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General Policies and Regulations

University Policies and Regulations Information

CSULB entrance with Pyramid in the background

Changes in Rules and Policies

Although every effort has been made to assure the accuracy of the information in this Catalog, students and others who use this Catalog should note that laws, rules, and policies change from time to time and that these changes may alter the information contained in this publication. Changes may come in the form of statutes enacted by the Legislature, rules and policies adopted by the Board of Trustees of the California State University, by the Chancellor or designee of the California State University, or by the President or CSULB designee. It is not possible in a publication of this size to include all of the rules, policies and other information that pertain to students, the institution, and the California State University. More current or complete information may be obtained from the appropriate department, college, or administrative office.

Nothing in this Catalog will be construed as, operate as, or have the effect of an abridgment or a limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, the Chancellor of the California State University, or the President of the campus. The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the President are authorized by law to adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies which apply to students. This Catalog does not constitute a contract or the terms and conditions of a contract between the student and CSULB or the California State University. The relationship of the student to the institution is one governed by statute, rules, and policy adopted by the Legislature, the Trustees, the Chancellor, the President, and their duly authorized designees. Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices, and procedures, or its faculty and staff, may be found in the Student Grievance Procedure policy.

The Federal Military Selective Service Act (the "Act") requires most males residing in the United States to present themselves for registration with the Selective Service System within thirty days of their eighteenth birthday. Most males between the ages of 18 and 25 must be registered. Males born after December 31, 1959, may be required to submit a statement of compliance with the Act and regulations in order to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance under specified provisions of existing federal law. In California, students subject to the Act who fail to register are also ineligible to receive any need-based student grants funded by the state or a public postsecondary institution.

Selective Service registration forms are available at any U.S. Post Office, and many high schools have a staff member or teacher appointed as a Selective Service Registrar. Applicants for financial aid can also request that information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) be used to register them with the Selective Service. Information on the Selective Service System is available and the registration process may be initiated online at http://www.sss.gov.

Information concerning the academic programs of CSULB may be obtained from the Office of the Provost, BH 303, at (562) 985-4128 and may include:

  • 1. the current degree programs and other educational and training programs;
  • 2. the instructional, laboratory, and other physical plant facilities which relate to the academic program;
  • 3. the faculty and other instructional personnel;
  • 4. data regarding student retention at CSULB and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest; and
  • 5. the names of associations, agencies, or governmental bodies which accredit, approve, or license the institution and its programs, and the procedures under which any current or prospective student may obtain or review upon request a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation, approval, or licensing.

Graduation Rates

Graduation Rates for All Freshmen
Starting Fall Cohort Term 6-Year Graduation Percentage Estimated Eventual Graduation Percentage
2003
53.5
64.0
2002
54.3
66.4
2001
46.0
58.7
2000
47.1
58.5
1999
45.6
57.3
1998
46.2
58.4

CSULB has an obligation, under the federal Student Right-To-Know law, to provide information regarding graduation rates to prospective and current students. The “six-year freshman cohort graduation rate” describes the percentage of students who began as freshmen and completed degrees within six years at the same campus. Although important, this measure does not provide complete information, because some students take longer than six years to graduate, some come as transfer students, and some attend several undergraduate institutions before receiving baccalaureate degrees. The tables here show both 6-year cohort rates and estimated eventual graduation (Note 1) rates for both freshmen and transfer students.

About two-thirds of students who begin CSULB as freshmen eventually earn baccalaureate degrees and nearly 54% do so within six years. CSULB’s current graduation rates are higher than most other public, comprehensive universities of similar large size, funding and student mix. CSULB’s rate of improvement has been rapid and the campus continues to work to raise graduation rates and to reduce time to degree. Recent graduates took an average of 5.21 years to complete baccalaureate degrees (for the group whose degrees were awarded in the college year 2008-2009).

Graduation Rates for All Transfer Students
Starting Fall Cohort Term 4-Year Graduation Percentage Estimated Eventual Graduation Percentage
2005
68.0
77.2
2004
67.0
76.6
2003
59.7
70.4
2002
60.8
70.3

Over 77% of CSULB transfer students eventually earn baccalaureate degrees and over two-thirds do so within four years of transferring. These rates have been increasing and students are graduating more quickly than in past years. Students beginning as junior transfers graduated in an average of 3.10 years (for the cohort whose degrees were awarded in the college year 2008-2009). Community college students intending to transfer can benefit from early advising. Some arrive at CSULB having taken more units than the transfer minimum and with courses that cannot credit toward degrees.

Completing a baccalaureate degree in a reasonable period of time is an important goal for students and parents. Baccalaureate degrees typically require 120-140 units (about 40-47 courses). Earning a 120-unit degree within four years requires full time attendance (15 or more units per semester) and is a “full-time job” that requires about 45 hours per week attending class and studying. Degrees in engineering, sciences and the arts generally require more courses and timely completion requires attending winter session, summer session and/or attending longer than four years. More detailed data can be found at the CSULB Institutional Research web site. Time to degree is quicker for freshmen who arrive well prepared academically, especially in math and English.

Note 1: Estimated eventual graduation rates are based on a methodology developed by the California State University system that takes into consideration the number of students still enrolled in good academic standing at the six-year point in time.

