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CSULB Campus Regulations 2016-17

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 students, faculty, and staff of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) 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 indicates otherwise.

Statement of Intention

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 it 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 (Academic Senate Policy Statement 00-06). We are a campus that gives every member of the community an equitable chance for success.
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. Violators of campus policies are subject to being cited by University Police and/or being referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development or other appropriate campus offices. Violations of criminal law are additionally subject to prosecution in the court of proper jurisdiction.

Authority

Campus REGS 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 Affairs. 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 Affairs, Brotman Hall (BH)-377
  2. Office of the Associate Vice President/Dean of Students,
    University Student Union (USU)-219
  3. Office of Student Life and Development, USU-215
  4. Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, USU-218
  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 17, 2016.
For more information or clarification, call (562) 985-8670 or (562) 985-5270.

  1. Academic Dishonesty
    1. 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 Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The faculty member should send a completed “Student Academic Integrity” form to the Dean of Students and to the Provost whenever an academic dishonesty case is handled (Academic Senate Policy Statement 08-02). To access the Student Academic Integrity form Click HERE.
    2. 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 use 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.
  2. Campus Interaction

    1. 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)).
      Service Animals are permitted on campus (Americans with Disabilities Act Title II & III). Service animals are defined as dogs that are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities. The Fair Housing Amendments Act of 1988, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act protect the right of people with disabilities to keep emotional support animals in housing on campus on a case by case basis. Please contact the Office of Disabled Student Services, BH-270. For further information click HERE.
    2. 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 visiting the Office of Student Life and Development, USU-215. 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 or commercial filming, contact the Event Services Office, BH-320, or click HERE.
  3. Drugs and Alcohol

    1. Alcohol or Drug Laws Violations
      On 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. referred immediately to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development after a third violation of policies;
      4. subjected to other sanctions depending on the circumstances of an alcohol or drug violation.
    2. 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, Standard for Student Conduct). For the complete policy, contact the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, USU-218.
    3. 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.
    4. 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. CSULB 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).
  4. Student Responsibilities

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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 organizations. 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.
    4. 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 the campus is in violation of state law (California Penal Code, Sections 626.2 - 626.6).
    5. 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, or the director of development, Division of Student Affairs, BH-377. The Center for Scholarship Information has established procedures for administering scholarships and monetary awards by student organizations. Information is available from the Office of Student Life and Development, USU-215.
    6. Identification
      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.
    7. 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 HERE.
      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, see the website of the U.S. Copyright Office found HERE, especially the FAQs found HERE.
    8. 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.
  5. Student Rights

    1. 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, USU-219; the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development, USU-218, or the Office of University Ombuds, Foundation Building (FND), room 140.
    2. 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. If the modification or accommodation is inappropriate or insufficient, the student should seek the assistance of the Office of Equity and Diversity, FND-120.
      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, click HERE.
    3. 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.
    4. Student Health Services
      Upon recommendation of the attending clinician(s), the director of Student Health Services (with approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs) 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(s);
      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.
      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 must make arrangements for another clinician within SHS 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.
  6. Tobacco and Smoking Policy

    Effective September 1, 2016, CSULB shall be entirely a tobacco and smoke-free campus. This policy applies to students, staff, faculty, visitors, and vendors. The tobacco and smoke-free policy applies to all CSULB facilities, property, vehicles, and Blair field. For more information on our tobacco and smoking policy click HERE.

  7. Transportation

    1. Bicycles and Scooters on Campus
      Current regulations prohibit bicycles and scooters, motorized and non-motorized, on sidewalks or inside University buildings. Click HERE to see map for pedestrian-only areas. Regulations also require bicycles and scooters to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians. Bicycles and scooters left in a manner that blocks 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.”
    2. Hover Boards
      Assembly Bill No. 604, California Vehicle Code(CVC), was amended on January 1, 2016 explicitly to allow the use of “electrically motorized boards” on public roads with the same regulations and restrictions as bicycles. Effectively, electrically motorized boards must adhere to the rules of the road as listed in the CVC, as well as any local ordinances or University regulations.
      Definition of an electrically motorized board per CVC, section 313.5 is “any wheeled device that has a floorboard designed to be stood upon when riding that is not greater than 60 inches deep and 18 inches wide, is designed to transport only one person, and has an electric propulsion system averaging less than 1,000 watts, the maximum speed of which, when powered solely by a propulsion system on a paved level surface, is no more than 20 miles per hour. The device may be designed to also be powered by human propulsion.”
    3. Roller Skates, Rollerblades, Scooters, Skateboards, and Other Coasting Devices
      Responsible use of alternative transportation methods − including roller skates, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, 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:
      1. Users must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on foot at all times.
      2. Coasting devices may not be used in any manner that places pedestrians at risk.
      3. The speed of coasting devices must not exceed 5 mph, and the users must remain in control of their coasting device at all times. Ridingcoasting devices down hills, including the hills at East Campus Drive and West Campus Drive, is prohibited (click HERE to see map).
      4. Coasting devices are not vehicles, and their use is prohibited on roadways and in parking lots and parking structures.
      5. The use of the devices for acrobatics, recreation, racing or other stunts is strictly prohibited. Riding on any architectural or landscape features other than sidewalks is prohibited. All wheels of coasting devices must be in contact with the ground while in use.
      6. The use of coasting devices is prohibited within any building, any covered area, and in the designated pedestrian-only zones on campus (click HERE to see map).
      7. Persons using roller skates or rollerblades must remove them before entering all University buildings.
  8. These regulations are effective immediately and will be enforced by the University Police Department. Persons violating these prohibitions may be cited under CVC 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 wheelsconnected for skating;
    2. Rollerblade – a type of roller skate with in-line wheel(s);
    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, recreation – any action on coasting devices
      that is not necessary for the safe forward movement of the rider and that 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 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.

  9. Weapons

    1. 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).
    2. Firearms on Campus and Simulated or Toy Weapons
      Any person who brings a firearm onto, or possesses a firearm on, the grounds of the University without the prior written permission of the University Police, or as otherwise provided by law, is in violation of state law (California Penal Code, Sections 626.9, 25400, ect.) 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 BB 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. For more information regarding firearms on campus, please contact University Police at University Police Building.
      Possession of any unauthorized firearms, weapons, or other dangerous instruments is prohibited within 1,000 feet of University grounds without the written permission of University authorities (California Penal Code, Sections 626.9 and 626.10, and California Senate Bill 707).