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    California State University, Stanislaus
   
 
  Dec 14, 2017
 
 
    
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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The California State University

The individual California State Colleges were brought together as a system by the Donahoe Higher Education Act of 1960. In 1972 the system became the California State University and Colleges, and in 1982 the system became the California State University (CSU). Today, the campuses of the CSU include comprehensive and polytechnic universities and, since July 1995, the California Maritime Academy, a specialized campus.

The oldest campus-San José State University-was founded in 1857 and became the first institution of public higher education in California. The newest-CSU Channel Islands-opened in fall 2002, with freshmen arriving in fall 2003.

Responsibility for the California State University is vested in the Board of Trustees, whose members are appointed by the Governor. The Trustees appoint the Chancellor, who is the chief executive officer of the system, and the Presidents, who are the chief executive officers of the respective campuses.

The Trustees, the Chancellor, and the Presidents develop systemwide policy, with implementation at the campus level taking place through broadly based consultative procedures. The Academic Senate of the CSU, made up of elected representatives of the faculty from each campus, recommends academic policy to the Board of Trustees through the Chancellor.

Academic excellence has been achieved by the CSU through a distinguished faculty whose primary responsibility is superior teaching. While each campus in the system has its own unique geographic and curricular character, all campuses, as multipurpose institutions, offer undergraduate and graduate instruction for professional and occupational goals as well as broad liberal education. All the campuses require a basic program of "General Education Requirements" for graduation regardless of the type of bachelor's degree or major field selected by the student.

The CSU offers high-quality, affordable bachelor's and master's level degree programs.  Many of these programs are offered so that students can complete all upper-division and graduate requirements by part-time, late afternoon, and evening study.  In addition, a varity of teaching and school service credential programs are available.  A limited number of doctoral degrees are offered jointly with the University of California and with private institutions in California.  In 2005, the CSU was authorized to independently offer additional doctorate (Ed.D.) programs.

Enrollment in fall 2011 totaled 427,000 students who were taught by more than 21,000 faculty.  The system awards about half of the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees granted in California.  More than 2.7 million students have graduated from CSU campuses since 1961.

A recent economic report found that the CSU supports more than 150,000 jobs statewide, annually.  The engine driving job creation is more than $17 billion in economic activity that directly results from CSU-related spending that generates $5.43 for every dollar the state invests.  For more information, please see www.calstate.edu/impact.

The California State University International Programs

Developing intercultural communication skills and international understanding among its students is a vital mission of The California State University (CSU). Since its inception in 1963, the CSU International Programs has contributed to this effort by providing qualified students an affordable opportunity to continue their studies abroad for a full academic year. More than 20,000 CSU students have taken advantage of this unique study option.

International Programs participants earn resident academic credit at their CSU campuses while they pursue full-time study at a host university or special study center abroad. The International Programs serves the needs of students in over 100 designated academic majors. Affiliated with more than 50 recognized universities and institutions of higher education in 18 countries, the International Programs also offers a wide selection of study locales and learning environments.

Australia Griffith University
  Macquarie University
  Queensland University of Technology
  University of Queensland
  University of Western Sydney
  Victoria University
   
Canada Concordia University (Montréal)
   
Chile Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago)
   
China Peking University (Beijing)
  Shanghai Jiao Tong University (Shanghai)
   
Denmark Danish Institute for Study Abroad (international education affiliate of the University of Copenhagen)
   
France Institut Catholique de Paris
 

Université d' Aix-Marseille (Aix-en-Provence)

  Universités de Paris I, III, IV, VI, VII, VIII, X, XI, XII, XIII
  Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée
  Université d'Evry Val d'Essonne
  Université de Versaille-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines
   
Germany University of Tübingen and a number of institutions of higher education in the Federal state of Baden-Württemberg
   
Ghana University of Ghana, Legon
   
Israel Tel Aviv University
  The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  University of Haifa
   
Italy CSU Study Center (Florence)
  Universitá degli Studi di Firenze
  La Accademia di Belle Arti Firenze
   
Japan Waseda University (Tokyo)
  University of Tsukuba
   
Korea Yonsei University (Seoul)
   
Mexico Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Campus Querétaro
   
New Zealand Lincoln University (Christchurch)
  Massey University (Palmerston North)
   
Spain Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  Universidad de Granada
   
Sweden Uppsala University
   
Taiwan National Taiwan University (Taipei)
  National Tsing Hua University (Hsinchu)
   
United Kingdom Bradford University
  Bristol University
  Hull University
  Kingston University
  Swansea University
   

International Programs pays tuition and administrative costs abroad for participating California resident students to a similar extent that such funds would be expended to support similar costs in California. Participants are responsible for all CSU tuition and program fees and personal costs, such as transportation, room and board, living expenses, and home campus fees. Financial aid, with the exception of Federal Work-Study, is available to qualified students.

To qualify for admission to the International Programs, in most programs students must have upper-division or graduate standing at a CSU campus by the time of departure.  Students at the sophomore level may, however, participate in the intensive language acquisition programs in Canada, China, France, Germany, Korea, Mexico, Sweden, and Taiwan.  California Community College transfer students are eligible to apply directly from their community colleges.  Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply.  Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.

Students must also possess a current cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or 3.0, depending on the program for which they apply. Some programs also have language study and/or other coursework prerequisites.

