Oct 20, 2018  
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog

General Policies and Regulations



Election of Regulations for Degree Requirements (Catalog Rights)

Undergraduate students acquire "catalog rights" with respect to the requirements for a degree program by maintaining "attendance" continuously. This means that, if continuous attendance is maintained and the degree objective is not changed, students may choose to graduate under the requirements for the degree in effect 1) at the time they began the study in a California community college or another campus of The California State University, 2) at the time they entered CSULB, or 3) at the time of graduation from CSULB. Substitutions for discontinued courses may be authorized or required by the Dean of the College. Students who change their major, including changing from "undeclared" status to a defined degree objective or from one option to another option under the same degree, are governed by the degree major requirements in effect at the time of the change or declaration of major. Students who change majors are advised that some courses counted for General Education or double counted for General Education and a major may become unacceptable for General Education in connection with a new major. These students should check with the University Center for Undergraduate Advising or their major advisor.

The term "attendance" means, literally, attendance in a course for at least one semester (or quarter) unit credit in at least one semester (or two quarters) in a calendar year, culminating in a record of enrollment on the student's official transcript. For the purpose of establishing catalog rights, the course must be at the baccalaureate or graduate level in a California Community College, a California State University, or a University of California campus. Enrollment resulting in a withdrawal (the grading symbols W, WE or WU) does not count as attendance in a course, therefore does not preserve "catalog rights."

Once "catalog rights" are established, absence related to an approved medical, military or academic leave or for attendance at another accredited institution of higher education will not be considered an interruption of attendance, provided that the absence does not exceed two years (see Educational Leave ).

Failure to remain in continuous attendance will mean that the student must meet the regulations current at the time of resuming the degree program or those applicable at the time of graduation. In addition, for graduate students, a failure to maintain continuous attendance means the automatic revocation of "candidacy" for the degree (advancement to candidacy) and of "catalog rights."

Changes in Rules and Policies

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

Nothing in this Catalog shall be construed as, operate as or have the effect of an abridgment or a limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees of the California State University, the Chancellor of the California State University, or the President of the campus. The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the President are authorized by law to adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies that apply to students. This Catalog does not constitute a contract or the terms and conditions of a contract between the student and the campus or the California State University. The relationship of students to the campus and the California State University is one governed by statute, rules, and policy adopted by the Legislature, the Trustees, the Chancellor, the Presidents and their duly authorized designees.

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

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

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

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

Graduation Rates

CSULB's current graduation rates are higher than most other public, comprehensive universities of similar large size, funding and student mix. CSULB graduation rates have been improving and the campus continues to work toward still more gains.

First-Time Freshmen

Cohort Year

4-Year Graduation Rate

6-Year Graduation Rate

Fall 2005

12.25%

53.34%

Fall 2006

12.65%

56.62%

Fall 2007

13.97%

59.95%

Fall 2008

14.79%

64.85%

Fall 2009

16.05%

66.77%

Fall 2010

15.05%

68.36%

Fall 2011

16.08%

68.40%

Fall 2012

16.58%

 

Fall 2013

25.67%

 

 

Transfer

Cohort Year

2-Year Graduation Rate

4-Year Graduation Rate

Fall 2005

21.41%

68.02%

Fall 2006

23.55%

67.69%

Fall 2007

21.73%

69.10%

Fall 2008

22.74%

71.37%

Fall 2009

25.65%

77.52%

Fall 2010

26.73%

79.34%

Fall 2011

26.36%

80.64%

Fall 2012

30.38%

80.41%

Fall 2013

36.63%

84.99%

Fall 2014

38.12%

 

Fall 2015

38.77%

 

Recent graduates who began as freshmen took an average of 5.03 years to complete baccalaureate degrees (for graduates whose degrees were awarded in the college year 2016-17). Among freshmen, time to degree is quicker for students who arrive well prepared academically, especially in math and English.

Recent graduates who began as junior transfers graduated in an average of 2.78 years (for graduates whose degrees were awarded in the college year 2016-17). Average time to degree is significantly longer for engineering. Among transfers, time to degree is quicker for students who have received good advising in a community college and who have completed proper major preparation courses. Some transfers at CSULB having taken more units than the transfer minimum and with courses that cannot be credited toward degrees.

CY 2016-17

 

FTF

TRANSFER

Business Administration

4.8

2.77

Education

4.99

2.85

Engineering

5.06

3.21

Health and Human Services

5.05

2.64

Liberal Arts

5.05

2.64

Natural Sciences & Mathematics

5.12

3.1

The Arts

5.05

3.04

Total

5.03

2.78

Completing a baccalaureate degree in a reasonable period of time is an important goal for students and parents. Baccalaureate degrees typically require 120-132 units (about 40-44 courses). Earning a 120-unit degree within four years requires full-time attendance (15 or more units per semester) and is a "full-time job" that requires about 45 hours per week attending class and studying. Degrees in engineering, sciences, and the arts generally require more courses and timely completion requires attending winter session, summer session and/or attending longer than four years. CSULB continues to work to reduce time to degree for freshmen and for transfer students.

CSULB has an obligation, under the federal Student Right-To-Know law, to provide information regarding graduation rates to prospective and current students. The "six-year freshman cohort graduation rate" describes the percentage of students who began as freshmen and completed degrees within six years at the same campus. Although important, this measure does not provide complete information, because some students take longer than six years to graduate, some come as transfer students, and some attend several undergraduate institutions before receiving baccalaureate degrees. The tables here show 6-year freshman and 4-year transfer cohort rates and estimated total eventual graduation rates for both freshmen and transfer students. Estimated eventual graduation rates are based on a methodology developed by the California State University system that takes into consideration the number of students still enrolled in good academic standing at the six-year point in time.

Accreditation

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

  • American Language Institute, CCPE - Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314-3457, phone: 703-519-2070
  • Art - National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, Telephone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org
  • Business Administration - ACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), 777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33602, Phone: 813-769-6500, Fax: 813-769-6559, E-mail: jerryt@aacsb.edu, Web: www.aacsb.edu
  • Biochemistry (undergraduate) - American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), 11200 Rockville Pike, Suite 302, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone 240-283-6640, Web www.asbmb.org
  • Chemistry (undergraduate) - American Chemical Society, Committee on Professional Training, 1155 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-872-4589
  • Communicative Disorders (graduate) - American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, ASHA) Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology, nd Speech-Language Pathology, 10801 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852, Phone: 301-897-0140, Fax: 301-571-0481, E-mail: ptice@asha.org, Web: www.asha.org/about/academia/accreditation/
  • Dance - National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, Phone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org, Web: www.arts-accredit.org
  • Design - National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190-5248, Telephone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org
  • Education - National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-466-7496, Fax: 202-296-6620, E-mail: ncate@ncate.org, Web: www.ncate.org
  • Engineering (undergraduate: Aerospace, Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Engineering Technology, Mechanical) - Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc. (ABET), 111 Market Place, Suite 1050, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 410-347-7700, Fax: 410-625-2238, E-mail: info@abet.org, Web: www.abet.org
  • Family and Consumer Sciences - American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS), Council for Accreditation (CFA), 400 North Columbus Street, Suite 202, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703-706-4600, 800-424-8080, Fax: 703-706-4663, E-mail: gmcginnis@aafcs.org, Web: www.aafcs.org
  • Health Care Administration - Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA), 2000 14th Street North Suite 780, Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-894-0960, Fax: 703-894-0941, Web: www.aupha.org; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-351-5010, Fax: 703-991-5989, E-mail: info@cahme.org, Web: www.cahme.org; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476, E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu, Web: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation
  • Health Science (graduate) - Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476, E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu, Web: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation; Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1015 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 789-1050
  • Journalism and MAss Communications-Accrediting Council on Edauction in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC) Stauffer-Flint Hall, 1435 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7575, Phone: 785-864-3973, Fax 785-864-5225, Web: http://www2.ku.edu/~acejmc/
  • Music - National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, Phone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org, Web: www.arts-accredit.org
  • Nursing - Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), 2111 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201, Phone: 703-351-5010, Fax: 703-991-5989, E-mail: info@cahme.org, Web: www.cahme.org; Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, Phone: 202-887-6791, Fax: 202-887-8476, E-mail: jbutlin@aacn.nche.edu, Web: www.aacn.nche.edu/accreditation; Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH), 1015 15th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005, (202) 789-1050
  • Nutrition, Didactic Program in Dietetics (DPD) - Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®), 120 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 2190, Chicago, IL 60606, Phone: 800-877-1600, ext. 5400 Email: ACEND@eatright.org, Web: www.eatrightpro.org/acend
  • Physical Therapy - American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy, Education (CAPTE), 1111 North Fairfax Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: 703-706-3245, Fax: 703-838-8910, E-mail: accreditation@apta.org, Web: www.capteonline.org
  • Public Policy and Administration - National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA), 1120 G Street NW, Suite 730, Washington, DC 20005, Phone: 202-628-8965, Fax: 202-626-4978, E-mail: byrne@naspaa.org, Web: www.naspaa.org
  • Recreation and Leisure Studies - National Recreation and Park Association/American, ssociation for Physical Activity and Recreation, (NRPA/AAPAR) Council on Accreditation, 22377 Belmont Ridge Road, Ashburn, VA 20148, Phone: 703-858-2150, Fax: 703-858-0794, E-mail: dtimmerman@nrpa.org, Web: www.councilonaccreditation.org
  • Social Work - Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Office of Social Work Accreditation and Educational Excellence, 725 Duke Street, Suite 500, Alexandria, VA 22314, phone: 703-683-8080,Fax: 703-739-9048, E-mail: dpierce@cswe.org, Web: www.cswe.org
  • Theatre Arts - National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST), 11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA 20190, Phone: 703-437-0700, Fax: 703-437-6312, E-mail: info@arts-accredit.org, Web: www.arts-accredit.org
  • University Art Museum - American Association of Museums, Suite 200, 1225 Eye St., NW, Washington, DC 20005, phone: 202-289-1818

CSULB Principles of Shared Community

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

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

CSULB Statement on Civility and Acts of Violence

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

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

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

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

Nondiscrimination Policy and Complaint Procedures

Protected Status: Genetic Information, Marital Status, Medical Condition, Nationality, Race or Ethnicity (including color or ancestry), Religion or Religious Creed, and Veteran or Military Status.

