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CSULB Campus Regulations 2014-15

Regulations for Campus Activities, Student Organizations & the University Community

Regulations for Campus Activities, Student Organizations and the University Community (Campus REGS)has been prepared to serve as a reference tool for CSULB students, faculty and staff regarding policies and regulations of the campus community. The policies and regulations contained within this publication are intended to ensure freedom of expression and movement while providing for rights of privacy and the maintenance of the university as a peaceful learning environment. The REGS are considered to be official university policy, but are subject to change at any time through the normal policy making processes.
Any inconsistency in these summaries and the official policy statement or law shall be governed by the official policy statement or law, unless the context otherwise indicates.

Authority

Campus regulations are adopted pursuant to the authority of the CSULB president, who is responsible for the educational effectiveness, academic excellence and general welfare of the campus over which she presides. A violation of any of the orders and/or directives contained within this publication will, in addition to being a violation of applicable statutory codes, constitute a violation of an order of the university president.
For purposes of these regulations, the university president’s designee is the vice president for Student Services. The policies and regulations contained within this publication apply to students; student organizations (on or off campus); academic, non-academic and administrative personnel; and other persons while on campus property or attending a campus function.

Available Copies

Copies of this document may be obtained from the following university locations:

  1. Office of the Vice President for Student Services, Brotman Hall (BH), Room 377
  2. Office of the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, University Student Union (USU), Room 219
  3. Office of Student Life and Development, USU-215
  4. Office of Judicial Affairs, USU-224
  5. University Police, University Police Building (UP), Palo Verde Avenue
  6. University Website: www.csulb.edu/regs

The effective date of the regulations is August 18, 2014. For more information or clarification, call (562) 985-8670 or (562) 985-7547.

General Policy

The California State University, Long Beach, Catalog of Undergraduate and Graduate Studies, the Schedule of Classes and the University Administrative Guidelines located on the internet at www.csulb.edu/misc/adminguidelines contain the basic policy statements and academic regulations of the university. Additions and revisions are included in the Schedule of Classes updated each semester and available online at www.mycsulb.edu. Students are expected to become familiar with and abide by these statements and regulations during the period of their enrollment. All general state laws including, but not limited to, the California Penal Code and California Vehicle Code, must be adhered to while on university grounds

Alcohol or Drug Laws Violations

In the event a student is cited for a violation or combination of violations of campus-related alcohol or drug laws, rules or regulations, the student may be:

  1. Required to attend alcohol, tobacco or other drug education conducted by Student Health Services;
  2. Required to see an alcohol assessment counselor after a second violation of policies;
  3. Immediately referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs after a third violation of policies;
  4. Subjected to other sanctions depending on the circumstances of an alcohol or drug violation.

Animals on Campus

Animals brought to campus must be under control and restrained so as not to present a danger to occupants of the campus. In the case of dogs, a chain or leash is required and may not exceed six feet in length, and no animals shall be permitted inside buildings (except those assisting the disabled). Animals may not be tied to any building, fence, shrub or campus object. Unattended animals may be impounded. Persons walking dogs on campus are responsible for removing any refuse left by the animals [California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 42353.1(b)].

BeachBoard

BeachBoard is a university academic resource and is not to be used for commercial or political purposes or to send unsolicited email. Individuals found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Bicycles & Scooters on Campus

Current regulations prohibit bicycles and scooters, motorized and non-motorized, on sidewalks or inside university buildings. To view map for pedestrian only areas, click HERE. Regulations also require bicycles and scooters to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Bicycles and scooters left in a manner that block pedestrian traffic will be removed. Additionally, Section 4.8.5(1) of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Article 12, Section 1203 of the California Fire Code prohibit chaining or locking bicycles or scooters to handrails on stairs or handicap ramps. Bicycles or scooters found attached to handrails can be removed without notice by University Police. Further information and regulations, including applicable vehicle code and municipal code ordinances, may be obtained from University Police or Parking and Transportation Services.

For additional information, see the policy below on “Roller Skates, Rollerblades, Scooters, Skateboards and Other Coasting Devices”.

Cheating and Plagiarism Policy

Academic dishonesty cases that occur in the classroom shall be handled by faculty members. After a faculty member takes action, the faculty member shall complete a form that identifies the student who was found responsible, the general nature of the offense, the action taken, and a recommendation as to whether or not additional action should be considered by the campus Judicial Affairs Office. The faculty member should send a completed “Student Academic Integrity” form to the vice president for Student Services and to the provost and senior vice president for Academic Affairs whenever an academic dishonesty case is handled (Reference: University Policy Statement 08-02).