Additional information and application materials may be obtained on campus, or by writing to The California State University International Programs, 401 Golden Shore, Sixth Floor, Long Beach, California 90802-4210. Visit us on the World Wide Web at www.gateway.calstate.edu/csuienet/.

Availability of Institutional and Financial Assistance Information

The following information concerning student financial assistance may be obtained from the Director of Financial Aid/Scholarships, Mary Stuart Rogers (MSR) Building, Room 100, (209) 667-3336:

  1. Student financial assistance programs available to students who enroll at CSU Stanislaus;
  2. The methods by which such assistance is distributed among recipients who enroll at CSU Stanislaus;
  3. The means, including forms, by which application for student financial assistance is made and requirements for accurately preparing such application;
  4. The rights and responsibilities of students receiving financial assistance; and
  5. The standards the student must maintain to be considered to be making satisfactory progress for the purpose of establishing and maintaining eligibility for financial assistance.
  6. The way the school provides for Pell-eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period and how the student may opt out;
  7. The terms of any loan received as part of the student's financial aid package, a sample loan repayment schedule, and the necessity for repaying loans;
  8. The general conditions and terms applicable to any employment provided as part of the student's financial aid package;
  9. The terms and conditions of the loans students receive under the Direct Loan and Perkins Loan Programs; 
  10. The exit counseling information the school provides and collects for student borrowers; and
  11. Contact information for ombuds offices available for disputes concerning federal, institutional and private loans.

The following information concerning the cost of attending CSU Stanislaus is available from the Financial Aid/Scholarships Office, (209) 667-3336:

  1. Tuition and fees;
  2. Estimated costs of books and supplies;
  3. Estimates of typical student room and board costs and typical commuting costs; and
  4. Any additional costs of the program in which the student is enrolled or expresses a specific interest.

Information concerning the refund policy of CSU Stanislaus for the return of unearned tuition and fees or other refundable portions of costs is available from the Financial Services Office, (209) 667-3063.

Information concerning CSU Stanislaus policies regarding any refund due to the Federal Title IV student assistance programs as required by the regulations is available from the Financial Aid Office, (209) 667-3336.

Information concerning the academic programs of CSU Stanislaus may be obtained from the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, MSR 370, (209) 667-3082 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 CSU Stanislaus and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or 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.

Information regarding special facilities and services available to handicapped students may be obtained from Disability Services, MSR 210,(209) 667-3159.

Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse and rehabilitation programs may be obtained from the Dean of Students Office, MSR 340, (209) 667-3144.

Information concerning policies, procedures, and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from Public Safety/University Police Services, PSS, (209) 667-3114. The department also releases an annual campus security report and annual fire safety report.

Information regarding student retention and graduation rates and, if available, the number and percentage of students completing the program in which the student is enrolled or has expressed interest may be obtained from the Institutional Research Office, MSR 360, (209) 667-3281.

Information concerning athletic opportunities available to male and female students and the financial resources and personnel that CSU Stanislaus dedicates to its men's and women's teams may be obtained from the Athletics Department, G7, (209) 667-3016.

Information concerning teacher preparation programs, including the pass rate on teacher certification examinations, may be obtained from the Credential Processing Center, DBH 303, (209) 667-3534.

Information concerning grievance procedures for students who feel aggrieved in their relationships with the university, its policies, practices and procedures, or its faculty and staff may be obtained from the Dean of Students Office, MSR 340, (209) 667-3144.

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 2012/13 budget amounts were $2,010,652,000 from state General Fund (GF) appropriations (not including capital outlay funding) and before adding $51.4 million CalPERS retirement adjustment, $1,497,474,000 from  tuition fee revenue after rollback to 2011/12 tuition fee rates and after tuition fee discounts (forgone revenue), and $386,604,000 from other fee revenues for a total of $3,894,730,000. The number of 2012/13 FTES is 331,716 resident target and 14,328 non-resident students for a total of 346,044 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 by 15 units per term (the figure used here to define a full-time student's academic load).

The 2012/13 average support cost per FTES based on GF appropriation and net tuition fee revenue only is $10,389 and when including all sources as indicated below is $11,506, which includes all fee revenue in the CSU Operating Fund (e.g. tuition fees, application fees, and other campus mandatory fees). Of this amount, the average net tuition fee revenue per FTES is $6,061.

 

2012-13 Amount Average Cost per FTES Percentage
Total Support Cost $3,894,730,000 $11,506 100%
  • State Appropriation (GF)1
2,010,652,000 6,061 52.7%
  • Net Tuition Fee Revenue2
1,497,474,000 4,327 37.6%
  • Other Fees Revenue2
386,604,000 1,117 9.7%

1Represents state GF appropriation in the Budget Act of 2012/13; GF is divisible by resident students only (331,716 FTES).

2Represents CSU Operating Fund, Tuition Fee and other fees revenue amounts (net of tuition fee discounts) submitted in campus August 2012/13 final budgets (adjusted for rollback to 2011/12 tuition fee rates). Revenues are divisible by resident and nonresident students (346,044 FTES).

The average CSU 2012/13 academic year, resident, undergraduate student basic tuition fee and other mandatory fees required to apply to, enroll in, or attend the university after rollback to 2011/12 tuition fee rates is $6,602 ($5,472 2011/12 AY tuition fee plus 2012/13 $1,130 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.

Career Services

The Career Services 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 system.

