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Why is a particular rule or policy in place?

Policies are designed to support the University's educational mission and to ensure a safe environment where people can work, study, and live without undue interference. They are designed to build and support the University’s academic and social community, by teaching students responsibility and interdependence, and by promoting moral and ethical development.

My son/daughter was notified of a disciplinary violation. Does he/she have the opportunity to defend him/herself?

All students alleged of violating the Student Code of Conduct are offered the opportunity to explain the alleged incident and provide relevant documentation/information to support their claim. A meeting is arranged between the student and the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

What is my role as a parent in the University’s disciplinary process? How can I help my son/daughter?

You can provide guidance and support to your son/daughter while holding him or her accountable to your expectations and those of the University. Expect your student to meet with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities and fulfill any imposed sanctions.  It is not beneficial to the educational development of the student, or to the resolution of the matter, if parents try to resolve the issue for the student.

Your student can be accompanied by an advisor during all disciplinary proceedings as long as the advisor is not an attorney. The role of the advisor is to support the student and not to speak on the student’s behalf. With the consent of your son/daughter, you can act as his/her advisor during disciplinary proceedings. 

My child was charged criminally. Why go through the University’s disciplinary process also?

Members of the campus community and their guest are subject to all University rules and regulations, including those contained in the CSUB Student Code of Conduct. Additionally, individuals are subject to local, state, and federal laws, and thus, in some situations both criminal and disciplinary procedures are necessary. It is important to understand that the disciplinary process operates independently from the criminal process.     

Do I need to hire an attorney to represent my student?

The accused student has the right to consult with an attorney; however, per the President’s directive, attorney representation is not allowed at any disciplinary proceeding. Attorney presence is allowed at a Formal Hearing only when there are pending criminal (felony) charges, or when the recommended sanction is expulsion. This apply's to both the student charged and the University.  

See the Use of Attorneys in Student Disciplinary Proceedings

How are sanctions decided?

Sanctions may be imposed independently or in combination with other sanctions. Sanctions can be assigned to an individual student, group of students, and/or student organization(s). Sanctioning is determined on a case-by-case since it reflects the needs of the individual student, the student's cumulative judicial history, and the impact the student's behavior had on the University community.

Are disciplinary outcomes reflected on my son/daughter’s transcript?

A notation is placed on student’s transcripts when the following sanctions are issued: disciplinary probation, suspension, and expulsion. Disciplinary probation is noted on the student’s academic transcript only for the duration of the probationary period. Suspension for one academic year or longer is noted permanently on the student's academic transcript. Expulsion is permanently noted on the student's academic transcript and the student is removed permanently from the California State University system. 

Will a disciplinary record keep my student from getting into graduate school, finding employment, etc.?

A disciplinary record does not automatically exclude a student from further education, employment, etc. That usually depends on the type and severity of the involved misconduct. A notation on a student’s academic transcript may prompt a school or employer to inquire about the notation; however, this alone may not be a deciding factor. The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will only release information about a student's disciplinary record to a third party (i.e., school, potential employer, etc.) if the student signs an authorization to release information or the request is in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). 


Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

California State University, Bakersfield
Mail Stop 44 CAF
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-2680
Fax: (661) 654-2680