Sep 22, 2019  
2017-2018 University Catalog 
2017-2018 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs


The Division of Student Affairs transforms the lives of students, empowering Titans to achieve their greatest potential in their academic, personal and professional lives. The division’s core values are student and learner-centeredness, integrity, diversity, collaboration and excellence. The Titan experience that we help foster prepares our students to be engaged, enriched and responsible citizens, as well as leaders in our global society.

The primary goals of the division are to increase student retention, provide exceptional advising and successfully graduate students. Every office within Student Affairs strives to meet the needs of students, providing enriching educational experiences outside of the classroom.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Langsdorf Hall 805

The vice president’s office supervises and coordinates all Student Affairs services and programs. The vice president is responsible for the quality of student life on campus and works with faculty, administration and students to improve the campus environment. This office is also charged with administering the University’s academic appeals procedure and the student disciplinary codes.

Academic Appeals

Langsdorf Hall 805

Student Appeal of Grade Disputes or Charges of Academic Dishonesty

Students have the right of due process if they feel they have been treated unfairly or with prejudice. They may appeal a grade dispute or charge of academic dishonesty to the coordinator of Academic Appeals, who will guide them through the procedure to be followed. The student must go through several steps seeking to resolve the issue before it can be considered by the Academic Appeals Board, which comprises three faculty members and two students.

There is a strict time limit for the appeals process. The student must meet with the faculty member within 30 calendar days of the first day of the following semester (spring or fall). If the appeal cannot be resolved with the faculty member, department chair or dean, a written appeal must be submitted to the coordinator of Academic Appeals within 60 calendar days of the first day of the following semester. Contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for further information.

Assistant Deans for Student Affairs

The assistant deans for Student Affairs assist students in their matriculation at the University by providing an environment conducive to academic and personal growth. The assistant deans serve a vital role representing the Division of Student Affairs within the academic colleges. Actively working with students, faculty and staff, the assistant deans integrate the holistic developmental philosophy of Student Affairs within the academic setting and engage the entire University community in academic and co-curricular learning.

Athletics Academic Services

Langsdorf Hall 209

Athletics Academic Services works closely with faculty, coaches and other student support offices to ensure the academic success of Titan student-athletes. The mission of Athletics Academic Services is two-fold: 1) to provide effective life skills and academic support services for CSUF student-athletes to encourage timely graduation; and 2) to ensure student-athletes receive the information they need to be in compliance with institutional and NCAA rules governing continuing eligibility. Support programs include academic advisement, academic counseling, priority registration, tutoring, Athletics Study Hall, Academic Grade Checks, academic awards, NCAA Champs/Life Skills programming and University 115.

Career Center

Langsdorf Hall 208

The Career Center is committed to engage, educate and empower students by providing high-quality services in career development, planning and preparation, experiential learning, job and graduate or professional school attainment. The center strives to assist students in providing them with the necessary resources and tools to reach their full academic and career goals by providing a holistic approach that meets the needs of our diverse student population. Additionally, Career Center staff members build relationships with alumni, employers and graduate schools to optimize internship, job and career opportunities while also creating strategic partnerships with campus departments to equip students in developing and articulating co-curricular experiences that will facilitate their success in a diverse and competitive global society.

Please visit for up-to-date information about events, activities and services.

Counseling and Psychological Services

Student Health and Counseling Center - East Building

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) strives to help students achieve their academic, professional and personal goals. Counselors can help students improve coping skills, strengthen personal relationships, navigate the college transition, recover from traumatic experiences and engage in self-exploration. CAPS offers brief counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, psychiatric services, referrals, crisis intervention and workshops to eligible CSUF students. CAPS counselors are also available to consult with faculty and staff about concerns related to student mental health. In addition, CAPS is home to an APPIC-member doctoral internship program (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers), offering training in professional psychology for graduate students in counseling and clinical psychology.

Please visit for more information.

Disability Support Services

University Hall 101

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides assistance and offers support services to students with temporary and permanent disabilities, and has been delegated the authority to certify disabilities and to prescribe specific accommodations for students with documented disabilities. The highly trained professional and support staff specialize in serving the specific needs of persons with disabilities and seek to provide accommodations that will assist and enhance student success at CSUF. Services for students include support for mobility limitations, learning disabilities, hearing or visual impairments and other disabilities.

DSS works in close cooperation with all University departments to provide a full range of services, including academic accommodations (readers, note takers, ASL interpreters/RTC, alternative testing), accessible technology and instructional materials, counseling, temporary disabled parking, application assistance, priority registration and referral for diagnostic assessment, academic advising, career counseling and job placement, housing, transportation and disability advocacy. DSS counselors are available to help students plan a CSUF experience to meet their individual and unique needs.