Credit Hour

As of July 1, 2011 federal law (600.2 and 600.4) requires all accredited institutions to comply with the federal definition of the credit hour. For all CSU degree programs and courses bearing academic credit, the "credit hour" is defined as "the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

1. One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or

2.  At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours."

A credit hour is assumed to be a 50-minute period. In courses, in which "seat time" does not apply, a credit hour may be measured by an equivalent amount of work, as demonstrated by student achievement.
 

Determination of Residency for Tuition Purposes

University requirements for establishing residency for tuition purposes are independent from those of other types of residency, such as for tax purposes, or other state or institutional residency.  These regulations were promulgated not to determine whether a student is a resident or nonresident of California, but rather to determine whether a student should pay tuition on an in-state or out-of-state basis.  A resident for tuition purposes is someone who meets the requirements set forth in the Uniform Student Residency Requirements.  These laws governing residency for tuition purposes at the California State University (CSU) are California Education Code sections 68000-68090, 68120-68134, and 89705-89707.5, and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41900-41916. This material can be viewed on the Internet by accessing the CSU's website at www.calstate.edu/GC/resources.shtml

Each campus's Admissions Office is responsible for determining the residency status of all new and returning students based on the Application for Admission, Residency Questionnaire, Reclassification Request Form, and, as necessary, other evidence furnished by the student. A student who fails to submit adequate information to establish eligibility for resident classification will be classified as a nonresident.

Generally, establishing California residency for tuition purposes requires a combination of physical presence and intent to remain indefinitely. An adult who, at least one full year prior to the residence determination date for the term in which enrollment is contemplated, can demonstrate both physical presence in the state combined with evidence of intent to remain in California indefinitely may establish California residency for tuition purposes. A minor normally derives residency from the parent(s) they reside with or most recently resided with.

Evidence demonstrating intent may vary from case to case but will include, and is not limited to, the absence of residential ties to any other state, California voter registration and voting in California elections, maintaining California vehicle registration and driver's license, maintaining active California bank accounts, filing California income tax returns and listing a California address on federal tax returns, owning residential property or occupying or renting an apartment where permanent belongings are kept, maintaining active memberships in California professional or social organizations, and maintaining a permanent military address and home of record in California.

Nonresident students seeking reclassification are required to complete a supplemental questionnaire that includes questions concerning their financial dependence on parents or others who do no meet University requirements for classification as residents for tuition purposes.  Financial independence is required, along with physical presence and intent, to be eligible for reclassification.

Non-citizens establish residency in the same manner as citizens, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States.

Exceptions to the general residency requirements are contained in California Education Code sections 68070-68084 and California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Subchapter 5, Article 4, sections 41906-41906.5, and include, but are not limited to, members of the military and their dependents, certain credentialed employees of school districts and most students who have attended three years of high school in California and graduated or attained the equivalent. Whether an exception applies to a particular student cannot be determined before the submission of an application for admission and, as necessary, additional supporting documentation. Because neither campus nor Chancellor's Office staff may give advice on the application of these laws, applicants are strongly urged to review the material for themselves and consult with a legal adviser.

Residency determination dates are set each term. They are:

  Fall September 20
  Spring January 25
  Summer June 1

CalState Teach operates on a trimester system. The residency determination dates for the four stages of CalStateTEACH are as follows:

  Fall September 20
  Spring January 25
  Summer June 1

 

Students classified as non-residents may appeal a final campus decision within 120 days of notification by the campus. A campus residency classification appeal must be in writing and submitted to:

The California State University
Office of General Counsel
401 Golden Shore, 4th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802-4210

The Office of General Counsel can either decide the appeal or send the matter back to the campus for further review.

Students incorrectly classified as residents or incorrectly granted an exception from nonresident tuition are subject to reclassification as nonresidents and payment of nonresident tuition in arrears. If incorrect classification results from false or concealed facts, the student is subject to discipline pursuant to Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.

Resident students who become nonresidents or who no longer meet the criteria for an exception must immediately notify the Admissions Office.

Changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition and in the statutes and regulations governing residency for tuition purposes in California between the time this information is published and the relevant residency determination date. Students are urged to review the statutes and regulations stated above.

   

Immigration Requirements for Licensure

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193), also known as the Welfare Reform Act, includes provisions to eliminate eligibility for federal and state public benefits for certain categories of lawful immigrants as well as benefits for all illegal immigrants.

Students who will require a professional or commercial license provided by a local, state, or federal government agency in order to engage in an occupation for which the CSU may be training them must meet the immigration requirements of the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act to achieve licensure. Information concerning the regulation of these requirements is available from Ms. Hildy Heath, Director of the Office of International Education. Contact (209) 667-3117 or stop in at the Student Services Building Room 144.

