Nothing in this catalog shall be construed as, operate as, or have the effect of an abridgement or a limitation of any rights, powers, or privileges of the Board of Trustees of The California State University, the chancellor of The California State University, or the president of the campus. The Trustees, the chancellor, and the president are authorized by law to adopt, amend, or repeal rules and policies which apply to students. This catalog does not constitute a contract or the terms and conditions of a contract between the student and the institution or The California State University. The relationship of the student to the institution is one governed by statute, rules, and policy adopted by the Legislature, the Trustees, the chancellor, the president, and their duly authorized designees.
The total cost of education in the CSU is defined as the expenditures for current operations, including payments made to the students in the form of financial aid, and all fully reimbursed programs contained in state appropriations, but excluding capital outlay appropriations and lottery funds. The average cost of education is determined by dividing the total cost by the total FTES. The average cost is further differentiated into three categories: State Support (the state appropriation, excluding capital outlay), Student Fee Support, and Support from Other Sources (including federal funds).
Thus, excluding costs which relate to capital outlay, the average cost of education per FTE student is $9,872. Of this amount, the average student fee support per FTE is $2,094. (The State University Fee, application fee, and nonresident tuition are included in the average costs paid by the students; individual students may pay less or more than $2,094, depending on whether they are part-time, full-time, resident, or non-resident students.)
Computer security is the responsibility of everyone. All computing users should read the SFSU Computing Services Security Guide which covers policies, procedures, proper uses, and misuses of computing systems. The Computing Services Security Guide is accessible from the World Wide Web at http://www.sfsu.edu.
The following statement of the rules regarding residency determination for nonresident tuition purposes is not a complete discussion of the law, but a summary of the principal rules and their exceptions. The law governing residence determination for tuition purposes by The California State University is found in Education Code Sections 68000-68090, 68121, 68123, 68124, and 89705-89707.5, and in Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, Sections 41900-41912. A copy of the statutes and regulations is available for inspection at the campus Admissions Office.
Legal residence may be established by an adult who is physically present in the state and who, at the same time, intends to make California his or her permanent home. Steps must be taken at least one year prior to the residence determination date to show an intent to make California the permanent home with concurrent relinquishment of the prior legal residence. The steps necessary to show California residency intent will vary from case to case. Included among the steps may be registering to vote and voting in elections in California; filing resident California state income tax forms on total income; ownership of residential property or continuous occupancy or renting of an apartment on a lease basis where one's permanent belongings are kept; maintaining active resident memberships in California professional or social organizations; maintaining California vehicle plates and operator's license; maintaining active savings and checking accounts in California banks; maintaining permanent military address and home of record in California if one is in the military service.
The student who is within the state for educational purposes only does not gain the status of resident regardless of the length of the student's stay in California.
In general, the unmarried minor (a person under 18 years of age) derives legal residence from the parent with whom the minor maintains or last maintained his or her place of abode. The residence of a minor cannot be changed by the minor or the appointment of a guardian for the minor, so long as the minor's parents are living.
A married person may establish his or her residence independent of his or her spouse.
An alien may establish his or her residence, unless precluded by the Immigration and Nationality Act from establishing domicile in the United States. An unmarried minor alien derives his or her residence from the parent with whom the minor maintains or last maintained his or her place of abode.
Nonresident students seeking reclassification are required by law to complete a supplemental questionnaire concerning financial independence.
The general rule is that a student must have been a California resident for at least one year immediately preceding the residence determination date in order to qualify as a "resident student" for tuition purposes. A residence determination date is set for each academic term and is the date from which residence is determined for that term. The residence determination dates are:
Questions regarding residence determination dates should be directed to the campus Admissions Office which can give the residence determination date for the term for which the student is registering.
There are exceptions from nonresident tuition, including:
The student is cautioned that this summation of rules regarding residency determination is by no means a complete explanation of their meaning. The student should also note that changes may have been made in the rate of nonresident tuition, in the statutes, and in the regulations between the time this catalog is published and the relevant residence determination date.
For more information, individuals are encouraged to contact Student Health Services, members on the AIDS Steering and Coordinating Committees, Human Resources Department, Office of Faculty Affairs, or the Dean of Students office.
Information concerning San Francisco State policies regarding any refund due to the federal Title IV student assistance programs as required by the regulations is available from the Director of Student Financial Aid, 338-2437.
Information concerning the academic programs of San Francisco State University may be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, ADM 551, 338-1141 and may include:
Information concerning San Francisco State University policies, procedures, and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus may be obtained from Kimberley Wible, Director/Chief of Police, Department of Public Safety, Lot 8, 338-2747.
