Campus Policies

Alcoholic Beverages (Policy on campus use)

California State University, Fresno 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.

While the moderate consumption of alcohol may be an acceptable part of certain social activities, alcohol abuse conflicts significantly with the mission and values of the University. All students, faculty, staff, administrators, guests and visitors are welcome members of this community and are expected to respect, promote and sustain its values. Members of the University community are assured that abstinence and the absence of alcohol from social events are acceptable practices.

The purpose of this policy is to provide guidelines for the responsible use of alcohol and to clarify sanctions and procedures for addressing instances of inappropriate use. For a copy of this policy see the web site listed above.

Consensual Relations

The university normally has no interest in private roman- tic or sexual relationships between individuals. However, the university does have a responsibility to protect the integrity of the learning environment and evaluation processes. This policy addresses consensual relations only; non-consensual or coerced relationships are dealt with in the university "Policy Prohibiting Sexual Harassment." ( Amorous relationships between faculty and student in which the faculty member is not in a position to evaluate or supervise the student may lead to difficulties. Such relationships, however, are not within the scope of this policy so long as the instructor does not participate in decisions that may reward or penalize the student.

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act


Every student at California State University, Fresno needs to be aware of the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Community Act of 1989. These requirements, found in the Fresno State Pathways to a Drug Free School statement, include the notification to each student of campus standards of conduct regarding the abuse of alcohol and illicit drugs, the legal and disciplinary sanctions which apply, possible health risks, educational programs, and available counseling.


Listed in the course catalog under Academic Regulations you will find all the information regarding grading procedures. You will find definitions of the grading system, information on grade substitution, etc.

Honor Code

H Members of the California State University, Fresno academic community adhere to principles of academic integrity and mutual respect while engaged in university work and related activities.

Posting Grades & Appealing Grades

The above web site lists the policy and procedural breakdown of appealing grades. This is usually handled through the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, located upstairs in Joyal Administration, Room 262.

Sexual Harassment

It is the policy of California State University, Fresno to maintain a working and learning environment free from sexual harassment of its students, employees and those who apply for student or employee status. Sexual harassment is a violation of the professionalism and standard of excellence of this university, in which merit achievement is the basis for employment / academic decisions. Sexual harassment includes such behaviors as sexual advance, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when; submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for employment / academic decisions affecting such individual; or such conduct has the purpose of effect of unreasonable interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive working/ learning environment.

If you feel you are being sexually harassed and don't know where to go for advice, check with the Women's Resource Center, the Health Center, the office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, or the Police Department on campus. (You can also check the local links section in this booklet.)


No smoking clipartChancellor's Office Executive Order 599 issued in 1993 prohibits smoking in all California State University buildings and leased spaces. An addendum was added to include any area within 5 feet of an exit or entrance to a building. (An addendum was approved by the Governor which adds Chapter 5.6 to The California Government Code, Title 2, Division 5, Part 2.6, beginning with Section 19994.30 Campus security act.) The following link will take you to the designated smoking areas on campus.

Syllabus Policy

Sections 241-250. Faculty are accorded much latitude and freedom in setting standards, establishing expectations, evaluating performance, and assigning grades. Similarly, faculty enjoy broad discretion as to the manner in which they conduct their courses but are expected to carry out their responsibilities in a manner that is fair and without arbitrariness or capriciousness. Of central importance to successful instruction is the formulation of a binding educational compact between instructors and students. Students have a right to know what is expected of them in that course including criteria for evaluation of their performance. Faculty have the right to expect a committed and appropriate level of effort and performance from all their students. Check the web site for all details of the policy.

Student Records

FERPA is a Federal law that applies to educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under a program administered by the U. S. Department of Education. The statute is found at 20 U.S.C. 1232g and the Department's regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.

Under FERPA, schools must generally afford students who are 18 years or over, or attending a post secondary institution:
* access to their education records
* an opportunity to seek to have the records amended
* some control over the disclosure of information from the records.

For more information on Student rights, please refer to the above web site.

Privacy Rights of Students in Education Records The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 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 student records maintained by the campus and the release of such records. The law provides that the campus must give students access to records directly related to the student, and must also provide opportunity for a hearing to challenge such if the student claims the records 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 Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management and Dean of Students, the custodian of all student records maintained by the university.

Among the types of information included in the campus statement of policies and procedures:

  1. the types of student records maintained and the information they contained,
  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,
  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 for this purpose is Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.

The campus is authorized under the Act to release public "directory information" concerning students. "Directory information" at California State University, Fresno may include the student's name, major field of study enrollment status, degrees and awards received at Fresno State, the most recent educational institution attended, participation in officially recognized University sports and student activities, and the weight and height of members of athletic teams. 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 the student requests not be released. Written requests to restrict directory information should be sent to the Office of Admissions or notated on an Admissions Address Change Form.

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' academic, administrative or service functions and who have reason for using student records associated with their campus or other related academic responsibilities. Students' records may also be disclosed 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 other institutions to which the student is transfer- ring).

University Computer Resources

This link refers to the issues and problems related to information technologies in higher education, including software use, privacy, freedom of speech related to e-mail and the Internet, individual user responsibility to follow the laws, etc. Copyright laws, plagiarism, email issues are some of the issues discussed at this web site.