Eligibility Index Table

For California High School Graduates or Residents of California 

  ACT SAT   ACT SAT   ACT SAT   ACT SAT   ACT SAT
GPA Score Score GPA Score Score GPA Score Score GPA Score Score GPA Score Score
3.00 and above qualifies with any score 2.81 14 660 2.60 18 820 2.39 22 990 2.18 26 1160
2.80 14 660 2.59 18 830 2.38 22 1000 2.17 26 1170
2.79 14 670 2.58 18 840 2.37 22 1010 2.16 27 1180
2.99 10 510 2.78 14 680 2.57 18 850 2.36 23 1020 2.15 27 1180
2.98 10 520 2.77 14 690 2.56 19 860 2.35 23 1020 2.14 27 1190
2.97 10 530 2.76 15 700 2.55 19 860 2.34 23 1030 2.13 27 1200
2.96 11 540 2.75 15 700 2.54 19 870 2.33 23 1040 2.12 27 1210
2.95 11 540 2.74 15 710 2.53 19 880 2.32 23 1050 2.11 28 1220
2.94 11 550 2.73 15 720 2.52 19 890 2.31 24 1060 2.1 28 1220
2.93 11 560 2.72 15 730 2.51 20 900 2.3 24 1060 2.09 28 1230
2.92 11 570 2.71 16 740 2.50 20 900 2.29 24 1070 2.08 28 1240
2.91 12 580 2.70 16 740 2.49 20 910 2.28 24 1080 2.07 28 1250
2.90 12 580 2.69 16 750 2.48 20 920 2.27 24 1090 2.06 29 1260
2.89 12 590 2.68 16 760 2.47 20 930 2.26 25 1100 2.05 29 1260
2.88 12 600 2.67 16 770 2.46 21 940 2.25 25 1100 2.04 29 1270
2.87 12 610 2.66 17 780 2.45 21 940 2.24 25 1110 2.03 29 1280
2.86 13 620 2.65 17 780 2.44 21 950 2.23 25 1120 2.02 29 1290
2.85 13 620 2.64 17 790 2.43 21 960 2.22 25 1130 2.01 30 1300
2.84 13 630 2.63 17 800 2.42 21 970 2.21 26 1140 2 30 1300
2.83 13 640 2.62 17 810 2.41 22 980 2.2 26 1140 Below 2.00 does not qualify for regular admission
2.82 13 650 2.61 18 820 2.40 22 980 2.19 26 1150

The CSU uses only the SAT mathematics and critical reading scores in its admission eligibility equation. The SAT and ACT writing scores are not currently used by CSU campuses.

Intrasystem and Intersystem Enrollment Programs

Students enrolled at any CSU campus will have access to courses at other CSU campuses on a space available basis unless those campuses or programs are impacted. This access is offered without students being required to be admitted formally to the host campus and sometimes without paying additional fees. Although courses taken on any CSU campus will transfer to the student's home CSU campus as at least elective credit, students should consult their home campus academic advisers to determine how such courses may apply to their degree programs before enrolling at the host campus.

There are two programs for enrollment within the CSU and one for enrollment between CSU and the University of California or California Community Colleges. Additional information about these programs is available from Admissions & Records, MSR 120, (209) 667-3152.

CSU Concurrent Enrollment - matriculated students in good standing may enroll at both their home CSU campus and a host CSU campus during the same term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus.

CSU Visitor Enrollment - matriculated students in good standing enrolled at one CSU campus may enroll at another CSU campus for one term. Credit earned at the host campus is reported at the student's request to the home campus to be included on the student's transcript at the home campus.

Intersystem Cross Enrollment - matriculated CSU, UC, or community college students may enroll on a "space available" basis for one course per term at another CSU, UC, or community college and request that a transcript of record be sent to the home campus.

Making Up Missing College Preparatory Subject Requirements

Lower division applicants who did not complete subject requirements while in high school may make up missing subjects in any of the following ways:

  1. Complete appropriate courses with a C or better in adult school or high school summer sessions.
  2. Complete appropriate college courses with a C or better. One college course of at least three semester or four quarter units will be considered equivalent to one year of high school study.
  3. Earn acceptable scores on specified examinations.

Please consult with any CSU Admission Office for further information about alternative ways to satisfy the subject requirements. Due to enrollment pressures, many CSU campuses do not admit or enroll lower division transfer students.

Appeal of Admission Decision

Section 89030.7 of the California Education Code requires the California State University establishes specific requirements for appeal procedures for a denial of admission.  Each CSU campus must publish appeal procedures for applicants denied admission to the University.  The procedure is limited to addressing campus decisions to deny an applicant admission to the University. 

Admissions appeal procedures must address the basis for appeals, provide 15 business days for an applicant to submit an appeal, stipulate a maximum of one appeal per academic term, provide specific contact information for the individual or office to which the appeal should be submitted and must also be published on the campus website.

View the CSU Stanislaus Appeal Process procedure here: http://www.csustan.edu/admissions/AppealProcess.html

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records (aka FERPA)

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 1232g) 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 statute and the regulations. Copies of these policies and procedures may be obtained at the Admissions & Records Office. 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 Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.

The campus is authorized under the Act to release "directory information" concerning students. "Directory information" may include the student's name, address,  telephone listing, electronic mail address, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and  height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status, degrees, honors, and awards received, and the most recent previous  educational agency or institution attended by the student. The above-designated information is subject to release by the campus at any time unless the campus has  received prior written objection from the student specifying what information the student requests not be released. Written objections should be sent to the Admissions & Records Office.

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 the campus's academic, administrative or service functions and have reason for accessing student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Student records may also be disclosed to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of the accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; or to other institutions to which the student is transferring).

FERPA Rights, Obligations, Procedures

Who is Responsible for Upholding FERPA Protections?

All members of the campus with access to, oversight of, or responsibilities for the maintenance of student records are responsible for upholding FERPA protections. Student rights under FERPA may impose compliance obligations upon faculty members within the classroom, and upon associated classroom practices, in addition to those obligations imposed upon staff and managers within administrative departments responsible for creating, maintaining, and securing student data and records. Individuals may, under certain circumstances, be held legally responsible for the release of confidential information protected by FERPA.