Information regarding programs, services available and how to apply for services is available by calling the DSS Office or visiting our website at

Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers

Pollak Library North 203

Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers (DIRC) create learning environments and opportunities that promote community and social consciousness. DIRC offers workshops and trainings designed to increase self-awareness, cultural competence, sensitivity and critical thinking, helping prepare students to become leaders in a global society. Within DIRC are the following: African American Resource Center, Asian Pacific American Resource Center, Chicana/Chicano Resource Center, LGBT Queer Resource Center and the Titan Dreamers Resource Center. All students are welcomed into each space.

The resource centers offer:

  • Heritage month celebrations
  • Programs that focus on academic success, career development, personal growth and current issues
  • Cultural recognition ceremonies
  • Study and social space
  • Computers and printers
  • Refrigerators and microwaves

Additionally, DIRC offers scheduled training and development programs on topics that include, but are not limited to: race, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, gender, immigration status, class, privilege and intersections of identity. Students who engage in DIRC programs and services increase their awareness about diversity and global consciousness, and have opportunities to develop intercultural communication and leadership skills. Visit the DIRC website at or email for more information.

African American Resource Center
Humanities 222

Asian Pacific American Resource Center
University Hall 210B and 211B

Chicana/Chicano Resource Center
Titan Shops, Room 109

LGBT Queer Resource Center
Titan Student Union, Room 254

Titan Dreamers Resource Center
Pollak Library North 203 

Educational Partnerships

Langsdorf Hall 626

Educational Partnerships seeks to positively impact the social tapestry of our community through established comprehensive educational programs that advance the talent of underserved students. We assist in the development of our students’ academic, social and personal aspirations to effectively navigate the educational pipeline. Our professional efforts provide comprehensive leadership, resources and networks through collaborative educational relationships between Cal State Fullerton and school districts, universities and community organizations.

Langsdorf Hall 654

Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness to Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds who enter and succeed in postsecondary education. In partnership with the Anaheim Union High School District, the project serves a cohort of students, beginning in seventh grade, and follows their successes through high school graduation.

GEAR UP services are designed to increase the number of underrepresented students from low-income backgrounds to progress onto higher education, and to equip them to be successful in the baccalaureate and beyond. GEAR UP services aim to meet the following objectives:

  •  Enhance academic achievement in mathematics and language arts
  •  Provide on-time intervention to ensure academic success and increase student and parent knowledge of postsecondary options and financial aid
  •  Develop a college-going culture among school sites and among families
  •  Promote systemic change aimed at increasing the number of students prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education

Educational Talent Search
Langsdorf Hall 640

Educational Talent Search provides students with the necessary support services to pursue a higher education. The program is focused on assisting participants with preparing to have as many post-secondary options as possible. Educational Talent Search, a federal TRIO Program of the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to centrally assist low-income and potential first-generation college students with enrolling and preparing to succeed in college. The program is currently offered at the following Anaheim Union High School District schools: Anaheim High School, Katella High School, Loara High School, Magnolia High School, Savanna High School and Western High School. The Educational Talent Search program is completely free for participants and is 100 percent grant funded.

McNair Scholars
Langsdorf Hall 651, 661 and 662

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program prepares students from underrepresented, first-generation and low-income students for doctoral studies. McNair Scholars participate in a range of research and scholarly activities, including completion of a “McNair thesis” underneath a CSUF faculty mentor, conference attendance and presentations, graduate school tours, ongoing academic advisement, and professional development.

The McNair Scholars Program is a federal TRIO Program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program was created to honor Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Challenger astronaut and physicist with a Ph.D. from M.I.T.

Upward Bound
Langsdorf Hall 630

The Upward Bound program provides fundamental support in preparing high school scholars for college success. The program provides early exposure to research and scholarly activities that provide opportunities for scholars to succeed in high school and ultimately in higher education. Upward Bound serves high school scholars from low-income families and high school scholars from families in which neither parent holds a bachelor’s degree. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which scholars succeed and complete high school and enroll in and graduate from college. The CSUF Upward Bound program annually serves 87 scholars who are selected from four high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District: Century High School, Saddleback High School, Santa Ana High School and Valley High School.

Financial Aid

University Hall 146

The Office of Financial Aid is committed to providing eligible students with the necessary financial aid resources to ensure their academic success. Financial aid is available to remove the cost barriers that may prevent students from pursuing educational goals. Assistance is available from a variety of programs funded by federal and state grants, student loans, student employment opportunities, as well as scholarships provided by the University and private sources. Students who demonstrate significant financial need may qualify for grant aid, while students with less need may obtain low cost loans. Financial need is determined through a formula that assesses the family’s relative financial strength and ability to contribute to meeting the student’s educational costs. The single most important step students can take each year is to ensure the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act (CDA) Application to CSUF by the priority filing date.

