Jun 27, 2022  
2022-2023 University Catalog 
    
2022-2023 University Catalog

Catalog Rights and Student Responsibilities



Good Standing

Good standing indicates that a student is eligible to continue and is free from financial obligation to the university. A student under academic disqualification, disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion is not eligible to receive a statement of good standing on transcripts issued by the university or on other documents.

Continuous Attendance and Catalog Rights

Students who have been enrolled either at a California Community College or a CSU campus for at least one semester or two quarters of consecutive calendar years are considered to be “in continuous attendance.”  

This concept is important because continuous attendance affects the requirements you must meet to graduate from a CSU campus. Institutions occasionally modify graduation requirements. If you have been in continuous attendance, you may choose to meet the CSU campus graduation requirements in the CSU catalog that was in effect:  

  • at the time you began continuous attendance at the California Community College,
  • at the time you transferred to the CSU campus, or
  • at the time you graduate from the CSU campus.

By maintaining continuous attendance and selecting option (1) or (2), you can be assured that your CSU campus graduation requirements will not change. Your right to choose one of these options is called “catalog rights.”  

If you do not remain in continuous attendance, you will reestablish catalog rights at the time you reenroll in any California Community College or begin attending a CSU campus. If you are unsure about your catalog rights, you should consult your community college counselor or the CSU Admissions Office.  

Stop-Out Policy

With certain exceptions, undergraduate students may be absent for one semester and maintain their continuing student status. This includes election of curriculum requirements for graduation and eligibility to register for the next semester. To qualify for the stop-out policy, the student must have completed at least one semester in residence following his or her most recent admission to the university. The exceptions are as follows:  

Disqualified Students - Students who are disqualified at the end of a semester and have not been reinstated will not receive a registration appointment; they must apply for readmission, and if admitted, may be subject to new curricula requirements.  

Foreign-Visa Students - Students with foreign visas are required to maintain continuous enrollment. The stop-out policy is not applicable to “visa” students.  

Recently Admitted Student in First Term of Attendance - Students may not use “stop out” during the term of admission. For example, if a student is admitted for a fall term, he/she may not use the Stop-Out Policy for that fall term to delay attendance until the following term. If the student does not attend during the first term of admission, the student will be discontinued and will need to reapply for admission to a later term.  

Students absent for more than one semester must apply for readmission should they wish to return to Cal State Fullerton. Election of catalog requirements will not be jeopardized for certain students. Students should consult an evaluator in the Admissions Office.  

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence may be granted based on certain documented extenuating circumstances (e.g., illness or disability, active duty in the armed forces of the U.S.) and normally is granted for not more than one year. Undergraduate and post-baccalaureate unclassified graduate students qualify for a leave if they have completed at least one semester in residence at Cal State Fullerton and are in good academic standing. A recently readmitted student may not use the leave of absence policy to delay attendance to a later term. The student must attend during the term of readmission or reapply for a later term of admission. Forms to request a leave of absence are available on the Registration and Records website: http://records.fullerton.edu/formsandrecords/forms.php

Such an approved leave of absence authorizes the student to return without reapplying to the university and continue under the catalog requirements that applied to the enrollment prior to the absence.  

Undergraduate and graduate students on approved leaves of one year (two academic semesters) or less are eligible to register for the semester immediately following the end of the leave.  

The leave of absence policy for conditionally classified and classified graduate students and credential students is defined in the “Graduate Regulations ” section of this catalog.

Cancellation of Registration or Withdrawal From the Institution

Students who find it necessary to cancel their registration or to withdraw from all classes after enrolling for any academic term are required to follow the university’s official withdrawal procedures. Failure to follow formal university procedures may result in an obligation to pay fees as well as the assignment of failing grades in all courses and the need to apply for readmission before being permitted to enroll in another academic term. Information on canceling registration and withdrawal procedures is available from Registration and Records, Langsdorf Hall 114; P.O. Box 6900, Fullerton, CA, 92384-6900, 657-278-7601, or at arsc@fullerton.edu.

Students who receive financial aid funds must consult with the Office of Financial Aid prior to withdrawing from the university regarding any required return or repayment of grant or loan assistance received for that academic term or payment period. Students who have received financial aid and withdraw from the institution during the academic term or payment period may need to return or repay some or all of the funds received, which may result in a debt owed to the institution.

See the “Refund of Fees ” section in this catalog for possible refunds. No student may withdraw after the date shown on the university calendar as the last day of instruction.

Retention, Notice and Disqualification

For purposes of determining a student’s ability to remain in the university, both quality of performance and progress toward the educational objective will be considered.

Academic Notice

An undergraduate student shall be placed on academic notice if in any semester the cumulative grade-point average or the grade-point average at Cal State Fullerton falls below 2.0 (grade of C on a four-point scale). The student shall be advised of notice status promptly and, except in unusual instances, before the start of the next consecutive enrollment period.  

An undergraduate student shall be removed from academic notice and restored to clear standing upon achieving a cumulative grade-point average of 2.0 in all academic work attempted, in all such work attempted at Cal State Fullerton, and is making satisfactory progress toward his or her educational objective.  

A post-baccalaureate student (credential, unclassified or undeclared status; but not second baccalaureate degree students) shall be subject to academic notice if, after attempting 12 or more graded units, his or her post-baccalaureate cumulative grade-point average for units attempted at Cal State Fullerton falls below a 2.5 average. The GPA will determine whether a student is subject to notice only when the student has attempted 12 semester units of graded coursework.  

A graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program in either conditionally classified or classified standing shall be subject to academic notice if he or she fails to maintain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0 (grade of B on a four-point scale) in all units attempted.  

Academic Disqualification

An undergraduate student on academic notice shall be subject to academic disqualification if:  

  • as a freshman (fewer than 30 semester hours of college work completed), the student falls below a grade-point average of 1.5 in all units attempted or in all units attempted at this institution; or
  • as a sophomore (30 through 59.9 semester units of college work completed), the student falls below a grade-point average of 1.7 in all college units attempted or in all units attempted at this institution; or
  • as a junior (60 to 89.9 semester units of college work completed), the student falls below a grade-point average of 1.85 in all college units attempted or in all units attempted at this institution; or
  • as a senior (90 or more semester units of college work completed), the student falls below a grade-point average of 1.95 in all college units attempted or in all units attempted at this institution.

