in fall:
Six Year Graduation Rate
Regularly admitted students
Estimated eventually will graduate
Regularly admitted students
Estimated eventually will graduate
The most recent time to degree information indicates that students who began as freshmen at CSULB graduated in an average of 5.01 years (for the cohort whose degrees were awarded in the college year 2003-2004). This represents a decrease of about one-half year or about 10% compared to the cohort whose degrees were awarded in the college year 1999-2000. Regularly admitted students graduated in 4.82 years (2003-2004), an improvement from 5.37 years for the cohort whose degrees were awarded in 1999-2000.
The most recent four year transfer student graduation rate for CSULB is based on the cohort entering in 2000 and stands at 60.9%. This represents an increase from the prior cohort which was at 58.5%. For regularly admitted transfer students, graduation rates were higher: 66.2% (2000 cohort) and 65.5% (1999). Transfer student graduation rates have improved 12% over five years. Eventually even more transfer students will graduate. The CSU has estimated that about 8% more students who began as transfers will complete after four years or transfer to another campus and graduate.
On average, students who began as junior transfers graduated in 3.01 years (for the cohort whose degrees were awarded in the college year 2003-2004). This represents a decrease of over one-fifth year compared to the cohort whose degrees were awarded in the college year 1999-2000. Regularly admitted students graduated in 2.6 years (2003-2004), an improvement from 2.69 years for the cohort whose degrees were awarded in 1999-2000.
Cohort beginning in fall:
Four Year Graduation Rate
Regularly admitted students
Estimated eventually will graduate
Regularly admitted students
Estimated eventually will graduate
Since it takes several years to complete a college degree, currently reported graduation rates are indicative of CSULB at the time these cohorts entered, 1998 and before for freshmen and 2000 and before for transfers. Since 1998, CSULB has continued to work to raise graduation rates by improving class availability, advising, curriculum, and other student support services. CSULB’s currently reported graduation rates are similar to other public, comprehensive universities. However, the CSULB’s rate of improvement has been rapid and the campus is on a trajectory to continue raise graduation rates and to reduce time to degree. These are currently top priorities for the campus.
Completing the degree in a reasonable period of time is an important goal for students (and their parents). The number of courses (and course units) that must be completed to earn a degree varies, depending on the degree. The least number of course units required for a baccalaureate degree is 120. This would be equivalent to 40 three-unit courses (although courses can equate to one, two, three, four or more units). At CSULB, degrees in engineering, sciences and the arts generally require the largest number of courses (and units).
Earning a degree requiring the fewest number of course units (120) would require full time attendance (15 units per semester) for four years. Full time attendance really means “full time,” as fifteen course units equates to 45 hours per week attending class and studying. Completing a degree with a higher unit requirement in a reasonable time requires attending winter session, summer session and/or attending longer than four years.
The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001), the agency responsible for granting regional accreditation to colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and Guam. It is accredited by the California State Board of Education and is on the list of approved institutions of the American Association of University Women. Additional information concerning University accreditation may be obtained from the Office of Academic Affairs. Additional information concerning departmental accreditation may be obtained from the department concerned or the Office of Academic Affairs.
• American Language Institute, UCES – Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457, phone: 703-519-2070
• Art – National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700
• Business Administration – Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International, 600 Emerson Road, Suite 300, St. Louis, MO 63141-6762, phone: 314-872-8481
• Chemistry (undergraduate) – American Chemical Society, Committee of Professional Training, 1155 Sixteenth St., NW, Washington, DC 20036, phone: 202-872-4589
• Communicative Disorders (graduate) – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, phone: 301-897-5700
• Computer Science (undergraduate) – Computer Science Accreditation Commission (CSAC) of Computer Science Accreditation Board (CSAB),111 Market Place, Suite #1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, phone: 410-347-7703
• Dance – National Association of Schools of Dance, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700
• Design – National Association of Schools of Art and Design, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700
• Dietetics (didactic program) – Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education, American Dietetics Association, 216 West Jackson Boulevard, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, phone: 312-899-0040, ext. 5400
• Education – National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036-1023, phone: 202-466-7496
• Engineering (undergraduate: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Technology, Mechanical) – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc., 111 Market Place, Suite #1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, phone: 410-347-7710
• Family and Consumer Sciences – American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Council for Accreditation, 1555 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703-706-4600; and Commission on Accreditation/Approval for Dietetics Education, American Dietetic Association, 216 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60606-6995, phone: 312-899-4872
• Health Science (graduate) – Council on Education for Public Health, 1015 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, phone: 202-789-1050
• Kinesiotherapy – Commission on Accreditation on Allied Health Education Programs, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, phone: 7312-553-9355
• Music – National Association of Schools of Music, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700
• Nursing – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 1 Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036-1120, phone: 202-887-6791
• Physical Therapy – Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, American Physical Therapy Association, Transpotomac Plaza, 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703-706-3245
• Public Policy and Administration – National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation, 1120 G Street, NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005, phone: 202-628-8965
• Radiation Therapy – Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, 20 N. Wacker Drive, Suite 900, Chicago, IL 60606-2901, phone: 312-704-5300
• Recreation and Leisure Studies – National Recreation and Park Association, Council on Accreditation, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148, phone: 703-858-0784
• Social Work – Council on Social Work Education, Commission on Accreditation, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703-519-2044
• Theatre Arts – National Association of Schools of Theatre, 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, phone: 703-437-0700
• University Art Museum – American Association of Museums, Suite 200, 1225 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, phone: 202-289-1818
CSULB Statement on Civility and Acts of Violence
California State University, Long Beach, takes pride in its tradition of maintaining a civil and non-violent learning, working, and social environment. Civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community are intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. They also contribute to the maintenance of a safe and productive workplace and overall healthy campus climate.
The University espouses and practices zero tolerance for violence against any member of the University community (i.e., students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors). Violence and threats of violence not only disrupt the campus environment, they also negatively impact the University’s ability to foster open dialogue and a free exchange of ideas among all campus constituencies.
To fulfill this policy, the University strives: 1) to prevent violence from occurring; and 2) to enforce local, state, and federal laws, as well as University regulations, regarding such conduct. The University also has established procedures for resolving and/or adjudicating circumstances involving violence, as well as threats of violence.
A threat of violence is an expression of intention that implies impending physical injury, abuse, or damage to an individual or his/her belongings. All allegations of such incidents (i.e., acts and threats) will be aggressively investigated. Allegations that are sustained may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment, expulsion from the University, and/or civil and criiminal prosecution.
Members of the campus community are encouraged to promptly report any acts of violence, threats of violence, or other behavior which by intent, act, or outcome harm themselves or others. (Approved October 1997.)
