University Policies

The University policies are enforced by the Fresno State Police Department, Student Affairs, Human Resources, University Courtyard, and governed by the California Penal Code, Title V Student Conduct Code, Federal crime statutes, and CSU Chancellor’s Office. All students, staff, faculty, and visitors are required to adhere to these policies.

TITLE V: Student Conduct Code

Students who violate University policy, code of conduct or criminal laws may be expelled, suspended, placed on probation and/or subject to other disciplinary action. Procedures for addressing matters related to student conduct are available in the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and on the website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct/policies/index.html.  Students violating criminal offenses are subject to prosecution by the Fresno County Courts for local or state violations, or Federal Court for federal violations. In compliance with federal and state laws and regulations, victims of violent crimes, including sexual assault, are to be informed whenever information regarding disciplinary action taken by the university is included in a student’s file. The victim is required to keep the results of the disciplinary action and appeal confidential. For further information on disciplinary procedures and sanctions, see appendix I or contact the Judicial Affairs Office at 559.278.2541.

Employees who violate University policies or criminal laws may be subject to administrative review or criminal investigations. State employees, other than academic personnel, fall under the purview of the Director of Human Resources. Academic personnel fall under the purview of the Provost. Employees who violate federal, state, or local statutes are subject to criminal prosecution by the Fresno County or Federal Courts.

Weapons Policy

The unauthorized possession, use or sale of firearms, ammunition, fireworks, explosives, or any dangerous weapons are forbidden and are subject to university discipline and/or criminal prosecution. Approval for possession may be granted only by the Chief of Police or as specified in the California Penal Code. It is unlawful for on-campus residents to possess any weapons in their dorms or on their person.

Hate Incidents

Fresno State will not tolerate any incidents involving the degradation of any real or perceived race, religion, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, or sexual orientation. All reported hate incidents of a criminal nature will be investigated and submitted to the Fresno County District Attorney for prosecution.

Missing Student Notification Procedure

To report a missing person, contact the Fresno State Police Department, 559.278.8400 or 911 (from any campus phone). Fresno State Police will generate a missing-person report and initiate an investigation.  The missing person will be entered into the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), which will also generate and send a “Be on the Lookout” broadcast to all California law enforcement agencies. If a student has been determined to have been missing for 24 hours, then the University will initiate the specifically designated notification procedure described below within 24 hours after receiving the report. Nearby law enforcement agencies will also be notified within 24 hours of receiving the report.

Missing Students in University Courtyard

For purposes of this policy, a resident may be considered a “missing person” if the resident’s absence is suspiciously different to his/her usual pattern of behavior and/or unusual circumstances may have caused the absence.

Each student living on-campus has the option to register a confidential contact person (on the Emergency Contact card) to be notified in the event that the student is determined to be missing.  Any missing persons under the age of 18 that are not emancipated will have their parent or guardian notified as well.  Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement persons in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. 

In the event of a missing student/resident, contact the University Courtyard at 559.278.2677. They will conduct a health and safety check of the resident’s room, attempt to contact the student via cell phone, email or other means, and identify other students who may be aware of the missing person’s whereabouts (i.e. roommate, friends, classmates, other residents, etc.).  If University Courtyard is unable to make contact with the missing student, they will contact Fresno State Police Department at 559.278.8400 and the Dean of Students. University Courtyard officials will assist FSPD and the University in the investigation of any missing student.

Workplace Violence Policy

Fresno State is concerned about the personal safety and security of its students, employees and guests. University policy does not tolerate violence, threats of violence or acts of aggression against members of the University community or visitors. It is the responsibility of our faculty, staff and students to report acts or threats of violence to the Fresno State Police Department and/or to appropriate supervisory personnel. Any student, faculty or staff who engages in behavior which violates this policy will be subject to appropriate university disciplinary actions, and may be subject to applicable civil or criminal legal action as well.

Alcohol Use Policy

The University is committed to creating a safe and healthy learning environment for all members of the campus community. The University disapproves of alcohol abuse, intoxication, and any resulting unacceptable conduct. Abuse of alcohol in any context will not be tolerated. Violations of state laws pertaining to the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages, including underage violators, are enforced on campus.

Drug-Free Workplace Policy

The Fresno State policy on a drug-free workplace sets forth the following guidelines for all students: 

  1. It is the intent and obligation of the University to provide a drug-free, healthful, safe, and secure learning environment.
  2. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance on the campus or while attending an official university function off-campus is absolutely prohibited and subject to disciplinary action.
  3. On-campus use of alcohol is limited to certain approved events and locations.  It is illegal to consume alcohol by any persons under the age of 21.
  4. The University recognizes drug/alcohol/chemical dependency as an illness and a major health problem.  Students needing help in dealing with such problems are encouraged to utilize the counseling services of University Health and Psychological Services, 559.278.2734. It has staff specially trained to assist students in dealing with chemical dependency.
  5. The University Student Conduct Code stipulates that students found in possession of dangerous drugs, restricted drugs, or narcotics, either for un-prescribed use or for sale, are subject to expulsion, suspension, probation or a lesser sanction as determined by the disciplinary hearing process.  The code governing student conduct may be found in the schedule of courses, the general catalog, and the Student Affairs website at http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/studentconduct/policies/index.html.

The Policy on Campus Use of Alcoholic Beverages for Fresno State can be viewed at http://www.fresnostate.edu/mapp/III/G/G-04.pdf.

University Health and Psychological Services Website can be viewed at http://www.fresnostate.edu/health.

Statement for students related to the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act may be viewed at:
http://www.fresnostate.edu/studentaffairs/division/general/studenthandbook/policies.html (Student Affairs website).

University police enforce all federal and state laws pertaining to violations of drug manufacturing, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use.

Assistance

Physicians and counselors at University Health and Psychological Services (http://www.fresnostate.edu/health) will provide an assessment for a student and refer them for assistance. Assistance needed for alcohol and drug dependencies are referred to the Fresno New Connection (formerly the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council) at 559.248.1548. Other treatment programs may include:  Alcoholics Anonymous at 559.221.6907, or Narcotics Anonymous at 559.255.5881. 

Faculty and staff may contact the Employee Assistance Program, 559.278.1655, for confidential consultation regarding substance abuse or other personal problems, at no cost, to the employee or member of their immediate family. A careful assessment of the situation will be made and alternatives will be offered which are both appropriate and affordable.

For those who prefer to seek help on their own, there are community agencies available to address drug and alcohol problems. Most of the various drug and alcohol treatment programs offer no-cost assessments, and can be located in the Yellow Pages of the phone book under "Drug Abuse & Addiction Information & Treatment Centers".

Prevention and Education

University efforts to educate campus community members concerning alcohol consist of the Alcohol 101 program that is readily accessible throughout campus; classroom presentations by counseling staff; presentations at University 1; articles in the Student Body newsletter; presentations at the Campus Health Fair; distribution of printed pamphlets; and periodic articles in the Daily Collegian (campus newspaper), University Journal, and Bulletin Board.

Drug Free Workplace Awareness workshops and seminars are sponsored by Human Resources and Employee Assistance Programs. Programs are offered throughout the year. Fresno State Police Department and members of the University Health and Psychological Services (http://www.fresnostate.edu/health) offer presentation opportunities to students.