2024-2025 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Jul 24, 2024  
2024-2025 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog

Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct

Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 41303. Conduct by Applicants for Admission

Note: Authority cited: Sections 66300, 66600, 89030 and 89035, Education Code. Reference: Sections 66017, 66300, 66600, 69810-69813 and 89030, Education Code; and Section 626.2, Penal Code.

Title 5, California Code of Regulations, § 41304. Student Disciplinary Procedures for the California State University

Note: Authority cited: Sections 66300, 66600, 89030 and 89035, Education Code. Reference: Sections 66017, 66300, 66600, 6981069813 and 89030, Education Code; and Section 626.2, Penal Code.

Questions regarding campus procedures and adjudicating complaints against students pursuant to the above-listed violations of Section 41301 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations can be answered in the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, 707-826-3504, or the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment Management, 707-826-3361.

Diversity & Common Ground

The principles enunciated as a basis for campus community require that students accord one another the fundamental respect due to fellow human beings and that they respect the various cultural traditions contributing to the richness of our human heritage. While freedom of thought and expression are values deeply held in an academic community, freedom should not be construed as license to engage in demeaning remarks or actions directed against individuals or groups on the basis of race, ethnicity, or gender.

First-Time Freshmen: How to Graduate in Four Years

At Humboldt, we realize that the completion of your undergraduate degree in four years may be an important goal. To assist you, we are committed to advising you on how to graduate within four years.

At the same time, we believe that an education with an emphasis on time constraints might not meet some students’ desire for enhanced educational and growing experiences. If you choose to change majors, enhance your education by taking additional courses, involve yourself in extracurricular activities, study abroad, engage in one or more internships or work study opportunities, or simply work, it may not be possible to graduate within four years. The quality of your experience may be more important than the time required to complete your degree.

As a residential community, Humboldt staff and faculty will strive to provide you with an enriched educational experience. We offer the following guidelines for completing graduation requirements in four years:

Enroll in general education mathematics and writing composition during first year.

Satisfactorily complete a minimum of 30 semester units per year. (Certain majors may require additional units per year.) You need a minimum GPA of 2.0 to graduate.

Meet each semester with your assigned academic advisor to plan an appropriate course of study.

Declare a major at the time of admission or during your first semester. A major change may increase the time to degree.

Meet all financial aid and fee-payment deadlines.

Apply for graduation at least three semesters prior to graduation.

Participate in early registration each semester and refrain from withdrawing and/or taking educational leaves.

The university will provide regular academic advising, provide required courses, and make available sufficient class offerings for the student to make satisfactory progress.

If the required courses for a four-year degree plan are not available, and if all conditions above are met, the student will not be required to pay tuition and/or the tuition fee otherwise required to register and enroll in subsequent courses necessary for graduation. This is the sole remedy for the university’s breach of the four-year degree pledge program. Please contact the Office of Records and Registration, SBS 133, if you wish to establish this agreement.

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Graduation/Persistence Rates

The federal Student Right to Know law (PL 101-542 as amended) requires an institution to disclose graduation and persistence rates for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students. The following reflects the six-year graduation rate for the group of first-time, full-time students who entered Cal Poly Humboldt in the Fall of 2016: 45.9%.

The persistence rate for first-time, fulltime students who entered Cal Poly Humboldt in the Fall of 2021 is 74.1%. Previous years rates can be found on the Institutional Research, Analytics & Reporting website.

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Rights & Responsibilities (Student) for a Campus Community

In 1990, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching issued a special report entitled Campus Life: In Search of Community. The report challenged the nation’s universities to build campus communities based upon six principles:

First, a university is an educationally purposeful community, where faculty and students share academic goals and work together to strengthen teaching and learning.

Second, a university is an open community, where freedom of expression is uncompromisingly protected and where civility is powerfully affirmed.

Third, a university is a just community, where the sacredness of the person is honored and where diversity is aggressively pursued.

Fourth, a university is a disciplined community, where individuals accept their obligations to the group and where well-defined governance procedures guide behavior for the common good.

Fifth, a university is a caring community, where the well-being of each member is sensitively supported and where service to others is encouraged.

Sixth, a university is a celebrative community, one in which the heritage of the institution is remembered and where rituals affirming both tradition and change are widely shared.

Cal Poly Humboldt accepts this challenge and to this end presents specific implications of these principles in the areas of student life and activity.

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