Student Conduct Code

The Student Conduct Code (Title 5, Section 41301 of the California Code of Regulations) communicates the expectations of students as members of the campus community. The Student Conduct Code may be viewed at the Title 5, Section 41301 of the California Code of Regulations website.

Student Conduct Procedures

The student conduct process, role of advisors and attorneys, sanctions, conference and hearing resolutions, definitions, and proceedings may be located in the California State University Executive Order 1098 - Student Conduct Procedures.

Corps of Cadets Code of Conduct

The Corps of Cadets Code of Conduct fully incorporates the Student Code of Conduct for the California State University system (Class I violations), as well as additional violations that are unique to our educational mission as a maritime academy and campus residence halls. The Corps of Cadets Code of Conduct also proscribes a range of standard sanctions applicable to each violation.

Class I offenses are generally hear by Discipline Review Hearing Officers and are listed in the California Administrative Code, Title V, Section 41301.

  1. Dishonesty, including cheating, plagiarism, or other forms of academic dishonesty that are intended to gain unfair academic advantage. Cadets involved in an academic integrity case need to reference the Academic Integrity Policy found in Academic Senate Policy 547.
    1. Copying from or viewing another person’s work during an examination. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    2. Using any materials or resources not authorized by the instructor for use during an examination. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    3. Collaborating during an examination with any other person by giving or receiving information without specific permission of the instructor. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    4. Facilitating or aiding in any act of academic dishonesty. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    5. Collaborating on laboratory work, take-home examination, homework, or other assigned work when instructed to work independently. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    6. Submitting, without specific permission of the instructor, work that has been previously offered by the same student for credit in another course. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    7. Falsification of attendance and/or participation. (20 to 50 Demerits)
    8. Plagiarism (20 to 50 Demerits)
    9. Buying, selling or otherwise obtaining or providing information about an examination not yet administered. (50 to 70 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    10. Substituting for another person or permitting any other person to substitute for oneself to take an examination. (50 - 70 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    11. Submitting as one’s own any theme, report, term paper, essay, computer program, speech, painting, drawing sculpture, or any written or creative work or project of any nature prepared totally or in large part by another. (50 - 70 Demerits)
    12. Submitting altered or falsified data.  (50 - 70 Demerits)
    13. Altering grades or official records.  (Refer to Discipline Review Hearing for possible suspension/dismissal to expulsion.)
    14. Falsifying or signing another person’s name on any academically- related university form or document. (Refer to Discipline Review Hearing for possible suspension/dismissal to expulsion)
    15. Sabotaging another student’s work. (Refer to DRH for possible suspension/dismissal to expulsion)
  2. Furnishing false information to a University official, faculty member, or campus office. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  3. Forgery, alteration, or misuse of a University document, key, or identification instrument. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  4. Misrepresenting oneself to be an authorized agent of the University or one of its auxiliaries. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  5. Unauthorized recording, dissemination, or publication of academic presentations (Including handwritten notes) for a commercial purpose. (10-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  6. Unauthorized entry into a file, for any purpose. (10-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  7. Unauthorized entry into, presence in, use of, or misuse of University property.
  8. Use of Academy Facilities either without permission or in violation of Academy Policy (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  9. Willful, material and substantial disruption or obstruction of a University related activity, or any on-campus activity. (30-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  10. Participating in an activity that substantially and materially disrupts the normal operations of the University or infringes on the rights of members of the University community. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  11. Willful, material and substantial obstruction of the free flow of pedestrian or other traffic, on or leading to campus property or an off-campus University related activity. (30-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  12. Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene behavior at a University related activity, or directed toward a member of the University community. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  13. Conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person within or related to the University community, including physical abuse, threats, intimidation, harassment, hate speech, or sexual misconduct. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  14. Hazing or conspiracy to haze. Hazing is defined as any 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. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  15. Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs or drug-related paraphernalia, (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations) or the misuse of legal pharmaceutical drugs.
    1. Use of products that resemble or smell like marijuana, including but not limited to beedies, types of herbal cigarettes, hookahs and types of incense is prohibited. (50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    2. Violation of other university policies while under the influence of controlled substances is an additional violation. (50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    3. Inability to exercise care for one’s own safety and/or the safety of others while under the influence of controlled substances is a violation. (50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    4. Organizing or participating in activities where illicit drugs are present or being consumed is prohibited.
    5. Participants is defined as being present at the event regardless of consumption.  (50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    6. Failure of a random or mandated or mandated drug test. Failure to show for a drug test is a failure of the drug test. (Associated demerits and a minimum one year suspension)
    7. Any attempt to deceive a drug test (using a device, someone’s else ‘s urine, refusal to take a drug test) (Associated demerits and a minimum two year suspension)
  16. Theft of property or services from the University community, or misappropriation of University resources. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  17. Unauthorized destruction or damage to University property or other property in the University community. (20-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  18. Possession or misuse of firearms or guns, replicas, air guns, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, knives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals (without the prior authorization of the campus President) on campus or at a University related activity. (40-70 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  19. Failure to comply with directions, or interference with, any University official or any public safety officer while acting in the performance of his/her duties. (30-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal) May be referred to DRH or Captain’s Mast
  20. Any act chargeable as a violation of a federal, state, or local law that poses a substantial threat to the safety or well-being of members of the University community, to property within the University community or poses a significant threat of disruption or interference with University operations. (30-80 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  21. Misuse of computer facilities or resources (10-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    1. Unauthorized entry into a file for any purpose.
    2. Unauthorized transfer of a file.
    3. Use of another’s identification or password.
    4. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with the work of another member of the campus community.
    5. Use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages.
    6. Use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal University operations.
    7. Use of computing facilities or resources in violation of copyright laws.
    8. Violation of the campus computer use policy
  22. Violation of any published University policy, rule regulation pr presidential order. (10-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
  23. Violation of Student Conduct Procedures (10-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal) including:
    1. Falsification, distortion, or misrepresentation of information related to a student discipline matter.
    2. Disruption or interference with the orderly progress of a student discipline proceeding.
    3. Initiation of a student discipline proceeding in bad faith.
    4. Attempting to discourage another from participating in a student discipline matter.
    5. Attempting to influence the impartiality of any participasnt in a student discipline matter.
    6. Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of any participant in a student discipline matter.
    7. Failure to comply with the sanction(s) imposed under a student discipline proceeding.
  24. Encouraging, permitting, or assisting another to do any act that could subject him or her to discipline. (10-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)

