CSU, Chico students have the special opportunity to interact on a daily basis with the City of Chico. Students can learn how the city government operates and what a citizen's responsibility is to the community. Students form a significant part of Chico's population. It is important for students to interact with the town in ways which are considerate and responsible.
The laws of the community do not allow actions that negatively affect the public; these include making excessive noise and drinking alcoholic beverages in public areas. The Chico Police Department endeavors to be understanding of student actions. Students' efforts to cooperate with the police will minimize problems and thereby contribute to a healthy relationship between students and the community. Responsible behavior in our special city will help us all to live more enjoyable and constructive lives. A selected list of city policies follows.
Guide to Community Services
The online version of the University Catalog features "A Guide to Community Services," which highlights many of the attractions and services the Chico community and Butte County offer.
For a complete listing of city ordinances, visit the Chico Police Department at 1460 Humboldt (895-4900) or you can find a complete listing of the City Municipal Code on the City's Web page at http://www.chico.ca.us/. The following are some key city policies and advice which may be of importance to you.
It is unlawful for any person to consume from an open container of alcoholic beverage upon any public street, sidewalk, alley, parking lot, or, where posted, on private parking lots. It is unlawful to possess or consume alcohol in public parks. It is unlawful for a minor to be in possession of or consume any alcoholic beverage.
Dogs must be licensed and they must be on a leash when in public areas. No dogs are allowed in public swimming areas and pools. A dog license may be obtained by contacting the City Finance Office at 530-895-4837.
In Chico, the police, the County District Attorneys Office, Chamber of Commerce, and individual merchants have organized a check alert task force to combat bad checks. Consequences are severe, including being barred from registration at CSU, Chico for bad checks written to the University.
Bicycles must be licensed with the city. The license can be obtained on the Chico State campus (University Police) or at the city's Finance Office, 411 Main Street, first floor. Bicycle riding is prohibited on the sidewalks of the central business district. Cyclists need to obey traffic rules and use considerate, sound judgment. To avoid theft, always use good locks.
Proof of corrections may be obtained at the Chico Police Department between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. University Police officers also have the authority to cite and arrest.
Uncontested parking citations must be paid within 21 calendar days by remitting payment to P.O. Box 3449, Chico, CA 95927. Failure to pay within 21 days will result in a significant penalty enhancement and may result in a lien being placed on the vehicle at DMV.
To avoid burglary, check with the Police Department Community Outreach Unit for safety precautions.
The city maintains a strict enforcement posture relative to illegal drugs. There are various areas within the city specifically posted as "Drug Free Zones." These areas carry enhanced penalties for certain types of crimes.
Firearms, Fireworks, and Explosives
It is unlawful to discharge a firearm within city limits. See the Chico Municipal Code for exceptions. Fireworks and explosives are illegal in the City of Chico. This includes sparklers and fire crackers.
This program involves neighbors participating together to prevent burglaries, sexual assault, and other crimes. For more information, phone the Community Outreach Unit at 530-895-4642.
It is unlawful to possess or consume alcohol in public parks. Glass beverage containers are prohibited in all city parks. No dogs are allowed in swimming areas and pools. The use of vehicles is limited in Bidwell Park (see posted signs or check with the Police or Park Departments).
When common sense and moderation are exercised by hosts and guests, parties need not be a police concern. Common problems are excessive noise, illegal parking, littering, public urination, open containers, and alcohol consumption or possession by minors. All of these can and will be cited by City Police and may involve severe penalties and fines.
Here are some guidelines:
- develop a guest list and adhere to it;
- notify your neighbors if you intend to have a party and discuss any concerns with them;
- set both starting and ending times for your party, and stick to them;
- monitor the sound level by walking down the street to get an idea of the noise level, and keep your sound equipment locked up to prevent others from changing the volume;
- provide adequate trash disposal and bathroom facilities; and
- call the police if you cannot control problems.
Sexual Assault and Drugs
Across the country sexual assault cases are being reported in which drugs such as Rohypnol or "Roofies" and GHB have been used to render victims helpless, unconscious, and unable to resist or escape a sexual assault. Since the drugs are colorless and odorless, the victim is often unaware that it has been put into his or her beer, mixed drink, soda, or water. Rohypnol has already been implicated in several date rape cases, and in 1997 a North State student died after drinking alcohol with GHB. Please report any suspicious activity of this nature to your local or campus police.
Smoking is prohibited in the enclosed areas and within 20 feet of all public places located within the city, including bars and restaurants.
According to a statewide survey, Chico has the fourth highest accident rate per capita compared to 96 other California communities.