Academic Services and Campus Life
Registration for Classes
When admission or re-admission requirements have been satisfied, the student is eligible to register for classes at the University. Undergraduate students new to the University will receive information about the Student Orientation, Advising and Registration Program (SOAR) which is designed to help the new student with registration procedures. It should be noted that no new undergraduate student will be allowed to register for classes prior to SOAR. Registration for students not participating in SOAR will be conducted after all of the SOAR workshops are concluded.
Students returning to CSULB after an approved educational leave will receive registration information in the mail. Returning students should purchase the Schedule of Classes in the University Bookstore before registration. Registration dates, times and detailed instructions are included in the Schedule of Classes and at www.csulb.edu/enrollment.
Students are not permitted to attend any class for which they have not officially registered. The deadline to register is the end of the third week of classes.
NOTE: Admission and readmission deadlines are much earlier.
Student Orientation, Advising and Registration (SOAR)
Newly admitted freshman and transfer students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program. Participation affords students an opportunity to receive initial academic advising concerning general education and major requirements, assistance with course selection, and the ability to register earlier for classes. An orientation to student services and campus resources is also provided. The workshops take place in early January for Spring admits and throughout the summer months for Fall admits. There is also a two-day overnight SOAR program for students admitted for fall who would like a more extensive orientation experience.
Information about the SOAR workshop schedule is mailed to newly admitted students and may also be obtained by visiting the department's website (www.csulb.edu/soar). There is a fee associated with the program. Participants receive a University Catalog, Schedule of Classes, academic planner, a parking permit, and lunch.
Freshmen are advised and register for courses based upon their level of preparation – as evidenced by high school achievement and the results of standardized testing (SAT, ACT, EPT/ELM). The core of the first semester schedule includes written composition or speech communication and a course that meets one of the General Education requirements. Students are also required to enroll in a one-unit academic orientation course (University 100) in their first (or second) semester. Major pre-requisites, mathematics, and elective courses are then chosen to complete the schedule. Students are encouraged to construct a balanced schedule that accounts for their hours of employment, extra curricular activities and the inherent stressors they may experience in their adjustment to the post secondary educational experience.
Freshmen who attend the SOAR Program and who have not chosen to participate in another CSULB learning community are encouraged to participate in Beach Beginnings which is a learning community that offers first-year students the opportunity to take two classes with the same group of students. The goal of Beach Beginnings is to ensure that students have a successful transition to college and take appropriate classes during their first year at CSULB. Advisors assist students with the selection of their Beach Beginnings package based on their English placement level. The Beach Beginnings package includes one large lecture general education (GE) course (i.e. Criminal Justice, Geography, History, Human Development Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, etc.) paired with a smaller English Composition, Communication Studies, Critical Thinking or pre-baccalaureate review course. Beach Beginnings classes count toward general education requirements and/or pre-baccalaureate credit (if needed). Courses can sometimes also be used to meet lower-division prerequisite and/or major requirements. Students who participate in Beach Beginnings tend to have a smoother adjustment to college-level work and report feeling a stronger connection to the CSULB campus community.
The primary focus of the SOAR workshops for transfer students is to enable them to ascertain what courses they must take to meet major pre-requisites; identify upper-division major and General Educational requirements and to facilitate their initial connection with faculty major advisors. There are SOAR workshops assigned to each of the university’s seven Colleges. (Information about College majors may be found on the SOAR website.) Students are highly encouraged to attend the workshop date when their faculty advisor will be present. This enables students to receive advice about what major specific courses they should consider taking during their first semester at CSULB.
Parent Orientation Program (POP)
The Parent Orientation Program (POP) is designed to inform parents about baccalaureate requirements, the University library, safety, financial aid, housing, and other important University issues so they may better assist their children with success at CSULB. Sessions occur in conjunction with SOAR each summer. POP is presented by the Academic Advising Center. For more information, call (562) 985-5458.
Enrolling in Classes
Students may enroll in classes via "MyCSULB" or IVR on their "Enrollment Appointment" day (assigned by the University) and through the first two weeks of the semester. During the third week of the semester written permission, on a Late Registration Request form, is required from the instructor and a stamp of approval is required from the department.
Students receiving faculty or department "permission" to add classes via MyCSULB or IVR or who have been added to an instructor's wait list or roster must still complete the add procedures by the dates listed each semester in the Schedule of Classes. No request to add classes will be considered after the third week of the semester unless there is an approved technical error.
Note: Instructors, advisors and departments cannot add students into classes. The add procedures must be completed by the student.
Other University offices, including but not limited to the Library, may request that a student reimburse the University for an item that was not returned, returned late or damaged; or they may impose other charges. The requesting office may ask the Student Account Services Office to post this charge to the student's account. Once posted it becomes an obligation to the student. Student Account Services will be able to provide general information concerning obligations. The student will be directed to the appropriate department in which to inquire about the obligation. Until all obligations are paid, or a written release from the originating office is received by the Student Account Services Office, a financial hold will be placed on academic records and the student is restricted from receiving University services, including but not limited to registration, grades, and transcripts. If the obligation continues to appear on the University reports, the student's name will be submitted to the Franchise Tax Board. In this case, the student or former student, permanently loses the privilege of submitting checks as payment for fees or services. (Acceptable methods of payment are cash, cashiers' check or money order). The State then has the authority to withhold amounts owed to the University from any tax refund to which the student may be entitled.
To pay a balance due go to the Cashier's Office, BH 148. For information regarding the amount due, contact Student Account Services. BH 148, Window #8-10, or call Student Account Services at (562) 985-4167.
Advising Holds for Freshmen
All entering freshmen have “advising holds” placed on their records for the first semester and will not be able to change their schedules without consultation with an advisor. Mid-way through their first semester, freshmen will receive an e-mail from the Office of Enrollment Services about the Freshman Mandatory Advising Program. They are then required to attend a comprehensive advising session to prepare for second-semester course selections. After attending the workshop session the advising hold will be removed.
• EPT, ELM and WPE – For information, refer to your Schedule of Classes. For further information, contact the Testing and Evaluation Services (562) 985-4006
• Perkins Loans – Business Office, BH 155, (562) 985-5348
• Measles – Student Health Services, (562) 985-4771
• VISA hold (Foreign Clearance) – Center for International Education, BH 201, (562) 985-4106
Advisement Centers on Campus
CSULB is committed to student success. University undergraduate academic advising services and academic departments are responsible for providing academic direction for new and continuing students. In addition, academic departments provide academic advising for graduate students.
Undergraduate advisors, both in advising service offices and in academic departments, assist students to develop educational plans that are compatible with students' interests, academic preparation, and educational and career goals.