Equal Access and Opportunity
California State University, Long Beach affirms the equal worth of every individual and of distinctive groups of people, and fosters fair and equal treatment and access for all members of the university community. Therefore, the University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education and employment, to policies and practices that ensure equal opportunity and consideration, and to the protection of civil rights.
It is the policy of California State University, Long Beach to provide programs, services, and benefits, including employment, without regard to race, religion, color, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, marital status, pregnancy, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation, special disabled veterans’ status, Vietnam-Era or other covered veteran status.
Reasonable accommodation to disability is considered a means of establishing equal opportunity.
Freedom From Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
California State University, Long Beach affirms that students, employees, volunteers, members of the public, and recipients of services and/or benefits provided by CSULB have the right to a University free from discrimination and harassment, including hostile environment, on the basis of: Race, color, ancestry national origin, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, pregnancy, Veteran status-Vietnam-era/Special Disabled and Other Covered* (*http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vgmedal2.htm)
Retaliation for exercising one’s right to protection from discrimination and/or harassment or for participating in the investigation of a complaint will not be tolerated.
This policy applies to all California State University, Long Beach programs and activities, including, but not limited to: Educational, cultural, recreational, and social and/or athletics programs and activities provided, sponsored, administered, or assisted, by CSULB; CSULB academic programs and/or activities; CSULB-sponsored off-campus programs; housing supplied or regulated by CSULB; the administration of educational policies, admission policies, and employment policies; employment actions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, education, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeship; choice of contractors and suppliers of good and services; provision of services and benefits to CSULB students, employees, volunteers, or the public; receipt of CSULB services and benefits provided by CSULB contractors or vendors.
Federally-required Affirmative Action Plans are available for inspection in the University Library, Reserve Book Room during normal business hours.
Race, Color, and National Origin
The California State University complies with the requirements of Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as well as other applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination. No person shall, on the basis of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination in any program of the California State University.
The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and various state laws prohibit such discrimination. Perrin Reid, Esq., Director, Equity and Diversity, has been designated to coordinate the efforts of CSULB to comply with all relevant disability laws. Inquiries concerning compliance may be addressed to this person at USU-301, (562) 985-8256.
The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sex or gender in the educational programs or activities it conducts. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and certain other federal and state laws prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by CSU, Long Beach. Such programs and activities include admission of students and employment. Inquiries concerning the application these laws to programs and activities of CSULB may be referred to Perrin Reid, Esq., the campus officer(s) assigned the administrative responsibility of reviewing such matters or to the Regional Director of the Office of Civil Rights, Region IX, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco, California 94102.
The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to male and female CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics.
By CSU Board of Trustees policy, the California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.
The University is committed to maintaining a safe environment in which individuals can be unafraid to discuss concerns. Any member of the University community may seek general information and guidance about discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues in confidence and anonymously.
However, the University’s obligation is to take appropriate action to stop prohibited behavior and to prevent retaliation. This may preempt any request for anonymity or confidentiality.
Complaint Resolution Procedures
Resolution of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints is available to all members of the University community. The procedures vary but are all intended to resolve complaints in a timely and responsive manner at the earliest possible stage.
For employees represented by a collective bargaining unit, the collective bargaining agreement outlines procedures, process and timelines. Information is available from your campus union representative, or online at:
For employees not eligible to file a complaint or grievance under a collective bargaining agreement or whose collective bargaining agreement incorporates CSU systemwide complaint procedure, the complaint procedure is outlined in CSU Executive Order 928. It is available online at: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-928.html
For students or other members of the campus community, guests, visitors, affiliates, and associates, the Campus Complaint Resolution Procedure will apply. Discrimination complaint forms are available in the Office of Equity & Diversity, USU 301.
Campus Complaint Procedure - Informal
The Informal Discrimination Complaint Resolution Procedure is initiated by speaking with one of the following persons of your choice: Immediate Supervisor; Program/Office Director; Department Chairperson/Director; Dean/Associate Dean; Designated Resource Person (list available from the Office of Equity & Diversity or on-line at http://www.csulb.edu/depts/oed/resources/res-r3-2.htm); Director of Equity & Diversity.
These individuals are expected to: Provide information about University policy and procedures, ensure the safety and security of the complainant in the immediate environment, ensure the due process of the individual(s) charged, ensure confidentiality to the extent possible by and with all parties, report the complaint to the Director of Equity & Diversity within five (5) working days from receipt of the complaint, consult with the Director of Equity & Diversity at least once per week until the complaint is resolved, an outcome is reached, or the complaint is referred to the Director of Equity & Diversity for review and consideration, maintain notes of the complaint and log of all contacts made, report monthly to the Director of Equity and Diversity of the number, nature, and outcome of the complaints. The outcome of all Informal complaints must be reported to the Director of Equity & Diversity. If the proposed remedy is unsatisfactory to the complainant, or if the complaint is not resolved in the Informal process, the complaint may proceed to the Formal level.
Campus Complaint Procedure - Formal
An allegation becomes a formal complaint only when it is filed in writing on an official University Discrimination Complaint Resolution form and is signed, or when the Director of Equity & Diversity files the complaint. The form is available from the Office of Equity & Diversity and the office website.
Within 5 working days from receipt or initiation, the alleged offender will be notified of the complaint by the Director of Equity & Diversity.
Within 10 working days from receipt, the alleged offender is required to respond in writing. A copy of the response shall be provided to the complainant.
If agreement is reached, the Director of Equity & Diversity shall provide all concerned parties with a written statement of the resolution.
If agreement is not reached, the Director of Equity & Diversity will proceed to evaluate the applicability of University policy prohibiting discrimination, harassment, and retaliation to the alleged behavior.
The Director of Equity & Diversity is authorized to interview anyone deemed necessary to the investigation. The investigation will normally be completed within thirty (30) working days.
Time limits may be extended or waived by the President upon request of the Director of Equity & Diversity.
Within five (5) working days of the conclusion of the investigation, the Director of Equity & Diversity will: submit a report of the complaint, investigation, and findings to the appropriate division executive and, notify the complainant and party charged of the finding.
Within twenty (20) working days from receipt of the report of the investigation the division executive will notify the Director of Equity & Diversity of resulting action.
Within five (5) working days of receiving notification of the resulting action, the Director of Equity & Diversity will notify the parties to the extent allowed of the action taken or proposed by the division executive.
California State University, Long Beach is a comprehensive, urban university. The University has a professional, cultural, and ethical commitment to provide a climate that enables each individual to realize his/her potential for excellence and that nurtures academic growth and professional development.
Diversity is both an ideal and an imperative. California State University, Long Beach takes pride in the diversity of its student body and employees, and affirms that this diversity enriches the work and learning environment of the campus. For this reason the recognition of diversity in our University community extends beyond the limits established by federal or state laws or regulations.