A graduate student enrolled in a graduate degree program shall be subject to disqualification if, while on notice, a sufficient grade-point average is not achieved to remove academic notice (unsatisfactory) status. Disqualification may be either from further registration in a particular program or from further enrollment in the university, as determined by an appropriate campus authority.

A post-baccalaureate student who is on notice shall be subject to disqualification if he or she fails to maintain at least a 2.5 cumulative grade-point average after attempting 12 units of graded coursework (not including CR/NC) at Cal State Fullerton, in post-baccalaureate status. Disqualification may be either from further registration as a post-baccalaureate, credential or certificate program student or from further enrollment at Cal State Fullerton, as determined by the vice president for academic affairs or designee. 

Open University

Some disqualified students who want to raise their grade-point average may qualify for Open University enrollment through Extension. For more information, see the “Extension and International Programs ” section in this catalog.

Student Conduct

Students are expected to make themselves aware of and abide by the university community’s standards of behavior as articulated in this section and any other policies or regulations of the university. Students accept the rights and responsibilities of membership in the CSUF community when they are admitted to the university. At the university, as elsewhere, ignorance of the standards is not an acceptable justification for violating community standards.  

Because the functions of a university depend on honesty and integrity among members, the university expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid disciplinary action.  

Activities of students may result in violation of law, and students who violate the law may incur penalties prescribed by civil authorities. However, the university reserves the right to review such incidents independent of action by civil authorities, recognizing that the university’s authority and its disciplinary process serve its educational mission and interest, a function separate from action by civil authorities.  

The Trustees of the California State University are authorized by the Education Code to establish student disciplinary procedures. The president of California State University, Fullerton has designated the associate dean of students and director of student conduct as the university’s student conduct administrator. The administrator is responsible for administering the student discipline system and implementing the following procedures as mandated in CSU Executive Order 1098: Student Conduct Procedures, CSUF President’s Directive No. 9: Regarding the Use of Attorneys in Student Disciplinary Proceedings, and other CSU and CSUF policies.

Unacceptable behavior by students or by applicants for admission is subject to discipline as provided in Section 41301 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations.  

Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 41301. Standards for Student Conduct

(a) Campus Community Values 

The university is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each member of the campus community should choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and to contribute positively to student and university life.

(b) Grounds for Student Discipline 

Student behavior that is not consistent with the Student Conduct Code is addressed through an educational process that is designed to promote safety and good citizenship and, when necessary, impose appropriate consequences. The following are the grounds upon which student discipline can be based:

  1. Dishonesty, including:
    1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty that are intended to gain unfair academic advantage.
    2. Furnishing false information to a university official, faculty member, or campus office.
    3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of a university document, key, or identification instrument.
    4. Misrepresenting one’s self to be an authorized agent of the university or one of its auxiliaries. 
  2. Unauthorized entry into, presence in, use of, or misuse of university property. 
  3. Willful, material and substantial disruption or obstruction of a university-related activity, or any on-campus activity. 
  4. Participating in an activity that substantially and materially disrupts the normal operations of the university, or infringes on the rights of members of the university community. 
  5. Willful, material and substantial obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or other traffic, on or leading to campus property or an off-campus university-related activity. 
  6. Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior at a university-related activity, or directed toward a member of the university community. 
  7. Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the university community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, or sexual misconduct. 
  8. Hazing, or conspiracy to haze. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events.

    Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident, is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.
     
  9. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia, (except as expressly permitted by law and university regulations) or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs. 
  10. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by law and university regulations), or public intoxication while on campus or at a university-related activity. 
  11. Theft of property or services from the university community, or misappropriation of university resources. 
  12. Unauthorized destruction or damage to university property or other property in the university community. 
  13. Possession or misuse of firearms or guns, replicas, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, knives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals (without the prior authorization of the campus president) on campus or at a university-related activity. 
  14. Unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose. 
  15. Misuse of computer facilities or resources, including:
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file, for any purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Use of another’s identification or password.
    4. Use of computing facilities, campus network, or other resources to interfere with the work of another member of the university community.
    5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages.
    6. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal university operations.
    7. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
    8. Violation of a campus computer use policy. 
  16. Violation of any published university policy, rule, regulation or presidential order.
  17. Failure to comply with directions of, or interference with, any university official or any public safety officer while acting in the performance of his/her duties.
  18. Any act chargeable as a violation of a federal, state, or local law that poses a substantial threat to the safety or well-being of members of the university community, to property within the university community or poses a significant threat of disruption or interference with university operations.
  19. Violation of the Student Conduct Procedures, including:
    1. Falsification, distortion or misrepresentation of information related to a student discipline matter.
    2. Disruption or interference with the orderly progress of a student discipline proceeding.
    3. Initiation of a student discipline proceeding in bad faith.
    4. Attempting to discourage another from participating in the student discipline matter.
    5.  Attempting to influence the impartiality of any participant in a student discipline matter.
    6. Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of any participant in a student discipline matter.
    7. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under a student discipline proceeding.  
  20. Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline. 
(c) Procedures for Enforcing This Code

The chancellor shall adopt procedures to ensure students are afforded appropriate notice and an opportunity to be heard before the university imposes any sanction for a violation of the Student Conduct Code. [Note: At the time of publication, such procedures are set forth in California State University Executive Order 1098 (revised Aug. 14, 2020).

(d) Application of This Code

Sanctions for the conduct listed above can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the university, is within the jurisdiction of this Article regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus. Nothing in this Code may conflict with Education Code Section 66301 that prohibits disciplinary action against students based on behavior protected by the First Amendment.

Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 41302. Disposition of Fees: Campus Emergency; Interim Suspension.

