San Diego State University


Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies and Prevention

SDSU Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies are found on the Alcohol and Other Drugs Initiatives Web site. This statement is presented to students to provide information about (1) health risks associated with alcohol and other drugs, (2) prevention and treatment programs available on campus, and (3) applicable State laws and campus policies. For more information, please contact SDSU's coordinator of Alcohol and Other Drug Initiatives at (619) 594-4133.

Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

The Campus Safety Act, also known as the Jeanne Clery Act, requires universities to report annual crime statistics, provide timely warnings of serious crimes when there may be a threat to others, and to keep a public log of campus incidents. In addition, the report contains information about the enforcement authority of campus security personnel and their relationship with state and local police, as well as the Fire Safety Report. The report also contains university policy information for reporting missing students from the residence halls. The crime statistics reports can be found on the University Police Department Web site.

You may print your own copy by accessing PDF files above. If you’d like a printed brochure for the current year, please contact Public Safety at (619) 594-1985 to request a copy from University Police Crime Prevention.

College Portrait

Found on the Analytic Studies and Institutional Research Web site, College Portrait includes data on student demographics, student-faculty ratio, admission and progress rates, types and amounts of financial aid received, and typical undergraduate costs.

Completion of Graduation and Retention Rates

Completion of graduation and freshmen retention rates reports may be found on the Analytic Studies and Institutional Research Web site. The reports include graduation rates for first-time freshmen and new upper division transfers who enter in the fall by ethnicity, as well as reports on freshmen retention. Contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain a printed copy (copies may be printed at the Office of the Registrar; staff are available to assist you if needed).

Copyright Infringement

No copyrighted material may be copied, reproduced, republished, uploaded, posted, transmitted, or distributed in any way, without explicit permission from the owner of the material, except as provided by the fair use provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Modification or use of these materials for any purpose that is a violation of copyright and other proprietary rights is prohibited on any Web site or on any network that uses campus resources to store or transmit such materials. SDSU’s policy may be found on the SDSU Network Access Acceptable Use Policy Web site.

Drug Law Violations and Consequences

A federal or state drug conviction for possession, sale, or conspiring to sell illegal drugs can affect your eligibility to receive federal student financial aid, including loans, grants, and work study.    If the offense occurs while you are receiving federal student financial aid, you will lose aid eligibility for a certain time period.  Each student is notified upon enrollment and may read more about the consequences of a drug law violation.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

SDSU publishes a comprehensive Web site that includes policies and procedures for campus emergency responses and evacuation procedures. See Emergency Preparedness

Employment Placement

SDSU Career Services publishes information annually about employment placement and salary averages of SDSU graduates. The information can be found on the Student Affairs Web site.

Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act

The Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) requires that any coeducational institution of higher education that has an intercollegiate athletic program and participates in federal student aid programs prepare an annual report on athletic participation rates, staffing, and revenues and expenses, by men's and women's teams.

EADA data for San Diego State University is available at—Under "Name of Institution" enter: San Diego State University. Fiscal year 2014-15 data will be available on the website by December 2015. To request a paper copy of the EADA report:

Chuck Lang
Associate Athletic Director/Business Administration
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182
(619) 594-6296

Athletic Notices
The following information is provided pursuant to CA Assembly Bill No. 2079.

Athletic Scholarships

  California Resident Living On Campus California Resident Living Off Campus Out-of-State Resident Living On Campus Out-of-State Resident Living Off Campus
Cost of Attendance $27,542 $23,480 $38,612 $34,640
Full Athletic Scholarship $27,260 $23,288 $38,420 $34,448
Average Monthly Full Scholarship (9 Months) $3,209 $2,588 $4,269 $3,828
COA Expenses Not Included in Full Athletic Scholarship $192 $192 $192 $192
Cost of Attendance (12 Units) $9,920 $8,864 $14,384 $13,328
Full Athletic Scholarship $9,622 $6,301 $14,086 $10,765
Average Monthly Full Scholarship (3 Months) $3,207 $2,100 $4,695 $3,588
COA Expenses Not Included in Full Athletic Scholarship $298 $2,563 $298 $2,563

(a) The SDSU Athletic Department has the discretion to offer athletic aid to its student-athletes that attend summer school. The amount of aid that is provided is subject to budgetary limitations, but per NCAA Bylaw, the amount of athletic aid provided to returning student-athletes for the summer cannot exceed the proportion of athletic aid received during the regular academic year.