In addition to fully meeting its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, California State University, Long Beach is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live, and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to professional rank, employment status, economic status, ethnic background, political views, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.
California State University, Long Beach takes seriously its tradition of maintaining civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community. These qualities are intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. They also contribute to the maintenance of a productive workplace and an overall positive campus climate. Civility and mutual respect only thrive when equal opportunity and access exist, and when retaliation for exercising rights, privileges and obligations is not feared. [Policy 03-09]
Perrin Reid, Esq., Director of Equity and Diversity, is the designated campus coordinator for Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Civil Rights under Executive Order 11246, the Vietnam-Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and Title IX.
Campus Standards of Conduct
Both productivity at work and the learning process are significantly impaired by alcohol abuse and the use of illicit drugs. Substance abuse among college students inhibits their educational development and is of serious nationwide concern.
California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The University is making every effort to create an environment that promotes and reinforces good health. This includes responsible living, respect for community and campus standards and regulations, individual responsibility within the community, and the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and physical well-being of all members of the campus community.
On campus property, the solicitation, sale, use or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics, as those terms are used in California statutes, are prohibited.
Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in individual offices, classrooms, laboratories, or generally accessible public or open areas, such as the quad and athletic fields.
Information regarding campus policies on the consumption of alcohol may be obtained by calling the Office of Student Life and Development at 985-8668.
Pursuant to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, violations by students of the above regulations, when campus related, may, after due process, result in the student being placed on probation, being suspended, or being expelled. Additionally, violations of laws committed on campus property, or at a campus event, will also be subject to referral and prosecution through off-campus authorities. Penalties by enforcement agencies for violations of the law may include imprisonment, fines, or both; these are in addition to administrative sanctions imposed by the University.
More detailed descriptions of student regulations concerning drugs, or alcohol, may be found elsewhere in the CSULB Catalog, or in the Residence Hall Calendar and Handbook, or the Regulations for Campus Activities, Organizations and the University Community.
Pursuant to Education Code Section 89535, employees may be disciplined, up to and including termination, for the following causes:
1. Conviction of criminal offenses involving the illegal use of drugs.
2. Appearing for work impaired by the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances.
3. Addiction to the use of controlled substances.
More detailed descriptions of employee regulations concerning drugs, or alcohol, may be found in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Handbook and the Faculty and Staff Handbooks.
Don’t Put Your Health at Risk
To become dependent upon chemicals such as illicit drugs and/or alcohol is to put your health at risk. Chemical dependency is a condition in which the use of mood altering substances such as drugs or alcohol is associated with problems in any area of life on a more or less continuing basis.
One does not, however, have to be addicted or chemically dependent to suffer health risks from the use of illicit drugs or alcohol.
Alcohol and illicit drugs (in all the many forms) may, and often do, impair physical coordination and judgement, diminish control over impulsive behavior, and cause many short- and long-term health consequences.
Alcohol-related illnesses now represent the third leading cause of death in the United States exceeded only by cancer and heart disease, and medical research has established very strong evidence that alcohol abuse contributes significantly to cancer and heart disease. There is clear evidence of serious negative effects on babies due to use of illicit drugs and alcohol by the mother during pregnancy.
If You Have a Problem, We Want to Help
The California State University, Long Beach Health Center offers substance abuse programs for students, faculty and staff. These include: a Student Assistance Program for students; and Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff; and an Athletic Assistance Program for student athletes (offered as a separate program due to NCAA testing and eligibility requirements and conference affiliation rules for competition).
An experienced and specially trained therapist under the supervision of the Medical Director serves as the coordinator and counselor for these programs, and medical doctors, other health professionals, and counseling psychologists are available for consultation. All contacts with the Health Center and professional personnel are confidential.
Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from Shifra Teitelbaum, Student Health Center, (562) 985-4609.
The California State University, Long Beach Health Center is located at the corner of State University Drive and Merriam Drive. The telephone number is (562) 985-4771.
Security on Campus
Campus Security Act
California State University, Long Beach University Police, obtains its powers to arrest from the California Penal Code and the California Education Code.
Reporting Emergencies on Campus
The on-campus emergency phone number is 9-1-1. The non-emergency phone number is (562) 985-4101. Any problems concerning behavior of members of the campus community, thefts, vandalism, fire, and all related matters should immediately be brought to the attention of the University Police.
Procedures for Reporting Crimes on Campus
Whenever students or employees become victims of a crime while on the campus of CSULB, or whenever they have witnessed a crime or feel that there is a possibility that a crime is about to occur, they should notify University Police as soon as possible. There are numerous emergency phones located throughout the campus and parking lots, which are direct lines to the University Police dispatcher. Contact University Police by simply locating the nearest emergency phone or by using the emergency phone that is located in all elevators. Individuals may also contact the mobile police units that patrol the campus on a 24-hour schedule. Parking enforcement officers also patrol the parking lots and have direct radio contact with the police dispatcher and the mobile police units. The University Police is located at the far east end of campus, between parking lot “11” and parking lot “9” on Palo Verde Avenue. The Department is open 24 hours a day to respond to any call for service or to any emergency.
Custodians are responsible for unlocking all outside doors and classrooms which do not contain equipment (audiovisual, computers, etc.) at 7:00 am. University Police personnel are responsible for opening buildings on weekends and holidays. Persons requesting a door opened must have proper authorization. Questions of interpretation and special access matters should be directed to University Police.
Security of Buildings
It is the responsibility of the person assigned to an office to ensure that the door is locked at the conclusion of work. Further, it is the responsibility of the last instructor teaching in a classroom to ensure that the door is secure and the lights are turned off when the class is concluded. In areas where equipment technicians are employed, it will be their responsibility to secure all doors at the end of the working day. University Police will ensure that all buildings are secured every night. An individual desiring to remain in a building after normal closing hours is required to notify University Police.
Personnel who require access to buildings and rooms must request keys with appropriate departmental approval. Individuals granted special access to rooms and buildings must assume personal responsibility for facilities and equipment during the time they are using these facilities and equipment. Should a faculty or staff member require access to a particular building or room after normal instructional or working hours, presentation of identification to University Police is required. Failure to present proper identification to University Police is grounds to deny the request for access to the building. Graduate Assistants and other students who require entrance to a building during other than normal hours must have proper identification and prior approval in writing from the appropriate administrator. This authorization must be on file with University Police.
Anyone who has difficulty in gaining authorized access to an area or who needs assistance in securing a building or room should contact University Police.