The president of the campus may place on notice, suspend, or expel a student for one or more of the causes enumerated in Section 41301. No fees or tuition paid by or for such student for the semester, quarter, or Summer Session in which he or she is suspended or expelled shall be refunded. If the student is readmitted before the close of the semester, quarter, or Summer Session in which he or she is suspended, no additional tuition or fees shall be required of the student 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 any emergency regulations, procedures, and other measures deemed necessary or appropriate to meet the emergency, safeguard persons and property, and 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 shall be given prompt notice of charges and the opportunity for a hearing within 10 days of the imposition of interim suspension. During the period of interim suspension, the student shall 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 shall be grounds for expulsion.

For procedures related to the interim suspension process, refer to the California State University Executive Order 1098, Article IV (revised August 14, 2020).

Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyrights Law

Anyone who is found to be liable for copyright infringement may be liable for either the owner’s actual damages along with any profits of the infringer or statutory damages of up to $30,000 per work infringed. In the case of a willful infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. (See 17 U.S.C. §504.) Courts also have discretion to award costs and attorneys’ fees to the prevailing party. (See 17 U.S.C. §505.) Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment and fines. (See 17 U.S.C. §506 and 18 U.S.C. §2319.)

Fees and Debts Owed to the Institution

Should a student or former student fail to pay a fee or a debt owed to the institution, including tuition and student charges, the institution may “withhold permission to register, to use facilities for which a fee is authorized to be charged, to receive services, materials, food or merchandise or any combination of the above from any person owing a debt” until the debt is paid (see Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Sections 42380 and 42381). 

Prospective students who register for courses offered by the university are obligated for the payment of charges and fees associated with registration for those courses. Failure to cancel registration in any course for an academic term prior to the first day of the academic term gives rise to an obligation to pay student charges and fees, including any tuition for the reservation of space in the course.

The institution may withhold permission to register or other services offered by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution. The institution may also report the debt to a credit bureau, offset the amount due against any future state tax refunds due the student, refer the debt to an outside collection agency and/or charge the student actual and reasonable collection costs, including reasonable attorney fees if litigation is necessary, in collecting any amount not paid when due.

The institution may not withhold an official transcript of grades by the institution from anyone owing fees or another debt to the institution (see Title 1.6C.7 (commencing with Section 1788.90) Part 4 of Division 3 of the Civil Code). The institution can still charge a fee for the issuance of the transcript pursuant to their published transcript processing fees.

If a person believes he or she does not owe all or part of an asserted unpaid obligation, that person may contact the Student Financial Services Office. The Student Financial Services Office to which the business office may refer the person, will review all pertinent information provided by the person and available to the campus and will advise the person of its conclusions. ​

Student Rights

Nondiscrimination Policy and Complaint Procedures

Protected Status: Age, Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Nationality, Race or Ethnicity (including color, caste, or ancestry), Religion or Religious Creed, and Veteran or Military Status.

California State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity (including color, caste and ancestry), religion (or religious creed), and veteran or military status – as these terms are defined in Interim CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Equity in Higher Education Act, prohibit such discrimination. Blair Miles, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Administrator, has been designated to coordinate the efforts of CSUF to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on these bases. Inquiries concerning compliance may be presented to this person atCalifornia State University, Fullerton, 2600 E. Nutwood Ave., Suite 760, Fullerton, CA 92831; 657-278-4933; bmiles@fullerton.edu.  Interim procedures for complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and retaliation made against a student, (or any successor policy) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints or discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against other CSU students. Interim procedures for complaints of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual exploitation, dating violence, domestic violence, stalking and retaliation (or any successor procedure) is the system wide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against the CSU, a CSU employee or a third party.

Protected Status: Disability

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability (physical and mental) – as this term is defined in the Interim CSU Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation – in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, prohibit such discrimination. Blair Miles, Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Administrator (657-278-4933), has been designated to coordinate the efforts of CSUF to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Inquiries concerning compliance may be presented to this person at California State University, Fullerton, 2600 E. Nutwood Ave., Suite 760, Fullerton, CA 92831; 657-278-4933; bmiles@fullerton.edu.  Interim Procedures for Complaints of   Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation Made Against a Student (or any successor procedure) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against, other CSU students. Interim Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation (or any successor procedure) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against the CSU, a CSU employee or a third party.

Protected Status: Gender (or sex), Gender Identity (including nonbinary and transgender), Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation

California State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender (or sex), gender (including nonbinary and transgender), gender expression or sexual orientation – as these terms are defined in CSU policy – in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibit such discrimination. Sarah Bauer, Director, Title IX and Gender Equity / Title IX Coordinator, has been designated to coordinate the efforts of CSUF to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on these bases. Inquiries concerning compliance may be presented to this person at College Park 205 (2600 Nutwood Ave, Fullerton, CA 92831) or 657-278-2121. The California State University is committed to providing equal opportunities to all CSU students in all campus programs, including intercollegiate athletics. . Interim Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation Made Against a Student (or any successor) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against other CSU students. Interim Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation (or any successor procedure) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against the CSU, a CSU employee or a third party.

As a matter of federal and state law and California State University policy, the following types of conduct are prohibited:

Sex Discrimination or Gender Discrimination is (an) adverse action taken against a complainant because of their protected status.

Adverse Action means an action engaged in by the respondent that has a substantial and material adverse effect on the complainant’s ability to participate in a university program, activity, or employment. Minor or trivial actions or conduct not reasonably likely to do more than anger or upset a complainant does not constitute and adverse action.

Sexual Harassment means unwelcome verbal, nonverbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, offering employment benefits or giving preferential treatment in exchange for sexual favors, or indecent exposure, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where:

  1. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a Complainant’s academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the university; or
  2. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct by the Complainant is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a term or condition of the Complainant’s employment, or an employment decision; or
  3. The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting their ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the university; or

The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Sexual Harassment could include being forced to engage in unwanted sexual contact as a condition of membership in a student organization or in exchange for a raise or promotion; being subjected to video exploitation or a campaign of sexually explicit graffiti; or frequently being exposed to unwanted images of a sexual nature in a work environment, or in a classroom where the images are unrelated to the coursework.

Claiming that the conduct was not motivated by sexual desire is not a defense to a complaint of Sexual Harassment.

Sexual and/or romantic relationships between members of the campus community may begin as consensual, and may develop into situations that lead to Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking subject to this policy.