Class II offenses are generally heard by the Conduct Review Board. General demerit guidelines are listed after each infraction.  Upper class cadets and repeat offenders may receive higher demerit awards. Generally higher standards of behavior are held aboard the annual training cruise.  This may result in more severe sanctions.

  1. Alcohol

    NOTE: The 1998 Higher Education Amendments added a new exception to FERPA and California Information Practices Act, allowing higher education institutions to disclose to the parents of a student under the age of 21 regarding a violation by their child of laws or University policy relating to alcohol or drug use or possession/

    Use, possession, manufacture, or distribution of alcoholic beverages (except as expressly permitted by law and University regulations), or public intoxication while on campus or at a University related activity. Violations of the California Maritime Policy on the Use of Alcoholic Beverages may be charged as a violation of the Alcohol Policy while in a Non-duty or non-work status or a duty or work status.
  1. Violation of the Alcohol Policy while in a duty or work status (50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)

Violation of the Alcohol Policy while in a non-duty or non-work status.

The Conduct Review Board may hear a first offense. All others or warranted offenses will be heard by the DRH or Captains Mast.

  1. First Offense – 30-50 Demerits & Completion of On-Line Alcohol Course
  2. Second Offense – 40-70 Demerits to Suspension & Counseling (Will be referred to DRH)
  3. Third Offense or More – 1 year suspension/dismissal & Counseling. (Will be referred to DRH)
  1. Violations of Cal Maritime Policy on Use of Alcoholic Beverages unrelated to watch or the Annual Training Cruises may be charged as a Violation of the Alcohol Policy while in a non-duty or work status. The Conduct Review Board may hear a first offense. All others, or warranted first time violations, may be heard by the DRH or Captain’s Mast. (30 to 50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)


Violations of the Alcohol Policy include

  1. The sale, purchase, possession and transportation, storage and consumption of alcoholic beverages in residence halls are prohibited. (30–50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  2. The possession of alcohol beverage containers including empty bottles or cans is prohibited. (30-50 Demerits)
  3. Possession, usage, sale, distribution, brewing or being in the presence of alcohol anywhere within or on grounds immediately adjacent to the on-campus housing facilities is prohibited.  (30-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  4. Possessing or using a common source of alcohol (e.g. keg, party ball, trash can, etc.) or participating in an event where a common source is present is prohibited. (30-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  5. Paraphernalia - Possessing, collecting, or otherwise displaying any containers, marketing materials, advertisements, or items bearing the name, logo or likeness to any alcoholic beverage is prohibited. (30-50 demerits).
  6. Violation of other university policies while under the influence of alcohol is a violation. (30-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  7. Inability to exercise care for one’s own safety and/or the safety of others (Including drawing attention to oneself) due to intoxication is a violation.  If a student is transported to the hospital they have lost the ability to exercise care for one’s own safety (50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  8. Organizing or participating in activities where alcohol is present or being consumed is prohibited. Participation is defined as being present at the event regardless of consumption.  (30-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
  1. Amnesty

Students who call for help for a shipmate in need will not normally be documented for an alcohol violation as long as they are assisting with the care of a shipmate and are cooperative, forthcoming, and not impeding assistance in any way.

Any student who does not call for assistance when a shipmate in need of medical assistance due to being impaired from alcohol or any other drug will be subject to 50 demerits to suspension/dismissal.


NOTE: Identified items under this policy are subject to confiscation, disposal and/or destruction.