Information concerning the San Francisco State University annual campus security report may be obtained from Kimberley Wible, Director/Chief of Police, Department of Public Safety, Lot 8, 338-2747.
Information concerning the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse may be obtained from Kevin Bowman, Director, Counseling and Psychological Services, ADM 255, 338-2916.
The campus is authorized under the Act to release 'directory information' concerning students. San Francisco State University policy is more restrictive than the Federal and State Act and limits directory information to the student's name, current enrollment status, class level, major, degrees earned, semesters of enrollment, and extra-curricular achievements. 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 information which the student requests not be released. Written requests to withhold any or all directory information should be directed to the Registrar.
A student can request that non-directory information (including address) be released to agencies of the State of California when requested for employment recruitment purposes under the provisions of Assembly Bill 771 (Chacon). Written requests to release non-directory information should be directed to the Registrar. Forms are available for this purpose at the Student Services Center, HSS 127.
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 are those who have responsibilities in connection with the campus' academic, administrative, or service functions and who have reason for using student records connected with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Disclosure may also be made to other persons or organizations under certain conditions (e.g., as part of accreditation or program evaluation; in response to a court order or subpoena; in connection with financial aid; to the National Student Loan Clearinghouse which functions as an agent of the university, to other institutions to which the student is transferring).
In addition to those safeguards provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the university's policy allows the release of personally identifiable information to others (except to verify student status) only with the student's prior consent or in the case of extreme emergency or where there is clear and imminent danger to the student, to others, or to society.
San Francisco State University is a community of more than 25,800 students located in the city and county of San Francisco. In addition to the main campus, SFSU maintains a downtown teaching center and remote research facilities located in Tiburon and Sattley, California.
San Francisco State recognizes crime as a national problem that will to some degree effect each of our campus host communities. The SFSU police department maintains a working and reporting relationship with law enforcement agencies in these reporting areas. Although the university has been fortunate in not experiencing the number of rapes, assaults, burglaries, and acts of criminal trespass suffered by the surrounding community, it would not be honest to state that such incidents have not taken place. To minimize the number of such incidents, a competent residence life staff, a professionally-trained university police force, students, and members of the wider campus community participate in a number of shared responsibilities to insure that the students and their possessions are protected as much as possible.
The University Police Department provides the Downtown Center with all crime prevention materials and presentations available on the SFSU main campus. Emergency preparedness presentations are also available upon request by staff, students, or faculty at the Downtown Center.
Crime Statistics: There has been no crime reported since 1993.
The law enforcement agency having the primary jurisdiction for the Romberg Tiburon Centers is the Marin County Sheriffs Department, (415) 479-2311. All emergencies, crimes, and incidents requiring criminal investigation are referred to them as the centers are within M.C.S.D. jurisdiction.
The University Police Department provides the Romberg Tiburon Centers with all crime prevention materials and presentations available on the SFSU main campus. Emergency preparedness presentations are also available upon request by staff, students, or faculty at the centers.
Crime Statistics: There have been no reported crimes at the centers from the period of 1990 to the present.
The agency having primary jurisdiction for the campus is the Sierra County Sheriff's Department, (916) 289-3700. All emergencies, crimes, and incidents requiring criminal investigation are referred to them, as the center is within S.C.S.D. jurisdiction.
The University Police Department provides the Sierra Nevada Campus with all available crime prevention materials. Due to the remote location of the campus, regular crime prevention and/or emergency preparedness presentations are offered upon request only.
Crime Statistics: Since 1984, there has been one reported incident of trespassing and minor vandalism at the facility while it was unattended. This incident occurred in 1994.
University police enforce laws regulating underage drinking, the use of controlled substances, and weapons. Alcoholic beverages are permitted within strict guidelines in campus housing and other designated university facilities. Illegal drugs are strictly prohibited, and violators are subject to university discipline, criminal prosecution, and removal from university housing. Firearms and other dangerous weapons of any kind are not permitted in the residence halls, apartments, or on campus. Intentional use, possession, or sale of firearms or other dangerous weapons is strictly forbidden on campus.
Potential criminal actions and other emergencies on campus can be reported directly by students, faculty members, or employees to the university police by dialing 9-1-1 or campus extension 2222. Upon receipt of the call, the university police are dispatched immediately to the site of the complaint and have the authority to make arrests if necessary.