Faculty and Academic Departments

The posting or display of emblems of academic performance, and the disclosure of information contained in confidential student records, generally require official student consent. That consent may be gained, for example, by circulating a statement of consent collectively to all students in a classroom for their signature of official endorsement.

Administrative Units

Steps should be taken to adequately and appropriately protect student records in compliance with law and policy.  Each office that releases educational records under this policy shall maintain records of requests made and whether each request was granted or denied.

Accessing Student Records

Students Seeking Access to the Student's Own Records

Students wishing to view the contents of their Educational Records must contact the appropriate records custodian in the office maintaining the records they seek, generally the Office of Admissions and Records, to request an appointment to view these records. Access to inspect records shall normally be granted to the student making the request no later than fifteen (15) working days following the date of the request from the student. Original records shall not leave the office where the records are maintained.

Fees for Copies of Records

While the student retains the right to inspect his or her records, the California State University, Stanislaus is not generally required under FERPA to provide copies of documents contained in the educational record. With the exception of transcripts, which may be subject to separate provisions, requests for copies of records may be subject to an administrative copying fee.

Limitations on Access to Educational Records

The following limitations exist regarding the student's right to inspect and review records:

  • The University retains the right to deny copies of records if the student has an unpaid or delinquent financial obligation to the University, pursuant to Section 42381, Title 5, California Code of Regulations, and the California State University's Executive Order 145.
  • When a record contains information about more than one student, the student may inspect and review only the records that relate to him or her.
  • Students may not access information pertaining to the financial status of his or her parents.
  • Students may not access confidential letters and confidential statements of recommendation placed in educational records prior to 1975, or confidential letters and statements of recommendations for which the student has waived the right to review.
  • Individuals do not have the right, under FERPA, to inspect and review their admissions application, if that application was denied.

Parental Access to Records

Parents are not eligible to access their child's non-directory information unless the student has authorized this release; or unless the student has been claimed as a dependent on their parents' federal income taxes.

Parents, legal guardians, or other relevant family members seeking information contained within protected student records, including grade reports, should be directed to the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Office of Admissions and Records.

Faculty, Staff, and Administrators Seeking Access

Requests should be submitted to the appropriate records custodian, generally the campus admissions and records officer or equivalent departmental or college official, who shall maintain copies of requests submitted and granted. Requests must demonstrate a legitimate educational interest, or a legitimate rationale for access in the case of university officials requesting access to student educational records.

Who is Responsible for Ensuring FERPA Compliance?

The Offices of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, Business and Finance, University Advancement, and Academic Affairs all have obligations and input regarding the proper maintenance of relevant student records, and the proper implementation and adherence to protocols designed to uphold FERPA rights and obligations, within their respective units, colleges, and departments.

Complaints about violation of this policy may be made to the CSU Stanislaus FERPA Compliance Officer (FERPA@csustan.edu) or to 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, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.

What Student Information is Covered By FERPA?

FERPA establishes two categories of information:

Directory Information

Pre-established categories of information available to the public:

  • Student name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Date and place of birth
  • Honors and awards
  • Dates of attendance
  • University-assigned e-mail
  • Photograph
  • Enrollment Status
  • Weight and height of members of the athletic team
  • Degrees received
  • Major field of study

BUT: Eligible students/parents may request non-disclosure, and must be given the opportunity and reasonable time to so request.

Non-Directory Information is not available to the general public:

  • Social Security number/Student identification number
  • Race/ethnicity/nationality/gender
  • Grades
  • Course schedules
  • Transcripts
  • Disciplinary files/actions

Releasing Information

Directory information will be released to a member of the public upon submission of the appropriate request form to the University Admissions & Records Office. As noted, students have the right to request non-disclosure of directory information.

Non-directory information will only be released upon written authorization from the student, except as described below.

Student Requests for Non-Disclosure of Directory Information

Students can file a form with the Admissions & Records Office if they do not want public information included in the directory.

Disclosure of Non-Directory Records Without Student Consent

Under certain circumstances, the campus is permitted to release information without the student's consent. Examples of individuals or circumstances prompting permissible disclosure without consent include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • School officials who have a legitimate educational interest in the records.
  • Parents of an eligible student who is claimed as a dependent for income tax purposes.
  • Appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency.
  • The parent or legal guardian of a student under the age of 21, when that student has broken University policy or state or federal law as it applies to the use and/or possession of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • In cases involving the results of a disciplinary hearing where the alleged victim has been subject to a crime of violence.
  • To comply with federal laws, such as the Patriot Act.
  • To comply with other federal or state legislation passed subsequent to FERPA, including but not limited to the Tax Payer Relief Act.
  • To comply with a California judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.

References

U.S. Department of Education; Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their correct social security numbers in designated places on applications for admission 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 disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. 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. This 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.

Procedure for the Establishment or Abolishment of Campus-Based Mandatory Fees

The law governing the California State University provides that specific campus fees defined as mandatory, such as a student body association fee and a student body center fee, may be established. A student body 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 body 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 body association fees support a variety of cultural and recreational programs, childcare centers, and special student support programs. A student body 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 body 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. 

The process to establish and adjust other campus-based mandatory fees requires consideration by the student fee advisory committee and/or a student referendum as established by Executive Order 1054, Setion 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 to establish a new mandatory fee. The President shall provide to the student 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.