While advising offices mainly provide information and advise about general education, academic departments advise students about their major requirements and other important academic issues.
Lists of faculty advisors, their locations and phone numbers appear each semester in the Schedule of Classes. Faculty advisors also provide academic advisement and information about minors, certificates, internships, and masters programs. Students are advised to check with advisors often for current and relevant information.
The following listings are of advising services that provide general advising for students. Some are for students in special programs. All are eager to assist students.
Academic Advising Center
The Academic Advising Center is located in the Horn Center, Room 103 . For hours and appointments, call (562) 985-4837.
The Academic Advising Center provides services to the general University undergraduate student population including both traditional and non-traditional students.
The Academic Advising Center provides advisement workshops for transfer, adult reentry and graduating senior students; academic information for prospective CSULB students; small group workshops for entering students; total academic program planning for entering and continuing students; unofficial Degree Audits for continuing students; General Education advising for continuing and returning students; information, advisement and special evaluation services to adult reentry students; mandatory freshman workshops for second-semester class registration; assistance and information with and for the academic appeals process; academic probation/disqualification intervention services to high-risk students (in the "Strategies for Academic Success" program and in one-on-one sessions); and special advisement services to undeclared and pre-majors.
Educational Equity Services
Educational Equity Services is located in Liberal Arts (LA) 1-119. The telephone number is (562) 985-5637. Students are seen by appointment. Educational Equity Services has two advising components:
Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is a state funded program that has developed special services to help students overcome the obstacles that may prevent them from furthering their education and reaching their potential. Students who are interested in being considered for EOP must declare their intentions on the University application at the time they apply to the University.
The Student Support Services Program (SSSP)
The Student Support Services Program (SSSP) is a federally funded program designed to assist students in achieving their maximum potential in higher education. Students are referred to SSSP by faculty, staff, and students of CSULB. Interested students apply directly to the program for participation. In addition to an academic need, one of the following must apply for a student to be eligible for SSSP services: low income and first generation college students; physically disabled and/or learning disabled; low income only; first generation only.
Students should check with SSSP regarding their eligibility for program participation.
Educational Equity Services include Financial Aid Assistance; orientation to college—helping students adjust to the college environment; academic advising—guidance with graduation requirements, major and course selection; a writing and college transition course (EOP 100); individual counseling; peer advising; tutorial and supplemental instruction assistance covering a wide range of courses; career counseling; probation intervention; Writing Proficiency Examination workshops; and graduate placement information.
Global Learning Options for a Broader Education (GLOBE)
The GLOBE Program is located in Academic Services, Room 113. Call (562) 985-9308 for information or visit www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/iec/globe.
The GLOBE Program is an academic program for first-time freshmen who are interested in international issues and who wish to have at least one study abroad experience during their undergraduate career at CSULB. This small learning community enrolls approximately fifty new students each fall and offers an integrated curriculum of foundation and content area courses focused on global themes. The curriculum includes written communication, oral communication, critical thinking, literature, the arts, and social sciences. Students are recruited at SOAR each summer based on interest. Students receive paired courses for the first year, academic advising throughout their undergraduate career, assistance in selecting a major, and study abroad advising.
The Learning Alliance is located in LA4-202. For information contact the Learning Alliance at (562) 985-7804, visit www.csulb.edu/depts/alliance/, or e-mail Alliance@csulb.edu.
The CSULB Learning Alliance is an academic program for students who seek an active, personalized college experience. It is designed to help first-time freshmen make a positive academic and social transition to CSULB. This academic learning community offers students a chance to take classes together, learn from challenging instructors and establish closer ties to CSULB through campus involvement. Students qualify for the program based upon English test scores (SAT, ACT, AP, and/or EPT) and their desire to become part of a community that enables them to make well-informed choices about majors and career/life goals. Each fall, the Learning Alliance accepts approximately 200 first-time freshmen to the program, which is open to all majors both declared and undeclared. New students enroll in two connected general education classes in the fall where faculty members work together to integrate course subject matter. In the spring, Alliance students enroll in additional connected general education classes. During each semester of the sophomore year, students maintain their involvement with the program by continuing to take general education classes. As a result of their in-class connections, students have opportunities to make new friends and form study groups. Alliance juniors and seniors continue their association with the program by accessing resources that prepare them for graduation and life after college.
Specific benefits for Learning Alliance students include personalized academic advisement, guaranteed general education courses, support from professional staff members, courses with student-centered professors, opportunities for campus involvement, and access to the Alliance student lounge and computer lab.
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
MESA Engineering Program (MEP)
The MEP office is located in Engineering2, Room 300. For information, call MEP at (562) 985-8014.
The MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science, and Achievement) Engineering Program (MEP) provides academic advisement for general education and upper- division interdisciplinary course requirements to low-income and educationally disadvantaged students in all of the engineering disciplines: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer Engineering and Computer Science, Electrical, Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering. The MEP staff work with engineering department advisors to provide current information on engineering course requirements and changes.
Academic advisement is available in the MEP center by appointment and on a walk-in basis, as time permits.
Student Access to Science and Mathematics Center (SAS)
The Jensen SAS Center is located in Faculty Office Building 5, Room 109 (FO5-109). For information check the website www.sascenter.org or call (562) 985-4682.
The Jensen Student Access to Science and Mathematics Center (SAS) encourages and supports undergraduate and graduate students as they prepare for careers in the sciences and/or mathematics. There are many programs that combine to make up SAS. Two programs in particular which relate to academic advising are Science Safari to Success and EONS (Enrollment Orientation to the Natural Sciences). Science Safari and EONS are orientation programs for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. These programs welcome students to the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics by providing academic advising, an overview of career opportunities and degree programs, peer mentoring, and access to appropriate courses for students majoring in the sciences and/or mathematics.
Center for Student Athlete Services is located in the Physical Education Building, PE-1, Room 67. Students may call (562) 985-4777 for more information.
The Center for Student-Athlete Services (CSAS) provides support services for the NCAA Division I student-athletes. The CSAS staff provide total advisement on academic program planning to meet CSULB graduation requirements and NCAA eligibility requirements, appropriate course suggestions to meet general education and major requirements, and assistance in the identification and clarification of educational and vocational goals. CSAS actively monitors student-athlete academic progress and provides referrals to various campus support services to enhance their academic performance.
CSAS coordinates three support programs. The Student-Athlete Success Program (SASP), a new academic support program in CSAS, is committed to providing 49er student-athletes with tools and resources needed to succeed in the competitive academic environment. Support services include college readiness assessment, college survival study skills seminars, walk-in individual and group tutorials, supervised study hall, individual learning strategist assistance, support service referrals, and a computer access lab.