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of age, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity (including color and ancestry), religion (or religious creed), and veteran or military status - as these terms are defined in CSU policy - in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the California Equity in Higher Education Act, prohibit such discrimination. Larisa E. Hamada, Director of campus Equity & Diversity has been designated to coordinate the efforts of California State University, Long Beach to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on these bases. Inquiries concerning compliance may be presented to this person at larisa.hamada@csulb.edu, 6300 State University Dr. #120, Long Beach, CA 90815, (562) 985-8256. CSU Executive Order 1097 Revised October 5, 2016 (www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1097-rev-10-5-16.pdf) (or any successor executive order) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made by students against the CSU, a CSU employee, other CSU students or a third party.

Protected Status: Disability

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability (physical and mental) - as this term is defined in CSU policy - in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, prohibit such discrimination. Larisa E. Hamada, the Director of Equity & Diversity, has been designated to coordinate the efforts of California State University, Long Beach, to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. Inquiries concerning compliance may be presented to this person at: larisa.hamada@csulb.edu, 6300 State University Dr. #120, Long Beach, CA 90815, (562) 985-8256. CSU Executive Order 1097 Revised October 5, 2016 (http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1097-rev-10-5-16.pdf) (or any successor executive order) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made by students against the CSU, a CSU employee, other CSU students or a third party.

Protected Status: Gender (or sex), Gender Identity (including transgender), Gender Expression and Sexual Orientation

The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender (or sex), gender expression, gender identity (including transgender) or sexual orientation  - as these terms are defined in CSU policy - in its programs and activities, including admission and access. Federal and state laws, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, prohibit such discrimination. Larisa E. Hamada, the Director of campus Equity and Diversity, has been designated to coordinate the efforts of California State University, Long Beach, to comply with all applicable federal and state laws prohibiting discrimination on these bases. Inquiries concerning compliance may be presented to this person at: larisa.hamada@csulb.edu,6300 State University Dr. #120, Long Beach, CA 90815, (562) 985-8256. CSU Executive Order 1097 Revised October 5, 2016 (www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1097-rev-10-5-16.pdf) (or any successor executive order) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made by students against the CSU, a CSU employee, other CSU students or a third party.

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects all people regardless of their gender or gender identity from sex discrimination, which includes sexual harassment and misconduct:

  • Sex Discrimination means an adverse action taken against a student by the CSU, a CSU employee, or another student because of gender or sex (including sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking) that is perpetrated against an individual on a basis prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., and its implementing regulations, 34C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX); California Education Code §66250 et seq., and/or California Government Code §11135.
  • Sexual Harassment, a form of sex discrimination, is unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature that includes, but is not limited to, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and any other conduct of a sexual nature where:
    1. Submission to, or rejection of, the conduct is explicitly or implicitly used as the basis for any decision affecting a Complainant's academic status or progress, or access to benefits and services, honors, programs, or activities available at or through the University; or
    2. The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as limiting his or her ability to participate in or benefit from the services, activities or opportunities offered by the University; or
    3. The conduct is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that its effect, whether or not intended, could be considered by a reasonable person in the shoes of the Complainant, and is in fact considered by the Complainant, as creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Sexual harassment could include being forced to engage in unwanted sexual contact as a condition of membership in a student organization; being subjected to video exploitation or a campaign of sexually explicit graffiti; or frequently being exposed to unwanted images of a sexual nature in a classroom that are unrelated to the coursework.

Sexual harassment also includes acts of verbal, non-verbal or physical aggression, intimidation or hostility based on Gender or sex-stereotyping, even if those acts do not involve conduct of a sexual nature.

Executive Order 1097 covers unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature. While romantic, sexual, intimate, personal or social relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to Sexual Harassment or Sexual Misconduct, including Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking, subject to this policy.

Claiming that the conduct was not motivated by sexual desire is not a defense to a complaint of harassment based on Gender.

  • Sexual Misconduct: All sexual activity between members of the CSU community must be based on Affirmative Consent. Engaging in any sexual activity without first obtaining. Affirmative Consent to the specific activity is Sexual Misconduct, whether or not the conduct violates any civil or criminal law. Sexual activity includes, but is not limited to, kissing, touching intimate body parts, fondling, intercourse, penetration of any body part, and oral sex. It also includes any unwelcome physical sexual acts, such as unwelcome sexual touching, sexual assault, sexual battery, rape, and dating violence. When based on gender, domestic violence or stalking also constitute sexual misconduct. Sexual Misconduct may include using physical force, violence, threat, or intimidation, ignoring the objections of the other person, causing the other person's intoxication or incapacitation through the use of drugs or alcohol, or taking advantage of the other person's incapacitation (including voluntary intoxication) to engage in sexual activity. Men as well as women can be victims of these forms of Sexual Misconduct. Sexual activity with a minor is never consensual when the Complainant is under 18 years old, because the minor is considered incapable of giving legal consent due to age.
  • Sexual Assault is a form of sexual misconduct and is an attempt, coupled with the ability, to commit a violent injury on the person of another because of that person's gender or sex.
  • Sexual Battery is a form of misconduct and is any willful and unlawful use of force or violence upon the person of another because of that person's gender or sex.
  • Rape is a form of sexual misconduct and is non-consensual sexual intercourse that may also involve the use of threat of force, violence, or immediate and unlawful bodily injury or threats of future retaliation and duress. Any sexual penetration, however slight, is sufficient to constitute rape. Sexual acts including intercourse are considered non-consensual when a person is incapable of giving consent because s/he is incapacitated from alcohol and/or drugs, is under 18 years old, or if a mental disorder or developmental or physical disability renders the person incapable of giving consent. The accused's relationship to the person (such as family member, spouse, friend, acquaintance or stranger) is irrelevant. (See complete definition of consent below.)
  • Acquaintance Rape is a form of sexual misconduct committed by an individual known to the victim. This includes a person the victim may have just met; i.e., at a party, introduced through a friend, or on a social networking website. (See above for definition of rape.)
  • Affirmative Consent means an informed, affirmative, conscious decision by each participant to engage in mutually agreed-upon sexual activity. It is the responsibility of each person involved in the sexual activity to ensure that s/he has the affirmative consent of the other participant(s) to engage in the sexual activity. Lack of protest or resistance does not mean consent nor does silence mean consent. Affirmative consent must be voluntary, and given without coercion, force, threats or intimidation.
    • The existence of a dating or social relationship between those involved, or the fact of past sexual activities between them, should never by itself be assumed to be an indicator of affirmative consent. A request for someone to use a condom or birth control does not, in and of itself, constitute affirmative consent.
    • Affirmative consent can be withdrawn or revoked. Consent to one form of sexual activity (or sexual act) does not constitute consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent given to sexual activity on one occasion does not constitute consent on another occasion. There must always be mutual and affirmative consent to engage in sexual activity. Consent must be ongoing throughout a sexual activity and can be revoked at any time, including after penetration. Once consent is withdrawn or revoked, the sexual activity must stop immediately.
    • A person who is incapacitated cannot give affirmative consent. A person is unable to consent when s/he is asleep, unconscious or is incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol, or medication so that s/he could not understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual activity. A person is incapacitated if s/he lacks the physical and/or mental ability to make informed, rational decisions. Whether an intoxicated person (as a result of using alcohol or other drugs) is incapacitated depends on the extent to which the alcohol or other drugs impact the person's decision- making capacity, awareness of consequences, and ability to make fully informed judgments. A person's own intoxication or incapacitation from drugs or alcohol does not diminish that person's responsibility to obtain affirmative consent before engaging in sexual activity.
    • A person with a medical or mental disability may also lack the capacity to give consent.
    • Sexual activity with a minor (a person under 18 years old) is not consensual, because a minor is considered incapable of giving legal consent due to age.
    • It shall not be a valid excuse that a person affirmatively consented to the sexual activity if the respondent knew or reasonably should have known that the person was unable to consent to the sexual activity under any of the following circumstances:
    • The person was asleep or unconscious;
    • The person was incapacitated due to the influence of drugs, alcohol or medication, so that the person could not understand the fact, nature or extent of the sexual activity;
    • The person was unable to communicate due to a mental or physical condition
    • It shall not be a valid excuse that the respondent believed that the person consented to the sexual activity under either of the following circumstances:
      • The respondent's belief in affirmative consent arose from the intoxication or recklessness of the respondent;
      • The respondent did not take reasonable steps, in the circumstances known to the respondent at the time, to ascertain whether the person affirmatively consented.
  • Consensual Relationships: Consensual relationship means a sexual or romantic relationship between two persons who voluntarily enter into such a relationship. While sexual and/or romantic relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, or stalking.
    • A University employee shall not enter into a consensual relationship with a student or employee over whom s/he exercises direct or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling, or extracurricular authority. In the event such a relationship already exists, each campus shall develop a procedure to reassign such authority to avoid violations of this policy.
    • This prohibition does not limit the right of an employee to make a recommendation on the personnel matters concerning a family or household member where the right to make recommendations on such personnel matters is explicitly provided for in the applicable collective bargaining agreement or MPP/confidential personnel plan.
  • Domestic Violence is a form of sexual misconduct and is abuse committed against someone who is a current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, someone with whom the abuser has a child, someone with whom the abuser has or had a dating or engagement relationship, or a person similarly situated under California domestic or family violence law. Cohabitant means two unrelated persons living together for a substantial period of time, resulting in some permanency of relationship. Factors that may determine whether persons are cohabiting include, but are not limited to (1) sexual relations between the parties while sharing the same living quarters, (2) sharing of income or expenses, (3) joint use or ownership of property, (4) whether the parties hold themselves out as husband and wife, (5) the continuity of the relationship, and (6) the length of the relationship. For purposes of this definition, "abuse" means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another. Abuse does not include non-physical, emotional distress or injury.
  • Dating Violence is a form of sexual misconduct and is abuse committed by a person who is or has been in a social or dating relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. This may include someone the victim just met; i.e., at a party, introduced through a friend, or on a social networking website. For purposes of this definition, "abuse" means intentionally or recklessly causing or attempting to cause bodily injury or placing another person in reasonable apprehension of imminent serious bodily injury to himself or herself, or another. Abuse does not include non-physical, emotional distress or injury.
  • Stalking means a repeated course of conduct directed at a specific person that places that person in reasonable fear for his/her or others' safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress. For purposes of this definition:
    • Course of conduct means two or more acts, including but not limited to, acts in which the stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person's property;
    • Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with the same protected status(es) as the complainant;
    • Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
    • See further information in CSULB's sexual misconduct prevention and education statement, Title IX Notice of Nondiscrimination (which includes facts and myths about sexual violence) and Victim's Rights and Options Notice, at http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/catalog/current/general_policies/policy_sexual_assault.html.

