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Extended Education Policies

Nondiscrimination Policies

Gender - The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the educational programs or activities it conducts. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended, and the administrative regulations adopted thereunder prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities operated by California State University, Bakersfield. Such programs and activities include admission of students and employment. Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX to programs and activities of California State University, Bakersfield may be referred to the Counseling Center (HC, 661-664-3366) or Personnel Services (ADM 108, 661-664-2266), the campus officers assigned the administrative responsibility of reviewing such matters, or to the Regional Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Region IX, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco, California 94102.

Disability - The California State University does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission or access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the regulations adopted thereunder and the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibit such discrimination. The coordinator of Disabled Services has been designated to coordinate the efforts of California State University, Bakersfield to comply with these Acts and their implementing regulations. Inquiries concerning compliance may be addressed to the coordinator at the Services for Students with Disabilities Office 661-664-3360; TDD 661-664-6288.

Race, Color, National Origin, or Disability - The California State University complies with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as amended by the Americans with Disabilities Act and the regulations adopted thereunder. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, national origin, or disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program of The California State University.

Sexual Orientation - By CSU Board of Trustees policy, the California State University does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Policies on the rights of individuals

Sexual Harassment - Sexual harassment is prohibited by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, as well as under CSU Executive Order 345. California State University, Bakersfield is committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which faculty, staff, and students work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and unconstrained academic interchange. In the university environment, all faculty, staff, and students are entitled to be treated on the basis of their qualifications, competence, and accomplishments without regard to gender. Individuals are entitled to benefit from university programs and activities without being discriminated against on the basis of their sex. Sexual harassment violates university policy, seriously threatens the academic environment, and is illegal. The policy on campus is to eliminate sexual harassment and to provide prompt and equitable relief to the extent possible.

Sexual harassment includes such behavior as sexual advances, request for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature directed toward an employee, student, or applicant when one or more of the following circumstances are present:

  • Submission to or toleration of the conduct is an explicit or implicit term or condition of appointment, employment, admission, or academic evaluation;
  • Submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as a basis for a personnel decision or an academic evaluation affecting an individual;
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with an employee’s work performance, or creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise adverse working environment;
  • The conduct has the purpose or effect of interfering with a student’s academic performance, creating an intimidating, hostile, offensive or otherwise adverse learning environment, or adversely affecting any student.

Sexual harassment will not be tolerated by the university and may result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination or dismissal. Administrative personnel are available to answer questions or handle complaints by students, employees, student applicants or employee applicants. The names and office locations of sexual harassment counselors and respective administrative personnel are available in the Counseling Center and the Office of Personnel Services. Any employee who believes that this policy has been violated should promptly report the facts of the incident(s) and the person(s) involved.

Formal complaints alleging sexual harassment should be made to the Dean of Extended Education. Such complaints will be investigated without delay in accordance with university procedures and appropriate action taken.

Campus Policy on Disruptive and Violent Behavior - California State University, Bakersfield is committed to creating and maintaining a safe working, learning, and social environment for all students, employees and visitors which is free from violence, threats, intimidation, hostile acts, and disruptive behavior.

Civility, understanding, and mutual respect toward all persons are intrinsic to the existence of a safe and healthy campus. Threats or acts of violence, or hostile, intimidating, or disruptive behavior not only impact the individuals concerned, but also the mission of the University. The University prohibits acts or threats of violence, and any person who commits such acts is subject to disciplinary action, and/or civil or criminal prosecution.

The University has zero tolerance for potentially violent or violent acts against any member of the campus environment, or against any property.

For the purpose of this policy, violence, threats of violence, and other inappropriate behaviors include, but are not limited to:

  • any act that is physically or emtionally assaultive;                          OR
  • any threat, behavior or action which is interpreted by a reasonable person to carry the potential of:
    • harm or endangering the safety of others;
    • resulting in an act of aggression, or
    • destroying or damaging property

Established student, personnel, and public safety procedures will serve as the mechanisms for resolving such situations.

Individuals who severely disrupt classrooms, offices or common spaces may be removed from the campus. Deans may deny class enrollment to a student whose behavior compromises the learning environment.

Student Academic Grievance - A student has the right to grieve an academic sanction imposed by a faculty. The grievances can concern only the assigned final course grade.

The grievance must be pursued according to the University’s Student Complaint and Grievance procedures. Copies are available in the School deans’ offices, the Vice President of Student Services’ Office, and most other academic administration office.

Group grievances are not permitted. The University presumes the correctness of final course grades. It is the responsibility of a student appealing an assigned grade to demonstrate otherwise.

Student Compliant and Grievance Procedure - A student also has the right to grieve other University actions. Nonacademic grievances may be brought against the actions or decisions of faculty, administrators, or staff for failure to adhere to written campus policies or for procedures or actions that constitute arbitrary, capricious, or unequal application of those procedures. A student wishing to file a grievance should consult the Student Complaint and Grievance Procedure.

Information regarding student grievances may be obtained by contact the office of the Extended Education at (661) 664-2441.