Sexual Misconduct 

All sexual activity between members of the CSU community must be based on Affirmative Consent. Engaging in any sexual activity without first obtaining Affirmative Consent to the specific activity is Sexual Misconduct, whether or not the conduct violates any civil or criminal law. 

  1. Sexual activity includes, but is not limited to: 
  • Kissing
  • touching intimate body parts
  • fondling
  • intercourse
  • penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any part or object
  • oral copulation of a sex organ by another person.
  1. Sexual Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, the following conduct: 
  • an attempt, coupled with the ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another because of that person’s Gender or Sex,
  • the intentional touching of another person’s intimate body parts without Affirmative Consent,
  • intentionally causing a person to touch the intimate body parts of another without Affirmative Consent,
  • using a person’s own intimate body part to intentionally touch another person’s body without Affirmative Consent,
  • any unwelcome physical sexual acts, such as unwelcome sexual touching,
  • using physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation to engage in sexual activity,
  • ignoring the objections of the other person to engage in sexual activity,
  • causing the other person’s incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol to engage in sexual activity,
  • taking advantage of the other person’s incapacitation to engage in sexual activity.
  1. Intimate body part means the sexual organ, anus, groin, buttocks, or breasts of any person.
  2. Sexual activity between a Minor (a person younger than 18 years old) and a person who is at least 18 and two years older than the Minor always constitutes Sexual Misconduct, even if there is Affirmative Consent to all sexual activity. The existence of Affirmative Consent and/or the type of sexual activity may be relevant to the determination of an appropriate Sanction.
  3. Persons of all Genders, Gender Identities, Gender Expressions, and Sexual Orientations can be victims of these forms of Sexual Misconduct. Sexual Misconduct can be committed by an individual known to the victim including a person the Complainant may have just met, i.e., at a party, introduced through a friend, or on a social networking website.
  4. Affirmative Consent
    Affirmative Consent must be voluntary, and given without coercion, force, threats, or intimidation. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure Affirmative Consent has been obtained from the other participant(s) prior to engaging in the sexual activity. Affirmative Consent means an agreement to engage in sexual activity that is:
  • Informed
  • Affirmative
  • Conscious
  • Voluntary and
  • Mutual
  • Lack of protest or resistance does not mean there is Affirmative Consent.
  • Silence does not mean there is Affirmative Consent.
  • The existence of a dating or social relationship between those involved, or the fact of past sexual activities between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of Affirmative Consent.
  • A request for someone to use a condom or birth control does not, in and of itself, mean there is Affirmative Consent.
  • Affirmative Consent can be withdrawn or revoked. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time, including after sexual activity begins. Once consent is withdrawn or revoked, the sexual activity must stop immediately. Consent to one form of sexual activity (or one sexual act) does not constitute consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent given to sexual activity on one occasion does not constitute consent on another occasion.
  1. Incapacitation
    Affirmative Consent cannot be given by a person who is incapacitated. A person is unable to consent when asleep, unconscious, or incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication so that the person could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity. A person is incapacitated if the person lacks the physical and/or mental ability to make informed, rational decisions. A person with a medical or mental disability may also lack the capacity to give consent.

    Whether an intoxicated person (as a result of using alcohol or other drugs) is incapacitated depends on the extent to which the alcohol or other drugs impact the person’s decision-making ability, awareness of consequences, and ability to make informed judgments. A person’s own intoxication or incapacitation from drugs or alcohol does not diminish that person’s responsibility to obtain Affirmative Consent before engaging in sexual activity.

    Sexual activity with a minor (a person under 18 years old) is not consensual, because a minor is considered incapable of giving consent due to age.

    It shall not be a valid excuse that a person affirmatively consented to the sexual activity if the Respondent knew or reasonably should have known that the person was unable to consent to the sexual activity under any of the following circumstances:
  • The person was asleep or unconscious
  • The person was incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication, so that the person could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity
  • The person could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual activity, or was unable to communicate, due to a mental or physical condition
  1. It shall not be a valid excuse that the Respondent believed that the person consented to the sexual activity under either of the following circumstances: 
  • The Respondent’s belief in Affirmative Consent arose from the intoxication or recklessness of the Respondent;
  • The Respondent did not take reasonable steps, in the circumstances known to the Respondent at the time, to ascertain whether the person affirmatively consented.
  1. Dating Violence and Domestic Violence
    Dating Violence means physical violence or threat of physical violence committed by a person — 
    1. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant; and
    2. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:

 I. The length of the relationship.
 II. The type of relationship.
 III. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
 
Domestic Violence means physical violence or threat of physical violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the Complainant, by a person with whom the Complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the Complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the Complainant.
 
Physical violence means physical conduct that intentionally or recklessly threatens the health and safety of the recipient of the behavior, including assault.

  1. Stalking
    Stalking
     means engaging in a Course of Conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the safety of self or others’ safety or to suffer Substantial Emotional Distress. For purposes of this definition: 
  • Course of Conduct means two or more acts, including but not limited to, acts in which one party directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about the other party, or interferes with the other party’s property.
  • Substantial Emotional Distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may but does not necessarily require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
  1. Prohibited Consensual Relationships
    A Prohibited Consensual Relationship is a consensual sexual or romantic relationship between an Employee and any Student or Employee over whom they exercise direct or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling, or extracurricular authority.
  2. Retaliation
    Retaliation means that a substantial motivating reason for an Adverse Action taken against a person was because the person has or is believed to have: 
    1. Exercised their rights under this policy,
    2. Reported or opposed conduct which was reasonably and in good faith believed to be in violation of this policy,
    3. Assisted or participated in an investigation/proceeding under this policy, regardless of whether the Complaint was substantiated,
    4. Assisted someone in reporting or opposing a violation of this policy or assisted someone in reporting or opposing Retaliation under this policy.

      Adverse Action means an action engaged in by the Respondent that has a substantial and material adverse effect on the Complainant’s ability to participate in a university program, activity, or employment. Minor or trivial actions or conduct not reasonably likely to do more than anger or upset a Complainant does not constitute an Adverse Action.

      Retaliation may occur whether or not there is a power or authority differential between the individuals involved.