For further information concerning financial aid programs available at the University, please visit

Guardian Scholars Program

Pollak Library South 194

The Guardian Scholars Program is a comprehensive program that supports former foster youth in their efforts to gain a University, community college or trade school education. The program leverages the expertise and resources of the private sector and public agencies to achieve significant synergies to support students effectively and cost-efficiently. Academic institutions, Orangewood Children’s Foundation, public agencies and private citizens create a powerful team dedicated to assisting deserving foster youth in achieving their dreams of an education, realizing true independence and reaching their full potential.

Housing and Residence Life

Housing Administration

Housing and Residence Life at Cal State Fullerton offers a vibrant, thriving community that assists students in achieving their academic, personal and career goalsOur staff and student leaders host a multitude of events each week. All events focus on the goals of interpersonal growth, academic success, cultural competence and community service. A host of student leaders support the residents. Resident Advisors (RAs) are student staff members who are assigned to specific living areas and act as mentors during a student’s residency and beyond. In addition to RAs, five community coordinators (professional staff who live in the community) serve as after-hours resources. The community coordinators work to provide a variety of evening and weekend activities to support student development and community building.

The student housing community features two styles of housing accommodations - residence halls and apartments. The residence halls are designed to focus on the needs of incoming freshmen and house 1,162 students in double- and triple-occupancy bedrooms clustered around community bathrooms. Active rooms and study rooms are centrally located on each floor, assisting students through purposeful interactions within their community. Opened in 2011, the residence halls were awarded the first Platinum LEED certification in California by the U.S. Green Building Council. 

Continuing, transfer and graduate students are housed in the apartment communities, which are home to more than 800 residents. Double-occupancy accommodations are in three-bedroom apartments, housing six students. Single occupancy accommodations are in four-bedroom apartments, housing four residents. All apartments are fully furnished with two bathrooms, a living room, a kitchen, and a balcony or patio.

Our premium “all-you-care-to-eat” dining commons - The Gastronome - offers our residents fulfilling and healthy meals seven days a week. All residents are required to choose a meal plan. Five- and seven-day continuous meal plans are available for all residents, allowing them to enter The Gastronome as often as they want either Monday through Friday, or every day. Residents living in our apartment communities also can choose our smaller meal plans, allowing them fewer entries into The Gastronome per semester. For more information, email

Outreach, Recruitment and Orientation

Langsdorf Hall 540

Outreach, Recruitment and Orientation serves prospective and incoming students, and any other interested parties in the information seeking and application process, as it relates to the California State University system and Cal State Fullerton specifically. Through this department, you are able to take a campus tour, receive informational workshops, register for New and Transfer Student Orientation, request Cal State Fullerton’s presence at a college fair, visit the Transfer Student Center and obtain general information.

Student Academic Services

University Hall 143

The mission of Student Academic Services is to create an environment where all students have the opportunity to succeed. To achieve its mission, department services and activities are centered on student retention and graduation. Student Academic Services is committed to serving a diverse population and providing students with a rich educational experience.

Student Academic Services strive to be a center of activity essential to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of our region.

The following programs are administered by Student Academic Services:

Educational Opportunity Program
University Hall 231

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) aims to do the following:

  • Provide access opportunities for historically underserved students (low-income, first-generation college) by making higher education a possibility for prospective students with potential for academic excellence
  • Provide advocacy and education to address the needs of EOP students
  • Provide a transitional experience that will empower students to better manage and navigate the college experience
  • Provide support services to facilitate student success
  • Provide EOP grants to eligible students who should also receive the highest priority for financial aid resources available from the institution

Intensive Learning Experience
University Hall 143

The Intensive Learning Experience (ILE) program is designed to monitor the progress of students in fulfilling remedial compliance requirements and to help students make successful progress in fulfilling graduation requirements. The goal of ILE is to give students the essential skills to not only survive academically and socially, but to also thrive at CSUF.

Male Success Initiative
University Hall 183

The CSUF Male Success Initiative (MSI) aims to empower and support male students through rigorous academic and personal support over the course of their college careers. MSI is working to improve both their educational and economic opportunities for the betterment of their families and communities. The vision of the Male Success Initiative is to promote males (first-generation and low-income) by empowering them with the skills and knowledge needed to foster academic success; establish a support network; support the goal of graduation; and improve personal achievement by influencing leadership through representing unity and a commitment to collective betterment of humankind.

Student Support Services
University Hall 179

The Student Support Services (SSS) program is a federally-funded TRIO Program that is housed within the Student Academic Services unit of Student Affairs. The SSS program serves students who are first-generation and/or low-income and/or have a disability to successfully graduate with their bachelor’s degree. In addition, SSS provides academic and other support services to encourage the holistic development of students from first-year enrollment through graduation.