HEADS UP! is a program in which student-athlete peer mentors assist first-year student-athletes in adjusting to the demands of both intercollegiate athletics and university academics. It also provides the opportunity for freshmen and new transfer student-athletes to participate in transitional support programs designed to capitalize on the student-athletes' athletic skills, while learning to transfer those skills to the classroom. HEADS UP! promotes involvement in university life and personal academic and athletic competence.
Faculty/Athlete Connection Program (FACP) pairs student-athletes with distinguished faculty mentors. These faculty mentors can assist student-athletes in a variety of areas including academic assistance, major advisement, and career networking.
University Honors Program
The University Honors Program is located in the University Library, Room 213. Students who are interested should telephone the Director, Professor Albie Burke, or Duan Jackson at (562) 985-4706 to request a brochure and an application.
The University Honors Program requires no extra course work and includes small discussion classes with students who share similar interests and abilities; personalized academic advisement and guidance each semester; opportunities for a distinguished undergraduate record as one of fewer than 400 honors students on campus; professors' profiles of each student's individual performance placed in a file for job and graduate school applications; and the opportunity to do an undergraduate thesis project in the area of the student's major. It is possible to graduate in four years and to be recognized at graduation as having fulfilled all the requirements of the Honors Program.
Students with SAT scores of 1,100 or above and a high school GPA of 3.3 or above, or with a college GPA of 3.2 or above who still need 21 units of General Education are eligible. Interested students are urged to apply for an interview with the Director of the program.
Student Academic Support Services
CSULB believes that ALL students are capable of achieving academic success and thus provides a broad range of educational and student support services to assist them in their academic endeavors. Faculty and professional staff from all areas of the university work together to assist students in reaching their academic potential. The following programs compliment and support classroom instruction.
Career Development Center
The Career Development Center is located in Brotman Hall, Room 250. For information, call (562) 985-4151, log onto www.careers.csulb.edu, or stop by the office.
The Career Development Center provides resources and strategies for choosing a college major, developing career plans, finding internships and full-time jobs and making successful career transitions. Career decision-making facilitates a student’s definition of his/her personal career goals and objectives based on an understanding of one’s self and the world of work. The Center provides students with the most current career data and information delivery systems.
Career Planning, Selecting a Major, and Job Search
Career counselors assist students in exploring career and academic major options and in developing effective job seeking skills through one-to-one counseling and workshops. Counselors also provide assistance with résumé writing, interviewing techniques, job search techniques and other facets of the job search process including such topics as networking, accepting or rejecting a job offer, and negotiating a salary.
Once a student has carefully assessed his/her interests, skills, and values, the next step is to discover what professions might best suit them—that is, what major might lead to their desired career path. Career exploration does not entail making one, unalterable decision, but is instead a process that will open up several possible pathways. The Career Development Center provides individual counseling sessions designed to assist students along every step of the career planning process. Additionally, the Career Resource Library contains information about hundreds of career-related topics including choosing a major, internships, résumé writing, job market trends, international jobs, interviewing, job search, employers, and graduate school.
The Career Development Center receives thousands of job listings every year for positions relating to majors in the Colleges of Business, Education, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, and the Arts. Current listings are maintained for student use in the Career Resource Center and available via BeachLINK an on-line 24-hour job listing service that provides students with access to all of the part-time and full-time job vacancies received by the Center.
The Center also offers an On-Campus Recruiting Program for graduating seniors and graduate students. Through the OCR program, employers visit the campus each year to conduct interviews. The employment opportunities in this program are generally in the areas of accounting, banking, computer science, engineering, finance, government, general management training, insurance, retail management, sales, and marketing.
Career fairs provide excellent opportunities for students to meet representatives from the companies in their industries of choice and establish a network of contacts. Career Counselors help students research the employers beforehand and provide tips so they are prepared to engage recruiters effectively.
The Internship Program offers students paid and volunteer internship experience in business, industry, government and the non-profit sector. This practical and professional work experience is directly related to a student’s academic major or career goal. Students may alternate full-time work periods with full-time academic periods or they may work part-time while simultaneously attending the University. Upper-division Internship courses are available for up to six units of elective academic credit. Contact the Career Development Center Internship Coordinator at (562) 985-4151 for more information.
Careers and Disabilities
Careers and Disabilities is a Career Development Center program designed to help students with disabilities meet the challenges of career planning and job placement. A student with a visual, hearing or speech impairment, a learning disability or limited mobility can learn strategies in this program that will help build bridges to meaningful employment. For information about Careers and Disabilities, call (562) 985-8468
Center for Community Engagement
The Center for Community Engagement is located in the Academic Services wing of the Librarry, Room 120. Call (562) 985-7131 for more information.
The Center was established to institutionalize service learning at CSULB. Service Learning is a teaching method that allows students to see and experience the relationship between theory and practice. It integrates and enhances both community service and academic instruction; engages students in responsible and challenging community service; and emphasizes active learning in different environments. Its mission is to develop awareness, understanding, and commitment to service learning by creating a physical and virtual resource center that facilitates interactions between faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, student services staff, and community partners.
The Center works actively to serve educational institutions, government and non-governmental organizations, community agencies, and the CSULB campus community by organizing educational and training tools to aid the development and implementation of service learning activities across disciplines. The Center works with faculty to support student learning objectives as well as developing successful approaches to establish service learning teaching strategies through existing networks, mentors, and resources. The Center is a member of a growing national community that appreciates service learning as an academically effective and socially beneficial pedagogy and therefore supports exploration in service learning through student theses and faculty research. The CSLC actively participates in campus, system, statewide, and national movements to promote service learning as a means for social and intellectual development.
Disabled Student Services
Disabled Student Services (DSS) is located in Brotman Hall 270. Call (562) 985-5401 for information.
DSS provides appropriate services for students with disabilities, including registration assistance, note-taking, sign-language interpreting, reading, test proctoring, academic advising and scholarship information.
Other program components include the High Tech Computer Center for the Disabled, and the Stephen Benson Learning Disability Program which provides support services for students with learning disabilities. Peer counselors within the program provide disability related support services for the academic and personal needs of students identified with learning disabilities. Staff, trained in the assessment for learning disabilities, are available to provide prospective students testing and evaluation for specific learning disabilities.
In addition, the WorkAbility IV Program. In conjunction with the Career Development Center, DSS/WorkAbility IV provides career planning, placement and job search assistance. Call (562) 985-8038 for more information.
Clients of the Department of Rehabilitation may call to verify the receipt of authorization for tution and parking payment at this office. DSS also assists with disabled parking.
