When a student joins, or is in the process of joining, a student club or organization, he or she, in addition to the obligations, benefits, and privileges of membership, accepts responsibility for his or her actions. Where members act in concert with one another at a club-sponsored event, each member may be held jointly and severally responsible for conduct which violates any of the following, including, but not limited to: CSULB Campus Regulations, California Statutes, Federal Statutes, or Local Ordinance(s). In addition, the club or organization may be held responsible for the actions of its members and have a duty to comply with all applicable rules regarding CSULB recognized clubs and organizations.
T hese procedures apply to any and all violations occurring: A) on property defined in Campus Regulations; or B) any violations on off-campus property if that behavior: (1) occurred as part of a campus-related or recognized event; (2) adversely affects the health and safety of members of the campus community at large; (3) is sufficiently severe or pervasive; (4) harms university property; or (5) is inconsistent and/or interferes with the mission of the university, campus rule or presidential order.
The associate vice president for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (hereafter referred to as the dean of students) is the designee of the Vice President for Student Affairs, and has been delegated authority and responsibility to monitor the administration of these procedures. The dean of students may designate the Office of Student Conduct, director of Student Life and Development or other members of the dean of students’ professional staff to investigate and adjudicate complaints against student clubs and organizations. During the pendency of any investigation undertaken pursuant to this section, the dean of students may impose an interim suspension and or cease and desist notice on a student, club or organization.
California State University, Long Beach, may impose sanctions for violation of, or an attempt to violate, CSULB Campus Regulations, the CSULB Code of Conduct for Fraternities and Sororities, California statutes, federal statutes, or local ordinance(s). In addition, violation of the following may result in the imposition of sanctions:
When possible, the individual(s), club or organization shall be notified within ten (10) working days following receipt of the allegations.
The dean of students or his or her designee shall meet with the officers of the officially recognized club or organization, the complainant and witnesses. The meeting is designed to determine facts, gather information and to attempt to informally resolve the matter.
The standard of proof to substantiate the allegations is a “preponderance of the evidence.” The preponderance of evidence is a standard of proof which requires that facts and evidence supporting the complaint are more “likely than not” to have occurred.
In the event that a club or organization has committed a violation under these procedures, the club or organization and individuals within the club or organization shall be subject to one or more of the following sanctions:
When the investigation results in a finding of responsibility for a violation of the forgoing regulations and sanctions, the club or organization will be notified of the decision. Upon notification to the club or organization of the decision made by the designee of the dean of students, the club or organization may exercise its right to appeal the determination of the university. This appeal shall be in writing to the dean of students within five (5) working days of receipt of the written decision from the investigating designee. Within five (5) days of the receipt of the appeal, the Office of the Dean of Students may enforce the decision to impose a sanction, modify the terms of the sanction, or delete the sanction in its entirety. If an interim suspension During the pendency of the appeal, the interim suspension or cease and desist, if imposed, will remain in full force and effect.
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