  1. Watch & Duty
    Duty Status is defined as, “Anytime a cadet is assigned to a watch station position/role, attendance in class, appearance at quarters, attendance at a mandatory meeting, Extra Duty (including on call watch) , or anytime conducting business anywhere on campus or on TSGB.”
    1. Absent from Watch: More than thirty minutes late to a four-hour watch constitutes an absence from watch. More than sixty minutes late to a 24-hour watch, including on-call pager watch, constitutes an absence from watch.
      1. Fourth class cadet, First Offense. (20 to 40 demerits) Subsequent offenses may be referred to DRH.
      2. Third class and second-class cadets, First Offense. (30 to 50 demerits) Subsequent offenses may be referred to DRH or Captain’s Mast.
      3. First class cadet. (60 to 80 demerits to suspension/dismissal) An offense will be referred to DRH or Captain’s Mast.
    2. Failure to sign the On-Call Log (20-40 Demerits)
    3. Late to watch, up to thirty minutes. (20 demerits) Second- and first-class cadets may be referred to DRH or Captain’s Mast for watch violations.
    4. Unauthorized absence from the Academy or Training Ship while assigned to a 24-hour watch or when assigned to a Duty Section, but not actually on watch. (50 - 80 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    5. Improper Watch-standing: Failure to perform watch duties, negligence, or sleeping on watch. (25 to 80 demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    6. Improper use of logbooks or other official documents of the ship or campus, forging such documents or signing a document as another person. (50 demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    7. Failure to appear for assigned duties other than Watch bill assigned duties (i.e., Extra Duty, Support for Campus Events, etc.). (20 to 40 demerits)
    8. Late to assigned duties or day work. (10 demerits)
    9. Failure to complete extra duty. A hold is placed on University records until extra duty is complete.

  2. Conduct
    1. Conduct unbecoming a cadet in training, failure to conduct oneself as a responsible cadet, on or off the academy. (15 to 50 demerits) May be referred to DRH or Captain’s Mast.
    2. Inappropriate conduct while at quarters (excessive talking, vocal outbursts, non-compliance with quarters procedures or use of unauthorized personal electronic devices while participating in quarters. (10-30 Demerits)
    3. Failure to carry out orders issued by a Corps officer, Residence Hall Officer or cadet acting in a supervisory capacity. (20 to 30 demerits)
    4. Prank - Participation in pranks or practical jokes that may involve risks of injury to persons or damage to property. (20 to 50 demerits)
    5. Personal servitude, forcing others to perform unauthorized menial tasks or issuing unofficial punishments. (20 to 50 demerits)
    6. Excessive use of vulgar or profane language. (20 to 25 demerits)
    7. Food Service Violation of Food Service Regulations. (20 to 50 demerits)
    8. Disrespect towards an officer, faculty/staff member, administrator, or cadet involving a display of discourtesy, rudeness, or contempt of authority either in language or deportment. (20 to 50 demerits)
    9. The use of social media to purposely demean, humiliate, bully, or disrespect any Cadet, Faculty, or Staff. (20-50 Demerits)

  3. Health and Safety
    1. Operating any motor vehicle, forklift, or waterfront equipment/vessel on Cal Maritime grounds in an unsafe manner. (e.g., exceeding the speed limit, running stop signs, etc.) (30 to 50 Demerits)
    2. Violation of safe practices and shipboard policies involving highly probable personal injury, loss, or damage to property. (30 to 50 Demerits)
    3. Improper use of safety gear, improper wearing of lifejackets or failure to use such equipment (Harnesses, hearing protection, eye protection, etc.) (10 to 50 Demerits)
    4. Riding of bicycles, hoverboards, skateboards, rollerblades, unicycle, or anything else with wheels across the quad area is strictly forbidden. (20-40 Demerits)
    5. Improper disposal of refuse, cigarette butts, or food on Academy property. (10 to 20 Demerits)

  4. Parking
    1. Parking in a non-designated.  (10-50 Demerits).
    2. Parking on Pier (40 Demerits)
    3. Misuse of Permit, allowing someone else to use your permit, duplication, etc.  (40-80 Demerits, suspension to dismissal; refer to DRH) 

  5. No Smoking / Tobacco (except as expressly permitted by University regulations). Violations of the No Tobacco Policy also includes any student in the presence of someone smoking while on campus, or participating in a campus
    1. Violation of the Tobacco Free Policy while in a duty or work status (40 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    2. Violation of the Tobacco Free Policy while in a non-duty or non-work status.
      1. First Offense – 5 Demerits
      2. Second Offense – 10-20 Demerits
      3. Third Offense – 20–30 Demerits
      4. Fourth Offense – 30–40 Demerits
      5. Firth or more – DRH for possible suspension

Class III offenses are normally minor violations of regulations and conduct. A cadet who is documented for a class II violation will receive notice from the Student Administrator that they have been documented and will receive the number of demerits assigned to that violation listed in the student handbook. If the cadet feels that the documentation of a class II regulation is in error, the cadet will have five working days from the notice being sent to appeal the decision to a Conduct Review Board. Upon receiving the appeal, the Student Conduct administrator will send notice to the cadet of the date and time of the next Conduct Review Board. 

  1. Uniforms and Grooming
    1. Failure to pass uniform and/or grooming inspection. (10 demerits)
    2. Failure to conform to grooming standards. (10 demerits)
    3. Failure to conform to Academy uniform standards. (10 demerits)
    4. Wearing the incorrect uniform or improper wearing of the uniform. (10 Demerits)
    5. Failure to correct noted discrepancies when wearing the uniform or failure to correct grooming violations. (20 Demerits)
    6. Failure to appear as directed for re-inspection of uniform or grooming violations. (20 demerits)
    7. Failure to be in compliance with authorized Spirit Day clothing guidance. (10 Demerits)
    8. Wearing of any pin, magnetic or clip-on device on a uniform, cover, coveralls, jacket, etc., which is not authorized by the Commandant of Cadets or included as part of the official uniform issue at orientation. (10 demerits)
    9. Wearing of civilian attire when not authorized (Mess Deck, on Campus/TSGB, on/off Campus sponsored events. (10 demerits)
    10. Wearing of any listening device such as head-phones/earphones/earbuds, etc. while indoors or in class or any campus sponsored event) First Year Experience, ELDP evet, etc.). (10 demerits)