Policy Concerning Law Enforcement on Campus
California State University Police Officers are sworn Law Enforcement Officers under California Penal Code, Section 830.2, and in compliance with State Statute meet the peace officer standards and training requirements mandatory for all California law enforcement officers. In addition, California State University Police Officers undergo training specially designed to meet the needs and problems of a contemporary university community.
The primary responsibility of the University Police is the preservation of the public peace and the protection of life and property against all unlawful acts. The department will take all possible measures to prevent crime and accidents, investigate thoroughly all suspicious and criminal activity, and apprehend offenders quickly in all cases where crimes are committed.
Type and Frequency of Programs to Inform Campus Personnel About Security Procedures and Practices
University Police actively invites fraternities and sororities, as well as sports groups and clubs on campus, to participate in the “Acquaintance/Date Rape” lectures. These classes are scheduled flexibly at no charge to meet the group’s needs. The University Police also conducts new employee, new student, and special groups orientations. Officers routinely address residence hall students on a variety of topics, such as drug and alcohol abuse, and the problem of sexual assaults.
Programs Designed to Prevent Crime
University Police offers an evening escort service for all students and employees. They are picked up and escorted to their vehicles or to the residence halls.
University Police provides employees with information about California law and how to avoid being a victim. Advice is also provided about securing valuables and protecting vehicles.
Statistics on Major Crimes
University Police reports statistics on major crimes monthly to the Office of the President, to the Chancellor’s Office, and to the Department of Justice.
Information concerning CSULB policies, procedures, and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from University Police, (562) 985-4101.
Information concerning CSULB annual crime statistics reports may be obtained from University Police, (562) 985-4101.
Firearms on Campus
Any person who brings or possesses a firearm on the grounds of the University, without the prior written permission of the Chief of University Police, or as otherwise provided by law, is in violation of State law (California Penal Code,Section 626.9), and University Regulations, and is punishable by imprisonment. Any person who brings or possesses a device that expels a metallic projectile, such as a B-B or pellet, through the force of air pressure, CO2 pressure, or spring action, or a spot-marker gun, on the grounds of the University, without the permission of the University Police, is in violation of University Regulations; such action may result in University or legal sanctions.
Off-Campus Monitoring of Criminal Activity at Campus Events
The University Police Department has a close working relationship with the City of Long Beach Police Department. The meetings are on a monthly basis and discuss areas of possible problems. Reports are exchanged with LBPD, LASO, and other police departments.
Policy for the Use of Alcohol and Drugs on Campus
Alcoholic beverages generally may not be consumed on campus except at sponsored events and with specific approval of the Director of Student Life and Development.
Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed on University premises that have been licensed by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or on other University premises at “approved group sponsored events.” Sponsors of such events must obtain prior written approval from the office of Student Life and Development. Approval normally will be limited to events in such areas as the University Student Union, the Soroptimist House, or the Chart Room.
The solicitation, sale, use or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics, as those terms are used in California statutes, is prohibited on campus property. Excepted are drugs which are lawfully prescribed or lawfully permitted for the purpose of bona fide research, instruction or analysis.
CSULB is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The CSULB Student Health Center offers substance-abuse consultation programs for students, faculty and staff who may need assistance in overcoming the personal problems associated with alcohol or drug abuse. These programs include a Student Assistance Program for students, an Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff, and an Athletic Assistance Program for student athletes (offered as a separate program due to NCAA requirements). All contacts with the Health Center and its personnel are confidential.
More detailed descriptions of campus regulations concerning alcohol and drugs may be found in the current editions of the CSULB Catalog, the CSULB Schedule of Classes, Regulations for Campus Activities, Organizations, and the University Community, and the Faculty, Staff and Student Handbooks.
Policy on Sexual Assault
Students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual assault committed at or upon the grounds of the University, or upon off-campus grounds or facilities maintained by affiliated student organizations, are required by law to be advised of specified information, to include treatment, related campus procedures, referral options, and other assistance which may be available [California Education Code, Section 67385]. This policy is designed to provide the written procedures and information required.
Rape, including acquaintance rape, or any other form of sexual assault, will not be tolerated by California State University, Long Beach. Where there is evidence that campus- related sexual assault has been committed, severe campus disciplinary action will be initiated. Such campus disciplinary action may include, after due process, the possibility of dismissal, suspension or disenrollment. Additionally, where the victim initiates criminal action, the perpetrator is subject to criminal penalties which may include fines and imprisonment.
The term “sexual assault” includes, but is not limited to, rape, acquaintance rape, sexual battery, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, or threat of sexual assault [California Education Code, Section 67385(d)].
Rape is a criminal offense. “Rape” is defined as an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator, under specified circumstances. For example, it may involve the use or threat of force, violence, retaliation, or fear of or actual immediate and unlawful bodily injury. Rape also occurs when the victim is incapable of giving legal consent, for example, when: a) the victim has a mental disorder, or is developmentally or physically disabled; or b) the victim is prevented from resisting the assault due to intoxicating substances (e.g. alcohol or drugs); or c) the victim is unconscious of the nature of the act, and such condition was known or reasonably should have been known to the accused (Reference: California Penal Code, Section 261, and the following sections).
“Acquaintance Rape” is forced sexual intercourse undertaken by someone the victim knows, against the will of the victim or as a result of threats, force or fear.
“Sexual Battery” is defined as the touching of an intimate part of another person, if the person is unlawfully restrained and if the touching is against the will of the person touched, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse (Reference: California Penal Code, Section 243.4).
“Assault with intent to commit a sexual battery” is defined as an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury (e.g., rape) or sexual battery on the person of another. (Reference: California Penal Code, Section 220; 240; 261; and following sections).
“Consent” is defined as positive cooperation in an act or attitude pursuant to an exercise of free will. The person must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved [Reference: California Penal Code, Section 261.6; 266(c)].
“Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor” is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouce of the perpetrator, where the person is under the age of 18 years (California Penal Code, Section 261.5).
Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part of a child under the age of 14 years with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the sexual desires or passions of either the child or defendant is guilty of a felony. Any person who commits any act in the previous sentence with a person 14 or 15 years old, and the defendant is at least 10 years older than the child is guilty of a public offense (California Penal Code, Section 288). Any person who intentionally gives, transports, provides, persuades or makes available to another a child under age 16 for lewd or lascivious acts is guilty of a felony, punishable by fine and imprisonment [California Penal Code, Section 266(j)]. Every person who annoys or molests any child under the age of 18 is punishable by fine and imprisonment (California Penal Code, Section 647.6).
California State University, Long Beach views seriously its obligation to uphold the laws of the larger community of which it is a part. An association with the University does not exempt a person from local, state, or federal laws, but rather imposes the additional obligation to abide by all of the rules and regulations of the California State University.