Whom to Contact If You Have Complaints, Questions or Concerns

Title IX requires the university to designate a Title IX Coordinator to monitor and oversee overall Title IX compliance. The campus Title IX Coordinator is available to explain and discuss the right to file a criminal complaint (for example, in cases of sexual misconduct); the university's complaint process, including the investigation process; how confidentiality is handled; available resources, both on and off campus; and other related matters. If you are in the midst of an emergency, please call the police immediately by dialing 9-1-1.

Campus Title IX Director

  • Dr. Maleta Wilson, Interim
  • 1250 Bellflower Boulevard
  • Brotman Hall, Room 377
    Long Beach, California 90840
  • Phone: (562) 985-5587
  • 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Deputy Title IX Director

  • Dr. Ken Kelly
  • Phone: (562) 985-5587

Deputy Title IX Coordinator

  • Larisa Hamada
  • Phone: (562) 985-8256

Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Athletics

  • Cindy Masner
  • Phone: (562) 985-8146

University Police

  • University Police Department
  • 1250 Bellflower Blvd.
    Long Beach, CA 90840
  • (562) 985-4101

U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Title IX requires the university to adopt and publish complaint procedures that provide for prompt and equitable resolution of gender discrimination complaints, including sexual harassment and misconduct , as well as provide training, education and preventive measures related to sex discrimination. CSU Executive Order 1097 (http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1097-rev-10-5-16.pdf) (or any successor executive order) is the systemwide procedure for all complaints of discrimination, harassment or retaliation made by students against the CSU, a CSU employee, other CSU students or a third party. Except in the case of a privilege recognized under California law (examples of which include Evidence Code §§1014 (psychotherapist-patient); 1035.8 (sexual assault counselor-victim); and 1037.5 (domestic violence counselor-victim), any member of the University community who knows of or has reason to know of sexual discrimination allegations shall promptly inform the campus Title IX Coordinator. (See confidential reporting options outlined below.)

Regardless of whether an alleged victim of gender discrimination ultimately files a complaint, if the campus knows or has reason to know about possible sexual discrimination, harassment or misconduct, it must review the matter to determine if an investigation is warranted. The campus must then take appropriate steps to eliminate any gender discrimination/harassment, prevent its recurrence, and remedy its effects.

Safety of the Campus Community is Primary

The university's primary concern is the safety of its campus community members. The use of alcohol or drugs never makes the victim at fault for gender discrimination, harassment or misconduct; therefore, victims should not be deterred from reporting incidents of sexual violence out of a concern that they might be disciplined for related violations of drug, alcohol or other university policies. Except in extreme circumstances, victims of sexual misconduct shall not be subject to discipline for related violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Information Regarding Campus, Criminal and Civil Consequences of Committing Acts of Sexual Misconduct

Individuals alleged to have committed sexual misconduct may face criminal prosecution by law enforcement and may incur penalties as a result of civil litigation. In addition, employees and students may face discipline at the university, up to and including suspension or expulsion. Employees may face sanctions up to and including dismissal from employment, pursuant to established CSU policies and provisions of applicable collective bargaining unit agreements.

Students who are charged by the university with gender discrimination, harassment or misconduct will be subject to discipline, pursuant to the California State University Student Conduct Procedures (see Executive Order 1098 at http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1098-rev-6-23-15.pdf or any successor executive order) and will be subject to appropriate sanctions. In addition, during any investigation, the university may implement interim measures in order to maintain a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment. Such measures may include: immediate interim suspension from the university; a required move from university-owned or affiliated housing; adjustments to course schedule; and/or prohibition from contact with parties involved in the alleged incident.

Confidentiality and Sexual Misconduct, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking

The University encourages victims of sexual misconduct, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking (collectively sexual Violence) to talk to someone about what happened - so they can get the support they need, and so the University can respond appropriately. Whether - and the extent to which - a University employee may agree to maintain confidentiality (and not disclose information to the Title IX Coordinator) depends on the employee's position and responsibilities at the University. The following information is intended to make victims aware of the various reporting and confidential disclosure options available to them - so they can make informed choices about where to turn for help. The University strongly encourages victims to talk to someone identified in one or more of these groups.

Certain University employees, listed below, are required by law to maintain near or complete confidentiality; talking to them is sometimes called a "privileged communication." University law enforcement employees may maintain the victim's identity as confidential, if requested by the victim, but will report the facts of the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, including the identity of the perpetrator. Most other University employees are required to report all details of a Sexual Violence incident (including the identities of both the victim and alleged perpetrator) to the Title IX Coordinator so the University can take immediate action to protect the victim, and take steps to correct and eliminate the cause of Sexual Violence.

University Police, the Title IX Coordinator, University-employed physicians, professional counselors, sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates, and certain other University employees are required to explain to victims their rights and options with respect to confidentiality.

Privileged and Confidential Communications

Physicians, Psychotherapists, Professional Counselors and Clergy - Physicians, psychotherapists, professional, licensed counselors, and clergy who work or volunteer on or off campus, and who provide medical or mental health treatment or counseling (including those who act in that role under their supervision) may not report any information about an incident of sexual violence to anyone else at the University, including the Title IX Coordinator, without the victim's consent. A victim can seek assistance and support from physicians, psychotherapists, professional, licensed counselors, and clergy without triggering a University investigation that could reveal the victim's identity or the fact of the victim's disclosure. However, see limited exceptions below regarding when health care practitioners must report to local law enforcement agencies. Health care practitioners should explain these limited exceptions to victims, if applicable.

Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Counselors and Advocates - Sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates who work or volunteer on or off campus in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women's centers and health centers and who are acting solely in that role (including those who act in that role under their supervision, along with non-professional counselors or advocates who work or volunteer in sexual assault centers, victim advocacy offices, women's centers, gender equity centers, or health centers), may talk to a victim without revealing any information about the victim and the incident of sexual misconduct to anyone else at the university, including the Title IX Coordinator, without the victim's consent. A victim can seek assistance and support from these counselors and advocates without triggering a university investigation that could reveal his/her identity or that a victim disclosed an incident to them. However, see limited exceptions below regarding when sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates must report to local law enforcement agencies. Counselors and advocates should explain these limited exceptions to victims, if applicable.

The University will be unable to conduct an investigation into a particular incident or pursue disciplinary action against a perpetrator if a victim chooses to (1) speak only to a physician, professional counselor, clergy member, sexual assault counselor, domestic violence counselor or advocate; and (2) maintain complete confidentiality. Even so, these individuals will assist victims in receiving other necessary protection and support, such as victim advocacy, disability, medical/health or mental health services, or legal services, and will advise victims regarding their right to file a Title IX complaint with the University and a separate complaint with local or University police. If a victim insists on confidentiality, such professionals, counselors and advocates will likely not be able to assist the victim with: University academic support or accommodations; changes to University-based living or working schedules; or adjustments to course schedules. A victim who at first requests confidentiality may later decide to file a complaint with the University or report the incident to the police, and thus have the incident fully investigated. These counselors and advocates can provide victims with that assistance if requested by the victim. These counselors and advocates will also explain that Title IX includes protections against retaliation, and that the University will not only take steps to prevent retaliation when it knows or reasonably should know of possible retaliation, but will also take strong responsive action if retaliation occurs.

EXCEPTIONS: Under California law, any health practitioner employed in a health facility, clinic, physician's office, or local or state public health department or clinic is required to make a report to local law enforcement if he or she provides medical services for a physical condition to a patient/victim who he or she knows or reasonably suspects is suffering from (1) a wound or physical injury inflicted by a firearm; or (2) any wound or other physical injury inflicted upon a victim where the injury is the result of assaultive or abusive conduct (including sexual violence, domestic violence, and dating violence). This exception does not apply to sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates. Health care practitioners should explain this limited exception to victims, if applicable.

Additionally, under California law, all professionals described above (physicians, psychotherapists, professional counselors, clergy, and sexual assault and domestic violence counselors and advocates) are mandatory child abuse and neglect reporters, and are required to report incidents involving victims under 18 years of age to local law enforcement. These professionals will explain this limited exception to victims, if applicable.

Finally, some or all of these professionals may also have reporting obligations under California law to (1) local law enforcement in cases involving threats of immediate or imminent harm to self or others where disclosure of the information is necessary to prevent the threatened danger; or (2) to the court if compelled by court order or subpoena in a criminal proceeding related to the sexual misconduct, dating or domestic violence, or stalking incident. If applicable, these professionals will explain this limited exception to victims.

Reporting to University or Local Police

If a victim reports to local or University Police about sexual misconduct crimes, the police are required to notify victims that their names will become a matter of public record unless confidentiality is requested. If a victim requests that his/her identity be kept confidential, his/her name will not become a matter of public record and the police will not report the victim's identity to anyone else at the University, including the Title IX Coordinator. University Police will, however, report the facts of the incident itself to the Title IX Coordinator being sure not to reveal to the Title IX Coordinator victim names/identities or compromise their own criminal investigation. The University is required by the federal Clery Act to report certain types of crimes (including certain sex offenses) in statistical reports. However, while the University will report the type of incident in the annual crime statistics report known as the Annual Security Report, victim names/identities will not be revealed.

Reporting to the Title IX Coordinator and Other University Employees

Most University employees have a duty to report incidents of sexual misconduct when they are on notice of it. When a victim tells the Title IX Coordinator or another University employee about an incident of sexual misconduct, the victim has the right to expect the University to take immediate and appropriate steps to investigate what happened and to resolve the matter promptly and equitably. In all cases, the University strongly encourages victims to report incidents of sexual misconduct directly to the campus Title IX Coordinator. As detailed above in the "Privileged and Confidential Communications" section of this policy, all University employees except physicians, licensed counselors, sexual assault counselors and advocates, must report to the Title IX Coordinator all relevant details about any incidents of sexual misconduct of which they become aware.The university will need to determine what happened - and will need to know the names of the victim(s) and the perpetrator(s), any witnesses, and any other relevant facts, including the date, time and specific location of the incident.

To the extent possible, information reported to the Title IX Coordinator or other University employees will be shared only with individuals responsible for handling the University's response to the incident. The University will protect the privacy of individuals involved in a sexual misconduct incident except as otherwise required by law or University policy. A report of sexual misconduct may result in the gathering of extremely sensitive information about individuals in the campus community. While such information is considered confidential, University policy regarding access to public records and disclosure of personal information may require disclosure of certain information concerning a report of sexual misconduct. In such cases, efforts will be made to redact the records, as appropriate, in order to protect the victim's identity and privacy and the privacy of other involved individuals. Except as detailed in the section on Privileged and Confidential Communications above, no University employee, including the Title IX Coordinator, should disclose the victim's identity to the police without the victim's consent or unless the victim has also reported the incident to the police.