  2. Formation and Meetings
    1. Unauthorized absence from Formation. (10 Demerits)
    2. Unauthorized absence from Formation w/Inspection (20 Demerits) 
    3. Unauthorized absence from re-inspection after a failed inspection (10 Demerits)
    4. Unauthorized absence from mandatory meetings. (10 demerits)
    5. Late to Formation or mandatory meetings. (5 Demerits)
    6. Eating or drinking while at Formation. (10 Demerits)

  3. Administrative Violations

    1. Failure to get the word, to include failure to read and comply with guidance provided via email, text, official Portal and / or written announcements, or failure to comply with watch bills, standing orders, Campus Bulleting, or other official campus notices (Commandant of Cadets or Corps Commander Memorandum) guidance (amplifying guidance to Student handbook), or publications. (10-30 Demerits)
    2. Failure to complete and/or hand in forms, muster sheets, watch bills, assignment reports or other required documents per established guidance. (10-30 demerits)
    3. Failure to properly complete divisional, company training assignments, or FYE assignments as directed or in prescribed timeframe. (10-30 Demerits)

  4. Miscellaneous
    1. Failure to respond to official correspondence. (5-15 Demerits)
    2. Room cleanliness. All rooms will be maintained to standards set for individual rooming assignments (i.e. residence hall standards are different from ship standards).  (10 Demerits)
    3. Not Carrying Chit – All students are required to carry an issued Chit at all times. (10 Demerits).

Class IV violations constitute behavior and conduct that are prohibited aboard Training Ship Golden Bear or participating in International Experience. Sanctions may be a warning, loss of liberty, demerits, extra-duty, community service, or removal from the Training Ship. 

If charged with an infraction while participating in Training Cruise or International Experience, the Captain, Commandant, or Trip Lead will hold a board as outlined in this handbook and determine if the student is eligible to remain on the experience.  If the sanction is serious enough to warrant a DRH for suspension/dismissal the Captain, Commandant, or Trip Lead will determine the student’s eligibility to finish the experience, but the DRH will not occur until the student returns from the experience.  The hearing must take place, if possible, as outlined in the student handbook proceeding, before the student is eligible to return to campus.

All Class I, II and III Violations also apply while on cruise or international experience.

  1. Unauthorized Absence from Duty and/or Liberty
    1. Unauthorized Absence at expiration of Liberty: Cadet will take a mandatory Breathalyzer test upon return. (Captain’s Mast or Conduct Review Board: Loss of Liberty, 10 to 75 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    2. Unauthorized Absence from Duty:  Cadet will take a Breathalyzer test upon return to TSGB. (Captain’s Mas or Conduct Review Board: Loss of Liberty, 10 – 75 Demerits to suspension/dismissal, loss of liberty)

  2. Health and Safety
    1. Failure to comply with emergency signals. (15 to 50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    2. Failure to maintain room or berthing area to Academy standards or failure to comply with berthing area policy. (10 to 25 Demerits)
    3. Violations of the Training Ship’s trash disposal plan. (TSGB only) (10 to 50 Demerits)
    4. Violation of shipboard, commercial cruise or International Experience practices. (10 to 50 Demerits)
    5. Violation of the Training Ship’s or International Experience policy on visitation in rooms and berthing areas. (20 to 50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    6. Failure to report to sick bay. (TSGB only) (30 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    7. Removing food, dishes, utensils, cups, etc. from the Mess Deck (TSGB only). (10 to 25 Demerits)
    8. Violation of 24-hour courtesy quiet hours or Quiet Hours. (10 to 25 Demerits)
    9. Failure to pass re-inspection of any assigned spaces, berthing, head, passageways, stair tower or common areas. (10-20 Demerits)

  3. Uniforms and Classes
    1. Uniform or grooming violations ashore during the cruise or on International Experience. (10 to 50 Demerits)
    2. Unauthorized use of civilian clothing. (10 to 50 Demerits)
    3. Wearing of Tennis Shoes or Shorts before being authorized by the COTS. (TSGB only) (10 to 25 Demerits)
    4. Absent from class. (10 to 40 Demerits)
    5. Late to class. (5 to 20 Demerits)

  4. Formation Violations
    1. Leaning or sitting on railing (TSGB only) (5 to 20 Demerits)
    2. Bring food to or eating while at quarters (TSGB only) (5 to 20 Demerits)
    3. Failure to stand at attention or at ease in the proper manner. (TSGB only) (5 to 20 Demerits)

  5. Commercial Cruise
    1. Committing any offense that gets a cadet dismissed from commercial cruise. (30-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    2. Intentionally leaving a commercial cruise billet without permission. 20-50 Demerits)

Class V violations are violations that occur in the Residence Halls that are University Residence Hall License Agreement Violations.