It is recommended that students with disabilities attempt to modify their schedules, as necessary, to lessen the impact of a disability. Students with disabilities, however, may request to enroll in a unit load commensurate with their ability. Reduced unit load is defined as less than 12 units for undergraduates and less than 8 units for graduates. Such requests must be made to DSS prior to each semester affected. If approved, the student will be entitled to all benefits, services and activities governing by the University accorded to full-time students. Eligibility for benefits, services and activities outside the University’s control will be governed by each separate external agency based upon actual unit load.
Educational Equity Services
The Office of Educational Equity Services (EES) assists in the admission and retention of first generation college students and academically and economically disadvantaged students some of whom might not otherwise be enrolled in the University. Programs currently under EES include the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), Educational Opportunity Program, Summer Bridge Program, and the federally sponsored TRIO programs, Educational Opportunity Center, Educational Information Services/Talent Search, Student Support Services Program, McNair Scholars Program and Upward Bound.
College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
The CAMP office is located at Liberal Arts 3 Room 202 and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Fridays. The telephone number is (562) 985-2006 or FAX (562) 985-2003.
The College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) is designed to serve students who themselves or whose parents are migrant or seasonal farm workers. Work may include production, transportation, packaging or canning of crops, dairy products, poultry, livestock, cultivation or harvesting of trees (nurseries), or fish farming. The goal of CAMP is to provide outreach and recruitment services to eligible students by assisting them in completing their admissions and financial aid applications. Also offered are parent workshops on motivating their children to enroll in and graduate from college.
The ultimate aim of CAMP is to provide migrant students with the necessary support services to help them transition easily during the first year in college. The project provides a student-centered array of academic and personal support services geared toward enhancing each student’s learning opportunities and quality of life. Also provided are tutoring, academic-skill building instruction; peer and faculty/staff mentoring; assistance with registration; a grant if eligible; exposure to cultural events; and academic programs not usually available to migrant youth.
Educational Opportunity Center
The Educational Opportunity Center is located at the Career Transition Center, 3447 Atlantic Avenue 2nd Floor, Long Beach California 90807 (cross streets Atlantic Avenue and East Wardlow Road). Office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. The telephone number is (562) 570-3710 and fax (562) 570-3713.
The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is a federally funded program designed to identify and assist low income, first-generation adult participants who want to enter, re-enter or continue in a program of postsecondary education. Adults enrolled or interested in enrolling in a high school diploma or GED program are encouraged to seek services.
The mission of the EOC is to assist program participants reach their educational and career goals by providing quality information, advisement and services. EOC provides free services to individuals who meet the program criteria.
Participants are required to be at least 19 years old; a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident; reside in one of the target communities: Artesia, Compton, Hawaiian Gardens, Long Beach, Lynwood, Norwalk, Paramount, Willowbrook and Wilmington; attend school or receive services from a site in the target area, and have a need for one or more of the program services.
The EOC provides academic advisement, career advisement, financial aid information, postsecondary advisement, assistance in completing college admissions, testing and financial aid applications. The program also conducts college admission and financial aid workshops.
Educational Information Services/Talent Search
Educational Information Services/Talent Search is a federally funded program housed at California State University, Long Beach. Its purpose is to identify, select, and assist low-income, first-generation individuals between the ages of 12 to 27 to continue in and graduate from secondary school and enroll in a postsecondary educational program. Services offered include postsecondary admission and application assistance, financial aid information and application assistance, academic advising, and career exploration and planning.
McNAIR Scholars Program
The McNAIR Scholars Program provides academic support services, research opportunities and involvement in scholarly activities for 25 low-income, first-generation college students to increase their likelihood of enrollment and success in doctoral programs. The program consists of the Summer Research Internship, which concentrates on a research project to be conducted by the McNAIR Scholar with the guidance of his/her faculty mentor, and the Academic Year Scholarly Experience to provide continuation of the summer research project; academic support and assistance in seeking admission to graduate programs; and assistance in obtaining graduate financial aid. The Scholars’ papers are collected in a publication, the CSULB McNAIR Journal.
Summer Bridge Program
The Summer Bridge Program provides an intensive five-week residential summer experience for selected first-time freshmen EOP students entering for the fall semester. The program provides English and mathematics instruction, tutoring, orientation to the campus, study skills workshops and enrichment activities to prepare students for the challenges of college. Participants are required to reside in campus housing for the full five weeks and must successfully complete the program to enroll at the university.
Upward Bound Program
The Upward Bound Program is a federally funded college preparatory program designed to assist first generation, low-income high school students who have the potential to pursue postsecondary education. The goal is to assist participants in their efforts to complete high school successfully and obtain a college education.
The program provides summer and weekend academic instruction, tutoring, academic, personal and career counseling, cultural activities and college application and admissions assistance.
International Student Services
International Student Services is located in the Center for International Education in Brotman Hall, Room 201
International Student Services serves some 1,400 non-immigrant students, representing almost 90 countries, by assisting them with their academic, personal, and cultural growth and development during their years at CSULB. This is accomplished through professional counseling and advising; assistance with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulations, paperwork processing, and documentation; student orientation activities; and assistance with registration. The ISS staff also serves as the University liaison with consulates, embassies, businesses, foundations, and community organizations concerning international students at CSULB.
In addition, the ISS staff works with international students, faculty, and members of the community to encourage and support international programs. International students are encouraged to participate in University and community programs. During the academic year, the ISS staff works with the International Student Association, the International Peer Advisors, and the International Community Council of Long Beach to plan and organize cross-cultural events such as the Annual International Dinner and Culture Show, International Faire, and other major events. These groups add a special dimension to student life on campus by hosting various cultural events and providing leadership training opportunities for their members.
Learning Assistance Center
Located in the Horn Center, Room 104, the Learning Assistance Center is an all-university academic support service that helps individuals identify and develop effective learning approaches to their courses. The LAC offers the following services:
1. Learning Skills Sessions and Workshops
2. Supplemental Instruction and Group Study
3. Tutorial Services
4. ESL Support Services
Learning Skills Services
The Learning Skills program provides help with a range of study skills and learning strategies. Learning Specialists offer individual sessions and scheduled workshops on such topics as Reading Textbooks Critically, Listening and Notetaking Skills, Time Management, Test-Taking Strategies, Memory Techniques, Learning Styles, Preparing Research/Term Papers, and Preparing for Final Exams. Students preparing for such standardized tests as the GMAT, GRE, and LSAT often combine use of software or printed materials with individual learning strategy sessions.
Learning Skill workshops may be tailored to individual courses and presented in class at faculty request. Workshops are also scheduled by student organizations and other groups.