A student charged with a sexual abuse or sexual assault or sexual battery violation which is campus-related may be subject to prosecution under appropriate California criminal statutes, as well as being subject to student discipline under the Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University (Reference: Chancellor’s Executive Order 628, “Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University”; and Title V, California Code of Regulations, Section 41301-41304, “Student Discipline”).
Employees charged with a sexual abuse violation which is campus-related may be subject to prosecution under appropriate California criminal statutes, as well as being subject to discipline under the California Education Code, Sections 89535-89540. Such campus disciplinary action for employees may include demotion, suspension, or dismissal.
Campus Reporting Procedures
Persons involved in, or possessing knowledge of, a campus-related abuse violation are strongly encouraged to notify University Police immediately. University Police may be contacted by:
• using any of the blue lighted telephones
• by depressing the red button on all public pay telephones
• simply dialing 985-4101 or 9-1-1
An officer will be dispatched and will assist the victim to a medical facility for medical care and collection of evidence. An officer will assist the victim with a police report should the victim desire to make one. An officer will remain available to the victim until a friend or relative can be located. When requested, a female investigator trained in sexually related violations will be available.
University Police shall contact one or more of the following by telephone, memorandum or both. Alternatively, the victim may contact any of the following personnel or departments.
1. Associate Vice President for Student Services
(562) 985-5587, Brotman Hall 377
2. Director, University Counseling Center
(562) 985-4001, Brotman Hall 226
3. Director, Student Health Center
(562) 985-4771, Health Center
4. Director, Staff Personnel Services
(562) 985-4031, Brotman Hall 335
5. Director, Equity and Diversity
(562) 985-8256, Student Union, Rm 301
6. Director, Judicial Affairs
(562) 985-5270, Brotman Hall 377
7. Director, Women’s Resource Center
(562) 985-8575, Liberal Arts 3-105
8. Director, Housing and Residential Life
(562) 985-4187, Parkside Commons
The respective units or persons contacted will be responsible for reports, as may be required by law, to be filed for their respective unit, e.g., violations under the Child Abuse Reporting Law, Jeanne Clery Act or Megan's Law.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act
Access crime statistics for CSULB. These are mandated statistics known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Hard copies of this brochure may be obtained at either our main police department, our substation, by calling our main telephone line (562) 985-4101 or by downloading it in PDF format. Both are located on this campus; the main station is located at 1250 Bellflower Blvd., the most eastern boundary of CSULB and our substation is located at the Student Union outside courtyard in the center of the CSULB. This report is prepared in cooperation with the Police agencies surrounding our main campus and our alternate sites, Housing and Residential Services, the Judicial Affairs Office and the Division of Student Affairs. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.
The following are among the options available to a victim and more than one option may be exercised:
1. Criminal Prosecution: University Police - (562) 985-4101 Emergency: 9-1-1
2. Civil Action: Consult an attorney.
3. University Disciplinary Process, where accused is:
A. Faculty or Staff: Employee Relations Administrator (562) 985-4128; BH 300
B. Student: Director, Judicial Affairs (562) 985-5270; BH 377
4. Informal Mediation: Office of the University Ombuds (562) 985-5983.
5. Alternative Campus Housing Assignments: Director, Housing (562) 985-4187; Housing Office
6. Academic Assistance:
A. University Counseling Center (562) 985-4001; BH 226
B. Women’s Resource Center (562) 985-5466; LA3-105
C. Academic Advising Center (562) 985-4837; Academic Services, room 125
In the event there are requests for information from the press, concerned students, parents, and others, prudence will be exercised, and when required by law, confidentiality will be maintained. When appropriate, only the Department Director (for matters strictly within the Director’s purview), or the University Director of Public Affairs (for inquiries by the media), will respond.
Victims are advised that there could likely be a need to identify both the victim and the assailant in the course of investigation and hearings under University student disciplinary proceedings, as well as under employee disciplinary proceedings, or criminal prosecutions. In the case of student disciplinary actions against an assailant, the victim is required to be promptly notified by the Director, Judicial Affairs of the status of the proceedings, and the general terms of the disposition.
Persons are reminded of the importance of preserving such evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault. With respect to sexual assault involving student discipline, both the accused and the accuser are entitled to have an advisor present during a campus disciplinary proceeding, and to be informed of the outcome of the campus student disciplinary proceeding. Student victims of sexual assault may request changes in academic and living arrangements precipitated by the offense where such changes are reasonably available.
Sexual assault violations often result in physical harm, psychological harm, or both. Even if the victim decides not to report the incident to authorities, it is urged that the victim seek medical and counseling assistance for potential emotional trauma and the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases.
• The University Counseling Center provides crisis counseling as well as ongoing assistance to students who have experienced sexual assault; (562) 985-4001.
• The University Student Health Center offers routine medical examinations, including pregnancy tests and tests for sexually transmitted diseases; (562) 985-4771.
• The University Women’s Resource Center provides video tapes, books, and brochures for both men and women, and referrals to community services are also provided; (562) 985-5466.
• S.A.R.T (Sexual Assault Response Team) The University Police is an active participant of the Long Beach S.A.R.T. process. This process offers individual forensic exams to victims of sexual assault and child molestation. Coordination is with University Police, Long Beach Police Department, District Attorney's office, a forensic nurse and a rape crisis counselor. The police dispatcher activates the S.A.R.T process after the officers have connected with the victim. (562) 986-4101 or 9-1-1. S.A.R.T. is located at Long Beach Community Hospital. A victim may be driven to Long Beach Community Hospital, 1720 Termino, Long Beach for the S.A.R.T. services. The emergency room staff will contact S.A.R.T. directly.
Additionally, referrals may be made to the Rape Crisis Hotline - Long Beach area (562) 597-2002 or to the Sexual Assault Crisis Agency, (562) 433-1287 which offers a 24-hour crisis hotline:
A. The Rape Crisis Hotline - South Bay area, (310) 545-2111;
B. The Rape Crisis Hotline - Orange County, (714) 831-9110;
C. Rape Treatment Center - Santa Monica Hospital (310) 319-4000;
D. The Victim Witness Assistance Hotline, (714) 957-2737;
E. Safe At Home Confidential Address Program 877-322-5227, www.ss.ca.gov/safeathome/.
Also, the University Counseling Center and the Career Development Center maintain lists of referrals within the community which deal with the issues of rape and sexual assault crisis, including legal, medical, and therapeutic support services. The phone number for the University Counseling Center is (562) 985-4001. The Career Development Center can be reached at (562) 985-4152.