Summer Bridge
University Hall 231

Summer Bridge is an exciting opportunity for specifically selected students to sample University life at Cal State Fullerton, and to prepare for the rigors of University work. Summer Bridge is a five- to six-week residential program during the months of June and July that includes academic, cultural, recreational and co-curricular activities. Participants live in the dorms under the supervision of CSUF faculty and staff. All residents are expected to stay in the residence halls from Sunday evening to Thursday or Friday afternoon during the entire session. All participants benefit from the personalized attention, individualized instruction, accessibility to campus resources, and the friendships with staff and students developed over the period.  

University Testing Center
University Hall 143

The University Testing Center provides test information and registration materials to students and members of the community who need to take exams in order to fulfill their educational goals. The center also serves as a testing site for several national, state and institutional testing programs required for admission to the University, placement in classes and graduation.

Student Health Services

Student Wellness (SHCC-West)

Student Health Services is an accredited, outpatient medical facility providing a variety of health care services to currently enrolled CSUF students. Most basic services are prepaid during registration with a University Health Fee while other additional services are offered at very affordable, reduced pricing. Our excellent staff of physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses and other licensed medical professionals are committed to supporting CSUF students in achieving their academic success by teaching them how to stay well and recover more quickly should they become ill or injured. Services include general medical care, physical therapy, orthopedics, immunizations, pharmacy, Family PACT services, nutrition counseling, health education, HIV/STI testing, acupuncture, chiropractic, optometry, laboratory services and X-Ray. Appointments can be made online, in person or by calling the number above. Please visit our website for more information and/or to make an appointment at

The Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. SHCC is HIPAA compliant and patient confidentiality is rigorously maintained.

University Learning Center

Pollak Library North 200

The University Learning Center (ULC) is an important component of Student Academic Services in the Division of Student Affairs. Our goal is to provide our students with academic support that is consistent with their learning styles in an inviting and contemporary environment. We believe that all learners need support that extends beyond the classroom to reinforce and amplify daily lessons. Research shows that students who engage in tutoring, attend study groups and participate in skill building workshops achieve higher grades than those who do not. The carefully selected and trained ULC staff work with students from diverse backgrounds in most of our undergraduate general education courses, including those in science and math, humanities and social sciences, as well as other subjects. We offer one-to-one and online writing tutoring, workshops and other services to help students reach their academic goals.

In addition, the Supplemental Instruction Program is based in the University Learning Center. Supplemental Instruction is an academic assistance program that provides weekly, peer-led group study sessions for students taking bottleneck, key gateway or historically difficult courses - those with low pass and/or high withdrawal rates. Supplemental Instruction is attached to a subject or course to provide students with a systematic and disciplined approach for processing the subject material assigned by the professor. Supplemental Instruction sessions are led by a Supplemental Instruction leader who is an exceptional student and has already mastered the course material. The leaders are trained to facilitate group sessions wherein students can meet to improve their understanding of course material, review and discuss important concepts, develop study strategies and prepare for exams.

Veterans Resource Center

University Hall 230 

The Veterans Resource Center (VRC) serves military veterans as they transition to University studies. The advocacy program for new and returning student veterans is critical to campus connectivity, both academic and social. The principal services for advocacy include new student welcome and information sessions, tutoring (veteran-to-veteran), developmental coaching in student-to-professor communication, mentor program, and student and computer rooms specifically for student veterans. VRC staff members are available to student veterans to be of assistance with difficulties such as college entrance, VA certification, adding/dropping classes, leave of absence and mental health issues. Additionally, VRC offers special events focused on the retention and success of the veteran population.

WoMen’s Center/Adult Reentry

University Hall 205

The primary objective of the WoMen’s Center is to foster a greater awareness of women’s issues. Its goal is to promote gender equity through improved communication between women and men. The WoMen’s Center is a place for all students - women and men. It is an outstanding place for students to receive support, information and resources to help them explore issues of gender equity, as well as contemporary gender issues.

Programs and services include speakers, skill-building workshops, developmental groups, resource information and referrals. Cultural diversity and what that means for women of color is of special concern to the WoMen’s Center. African-American women, Asian women and Latinas will find groups and books specific to the concerns of each of these populations. The Women’s Cultural Resource Center, part of the WoMen’s Center, provides excellent internship opportunities for students.

The WoMen’s Center has developed a community education program to decrease violence against women. The program focuses on training and internships for students who seek to work in the area of domestic violence prevention. Education on the sociology and prevention of date violence, stalking, sexual harassment and sexual assault are also available.

The Adult Reentry Center serves adults who, after a break in their education, are considering beginning or continuing their college education. The center provides support and guidance for currently enrolled reentry students and others whose needs differ from those of the traditional University student. The center also provides information and assistance with University application and registration procedures, as well as personal, academic and career counseling. Special programs, groups, workshops, films and discussions that focus on the special needs of reentry students are presented each semester. Evening hours are available.