Student Complaint Procedure

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.

(2)    If your complaint concerns an alleged violation by CSU of a state law, including laws prohibiting fraud and false advertising, you may present your claim to the campus president or designee at [name, title and e-mail address]. The president or designee will provide guidance on the appropriate campus process for addressing your particular issue.

If you believe that your complaint warrants further attention after you have exhausted all the steps outlined by the president or designee, or by WASC, you may file an appeal with the Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs at the CSU Chancellor's Office. This procedure should not be construed to limit any right that you may have to take civil or criminal legal action to resolve your complaint.

 

Student Conduct

Title V, California Code of Regulations
Article 2. Student Conduct

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.

(a) 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 contribute positively to student and university life.

(b) 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 oneself 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, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any student or other person attending any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state; the term "hazing" does not include customary athletic events or other similar contests or competitions.

A group of students acting together may be considered a "student organization" for purposes of this section whether or not they are officially recognized. Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor is the lack of active participation while hazing is going on a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Theft of property or services from the University community, or misappropriation of University resources.
  4. Unauthorized destruction, or damage to University property or other property in the University community.
  5. 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.
  6. Unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose.
  7. 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.
  8. Violation of any published University policy, rule, regulation or presidential order.
  9. Failure to comply with directions of, or interference with, any University official or any public safety officer while acting in the performance of his/her duties.
  10. 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 or to property within the University community, or that poses a significant threat of disruption or interference with University operations.
  11. 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.
  12. Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline.

(c) 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.

(d) 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.

(e) Summary of Civil and Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws

As referenced earlier in Section XXI, Student Conduct (15) (G) the 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 "willfull" infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed.  A court can, at its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys' fees.  For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.  Willfull copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.

41302. 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. 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.

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 shall be given prompt notice of charges and the opportunity for a hearing within 10 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 shall be grounds for expulsion.

College Board Advanced Placement Examination Policy

  AP Exam Title Required Score Course Equivalency Units Allowed G.E. Area Major Credit
Art
  Art History 3 Art 2515 6 C.1 or C.2 Yes
    Art 2520   C.1 Yes
  Studio Art:          
  Drawing 3 Art 1000 3 C.1 Yes
  2-D Design 3 Art 1100 3 C.1 Yes
  3-D Design 3 Art 1200 3 C.1 Yes
Biology 3 Biol 1010 8 B.2 Yes
      Biol 1020   B.2*** Yes
Calculus AB**** 3 Math 1100 or      
    Math 1410 6 B.3 No
Calculus BC**** 3 Math 1410 or      
    Math 1420 6 B.3 Yes
Calculus BC/AB**** 3 Math 1410 or      
  Subscore   Math 1420 3 B.3 Yes
Chemistry 3 Chem 1100 6 B.1*** Yes
Chinese Language 3 None      
  and Culture          
Computer Science A**** 3 CS 1500 3 None Yes
Computer Science AB**** 3 CS 1500 6 None Yes
    CS 2500   None Yes
Economics (Macro.) 3 Econ 2500 3 D.2.a Yes
Economics (Micro.) 3 Econ 2510 3 D.2.a Yes
English Language 3 Engl 1001 6 A.2 No
English Literature 3 Engl 1001 6 A.2 No
      Engl 1010   C.2 No
Environmental Science 3 PHSC 1300 3 B.1*** No
French Language 3 Fren 2010 8 C.3 Yes
    Fren 2020   C.3 Yes
French Literature 3 None 6 C.3 No
German Language 3 None 8 C.3 No
Comparative Government 3 None 3 D.2.a No
  and Politics          
Govt. and 3 PS 1201* 3 D.1.b* Yes*
  Politics/U.S.*          
History/European 3 None 6 D.2.a No
History/United States 3 Hist 2600 6 D.1.a Yes
Human Geography 3 GEOG 2020 3 D.2.b Yes
Italian Language 3 None 6 C.3 No
  and Culture          
Japanese Language 3 None 6 C.3 No
  and Culture          
Latin/Literature 3 None 6 C.3 No
Latin/Vergil 3 None 6 C.3 No
Music Theory 3 Mus 1220 6 None Yes
    Mus 1230   None Yes
Physics B***** 3 Consult Dept. 6 B.1*** Yes
Physics C/Mechanics***** 3 Phys 2250** 4 B.1*** Yes**
Physics C/Electricity 3 Phys 2260** 4 B.1*** Yes**
  &Magnetism*****          
Psychology 3 Psyc 2010 3 D.2.b Yes
Spanish Language 3 Span 1020/1025 6 C.3 Yes
  4 Span 2010/2011 6 C.3 Yes
  5 Span 2020/2015 6 C.3 Yes
Spanish Literature 3 None 6 C.3 No
Statistics 3 MATH 1600 or 3 B.3 Yes
    Math 1610 or      
    Math 1620      
World History 3 Hist 1010 & 1020 6 D.2.a Yes

       * Does not include California State & Local Government.
    ** Consult Physics Department for Lab Credit in the major.
   *** Includes General Education lab credit.
 **** If a student passes more than one AP exam in calculus or computer science, only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate.
*****If a student passes more than one AP exam in physics, only six units of credit may be applied to the baccalaureate, and only four units of credit may be applied to G.E. Breadth.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) General Examination Credit Allowances*