As part of the programs sponsored by Student Services, by Housing and Residential Services, and by other university organizations, the university police hold sessions each semester on topics including personal safety awareness and security, rape and sexual assault prevention, and the prevention of burglary and vandalism. Workshops, group presentations, and written materials are provided to on-campus housing residents each semester, focusing on community responsibilities and needs within the student living environment. Information on safety and security is provided to students and employees regularly through seminars, films, bulletins, crime alerts, posters, brochures, and university student newspapers.
The Facilities Operations Department maintains the university buildings and grounds with a concern for safety and security. Campus facilities are inspected regularly and repairs affecting safety and security, such as broken windows, locks, and trimming shrubbery are made promptly.
Lighting improvements are constantly being evaluated. Improvements include the placement of high intensity sodium vapor lights in buildings, in parking lot areas, in areas with heavy landscaping and trees, and along pathways frequently traveled by students. Complimentary campus telephone service is provided in every residence hall student room. Outdoor courtesy telephones are located at the entrances of all university housing facilities and at many locations throughout the campus. Additional emergency telephones are provided at numerous locations, and are connected directly to the university Police Department.
All residence life staff members undergo comprehensive training each semester for both prevention and response regarding safety and security issues. As part of their responsibility for campus security, both student and professional staff participate in lectures and seminars associated with topics such as substance abuse, prevention of sexual assault, and community security. Professional residence directors and student resident assistants, who are all members of the university Housing and Residential Services staff, live on campus and provide 24-hour staff coverage. Entrances to all campus housing facilities are staffed and locked or monitored on a 24-hour basis. Student staff members provide evening rounds and enforce guest registration and escorts after 8:00 p.m.
Student room doors should be locked at all times even when occupied. Residents with automobiles may park them in the parking garage (Lot 20) after purchasing a semester permit. Most importantly, residents are reminded to observe building security procedures and to notify residence life staff or the university Police Department of any unfamiliar faces or unusual incidents within either the residence halls or apartments.
The university does not operate or provide supervision for off-campus housing (private homes, etc.).
Crimes 1993 1994 1995 1996
Homicide 0 1 0 0
Rape 2 3 0 1
Forcible Sodomy 0 0 0 0
Rape w/Object 0 1 0 0
Forcible Fondling 10 1 1 1
Incest 0 0 0 0
Statutory Rape 1 1 0 0
Robbery 6 4 7 6
Aggravated Assault 0 3 2 3
Burglary 59 27 18 36
Vehicle Theft 93 50 40 44
Arrests 1993 1994 1995 1996
Liquor Laws 1 0 9 17
(DUI & Drunkenness)
Drugs 4 12 2 8
Weapons 3 6 1 1
Established university faculty, staff, and students, and Department of Public Safety procedures will serve as the mechanisms for resolving situations of violence or threats of violence. Each allegation of violence will be taken seriously. Individuals are encouraged to report acts of violence, threats of violence, or any other behavior which by intent, act, or outcome harms another person.
The university strongly encourages all members of the campus community to provide a written or verbal report to the university police regarding any incident of sexual assault. The information will be held in strict confidence and action will not be taken by the university without the victim's prior knowledge and permission.
Any violation of the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Section 41301 by a student or a recognized student organization, and any violation of faculty or other employee codes of conduct concerning sexual assault will be investigated for possible disciplinary and/or legal action.
Procedures to be followed in handling complaints and disciplinary actions that may be taken against individuals or organizations are attached to this policy.
Legally mandated procedures for gathering data, record keeping, providing information, reporting, and investigating incidents of sexual assault will become part of this policy. Information about how to report incidents and the options available to victims of sexual assault will be disseminated on campus.
Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to report the incident to any of the following:
Case Managers at San Francisco State University are:
University police will refer victims as appropriate to the San Francisco Rape Treatment Center, Student Health Services, Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Campus Assistance Program, and The S.A.F.E. Place.
Victims may be transported to the San Francisco Rape Treatment Center by university police officers. A female officer may be requested to come to the scene when appropriate, and/or plainclothes officer and unmarked car for transport may be requested by the victim.
University police will provide information about the county victim/witness program and will inform victims of progress in criminal prosecution. University police will provide timely notification of a rape on campus to the campus community.
University police will work closely with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office to prosecute sexual assault cases.
Employees of Housing and Residential Services have a legal duty to provide a safe environment and warn persons using their premises of known dangerous conditions. Therefore, all sexual assaults are reported to the university police. The manager of Resident Services will initiate referrals to the case manager, Counseling and Psychological Services, Student Health Services, The S.A.F.E. Place, and the Dean of Students Office, as appropriate, to provide comprehensive, legal, counseling, medical, and administrative services.
