Photo Policy

Please see our Photo Request Process for more information about how to schedule a photo shoot or obtain photos for university use.

Copyright and use of Chico State Photos

Photographs on the CSU, Chico web site and social media sites and those otherwise provided by Public Affairs & Publications are copyrighted by California State University, Chico.
  • CSU, Chico photos are for uses related to CSUC ONLY and not to be used for commercial reproduction. Photographs may not be used in any way other than in their intended context and for the promotion of CSU, Chico.
  • Images may not be altered or manipulated in any way, except for standard technical adjustments and cropping.
  • Photographs that are copyrighted by the university and published in off-campus media or public relations pieces must include a credit. Acceptable credit can be “Photo courtesy of California State University, Chico,” “Photo courtesy of CSU, Chico,” or “Photo courtesy of Chico State.”

Altering photographs—a caution

Be extremely careful about altering a photograph with a photo editing software program. Any alterations that affect the accuracy of the persons, places, or events depicted in the photo should be avoided. If you have any questions about the appropriateness of a change, contact Public Affairs and Publications at 530-898-4143.

Photography and videography on campus

CSU, Chico allows people to take photographs on campus as long as it does not disrupt the academic environment. Any individual or organization other than the working media that plans to take pictures for broadcast or public use must contact Public Affairs and Publications, 530-898-4143.

Any person wishing to take photographs of the campus with the purpose of using them in any form for commercial gain should first contact Public Affairs and Publications or the Office of the President, 530-898-5201.

Photo release forms

A CSU, Chico photo release form is available here.

Photos taken of individuals participating in University related events are encouraged to sign photo release forms for University use. Exceptions to the Photo Release Form requirement are for general campus photos or photos taken at public events. This may include photos where people are not easily identifiable, crowd shots, or there are reasonable expectations that attendees could appear in photos taken at a public event.

Photography taken of individuals in classrooms, buildings or within any expectation of privacy should have the written approval of the individual for use of the image. If the subject is a minor under the age of 18, a parent or guardian is required to sign the form.


Contact the Jason Halley, University Photographer, 530-898-6114, or Public Affairs and Publications, 530-898-4143 for any additional questions.