Supplemental Instruction and Group Study
The LAC offers two forms of support for courses known to be historically difficult (where over 30% of enrolled students typically receive grades of D, F, or W). Supplemental Instruction (S/I) 60 is a one-unit non-baccalaureate adjunct class tied to select general education courses. Students enroll in the target GE course and the SI class together. The new Group Study offering is like SI, except that sessions are attended without registration, which allows students to participate even if they didn’t expect to need help at the beginning of the semester. SI and Group Study address both the comprehension and mastery of course content and the development of study skills that students need to be successful. Sessions are facilitated by advanced students who know the discipline well and have demonstrated the associated skills. Active participants typically perform much better (one letter grade higher) in the target course than peers who attempt it independently.
The Tutorial Services Program supports a wide range of subjects and specific courses through scheduled group, drop-in, online, and individual appointment tutoring. Group sessions are led by trained tutors for several of the most highly requested general education courses. Extensive drop-in tutoring gives students the greatest range of schedule options for help in a most subjects. A modest fee is charged for unlimited use of any one subject. Individual weekly appointments are available to all students in nearly all disciplines on an hourly fee-support basis. Each semester’s tutoring schedule is available online or at the LAC reception desk. Students in academic support programs such as EOP, SSSP, and DSS should contact program advisors regarding tutoring resources.
ESL Support Services
For students whose primary language is not English, the International Students’ Conversation Lab provides extensive opportunities to develop English fluency, work on academic language or course assignments, and to discuss cultural experiences. Students who need to increase their English language skills to fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) may obtain weekly appointments with ESL Specialist when referred by the GWAR/WPE Advisor. These services are free to all students.
Students may contact the LAC receptionist (562-985-5350) to schedule appointments, inquire about walk-in hours, or seek additional information. Further information can also be obtained in person on the first floor of Academic Services or via the LAC website (www.csulb/lac).
Pre-Baccalaureate Advising and Support Services
Pre-Baccalaureate Advising and Support Services is located in Academic Services, Room 14. The telephone number is (562) 985-7895.
Pre-Baccalaureate Advising and Support Services (PASS) provides advising as well as support to students in course placement and in developing the English and mathematics skills needed to prepare them for the required Freshmen-level English composition and/or mathematics courses. PASS does this by providing a combination of services.
Placement To receive information about placement into appropriate-level courses and to maintain compliance with Executive Order 665, PASS monitors course placement by advising students into the following remedial and developmental courses: ENGL 1ASAM 1, B/ST 1, CHLS 1, ALP/ALI 145, ALP/ALI 150, MATH 1, and/or MATH 10. If placed in these courses, students must complete the remedial requirement within one year.
Tracking PASS monitors students’ progress through the sequence of remedial and/or developmental English and math courses required for entrance into Freshmen-level English composition and/or mathematics courses. The goal is to be sure that students are making progress and completing the Prebaccalaureate classes as stated in Executive Order 665.
Intervention If students have difficulty in any course while enrolled in the remedial/developmental English and/or math courses, PASS counselors can help students by recommending referrals as necessary such as tutoring, diagnostic testing, and learning skills strategies.
Partners for Success
The Partners for Success Office is located in the University Student Union (USU-209). The telephone number is (562) 985-7562. Interested students may apply at www.csulb.edu/partners.
For a variety of reasons, many first-generation students—students with parents who do not possess a bachelors degree—find it challenging to complete their college education. In an effort to retain and graduate these students, a program co-sponsored by Academic Affairs and the Division of Student Services is offered to pair students with faculty members who serve in the capacity of mentors. A mentor, in this case, is an experienced professor who acts as a friendly advisor, helping students become comfortable and successful in the university environment.
Student Transition and Retention Services (STARS)
The STARS office is located in the Foundation Building (suite 160) and the telephone number is (562) 985-5515. Information may also be obtained on the department’s website at www.csulb.edu/soar.
The educational experience presents new students with many challenges and pressures. The department of Student Transition and Retention Services directs its efforts toward the orientation, advising, and registration of students and the promotion of their persistence in college through graduation. Special efforts are directed toward advisor training, orientation and advising workshops, as well as research with regard to issues affecting student retention.
Study Abroad Programs
The Study Abroad Office is located in the Center for International Education (BH-201).
The Study Abroad office assists CSULB students and faculty to select and prepare for an educational experience in another country. The office administers exchange programs throughout the world, coordinates the London semester program, provides advising services, maintains an overseas opportunities resource library, and sponsors special programs such as pre-departure workshops, information seminars, and speakers from off-campus.
Study abroad options include short-term programs (summer and winter), semester programs, and year-long programs. Students may be eligible for financial aid, loans, or scholarships to assist them with their study abroad experience.
CSU International Programs (IP) System-wide
Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 15,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.
International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 70 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.
The affiliated institutions are:
Queensland University of Technology
University of Queensland
University of Western Sydney
The Universities of Province of Quebec including:
Université de Montréal
Université du Quebec system
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
Peking University (Beijing)
Denmark’s International Study Program (international education affiliate of University of Copenhagen)
Institut des Etudes Françaises pour Étudiants
Étrangers, L'Académie d’Aix-Marseille (Aix-en Provence)
Universités de Paris III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII,
Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations and
Universität Tübingen - and a number of institutions of higher education in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg
Tel Aviv University
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
University of Haifa
CSU Study Center (Florence)
Universitá degli Studi di Firenze
La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
Waseda University (Tokyo)
Yonsei University (Seoul)
Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios
Superioras de Monterey, Campus Querétaro
Lincoln University (Christchurch)
Massey University (Palmerston North)
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Universidad de Granada
National Taiwan University (Taipei)
National Tsing Hua University
University of Wales, Swansea
University of Zimbabwe (Harare)
Information on academic course offerings available at these locations is in the International Programs Catalog which may be obtained from the Study Abroad Office in the Center for International Education (BH 201) or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802-4210 (562) 951-4790.
International Programs pays all tuition and administrative costs for participating California resident students to the same extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, living expenses, and home campus fees. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.
To qualify for admission to International Programs, students must have upper-division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure. Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in France, Germany, and Mexico. California Community Colleges transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges. Students must also possess a current cumulative GPA of 2.75 or 3.00, depending on the program for which they apply, for all college level work completed at the time of application, and have completed required language or other preparatory study where applicable. Selection is competitive and is based on home campus recommendations and the applicant’s academic record. Final selection is made by the Office of International Programs in consultation with a statewide selection committee.
Additional information and application materials may be obtained from the CSULB Center for International Education by calling (562) 985-4106 or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at: www.gateway.calstate.edu/csuienet/.