If the perpetrator is known to the victim and is an on-campus resident, a Residence Community Administrative Hearing will be scheduled immediately with each party to obtain all facts relevant to the incident. At the discretion of the Director of Housing and Residential Services, the victim and the accused may be provided alternative housing assignments. Pending the outcome of the Residence Community Hearing, the perpetrator's Student Housing License Agreement may be terminated pursuant to Sections 1.02 and 1.10 of the Student Housing License Agreement Facility Regulation and Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations (Student Code of Conduct), Section 41301.
Students may receive immediate medical treatment, but will be referred to the San Francisco Rape Treatment Center which is the only designated site for the collection of forensic specimens. These specimens strengthen the student's case for prosecution of the rape. Students who do not wish to use the San Francisco Rape Treatment Center services will be offered testing and treatment for sexually transmitted disease and/or pregnancy at the Student Health Service. Students will also be referred to Counseling and Psychological Services and The S.A.F.E. Place as well as to the appropriate case manager.
The university Discipline Officer is responsible for investigating instances of sexual assault when the alleged perpetrator is a student. The officer will keep the victim informed of the status of the disciplinary process and maintain contact with the case manager responsible for coordinating services to the victim. As appropriate, the university Discipline Officer will work with the Chief of Police when criminal proceedings are involved.
The S.A.F.E. Place will provide information about sexual assault and rape prevention. S.A.F.E. is an informal and comfortable setting for students who seek crisis intervention. The S.A.F.E. Place also assists staff, faculty, and administrators who are working with students in crisis because of sexual violence, or who request such assistance themselves.
Victims will be informed of the need to identify the assailant if a student disciplinary and criminal hearing is to take place. Alleged assailants will also be made aware that victims will be informed of the outcome of student disciplinary actions.
Statistical reports will be collected and published annually in accordance with Federal Law.
Monthly, the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services or designee will compare the data reported to the center counselors with dates of assaults reported to university police. The director will compare the dates and inform the Chief of Police of the number of incidents that were unreported to the university police and how many of these were on campus. In this way, reports of incidents will not be duplicated, while the confidentiality of the individual victim is maintained.
At the end of each semester, the Director of Counseling and Psychological Services will also provide information about the type of assault; i.e., stranger, acquaintance, individual, or gang assault to university police.
No individual shall be subject to reprisal for using this policy, nor shall its use preclude subsequent disciplinary or grievance measures. All units of the campus community are expected to comply with this policy.
Except as needed in processing the complaint, both the sexual harassment advisers and sexual harassment officers are required to maintain confidentiality in dealing with sexual harassment complaints.
The university will evaluate each incident or alleged sexual harassment and apply appropriate remedies.
The university can dismiss employees or expel students for sexual harassment.
The university recognizes that any member of the campus community might be called upon to listen to a complaint of alleged sexual harassment. The listener should be objective and attentive, while discouraging use of names. No records should be kept, nor should promises for specific action or final decisions be made. The listener should refer the complainant to a sexual harassment adviser or to a university sexual harassment officer. Complainants may go to the sexual harassment officer without first consulting a sexual harassment adviser and may request an investigation at any time.
The names of the advisers shall be published at the beginning of each semester. Advisers will have information about applicable laws, university policies and procedures, and options available for resolution of complaints. The advisers shall:
If further action is requested by the complainant, the SHA shall refer the complainant to a sexual harassment officer (SHO) and explain the responsibilities and duties of those officers. In addition, SHA's have an obligation to notify SHO's when it appears the university should act, even if the complainant has not requested further action. The SHA is not authorized to notify either the accused or any supervisor of the accused.
The sexual harassment officers shall pursue complaints promptly through the stages outlined below.
Any discussion, investigation, or action taken under these procedures shall not conflict with student grievance procedures, regulations governing student affairs, collective bargaining contracts, and Executive Order 419.
Pre-Formal Discussion. Pre-formal discussion or resolution does not require a written complaint. Any SHO will hear complaints, determine the remedy sought, and review options for resolution. The review shall include a discussion of applicable university policies and procedures as well as external options for resolution. The SHO(s) shall aid the complainant in identifying ways in which further harassment might be prevented. University policy requires that the SHO keep written records of all complaints. Such records need not identify complainant or alleged harasser by name nor shall they be part of any individual's official file at this stage of the procedure.