If a victim requests of the Title IX Coordinator or another University employee that his/her identity remain completely confidential, the Title IX Coordinator will explain that the University cannot always honor that request or guarantee complete confidentiality. If a victim wishes to remain confidential or request that no investigation be conducted or disciplinary action taken, the University must weigh that request against the University's obligation to provide a safe, non-discriminatory environment for all students, employees, and third parties, including the victim. Under those circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator will determine whether the victim's request for complete confidentiality and/or no investigation can be honored under the facts and circumstances of the particular case, including whether the University has a legal obligation to report the incident, conduct an investigation or take other appropriate steps. Without information about a victim's identity, the University's ability to meaningfully investigate the incident and pursue disciplinary action against the perpetrator may be severely limited. See Executive Order 1095 (or any successor executive order) for further details around confidential reporting, and other related matters (http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-1095-rev-6-23-15.pdf).

Additional Resources

  • CSULB's sexual violence prevention and education statement, which includes facts and myths about sexual violence, at http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/catalog/current/general_policies/nondiscrimination_policy.html.
  • U.S. Department of Education, regional office:
    Office for Civil Rights
    50 United Nation Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94102
    (415) 486-5555
    TDD (877) 521-2172
  • U.S. Department of Education, national office:
    Office for Civil Rights
    (800) 872-5327
  • Know Your Rights about Title IX http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/title-ixrights-201104.html
  • California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (http://calcasa.org/)
    1215 K. Street, Suite 1850
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    (916) 446-2520
  • Domestic and Family Violence, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • National Institute of Justice: Intimate Partner Violence, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of Justice
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
  • Office of Violence against Women, United States Department of Justice
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Intimate Partner Violence
  • Defending Childhood, United States Department of Justice

Inquiries Concerning Compliance

Inquiries concerning compliance or the application of these laws to programs and activities of California State University, Long Beach, may be referred to the specific campus officer(s) identified above or to the Regional Director of the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, California 94105.

Equal Access and Opportunity, Non-discrimination/Non-harassment

California State University, Long Beach is a comprehensive, urban university. The University has a professional, cultural and ethnical commitment to provide a climate that enables each individual to realize his/her potential for excellence and that nurtures academic growth and professional development.

Diversity is both an ideal and an imperative. California State University, Long Beach takes pride in its student body and employees, and affirms that this diversity enriches the work and learning environment of the campus. For this reason, the recognition of diversity in our University community extends beyond the limits established by federal or state laws or regulations.

In addition to fully meeting 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 professional rank, employment status, economic status, ethnic background, political views, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other personal characteristics or beliefs.

CSULB takes seriously its tradition of maintaining civility and mutual respect toward all members of the University community. These qualities are intrinsic to the establishment of excellence in teaching and learning. They also contribute to the maintenance of a productive workplace and an overall positive campus climate. Civility and mutual respect thrive only when equal opportunity and access exist, and when retaliation for exercising rights, privileges and obligations is not feared. (Policy 03-09)

The Director of Equity & Diversity is the designated campus coordinator for equal employment opportunity, affirmative action, and civil rights.

Policy Promoting Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity

California State University, Long Beach affirms the equal worth of every individual and of distinctive groups of people, and fosters fair and equal treatment and access for all members of the university community. Therefore, the University is committed to the principles of equal opportunity in education and employment, to policies and practices that ensure equal opportunity and consideration, and to the protection of civil rights.

It is the policy of California State University, Long Beach to provide programs, services, and benefits, including employment, without regard to age, disability, gender (including gender identity, gender expression), genetic information, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, as well as Veteran Status (Executive Order 1097)

Reasonable accommodation to disability is considered a means of establishing equal opportunity.

Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment

Pursuant to Executive Order 1096 and 1097, California State University, Long Beach affirms that students, employees, volunteers, members of the public, and recipients of services, and/or benefits provided by CSULB have the right to a University free from discrimination and harassment, including hostile environment, on the basis age, disability, gender, genetic information, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, as well as Veteran Status.

This policy is established in compliance with the California Equity in Higher Education Act (Education Code §66250 et seq.), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, among other applicable state and federal laws.

Retaliation for exercising one's right to protection from discrimination and/or harassment or for participating in the investigation of a complaint is prohibited by law, and will not be tolerated.

The policy applies to all CSULB programs and activities, including, but not limited to, educational, cultural, recreational, and social and/or athletics programs and activities provided, sponsored, administered, or assisted by CSULB; CSULB academic programs and/or activities; CSULB-sponsored off-campus programs; housing supplied or regulated by CSULB; the administration of educational policies, admission policies, and employment policies and actions, including but limited to, recruitment, hiring, education, upgrading, promotion, transfer, demotion, layoff, recall, termination, rates of pay or other forms of compensation, and selection for training, including apprenticeships; choice of contractors and suppliers of goods and services; provision of services and benefits to CSULB students, employment, volunteers, or the public; receipt of CSULB services and benefits provided by CSULB contractors or vendors.

Federally-required affirmative action plans are available for inspection at the Office Equity & Diversity during normal business hours.

Confidentiality

The University is committed to maintaining an environment in which individuals can participate in safe working and learning environments. Information provided to University employees shall be shared with other University employees and law enforcement exclusively on a "need to know" basis. University employees shall endeavor to honor any Complainant's request for confidentiality; however, the University shall also weigh requests for confidentiality against its duty to provide a safe and nondiscriminatory environment for all members of the campus community.

Consensual, Amorous, and/or Sexual Relationships Between Employees and Students

Consensual relationship means a sexual or romantic relationship between two persons who voluntarily enter into such a relationship. While sexual and/or romantic relationships between members of the University community may begin as consensual, they may evolve into situations that lead to Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating or Domestic Violence, or Stalking subject to this policy.

A CSU Employee shall not enter into a consensual relationship with a Student or Employee over whom s/he exercises direct or otherwise significant academic, administrative, supervisory, evaluative, counseling, or extracurricular authority. In the event such a relationship already exists, each Campus shall develop a procedure to reassign such authority to avoid violations of this policy.

This prohibition does not limit the right of an Employee to make a recommendation on personnel matters concerning a family or household member where the right to make recommendations on such personnel matters is explicitly provided for in the applicable collective bargaining agreement or MPP/confidential personnel plan.

Complaint Resolution Procedures

Resolution of discrimination, harassment and retaliation complaints is available to all members of the University community. The procedures vary, but are all intended to resolve complaints in a timely and responsive manner at the earliest possible stage.

Complaint Procedure for Employees and Third Parties (Campus Community, Guests, Visitors, Affiliates, and Associates):

Employees and Third Parties are covered by the CSU Systemwide complaint procedure. The complaint procedure is outlined in Executive Order 1096, Revised. Further information and complaint forms are available at http://www.csulb.edu/equity-diversity or at FND-120. 

Please note these complain procedures are applicable in the alleged respondent is an employee, student, vendor, contractor, or visitor.

Complaints may file through the Office of Equity and Diversity and may elect to utilize either the Early Resolution Process or the Formal Investigation Process. Timelines and procedures for the two processes vary; specific information can be found at the Equity and Diversity website or in the Executive Order. 

Complaint Procedure for Student Complaints: 

Students are covered by the CSU Systemwide complaint procedure. The complaint procedure is outlined in Executive Order 1097, Revised. Further information and complaint forms are available at http://www.csulb.edu/equity-diversity or at FND-120.

Student Complaint Procedure (Complaints Regarding the CSU)

The California State University takes very seriously complaints and concerns regarding the institution. If you have a complaint regarding the CSU, you may present your complaint as follows:

(1) If your complaint concerns CSU's compliance with academic program quality and accrediting standards, you may present your complaint to the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) at http://www.wascsenior.org/comments. WASC is the agency that accredits the CSU's academic program. If you believe that your complaint warrants further attention after you have exhausted all the steps outlined by WASC, you may file an appeal with the Assistant Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs at the CSU Chancellor's Office.

(2) If your complaint concerns an alleged violation by CSU of any law that prohibits discrimination, harassment or retaliation based on a protected status (such as age, disability, gender (or sex), gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity (including color or ancestry), religion or veteran or military status), you may present your complaint as described in Section XVI (Nondiscrimination Policy).

(3) If your complaint concerns an alleged violation by CSU of another state law, including laws prohibiting fraud and false advertising, you may present your complaint to the campus president or to the Office of Equity & Diversity, FND 120, (562) 985-8256. See Procedure for Student Complaints-Executive Order No. 1063 for details regarding the complaint requirements and complaint process: http://www.calstate.edu/eo/eo-1063.html. They will provide guidance on the appropriate campus process for addressing your particular issue.

(4) Other complaints regarding the CSU may be presented to the campus dean of students, who will provide guidance on the appropriate campus process for addressing your particular issue.

This procedure should not be construed to limit any right that you may have to take legal action to resolve your complaint.

Don't Put Your Health at Risk

To become dependent upon chemicals such as illicit drugs and/or alcohol is to put your health at risk. Chemical dependency is a condition in which the use of mood-altering substances such as drugs or alcohol is associated with problems in any area of life on a more or less continuing basis.

One does not, however, have to be addicted or chemically dependent to suffer health risks from the use of illicit drugs or alcohol.

Alcohol and illicit drugs (in all the many forms) may, and often do, impair physical coordination and judgment, diminish control over impulsive behavior, and cause many short- and long-term health consequences.

Alcohol‑related illnesses now represent the third leading cause of death in the United States exceeded only by cancer and heart disease, and medical research has established very strong evidence that alcohol abuse contributes significantly to cancer and heart disease. There is clear evidence of serious negative effects on babies due to use of illicit drugs and alcohol by the mother during pregnancy.

If You Have an Alcohol/Drug-Related Problem, We Want to Help

The California State University, Long Beach Student Health Services offers substance dependence counseling and resources for students, faculty, and staff. This includes an Athletic Assistance Program for student athletes (offered as a separate program due to NCAA testing and eligibility requirements and conference affiliation rules for competition).

Under the guidelines of the Alcohol Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) program, Linda Peña, an experienced specially trained counselor under the supervision of the Medical Director, is available for assessment and consultation. All contacts with the Student Health Services personnel are strictly confidential.

Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and/ or concerns about symptoms of substance disorders is available by calling/ emailing Linda Peña, (562) 985-1732, linda.pena@csulb.edu. Additionally, to support students diagnosed with substance disorders, there is ATOD's Beach Recovery. This is a Collegiate Recovery Community effort that aims to educate students about addiction and help remove the stigma associated with alcoholism and addiction, while supporting students on campus who are seeking recovery or are in recovery.