Complaints by Students

For assistance in determining the proper procedures for informal or formal complaint resolution, students are encouraged to contact the Office of the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, (562) 985-8670, USU-219; Office of Judicial Affairs, (562) 985-5270, USU-224, or the University Ombuds (562) 985-5983, Foundation Building (FND), Room 140.

Computer-Related Crimes

Computer-related crimes are in violation of the law (California Penal Code Section 502), and will not be tolerated by California State University, Long Beach. Persons having committed campus-related computer crimes face severe campus disciplinary action, in addition to civil or criminal sanctions. The term “computer-related crimes” includes, but is not limited to, unauthorized, fraudulent or malicious tampering with, interference with, damage to, or access to any computer system, network, program or equipment owned by the university or any member of the campus community. (See also Access to and Use of CSULB Computing Resources, CSULB Policy Statement 96-18, dated August 6, 1996.)

CSULB Principles of Shared Community

CSULB takes pride in its tradition of maintaining civility and mutual respect toward all members of the university community. This is intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. This also contributes to the maintenance of a productive workplace and an overall positive campus climate. CSULB also takes pride in the diversity of its student body and employees and affirms that this diversity enriches the work and learning environment of the campus.
CSULB affirms that members of the CSULB community have the right to live, work and learn in an environment free of discrimination. The university affirms the equal human worth of every individual and of distinctive groups of people, and fosters fair and equal treatment and access for all members of the university community. The university will not tolerate discrimination on the basis of race, religion, age, color, creed, gender/gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, medical condition, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, or any other basis not directly related to qualification, unless specified by law. These principles are applicable in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, employment policies, and in participation in university programs and activities or any other programs administered by the university.
In addition to meeting fully its obligations of nondiscrimination under federal and state law, CSULB is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can learn, live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, without regard to economic status, ethnic background, political views or other personal characteristics or beliefs (CSULB Policy Statement 00-06).

Debts Owed to the University

Failure of students to pay debts owed to the university may result in withholding of transcripts and registration services. Delinquent debts include, but are not limited to, past due tuition and/or fees, lost keys, unpaid parking citations, fines and property loss or damage (CSU Executive Order 145). Students may contact Student Account Services, BH-155, regarding fee debts owed.

Disability Rights

Federal and state laws require that no otherwise qualified individual with a disability shall, solely by reason of their disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefit of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the university. Persons with disabilities must initiate requests for reasonable modification or accommodation. Students with disabilities who need special assistance or modification to the university’s programs and/or activities should inform the person(s) responsible for these programs and/or activities immediately upon knowing that such modification is necessary. Request for reasonable accommodation in academic courses should be directed to the faculty member and to the Office of Disabled Student Services, BH-270, (562) 985-5401. If the modification or accommodation is inappropriate or insufficient, the student should seek the assistance of the Office of Equity and Diversity, USU-301, (562) 985-8256.
The university is undertaking the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) to comply with federal and state laws ensuring that individuals with disabilities can obtain classroom and administrative information provided via information technology as well as conventional printed materials. For more information, visit www.csulb.edu/accessibility.

Disciplinary Procedures for Recognized Clubs or Organizations

Each officially recognized club or organization is responsible for the conduct of its members and for its knowledge of, and compliance with, all university policies and regulations and applicable laws when engaging in club or organization activities or events, or when identified with or affiliated with such club or organization. Copies of disciplinary procedures are available in the Office of Student Life and Development, USU-215, or from the Office of the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students, USU-219.

Disturbing the Peace on a University Campus; Threat

Any person who (1) unlawfully fights within any building or upon the grounds of any school, community college, state college or state university, or challenges another person within any such buildings or upon the grounds to fight, or (2) maliciously and willfully disturbs another person within any of these buildings or upon the grounds by loud and unreasonable noise, or (3) uses offensive words within any of these buildings or upon the grounds which are inherently likely to provoke an immediate violent reaction, is guilty of a misdemeanor and may also be subject to university disciplinary action (California Penal Code, Section 415.5). Any person who willfully threatens to commit a crime, which will result in death or great bodily injury to another person, with the specific intent that the statement, made verbally, in writing, or by means of an electronic communications device, is to be taken as a threat, even if there is no intent of actually carrying it out, which, on its face and under the circumstances in which it is made, is so unequivocal, unconditional, immediate and specific as to convey to the person threatened, a gravity of purpose and an immediate prospect of execution of the threat and thereby causes that person reasonably to be in sustained fear for his or her own safety or for his or her immediate family’s safety, is subject to imprisonment and university disciplinary action and is in violation of state law (California Penal Code, Section 422 and following sections). A person who is not a student or officer or employee of the university and who enters a campus or facility and commits, or enters the campus for the purpose of committing an act likely to interfere with the peaceful conduct of such campus is in violation of state law (California Penal Code, Section 626.2 - 626.6).

