May 27, 2024  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Affairs


The Student Affairs Division is key in transforming the lives of students by empowering them to achieve their greatest potential in their academic, personal and professional lives at Cal State Fullerton. The division’s core values are student and learner-centeredness, integrity, diversity, collaboration and excellence.

Goals of the division are to increase student retention, provide exceptional advising, enhance the Titan Experience for the entire campus community and successfully graduate students. Every office within Student Affairs strives to meet the needs of students to ensure their college completion while also providing educational and learning experiences outside of the classroom that will enhance skills necessary to becoming engaged, responsible citizens and leaders in the global society.

Vice President for Student Affairs

Langsdorf Hall 805

The vice president’s office coordinates and supervises all Student Affairs services and programs. The vice president is responsible for the quality of student life on the 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 is comprised of 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 to provide effective academic and life skills support to assist each student-athlete in reaching his/her academic goals. Such support programs include academic advisement, academic counseling, priority registration, tutoring, study hall, grade checks, academic awards, Life Skills programming and University 115.

Career Center

Langsdorf Hall 208

The Career Center provides career planning, employment and graduate and professional school services. The center has designed many programs and services to fit the career exploration, planning and employment needs of our diverse student population. One of the most popular services is listings of local, part-time and internship opportunities for Cal State Fullerton students.

Whether a student is just beginning to think about a major or a career, or is ready to look for a job, the center has counseling and programs that will help define and achieve their career goals. The center draws upon both on-and off-campus contacts and resources by working closely with employers and faculty to plan career programs.

The center’s website,, is the first place to check for up-to-date information about all of our events, activities, and services. On our website, you will find the calendar of events, the logon page for the Titan Connection jobs database, career information pages created by industry specialist staff, links to employer websites, links to job search sites, resume writing tips, interview preparation, job search techniques, career planning timeline, graduate and professional school resources, a mobile friendly version of our Career Guide publication, and lists of employers attending campus events.

Opportunities for employment and internships are located on the Titan Connection jobs database, The Titan Connection jobs database provides a list of student assistant positions on-campus, internships, and full- and part-time employment opportunities in the community.

Brief, “drive-thru” 10-minute walk-in advising is offered and is often the first stop for all students who visit the Career Center. This is where the career decision-making process and labor market research can begin. Career counseling is available by appointment to assist students in developing career goals, determine methods of obtaining those goals and implementing a viable job or career plan.

The center offers a Virtual Career Center, where students have access to several online resources from on- and off-campus on a 24/7 basis through their student portal. Some of the available resources through the Virtual Career Center, in addition to the Titan Connection Jobs database are; Titan Resume Builder, InterviewStream, Fergusons Career Guidance Center Database, and Career Assessments.

Each fall the Career Center sponsors a Graduate School Prep Week in addition to a Graduate and Professional School Expo that is attended by representatives from approximately over 100 schools and programs. Representatives come to campus to share information about their program and to recruit Cal State Fullerton students.

In the spring semester, an Education Networking Expo is held to offer students wanting to pursue careers in education with networking opportunities with various school district representatives and other education-related organizations.

The Engineering and Computer Science Career Fair is held every spring semester. This event offers engineering, computer science, and students in natural sciences and mathematics an opportunity to meet and network with various industry representatives who are offering career opportunities.

The Internship and Career Expo is held each fall and spring semester and offers excellent opportunities for students to meet with employers, to apply for positions, and to explore career and professional options. Students can meet with representatives from a variety of business, non-profit and government organizations to ask questions and collect career-related information.

A comprehensive series of workshops and seminars are scheduled each semester. The workshops may include the following topics: career planning, resume writing, interview skills, dress to impress, job search techniques, networking in person and online, graduate and professional school planning and preparation, statement of purpose workshops, and other college-to-work related topics.

The Campus Interview Program brings employers to campus each semester to conduct interviews for current professional job openings. The program provides graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni with opportunities to interview with these employers.

The Virtual Career Center is an online collection of job search, occupational and labor market information, including tools to help students prepare a resume or for a job interview, explore the relationship between majors and careers, complete a career assessment, and identify and apply for internship and job opportunities.

The Career Center staff is responsive to the needs of students, alumni, and employers. Services are available without cost to currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, as well as alumni who are within one year of their graduation date.