  1. Commercial Use - Cadets may not use their rooms for commercial purposes. Engaging in door-to-door distribution, advertising, sales, promotion, commercial transactions and/or solicitation of any nature within residence halls, rooms, ledges, buildings and/or on grounds immediately adjacent to the on-campus housing facilities without the express authorization of the AVP of cadet Affairs is prohibited. (20-50 Demerits)

  2. Entering and Exiting Residence Halls - At no time is a residence hall to be entered or exited except through a legal doorway. At no time shall an individual compromise the security of others by attempting to force open or prop open an exterior residence hall door once it has been locked. Cadets may be documented for propping open exterior doors and threatening the safety and security of the building and their shipmates. Residence halls must not be entered at any time when Cal Maritime is not in session or when a residence is closed unless entry is authorized by the Office of Housing & Residential Life. (20 Demerits)

  3. Identification Card (Port Pass) - In the residence halls, cadets are required to have ready access to their ID and to identify themselves upon request by an Academy official. Residents and their guests are required to carry and provide appropriate photo identification (e.g. driver’s license, school ID) upon request by a university staff member performing his/her duty. Failure to present ID; presenting fabricated, falsified, or misrepresentative ID; permitting others to use IDs for the purpose of improperly gaining access to residence hall, rooms, use of equipment or any other service or facility is prohibited. (20 Demerits)

  4. Security, Keys & Locks
    1. Keys are for use by residents only; lending a key to a non-resident is not allowed. Residents must always carry their room key with them. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    2. Each Licensee is issued a key and/or keycard to his/her unit and mailbox. All keys and key cards remain the property of the Office of Housing & Residential Life. Each Licensee is responsible for his/her keys. Should a key be lost/missing/stolen, Licensee is required to report lost/missing/stolen key to the Office of Housing & Residential Life within 24 hours of it being lost/missing. A non-refundable charge will be assessed for any replacement key(s) issued to the Licensee during occupancy and/or any key(s) lost or not returned upon Licensee’s checkout. Lock core changes are $80 or more depending on how many keys must be cored. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    3. Under no circumstances should a Licensee duplicate, sell, transfer, or lend his/her key to another individual. Permitting others to use a room key for purpose of improperly gaining access to a residence hall, room or any other building or facility is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    4. The installation of any door or area locks other than those provided by the university is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    5. Bypassing or tampering with the locking mechanism for any door is prohibited.
    6. Lost Key: In the event a room key is lost, an $80.00 or more charge is levied to cover the cost of a lock change. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    7. Maritime North residents will receive a gate code for the drive-in gate by move in day and is subject to change throughout the semester. Maritime North residents are not to give out the gate code to anyone not associated with Maritime North, including but not limited to family members, significant others, food delivery drivers, etc. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    8. A resident MUST NOT prop any door at any time due to fire, theft, and other safety concerns. Propped doors allow uninvited people to enter UHS facilities and breach the safety of each resident’s person and property. (10-20 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    9. Residents are responsible for the securing and safety of their own items. For this reason, residents are expected to lock their doors and secure any items within a room to best protect their possessions.
      1. The loss of theft of property is at the personal cost of any cadet.
      2. In the event a resident has their items taken/go missing, Residence Life staff can assist in contacting University Police and reporting processes.

  5. Quiet Hours & Courtesy Quiet Hours - 24-hour quiet hours will be in effect at all times in the 24-hour quiet living areas. All cadets must abide by quiet hours. Quiet Hours are from 2200 - 0800 Sunday through Thursday and 2400 – 0800 on Friday and Saturday in all residence halls; sound from a room should not be audible outside of the unit door, above, below or in adjacent rooms. 24-hour quiet hours are in effect during finals week. 24 quiet hours will begin at 0800 on the last day of classes and last until the close of the semester. (20 Demerits)
    1. All cadets must abide by Courtesy Hours. Courtesy Hours are in effect 24 hours per day. They refer to one’s ability to occupy one’s unit for the purpose of studying, sleeping or engaging in activities in an atmosphere where peace and quiet takes precedence over other activities. Engaging in unreasonably loud activities, which are defined as:
      1. A level of noise which may be deemed an undue disturbance by another member of the community, or
      2. Creating noise, including but not limited to, voice, musical instruments (guitar, amps, drums, etc.), and stereos – which is audible outside of one’s room during quiet hours, either inside or outside the residence halls-- are prohibited.
    2. Interpretation of the Quiet Hours and Courtesy Quiet Hours policy shall be made by the staff using this criterion: Cadets should be able to sleep and study in their rooms undisturbed by the noise of others. Consistent with this concept, Courtesy Quiet Hours are always in effect. When Quiet Hours are in effect, noise originating in cadet rooms shall not penetrate beyond the confines of a room. When noise originates outside of a cadet room (hallways, lounges, lobbies, etc.), the noise shall not penetrate into cadet rooms, study areas or other common areas. When Courtesy Quiet Hours are in effect, noise – whether originating inside or outside of a cadet room - shall not be heard more than two doors away. At no time shall noise from a cadet room be heard outside of the building.

  6. Visitation - Cal Maritime cadets may have personal guests in their rooms within the following guidelines:
    1. Guests are defined as a resident or non-resident who is not assigned to that room. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    2. Prior to inviting an overnight guest, residents should discuss the situation with their roommate and obtain their approval. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    3. It is the responsibility of the cadet's guest to obtain a day use parking permit.
    4. No overnight guests are permitted during finals week. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    5. Residents are responsible for the conduct of guests and visitors. Residents are subject to disciplinary action for the misconduct of their guests and are liable for any damages caused by them. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    6. Persons who are guests of residents for more than two days (three-day holiday weekends accepted) without permission granted by Housing & Residential Life are considered non-approved guests. The resident will be charged a fee for each night their guest stays in the community and may be subject to disciplinary action. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    7. Guests may stay, with prior approval, no more than two nights in any two-week period. Exceptions may be requested from the Office of Housing & Residential Life. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    8. Guests may only use appropriately gender-designated restrooms. You are subject to documentation if your guest uses an incorrect restroom. If the guest needs access to the restroom, please contact Housing & Residential Life Staff during business hours or the RHO Duty Phone after hours and on the weekends.
    9. Loss of Visitation/Guest Privileges: The Visitation policy may be adjusted/temporarily/long term revoked for some of the following reasons: (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal)
      1. Campus Emergency/Lockdown/Health Risk and/or similar large-scale crisis
      2. An individual, room, floor, or residence hall could lose Visitation privileges due to progressive discipline from ongoing behaviors.