Test Title Min.* Score Sem. Units CSUS Course Gen. Ed. Area
Freshman College 50 0 None None
        Composition        
Humanities 50 3 None C.2
Mathematics 50 0 None None
Natural Sciences 50 3 None B.1 or B.2
(Wide range of topics, basic principles and
concepts science. Three units elective credit allowed.)
Social Sciences and History 50 0 None None

Notes:
* All CLEP exam scores are reported on a scale of 20-80. Effective July 1, 2001, the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended raising the minimum credit score to 50 for all CLEP General and Subject exams (with the exception of four-semester foreign language examinations: French, German and Spanish Languages). All exams will be administered on computer only.
* Represents the mean test score of students who participated in a national norming study and have earned a grade of C in the respective course.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Credit Allowances

Test Title Min Score* Semester. Units Allowed CSUS Equivalent Course Gen. Ed Area
Principles of Accounting 50 6 None None
American Government 50 3 PSCI 1201** D1a**
History of the United States I:        
  Colonizations to 1877 50 3 None D1a
History of the United States II:        
  1865 to Present 50 3 None D1a
American Literature 50 6 ENGL 2200 or 2210 C2
General Biology (No lab) 50 6 BIOL 1010 B2
Calculus 50 6 MATH 1410 or 1420 B3
General Chemistry (No lab) 50 6 CHEM 1100 or 1110 B1
College French Level I*** 50 6 FREN 1010, 1020 None
College French Level II*** 59 12 FREN 2010, 2020 C3
College German Level I*** 50 6 None None
College German Level II*** 60 12 None C3
College Spanish Level I**** 50 6 SPAN 1010 or 1020 None
College Spanish Level II*** 63 12 SPAN 2010, 2020 C3
College Algebra 50 3 None B3
College Algebra/ Trigonometry 50 3 None B3
English Composition w/essay 50 6 None None
  no essay 50 0 None None
English Literature 50 6 ENGL 2100 or 2110 C2
Financial Accounting 50 3 None None
Human Growth        
  & Development 50 3 None E1
Information Systems        
  & Computer Appl. 50 3 None None
Introductory Business Law 50 3 None None
Introduction to Educational        
  Psychology 50 3 None None
Analysis & Interpreting        
  Literature 50 6 ENGL 1010 C2
Pre-Calculus 50 3 None B3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 2500 D2a
Principles of Management 50 3 None None
Principles of Marketing 50 3 None None
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 2510 D2a
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 2010 D2b
Introductory Sociology 50 3 None D2a
Trigonometry 50 3 None B3
Western Civilization I:        
  Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 None D2a
Western Civilization II:        
  1648 to Present 50 3 None D2a

Notes:
* All CLEP exam scores are reported on a scale of 20-80. Effective July 1, 2001, the American Council on Education (ACE) recommended raising the minimum credit score to 50 for all CLEP General and Subject exams (with the exception of four-semester foreign language examinations: French, German and Spanish Languages). All exams will be administered on computer only.
* Represents the mean test score of students who participated in a national norming study and have earned a grade of C in the respective course.
** This examination does not include California State and Local Government.
***If a student passes more than one CLEP test in the same language other than English (e.g., two exams in French), then only one examination may be applied to the baccalaureate.

Learning Disabled Student G.E.-Breadth Requirement Waiver

A student with a diagnosed learning disability or neurological disorder, which significantly impairs academic performance in a specified area, may be eligible for a waiver of a General Education-Breadth (GEB) requirement. A student desiring to pursue this option should contact the office of Disability Resource Services at (209-667-3159) and submit a copy of the documentation of his/her disability. The documentation will then be reviewed by the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional to determine if the severity of the student's disability qualifies him/her for a waiver of a GEB requirement.

Note: Students for whom the GEB requirement is waived are required instead to complete additional coursework in a related area of the GEB program which will substitute for the requirement that has been waived.

The student's documentation must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student with a learning disability must have documentation showing deficits in the area under consideration, and these deficits must severely compromise the student's skills in this academic area.
  2. The student with a neurological disorder must have documentation that specifically states that the disorder severely compromises the student's skills in
    the academic area under consideration.
  3. Additional testing and/or documentation may be required if the submitted documentation does not meet the standards used by the California State
    University System.

The following procedures describe how a student should apply for a waiver of a GEB requirement once it has been established that the student qualifies for this academic accommodation:

  1. If appropriate, the student will (a) have taken any required placement tests (e.g., Entry Level Mathematics exams) with appropriate testing accommodations and (b) have attempted any appropriate developmental course(s) (e.g., mathematics) with accommodations in both testing and instructional methods.
  2. The student must be registered with the Office of Disability Resource Services.
  3. The student will submit a "Student Petition for Exception to University Requirement" to the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional.
  4. The student will also submit a letter to the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional that addresses the following:
    1. Type of disability
    2. Previous "good-faith" efforts made in the academic area under consideration and support services utilized in these efforts
    3. Potential for success at the University
    4. Chosen major

Note: The waiver of a GEB requirement is only allowed if the course under consideration is neither a requirement within the student's major nor a prerequisite.

  1. The Disability Resource Services professional will recommend approval of the waiver of the GEB requirement to the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs or his/her designee.

Note: The course used to substitute for the GEB requirement will be determined by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (or his/her designee), in consultation with the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional.

  1. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (or his/her designee), in consultation with the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional, will decide whether the substitution and/or waiver is warranted. If the waiver is approved, the Office of Enrollment Services will be notified.
  2. If the student wishes to appeal the decision, a request may be submitted to the University-Wide Appeals Committee.