Additional Prohibited Conduct Definitions

  1. Sexual Harassment means conduct on the basis of Sex that satisfies one or more of the following:
    1. An Employee conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of the University on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct;
    2. Unwelcome conduct determined based on the reasonable person standard to be so severe, pervasive, andobjectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to an Education Program or Activity.
    3. Sexual Assault includes the following:
      1. Rape is the penetration, or attempted penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the Affirmative Consent of the Complainant. Rape also includes the attempted penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the Affirmative Consent of the Complainant, with the present ability and the intent to commit Rape.
      2. Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the Affirmative Consent of the victim, including instances where the Complainant is incapable of giving Affirmative Consent because of their age or because of their temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
      3. Incest is sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
      4. Statutory Rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is under the age of 18 years, the California statutory age of consent.

             The definition of Affirmative Consent is that under Article VII.A.3 above.
    4. Dating Violence means physical violence or threat of physical violence committed by a person:
      1. who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the Complainant; and
      2. where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
        1. The length of the relationship.
        2. The type of relationship.
        3. The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
    5. Domestic Violence means physical violence or threat of physical violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the Complainant, by a person with whom the Complainant shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the Complainant as a spouse or intimate partner, or by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the Complainant.
    6. Stalking means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:
      1. fear for their safety or the safety of others; or
      2. suffer substantial emotional distress.

See further information in the CSUF sexual violence prevention and education statement, Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination (which includes facts and myths about sexual violence), and Victim’s Rights and Options Notice.

Whom to Contact If You Have Complaints, Questions or Concerns

Title IX requires the university to designate a Title IX Coordinator to monitor and oversee overall Title IX compliance. The campus Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss the university’s complaint process, including the investigation and hearing process; the availability of reasonable supportive measures (both on and off campus regardless of whether the person chooses to report the conduct); the right to file a criminal complaint (for example, in cases of sexual misconduct); how confidentiality is handled; and other related matters. If you are in the midst of an emergency, please call the police immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

CAMPUS TITLE IX COORDINATOR:

Sarah Bauer, Director, Title IX and Gender Equity / Title IX Coordinator
College Park 205 (2600 Nutwood Ave Suite 205), Fullerton, CA 92831
sarahbauer@fullerton.edu  
(657) 278-2121
https://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/
Office Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday

UNIVERSITY POLICE

California State University Fullerton Police Department (CSUFPD)
Corner of N.State College Blvd. and Gymnasium Dr. (Fullerton, CA 92831)
657-278-2515 or 9-1-1
upd.pio@fullerton.edu
https://police.fullerton.edu/

Title IX requires the university to adopt and publish complaint procedures that provide for prompt and equitable resolution of gender discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment and misconduct, as well as provide training, education and preventive measures related to sex discrimination.  CSU Interim Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation Made Against a Student (or any successor) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against, other CSU students. Interim Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation (or any successor procedure) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made against the CSU, a CSU employee or a third party.  

Duty to Report. Except as provided below under confidentiality and sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking, any university employee who knows or has reason to know of allegations or acts that violate university policy shall promptly inform the Title IX Coordinator. These employees are required to disclose all information including the names of the parties, even where the person has requested that their name remain confidential. The Title IX Coordinator will determine whether confidentiality is appropriate given the circumstances of each such incident. (See confidential reporting options outlined below.)

Regardless of whether an alleged victim of gender discrimination ultimately files a complaint, if the campus knows or has reason to know about possible sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct, it must review the matter to determine if an investigation is warranted. The campus must then take appropriate steps to eliminate any gender discrimination/harassment/misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR):

(800) 421-3481 (main office), or (415) 486-5555 (California office), or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or ocr@ed.gov (main office) or ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov (California office)

If you wish to fill out a complaint form online with the OCR, you may do so using the OCR Electronic Complaint Form.

Safety of the Campus Community is Primary

The university’s primary concern is the safety of its campus community members. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim at fault for gender discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct; therefore, victims should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual misconduct out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other university policies. Except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual misconduct shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Information Regarding Campus, Criminal and Civil Consequences of Committing Acts of Sexual Violence

Individuals alleged to have committed sexual misconduct may face criminal prosecution by law enforcement and may incur penalties as a result of civil litigation. In addition, students may face discipline at the university, up to and including suspension or expulsion and withholding of their degrees. Employees may face sanctions up to and including suspension, demotion or dismissal from employment, pursuant to established CSU policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining unit agreements.

Students who are found responsible by the university with gender discrimination, harassment or sexual misconduct will be subject to discipline, pursuant to Interim Procedures for Complaints of Discrimination, Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Sexual Exploitation, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, Stalking and Retaliation Made Against a Students and the California State University and Student Conduct Procedures (see Executive Order 1098, revised on August 14, 2020, or any successor executive order) and will be subject to appropriate sanctions. In addition, during any investigation, the university may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment. Such measures may include but not be limited to: immediate interim suspension from the university; a required move from university-owned or affiliated housing; adjustments to course schedule; and/or prohibition from contact with parties involved in the alleged incident.

Confidentiality and Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking

The university encourages victims of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking to talk to someone about what happened – so they can get the support they need, and so the university can respond appropriately.

Privileged and Confidential Communications

Physicians, Psychotherapists, Professional Licensed Counselors, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, and Clergy – Physicians, psychotherapists, professional, licensed counselors, licensed clinical social workers, and clergy who work or volunteer on or off campus, acting solely in those roles or capacities as part of their employment, and who provide medical or mental health treatment or counseling (and those who act under their supervision, including all individuals who work or volunteer in their centers and offices) may not report any information about an incident of sexual misconduct to anyone else at the university, including the Title IX Coordinator, without the victim’s consent. A victim can seek assistance and support from physicians, psychotherapists, professional, licensed counselors, licensed clinical social workers and clergy without triggering a university investigation that could reveal the victim’s identity or the fact of the victim’s disclosure. However, see limited exceptions below regarding when health care practitioners must report to local law enforcement agencies. Health care practitioners should explain these limited exceptions to victims, if applicable.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselors and Advocates – Sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates who work or volunteer on or off campus in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women’s centers and health centers (including those who act in that role under their supervision, along with non-professional counselors or advocates who work or volunteer in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women’s centers, gender equity centers, or health centers), may talk to a victim without revealing any information about the victim and the incident of sexual misconduct to anyone else at the university, including the Title IX Coordinator, without the victim’s consent. A victim can seek assistance and support from these counselors and advocates without triggering a university investigation that could reveal his/her identity or that a victim disclosed an incident to them. However, see limited exceptions below regarding when sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates must report to local law enforcement agencies. Counselors and advocates should explain these limited exceptions to victims, if applicable.