Campus Standards of Conduct

Both productivity at work and the learning process are significantly impaired by alcohol abuse and the use of illicit drugs. Substance abuse among college students inhibits their educational development and is of serious nationwide concern.

California State University, Long Beach is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The University is making every effort to create an environment that promotes and reinforces good health. This includes responsible living, respect for community and campus standards and regulations, individual responsibility within the community, and the intellectual, social, emotional, ethical, and physical well‑being of all members of the campus community.

On campus property, the solicitation, sale, use or knowing possession of illegal drugs, restricted illegal drugs, or narcotics, as those terms are used in California State University, Long Beach statutes, are prohibited.

Consumption of alcohol is prohibited in individual offices, classrooms, laboratories, or generally accessible public or open areas, such as the quad and athletic fields.

Information regarding campus policies on the consumption of alcohol may be obtained by calling the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development at 985-5270.

Pursuant to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, violations by students of the above regulations, when campus related, may, after due process, result in the student being placed on probation, being suspended, or being expelled. Additionally, violations of laws committed on campus property, or at a campus event, will also be subject to referral and prosecution through off‑campus authorities. Penalties by enforcement agencies for violations of the law may include imprisonment, fines, or both; these are in addition to administrative sanctions imposed by the University.

More detailed descriptions of student regulations concerning drugs, or alcohol, may be found elsewhere in the CSULB Catalog, or in the Residence Hall Calendar and Handbook, or the Regulations for Campus Activities, Organizations and the University Community.

Pursuant to Education Code Section 89535, employees may be disciplined, up to and including termination, for the following causes:

  1. Conviction of criminal offenses involving the illegal use of drugs.
  2. Appearing for work impaired by the use of alcohol and/or controlled substances.
  3. Addiction to the use of controlled substances.

More detailed descriptions of employee regulations concerning drugs, or alcohol, may be found in the Administrative Policies and Procedures Handbook and the Faculty and Staff Handbooks.

Security on Campus

Campus Security Act

California State University, Long Beach University Police, obtains its powers to arrest from the California Penal Code and the California Education Code.

Reporting Emergencies on Campus

The on‑campus emergency phone number is 9‑1‑1. The non‑emergency phone number is (562) 985‑4101. Any problems concerning behavior of members of the campus community, thefts, vandalism, fire, and all related matters should immediately be brought to the attention of the University Police.

Procedures for Reporting Crimes on Campus

Whenever students or employees become victims of a crime while on the campus of CSULB, or whenever they have witnessed a crime or feel that there is a possibility that a crime is about to occur, they should notify University Police as soon as possible by calling 911 from their cell phone or nearest telephone. There are also numerous emergency phones located throughout the campus and parking lots, which are direct lines to the University Police dispatcher. Contact University Police by simply locating the nearest emergency phone or by using the emergency phone that is located in all elevators. Individuals may also contact the mobile police units that patrol the campus on a 24.hour schedule. Parking enforcement officers also patrol the parking lots and have direct radio contact with the police dispatcher and the mobile police units. The University Police is located at the far east end of campus, between parking lot g11h and parking lot g9h on Palo Verde Avenue. The Department is open 24 hours a day to respond to any call for service or to any emergency.

Opening Classrooms

Custodians are responsible for unlocking all outside doors and classrooms which do not contain equipment (audiovisual, computers, etc.) at 7:00 am. University Police personnel are responsible for opening buildings on weekends and holidays. Persons requesting a door opened must have proper authorization. Questions of interpretation and special access matters should be directed to University Police.

Security of Buildings

Personnel who require regular access to specific buildings and rooms may request keys. Requests must be approved by the appropriate department and, for some facilities, by the appropriate administrator. Individuals granted special access to rooms and buildings must assume personal responsibility for facilities and equipment during the time they are using these facilities and equipment and must ensure that the door is locked at the conclusion of work.

University Police will ensure that all buildings are secured every night. An individual desiring to remain in a building after normal closing hours is required to notify University Police.

A faculty or staff member who does not have a key but who requires access to a particular building or room after normal instructional or working hours must present proper identification to University Police before being given access to the building. Graduate Assistants and other students who require entrance to a building during other than normal hours must have proper identification and prior approval in writing from the appropriate administrator. They must be in possession of a copy of written permission and approval from their appropriate administrator.

Anyone who has difficulty in gaining authorized access to an area or who needs assistance in securing a building or room should contact University Police.

Policy Concerning Law Enforcement on Campus

California State University Police Officers are sworn Law Enforcement Officers under California Penal Code, Section 830.2, and in compliance with State Statute meet the peace officer standards and training requirements mandatory for all California law enforcement officers. In addition, California State University Police Officers undergo training specially designed to meet the needs and problems of a contemporary university community.

The primary responsibility of the University Police is the preservation of the public peace and the protection of life and property against all unlawful acts. The department will take all possible measures to prevent crime and accidents, investigate thoroughly all suspicious and criminal activity, and apprehend offenders quickly in all cases where crimes are committed.

Type and Frequency of Programs to Inform Campus Personnel About Security Procedures and Practices

University Police actively invites fraternities and sororities, as well as sports groups and clubs on campus, to participate in the "Acquaintance/Rape" lectures. These classes are scheduled flexibly at no charge to meet the group's needs. The University Police also conducts new employee, new student, and special groups orientations. Officers routinely address residence hall students on a variety of topics, such as drug and alcohol abuse, and the problem of sexual assaults.

Programs Designed to Prevent Crime

University Police offers an evening escort service for all students and employees. They are picked up and escorted to their vehicles or to the residence halls.

University Police provides employees with information about California law and how to avoid being a victim. Advice is also provided about securing valuables and protecting vehicles.

Statistics on Major Crimes

University Police reports statistics on major crimes monthly to the Office of the President, to the Chancellor's Office, and to the Department of Justice.

Information concerning CSULB policies, procedures, and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from University Police, (562) 985-4101.

Information concerning the CSULB annual crime statistics reports may be obtained online at the University Police website http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/ppfm/police/ or by contacting University Police directly at (562) 985-4101.

Firearms on Campus

Any person who brings or possesses a firearm on the grounds of the University, without the prior written permission of the Chief of University Police, or as otherwise provided by law, is in violation of State law (California Penal Code, Section 626.9), and University Regulations, and is punishable by imprisonment. Any person who brings or possesses a device that expels a metallic projectile, such as a B-B or pellet, through the force of air pressure, CO2 pressure, or spring action, or a spot-marker gun, on the grounds of the University, without the permission of the University Police, is in violation of University Regulations; such action may result in University or legal sanctions.

Off-Campus Monitoring of Criminal Activity at Campus Events

The University Police Department has a close working relationship with the City of Long Beach Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies. Reports and information are routinely exchanged and reviewed as needed.

Policy for the Use of Alcohol and Drugs on Campus

Please see updated Alcohol Policy, Regulation X, at https://web.csulb.edu/divisions/students/studentdean/campus_regulations/documents/REGS_BOOK_REG_10.pdf .

CSULB is dedicated to the elimination of the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuse. The CSULB Student Health Services offers substance-abuse consultation programs for students, faculty and staff who may need assistance in overcoming the personal issues associated with alcohol and drug abuse. These programs include a Student Assistance Program for students, an Employee Assistance Program for faculty and staff, and an Athletic Assistance Program for student athletes (offered as a separate program due to NCAA requirements). All contacts with the Health Center and its personnel are confidential.

More detailed descriptions of campus regulations concerning alcohol and drugs may be found in the current editions of the CSULB Catalog, the CSULB Schedule of Classes, Regulations for Campus Activities, Organizations, and the University Community, and the Faculty, Staff and Student Handbooks.

Policy on Sexual Assault

Students, faculty, and staff who are victims of sexual assault committed at or upon the grounds of the University, or upon off‑campus grounds or facilities maintained by affiliated student organizations, are required by law to be advised of specified information, to include treatment, related campus procedures, referral options, and other assistance which may be available [California Education Code, Section 67385]. This policy is designed to provide the written procedures and information required.

Rape, including acquaintance rape, or any other form of sexual assault, will not be tolerated by California State University, Long Beach. Where there is evidence that campus‑related sexual assault has been committed, severe campus disciplinary action will be initiated. Such campus disciplinary action may include, after due process, the possibility of dismissal, suspension or disenrollment. Additionally, where the victim initiates criminal action, the perpetrator is subject to criminal penalties which may include fines and imprisonment.

Sexual Assault

The term "sexual assault" includes, but is not limited to, rape, acquaintance rape, sexual battery, forced sodomy, forced oral copulation, rape by a foreign object, or threat of sexual assault [California Education Code, Section 67385(d)].

Rape is a criminal offense. "Rape" is generally defined as an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator, under specified circumstances. For example, it may involve the use or threat of force, violence, retaliation, or fear of or actual immediate and unlawful bodily injury. Rape also occurs when the victim is incapable of giving legal consent, for example, when: a) the victim has a mental disorder, or is developmentally or physically disabled; or b) the victim is prevented from resisting the assault due to intoxicating substances (e.g. alcohol or drugs); or c) the victim is unconscious of the nature of the act, and such condition was known or reasonably should have been known to the accused (Reference: California Penal Code, Section 261, and the following sections). Spousal rape is also prohibited under the "Spousal Rape" provisions of the California Penal Code, Section 262.

"Acquaintance Rape" is forced sexual intercourse undertaken by someone the victim knows, against the will of the victim or as a result of threats, force or fear.

"Sexual Battery" is defined as the touching of an intimate part of another person, if the person is unlawfully restrained and if the touching is against the will of the person touched, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse [Reference: California Penal Code, Section 243.4 (e) (i)].

"Assault with intent to commit a sexual battery" is defined as an unlawful attempt, coupled with the present ability, to commit a violent injury (e.g., rape) or sexual battery on the person of another. (Reference: California Penal Code, Section 220; 240; 261; and following sections).

"Consent" is defined as positive cooperation in an act or attitude pursuant to an exercise of free will. The person must act freely and voluntarily and have knowledge of the nature of the act or transaction involved. A current or previous dating or marital relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent where, under specified conditions, consent is at issue [Reference: California Penal Code, Section 261.6; 266(c)].

"Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a minor" is an act of sexual intercourse accomplished with a person not the spouse of the perpetrator, where the person is under the age of 18 years (California Penal Code, Section 261.5).

Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body or any part of a child under the age of 14 years with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the sexual desires or passions of either the child or defendant is guilty of a felony. Any person who commits any act in the previous sentence with a person 14 or 15 years old, and the defendant is at least 10 years older than the child is guilty of a public offense (California Penal Code, Section 288). Any person who intentionally gives, transports, provides, persuades or makes available to another a child under age 16 for lewd or lascivious acts is guilty of a felony, punishable by fine and imprisonment [California Penal Code, Section 266(j)]. Every person who annoys or molests any child under the age of 18 is punishable by fine and imprisonment, or both fine and imprisonment (California Penal Code, Section 647.6).