  7. Conflict and Mediations - All cadets are expected to respond actively and appropriately to resolving conflict between themself and others. This applies whether the conflict/disagreement/argument or similar situation is between roommates, neighbors (next door/above or below), other residents/cadets, or Cal Maritime staff.
    1. Active response is taking steps to immediately resolve the issue, which is to attempt to address the concern with the person(s) which the immediate conflict pertains to.
    2. Appropriate response is do so with respect and limiting the use of tone/language which further escalates the situation.
    3. Mediations: If a resident does not believe they are able to directly resolve the situation themselves, the next active/appropriate step would be to bring the conflict their assigned RHO. RHOs will assist in conducting a mediation or referring the situation to the appropriate professional staff.
      1. If a resident is called to participate in a mediation, it is MANDATORY, and cannot be “opted-out of”.
      2. Depending on the situation, mediations can result in formal document or “agreement” for how behavior and future conflicts should be navigated.
    4. Failure to active/appropriately respond to conflict, and/or violating any agreement set following a mediation may result in further disciplinary actions. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    5. Fights and Escalation: Intentional escalation of conflict using harsh language, screaming/yelling, active spreading of rumors/falsehoods, or similar behavior may result in further disciplinary actions. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
      1. Physical Altercations: Any physical violence is completely unacceptable and may result in the immediate revocation of housing licensee, loss of housing, and consideration of removal from Cal Maritime. (determination of scale of outcome to be determined through the Cal Maritime Conduct Process).

  8. Appliances in Residence Hall Rooms - Items that are not allowed in cadets’ rooms include, but are not limited to, hoverboards, air conditioners, space heaters, hot plates, immersion heaters, personal use cooking grills, popcorn poppers, hot pots and open-coil toasters. In general, any appliance that has an exposed heating surface or draws a large amount of energy is not permitted. Use of all other appliances; curling irons, coffee pots, etc. must be in a safe manner so as not to cause a health or fire hazard. (20-50 Demerits)
    1. Example of approved appliance: Electric tea pot with self-shutoff and no exposed heating surface. Reach out to Housing staff for approval if unsure if the appliance is allowed before purchasing or bringing on-campus.

  9. Barbecue Grills - Barbecue, hibachi, or other types of cooking devices are not allowed in or around the residence halls. Cadets can only use barbeques provided and maintained by the campus, in accordance with rules policies and procedures. (30-50 Demerits to suspension/dismissal)

  10. Decorations - Adhesives of any kind are NOT permitted on the interior or exterior residence hall doors, to include stickers, double-sided or foam tape, etc. The only permitted adhesives are those on the door decorations created by Residence Life paraprofessional staff hung with blue painter's tape. (20 Demerits)

  11. Room Alterations - Cadets are not permitted to attach any object to their rooms or the halls by screw, nail or glue or alter the premises in any manner whatsoever without prior consent of the Office of Housing & Residential Life. Blue masking tape is permitted to hang posters. Exterior wires, signs or aerials are not allowed. Cadets who stack furniture do so at their own risk and cadets will be charged for damage and replacement of damaged furniture. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal). Alterations, changes, modifications, remodeling and/or renovating, including but not limited to, painting of the unit, tampering with the electrical or mechanical fixtures in the unit or public areas or installing a door or area lock without consent of the Office of Housing & Residential Life is prohibited. All fixtures that are installed become part of the premises and are therefore property of the Office of Housing & Residential Life. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    1. Tampering with or removal of blinds, windows, or window screens from any part of any building is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    2. Licensees shall not install or place any equipment or construction of any type on the grounds or in the buildings. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).

  12. False Alarms, Bomb Threats, Misuse of Fire Equipment and Fire Alarms - Persons who knowingly give or turn in a false alarm of fire by activating the fire alarm system or give any other common or recognized alarm of fire or bomb threat are guilty of endangering the lives of other people and may cause damage to the persons and/or equipment responding to such false alarms. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    1. Tampering with building smoke or fire detectors located in cadet rooms, in hallways, or other common areas, and misuse of fire extinguishers or any other fire safety equipment is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    2. Failure to evacuate: any person who fails to immediately evacuate a building during an alarm is subject to disciplinary action. (20-50 to suspension/dismissal).
    3. The use of objects with open flames to include candles, oil lamps or the burning of incense is prohibited in residence halls. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    4. Persons who turn in bomb threats via phone, messenger or in writing or give any other common or recognized signal for bomb threat may be found guilty of endangering the lives of other people. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).