The university will be unable to conduct an investigation into a particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against a perpetrator if a victim chooses to (1) speak only to a physician, professional licensed counselor, licensed clinical social worker, clergy member, sexual assault counselor, domestic violence counselor or advocate; and (2) maintain complete confidentiality. Even so, these individuals will assist victims in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, disability services, medical/health or mental health services, or legal services, and will advise victims regarding their right to file a Title IX complaint with the university and a separate complaint with local or university police. If a victim insists on confidentiality, such professionals, counselors and advocates will likely not be able to assist the victim with: university academic support or accommodations; changes to university-based living or working schedules; or adjustments to course schedules. A victim who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the university or report the incident to the police, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates can provide victims with that assistance if requested by the victim. These counselors and advocates will also explain that Title IX includes protections against retaliation, and that the university will not only take steps to prevent retaliation when it knows or reasonably should know of possible retaliation, but will also take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.

EXCEPTIONS: Under California law, any health practitioner employed in a health facility, clinic, physician’s office, or local or state public health department or clinic is required to make a report to local law enforcement if he or she provides medical services for a physical condition to a patient/victim who he or she knows or reasonably suspects is suffering from (1) a wound or physical injury inflicted by a firearm; or (2) any wound or other physical injury inflicted upon a victim where the injury is the result of assaultive or abusive conduct (including sexual misconduct, domestic violence, and dating violence). This exception does not apply to sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates. Health care practitioners should explain this limited exception to victims, if applicable.

Additionally, under California law, all professionals described above (physicians, psychotherapists, professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, clergy, and sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates) are mandatory child abuse and neglect reporters, and are required to report incidents involving victims under 18 years of age to local law enforcement. These professionals will explain this limited exception to victims, if applicable.

Finally, some or all of these professionals may also have reporting obligations under California law to: (1) local law enforcement in cases involving threats of immediate or imminent harm to self or others where disclosure of the information is necessary to prevent the threatened danger; or (2) to the court if compelled by court order or subpoena in a criminal proceeding related to the sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, or stalking incident. If applicable, these professionals will explain this limited exception to victims.

Reporting to University or Local Police

If a victim reports to local or university police about sexual misconduct crimes, the police are required to notify victims that their names will become a matter of public record unless confidentiality is requested. If a victim requests that their identity be kept confidential, their name will not become a matter of public record. However, even if the victim requests confidentiality of identity, the University Police should specifically ask the victim if the victim’s name can be provided to the Title IX Office so that the Title IX Coordinator can contact the victim to discuss supportive measures that can be offered. If a victim gives consent to law enforcement to provide their name to the Title IX Coordinator, their name will not become a matter of public record. Even if a victim does not give the police permission to provide their name to the Title IX Coordinator, University police will report the facts of the incident itself to the Title IX Coordinator being sure not to reveal to the Title IX Coordinator victim names/identities or compromise their own criminal investigation. The university is required by the federal Clery Act to report certain types of crimes (including certain sex offenses) in statistical reports. However, while the university will report the type of incident in the annual crime statistics report known as the Annual Security Report, victim names/identities will not be revealed.

Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator and Other University Employees

Most university employees have a duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct when they are on notice of it. When a victim tells the Title IX Coordinator or another university employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, the victim has the right to expect the university to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. In all cases, the university strongly encourages victims to report incidents of sexual misconduct directly to the campus Title IX Coordinator. As detailed above, in the “Privileged and Confidential Communications” section of this policy, all university employees except physicians, licensed professional counselors, licensed clinical social workers, sexual assault counselors and advocates, must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about any incidents of sexual misconduct of which they become aware. The university will need to determine what happened – and will need to know the names of the victim(s) and the perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the incident.

To the extent possible, information reported to the Title IX Coordinator or other university employees will be shared only with individuals responsible for handling the university’s response to the incident. The university will protect the privacy of individuals involved in a sexual misconduct violence incident except as otherwise required by law or university policy. A report of sexual misconduct may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about individuals in the campus community. While such information is considered confidential, university policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information concerning a report of sexual misconduct. In such cases, efforts will be made to redact the records, as appropriate, in order to protect the victim’s identity and privacy and the privacy of other involved individuals. Except as detailed in the section on “Privileged and Confidential Communications” above, no university employee, including the Title IX Coordinator, should disclose the victim’s identity to the police without the victim’s consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to the police.

If a victim requests of the Title IX Coordinator or another university employee that their identity remain completely confidential, the Title IX Coordinator will explain that the university cannot always honor that request or guarantee complete confidentiality. If a victim wishes to remain confidential or request that no investigation be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the university must weigh that request against the university’s obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, employees, and third parties, including the victim. Under those circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether the victim’s request for complete confidentiality and/or no investigation can be honored under the facts and circumstances of the particular case, including whether the university has a legal obligation to report the incident, conduct an investigation or take other appropriate steps. Without information about a victim’s identity, the university’s ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the perpetrator may be severely limited. See Executive Order 1095 (or any successor executive order) for further details around confidential reporting, and other related matters.

Additional Resources

CSUF’s sexual misconduct violence prevention and education statement is available at https://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/docs/AttachmentB.pdf. Facts and myths about sexual misconduct violence is available at https://www.fullerton.edu/titleix/docs/AttachmentE.pdf.