Applications for the 2007-2008 academic year overseas must be submitted by February 1, 2007 (May 1 for Australia and New Zealand).
Writer’s Resource Lab
The Writer’s Resource Lab provides individualized instruction to help CSULB students develop their writing abilities. For specific information or to make a tutoring appointment, please stop by the Writer’s Resource Lab in LAB-212 or call (562) 985-4329
At the Writer’s Resource Lab, students can consult with friendly, knowledgeable tutors in order to become more confident with the process of writing.
Students do not need to be taking a writing course to use the services; they are available to any currently enrolled CSULB student. Instructional activities include the following:
1. One-on-one tutoring appointments;
2. Personalized consultation for students preparing to take (or retake) CSULB’s Writing Proficiency Exam;
3. Intensive language acquisition instruction tailored to the needs of students whose first language is not English.
In addition, students are welcome to drop by and use the library of writing reference materials. Other services provided by the Writer’s Resource Lab include group tutorial sessions and workshops on various writing issues.
A wide range of campus services and co-curricular activites aim to insure that student needs are met as well as to enhance their college experience. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these services.
Counseling and Psychological Services
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) offers an array of services to help students achieve a satisfactory and meaningful academic experience. CAPS is located in Brotman Hall 226. The telephone number is (562) 985-4001.
Staff members of CAPS are trained at the doctoral level in counseling or clinical psychology and student development services delivery. Staff members are skilled in assisting students to translate their individual personal development, career development, and previous educational experience into optimal academic achievement and collegiate life experience.
Students are seen at CAPS by an intake counselor. Psychologists are assigned to students based on the type of problem expressed and/or identified in the initial review. Most individual counseling is short-term and lasts three to five sessions. The staff is also trained to address complex types of career and personal problems that may require more extensive counseling. Crisis intervention services are available on an immediate basis.
An extensive group counseling program exists for specific kinds of counseling issues such as stress management or interpersonal skill development. The mini-workshops acquaint students with various life skills such as assertiveness and time management. The Center is especially dedicated to working with students from diverse backgrounds.
Isabel Patterson Child Development Center
The Isabel Patterson Child Development Center is located on campus at 5700 Atherton Street. For information call (562) 985-5333 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
In January of 1975, the University and the Associated Students opened the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center to provide quality child care services to the University and community. The facility was made possible by the generous donation of Isabel Patterson, a CSULB alumna.
The child care services provided enable a student parent to attend classes at the University. Following the registration of children of student parents, the children of University staff, faculty, administration, alumni and then community are offered these services as space allows.
Child care services are available for children six months to 2 1/2 years in the Infant/Toddler Program; 2 1/2 to five years in the Pre-school Program; and Kindergarten through second grade in the Schoolage Program.
The environment of the Center allows children to move freely and choose from a variety of activities that include but are not limited to reading, music, water and sand play, art, science, cognitive games and dramatic play. Some of the program’s goals are to help children be responsible and able to solve their problems, to be inner-directed, to be aware of alternatives and able to make choices, and to be free from gender and other stereotyping. The program includes a family-style breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.
The Center employs child care and development professionals. The part-time teaching staff is composed of CSULB students who are required to participate in the Center’s comprehensive training program.
Student Health Services
Student Health Services
Student Health Services (SHS) is the campus health center providing medical services, preventive health and health education programs. A highly trained and experienced staff of physicians, nurses and other health care professionals are dedicated to student health and well being. The SHS is located on State University Drive and Merriam Way, between Brotman Hall and the residence halls. The SHS is accredited by the Association for Ambulatory Health Care, and is a member of the American College Health Association. Website: www.csulb.edu/shs. Important phone numbers are the SHS Switchboard, (562) 985-4771, and Appointment Desk, (562) 985-1638. Medical Emergencies arising on campus are directed to University Police 9-1-1.
Eligibility for Services
All regularly enrolled students registered for the current semester are eligible for services by paying the $45 mandatory Health Fee at registration. Continuing students who take two consecutive semesters of educational leave can receive services by paying the Health Fee at Student Health Services, providing they are returning the following semester. Students enrolled in University College and Extension Services (UCES) can receive services for $15.00 per visit while classes are in session.
Outpatient medical care is provided for acute injury and illness. Long term or overnight care is not provided. Services include Women’s Health, Men’s Health, and some specialties. Provisions are made for outside referrals for care beyond the scope of the SHS. X-ray, clinical laboratory, and pharmacy are available. Visits to the SHS, in house laboratory tests, and x-rays are provided without charge. Laboratory tests sent to outside reference labs and pharmacy medications are available at low cost. The SHS is open year round. Hours are 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday; and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Friday.
Health Resource Center
The Health Resource Center (HRC) is located in the Student Health Services (SHS) room 268. The HRC provides health education and support to students with a variety of programs and services. Programs include the Alcohol, Tobacco & Drug Abuse Prevention Workshop, the Nutrition Counseling, HIV Testing and Counseling Workshop, and the Sexual Health Awareness Workshop. Services include a computerized health resource service, the Health Beat Newsletter, multi-media health information, and health promotion campus outreach activities. Volunteer and internship opportunities are available. For more information call (562) 985-4609 or visit the web site at www.csulb.edu/hrc.
Immunization Requirement Clearance
Students enrolled in a California school for the seventh grade or higher on or after July 1, 1999 will have satisfied the requirements for Hepatitis B and Measles/Rubella. Hepatitis B: is required of students who are 18 and younger on the first day of class. Measles/Rubella is required of new students born after January 1, 1957. Clearance is obtained at the SHS by showing proof of immunity using medical records or by receiving immunizations (available at the SHS.) Medical and religious exemptions are available. For more information see Admission to the University, Immunization Requirements section. Students may also phone the SHS at (562) 985-4771, call the Immunization Hotline at (562) 985-5411, or visit the web site www.csulb.edu/shs and click on immunization information.
Medical insurance is strongly recommended. The Associated Students Inc. sponsors an individual health insurance plan available to all enrolled students. For more information contact Associated Students Business Office, (562) 985-8311, or visit the plan site www.chickering.com/schools/csulongbeach.
University Ombuds Services
The Office of University Ombuds is located in the Foundation Building, Suite 140. The telephone number is (562) 985-5983, and the office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Special arrangements for another meeting time can be made upon request. For more information, email the University Ombuds (email@example.com) or visit their website (www.csulb.edu/ombuds).
The Office of University Ombuds is an available confidential resource for all students for the purpose of problem-solving, mediation, and expression of concerns related to campus issues. Students who wish to resolve issues informally may access the services of the Office of Ombuds before formally addressing their problems with the University. The Ombuds works independently as an objective advisor, keeps all matters confidential, and acts as a neutral party in order to ensure a process that is fair and equitable.