Note: Students who decide to pursue a teaching credential, waiver program, or licensure, will still be required to demonstrate proficiency on state-mandated tests (e.g., CBEST, PRAXIS, licensing exams) and/or in coursework in the waiver program (e.g., MATH 1030, MATH 1040).

Learning Disabled Student Course Substitutions in the Major, Minor, or Concentration

A student with a diagnosed learning disability, neurological disorder, or physical disability which significantly impairs academic performance in a specified area, may be eligible for a waiver of a requirement in the student's major, minor, concentration, or specified prerequisites. Substitutions are only allowed if the course is not deemed by the Department to be essential to the academic integrity of the program in question. A student desiring to pursue this option should contact the Department Chair in the major or minor to inquire whether a waiver is permitted.

Note: Students for whom a requirement is waived are required instead to complete additional course work that will substitute for the requirement that has been waived.

If the Department determines that a waiver of this course is permitted, then the student must submit documentation of the disability to the office of Disability Resource Services. The documentation must meet the following requirements:

  1. The student with a learning disability must have documentation showing deficits in the area under consideration, and these deficits must severely compromise the student's skills in this academic course.
  2. The student with a neurological disorder must have documentation that specifically states that the disorder severely compromises the student's skills in the academic course under consideration.
  3. The student with a physical disability must have documentation that specifically states that the student is unable to perform the physical tasks necessary in the academic course under consideration.
  4. Additional testing and/or documentation may be required if the submitted documentation does not meet the standards used by the California State University System.

The following procedures describe how a student should apply for a waiver of a major, minor, concentration, or prerequisite requirement once (a) the Department has determined that a waiver is permitted and (b) Disability Resource Services has established that a student with a learning disability, neurological disorder, or physical disability qualifies for this academic accommodation:

  1. The student must be registered with Disability Resource Services.
  2. The student will submit a "Student Petition for Exception to University Requirement" to the Department Chair.
  3. The student will also submit a letter to the Department Chair that addresses the following:
    1. Type of disability
    2. Previous "good-faith" efforts made in the academic area under consideration and support services utilized in these efforts
    3. Potential for success in this major or minor
  4. The Department Chair, in consultation with the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional, shall make a decision about the appropriateness of the
    petition. If approved, then the Department Chair (a) will write a memo to Enrollment Services regarding this decision, with a copy going to Disability
    Resource Services and (b) will determine, in consultation with the appropriate Disability Resource Services professional, which course will substitute for the
    waived requirement.
  5. If the student wishes to appeal the decision of the Department, a request may be submitted to the University-Wide Appeals Committee.
    or
    The Department's decision shall be considered final.

Note: If a student decides to pursue a teaching credential, waiver program, or licensure, s/he will still be required to demonstrate proficiency on state-mandated tests (e.g., CBEST, licensing exams) and/or in coursework in the waiver program (e.g., MATH 1030, MATH 1040).

Course Numbering System

Course Level Identification

0001-0999   Prebaccalaureate courses. These courses do not carry unit credit toward the 120 units required for a bachelor's degree and are not included in grade point average calculations. May be used in financial aid unit calculations and excess unit approval requirements.
1000-2999   Lower-division courses designed primarily for freshmen and sophomores
3000-4999   Upper-division courses designed primarily for juniors and seniors, and certain selected courses for graduate students. These courses should be taken by freshmen and sophomores only under unusual circumstances approved by both the instructor and major advisor.
5000-5999   Graduate courses. Open only to qualified graduate students. (Last-semester seniors within 9 units of graduation may enroll for postbaccalaureate credit with written approval.)
6000-6999   Professional postbaccalaureate courses. These courses do not substitute for course credit in a credential sequence and will not be applied toward General Education, major, minor, or elective requirements for the bachelor's degree.
7000-7999   Noncredit courses. These courses are not applicable to baccalaureate or advanced degrees, or to a credential program.
8000-8999   Extended Education Certificate program courses and those yielding continuing education units (CEUs). These courses are not applicable to baccalaureate or advanced degrees, or to a credential program.
9000-9999   Doctoral courses.  Open only to qualified doctoral students.

Note: Only courses numbered 1000-4999 for undergraduate students carry unit credit toward the 120 units required for a bachelor's degree.

Special Course Numbers

For uniformity, certain types of courses have been listed under a single number by all departments and divisions as follows:

491X   Cooperative Education
494X, 594X, and 994X   Internship/Field Work
295X, 495X, 595X, and 995X   Selected Topics
496X   Senior Seminars
498X, 598X, and 998X   Individual Study
499X, 599X, and 999X   Thesis/Dissertation
596X, 996X   Graduate Project
7005   Continuing Thesis or Project
7006   Continuing Comprehensive Examination

Note: In previous years, the fourth digit may have been used to indicate course unit value.

Explanation of Course Notations

The notations used in course descriptions listed under the various departments are as follows:

  1. Courses offered for varying units are so indicated, e.g., (2‑4 units).
  2. A notation such as (Formerly 4500) within a course description indicates the course was previously numbered 4500 and credit for both courses is not allowed.
  3. To assist in planning an academic program, many courses in this catalog are marked to indicate when they will be offered, e.g., fall, spring, or summer. It is possible courses without those designations will not be offered during 2013-2014. Check the Schedule of Classes.