U.S. Department of Education, regional office
Office for Civil Rights 50 United Nations Plaza
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 486-5555
TDD (877) 521-2172

OCR SanFrancisco@ed/gov 

U.S. Department of Education, national office
Office for Civil Rights (800) 421-3481

TDD (800) 877-8339

OCR@ed.gov

California Coalition Against Sexual Assault
1215 K. Street, Suite 1850
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 446-2520
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault Website

LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCE INFORMATION:

  • Sexual Assault Agencies
    Waymakers 24-hour Rape Crisis Hotline: 714-957-2737 or 949-831-9110
     
  • Domestic Violence Agencies
    Laura’s House 24-hour Hotline: 866-498-1511
    Laura’s House Chat line: text “HEART” to 949-484-8440
    WTLC 24-hour hotline: 877-531-5522
    Human Options 24-hour Hotline: 877-854-3594

Right of Petition

Students may petition for review of certain university academic regulations when unusual circumstances exist. It should be noted, however, that academic regulations, when they are contained in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, are not subject to petition.

Petition forms are available in the Office of Registration and Records. The University Petitions Committee will take action on the petition based on recommendations provided by appropriate officers and the student will be notified of the decision in writing. Results of the action will be placed in the student’s file in the Office of Registration and Records.

The petitions committee members shall consist of the associate dean of each college, or designee, an academic programs representative, the director of the Academic Advising Center, one faculty member of the University General Education Committee, and the university registrar, or designee, who will serve as the secretary.

Right of Nonparticipation

University activities either within or outside of the classroom involve varying degrees of risk to the participants. It is university policy that the instructor directing such activities reviews with potential participants the specific nature of such risks and obtains from them their expressed or implied consent prior to undertaking activities.

The student who at any time comes to believe that the risks, whether physical or psychological, are excessive has the responsibility to withdraw from participation at the time and to inquire of the instructor if there are alternative means of fulfilling the requirements without penalty. If there are none, the student may petition for withdrawal from the course without penalty or appeal for an appropriate modification of the activity. The appeal may be made either to the chair of the department concerned or to the chair of the Institutional Review Board, or both.

Right of Academic Appeal

Please see “Academic Appeals ” in the “Student Affairs” section of this catalog.

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232g) (FERPA) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect students’ privacy in their educational records maintained by the campus. The statute and regulations govern access to certain student records maintained by the campus and the release of those records. FERPA provides that the campus must give students access to most records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to correct 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. FERPA generally requires the campus obtain a student’s written consent before releasing personally identifiable data pertaining to the student. The campus has adopted a set of policies and procedures governing implementation of FERPA and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained at the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Langsdorf Hall 805. Among the information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures is: (1) the student records maintained and the information they contain; (2) the campus official responsible for maintaining each 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) procedure for challenging the content of student records; and (7) the student’s right 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, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920. 

FERPA authorizes the campus to release “directory information” pertaining to students. “Directory information” may include the student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place 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 the student attended. The campus may release this “directory information” at any time unless the campus has received prior written objection from the student specifying the information the student requests not be released. Written objections must be sent to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Langsdorf Hall 805.

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 the campus’s academic, administrative or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records will be disclosed to the CSU Chancellor’s Office to conduct research, to analyze trends, or to provide other administrative services. Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of the 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).

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 (IRS) 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. This 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.

Student Complaint Procedure (Compaints Regarding the CSU)

The California State University takes very seriously complaints and concerns regarding the institution. If you have a complaint regarding the CSU, you may present your complaint as follows:

  1. If your complaint concerns CSU’s compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards, you may present your complaint to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) at wascsenior.org/comments. WASC is the agency that accredits the CSU’s academic program. 
  2. If your complaint concerns an alleged violation by the CSU of any law that prohibits discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on a protected status (such as age, disability, gender (or sex), gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity (including color, caste or ancestry), religion or veteran or military status), you may present your complaint as described in Section XVI (Nondiscrimination Policy). 
  3. If your complaint concerns an alleged improper governmental activity, including a violation by the CSU, a CSU department or employee, of other state or federal laws, including laws prohibiting fraud and false advertising, you may present your claim complaint to Cindy Merida, director of audit services and coordination, at cmerida@fullerton.edu or by calling (657) 278-4697. See Complaint Procedures for Protected Disclosure of Improper Governmental Activities and/or Significant Threats to Health or Safety — Executive Order No. 115 for details regarding the complaint requirements and complaint process: calstate.edu/eo/eo-115.html
  4. Other complaints regarding the CSU may be presented to the campus dean of students [or other appropriate administrator], who will provide guidance on the appropriate campus process for addressing your particular issue. 

If you believe that your complaint warrants further attention after you have exhausted all the steps outlined by the campus, or by WASC, you may file an appeal with the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs (or designee) at the CSU Chancellor’s Office. 

This procedure should not be construed to limit any right that you may have to take legal action to resolve your complaint.

Programs Leading to Licensure and Credentialing

NOTICE TO STUDENTS re: PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet that state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

Career Services

Cal State Fullerton’s Career Center (Langsdorf Hall 208, 657-278-3121) 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 for 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.

University Police

University Police Department
657-278-2515
Campus Emergency - Dial 911
police.fullerton.edu

The University Police is a full-service police department serving Cal State Fullerton and the Irvine Center. The department is made up of the following units:

  • Police Administration
  • Patrol Operations
  • Support Services
  • Investigations
  • Emergency Management
  • Crime Prevention
  • Communications
  • Records
  • Clery Act Compliance
  • Motorcycle Patrol
  • Explosives Detection Team
  • Additional

The department’s various units provide a wide range of services, both traditional and nontraditional. In addition, all CSUF police officers are sworn police officers that are graduates of state-accredited police academies. We investigate all crimes on campus and enforce Penal Code and Vehicle Code violations. Our department has a very close working relationship with all surrounding police departments, and we are contacted when any major crime occurs off campus at any student organization. Our common goal is to assure that our campus is a safe place to study, teach, work, reside and visit.

Crimes on Campus

The majority of crimes on and around the campus are crimes of opportunity. They primarily involve property thefts, such as bicycles, backpacks and books; thefts from vehicles and auto thefts. Personal assaults occasionally occur, but are uncommon on Cal State Fullerton campuses.