Donations to Student Organizations

The solicitation of donations by student organizations is governed by the CSULB Administrative Guidelines, Donations-Solicitation of Gifts.

Contributions (cash, checks) must be deposited at the 49er Foundation to ensure gift acknowledgment for the donor for possible tax deduction purposes. For assistance in properly accepting ANY contribution (cash, check, gift-in-kind), contact the development associate, Associated Students, USU-229A, (562) 985- 2402, asi@csulb.edu, or the director of development, Division of Student Services, (562) 985-5255. The Center for Scholarship Information, www.csulb.edu/scholarships, has established procedures for administering scholarships and monetary awards by student organizations. Information is available from the Office of Student Life and Development,www.csulb.edu/studentlife.

Drug or Alcohol-Related Student Violation Disclosure

This policy allows for notification of parents and legal guardians of students who are under age 21, when, after due process, the university has determined that the student has violated campus drug or alcohol-related policies (see Regulation XX in this publication). For the complete policy, contact the Office of Judicial Affairs, USU-224, (562) 985-5270.

Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Federal)

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (PL 101–226) require the university to notify each student and employee of campus conduct standards regarding the use of alcohol and illicit drugs, legal sanctions which apply, possible health risks and available counseling and assistance programs. See the CSULB Catalog for more details.

Drugs on Campus

On campus property, the solicitation, sale, use, or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics as these terms are used in California statutes, are prohibited. Excepted are drugs lawfully prescribed or lawfully permitted. However, use of marijuana, whether prescribed or otherwise, is prohibited on campus grounds and facilities. California State University, Long Beach enforces all drug laws in the university community. Violations of any of the above will result in legal sanctions, university sanctions or both (California Health and Safety Code, Division 10, all, and including, Section 11357 through 11401).

Electronic Stun Devices and Tasers

Tasers are not permitted on the grounds of the university. Possession of an electronic stun device is currently permitted, but prosecution for assault or other unlawful use is possible (California Penal Code, Sections 244.5 and 245).

Events - Hearing Impaired

University/Associated Students sponsored events, which have an anticipated attendance of 200, or more should have a qualified interpreter/translator to provide access to attendees who may be deaf or hearing impaired. For providing this service, contact (at least one week prior to the event) the Office of Disabled Student Services, BH-270, (562) 985-5401.

Filming on Campus

Film students are required to comply with the terms and conditions of the Motion Picture/Photography Filming Permit and must obtain a “Request to Film on Campus” form from the Department of Film and Electronic Arts. The completed form must then be submitted to the Event Services Office for review and issuance of permit. Student film project proposals are coordinated by the Department of Film and Electronic Arts and approved by an Event Services representative prior to confirming the use of campus facilities and/or space.
CSULB students who are not film and electronic arts majors may apply for use of campus facilities for filming by contacting the Office of Student Life and Development at (562) 985-4181. The Office of Student Life and Development will coordinate the project with the Event Services Office and secure final approval.

For more information about student filming, contact the Event Services Office, BH-320, (562)985-5578, pacc@csulb.edu and Click HERE
For more information about commercial filming, contact the Event Services Office at (562)985-5578 and refer HERE

Firearms on Campus and Simulated or Toy Weapons

Any person who brings or possesses a firearm on the grounds of the university, without the prior written permission of the chief of University Police, or as otherwise provided by law, is in violation of state law (California Penal Code, Section 626.9; Penal Code, Section 12025 and following) and university regulations, and that person is punishable by imprisonment, university disciplinary action or both.
Any person who brings or possesses a device, loaded or unloaded, that expels a metallic or similar projectile, such as a B-B or pellet, through the force of air pressure, CO2 pressure, or spring action, or a spot-maker gun or an inoperable weapon on the grounds of the university, without the prior written permission of University Police, is in violation of university regulations and may be subject to university or legal sanctions. A simulated or toy weapon is not permitted on the grounds of the university without prior written permission from University Police.