  13. Fire Safety & Hazards –All persons must follow Fire Safety & Hazards guidelines:
    1. Evacuation – All persons are required to evacuate the building immediately upon the sound of an alarm. Interfering with emergency services, procedures or failing to conform to established safety regulations and/or instruction given by emergency response staff is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
      1. California Education Code, Sections 32001-32004. This section mandates each school site with 2 or more classrooms and 50 or more students to have a fire alarm system. The Code requires monthly fire drills for elementary and intermediate-level students, and twice-yearly fire drills for secondary students.
    2. Fire Reporting & Equipment – Falsely reporting a fire, tampering with or misuse of any fire or reporting equipment (e.g. fire alarms, smoke detectors, fire sprinkler, fire extinguishers, “EXIT” signs, etc.) is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    3. Egress – Disabling, opening, damaging, or propping exits used exclusively as fire exits is prohibited (unless being used properly as an exit during an emergency). All hallways, exits, stairwells, doorway or area that may be deemed an “egress” (i.e. window) need to be free from garbage, bicycles, clutter, furniture or other items that may or have a potential to limit entry/exit (including tripping hazard). All doors and windows must have the ability to be fully opened. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    4. Combustibles – Possessing or storing gasoline, fireworks, combustible chemicals and/or fuel-driven engines/appliances (e.g. motorcycles, mopeds, gas/propane grills, etc.) within residential housing apartments, rooms, ledges, buildings and/or on grounds immediately adjacent to the on-campus housing facilities is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    5. Open Flames (Candles) -- Candles, incense and/or any type of open flame within residential, rooms, ledges, buildings and/or on grounds immediately adjacent to the on-campus housing is prohibited. Candles for any purpose (this includes but is not limited to decoration, religious rituals, etc.) are prohibited. If found, such items will be confiscated. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    6. Heat Sources -- Open-coiled electric or heating appliances, including but not limited to space heaters and sun lamps within residential housing apartments, rooms, ledges or buildings are prohibited. Curling irons, glue guns, irons or any other “heat source” equipment must be attended to at all times. Leaving such equipment “on” unattended is a violation of this policy. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    7. Lamps & Lights – Halogen lamps and neon lights are prohibited. Open top lamps, regardless of lamp/bulb type, must have a metal screen fully covering light/heat source. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    8. Plugs & Extension Cords – Extension cords, multi-plugs and plug-in air fresheners are not permitted under state fire marshal regulations. Power strips / surge protectors with UL rating are permitted. “Piggy-backing” power strip is not permitted. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    9. Cooking Equipment – Cooking in residential hall rooms or ledges is prohibited. Cooking and/or cooking equipment such as toasters, grills, etc. are permitted ONLY in cadet lounges in the New and Upper Residence Halls. Barbecuing on ledges is prohibited. Barbecues/hibachis are not allowed to be stored in or around cadet rooms. Residents interested in barbecuing should use the Robert Hammaker Memorial BBQ area located on the waterfront.  (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    10. Decorations – All decorations must be non-combustible (e.g. made from fire-proof material) and be UL list-approved for the intended use. Hanging flammable materials on ceilings or exterior doors such as posters, flags or nets is prohibited. Door decorations should not cover more than 20% of the surface and be limited to nametags and memo boards.  Fresh cut trees (i.e. Christmas trees), wreaths, kissing balls, etc are prohibited.  (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal)
    11. Violation of this policy is subject to criminal charges, fines and/or contract cancellation on first time offense. Identified items under this policy are subject to confiscation, disposal and/or destruction.  (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).

  14. Weapons / Explosives - Possession of weapons and explosives, including, but not limited to fireworks, firearms, live ammunition, BB guns, paintball guns, air pellet guns, tasers, toxic substances, highly flammable substances, and any knives*(knives must meet the guidelines in the Cadet Handbook) is prohibited from use or storage in the residence halls. (Possession of these items may result in revocation of the Housing License Agreement as well as significant impact on cadet status/demerits depending on severity of the violation)
    1. California Penal Code § 626.9, known as the “Gun-Free School Zone Act,” imposes criminal penalties on individuals who bring firearms (whether loaded or not) on school grounds, including higher education institutions. Section 626.9(i) provides that:
      1. “..any person who brings or possesses a firearm upon the grounds of a campus of, or buildings owned or operated for student housing, teaching, research, or administration by, a public or private university or college, that are contiguous or are clearly marked university property, unless it is with the written permission of the university or college president…shall be punished by imprisonment…for one, two, or three years.” (Cal. Penal Code § 626.9(i).)
    2. Effective January 1, 2016, Governor Brown signed SB 707, which amended section 626.9 which revokes the ability for any person holding a license to carry a concealed firearm from being able to possess a firearm on the campus of a university or college. Complete details regarding California Penal Code § 626.9 can be found at

  15. Smoking and Drugs - Smoking is defined as inhaling, exhaling, burning or carrying a lighted cigarette (joint), cigar (blunt), pipe, hookah, vape pen, electronic cigarette (e-cigarette). This applies across both the use tobacco, cannabis, or any other inhalant.
    1. All Cal Maritime Drug policies apply to the residence halls and should be adhered to.
    2. Any cadet/guest(s) who consumes drugs off-campus, then has behavior/actions which takes place within the residence halls which are influenced by being inebriated will be considered a violation of the Alcohol policy.

  16. Alcohol – Alcohol and alcohol paraphernalia is not permitted in the residence halls. This includes: the presence of alcohol; consumption of alcohol; and the use of alcohol containers/cases/boxes/crates/kegs or other memorabilia to be used as decorations.
    1. This applies to all persons regardless of age or residence hall assignment.
    2. In the occasion campus hosts an event where alcohol is provided must remain at that location and cannot be brought back to the residence halls.
    3. Any cadet/guest(s) who consumes alcohol off-campus, then has behavior/actions which takes place within the residence halls which are influenced by being inebriated will be considered a violation of the Alcohol policy.