The Career Center also conducts research on the initial employment and graduate school admission experiences of our graduates. A summary is available on the web at

Counseling and Psychological Services

Student Health and Counseling
Center - East Building

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is dedicated to providing high-quality mental health and psychiatric services to support students in achieving their academic, professional, and personal goals. Licensed professional counselors and psychiatrists offer brief counseling for individuals and couples, group counseling, psychiatric services, referrals, crisis intervention and workshops to help students improve coping skills, strengthen personal relationships, navigate the college transition, recover from traumatic experiences, address a crisis and engage in self-exploration.

Any student who is currently enrolled at CSUF is eligible for counseling services. Different Groups and Workshops are offered each semester. Please go to the website at for more information.

Disability Support Services

University Hall 101
657-278-2408 (fax)

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 online at our website


Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers

Pollak Library North 203

Diversity Initiatives and Resource Centers (DIRC) create learning environments and opportunities that prepare students to become leaders in a global society who understand and embrace diversity, are culturally competent, civically engaged and critical thinkers. The department is comprised of four resource centers: African American, Asian Pacific American, Chicana/o, and the Titan Dreamers Resource Centers.  All students are welcomed into each space. 

The resource centers offer:

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

Additionally, Diversity Initiatives 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 for more information.

African American Resource Center (AARC)
Humanities 222

Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC)
University Hall 210B and 211B

Chicana/o Resource Center (CRC)
Pollak Library South 170A and 171

Titan Dreamers Resource Center (TDRC)
Pollak Library North 203 

Educational Partnerships

Langsdorf Hall 626

Educational Partnerships seeks to impact the social tapestry of our community by providing enriching educational programs for students, parents, and the community. We provide opportunities aimed at enhancing academic achievement, personal aspirations, and skills that empower students onto higher education and to be successful. We believe in fostering collaborative relationships with schools, school districts, colleges, universities, and community organizations to provide meaningful educational experiences that impact the lives of students, especially those who come from first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented backgrounds.

GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness to Undergraduate Programs)
Langsdorf Hall 654

GEAR UP strives to increase 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 7th grade, follows their successes through high school graduation, and helps them progress onto higher education.

Educational Talent Search
Langsdorf Hall 640

Educational Talent Search encourages and assists eligible high school students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a postsecondary education. CSUF Talent Search Program serves nearly 600 participants annually from four high schools in the Anaheim Unified High School District: Anaheim, Magnolia, Katella, and Savanna high schools.

McNair Scholars
Langsdorf Hall 651

McNair Scholars provides opportunities for CSUF undergraduate students to engage in research, develop skills and student/ faculty mentor relationships that are critical to success at the doctoral level. The program provides year-round services to prepare participants for acceptance into quality doctoral programs. CSUF McNair Scholars serves 25 students each year. All students participate in year round activities until they graduate.

Upward Bound
Langsdorf Hall 630

Upward Bound prepares high school students from low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented backgrounds to progress onto higher education. The program provides academic enrichment opportunities, financial aid assistance, higher education preparation, and exposure to career opportunities. CSUF Upward Bound serves about 90 students from high schools in the Santa Ana Unified School District: Century, Saddleback, Santa Ana, and Valley high schools.

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. The office provides financial assistance to more than 23,000 students annually and administers over $240 million each year through the following student financial assistance programs:

  • Private Scholarship
  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Cal Grant A
  • Cal Grant B
  • State University Grant Program
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant
  • State Educational Opportunity Program Grant
  • Federal Work Study Program
  • Federal TEACH Grant
  • Federal Perkins Loans
  • Federal Direct Loans
  • Federal Direct Parent Loans (PLUS)
  • Federal Direct GRAD PLUS
  • Alternative Educational Loans

For further information concerning financial aid programs available at the University, see the Registration Procedures section of this catalog, or visit

Guardian Scholars Program

Pollak Library South 194

The Guardian Scholars program is committed to supporting ambitious college-bound students exiting the foster care system. Guardian Scholars provides a comprehensive program that contributes to the quality and depth of a student’s University experience. The program serves as a resource for young adults by assisting in their development and equipping them with the educational and interpersonal skills necessary to become community leaders, role models and competent professionals in their selected fields.

The Guardian Scholars Program provides: access to year-round on-campus housing; priority registration for classes; Summer Bridge (first-time freshmen only); individual counseling/life coaching, life skills workshops; educational and community enrichment activities.

