Clubs Handbook

Everything that you need to know to organize and run your club.

Additional Campus Policies

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Discrimination is not tolerated by Humboldt State University. All clubs must include in their constitution:

“Membership in the organization will not be denied to anyone on the basis of race, religion, national origin, age, sex, disability, veteran’s status, or sexual orientation, except as sanction by law (California Administrative Code, Title 5, Section 41500; Education Amendments of 1972, Title IX).”

Additionally, every HSU recognized student organization will need to reaffirm their commitment to our anti-discrimination policy on an annual basis through space provided on the HSU club contact card.

Hazing and Initiation Policy

Each year universities experience hazing incidents that result in serious physical and/or emotional injury. As members in university student organizations, students may become victims in what are believed to be acceptable initiation traditions and rituals. Humboldt State University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe, healthy and conducive to learning. We support the educational and character development of students as they transition into university life and continue toward graduation and becoming life-long learners.

Hazing is a violation of California State University and Humboldt State University policy, as well as State law.

Humboldt State University interprets the term “hazing” broadly, to include not just conduct likely to cause physical harm but also conduct likely to cause personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm. Hazing can occur even when the victim voluntarily submits to being hazed. The full definition of hazing is:

“ [A]ny method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization or student body, whether or not the organization or body is officially recognized by an educational institution, which is likely to cause serious bodily injury to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution in this state (Penal Code 245.6), and in addition, any act likely to cause physical harm, personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm, to any former, current, or prospective student of any school, community college, college, university or other educational institution. The term “hazing” does not include customary athletic events or school sanctioned events.

Neither the express or implied consent of a victim of hazing, nor the lack of active participation in a particular hazing incident is a defense. Apathy or acquiescence in the presence of hazing is not a neutral act, and is also a violation of this section.

(Title 5, California Code of Regulations, section 41301(b)(8), emphasis added.)

Participation in hazing, actively or passively, will result in both individual and organizational disciplinary action, including possible expulsion from Humboldt State University and the California State University system. Disciplinary action will also be initiated against organizational officers who permit hazing to occur within their own organization.

Examples of prohibited hazing activities include but are not limited to:
• Paddling, shoving, or otherwise striking individuals
• Requiring individuals to consume alcohol or drugs
• Requiring individuals to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances, or requiring the consumption of undue amounts of food
• Having substances thrown at, poured on or otherwise applied to the bodies of individuals
• Morally degrading or humiliating games, or any other activities that make the individual the object of ridicule, including postings on facebook, twitter, other forms of electronic media and social network sites
• Transporting individuals against their will, abandoning individuals at distant locations, conducting a kidnap or engaging in any “road trip” or “ditch” that might in any way endanger or compromise the health, safety, or comfort of any individual
• Activities that require a person to remain in a fixed position for a long period of time
• “Line-ups” involving intense demeaning intimidation or interrogation, such as shouting obscenities or insults
• Assigning activities such as pranks or scavenger hunts that compel a person to deface property, engage in theft, or harass other individuals or organizations
• Requiring individuals to wear or carry unusual, uncomfortable, degrading, or physically burdensome articles or apparel

Any activity or similar activity as described above upon which the initiation or admission into, or affiliation with the organization is directly or indirectly conditioned, or which occurs during a pre-initiation or initiation activity shall be presumed to be “compelled” activity, regardless of the willingness of an individual to participate in such an activity.
Engaging in hazing that is likely to cause serious bodily injury is also a crime, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. (Penal Code 245.6.) If Humboldt State University determines that hazing has occurred and appears to meet the criminal definition, it may refer the matter to the District Attorney’s office for prosecution, regardless of any disciplinary action that is taken.


Joining an on-campus organization should be a positive experience. Initiation rituals should therefore focus upon the positive aspects of both the organization and the individual. Examples of permissible team and community building include:

• Hosting a dinner for new members
• Completing a community service project
• Sponsoring activities such as hiking, camping, or bowling
• Hosting a fundraiser for a local charity such as a movie night
• Holding a new member recognition night

If you wish to report an act of hazing, you should contact University Police, at [number or extension], or the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, at 707/826-3504 or online at


“Retaliation” means adverse action taken against a student because he/she has or is believed to have 1) reported or opposed conduct which the student reasonably and in good faith believes is hazing or 2) participated in a hazing investigation/disciplinary proceeding. Organizations and individuals who retaliate against such student(s) shall be subject to university disciplinary action which may include suspension or permanent expulsion from the Humboldt State University and the California State University system.

Free Speech

The right to free speech, when applied in a university context, can be complicated and confusing. The following link to the Handbook of Free Speech Issues provides basic information and is intended to be a campus resource when particular questions arise. University Counsel are always available to help respond to questions about specific situations.

Free Speech on CSU Campuses

The First Amendment does not guarantee access to property that is owned by the government. No one, including “students, teachers, or anyone else has an absolute constitutional right to use all parts of a school building or its immediate environs for unlimited expressive purposes.”

However, because CSU campuses are public institutions – and public universities are considered to be the quintessential “marketplaces of ideas” – the rights of both the campus community and the general public to engage in free speech activities on CSU campuses are quite broad. Please review the Handbook of Free Speech Issues for additional information at:

The University regulates time, place, and manner of all forms of speech, presentations, solicitations, and sales.

University Center Bulletin Board Policy


The following are guidelines for all flyers to be posted on General Bulletin boards:

  1. The number of flyers allowed to be posted is as follows:
    • On-campus events: 50 copies
    • Off-campus events/all other: 20 copies
  2. All publicity must be approved, stamped, and dated at the University Center Information.
  3. Posters and signs are to be placed only on designated bulletin boards and only with thumbtacks. These boards are marked “General” and are located in various buildings throughout the campus. A list can be obtained at the UC info. Desk.
  4. All other bulletin boards, unmarked or identified as departmental, are under the control of the Facility coordinator and/or the department located in the area of the board. This policy does not include the use of those boards.
  5. Publicity may be posted for a maximum of 14 calendar days.
  6. Any poster or sign that has not been stamped, has exceeded its expiration date, or has been improperly posted will be removed.
  7. No publicity will be permitted that might deface or damage university properly
 (i.e. posted using staples, taped onto painted surfaces, painted, etc.)
  8. No Authorized and current publicity may be removed from bulletin boards or covered to make room for additional publicity.
  9. This Policy applies to publicity posted at Humboldt State University. For 
 information regarding posting off-campus contact the appropriate government
 agency, (City Hall, etc.).

Violations of the Bulletin Board Policy shall be reported to the Clubs and Activities Coordinator. Organizations in violation shall be informed and their publicity materials will be removed from the campus bulletin boards. Any additional violations shall be sent to the Department of Public Safety for further action. Publicity privileges’ may be suspended or revoked by the University at any time for violations.