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University Policies

Student Conduct Code

Academic Integrity Policy

Student Policy on Alcohol

Smoke-Free Campus PolicyNEW

Student Policy on Illicit Drugs

Campus Policy on Disruptive and Violent Behavior

Copyright Policy

Service Animal Policy

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Student Complaint and Grievance Procedures

Use of Attorneys in Student Disciplinary Proceedings

Interim Suspension


Student Policy on Alcohol

Only those University students 21 years of age or older may possess or consume alcoholic beverages at approved university-related functions or in designated locations on campus, and they must do so in a responsible manner.  Students are expected to assume responsibility for their own behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the influence of alcohol in no way lessens their accountability to the university community.

Students will not provide alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age.

University-recognized student living units and events sponsored by university-recognized groups are governed by university policy concerning alcohol.  Individuals and groups are expected to follow appropriate on-campus residential hosting guidelines.

Alcoholic beverages may not be present at student organization recruitment efforts.  The use of university funds to provide alcohol to students is prohibited.

The intention to serve alcoholic beverages must be registered with the office or department administratively responsible for the facility or location where the event is to be held.

Violation of University policies concerning alcohol will result in appropriate disciplinary action.  If a determination that a violation of the alcohol policy has occurred, by either an individual or a student organization, sanctions will be assessed.  Such sanctions for a group or individual may include any of the following:

  • Community Service
  • Educational Sessions
  • Denial of use of University facilities
  • Social Probation
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Revocation of recognition as a student organization
  • Suspension from the University
  • Expulsion from the University

If a determination is made that a student organization has violated the university alcohol policy, sanctions will be assessed by the Student Union & Student Organizational Governance. If a determination is made that a student is in violation of the university alcohol policy, sanctions will be assessed by the President or a designee.

Student Policy on Illicit Drugs

CSUB prohibits the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs on campus. Violation of university policies concerning illicit drugs shall result in appropriate disciplinary action up to and including suspension or expulsion from the University, and in the case of organizations, loss of recognition. The following is a brief summary of the state and federal criminal sanctions that may be imposed upon someone who violates the illicit drug policy at CSUB or elsewhere in the state of California:

  • A violation of California law for the possession, use, and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs includes imprisonment in the county jail or state prison for one to nine years, plus fines up to $100,000 for each count.
  • A violation of federal law for the possession, use and/or sale of narcotics, marijuana, and/or other illicit drugs may include imprisonment in a federal penitentiary for one to fifteen years plus substantial financial penalties.
  • A violation of the law involving an individual being under the influence of a combination of alcohol and drugs (itself potentially fatal), may result in an increase in criminal sanctions and penalties. 

The University Police Department is responsible for enforcing all unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs.

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 assaultive; 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.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to report to the University Police Department, the appropriate school dean, or the employee's area supervisor, acts of violence, threats of violence or any other behavior which by intent, act or outcome could harm another person or property.

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. Formal sanctions may also be administered by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Copyright Policy

Copyright Infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work (music, television/web series, films) without authority constitutes as infringement.

Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or "statutory" damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For "willful" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Section 504, 505.

Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to 5 years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

CSUB Policy on Copyright Infringement

Students who violate copyright laws are subject to university discipline as per Title 5, Section 41301 of the California Code of Regulations. Copyright infringement is a violation of subsection 15(G) of the CSUB Student Conduct Code which states: Use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws. When the university receives a complaint of copyright infringement, the user's wireless access is disabled.

For more information about the University's computer and network use policy, see Acceptable Computer and Network Use Policy.

Interim Suspension

Executive Order 1098, Article VI

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 the personal safety of persons within the University community or University Property, and to ensure the maintenance of order. A student placed on interim suspension shall be given prompt notice of charges and the opportunity for a hearing within 10 working days of the imposition of interim suspension (Title 5 § 41302). During the period of interim suspension, the student may not, without prior written permission from the President, or designated representative, enter any campus of the California State University other than to attend the interim suspension hearing. The president or designee may also restrict the student from participating in in University-related activities on a case-by-case basis; e.g. attend off-campus activities and/or participate in on-line classes, etc. Violation of any condition of interim suspension shall be grounds for expulsion.

Title 5 §41303. Disposition of Fees: Campus Emergency; Interim Suspension

The President of the campus may place on probation, suspend, or expel a student for one or more of the causes enumerated in Section 41301, Standards for Student Conduct. No fees or tuition paid by or for such student for the semester, quarter, or summer session in which he or she is suspended or expelled shall be refunded. If the student is readmitted before the close of the semester, quarter, or summer session in which he or she is suspended, no additional tuition or fees shall be required of the student 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, and other measures deemed necessary or appropriate to meet the emergency, safeguard persons and property, and maintain educational activities.


Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

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

Phone: (661) 654-2680
Fax: (661) 654-3050