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

Abusive behavior toward, or hazing of, a member of the campus community is forbidden and is a violation of state law and university regulations. Hazing includes “any method of initiation or pre-initiation into a student organization, or any pastime or amusement engaged in with respect to such an organization which causes, or is likely to cause, bodily danger, physical harm or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm” to any student or member of the campus regardless of location, intent, or consent of the participants.

Joining an on-campus organization should be a positive experience. Initiation rituals should focus upon the positive aspects of both the organization and the individual. Participation in a hazing practice will result in both individual and organizational disciplinary action, including possible expulsion. Commission of hazing is also a misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail and up to a $5,000 fine. Disciplinary action will also be instituted against organizational officers that 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.
  • Compelling individuals to consume alcohol or drugs.
  • Compelling individuals to eat or drink foreign or unusual substances, or compelling 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.
  • 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.
  • Causing an individual to be indecently exposed or violating accepted social customs in regards to sex and relations between the sexes.
  • 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.
  • Tests of courage, bravery, or stamina.
  • Compelling individuals to wear or carry unusual, uncomfortable, degrading, or physically burdensome articles or apparel.

Any 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, the willingness of an individual to participate in such an activity notwithstanding.

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: http://www.calstate.edu/gc/Docs/Free_Speech_Handbook.doc

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

University Center Bulletin Board Policy

REGULATIONS

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.).

ENFORCEMENT

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.

California State University Mandated Constitutional Requirements

MEMBERSHIP

  • Voting membership is restricted to matriculated, currently enrolled students at Humboldt State University. (Note: You may be more restrictive in determining voting membership.)
  • At least eighty percent (80%) of all members of the organization must be matriculated, currently enrolled students at Humboldt State University. (Note: You may specify a higher percentage.)
  • Membership in the organization will not be denied to anyone on the basis of race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, color, age, gender, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or disability. The prohibition on discrimination on the basis of gender does not apply to social fraternities or sororities or to other university living groups. (Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 41500).
  • No member of this organization shall engage in hazing, participate in hazing, or commit any act that causes or is likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to any fellow student or person attending this institution (California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Standards for Student Conduct, Section 41301(b)(8). Individual students may be disciplined for hazing under Section 41301(b)(8).

OFFICERS

  • All officers of this organization must be matriculated, currently enrolled students at Humboldt State University. The President and Treasurer of this organization must maintain a minimum overall 2.0 grade point average, must be enrolled in at least 7 units, and must be in good standing with Humboldt State University during their term of office.
  • All officers and advisors of this organization are required to complete the online orientation which includes Alcohol Education Training.

ADVISORS

  • The organization must have a University advisor. This person must be an on-campus faculty or staff. Advisors must be .5 time base or above and employees of HSU. Auxiliary staff and student assistants are not eligible to serve as advisors.
  • The advisor shall be a non-voting member of the organization.

ENABLING CAUSE

  • This constitution shall become the official governing document of the “Sample Club” of Humboldt State University, upon ratification by two-thirds majority vote of the membership, approval and acceptance by the Clubs & Activities Coordinator and Clubs Coordinating Council o f Humboldt State University.