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University Rules and Regulations

Below you will find a summary of University Rules and Regulations. A complete listing can be found in the the graduate course catalog and the student handbook.


Policy of Academic Honesty

The educational programs of California Lutheran University are designed and dedicated to achieve academic excellence, honesty and integrity at every level of student life.  Part of CLU’s dedication to academic excellence is our commitment to academic honesty.  Students, faculty, staff and administration share the responsibility for maintaining high levels of scholarship of on campus.  Any behavior or act which mighty be defined as “deceitful” or “dishonest” will meet with appropriate disciplinary sanctions, including dismissal from the University, suspension, grade of F in a course, or various forms of academic probation.


Definition of Academic Dishonesty

A general definition of academic dishonesty is “any behavior or act that implies an intent to make someone believe what is not true, as be giving a false appearance.”  Since intellectual honesty is central to the academic enterprise, students and faculty must accept and respect the principle of acknowledging information, ideas and language that have been borrowed form someone else.  Plagiarism (any failure to document sources), cheating, unethical computer use, and facilitation of academic dishonesty are examples of behavior which will result in strict disciplinary sanctions.



Plagiarism occurs whenever a source of any kind has not been acknowledged.  Every student must understand the correct procedures for acknowledging and identifying sources of borrowed material.  The basic rule is this: Give credit where credit is due.  In other words, if you include any material which is beyond your first hand experience, and which is not common knowledge of scholars in your field, you must cite your source in a way that your reader can (a) find the source from the information in your reference and (b) immediately determine which information is your source’s contribution to scholarship and which is yours.


  • If you quote directly, even if you use no more than a word or phrase, you must place quotation marks around the quoted material.
  • If you paraphrase (rephrase in our own words), you must sill cite your source, including a full documentation of reference; the best procedure is to acknowledge that you are paraphrasing.
  • If you present material that may be common knowledge but our arrangement or discussion of that material is borrowed, you must cite that source in a reference.
  • If you have any questions about proper ways of documenting sources in footnotes or bibliography, consult the department in which the course is taught.  Departmental Assistants, the Learning Resource Center and Writing Center are prepared to assist students in proper documentation forms.



Covers a wide range of academically dishonest behaviors.  It includes, but is not limited to, turning in someone else’s work as your own, giving another student your work to pass off as his or her own, copying another student’s answers in an exam setting, distributing material unauthorized by the course instructor about any exam or assignment, fabricating or falsifying information in order to complete an academic exercise or laboratory experiment.


Unethical Computer Use

Includes use of computer software (programs, documentation, data bases) in violation of copyright law; and includes unauthorized use of computer software or hardware, such as use for private business, breaking access codes, and pranks resulting in damage to software or hardware, breach of privacy or confidentiality or violation of copyrights.


Facilitating Academic Dishonesty

Includes intentionally helping students commit acts of academic dishonesty.  As part of a community engaged in the academic enterprise of searching for truth, students and faculty are expected to report incidents of academic dishonesty to the Vice President for Academic Affairs.


Procedures for Disciplining Academic Dishonesty:

Whenever a member of the faculty or other University official has reason to believe that a student has committed a breach of academic honesty, the faculty member of official will confront the student, allowing the student an opportunity to speak for on his/her behalf.  If, in the opinion of the faculty member, a breach of academic honesty has clearly occurred, the faculty member of official must file a Report of Academic Dishonesty Form with the Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The form will be placed on file.  This procedure should be completed as soon as is reasonably possible. 

First Offense:  If the Vice President for Academic Affairs determines this is a first offense, the disciplinary action will be handled by the professor.  Possible sanctions may include an “F: on the assignment or an “F: in the course. 

Second Offense:  If the Vice President for Academic Affairs determines this is a second offense, in addition to the sanctions imposed by the professor, the Vice President for Academic Affairs may choose to impose additional sanctions, such as academic probation, or suspension from school. 

Third Offense:  A third report of academic dishonesty will automatically result in the student’s suspension or dismissal from the University.

Appeals:  An allegation of cheating or an imposed sanction may be appealed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will then constitute a special evaluation committee using the same procedure identified for grade challenges.  The Vice President’s decision is final.


Waitlist Policy

Being Placed on a Waitlist

Once a course has maximum capacity it is labeled “closed” in WebAdvisor and no further students can be registered for the class.  Students being added to the Waitlist for a class are listed in the order in which they are added to the waitlist.

What if a Space Opens Up

If a space in a “closed” class becomes available (a student drops thus opening one of the spaces), an email will be generated by the Registrar’s Office and sent to the CLU email accounts of the first 3 students on the waitlist for the class.  These students are given permission to add themselves to the waitlisted course.  This permission only lasts 3 days.  If the students do not register themselves for the class within those 3 days they are dropped from the waitlist.

 Adding a Waitlisted Class

The only way a student can add a waitlisted class to their schedule is by having an add slip signed by the instructor on the first day of class and submitting that signed form to either the program office or the Registrar’s office before the last day to add.  Priority for adding a class will be given according to the order of the waitlist (i.e. first student listed is given priority followed by the second listed and then the third… etc.).  Only a signed add slip will add a student to a class.  Emails from instructors are not accepted.