(b) Pursuant to NCAA rules, a verbal commitment is not binding on either the student-athlete or the institution. The National Letter of Intent is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and an institution in which the institution agrees to provide a prospective student-athlete who is admitted to the institution and is eligible for financial aid under NCAA rules athletics aid for one academic year in exchange for the prospective student-athlete's agreement to attend the institution for one academic year. The National Letter of Intent must be accompanied by an institutional financial aid agreement. If the prospective student-athlete signs the National Letter of Intent but does not enroll at that institution for a full academic year, he or she may be subject to specific penalties, including loss of a season of eligibility and a mandatory residence requirement.

Scholarship Renewals
(a) Per NCAA Bylaw, an athletic scholarship may not be awarded for less than one academic year nor for a period that would exceed the student-athlete's five year period of eligibility.

(b) Per NCAA Bylaw, the SDSU Office of Financial Aid, upon the recommendation of the Athletic Department, issues a written notice of renewal or nonrenewal to returning student-athletes by July 1 following the period of the award. Each sport program's head coach has the discretion, subject to the approval of the Director of Athletics, to recommend whether a student-athlete's athletic aid is renewed for the following academic year. Per NCAA Bylaw, athletic aid may not be reduced or cancelled during the period of the award based on an athletics reason or due to injury, illness, or physical or mental medical condition. Following the period of the award, athletic aid may be non-renewed for any reason; however, when a returning student-athlete's athletic aid is not renewed or is renewed at a reduced amount or reduced duration for the following period, the SDSU Office of Financial Aid notifies the student-athlete in writing that he/she has an opportunity for an appeals hearing before the SDSU Athletic Scholarship Appeals Committee, which is comprised of faculty and non-athletics staff members. (See NCAA Bylaw

Medical Expenses
(a) Per NCAA Bylaw 16.4, an institution, conference, or the NCAA may provide medical and related expenses to a student-athlete.

(b) SDSU, like most NCAA Athletic Departments, provides an athletic insurance policy for its student-athletes (SDSU Athletic Accident Insurance Policy). The SDSU Athletic Accident Insurance Policy will only cover medical costs related to injuries that occur while participating in a supervised practice or competition for SDSU. This is not a comprehensive insurance policy. It is highly recommended that every student-athlete at SDSU have personal medical insurance to cover additional expenses.

(c) The SDSU Athletic Accident Insurance Policy is designed to act as a secondary insurance policy. If a student-athlete is covered by a personal, family, or private insurance policy, it will be used first. Medical expenses will not be paid under the secondary insurance policy carried by SDSU until any existing personal medical insurance policy is exhausted. If the student-athlete does not have any primary insurance, the Athletic Department will ask the outside medical provider to bill SDSU Athletics directly. Payments will be made according to the schedule of benefits of the SDSU Athletic Accident Insurance Policy. There should be no out-of-pocket expense for the student-athlete if the injury occurred during a supervised scheduled university athletic activity practice or competition at SDSU.

(d) The SDSU Athletic Accident Insurance Policy will cover expenses incurred during the two years (104 weeks) following the date of injury. The limit of insurance coverage is $75,000 per injury. Expenses beyond $75,000 will be submitted to the NCAA Catastrophic Insurance policy for review.

(e) A second medical opinion can be conducted at the student-athlete's personal expense. Any medical support completed outside of SDSU providers must be coordinated with the SDSU Athletic Department to enable a successful recovery.

Athletic Release Information
(a) Per NCAA Bylaw, if an institution denies a student-athlete's request to permit another institution to contact the student-athletes about transferring, the institution shall inform the student-athlete in writing that he or she, upon request, shall be provided a hearing conducted by an institutional entity or committee outside of the athletic department. Per Bylaw, in sports other than baseball, basketball, bowl subdivision football, and men's ice hockey, a student-athlete who transfers to another NCAA institution may be immediately eligible to compete if the previous institution certifies in writing that it has no objection to the student-athlete being granted an exception to the transfer-residence requirement. If an institution receives a written request for a release from a student-athlete, the institution shall grant or deny the request within seven business days.

(b) Student-athletes wishing to leave San Diego State University to transfer to another NCAA institution must secure written permission from the Compliance Department prior to contacting each school of interest. SDSU may also impose a restricted release that would prohibit student-athletes from making contact with specified schools. Each case is separate and determined at the discretion of the Head Coach, subject to the review and final approval of the Director of Athletics. In general, student-athletes may be restricted from obtaining a release to transfer to another conference school, a school where a former Aztec coach is currently employed, the University of San Diego, or any annually (or regularly) scheduled opponents.