The Ombuds advocates for a process of resolving issues informally with integrity and dignity. The Ombuds will not address formal litigation issues, formal disciplinary actions, formal complaints, or grievance hearings. The services provided by the Office of University Ombuds do not compromise or replace university policies or procedures. Discussion with the University Ombuds does not constitute notice to the institution with regard to grievances and formal complaints.
The Veterans’ Services office coordinates all veterans’ financial benefits including initiation of federal and state benefits, maintenance of veterans’ status with the Veterans’ Administration and continuation of benefits through enrollment certification. The office is supervised by the Career Development Center and is located in Brotman Hall Room 250.
Student Life and Resources
Many academic departments have a student departmental association composed of students in that discipline. In addition, there are other academically-related organizations and discipline-based honorary societies. Representatives from each departmental association work together on a college student council for each of the seven colleges. The organizations promote interaction between faculty and students by sponsoring speakers, seminars, social gatherings and other activities related to their disciplines. Students also have the opportunity to provide input regarding their educational experiences to their faculty and departmental chairs, as well as to their deans via the departmental associations and student councils, respectively. SLD staff members play a key role in coordinating major events such as Engineering Day, Health and Human Services Career Month, the Awareness Festival, College of the Arts Week, and the Nobel Laureate Lecture.
Students have the opportunity to join national and local organizations with founding values based on community service, scholarship, campus involvement, leadership, and friendship. There are more than 30 fraternities and sororities which reflect a broad range of interests and historical traditions. There are groups with predominantly African-American, Asian American and Latino membership, as well as chapters with no ethno-cultural affiliation.
In addition to their social and cultural programs, sororities and fraternities sponsor national and/or local philanthropies and engage in community service projects. Examples of such projects include providing tutorial assistance and positive role models for children in local schools, initiating food and clothing drives for those in need, and raising money for scholarships.
Most national Greek organization chapters are members of one of these coordinating councils: National Pan-Hellenic Council (historically African-American sororities and fraternities), Inter-fraternity Council (fraternities), Panhellenic Association (sororities) and Cultural Greek council (fraternities and sororities.)
The Leadership Academy is a series of workshops focused on cultivating leadership excellence. Its purpose is to help students improve their leadership potential and to develop practical application to increase their understanding of leadership skills.
Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center
The Leadership Resource Center is located on the third floor of the University Student Union, Room 313. To contact the LRC, call (562) 985-1936.
The vision of the Lois J. Swanson Leadership Resource Center (LRC) is to cultivate leadership excellence. Its purpose is to prepare CSULB students to be the world’s best leaders and maximize leadership potential with a commitment to serve others. The LRC provides a leadership library, resources, and a boardroom. The library holds books, videos, tapes and materials for icebreakers and interactive activities. Resources include a series of seminars to enhance leadership skills, increase self-confidence and develop teamwork. The LRC offers consultations for classroom facilitation, conferences and customized workshops. The LRC “Board room” can be reserved for leadership-related meetings.
The Multicultural Center is located in Faculty Office Building 3 (FO3), Room 003 and is open from 9:00-5:00, Monday through Friday. For more information, the Center’s website is www.csulb.edu/centers/mcc or call (562) 985-8150.
The mission of the Multicultural Center is to contribute to the creation of a campus environment which respects and supports cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity. The center is an educational resource center which serves as a vehicle for the expression of the needs and concerns of CSULB’s increasing diverse campus community.
The objectives and activities of the center include its signature project S.T.A.R. (Students Talk About Race), which is offered every semester and trains students in cross-cultural communication and commits them to 8 weeks as facilitators at local middle and high school classrooms; diversity workshops, lectures, and forums; an extensive up-to-date library of journals, magazines, books, videos, some DVD’s, and audio tapes; archived newspaper articles, an art gallery celebrating the center’s theme of cultural diversity by well-known and student artists; and student internship opportunities. The center’s resources are available for students, faculty, staff and community members.
Student-Run Resource Centers
There are five student-run resource centers on campus. These venues are for affiliated student organizations to conduct program planning, peer mentoring, officer meetings, and post information regarding scholarships, service and internship opportunities.
American Indian Student Study Center, FO4-282,
Asian Pacific Student Resource Center, FO4-277
Black Student Cultural Center, FO4-274, (562) 985-4502
Raza Resource Center, FO4-263, (562) 985-5223
Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Resource Center (LGBTRC), FO4-165, (562) 985-4585 (general information), (562) 985-4588 (event line) or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
University Interfaith Center
The UIC is located in the University Student Union, room 103. For information on programs and resources call (562) 985-4369.
The University Interfaith Center (UIC) is an association of 12 faith traditions serving the education community of CSULB. Member groups represent individual faiths while respecting the diversity of religious traditions and the pluralistic nature of the university. Membership in the association is extended to faith groups who choose to work cooperatively, respecting the integrity of one another’s religious traditions. All of the services of the University Interfaith Center are available to the entire campus community – students, faculty and staff.
The UIC aims to enhance the educational experience by encouraging students, faculty and staff in their pursuit of spiritual growth, community building, faith development and personal values. It offers pastoral care/spiritual support, educational programs, student community worship services, service projects, conferences/retreats and referral information. It also provides a library on topics of religion and a comfortable lounge area where students can meet, share a meal or study.
Women’s Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and two evenings until 6:30 p.m. Its services are free and available to women and men, campus and community. The WRC is located in Liberal Arts 3-105. For further information, call (562) 985-8687/8576.
The mission of the Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is to facilitate the educational, professional and personal growth of women on campus. The WRC houses a library of material on women’s issues, offers women’s support groups, and peer counseling. It provides referrals to campus and community services, scholarship information, and is a clearinghouse of current events of interest to women. The WRC also provides a comfortable lounge where students can study, chat with friends, or hold meetings.
In addition, the Women’s Resource Center sponsors educational events throughout the school year and works cooperatively with other academic and student services programs. The seminars, workshops and/or conferences range from the more current theoretical women’s issues to practical concerns of university women.
The Associated Students Government Offices are located in suite 311 of the University Student Union. For further information, stop by or call (562) 985-5241.
The quality of student life at CSULB is largely determined by students themselves. The time-honored tradition of student self-governance affords students a remarkable level of autonomy and provides a wealth of opportunities for developing leadership and management skills that can be as valuable as any classroom learning experience. Through self-governance, students learn how to make good decisions, how to motivate others to work toward a common goal, and how to manage budgets and other critical resources.