Alcohol and drug use is a societal problem, and therefore, Cal State Fullerton is no exception. Although these problems do occur on campus, they are experienced on a much smaller scale. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by those over 21 years of age at designated sporting events, at special events authorized by the president, and inside campus housing rooms for legal age residents and guests. All state and federal drug laws are strictly enforced. The University Police offers substance abuse education programs, and works closely with counselors at the Student Health Center and Counseling and Psychological Services.

Crime prevention awareness is a major factor in reducing these types of crimes. We encourage members of our campus community to act responsibly by securing their property and reporting suspicious activities immediately to the University Police.

The University Police maintains a daily crime log that contains the nature of the offense, date, time and location of occurrence. The daily crime log can be viewed at csfpd.crimegraphics.com/2013/default.aspx then click on Daily Crime/Fire Log button, or a printed version can be obtained at the University Police Station.

Crime Prevention Programs

Crime prevention is citizen awareness and participation. It is a willingness to look out for one another, to report suspicious activities immediately to the University Police Department and to become involved in the safety and security of the campus.

The University Police Department, in conjunction with the WoMen’s/Adult Reentry Center, provides presentations on personal safety and rape awareness (R.A.D.) several times throughout the academic year. Other crime prevention programs that are offered include drug and alcohol awareness, stalking, active shooter and hazing. In addition, programs are offered in prevention of campus violence.

How to Contact Us

The Cal State Fullerton Police Department is located at the corner of State College Blvd. and Gymnasium Dr. The Police Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. The campus is never without police protection.

Suspicious Activities

The best way to reduce crime on and around campus is for our campus community to partner with the University Police. Members of the campus community can help by becoming aware of their surroundings and developing a perception of what seems out of place or out of the ordinary. It may be something as simple as a door-to-door salesperson attempting to solicit at the residence halls, a vehicle parked in an unusual location late at night, or someone just hanging around. What one reports may be an innocent activity. However, it could also be serious criminal activity about to happen or actually occurring. Report suspicious activities immediately to the University Police Department. We want you to call, and we don’t mind if the incident doesn’t turn out to be a crime in progress. Only if you call, can we respond and suppress potential criminal activity.

How to Summon Assistance

Emergency assistance on campus may be obtained by dialing 911 from any office or campus phone, your cell phone, or from any residence or emergency phone. Dialing this number connects the caller immediately with the University Police Department, which will respond with whatever assistance is needed (i.e., paramedics, ambulance, fire department, first-aid or police assistance).

If you are outside on the campus grounds when an emergency occurs and a telephone is not available, you may use one of the numerous emergency telephones located throughout the campus. The emergency telephones are identifiable as blue speaker telephone light towers, with blue lights atop, which are wired directly to the University Police Department for immediate response.

Annual Campus Security Report

Under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, the university annually collects and reports information about campus crime and sets forth its security policies. This report is available for review on the main campus website.

University Alcohol and Drug Policies

Cal State Fullerton has specific policies related to the use of alcohol and other drugs, including President’s Directive Number One: University Policy Regarding the Possession, Manufacturing, Sale, Furnishing Without Charge, and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and Other Drugs in a University Workplace or Residence Facility. The full text of this policy and other policies related to the use of alcohol and other drugs can be found online at president.fullerton.edu/directives/directive1.aspx.

Parking on Campus

Parking permits are required 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday. Red curbs/fire lanes, spaces designated for disabled persons, service/maintenance spaces, state-vehicle-only spaces, loading zones (white and yellow curbs and posted time limits) are enforced 24 hours a day. It is a violation to stop, stand or wait in parking facility drive aisles for a parking space; vehicles will be cited. There are no grace periods at the start of the semester; vehicles not displaying a current parking permit will be cited. Parking permits are not transferable and are valid only when purchased from CSUF Parking and Transportation Services. Vehicles displaying a lost or stolen parking permit will be cited.

Student semester and daily parking permits are valid in the following parking facilities: Lots A, D, G, S, all parking structures and CSUF Irvine Center student parking spaces. After 4 p.m., student semester and daily parking permits are valid in the College Park faculty/staff parking area. After 6 p.m., semester and daily permits are valid in Lots A Faculty/Staff, C-West and C-East. Faculty/staff parking lots F, H and I are designated for faculty/staff only at all times. Residents are eligible to purchase a resident parking permit. The resident parking permit is valid in the following locations: Resident Hall Lot, Lots A and G, West Campus Drive, and East Campus Drive. After 6 p.m., the resident parking permit is valid in all student parking areas.

Semester permits are available for purchase online by logging in to the campus portal, and accessing Parking Services. Daily permits can be purchased online, or from permit dispenser machines located in lots A, D, G and S, Arts Drive and all parking structures. Daily permit dispenser machines are also available at the Irvine Center. A current DMV disabled person placard or license plate and valid Cal State Fullerton parking permit must be displayed in a vehicle while parked in a space designated for disabled persons. Parking fees and regulations are subject to change without notification. Visit the Parking and Transportation Services website at parking.fullerton.edu for current information.

Use of Bicycles and Skateboards on Campus

For more information on the Vehicle Free Zone initiative, please visit facilities.fullerton.edu/vehiclefree.

The university’s policy concerning the use of bicycles, skateboards and other forms of non-motor vehicle transportation is set forth in President’s Directive No. 16. For additional information, visit president.fullerton.edu/directives/directive16.aspx.

  • Bicycles, scooters and roller skates may be used on campus under the following conditions:
    • Pedestrians have the right-of-way at all times.
    • Individuals using bicycles, scooters or roller skates must comply with all applicable laws and regulations, exercise due care, and use reasonable caution to prevent injury and damage to property.
    • Bicycles, rollers skates and scooters may not be used on posted walkways; in the quad; on grass or in planters; in buildings or parking structures; on steps, benches or rails; or other areas as posted.
    • Bicycles, roller skates and scooters may be used on walkways or in the quad for instructional purposes or whenever parking fee requirements are not enforced.
  • Skateboards, hoverboards and motorized skateboards may not be used on campus.
  • Motorized bicycles and scooters may only be operated on campus roadways.
  • Motorized bicycles, motorized scooters and motorized skateboards may not be stored inside any building, including the residence halls, without written authorization.
  • Non-motor vehicle forms of transportation may be used on campus or any property controlled by the university to accommodate a disability with written authorization.