If a student-athlete makes a written request to the coach or Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance for permission to contact another four-year institution, the Athletic Department shall notify the student-athlete within seven business days whether the request is approved or denied. If a release request is restricted or denied, the Director of Athletics (or designee) shall inform the student-athlete in writing that the student-athlete, upon request, shall be provided an appeal hearing opportunity. To make this request, the student-athlete shall contact the Faculty Athletics Representative, who will impanel a committee comprised of members of the university community, excluding athletic department staff members, to hear the case. Once the Faculty Athletics Representative receives the student-athlete's written request for an appeal hearing, the hearing shall be conducted (in person or by telephone, if necessary) and a decision by the committee shall be provided within 15 business days of the written request. The decision of the committee is final.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The summary of the FERPA includes the following information: informing students of their rights; procedures to inspect and review records; procedures to seek amendment of records; criteria for determining who constitutes a school official and what constitutes a legitimate educational interest; basic information about FERPA and the institutional policies and procedures with respect to directory information.

Student Rights and Responsibilities (including privacy of student records and records procedures)

US Department of Education FERPA site

Financial Assistance Information

In accordance with federal regulations, San Diego State University is required to notify you of basic information about student financial aid programs. Specifically, we must provide you with a direct individual notice containing instructions on how you can obtain information regarding various financial assistance topics and issues.

The required information can be accessed on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships website and through AidLink, a secure website with current information about your financial aid.

  1. Need and non-need based federal, state, local, school and other private financial aid programs available to students
  2. Financial aid available for students participating in study abroad programs
  3. How students apply for aid and how eligibility is determined
  4. How aid is awarded and disbursed and the frequency of disbursements
  5. The way the university provides for Pell-eligible students to obtain or purchase required books and supplies by the seventh day of a payment period and how the student may opt out
  6. The rights and responsibilities of students receiving aid and the criteria for continued student eligibility
  7. The terms and conditions of any employment (Work Study) that is part of a financial aid package
  8. The terms and conditions of education loans, including sample repayment schedules
  9. Loan counseling required before receiving a federal loan and when no longer enrolled at least half time
  10. The necessity of repaying loans and the terms and conditions under which students receiving federal education loans may obtain deferments
  11. The criteria for measuring satisfactory academic progress, and how a student who has failed to maintain satisfactory progress may reestablish eligibility for financial aid

You are entitled to receive a paper copy of the information on the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships Web site and upon request. You may print the information directly from the site or request a copy from:

Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7436
(619) 594-6323

General Institutional Information

General institutional information is found in the General Catalog and the SDSU Web site.

Information found in the General Catalog includes academic programs; instructional, laboratory, and other physical facilities that relate to the academic programs; faculty and other instructional personnel; associations, agencies and governmental bodies that accredit, approve, or license the university and its programs.

Contact Aztec Shops SDSU Bookstore to obtain a printed copy of the General Catalog:
SDSU Bookstore
(619) 594-7525

Information found on the SDSU Web site includes, but is not limited to, current degree programs; the cost of attendance; the refund policy for mandatory fees and nonresident tuition; the policy for returning funds to the federal accounts when a student who has received Title IV financial aid withdraws from the university; procedures to totally withdraw from the university; and services and facilities available to students with disabilities.

Copies of the above information may be printed at the Office of the Registrar. Staff are available to assist you if needed:
Office of the Registrar
Student Service West 1641
5500 Campanile Dr.
San Diego, CA 92182-7453
(619) 594-6871

Admissions representatives may be contacted at
Prospective Student Center
(619) 594-6336,

Graduate and Professional Education

SDSU offers a variety of graduate and professional educational options. Information on the specific programs and requirements can be found on the SDSU Graduate Admissions Web site.

Legal Duty to Report Child Abuse and Neglect

SDSU employees are considered 'mandated reporters' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083. For more information regarding the requirements of Executive Order 1083, please see:

Student Loan Programs Code of Conduct

SDSU abides by the California State University Student Lending Code of Conduct which describes prohibited practices related to loan programs.

Transfer of Credit Policies

Information about SDSU’s policies regarding transfer of credit earned at institutions of higher education can be found on the SDSU Office of Admissions Web site.

Vaccinations Policy

All students must meet specific immunization requirements. Students may bring or send medical documentation or laboratory evidence as proof of immunity to SDSU Student Health Services. If students do not provide proof of immunizations during their first semester at SDSU, they will not be allowed to register for classes the next semester. Students must show vaccinations for the following: measles and rubella (if student was born on or after January 1, 1957), and Hepatitis B (students age 18 or under). In addition, all entering freshmen, particularly those living in residence halls, are required to have received the meningococcal vaccination. Students may receive vaccines at Student Health Services.

Voter Registration

Voter information can be found at the Voter Registration website.

Updated: October 1, 2015