The University is committed to providing an environment safe for all students, faculty and staff. It's very important for all students to have a knowledge and understanding of the University's Emergency Procedures in the event of a fire, earthquake, active shooter, or other emergencies.
Safety issues that affect students are found below.
- Bicycle Safety
- Car Bashing Guidelines
Car bashing is often used as a fund raiser for campus organizations. There are numerous safety and environmental hazards that could happen during a car bashing. Obtain the proper approval and follow the Car Bashing Guidelines.
- Driving on University Business
Students are not authorized to drive University vehicles, including small carts, or get reimbursed for driving on University business. Student/Graduate Assistants are authorized but must comply with all campus driving requirements. These include:
- Over 18 years old
- Have a good driving record verified through the Department of Motor Vehicles
- Defensive Driver Training
- Field Trips
Prior to going on a university sponsored field trip, please read the Field Trip Guidelines.
- Food Sales
Any organization, student, staff, or faculty, wishing to have a public event that includes distribution of food must obtain approval from EHS prior to the event. Please follow the guidelines at the Environmental Health site.
- Internships and Service Based Learning
There are two documents that the university uses to manage risk in relation to credit- bearing off-campus experiences: the University-Community Learning Activity Agreement, and the Participation Consent Form . The University-Community Learning Activity Agreement is a contract, developed by Contracts and Procurement, that guides your relationship between the university and the off-campus entity hosting in a credit-bearing off-campus experience. For information, consult with the Center for Internships and Community Engagement or visit the CICE website .
Internships outside the United States will require a Release of Liability and International Travel Insurance.
- Smoking Policy
Effective August 1, 2013, California State University, Fullerton will prohibit smoking in all interior and exterior campus areas. Please review the Smoking Policy for all the specifics.
Except for instructional purposes and/or during University sanctioned events, skateboards may not be ridden anywhere on campus, including parking structures. For more information, please go to Presidential Directive 16 .
- Student Religious Observances
Faculty, staff and students should avoid scheduling examinations, campus wide events, retreats and meetings that conflict with religious holy days. For example, the Jewish religious holy days of Rosh Hashanah and the Muslim month of fasting known as Ramadan often begin during the week. There are a variety of websites that contain religious holiday calendars .
- Student Insurance
Students may purchase domestic health insurance through CSU Healthlink Also available is international health insurance, dental insurance and vision insurance. The University pays no premium for its students to participate in this program offered through California State University Risk Management Authority (CSURMA). Other insurance programs that might affect students include Student Travel, Professional Liability, Athletic Injury, Special Events and Student Organization Liability. For more information on these programs, please call the Risk Management Office at x7346.
- Students's Right to Decline to Participate
Certain University activities either within or outside of the classroom may involve varying degrees of risk to the participants. It is University policy that the instructor directing such activities divulge fully to all potential participants the specific nature of such risks and obtain from them their expressed or implied consent prior to undertaking activities. The student who at any time comes to believe that the risks to himself, whether physical or psychological, are excessive has the responsibility to withdraw from participation at that time and to inquire of the instructor whether there are alternative means of fulfilling the requirements without penalty. If there are none, the student may petition for withdrawal from the course without penalty or appeal for an appropriate modification of the activity. The appeal may be made either to the Chair of the department concerned, or to the Chair of the Board on Activities Involving Human Subjects, or both. Reference: University Policy Statement (UPS) 420-105 Right of Non-Compliance, Risk Activities
- Study Abroad
While no program can guarantee your safety abroad, safety is a manageable issue in most countries. Many countries are likely to be statistically safer than your home state. Nonetheless, preparedness is critical in having a safe study abroad experience. For more information on safety abroad, see the Study Abroad Safety site.
- Laboratory Safety
If you attend a lab where there is exposure to chemicals, please see the Lab Safety Section of the website for information that can protect you while handling hazardous materials.
- Student Safety Training
Please see the Student Safety Training site for the available training.