University Jurisdiction

California State University, Long Beach views seriously its obligation to uphold the laws of the larger community of which it is a part. An association with the University does not exempt a person from local, state, or federal laws, but rather imposes the additional obligation to abide by all of the rules and regulations of the California State University.

A student charged with a sexual abuse or sexual assault or sexual battery violation which is campus-related may be subject to prosecution under appropriate California criminal statutes, as well as being subject to student discipline under the Student Conduct Procedures (Reference: Chancellor's Executive Order 1074, "; and Title V, California Code of Regulations, Section 41301 41302, "Student Discipline").

Employees charged with a sexual abuse violation which is campus-related may be subject to prosecution under appropriate California criminal statutes, as well as being subject to discipline under the California Education Code, Sections 89535 89540. Such campus disciplinary action for employees may include demotion, suspension, or dismissal.

Campus Reporting Procedures

Persons involved in, or possessing knowledge of, a campus-related abuse violation are strongly encouraged to notify University Police immediately. University Police may be contacted by:

  • using any of the blue lighted telephones
  • by depressing the red button on all public pay telephones
  • dialing (562) 985-4101 or 9-1-1

An officer will be dispatched and will assist the victim to a medical facility for medical care and collection of evidence. An officer will assist the victim with a police report should the victim desire to make one. An officer will remain available to the victim until a friend or relative can be located.

The University Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made to other CSU campus security authorities identified as the following:

  • Associate Vice President, University Student Union 313, (562) 985-7616
  • Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs (562) 985-4128, Brotman Hall 303
  • Assistant Dean of Students (562) 985-7547, University Student Union, Room 217
  • Director, Athletic (562) 985-4655, Pyramid Annex
  • Director, Counseling and Psychological Services (562) 985-4001, Brotman Hall 226
  • Director, Equity & Diversity (562) 985-8256, University Student Union 301, Title IX Coordinator
  • Director, Housing and Residential Life (562) 985-4187, Housing Office
  • Director, Office of Student Conduct & Ethical Development (562) 985-5270, USU 238
  • Deputy Title IX Coordinator (562) 985-5587
  • Director, Staff Human Resources (562) 985-4031, Brotman Hall 335
  • Director, Student Health Services (562) 985-4771, Student Health Center

Alternatively, one may anonymously report a crime to the above-listed campus authorities. Each respective unit or person contacted will be responsible for reports, as may require by law, to be filed for their respective unit, e.g. violations under the Child Abuse Reporting Law, Jeanne Clery Act or Meagan's law.

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

Access crime statistics for CSULB: These are mandated statistics known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Hard copies of this brochure may be obtained from CSULB Police Department's main station located on the southern end of parking lot 11, 1250 Bellflower Blvd, or from the police substation located in the University Student Union room, 237. This report is also available on the University Police web site at http://daf.csulb.edu/offices/ppfm/police, and can be downloaded in the PDF format. This report is prepared in cooperation with the Police agencies surrounding our main campus and our alternate sites, Housing and Residential Life, the Judicial Affairs Office and the Division of Student Services. Each entity provides updated information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.

The following are among the options available to a victim and more than one option may be exercised:

  1. Criminal Prosecution: University Police ‑ (562) 985‑4101 Emergency: 9‑1‑1
  2. Civil Action: Consult an attorney.
  3. University Disciplinary Process, where accused is:
    1. Faculty: Academic Employee Relations (562) 985-5208; BH-300
    2. Staff: Staff Human Resources (562) 985-4128; BH-303
  4. Informal Mediation: Office of the University Ombuds (562) 985-5983; FND-140.
  5. Alternative Campus Housing Assignments: Director, Housing (562) 985‑4187; Housing Office
  6. Academic Assistance:
    1. Counseling and Psychological Services (562) 985‑4001; BH 226
    2. Women's and Gender Equity Center (562) 985‑8576; LA1-102
    3. Academic Advising Center (562) 985‑4837; Horn Center, Room 103

In the event there are requests for information from the press, concerned students, parents, and others, prudence will be exercised, and when required by law, confidentiality will be maintained. When appropriate, only the Department Director (for matters strictly within the Director's purview), or the University Director of Public Affairs (for inquiries by the media), will respond.

Victims are advised that there could likely be a need to identify both the victim and the assailant in the course of investigation and hearings under University student disciplinary proceedings, as well as under employee disciplinary proceedings, or criminal prosecutions. In the case of student disciplinary actions against an assailant, the victim is required to be promptly notified by the Director. Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development of the status of the proceedings, and the general terms of the disposition.

Persons are reminded of the importance of preserving such evidence as may be necessary to the proof of criminal sexual assault. With respect to sexual assault involving student discipline, both the accused and the accuser are entitled to have an advisor present during a campus disciplinary proceeding, and to be informed of the outcome of the campus student disciplinary proceeding. Student victims of sexual assault may request changes in academic and living arrangements precipitated by the offense where such changes are reasonably available.

Support Services

Sexual assault violations often result in physical harm, psychological harm, or both. Even if the victim decides not to report the incident to authorities, it is urged that the victim seek medical and counseling assistance for potential emotional trauma and the possibility of sexually transmitted diseases.

  • The University Counseling and Psychological Services provides crisis counseling as well as ongoing assistance to students who have experienced sexual assault; BH 226, (562) 985‑4001, www.csulb.edu/caps.
  • The University Student Health Center offers routine medical examinations, including pregnancy tests and tests for sexually transmitted diseases; (562) 985‑4771.
  • The University Women's and Gender Equity Center provides support, resource materials, and referrals to community services women and men, LA1-102, (562) 985-8576, www.csulb.edu/wrc.
  • S.A.R.T (Sexual Assault Response Team) The University Police is an active participant of the Long Beach S.A.R.T. process. This process offers individual forensic exams to victims of sexual assault and child molestation. Coordination is with University Police, Long Beach Police Department, District Attorney's office, a forensic nurse and a rape crisis counselor. The police dispatcher activates the S.A.R.T process after the officers have connected with the victim. The University Police may be reached by calling (562) 985-4101 or 9-1-1. S.A.R.T. is located at Long Beach Community Hospital. A victim may be driven to Long Beach Community Hospital, 1720 Termino Ave., Long Beach, for the S.A.R.T. services. The emergency room staff will contact S.A.R.T. directly.

Additionally, referrals are available through the following non-university agencies:

  • YWCA GLA Sexual Assault Crisis Program (877) 943-5778
  • East LA Rape and Battery Hotline (800) 585-6231
  • Rape Crisis Hotlines - Orange County (949) 831-9110 and (714) 957-2737
  • The Rape Treatment Center - Santa Monica Hospital, (310) 319-4000
  • Safe At Home Confidential Address Program (877)322-5227, www.ss.ca.gov/safeathome/

Also, Counseling and Psychological Services office maintain lists of referrals within the community which deal with the issues of rape and sexual assault crisis, including legal, medical, and therapeutic support services. The phone number for the Counseling and Psychological Services office is (562) 985-4001.

Victims of Violent Crime Statute

A person who has sustained physical injury as a direct result of a crime of violence, or is legally dependent for support upon a person who has sustained physical injury or death as a direct result of a crime of violence (or, in the event of a death caused by a crime of violence, has legally assumed or voluntarily paid the medical or burial expenses incurred as a direct result thereof) may qualify for indemnification by the State of California for the out‑of‑pocket wages, medical and/or burial expenses incurred as a result of the crime (California Government Code, Section 13900, et seq.). Claims must be filed with the State Board of Control for the State of California.The Statute provides that, absent certain extenuating circumstances, a claimant has one year from the date of the crime to file his or her claim with the State Board of Control. For further information regarding this program, contact:

University Police - CSULB, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90840, Telephone: (562) 985-4101

Los Angeles District Attorney - Telephone: (800) 380-3811 Website: da.co.la.ca.us/vwap/roster.htm

State of California - Victim Compensation Program, P.O. Box 3036, Sacramento, CA 95812-3036, Telephone: (800) 777-9229, Hearing impaired, please call the California Relay Service at (800) 735-2929, Email: info@vcgcb.ca.gov

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232 g) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect students' privacy in their records maintained by the campus. The statute and regulations govern access to certain student records maintained by the campus and the release of such records. The law provides that the campus must give students access to most records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to challenge the records if the student claims they are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under this law does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade determined by the instructor. The law generally requires the institution to receive a student's written consent before releasing personally identifiable data about the student. The institution has adopted a set of policies and procedures governing implementation of the statutes and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained on the Enrollment Services website. Copies can also be obtained at the Office of Enrollment Services or the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. Among the types of information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures are: (1) the types of student records maintained and the information they contain; (2) the official responsible for maintaining each type of record; (3) the location of access lists indicating persons requesting or receiving information from the record; (4) policies for reviewing and expunging records; (5) student access rights to their records; (6) the procedures for challenging the content of student records; (7) the cost to be charged for reproducing copies of records; and (8) the right of the student to file a complaint with the Department of Education. The Department of Education has established an office and review board to investigate complaints and adjudicate violations. The designated office is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

The campus is authorized under the Act to release "directory information" concerning students. CSULB designates the following items authorized by FERPA as Directory Information: student's name, address (see below for conditions), telephone number (see below for conditions), email address (see below for conditions), major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, and degrees, honors, and awards received. Addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for currently enrolled students will be released to CSULB personnel and units solely for the purpose of conducting legitimate University business. They may not be shared with individuals or organizations outside the University except in accordance with the following provisions. Addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses may be released for noncommercial use by individuals or organizations outside the University provided the requests for such information have been reviewed and approved by the appropriate University personnel. Requests from the academic offices of accredited educational institutions shall be reviewed by the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. All other requests shall be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Services or designee. Otherwise, the University may disclose any of the items designated as "directory information" above without prior written consent, unless the student provides a request that certain information not be released (non-disclosure). Requests for non-disclosure may be made directly by the student utilizing their self-service account in the student system via the Internet. If the student does not have access to the Internet, their request for non-disclosure must be requested on the "Authorization to Withhold Student Information" form, available in the Office of Enrollment Services. Specifying items as directory information allows the University to disclose this information without prior written consent. It does not require that the University release the information except under court direction. In addition to the above, the Director of Athletics may provide information concerning participation of students in athletic events, including the height and weight of athletes. The University will also respond to requests for information regarding the employment status of students serving as Teaching Associates (TAs), Graduate Assistants (GAs), or Instructional Student Assistants (ISAs) and the departments that employ them.

