Policies and Regulations

Nondiscrimination Policies

Gender - The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs or activities it conducts. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and the administrative regulations adopted thereunder prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by California State University, Bakersfield. Such programs and activities include admission of students and employment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX to programs and activities of California State University, Bakersfield may be referred to the Counseling Center (HC, 661-664-3366) or Personnel Services (ADM 108, 661-664-2266), the campus officers assigned the administrative responsibility of reviewing such matters, or to the Regional Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Region IX, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco, California 94102.

Disability - The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulations adopted thereunder and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit such discrimination. The coordinator of Disabled Services has been designated to coordinate the efforts of California State University, Bakersfield to comply with these Acts and their implementing regulations. Inquiries concerning compliance may be addressed to the coordinator at the Services for Students with Disabilities Office 661-664-3360; TDD 661-664-6288.

Race, Color, National Origin, or Disability - The California State University complies with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the regulations adopted thereunder. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program of The California State University.

Sexual Orientation - By CSU Board of Trustees policy, the California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

POLICIES ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIVIDUALS

Sexual Harassment
- Sexual harassment is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as under CSU Executive Order 345. California State University, Bakersfield is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which faculty, staff, and students work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and unconstrained academic interchange. In the university environment, all faculty, staff, and students are entitled to be treated on the basis of their qualifications, competence, and accomplishments without regard to gender. Individuals are entitled to benefit from university programs and activities without being discriminated against on the basis of their sex. Sexual harassment violates university policy, seriously threatens the academic environment, and is illegal. The policy on campus is to eliminate sexual harassment and to provide prompt and equitable relief to the extent possible.

Sexual harassment includes such behavior as sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward an employee, student, or applicant when one or more of the following circumstances are present:

  • Submission to or toleration of the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of appointment, employment, admission, or academic evaluation;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for a personnel decision or an academic evaluation affecting an individual;
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an employee’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise adverse working environment;
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s academic performance, creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise adverse learning environment, or adversely affecting any student.

Sexual harassment will not be tolerated by the university and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination or dismissal. Administrative personnel are available to answer questions or handle complaints by students, employees, student applicants or employee applicants. The names and office locations of sexual harassment counselors and respective administrative personnel are available in the Counseling Center and the Office of Personnel Services. Any employee who believes that this policy has been violated should promptly report the facts of the incident(s) and the person(s) involved.

Formal complaints alleging sexual harassment should be made to the Dean of Extended University (661-664-2441). Such complaints will be investigated without delay in accordance with university procedures and appropriate action taken.

Campus Policy on Disruptive and Violent Behavior - California State University, Bakersfield is committed to creating and maintaining a safe working, learning, and social environment for all students, employees and visitors which is free from violence, threats, intimidation, hostile acts, and disruptive behavior.

Civility, understanding, and mutual respect toward all persons are intrinsic to the existence of a safe and healthy campus. Threats or acts of violence, or hostile, intimidating, or disruptive behavior not only impact the individuals concerned, but also the mission of the University. The University prohibits acts or threats of violence, and any person who commits such acts is subject to disciplinary action, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.

The University has zero tolerance for potentially violent or violent acts against any member of the campus environment, or against any property.

For the purpose of this policy, violence, threats of violence, and other inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • any act that is physically or emotionally assault;                          OR
  • any threat, behavior or action which is interpreted by a reasonable person to carry the potential of:
    • harm or endangering the safety of others;
    • resulting in an act of aggression, or
    • destroying or damaging property

Established student, personnel, and public safety procedures will serve as the mechanisms for resolving such situations.

Individuals who severely disrupt classrooms, offices or common spaces may be removed from the campus. Deans may deny class enrollment to a student whose behavior compromises the learning environment.

Student Academic Grievance - A student has the right to grieve an academic sanction imposed by a faculty. The grievances can concern only the assigned final course grade.

The grievance must be pursued according to the University’s Student Complaint and Grievance procedures. Copies are available in the School deans’ offices, the Vice President of Student Services’ Office, and most other academic administration office.

Group grievances are not permitted. The University presumes the correctness of final course grades. It is the responsibility of a student appealing an assigned grade to demonstrate otherwise.