Waitlist Maintenance

It is recommended that students place themselves only on the waitlists of classes they seriously intend to add.  If a student finds alternative classes to register in, that student should remove themselves from the waitlists of classes they no long intend on attending.

Standards of Conduct 

The standards of conduct are part of the California Lutheran University commitment to holistic student development.  It is the University’s purpose to assist students in developing a personal set of values, ethics, managing emotions, making decisions and following through commitments, becoming more independent, recognizing interdependence and accepting the consequences of personal actions and decisions. 

The Standards of Conduct were not established to be judgmental, but rather to ensure individual responsibility and an environment that contributes to a learning community.

The California Lutheran University community assumes that each student who enters the University possesses an earnest purpose; the ability to exercise mature judgment; the ability to act in a responsible manner; a well-developed concept of, and commitment to honor, morality, and integrity; and a respect for law the rights of others.  This assumption prevails unless a student negates it through misconduct.

The Standards of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on the California Lutheran University premises, at University sponsored activities, and to off campus conduct that adversely affects the University community and/or the pursuit of its objectives.  Each student shall be responsible for his or her conduct from the time of application for admission through the actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic year and between the terms of actual enrollment (and even if their conduct is not discovered until after a degree is awarded).  The Standards of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if the student withdraws from the University while a disciplinary matter is pending.  The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students shall decide whether the Standards of Conduct shall be applied to conduct occurring off campus on a case by case basis.

The University adopts only such policies and procedure that seem necessary for the welfare of the educational community.  Each student associated with California Lutheran University is expected to be familiar with and to follow all policies and procedures promulgated by the University.  Failure to abide by the policies and procedures as outlined in the Standards of Conduct may result in disciplinary action.  

General University Policies

The following are prohibited:             

  • Verbal abuse, harassment, intimidation, or in any way threatening the well being of another individual.
  • The physical abuse of any person or conduct that threatens the health or safety of any person on or off University property.
  • Reckless, disorderly, rude, or lewd conduct on University property or at official University functions.  Disorderly conduct includes but is not limited to: Any unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make an audio or video record of any person while on University premises without his or her effective consent.  This includes, but is not limited to, surreptitiously taking pictures or video of another person. 
  • Attempted or actual theft or unauthorized possession of University property or other property on campus.
  • Attempted or actual burglary or attempted burglary of University property or other property on campus.
  • Attempted or actual theft or unauthorized possession of a University vehicle or other vehicles on campus.
  • Misuse, destroying, vandalizing or attempting to destroy or vandalize University property or other property on campus.
  • Unauthorized entry or use of University facilities.
  • Failure to comply with the directions and/or requests of a University Official (i.e. Campus Safety & Security or University employee or staff member) in the performance of his/her duty.  This includes evasiveness, running, hiding and giving a false name.
  • Creating a fire, safety or health hazard, activating a fire alarm without the existence of a fire or a similar emergency situation, failing to evacuate the building during a fire alarm and/or abusing fire and safety equipment.
  • Creating excessive noise or disturbing the peace.
  • Knowingly furnishing false information to the University, forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, or University instruments of identification. 
  • Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, disciplinary proceedings, public functions or other activities of the University, including interference with the freedom of movement of any member or guest of the University community.

University Policy on Alcohol

The use and possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the CLU Campus.  If you are serving alcohol within the confines of your home, (indoors and in the enclosed backyards or patios), please be aware that the drinking age in California is 21 years old.  Anyone, knowingly or unknowingly, serving alcohol to a person under the age of 21 may be arrested and charged for breaking the law.  This would be in direct violation of the policies of CLU and will result in suspension, dismissal and expulsion from the University.

This is very serious!  If you are accused of serving alcohol to minors or drinking on campus, it will be subject to immediate action by immigration authorities even without due process or administrative review.


University Policy on Drugs

The use, possession or trafficking of un-prescribed amphetamines and barbiturates, narcotics, LSD, marijuana and/or other hallucinogenic agents is a violation of state and federal laws.  The un-prescribed possession, usage and/or trafficking of any of the above agents is in violation of the policies of CLU and can result in suspension, dismissal or expulsion from the University.  All drugs and paraphernalia will be confiscated and/or destroyed.

Paraphernalia includes any object that contains the residue of an illegal drug and any object that is used in the consumption or distribution of an illegal drug.  Examples of the former include, but are not limited to a marijuana pipe, bong or blow tube.  Examples of the latter include, but are not limited to a scale used for measuring quantities of an illegal drug, rolling papers, hookahs and hookah components.  While these items can be used for legal purposes, because of their common misuse, these objects are prohibited.

Additionally, being under the influence of illicit drugs is considered a violation of this policy.

No drug related, or similarly offensive posters, stickers, caps, lights, etc. may be displayed apartments or homes provided by CLU.


University Policy on Smoking

In accordance with the City of Thousand Oaks Municipal Code and University standards, no smoking is allowed in any building on the CLU campus.



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