The campus is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials and employees who have legitimate educational interests in such access. These persons have responsibilities in campus' academic, administrative, or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records will be disclosed to the Chancellor's Office of the CSU in order to conduct research, to analyze trends, or to provide other administrative services on behalf of the CSU. Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; for specified health or safety matters; or to other institutions in which the student has enrolled or seeks to enroll).

Career Placement Information

The Career Development Center office may furnish, upon request, information about the employment of students who graduate from programs or courses of study preparing students for a particular career field. Any such data provided must be in a form that does not allow for the identification of any individual student. This information includes data concerning the average starting salary and the percentage of previously enrolled students who obtained employment. The information may include data collected from either graduates of the campus or graduates of all campuses in the California State University.

Use of Social Security Number

Pursuant to the authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. 6109), the University uses the social security number to identify students and their records including identification for purposes of financial aid eligibility and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Also, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) requires the University to file information returns that include the student's social security number and other information such as the amount paid for qualified tuition, related expenses, and interest on educational loans. That information is used by the IRS to help determine whether a student, or a person claiming a student as a dependent, may take a credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.

Taxpayers who claim Hope Scholarship or Lifetime Learning tax credit will be required to provide the campus with their name, address, and Social Security Number.

Student Grievance Policy

The CSULB grievance policy and procedure are designed to provide the campus community with a protocol to accommodate circumstances for which no other policy or procedure exists. This policy does not cover grade appeals, prohibited discrimination, or any other issues that are covered by existing policies. Students are advised to consult appropriate additional campus resources (e.g., the Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog, "The Regs"). The Office of the Dean of Students has staff to help students understand the details of the grievance procedure and may be called upon for assistance.

Student Grievance Procedure

The student grievance procedure at CSULB is intended to provide a formal, standardized means for students to seek redress concerning the actions of faculty members, administrators, or staff members of the university-actions that are unauthorized or unjustified and that adversely affect the status, rights, or privileges of the students. Further, the purpose is to establish due process and safeguards that will be followed by the university in the adjudication of grievances.

A grievance filed under this policy must be initiated within one year of the alleged violation. A grievance may not be filed on the basis of a student's judgment of an instructor's or administrator's competence; such judgments are solely the province of the academic department involved or of the administrator's supervisor.

The grievance procedure is not designed to replace open communication and understanding, which are vital to the academic process. The student may withdraw the grievance at any stage, at which point the process will immediately terminate. During all stages of the grievance, the burden of proof will be on the student.

The person or entity against whom the complaint is made is referred to in this document as the respondent. The initiator of the grievance is referred to as the grievant. For nonacademic matters, the term dean is also construed to refer to the responsible individual of comparable level - typically an associate vice president or vice president.

In the event that the respondent is at the level of dean or higher, the complaint should be directed to the responsible person at the next higher administrative level. If the chair or program director was directly involved in the original decision or denied the student an opportunity for due-process review at the local level, the student should seek informal resolution through the dean of the college (or designee).

If after ten instructional days beyond the initial informal meeting a satisfactory resolution is not reached, the department chair or program director will meet with the student grievant and the respondent. Within fifteen instructional days of that meeting, the chair or program director will complete an investigation of the allegations and will reach conclusion. The chair or program director shall promptly communicate the decision to the student and the respondent. If the grievant is not satisfied with the results of the informal process, he or she may initiate a formal grievance procedure by contacting the appropriate college dean (or designee) or the responsible person at the next nonacademic level within fifteen instructional days of the decision. (P.S. 07-01)

Formal Grievance Procedure

To initiate the formal grievance procedure, the student is required to submit a written "statement of grievance" - a clear, concise, signed, and dated statement of events from the student's perspective. The statement should provide enough information to present a complete understanding of the situation and of the remedy sought by the student.

A student initiates the formal procedures by submitting the statement of grievance to the appropriate department chair or program director. The chair or director will then submit a copy of the statement of grievance to the appropriate college dean or next appropriate higher administrative level and to the respondent. The respondent is required to submit a written response to the chair or program director with ten instructional days. The chair or program director will then provide a copy of the respondent's reply to the grievant and to the college dean or next appropriate higher administrative level.

The dean or appropriate administrator has a period of ten instructional days to review the case, during which he or she may opt to seek additional information from the parties involved or from witnesses. By the end of that ten-day period, the dean or administrator will either (1) render a decision or (2) convene a College Hearing Committee to investigate further. The student shall have the right to request that a College Hearing Committee be convened.

College Hearing Committee

If required, a College Hearing Committee will consist of an administrator representing the dean, two faculty members elected from the Faculty Council of the appropriate College, a student representative elected from the Student Council of the appropriate College, a designee of the vice president for student services, and faculty adviser elected by the Academic Advising Council appropriate to the grievance. All meetings of the College Hearing Committee will be closed to the public, and no transcripts will be prepared. If the college hearing committee seeks evidence by means of personal testimony, the meeting at which such evidence is presented shall be conducted in the manner of any other academic committee meeting and is not considered a formal hearing. Both the grievant and respondent shall be given opportunities to present their views. There shall be no cross-examination.

The charge of a College Hearing Committee is to investigate and then to recommend to the dean a proposed resolution. The College Hearing Committee will review the grievance and, if necessary, forward supplemental queries to the respondent and to the department chair and program director involved - along with direction to submit written responses with twenty instructional days. Once the College Hearing Committee has received the written responses, it will review all available evidence, conduct deliberations, and then choose one of the three courses of action:

  • Remand the grievance to the dean with a recommendation of immediate corrective action in favor of the grievant - based on sufficient evidence of a violation of (1) university regulation or policy or (2) principle of due process or (3) both.
  • Defer a decision to allow for further investigation and gathering of evidence. In the case of such a continuation, both the grievant and the respondent will be notified in writing of the additional evidence required and whether that evidence should be provided in writing or in personal testimony.
  • Dismiss the grievance based on a (1) lack of sufficient evidence of a violation of the university regulation or policy and (2) confirmation of adherence to principles of due process.

The College Hearing Committee will forward the recommendation to the dean. The dean will then make a decision and forward that decision to the respondent and grievant. If neither the respondent nor the grievant requests further review, then the grievance process ends.

If either party wishes to appeal the decision of the Dean, the appeal, in writing, may be made to the Provost (academic) or appropriate Vice President (non-academic). The appeal must be made within 10 instructional days of the dean's decision. The Provost or Vice President will notify both parties of the appeal and convene a University Hearing Committee to investigate further.

University Hearing Committee

If required, a University Hearing Committee will consist of an administrator representing the Provost, three faculty members selected from the Panel on Professional Responsibility according to the procedures of that policy, and a student elected from the Associated Students, Inc. All meetings of the University Hearing Committee will be closed to the public, and no transcripts will be prepared. If the University Hearing Committee seeks evidence by means of personal testimony, the meeting at which such evidence is presented shall be conducted in the manner of any other academic committee meeting and is not considered a formal hearing. Both the grievant and respondent shall be given opportunities to present their views. There shall be no cross-examination.

The charge of a University Hearing Committee is to investigate and then to recommend to the Provost a proposed resolution. The University Hearing Committee will review the grievance and, if necessary, forward supplemental queries to the respondent and to the Provost - along with direction to submit written responses within 20 instructional days. Once the University Hearing Committee has received the written responses, it will review all available evidence, conduct deliberations, and then choose one of the three courses of action:

  • Remand the grievance to the Provost with a recommendation of immediate corrective action in favor of the grievant - based on sufficient evidence of a violation of (1) university regulation or policy or (2) principle of due process or (3) both.
  • Defer a decision to allow for further investigation and gathering of evidence. In the case of such a continuation, both the grievant and the respondent will be notified in writing of the additional evidence required and whether that evidence should be provided in writing or in personal testimony.
  • Dismiss the grievance based on a (1) lack of sufficient evidence of a violation of the university regulation or policy and (2) confirmation of adherence to principles of due process.

The University Hearing Committee will forward the recommendation to the Provost. The Provost will then make a decision and forward that decision to the respondent and grievant. The University Hearing Committee shall function as the final level of this grievance process.

41301. Standards for Student Conduct

The University is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy living and learning environment for students, faculty, and staff. Each member of the campus community must choose behaviors that contribute toward this end. Student behavior that is not consistent with the Student Conduct Code is addressed through an educational process that is designed to promote safety and good citizenship and, when necessary, impose appropriate consequences.

  1. Student Responsibilities
    Students are expected to be good citizens and to engage in responsible behaviors that reflect well upon their university, to be civil to one another and to others in the campus community, and to contribute positively to student and university life.
  2. Unacceptable Student Behaviors
    The following behavior is subject to disciplinary sanctions:
    1. Dishonesty, including:
      1. Cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty that are intended to gain unfair academic advantage.
      2. Furnishing false information to a University official, faculty member, or campus office.
      3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of a University document, key, or identification instrument.
      4. Misrepresenting one's self to be an authorized agent of the University or one of its auxiliaries.
    2. Unauthorized entry into, presence in, use of, or misuse of University property.
    3. Willful, material and substantial disruption or obstruction of a University related activity, or any on-campus activity.
    4. Participating in an activity that substantially and materially disrupts the normal operations of the University, or infringes on the rights of members of the University community.
    5. Willful, material and substantial obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or other traffic, on or leading to campus property or an off-campus University related activity.
    6. Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior at a University related activity, or directed toward a member of the University community.
    7. Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, or sexual misconduct.
    8. Hazing, or conspiracy to haze. Hazing is defined as any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events. Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.
    9. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia, (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations) or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs.
    10. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations), or public intoxication while on campus or at a University related activity.
    11. Theft of property or services from the University community, or misappropriation of University resources.
    12. Unauthorized destruction, or damage to University property or other property in the University community.
    13. Possession or misuse of firearms or guns, replicas, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, knives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals (without the prior authorization of the campus president) on campus or at a University related activity.
    14. Unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose.
    15. Misuse of computer facilities or resources, including:
      1. Unauthorized entry into a file, for any purpose.
      2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
      3. Use of another's identification or password.
      4. Use of computing facilities, campus network, or other resources to interfere with the work of another member of the University community.
      5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages.
      6. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal University operations.
      7. Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws.
      8. Violation of a campus computer use policy.
    16. Violation of any published University policy, rule, regulation or presidential order.
    17. Failure to comply with directions or, or interference with, any University official or any public safety officer while acting in the performance of his/her duties.
    18. Any act chargeable as a violation of a federal, state, or local law that poses a substantial threat to the safety or well being of members of the University community, to property within the University community or poses a significant threat of disruption or interference with University operations.
    19. Violation of the Student Conduct Procedures, including:
      1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information related to a student discipline matter.
      2. Disruption or interference with the orderly progress of a student discipline proceeding.
      3. Initiation of a student discipline proceeding in bad faith.
      4. Attempting to discourage another from participating in the student discipline matter.
      5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of any participant in a student discipline matter.
      6. Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of any participant in a student discipline matter.
      7. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under a student discipline proceeding.
    20. Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline.
      1. Procedures for Enforcing This Code
        The Chancellor shall adopt procedures to ensure students are afforded appropriate notice and an opportunity to be heard before the University imposes any sanction for a violation of the Student Conduct Code. [Note: At the time of publication, such procedures are set forth in California State University Executive Order 1098 (Revised June 23, 2015), available at http://calstate.edu/eo/EO-1098-rev-6-23-15.html.]
      2. Application of This Code
        Sanctions for the conduct listed above can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the University is within the jurisdiction of this Article regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus. Nothing in this Code may conflict with Education Code Section 66301 that prohibits disciplinary action against students based on behavior protected by the First Amendment.