Victims of Violent Crime Statute
A person who has sustained physical injury as a direct result of a crime of violence, or is legally dependent for support upon a person who has sustained physical injury or death as a direct result of a crime of violence (or, in the event of a death caused by a crime of violence, has legally assumed or voluntarily paid the medical or burial expenses incurred as a direct result thereof) may qualify for indemnification by the State of California for the out-of-pocket wages, medical and/or burial expenses incurred as a result of the crime (California Government Code, Section 13959, et seq.). Claims must be filed with the State Board of Control for the State of California. The Statute provides that, absent certain extenuating circumstances, a claimant has one year from the date of the crime to file his or her claim with the State Board of Control. For further information regarding this program, contact:
University Police Victims of Violent Crime Program
CSU, Long Beach State Board of Control
1250 Bellflower Blvd. OR State Office Bldg. No. 1, Rm. 102
Long Beach, CA 90840 Sacramento, CA 95814
Telephone: 562-985-4101 Telephone: 916-445-1540
Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records
The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232 g) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect students' privacy in their records maintained by the campus. The statute and regulations govern access to certain student records maintained by the campus and the release of such records. The law provides that the campus must give students access to records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to challenge the records if the student claims they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under this law does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade determined by the instructor. The law generally requires the institution to receive a student's written consent before releasing personally identifiable data about the student. The institution has adopted a set of policies and procedures governing implementation of the statutes and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained at the Office of Enrollment Services or the Office of Judicial Affairs. Among the types of information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures are: (1) the types of student records maintained and the information they contain; (2) the official responsible for maintaining each type of record; (3) the location of access lists indicating persons requesting or receiving information from the record; (4) policies for reviewing and expunging records; (5) student access rights to their records; (6) the procedures for challenging the content of student records; (7) the cost to be charged for reproducing copies of records; and (8) the right of the student to file a complaint with the Department of Education. The Department of education has established an office and review board to investigate complaints and adjudicate violations. The designated office is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
The campus is authorized under the Act to release “directory information” concerning students. CSULB designates the following items authorized by FERPA as Directory Information: student’s name, address (see below for conditions), telephone number (see below for conditions), e-mail address, photograph, date of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student. Addresses and telephone numbers for currently enrolled students will be released to CSULB personnel and units solely for the purpose of conducting legitimate University business. They may not be shared with individuals or organizations outside the University except in accordance with the following provisions. Addresses and telephone numbers may be released for non-commercial use by individuals or organizations outside the University provided the requests for such information have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate University personnel. Requests from the academic offices of accredited educational institutions shall be reviewed by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. All other requests shall be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Services or designee. Otherwise, the University may disclose any of the items designated as “directory information” above without prior written consent, unless the student provides a request that certain information not be released (non-disclosure). Requests for non-disclosure may be made directly by the student utilizing their self-service account in the student system via the Internet. If the student does not have access to the Internet, their request for non-disclosure must be requested on the “Authorization to Withhold Student Information” form, available in the Office of Enrollment Services. Specifying items as directory information allows the University to disclose this information without prior written consent. It does not require that the University release the information except under court direction. In addition to the above, the Director of Athletics may provide information concerning participation of students in athletic events, including the height and weight of athletes. The University will also respond to requests for information regarding the employment status of students serving as Teaching Associates (TAs), Graduate Assistants (GAs), or Instructional Student Assistants (ISAs) and the departments that employ them.
The campus is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials and employees who have legitimate educational interests in such access. These persons have responsibilities in campus’ academic, administrative, or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; or to other institutions to which the student is transferring).
Career Placement Information
The Career Development Center office may furnish, upon request, information about the employment of students who graduate from programs or courses of study preparing students for a particular career field. Any such data provided must be in a form that does not allow fo the identification of any individual student. This information includes data concerning the average starting salary and the percentage of previously enrolled students who obtained employment. The information may include data collected from either graduates of the campus or graduates of all campuses in the California State University system.
Use of Social Security Number
Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109). The University uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service requires the University to file information returns that include the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. That information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.
Taxpayers who claim Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning tax credit will be required to provide the campus with their name, address, and Taxpayer Identification Number to the campus.
The California State University, Long Beach Student Grievance Procedure is designed to give the campus community a grievance structure in those instances where no other policy or procedure exists. (This policy does not cover grade appeals, prohibited discrimination, etc. where there are existing policies).
The Office of the Vice President for Student Services has staff to help students understand the details of the Grievance Procedure and may be called on for assistance.
What are Student Grievance Procedures?
Student Grievance Procedures at California State University, Long Beach are intended to provide a formal, standardized means for students to seek redress concerning actions of the faculty, administrators, or staff of the University. Further, the purpose is to establish standardized procedures and safeguards which shall be followed by the University in the adjudication of grievances.
What is a Grievance?
A grievance is a formal complaint by a student arising out of an alleged action of the faculty, administrators, or staff of the University. The person or entity against whom the complaint is made is referred to in this document as the “respondent.” Such action is alleged by the student to be an unauthorized or unjustified action which adversely affects the status, rights, or privileges of the student.
Students are reminded that the Grievance Procedure is not designed to replace the open communication and understanding that are vital to the academic process. The student may withdraw the grievance at any stage and the process will immediately terminate. During all stages of the grievance, the burden of proof will be on the student.
What is a Statement of Grievance?
The statement of grievance is a clear, simple statement according to the student’s understanding of what happened. It should provide enough information to give the committee a complete understanding of the situation and the nature of the remedy sought from the student’s perspective. The following steps are designed to assist in the preparation of a Grievance Statement.
How does one Grieve?
Informal discussion between the concerned parties is always the place to start. If attempts to resolve the problem at this level fail, or if the person alleged to have aggrieved the student cannot be reached by reasonable effort, or if the nature of the grievance is such that an informal communication with the respondent is not feasible, the student must meet informally with the employee’s department Chair, or the program’s Director.
Note: In the event that the respondent is at the level of a Dean or higher, the complaint should be directed to the responsible person at the next administrative level. For non-academic matters, throughout these procedures, the term “Dean” refers to the responsible individual of comparable level, e.g., typically an Associate Vice President, or Vice President.
If after ten instructional days beyond the informal meeting a satisfactory solution is not found, the department Chair or program Director will meet with the student.
Within 15 instructional days of the receipt by the Chair or program Director of the student’s complaint, the Chair or program Director will investigate the allegations and reach a conclusion. The Chair or program Director shall promptly communicate the decision to the student and the respondent. If either the student or the respondent disagrees with the chair’s or program director’s findings, recommendations, or decision, that person may appeal under step three.
If the student or respondent is not satisfied with the results of step two, or if the grievance is against the Chair of a department or Director of a program, the student may consult with the appropriate college Dean (academic) or responsible person at the next administrative level (non-academic).