  17. Throwing Objects/Projectiles - Throwing any object or item from or to a building or down a hallway is prohibited. Throwing, dropping, or projecting objects from a window, roof, or balcony/ledge, including but not limited to bottles, cans, garbage or water is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).

  18. Gambling - Illegal gambling (i.e. activities played for money, checks, credit or other representative value) anywhere on State property is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).

  19. Pets - Pets of any kind, except fish in an aquarium up to a 10-gallon capacity, are not allowed to reside on campus with the exception of Emotional Support / Service Animals as approved through the Disability Services Office and the Office of Housing &Residential life. Professional Housing & Residential Life Staff (full-time live-in staff) may have approved animals. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    1. Emotional Support Animals or Service Animals are not considered “pets” and are exempt from this policy if approved by Cal Maritime’s Office of Accessibility and Disability Services. ESAs or SAs must be approved PRIOR to bringing the animal to campus.

  20. Community Spaces - Community spaces are intended for use by all cadets. These spaces are both functional and recreational, such as: community bathrooms; common spaces/loungers; study rooms; game rooms; laundry facilities; hallways; stairwells; and housing specific outdoor spaces.
    1. Community Spaces are shared spaces, and every resident has a responsibility for maintaining it respectfully and accountable to behavior within the space.
    2. No person(s) can completely occupy any community space, thus limiting access or deterring access to the space by other cadets.
    3. Cleaning/Damages/Vandalism in Community Spaces: any excessive cleaning needed, damages or vandalism done in Community Spaces is responsible to the residents of the floor/and or building. If responsible person(s) is not identified, restitution of the damages will be held to all residents of the floor/and or building. (fine/charges relative to cause).

  21. Furniture - All furniture and equipment in common areas must remain in its designated common area. Persons found removing furniture or equipment will be subject to disciplinary action and/or applicable costs for repair and replacement. (20 Demerits)

  22. Bathrooms - Bathrooms are designated male or female depending on the suite or section of the floor. The use of opposite sex bathrooms is prohibited. Cadets found using opposite-sex bathrooms will be documented (20-50 Demerits).
    1. Cadets who identify as gender-fluid, transgender, or other; please meet with the Director of Housing and Residential Life for an accommodation.

  23. Horseplay - Playing any physical games in a common area (lounge, lobby, and hallway) is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of Frisbees, balls, water guns, darts, bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, inappropriate use of a laser pointer, and any other similar activity. (10-40 Demerits)
    1. Only exceptions to this would be pre-approved events by the Residence Life Staff/Cal Maritime which articulates a clear window of time for the event, and all person’s impacted notified in advance of the approved event.

  24. Passive Involvement - Residents are responsible for choices they make. In the presence of a policy violation, residents may attempt to stop the violation, contact residential staff and/or immediately remove themselves from the situation and the vicinity of the violation. If a resident chooses to remain at the scene of a policy violation, they will be included on the Incident Report and may also be held accountable for a policy violation.

  25. Exterior of Residence Halls
    1. Climbing, rappelling or any related activity is prohibited on residence halls. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    2. Absolutely neither persons nor property are allowed on the ledges outside cadet rooms. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    3. The use of the escape ladders in LRH is strictly prohibited. The intent of the ladders is for emergency use only. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    4. Using one’s ledge to store unsightly articles, miscellaneous items, garbage, or university owned/leased furniture is not permitted. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    5. Using one’s ledge as a means of entry/exit, sitting/perching on and/or jumping off is prohibited. Residents doing so assume damage charges to ledge area. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    6. Smoking, barbecuing or grilling on one’s ledge is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).
    7. Unauthorized presence on rooftops, overhang, ledge, or areas marked for restricted access for any reason, including sunbathing, stargazing, or walking is prohibited. (20-50 demerits to suspension/dismissal).

  26. Bicycles/Skateboards/Scooters - Riding bicycles, skateboards, hover boards, roller blades, scooters, skates, etc. within any housing facility, including hallways and lobbies is not permitted. (20 Demerits)
    1. Bicycle parking is limited to bike racks only. Parking a bicycle in any other area (i.e. building lobbies, stairwells, hallways, on handicap ramps, access ramps, etc.) is prohibited and will be removed an disposed of without compensation.
    2. Bicycles may not be stored in residence hall rooms due to the fire hazard. (20 Demerits)

  27. Public Health and Safety - Cal Maritime reserves the right to close the residential facilities if the State of California or the Chancellor of the California State University system determines that such a closure is required to protect the public health and/or safety of residents.

Discrimination, Harassment, Retaliation, Sexual Misconduct, Dating/Domestic Violence, and Stalking

Cases that may involve discrimination, harassment, retaliation, sexual misconduct, dating/domestic violence or stalking will first be reviewed and may be investigated by the Title IX and Inclusion office. After a case has been investigated and if the allegation has been substantiated under CSU Executive Order 1096 or 1097, the case is then sent to the Office of Community Standards for a decision on disciplinary sanctions only. CSU Executive Orders 1096, 1097 and 1098 provide details as to how Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation (DHR) and Title IX cases will be resolved at the University.