Academic Freedom Policy

Purpose of the Policy

Appendix P of the HSU Faculty Handbook includes notes on Academic Freedom jointly developed by the American Association of University Professors and the American Association of Colleges, but does not state that those notes constitute the University’s official policy of Academic Freedom. The WASC Senior College and University Commission Criteria for Review CFR1.3 states “The institution publicly states its commitment to academic freedom for faculty, staff, and students, and acts accordingly.

Policy on Certificates

Purpose of the Policy

A certificate program is a coherent grouping of courses from one or more disciplines that provides a set of learning experiences, often, but not always, related to a specific career area. Alternatively, a certificate program may provide a multidisciplinary focus on a specific topic or area. A certificate program differs substantially in focus from a degree program, although certain common courses may be applied to both degree and certificate courses of study.

Minimum Qualifications for Student Office Holders

Supersedes: EM:P13-01

Purpose of the Policy:

Given the representative, fiduciary, legal, and other long-range policy making responsibilities of student office holders, it is the policy of Humboldt State University (HSU) that student office holders have an obligation to demonstrate academic involvement, achievement, and progress. Authority is provided in the Chancellor's Office Academic Affairs Coded Memorandum AA-2012-05, Minimum Qualifications for Student Office Holders.

Policy on Second Majors

Students may declare and complete a second major only if they meet the following criteria:

1)     Must declare second major before earning 90 units.

2)   Demonstrate that they can graduate with both majors completed in fewer than 140 total units.

Students who choose to complete a second major and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and college dean. 

Policy on Changes in Majors

Students are not permitted to change majors after they have earned 90 units, unless the new major can be completed in less than 140 total units.  

Students who choose to change majors and cannot complete the required courses in less than 140 units may submit a request for an exception to the department chair and dean.   

PASSED – April 27, 2010 – Academic Senate
APPROVED – May 10, 2010 – President Richmond
EDITED – April 2, 2019 - Academic Senate
APPROVED – June 10, 2019 – President Rossbacher