In the event the informal process does not bring satisfactory resolution to the complaining student or the respondent, then either party may initiate the formal procedures by writing a letter of complaint and submitting it to the appropriate department Chair or program Director. The Chair or Director then submits a copy of the letter of complaint to the dean1 and the responding party. The responding party will reply in writing, normally within 10 instructional days, to the Chair or Director. The Chair or Director submits a copy of the reply to the other party and the Dean.
The Dean may then: (1) Normally within 10 instructional days after reviewing the letter of complaint and the response, the Dean may seek additional information from the parties or witnesses, and (2) review the matter and render a decision or (3) form a hearing committee which will make a recommendation to the Dean as follows:
A. The hearing committee in academic matters will consist of two faculty members, two student members and one staff member. The two students and the two faculty shall both be within the college, with one student and one faculty within the department and one student and one faculty outside the department of the respondent. The staff member shall be from within the college.
B. The hearing shall normally be held within 10 instructional days after the hearing committee is formed unless the letter of complaint is withdrawn or there occurs an earlier settlement of the matter. Internal hearing procedures regarding the conduct of the hearing shall be developed by each college and be made available to both parties. Each party may have one representative at the hearing who may be anyone other than legal counsel.
C. In matters outside an academic department in which no other policy or procedures apply, the responsible person one level above the employee’s supervisor shall have the option of establishing an all-University hearing committee consisting of three other employees, two of whom must be from outside the respondent’s program, and two students selected in consultation with the A.S.I. President.
D. The charge of the committee will be to investigate, and recommend a proposed resolution to the Dean. After receiving the recommendation, the Dean shall notify both parties of the decision. In the absence of an appeal, the decision of the Dean is final.
If either party wishes to appeal the decision of the Dean, the appeal, in writing, may be made to the Provost (academic) or appropriate Vice President (non-academic). The appeal must be made within 10 instructional days of the decision (Step 2). The Provost or Vice President will notify both parties of the appeal, review all written documentation and may investigate further or refer back to the Dean for further findings. The Provost or Vice President will then notify both parties of her/his decision.
CSU Policies Concerning Student Discipline
Inappropriate conduct by students or by applicants for admission is subject to discipline as provided in Sections 41301 through 41304 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. These sections are as follows:
41301. Expulsion, Suspension and Probation of Students
Following procedures consonant with due process established pursuant to Section 41304, any student of a campus may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation or given a lesser sanction for one or more of the following causes which must be campus-related:
(a) Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus;
(b) Forgery, alteration or misuse of campus documents, records, or identification or knowingly furnishing false information to a campus;
(c) Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of a campus;
(d) Willful, material and substantial obstruction or disruption, on or off university property, of the campus educational process, administrative process, or other campus function;
(e) Physical abuse on or off campus property of the person or property of any member of the campus community or of members of his or her family or the threat of such physical abuse;
(f) Theft of, or non-accidental damage to, campus property; or property in the possession of, or owned by, a member of the campus community;
(g) Unauthorized entry into, unauthorized use of, or misuse of campus property;
(h) On campus property, the sale or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics as those terms are used in California statutes, except when lawfully prescribed pursuant to medical or dental care, or when lawfully permitted for the purpose of research, instruction or analysis;
(i) Knowing possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals or deadly weapons on campus property or at a campus function without prior authorization of the campus president;
(j) Engaging in lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior on campus property or at a campus function;
(k) Abusive behavior directed toward, or hazing of, a member of the campus community;
(l) Violation of any order of a campus president, notice of which had been given prior to such violation and during the academic term in which the violation occurs, either by publication in the campus newspaper, or by posting on an official bulletin board designated for this purpose, and which order is not inconsistent with any of the other provisions of this Section;
(m) Soliciting or assisting another to do any act which would subject a student to expulsion, suspension or probation pursuant to this Section;
(n) Unauthorized recording, dissemination, and publication of academic presentations for commercial purposes. This prohibition applies to a recording made in any medium, including, but not limited to, handwritten or typewritten class notes.
(1) The term "academic presentation" means any lecture, speech, performance, exhibition, or other form of academic or aesthetic presentation, made by an instructor of record as part of an authorized course of instruction that is not fixed in a tangible medium of expression.
(2) The term "commercial purpose" means any purpose that has financial or economic gain as an objective.
(3) The term “Instructor of record” means any teacher or staff member employed to teach courses and authorize credit for the successful completion of courses.
(o) For purposes of this Article, the following terms are defined:
(1) The term “member of the campus community” is defined as meaning California State University Trustees, academic, nonacademic and administrative personnel, students, and other persons while such other persons are on campus property or at a campus function;
(2) The term “campus property” includes: (A) real or personal property in the possession of, or under the control of, the Board of Trustees of The California State University, and (B) all campus feeding, retail, or residence facilities whether operated by a campus or by a campus auxiliary organization.
(3) The term “deadly weapons” includes any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, sling shot, billy, sand-club, sandbag, metal knuckles, any dirk, dagger, switchblade knife, pistol, revolver, or any other firearm, any knife having a blade longer than five inches, any razor with an unguarded blade, and any metal pipe or bar used or intended to be used as a club;
(4) The term “behavior” includes conduct and expression;
(5) The term “hazing” means any method of initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with regard to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, or physical or emotional harm, to any member of the campus community; but the term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.
(6) The causes for discipline in this section shall, as appropriate, include computer-related crimes as provided in Section 502 of the Penal Code.
(p) This Section is not adopted pursuant to Education Code Section 89031;
(q) Notwithstanding any amendment or repeal pursuant to the resolution by which any provision of this Article is amended, all acts and omissions occurring prior to that effective date will be subject to the provisions of this Article as in effect immediately prior to such effective date.
41302. Disposition of Fees; Campus Emergency; Interim Suspension
The President of the campus may place on probation, suspend or expel students for one or more of the causes enumerated in Section 41301. No fees or tuition paid by or for such students for the semester, quarter, or summer in which they are suspended or expelled will be refunded. If the students are readmitted before the close of the quarter, or summer session in which they are suspended, no additional tuition or fees will be required on account of the suspension.
During periods of campus emergency, as determined by the President of the individual campus, the President may, after consultation with the Chancellor, place into immediate effect emergency regulations, procedures, or measures deemed necessary or appropriate to meet the emergency, to safeguard persons and property, and to maintain educational activities.
The President may immediately impose an interim suspension in all cases in which there is reasonable cause to believe that such an immediate suspension is required in order to protect lives or property and to insure the maintenance of order. A student so placed on interim suspension will be given prompt notice of charges and the opportunity for a hearing within ten days of the imposition of interim suspension. During the period of interim suspension, the student will not, without prior written permission of the President or designated representative, enter any campus of The California State University other than to attend the hearing. Violation of any condition of interim suspension will be grounds for expulsion.