Student government at The Beach is organized under the Associated Students, a California nonprofit corporation owned and operated by the students of CSULB. Every student becomes a member and “shareholder” of the Associated Students upon registration, and all are encouraged to get involved in Associated Student activities. In addition to student government, the Associated Students also operates and manages the University Student Union, the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, the ASI Recycling Center, the Soroptimist House, the Beach Pride Center, K-Beach radio, the Long Beach Union newspaper, and the Gold Mine Yearbook, and the Recreational Sports Program.
Participation in student government, or any other aspect of the Associated Students, provides an exceptional opportunity for students to take part in the political advocacy of student interests, the development, and execution of student programs and services, the shared governance of the University, and the self-governance of the student community’s affairs.
The governance structure of the Associated Students includes legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Each year the student body elects students to approximately 28 positions in the executive and legislative branches of government. In addition, students are elected to policy-making bodies including the Child Development Center Board of Directors, the University Student Union Board of Trustees, the Student Media Board, the Forty-Niner Shops Board of Directors, and the Academic Senate. Participation in these programs and other campus activities has been a significant part of many students’ University experience.
The executive branch of student government is comprised of the A.S. President, A.S. Vice President, A.S. Treasurer, and A.S. Administrator. The Associated Students President is also the chief executive officer of the Associated Students, Incorporated and acts as the official representative and host of the Associated Students to the University and the public. The President is responsible for executing Associated Students policies adopted by the A.S. Senate and for making all A.S. executive and judicial appointments. The President is an ex-officio member of all A.S. executive bodies.
The Associated Students Vice President chairs the A.S. Senate and is a voting member of that body. The Vice President is responsible for assembling the agenda for the Senate meetings and serves on several boards and committees. The Vice President assists the President with his or her duties and assumes the President’s duties should the A.S. President leave office or become incapacitated.
The Associated Students Treasurer is responsible for the Associated Students’ finances and enforcement of A.S. fiscal policy. The Treasurer prepares the Associated Students budget for submission to the Senate and chairs the A.S. Board of Control. The Treasurer approves all expenditures of A.S. monies and assists clubs and organizations with obtaining financial assistance from Associated Students.
The Associated Students Administrator is the senior programming officer of the Associated Students government. Appointed by the A.S. President each year, the Administrator is responsible for overseeing the A.S. Commissions. The Administrator also represents the Associated Students and the President on several campus committees.
The Associated Students Board of Control is a subsidiary board of the Senate and is chaired by the A.S. Treasurer. The Board acts in the areas of finance, personnel, and the administration of business affairs between the Associated Students and other parties. All groups requesting Associated Students funding must go before the Board of Control for approval prior to appearing before the Senate. The Board of Control makes recommendations regarding budget allocations to the Senate, which has final approval in all A.S. Board of Control financial actions.
The A.S. Senate is the legislative branch of student government and serves as the Board of Directors of the Associated Students, Incorporated. The Senate creates and revises the A.S. by-laws, approves the allocation of funds for programs, confirms presidential appointments, fills vacancies in elected offices between elections, and forms committees to study problems and proposals. The Senate also charters on-campus student groups (with the exception of fraternities and sororities), enabling these groups to request Associated Students funding, use Student Union facilities, and enjoy the benefits of the Associated Students’ support and recognition. The Senate is comprised of 21 voting members, including the A.S. Vice President who serves as the Chair. There are two senators representing each of the seven colleges at CSULB and six Senators-at-large elected by the general student body.
The Associated Students Judiciary is responsible for interpreting the provisions of the A.S. bylaws and any other A.S. document when a dispute arises. The Associated Students Judiciary may take disciplinary action, including suspension or revocation of charter privileges against recognized student organizations. The Judiciary also renders final decisions in election disputes. The decisions of the A.S. Judiciary constitute the final authority in all Associated Students matters. A chief justice and six associate justices are appointed yearly by the A.S. President and confirmed by the A.S. Senate. The A.S. President also appoints an Attorney General and a Public Defender. This court allows students the opportunity to develop mediation and adjudication skills and to address any injustice or wrongdoing involving student government.
The University Student Union
In March 1965, the student body voted to assess a fee each semester to construct, maintain and operate a student union building. The University Student Union (USU) opened its doors in 1972 and has served the campus continuously since then. In March 1995, the student body approved a $17 million improvement project. Completed in May 1998, the Project added a third floor and west wing to the building, providing space for a conference center, a Leadership Resource Center, student organization office space, a computer center, new meeting rooms, and a covered exterior escalator.
The University Student Union is located in the center of campus, bridging the north and south campuses. It occupies approximately 180,000 square feet. With large interior patios, flexible multipurpose and meeting rooms, comfortable lounges and food service facilities, the USU is the community center of campus, and for many students their “home away from home”. The USU offers weekly entertainment activities and numerous opportunities for occupying students’ recreation and leisure time. It is also home to the Associate Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students.
The Mall (ground floor) level of the USU caters to recreational and leisure-time activities. The Games Area offers bowling lanes, a video arcade, billiards, table tennis, a television lounge, and an outdoor swimming pool. The first level also houses Round Table Pizza, the Press Room Cafe, the Beach Pride Center the Alumni Association, the Interfaith Center, K-Beach, and the Program Council.
The Plaza (second) level features food vendors, student conveniences, and student service providers. The USU Food Court features nationally branded vendors such as Carl’s Jr., Subway, Robek’s Juice, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, and EI PolIo Loco. The Photo/Ticket Booth offers photo developing and sells tickets for campus events and discount tickets for area theme parks. The Candy Bar provides a quick place to grab a snack or a soft drink. The office of Student Life and Development provides advising for student organizations as well as mailboxes and organizational file space. The USU Conference and Event Center is the central scheduling service for the USU and Soroptomist House. The ASI Business Office offers health insurance, money orders, notary public services, and banking services for student organizations. The Computer Center provides students with access to PC and Mac computers, while Planet Graph-X provides students with the latest in graphic design services. Other services on this level include Elektric Hair, the Music Listening Lounge, the Union Newspaper, and Campus Police.
The Terrace (third) level houses the A.S. Government offices and offers students the opportunity to participate in campus governance activities. The Leadership Resource Center provides students with valuable resources to enhance their college experience. The Robert C. Maxson Student Organization Center houses 28 student organizations. The Greek Council Office and Office of Equity and Diversity are located on this level.
Throughout the USU, there are many facilities available to student organizations and other groups for scheduling events. The Long Beach Ballrooms, meeting rooms, Center Courtyard and the Beach Auditorium all provide a variety of amenities for meetings, conferences, speakers, films, concert, luncheons, and banquets.