Accreditation

The University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001), the agency responsible for granting regional accreditation to colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and Guam. It is accredited by the California State Board of Education and is on the list of approved institutions of the American Association of University Women. Additional information concerning University accreditation may be obtained from the Office of the Provost. Additional information concerning departmental accreditation may be obtained from the department concerned or the Office of the Provost.

• American Language Institute, CCPE – Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457, phone: 703-519-2070

• Art – National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, Telephone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org

• Business Administration – ACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-769-6500, Fax: 813-769-6559, E-mail: jerryt@aacsb.edu, Web: www.aacsb.edu

• Chemistry (undergraduate) – American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-872-4589

• Communicative Disorders (graduate) – American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology, nd Speech-Language Pathology, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: 301-897-0140, Fax: 301-571-0481, E-mail: ptice@asha.org, Web: www.asha.org/about/academia/accreditation/

• Dance – National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, Phone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org, Web: www.arts-accredit.org

• Design – National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, Telephone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org

• Dietetics (didactic program) – Accreditation for Dietetics Education (CADE-ADA), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2000, Chicago, IL 60606, Phone: 312-899-4872, Fax: 312-899-4817, E-mail: bmitchell@eatright.org, Web: www.eatright.org/cade

• Education – National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-466-7496, Fax: 202-296-6620, E-mail: ncate@ncate.org, Web: www.ncate.org

• Engineering (undergraduate: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Technology, Mechanical) – Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 410-347-7700, Fax: 410-625-2238, E-mail: info@abet.org, Web: www.abet.org

• Family and Consumer Sciences – American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), Council for Accreditation (CFA), 400 North Columbus Street, Suite 202, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703-706-4600, 800-424-8080, Fax: 703-706-4663, E-mail: gmcginnis@aafcs.org, Web: www.aafcs.org

• Health Care Administration – Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), 2000 14th Street North Suite 780, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-894-0960, Fax: 703-894-0941, Web: www.aupha.org; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-351-5010, Fax: 703-991-5989, E-mail: info@cahme.org, Web: www.cahme.org; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476, E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu, Web: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation

• Health Science (graduate) – Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476, E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu, Web: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation; Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1015 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 789-1050

• Kinesiotherapy – Commission on Accreditation on Allied Health Education Programs, 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1970, Chicago, IL 60601-2208, phone: 7312-553-9355

• Music – National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, Phone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org, Web: www.arts-accredit.org

• Nursing – Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-351-5010, Fax: 703-991-5989, E-mail: info@cahme.org, Web: www.cahme.org; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476, E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu, Web: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation; Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1015 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 789-1050

• Physical Therapy – American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy, Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703-706-3245, Fax: 703-838-8910, E-mail: accreditation@apta.org, Web: www.capteonline.org

• Public Policy and Administration – National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), 1120 G Street NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: 202-628-8965, Fax: 202-626-4978, E-mail: byrne@naspaa.org, Web: www.naspaa.org

• Recreation and Leisure Studies – National Recreation and Park Association/American, ssociation for Physical Activity and Recreation, (NRPA/AAPAR) Council on Accreditation, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148, Phone: 703-858-2150, Fax: 703-858-0794, E-mail: dtimmerman@nrpa.org, Web: www.councilonaccreditation.org

• Social Work – Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Office of Social Work Accreditation and Educational Excellence, 725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703-683-8080,Fax: 703-739-9048, E-mail: dpierce@cswe.org, Web: www.cswe.org

• Theatre Arts – National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, Phone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org, Web: www.arts-accredit.org

• University Art Museum – American Association of Museums, Suite 200, 1225 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, phone: 202-289-1818

CSULB Principles of Shared Community

CSULB affirms the importance of democratic and transparent decision-making processes as a shared community. The University believes that all members of the University community have not only a right, but also a responsibility, to participate in the governance of this community. Therefore, the University is committed to providing an opportunity for all its members – faculty, students, staff, and administrators – to join in the decision making process either through direct participation or representative governance.

CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population of students and employees can learn and work while they share in creating an atmosphere of tolerance, civility, and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual. (Policy 07-09)

CSULB Statement on Civility and Acts of Violence

California State University, Long Beach, takes pride in its tradition of maintaining a civil and non-violent learning, working, and social environment. Civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community are intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. They also contribute to the maintenance of a safe and productive workplace and overall healthy campus climate.

The University espouses and practices zero tolerance for violence against any member of the University community (i.e., students, faculty, staff, administrators, and visitors). Violence and threats of violence not only disrupt the campus environment, they also negatively impact the University’s ability to foster open dialogue and a free exchange of ideas among all campus constituencies.

To fulfill this policy, the University strives: 1) to prevent violence from occurring; and 2) to enforce local, state, and federal laws, as well as University regulations, regarding such conduct. The University also has established procedures for resolving and/or adjudicating circumstances involving violence, as well as threats of violence. A threat of violence is an expression of intention that implies impending physical injury, abuse, or damage to an individual or his/her belongings. All allegations of such incidents (i.e., acts and threats) will be aggressively investigated. Allegations that are sustained may result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal from employment, expulsion from the University, and/or civil and criiminal prosecution.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to promptly report any acts of violence, threats of violence, or other behavior which by intent, act, or outcome harm themselves or others. (Approved October 1997)