Applicants to the Guardian Scholars must meet the following requirements:

  1. Demonstrate high motivation and academic potential to succeed in college;
  2. Must be a current or former foster youth between the ages of 17-23;
  3. Apply and qualify for admissions to CSUF as a freshman or transfer student or be a current CSUF student;
  4. Apply and qualify for EOP (Educational Opportunity Program) if applicable;
  5. Must apply for FAFSA by the Priority Deadline of March 2 and qualify as an “independent” student under federal financial aid guidelines;
  6. Be classified as a California Resident by the CSUF Office of Admissions and Records.

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 Resident Advisors, 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 freshman 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, 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 80- or 112-block meal plans, allowing them 80 or 112 entries into The Gastronome per semester.

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.

The department coordinates the services of a number of student programs. These programs give particular attention to the educational needs of low-income and disadvantaged college students to ensure that they have services available to them to successfully complete their college education.

The following programs are administered by Student Academic Services.

Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
University Hall 231

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is charged with improving the access and retention of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students. EOP students have the potential to perform satisfactorily at CSUF, but may be unable to realize this potential due to educational or economic barriers.

EOP provides admission and financial aid information to help students complete the admissions process. In addition, EOP students can make use of academic services such as tutoring, orientation sessions, basic skills workshops and counseling.

Intensive Learning Experience (ILE)
University Hall 143

Intensive Learning Experience (ILE) serves students who score in the lowest quartile on the English Placement Test and/or the Entry Level Mathematics Examination. ILE strives to increase the retention of students by ensuring their timely enrollment in appropriate developmental math and English courses. The program also makes referrals to other services in Student Academic Services such as counseling and skills workshops.

Male Success Initiative
University Hall 183

The CSUF Male Success Initiative aims to empower and support male students through rigorous academic and personal support over the course of their college careers. The vision of the 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 the collective betterment of humankind.

Student Support Services
University Hall 179

The Student Support Services program offers numerous services for college students to improve their academic performance. Through services such as instructional support, tutoring and mentoring, the program gives students the educational tools necessary to be successful at Cal State Fullerton.

Summer Bridge
University Hall 143

This six-week summer residential program allows new students to become accustomed to living and working on campus. Instructional support is provided in English and math. In addition, specialized workshops are offered to help improve listening and communication skills. The program provides a good opportunity for new students to establish a strong network of friends, and faculty and staff members whom the student can rely on for help during the academic year.

Testing Services
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 and Counseling Center

Student Health Services - West Building

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

Pollack 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.

University Outreach and New Student Programs

Langsdorf Hall 540

University Hall 179D

The mission of University Outreach is to increase the number, quality and diversity of CSU-eligible freshmen and upper-division transfer applicants who enroll in and graduate from Cal State Fullerton.

From pre-admission to graduation, New Student Programs (NSP) provides services and programs designed to empower students, parents, and their families to create a meaningful educational journey at Cal State Fullerton.

New Student and Parent Programs connects students to the valuable learning opportunities necessary for this journey via campus tours, orientation programs, information and campus referrals, leadership development and welcome activities. As a result of program participation and service utilization, students develop character, critical thinking skills and the interpersonal competence requisite for lifelong learning.

NSP programs and services include New Student Orientation (NSO), Transfer Orientation, Parent Orientation, Campus Tours, Titan WOW, Information Services, as well as Ask Tuffy.

The office of University Outreach/New Student Programs serves two primary functions. The first is to provide outreach services to prospective K-14 students, their families, teachers, and counselors. The office serves as the official admissions representative of Cal State Fullerton and provides services and campus tours to schools and programs as mandated by the CSU Chancellor’s office and the Cal State Fullerton campus. The second major function of the office is to provide new students with critical information for academic success.  We also assist new students with the transition to the University and connect them to learning opportunities on campus, thus providing students with a meaningful first-year experience.

Veteran Student Services

University Hall 214 

Veteran Student Services 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 session, tutoring (veteran-to-veteran), developmental coaching in student to professor communication, mentor program, and student and computer rooms specifically for student veterans. Veteran Student Services 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. Veteran’s Services offers special events focused on the retention and success of the veteran population.

WoMen’s Center/Adult Reentry

University Hall 205

The WoMen’s Center’s primary objective is to foster a greater awareness of women’s issues. Its goal is to promote gender equity through improved communication between women and men. It is open to all interested students. The center’s hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.

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.