Student Judicial Affairs
The University has delineated standards and expectations which address
student rights and the procedures students may use to exercise those rights.
Policy highlights are discussed below. Complete versions may be reviewed
in the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. Confidentiality on all matters
If you believe that you have been treated unfairly or unjustly in any way
by faculty, staff, administration, or a policy or procedure at the university,
or just plain feel snagged by the system, you are entitled to file a
grievance through the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. Usually problems
can be resolved by a discussion with the Director of Student Judicial Affairs
who acts as a mediator with the faculty, staff, or administrator involved.
If no satisfactory solution is reached, students may request a formal
grievance hearing. Students should initiate a grievance within thirty instructional
days after the grievable action has occured.
Student Rights and Responsibilities (Student Discipline)
Student rights and responsibilities, including respect for the rights of
others, are discussed in the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities
and the Speech and Advocacy Guidelines available in the Office of Student
Judicial Affairs, KNDL 110. Both delineate standards and policies of behavior.
In addition, the Code describes informal and formal opportunities for due
process in case of student discipline.
California State University, Chico will not tolerate any kind of exploitation
of students, including sexual harassment. Sexual harassment is defined
as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or verbal or
physical conduct of a sexual nature when:
- submission to such conduct
is explicitly or implicitly a term of condition of employment, academic
grade, or enrollment;
- submission to such conduct is used as the basis
for employment or education decisions;
- such conduct has the purpose or
effect of unreasonably interfering with an individuals work/academic performance
or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational
Students who believe they have been harrassed should seek information
and/or assistance from the Office of Student Judicial Affairs in Kendall
110, 898-6897, or the Employee Relations Manager in Kendall 118, 898-4666.
Faculty expect students to maintain a high standard of academic integrity.
If you are unclear about a specific situation, ask your instructors. They
will explain what is and is not acceptable in their classes.
If a student is thought to be cheating and charges are brought, a process
is set in motion which can result in severe consequences, ranging from
failure in an individual course to long-term suspension from the university
and denial of a degree.
The examples below do not include all possible violations of the universitys
expectations, but they do give a good idea of behavior which will result
in grade reduction, disciplinary probation, suspension, or expulsion from
Copying graded homework assignments from another student;
working together on a take-home test or homework when not specifically
permitted to do so by the instructor; looking at another students paper
during an examination; looking at your text or notes during an examination
when not specifically permitted to do so by the instructor.
Giving your work to another to be copied; giving
answers to another student during an examination; after taking an exam,
informing another student in a later section of questions which appear
on that exam; providing a term paper to another student.
Copying homework answers from your text to hand in for a grade;
failing to give credit for ideas, statement of facts, or conclusions derived
from another source; submitting a paper downloaded from the Internet or
submitting a friends paper as your own; claiming credit for artistic work
(such as a music composition, photo, painting, drawing, sculpture, or design)
done by someone else.
Having another student take your exam, or do your computer
program or lab experiment; lying to an instructor to increase your grade;
submitting a paper that is substantially the same for credit in two different
courses without prior approval of both instructors involved; altering a
graded work after it has been returned and then submitting the work for
See also the chapter on University
Policies and Important Notices at the conclusion of The
University Catalog and published annually in The