At the request of the complainant, the SHO(s) may attempt to resolve the situation by taking some or all of the following steps:
The appropriate SHO shall conduct a full and impartial investigation. The investigation procedures may include a meeting(s) at which both the complainant and the alleged harasser are present. If such a meeting(s) results in a settlement, the terms of the settlement shall be put in writing and be signed by the complainant, the alleged harasser, and the SHO.
At the conclusion of the investigation or upon settlement, the appropriate SHO shall submit a written report to the President. The report shall include a description of the facts, the remedy sought by the complainant or the terms of the signed settlement, and recommendations for further action if deemed necessary by the SHO. These recommendations shall be based upon the strength of evidence against the accused, the seriousness of action(s) that led to the complaint, and the remedy sought by the complainant. If formal disciplinary action is initiated, copies of the report shall be sent to the appropriate grievance/disciplinary action officer for faculty or staff or students, as well as to the complainant and the accused.
Upon receipt of the SHO's report, the President or appropriate grievance/disciplinary action officer shall:
Should it become necessary to invoke formal reprimand or disciplinary procedures, sexual harassment will be viewed as unprofessional conduct.
Formal disciplinary procedures will be pursued by the appropriate grievance/disciplinary action officer.
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. These sections are as follows:
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:
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 ten (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.
41303. Conduct by Applicants for Admission. Notwithstanding any provision in this Chapter 1 to the contrary, admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any person who, while not enrolled as a student, commits acts which, were he enrolled as a student, would be the basis for disciplinary proceedings pursuant to Sections 41301 or 41302. Admission or readmission may be qualified or denied to any person who, while a student, commits acts which are subject to disciplinary action pursuant to Section 41301 or Section 41302. Qualified admission or denial of admission in such cases shall be determined under procedures adopted pursuant to Section 41304.
41304. Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University. The Chancellor shall prescribe, and may from time to time revise, a code of student disciplinary procedures for The California State University. Subject to other applicable law, this code shall provide for determinations of fact and sanctions to be applied for conduct which is a ground of discipline under Sections 41301 or 41302, and for qualified admission or denial of admission under Section 41303; the authority of the campus President in such matters; conduct related determinations on financial aid eligibility and termination; alternative kinds of proceedings, including proceedings conducted by a Hearing Officer; time limitations; notice; conduct of hearings, including provisions governing evidence, a record, and review; and such other related matters as may be appropriate. The Chancellor shall report to the Board actions taken under this section.
A grievance must be filed within six months of the date the wrong occurred, regardless of the date of discovery. Formal procedures shall normally be initiated no later than five weeks before the first day of finals in the semester to allow sufficient time for a possible hearing. Compliance with this limitation on filing shall be determined by the coordinator of student grievance, and that determination shall be final. Grievances not meeting this time limit, complaints and grievances previously resolved by informal means, and grievances arising out of previous grievances shall not be processed under these procedures.
A student may not utilize these procedures if a remedy is being sought by any other means for all or any part of the matter grieved.
1.2.2. "Grievance" means a written complaint by a student arising from an action taken on behalf of San Francisco State University by one or more members of the faculty, administration, or staff which allegedly affects the student adversely and which allegedly is either unreasonable or violates a university regulation or policy.
1.2.3. "Grievant" means a student presently enrolled at San Francisco State University or one who has been enrolled there within the preceding six months who has filed a grievance.
1.2.4. "Instructional day(s)" means any day(s) on which regularly scheduled classes or examinations are held at San Francisco State University.
1.2.5. "President" means the president of San Francisco State University or any person designated by the President.
1.2.6. "Respondent" means the university administrator, faculty, or staff member (or designee as determined by the coordinator) most directly responsible for the alleged official action(s) which caused the complaint.
1.2.7. "Shall" is mandatory and "may" is permissive.
1.4.2. Initial Steps
1.5.2. The party wishing to appeal the decision must deliver a written appeal to the President with copies to the opposing party and to the coordinator. This appeal must be so delivered within five instructional days from the date of the decision of the Vice President.
1.5.3. The appeal shall specify the following:
1.5.5. Within five instructional days of receipt of the appeal, the other party may deliver a written response to the appeal to the President, with copies to the appellant and to the coordinator, setting forth the reasons why the appeal should be denied and any facts supporting those reasons.
1.5.6. Normally, within fifteen instructional days of receipt of the appeal, the President shall render a decision thereon which shall be final for all purposes.
1.6 It shall be the responsibility of the coordinator to assist in the implementation of grievance decisions.
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