Freezing Official Records

Failure to respond to official university correspondence requesting that a student schedule an appointment with a university official and/or failure to keep such an appointment without prior acknowledgment may result in the freezing of that student’s university records or freezing of the student’s registration process, or both.

Identification, Presenting

A person is required, upon request from a university official (charged with the orderly conduct of the campus), to present his/her current student body identification card or other positive identification (e.g., a driver’s license) when on the grounds of the campus or when involved in an official university function, or when identifying himself/herself as an official representative of the university or of a university-related organization.

Illegal Electronic File Sharing and Protection of Electronic & Other Copyrighted Material

It is the policy of the California State University to use any and all information technologies in a manner consistent with the federal laws governing copyright protection. These include, but are not limited to, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998, the Teach Act of 2002 and all subsequent amendments. Updated information about such laws can be found at www.copyright.gov/title17/.
Use of any university resource such as computers (hardware or software), network connections, servers, routers, facsimile machines, copy machines and other electronic equipment by any university constituent (faculty, student, staff or general public) to circumvent legitimate copyright protections or illegally access, copy or disseminate copyrighted material is unacceptable.
Campus policy governing acceptable use of information technology resources makes explicit that illegal file sharing and other copyright violations are a violation of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (CSU Executive Order 999).
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, U.S. Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment for up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense. For more information, please see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office at www.copyright.gov, especially the FAQs atwww.copyright.gov/help/faq.

Knives on Campus

No person on campus property or at a university event shall bring or possess or wear upon his/her person or have within his/her control a sheath knife or “buckskin” knife of any length, nor shall he/she bring or possess or have in his/her possession or under his/her control any dirk, dagger, ice pick, unguarded razor or knife with a blade measuring more than 2 1/2” in length, or folding knife with a blade that locks into place (California Penal Code, Section 626.10).

Roller Skates, Rollerblades, Scooters, Skateboards and Other Coasting Devices

Responsible use of alternative transportation methods including skateboards, roller skates, rollerblades, scooters and other coasting devices (hereafter referred to collectively as “coasting devices”) is allowed on campus as a way of reducing reliance on motorized transportation and promoting healthy exercise. Persons may coast or ride upon any sidewalk or improved surface used for pedestrian purposes, subject to the following restrictions:

  • Users must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on foot at all times.
  • Coasting devices may not be used in any manner that places pedestrians at risk.
  • Speed of the device must not exceed 5 mph and the user must remain in control of their coasting device at all times.  Riding coasting devices down hills, including the hills at East Campus Drive and West Campus Drive is prohibited (see map).
  • Coasting devices are not vehicles and their use is prohibited on roadways and in parking lots and parking structures. 
  • Use of the devices for acrobatics, racing or other stunts is strictly prohibited.  Riding on any architectural or landscape features other than sidewalks are prohibited.  All wheels of the device must be in contact with the ground while in use. 
  • The use of coasting devices is prohibited within any building, any covered area and in the designated pedestrian-only zones on campus (see map).
  • Persons using roller skates or rollerblades must remove them before entering all university buildings.

These regulations are effective immediately and will be enforced by the University Police Department. Persons violating these prohibitions may be cited under C.V.C 21113(g) regarding local jurisdiction over bicycles, skateboards and roller skates.

Definitions for the terminology used above include:

  1. Roller skate – a shoe, or attachment for a shoe, with a set of wheels connected for skating;
  2. Rollerblade – a type of roller skate with in-line wheels;
  3. Scooter – a narrow platform mounted on in-line or skate-type wheels with a handle to allow steering by turning the front wheels;
  4. Skateboard – a board mounted on skate-type wheels;
  5. Acrobatics, recreational use – any action on roller-equipped devices that is not necessary for the safe forward movement of the rider and which might be described as a “trick” or “routine,” including, but not limited to, such maneuvers as having all wheels off the ground at the same time, jumping up or down steps, and so on.

Bicycle Use:
Bicycle riders on public roads have the same rights and responsibilities as motorists and are subject to the same rules and regulations. On the CSULB campus, bicycle use is also allowed on specifically designated sidewalks and pathways. Bicycles must always yield to pedestrians and are prohibited in the designated pedestrian-only zones.