Student Compliant and Grievance Procedure - A student also has the right to grieve other University actions. Nonacademic grievances may be brought against the actions or decisions of faculty, administrators, or staff for failure to adhere to written campus policies or for procedures or actions that constitute arbitrary, capricious, or unequal application of those procedures. A student wishing to file a grievance should consult the Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure.

Information regarding student grievances may be obtained by contact the office of the Extended University at 661-664-2441.

Student Discipline
Inappropriate conduct by students or by applicants for admission is subject to discipline as provided in Sections 41301 through 41304 of Title 5, California Code of Regulations. Relevant sections of Title 5 follow.

41301. Expulsion, Suspension and Probation of Students - Following procedures consonant with due process established pursuant to Section 41304, any student of a campus may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation or given a lesser sanction for one or more of the following causes which must be campus related:

  • (a) Cheating or plagiarism in connection with an academic program at a campus.
  • (b) Forgery, alteration or misuse of campus documents, records, or identification or knowingly furnishing false information to a campus.
  • (c) Misrepresentation of oneself or of an organization to be an agent of a campus.
  • (d) Obstruction or disruption, on or off campus property, of the campus educational process, administrative process, or other campus function.
  • (e) Physical abuse on or off campus property of the person or property of any member of the campus community or of members of his or her family or the threat of such physical abuse.
  • (f) Theft of, or non-accidental damage to, campus property, or property in the possession of, or owned by, a member of the campus community.
  • (g) Unauthorized entry into, unauthorized use of, or misuse of campus property.
  • (h) On campus property, the sale or knowing possession of dangerous drugs, restricted dangerous drugs, or narcotics as those terms are used in California statutes, except when lawfully prescribed pursuant to medical or dental care, or when lawfully permitted for the purpose of research, instruction or analysis.
  • (i) Knowing possession or use of explosives, dangerous chemicals or deadly weapons on campus property or at a campus function without prior authorization of the campus president.
  • (j) Engaging in lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior on campus property or at a campus function.
  • (k) Abusive behavior directed toward, or hazing of, a member of the campus community.
  • (l) Violation of any order of a campus President, notice of which had been given prior to such violation and during the academic term in which the violation occurs, either by publication in the campus newspaper, or by posting on an official bulletin board designated for this purpose, and which order is not inconsistent with any of the other provisions of this Section.
  • (m) Soliciting or assisting another to do any act which would subject a student to expulsion, suspension or probation pursuant to this Section.
  • (n) For purposes of this Article, the following terms are defined:
    • (1) The term "member of the campus community" is defined as meaning California State University Trustees, academic, nonacademic and administrative personnel, students, and other persons while such other persons are on campus property or at a campus function.
    • (2) The term "campus property" includes:
      • (A) Real or personal property in the possession of, or under the control of, the Board of Trustees of the California State University, and
      • (B) All campus feeding, retail, or residence facilities whether operated by a campus or by a campus auxiliary organization.
    • (3) The term "deadly weapons" includes any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a blackjack, sling shot, billy, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, any dirk, dagger, switchblade knife, pistol, revolver, or any other firearm, any knife having a blade longer than five inches, any razor with an unguarded blade, and any metal pipe or bar used or intended to be used as a club.
    • (4) The term "behavior" includes conduct and expression.
    • (5) The term "hazing" means any method of initiation into a student organization or any pastime or amusement engaged in with regard to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, or physical or emotional harm, to any member of the campus community; but the term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.
  • (o) This Section is not adopted pursuant to Education Code Section 89031.
  • (p) Notwithstanding any amendment or repeal pursuant to the resolution by which any provision of this Article is amended, all acts and omissions occurring prior to that effective date shall be subject to the provisions of this Article as in effect immediately prior to such effective date.

SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS
Students are required to provide the University with correct social security numbers (individual tax payer identification numbers) pursuant to authority contained in Section 41201, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and Section 6109 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The University used the social security number ot identify records pertaining to the student and, if needed, to collect debts owed to the University.  Also, the Internal Revenue Service 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 to help determine whether a student or a person claiming a student as a dependent may take credit or deduction to reduce federal income taxes.  Student who do not have a social security number at the time of enrollment will be required to obtain a social security number and submit it to the University within sixty (60) days.  Failure to supply a correct social security number may result in the imposition of a penalty by the Internal Revenue Service.