41303. Conduct by Applicants for Admission
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any persons who, while not enrolled as students, commit acts which, were they enrolled as students, would be the basis for disciplinary proceedings pursuant to Sections 41301 or 41302. Admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any persons who, while students, commit acts which are subject to disciplinary action pursuant to Section 41301 or Section 41302. Qualified admission or denial of admission in such cases will be determined under procedures adopted pursuant to Section 41304.
41304. Student Disciplinary Procedures for The California State University
The Chancellor will prescribe, and may from time to time revise, a code of student disciplinary procedures for The California State University. Subject to other applicable law, this code will provide for determinations of fact and sanctions to be applied for conduct which is a ground of discipline under Sections 41301 or 41302, and for qualified admissions or denial of admission under Section 41303; the authority of the campus President in such matters; conduct-related determinations on financial aid eligibility and termination; alternative kinds of proceedings, including proceedings conducted by a Hearing Officer; time limitations; notice; conduct of hearings, including provisions governing evidence, a record, and review; and such other related matters as may be appropriate. The Chancellor will report to the Board actions taken under this section.
The current University regulation on alcoholic beverages is stated in the CSULB Policies, Information and Regulations Handbook published by the Office of Student Affairs.
Additional detailed information relating to student discipline is available in the Office of Student Affairs, and from the Office of the Vice President for Student Services.
Procedures and sanctions of the Office of Judicial Affairs are under the administration of the Vice President for Student Services and are conducted pursuant to the authority provided in Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Copies of Section 41301 of Title 5 may be found in the University Catalog and the Campus Regulations available in the Office of Judicial Affairs. Copies of Chancellor’s Executive Order 628, “Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University” are also available upon request.
The Vice President for Student Services will report annually to the President and the Chair of the Academic Senate a summary of the charges concerning cheating and plagiarism brought before the Office of Judicial Affairs.
The Office of Judicial Affairs (Brotman Hall - 377) provides assistance with the interpretation and enforcement of campus regulations. Complete copies of the CSULB Policies, Information and Regulations Handbook, including a listing of infractions which may result in student disciplinary action under Title 5, Section 41301, of the California Code of Regulations, “Probation, Suspension and Expulsion of Students,” are available in this office; also available are copies of Executive Order 628, “Student Disciplinary Procedures for The California State University.” General assistance and aid in directing individuals to the proper procedures, departments and personnel may be obtained in this office.
Alleged violations are investigated primarily through informal office conferences with the involved students. The conferences which are held as a result of impending disciplinary action are:
1. to clarify the referral, the charges, or the circumstances involved;
2. to prevent the incidence of, or further occurrences of, violations; and
3. to educate as a preventive experience and to indicate the possible consequences as a result of committing a violation. Discussion is centered on the cause-and-effect relationship of various courses of action and, when possible, alternate paths or solutions are explored.
Fee Establishment and Policies
Average Support Cost Per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds
The total support cost per full-time equivalent student includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of full-time equivalent students (FTES). The total CSU 2005/06 final budget amounts were $2,615,120,000 from state General Fund appropriations (not including capital outlay funding), $1,003,659,000 from State University Fee Revenue, $393,418 from other fee revenues, and reimbursements for a total of $4,012,095,000. The number of projected 2005/06 full-time equivalent students (FTES) is 332,223. The number of full-time equivalent students is determined by dividing the total academic student load by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student’s academic load).
The 2005/06 average support cost per full-time equivalent student based on General Fund appropriation and State University Fee revenue only is $10,884 and when including all sources as indicated below is $12,077. Of this amount, the average student fee support per FTE is $3,021, which includes all fee revenue in the state higher education fund (e.g. State University Fee, nonresident tuition, application fees, miscellaneous course fees).
Avg Cost per FTE Student
Total Support Cost
Student Fee Support
Other Income and Reimbursements
Student fee support represents fee revenue deposited in the State Treasury/state higher education fund. The average CSU 2005/06 academic year, resident, undergraduate student fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $3,164. However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident, or nonresident.
Schedule of Fees 2006-2007
Legal residents of California are not charged tuition. The following reflects applicable systemwide fees and nonresident tuition for the semester system in which CSULB operates. The following fees represent Fall 2004 and Spring 2005 semesters. (Fees are subject to change without notice.)
Students who wish to drop units AND to simultaneously or subsequently add the same number of units to accomplish this exchange may do so without financial penalty in State University Fees, provided this exchange in units meets all other signature requirements. This activity may not occur later than 14 days from the first day of instruction.
Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of a Student Body Fee
The law governing the California State University provides that fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee, may be established. A student body association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). A student body center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). The student body fee was established at CSULB by student referendum in April 7, 2000. The campus President may adjust the student body association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus President containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the University. Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student body center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code, sections 90012, 90027, and 90068. Student body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs.
The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a student referendum. The campus President may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus President. The President may also request the Chancellor to establish the mandatory fee.
Tax Credits for Higher Education
The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 encourages postsecondary and continuing education by providing tax benefits to students and their families. Taxpayers can claim one, or in some cases, two of these new tax credits for expenses they pay for postsecondary education for themselves and their dependent children. These tax credits can directly reduce the amount of federal income tax for returns filed.
The Hope Scholarship Credit is available on a per-student basis for the first two years of postsecondary education. The maximum credit is $1,500 per student. It will be offered to students or parents who pay tuition and related expenses for attendance at least half-time in a degree-granting program.
The Lifetime Learning Credit provides a tax credit to parents and/or students of up to $2,000 of total annual educational expenses, per return.
Education expenses that are paid with tax-free grants, scholarships, are not eligible for either tax credit. Education expenses paid with loans are eligible for these tax credits. Interest paid on qualified student loans may also be deductible from taxpayer income. Interest can be taken as a deduction during the first 60 months (5 years) of repayment on student loan.
To assist you in taking advantage of these tax credits, the University will provide you with the following information:
• Form 1098T (Tuition Payments Statement) - This form must be submitted along with your federal tax return to claim these credits.
• Form W-9S (Request for Student’s or Borrower’s Social Security Number and Certification). This form should be completed and returned to the University, if your social security number is incorrect.
• Telephone inquiries at (562)985-4169
• Online at MyCSULB.edu
• In-person inquiries at Brotman Hall 155
• IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education www.irs.gov
Either your lender or loan servicer will provide interest deduction information to you. Those eligible will be provided with a 1098E form, which must be submitted along with your federal tax return to claim this deduction.
NOTE: The information described above, and the information available via mysculb or phone regarding the new tax benefits, is in general terms . Your ability to claim these tax benefits depends on your individual circumstances. We recommend that you consult a tax advisor to determine your personal eligibility.