Cautionary Note:
The use of bicycles and coasting devices on campus carries with it responsibility and liability. Please ride carefully and with all due consideration for the rights of others. Accidental collisions may seriously injure pedestrians, bicyclists or other skaters. A person riding roller skates or skateboards who strikes anyone is liable for all medical expenses of that victim and any damage done to the victim’s property.

(http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/ppfm/police/pdf/Skateboard_Policy_12-19-13.pdf)

Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment is characterized by unwelcome, offensive attention, requests, invitations, innuendo and/or conduct of a sexual or suggestive nature. Such behavior can threaten or interfere with one’s ability to learn, participate or work. When exercised by a person in a position of authority, such as an instructor or supervisor, it can contaminate the learning or work environment and impede a person’s academic progress or work status.
Informal complaints of sexual harassment against another student or against another member of the university community may be lodged with any of the discrimination contact persons. For more information, contact the director of the Office of Equity and Diversity, USU-301, (562) 985-8256. Issues involving final grades must be resolved through the grade appeals process established by the appropriate college and/or by the University Grade Appeals Committee.

Smoking Policy

CSULB policy prohibits smoking or use of any device or product which simulates smoking:

  • Inside buildings and courtyards;
  • Within 20 feet of building entrances, windows and air intakes;
  • Within 20 feet of the perimeter of Brotman Hall;
  • Anywhere along the walking thoroughfare that leads from the Main Library
  • to the escalator on the west side of the University Student Union;
  • Within posted no-smoking areas.

(CSULB Administrative Guidelines, June 2003; CSULB Academic Senate Resolution No. 880-03/EC; California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 42356)
No smoking shall be permitted anywhere near or around the Family and Consumer Science Building, which houses the Child and Family Center, or the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center. To protect the health of the families and children patronizing these facilities, smoking shall be prohibited in the walkways and sidewalks adjacent to the buildings.

Student Academic Honors Pledge

The Student Academic Honors Pledge was approved by the Academic Senate and Associated Students Senate in 2004. The pledge states: “I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination.” Faculty may utilize the pledge as an educational tool with students in the classroom and on syllabi. Students may elect to sign the pledge as a symbol of their commitment to personal ethics and academic integrity.

Student Health Services, Denial of Care

Upon recommendation of the attending clinician(s), the director of Student Health Services, with approval of the vice president for Student Services, may dismiss from further medical care or deny (refuse) medical care to a patient. This policy applies to the termination of treatment for a specific condition or course of care, or termination of the doctor-patient relationship altogether. Denial of care is not considered patient abandonment if the provisions of this policy are observed.

Denial of care may be considered in the following circumstances:

  1. If the attending physician believes further treatment would be of no value; that is, the patient’s condition would not change or improve;
  2. If care cannot be provided safely or appropriately, due to the training and skills of the staff or the availability of appropriate equipment or other resources;
  3. If the patient will not follow the instructions of the physician, such as not taking the prescribed medication;
  4. If the patient is threatening or abusive to the physician, other staff or patients;
  5. If the clinician has a reasonable legal or ethical basis for believing the patient is misusing or selling drugs prescribed for his/her care;
  6. If the patient is no longer a student of the university, he/she may not receive medical care from Student Health Services (SHS) for a new condition. Continued care may be provided in accordance with the definitions stated in CSU Executive Order 943. III. E.

Student Health Center directors may authorize continued care to a patient who has become ineligible but has not completed prescribed treatment begun while an eligible student. Such care may continue to resolution of the current condition or until an appropriate referral has been accomplished. In no case should care extend more than one academic term beyond the loss of eligibility.

Procedure

A clinician who believes denial of care is warranted must consult with at least one other physician who is familiar with the patient’s circumstances. If no other clinician is knowledgeable, the primary clinician makes arrangements for another clinician within Student Health Services to see the patient on referral.
The second clinician reviews the appropriate clinical records and makes an independent decision of concurrence or non-concurrence. Both clinicians then present their findings to the director.

Violations

Violators of campus policies are subject to being cited by University Police and/or being referred to the Office of Judicial Affairs or other appropriate campus offices. Violations of criminal law are additionally subject to prosecution in the court of proper jurisdiction.

Violence: Civility and Acts of Violence

CSULB maintains a tradition of being a civil and non-violent learning and working environment and practices zero tolerance for violence against any member of the university community. CSULB strives to prevent violence and to enforce all laws and regulations regarding violence. All allegations of violence or threats of violence will be investigated (Academic Senate Statement, October, 1997).