41302. Disposition of Fees; Campus Emergency; Interim Suspension

The President of the campus may place on probation, suspend or expel students for one or more of the causes enumerated in Section 41301. No fees or tuition paid by or for such students for the semester, quarter, or summer session in which they are suspended or expelled will be refunded. If the students are readmitted before the close of the quarter, or summer session in which they are suspended, no additional tuition or fees will be required on account of the suspension.

During periods of campus emergency, as determined by the President of the individual campus, the President may, after consultation with the Chancellor, place into immediate effect any emergency regulations, procedures, or measures deemed necessary or appropriate to meet the emergency, to safeguard persons and property, and to maintain educational activities.

The President may immediately impose an interim suspension in all cases in which there is reasonable cause to believe that such an immediate suspension is required in order to protect lives or property and to insure the maintenance of order. A student so placed on interim suspension will be given prompt notice of charges and the opportunity for a hearing within ten days of the imposition of interim suspension. During the period of interim suspension, the student shall not, without prior written permission of the President or designated representative, enter any campus of The California State University other than to attend the hearing. Violation of any condition of interim suspension will be grounds for expulsion.

41303. Conduct by Applicants for Admission

Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary, admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any persons who, while not enrolled as students, commit acts which, were they enrolled as students, would be the basis for disciplinary proceedings pursuant to Sections 41301 or 41302. Admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any persons who, while students, commit acts which are subject to disciplinary action pursuant to Section 41301 or Section 41302. Qualified admission or denial of admission in such cases will be determined under procedures adopted pursuant to Section 41304.

41304. Student Disciplinary Procedures for The California State University

The Chancellor will prescribe, and may from time to time revise, a code of student disciplinary procedures for The California State University. Subject to other applicable law, this code will provide for determinations of fact and sanctions to be applied for conduct which is a ground of discipline under Sections 41301 or 41302, and for qualified admissions or denial of admission under Section 41303; the authority of the campus President in such matters; conduct‑related determinations on financial aid eligibility and termination; alternative kinds of proceedings, including proceedings conducted by a Hearing Officer; time limitations; notice; conduct of hearings, including provisions governing evidence, a record, and review; and such other related matters as may be appropriate. The Chancellor will report to the Board actions taken under this section.

The current University regulation on alcoholic beverages is stated in the CSULB Policies, Information and Regulations Handbook published by the Office of Student Affairs.

Additional detailed information relating to student discipline is available in the Office of Student Affairs, and from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyrights Law

Anyone who is found to be liable for copyright infringement may be liable for either the owner's actual damages along with any profits of the infringer or statutory damages of up to $30,000 per work infringed. In the case of a willful infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. (See 17 U.S.C. §504.) Courts also have discretion to award costs and attorneys' fees to the prevailing party. (See 17 U.S.C. §505.) Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment and fines. (See 17 U.S.C. §506 and 18 U.S.C. §2319.)

Administrative Action

Procedures and sanctions of the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development are under the administration of the Vice President for Student Affairs and are conducted pursuant to the authority provided in Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Copies of Section 41301 of Title 5 may be found in the University Catalog and the Campus Regulations available in the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. Copies of Chancellor's Executive Order 970, "Student Conduct Procedures" are also available upon request. The Vice President for Student Affairs will report annually to the President and the Chair of the Academic Senate a summary of the charges concerning cheating and plagiarism brought before the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development.

Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development

The Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development (USU 238) provides assistance with the interpretation and enforcement of campus regulations. Complete copies of the CSULB "Campus Regs," including a listing of infractions which may result in student disciplinary action under Title 5, Section 41301, of the California Code of Regulations, "Probation, Suspension and Expulsion of Students," are available in this office; also available are copies of Executive Order 1080, "Student Conduct Procedures." General assistance and aid in directing individuals to the proper procedures, departments and personnel may be obtained in this office.

Alleged violations are investigated primarily through informal office conferences with the involved students.

The conferences which are held as a result of impending disciplinary action are:

  1. To clarify the referral, the charges, or the circumstances involved;
  2. To prevent the incidence of, or further occurrences of, violations; and
  3. To educate as a preventive experience and to indicate the possible consequences as a result of committing a violation. Discussion is centered on the cause-and-effect relationship of various courses of action and, when possible, alternate paths or solutions are explored.

Fee Establishment and Policies

Average Support Cost per Full-Time Equivalent Student and Sources of Funds

The total support cost per full-time equivalent student (FTES) includes the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations. The average support cost is determined by dividing the total cost by the number of FTES. The total CSU 2017/18 budget amounts were $3,390,564,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations and before adding $39.3 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $2,477,015,000 from gross tuition revenue and $594,397,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $6,461,976,000. The 2017/18 resident FTES target is 364,131 and the nonresident FTES based on past-year actual is 24,398 for a total of 388,529 FTES. The GF appropriation is applicable to resident students only whereas fee revenues are collected from resident and nonresident students. FTES is determined by dividing the total academic student load (e.g. 15 units per semester) (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

The 2017/18 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and tuition revenue only is $15,687 and when including all three sources as indicated below is $17,217, which includes all fee revenue (e.g. tuition, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees) in the CSU Operating Fund. Of this amount, the average tuition and other fee revenue per FTES is $7,905.

2017/18 Amount Avg Cost per FTES %
State Appropriation (GF)(1) 3,390,564,000 9,311 54.1%
Gross Tuition Fee Revenue (2) 2,477,015,000 6,375 37.0%
Other Fee Revenues (2) 594,397,000 1,530 8.9%
Total Support Cost 6,461,976,000 17,217 100.0%

1 Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2017/18; GF is divisible by resident students only (364,131 FTES)

2 Represents CSU Operating Fund, gross tuition and other fees revenue amounts submitted in campus August 2017/18 final budgets. Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (388,529 FTES).

The average CSU 2017/18 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition and other m­­andatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university is $7,216 ($5,742 tuition fee plus $1,474 average campus-based fees). However, the costs paid by individual students will vary depending on campus, program, and whether a student is part-time, full-time, resident or nonresident.

Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Fees

The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus fees defined as mandatory, such as a student association fee and a student center fee, may be established. A student association fee must be established upon a favorable vote of two-thirds of the students voting in an election held for this purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The campus President may adjust the student association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose. The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus President containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the University. Student association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. A student center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code sections 90012, 90027, and 90068.

A student center fee may be established only after a fee referendum is held which approves by a two-thirds favorable vote the establishment of the fee (Education Code, Section 89304). The student fee was established at CSULB by student referendum in April 7, 2000. The campus President may adjust the student association fee only after the fee adjustment has been approved by a majority of students voting in a referendum established for that purpose (Education Code, Section 89300). The required fee shall be subject to referendum at any time upon the presentation of a petition to the campus President containing the signatures of 10 percent of the regularly enrolled students at the University. Once bonds are issued, authority to set and adjust student center fees is governed by provisions of the State University Revenue Bond Act of 1947, including, but not limited to, Education Code, sections 90012, 90027, and 90068. Student association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs.

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the campus fee advisory committee and a student referendum as established by Executive Order 1102, Section III. The campus President may use alternate consultation mechanisms if he/she determines that a referendum is not the best mechanism to achieve appropriate and meaningful consultation. Results of the referendum and the fee committee review are advisory to the campus President. The President may adjust campus-based mandatory fees, but must request the Chancellor establish a new mandatory fee. The President shall provide to the fee advisory committee a report of all campus-based mandatory fees. The campus shall report annually to the Chancellor a complete inventory of all campus-based mandatory fees.

For more information or questions, please contact the Budget Office in the CSU Chancellor's Office at (562) 951-4560.

Tax Credits for Higher Education

The Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 encourages postsecondary and continuing education by providing tax benefits to students and their families. Taxpayers can claim one, or in some cases, two of these new tax credits for expenses they pay for postsecondary education for themselves and their dependent children. These tax credits can directly reduce the amount of federal income tax for returns filed.

The Hope Scholarship Credit is available on a per-student basis for the first two years of postsecondary education. The maximum credit is $1,500 per student. It will be offered to students or parents who pay tuition and related expenses for attendance at least half-time in a degree-granting program.

The Lifetime Learning Credit provides a tax credit to parents and/or students of up to $2,000 of total annual educational expenses, per return.

Education expenses that are paid with tax-free grants, scholarships, are not eligible for either tax credit. Education expenses paid with loans are eligible for these tax credits. Interest paid on qualified student loans may also be deductible from taxpayer income. Interest can be taken as a deduction during the first 60 months (5 years) of repayment on student loan.

To assist you in taking advantage of these tax credits, the University will provide you with the following information:

  • Form 1098T (Tuition Payments Statement) - This form must be submitted along with your federal tax return to claim these credits.
  • Form W-9S (Request for Student's or Borrower's Social Security Number and Certification). This form should be completed and returned to the University, if your social security number is incorrect.
  • Telephone inquiries at (562)985-8280
  • Online at MyCSULB.edu
  • In-person inquiries at Brotman Hall 155
  • IRS Publication 970, Tax Benefits for Education www.irs.gov

Either your lender or loan servicer will provide interest deduction information to you. Those eligible will be provided with a 1098E form, which must be submitted along with your federal tax return to claim this deduction.

NOTE: The information described above, and the information available via mycsulb or phone regarding the new tax benefits, is in general terms. Your ability to claim these tax benefits depends on your individual circumstances. We recommend that you consult a tax advisor to determine your personal eligibility.