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University Policies

Intellectual Property

The University has an extensive intellectual property (patents and copyright) policy for faculty members located in Article 27 of the Agreement

Institutional Review Board

Research conducted by CSU faculty, staff or students involving human subjects must receive the University's Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval. The IRB, made up of University institutional reviewers, is responsible for ensuring compliance with all Federal regulations regarding the protection and ethical treatment of human subjects in research. Application for research project approval is submitted through the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research ( The first step is to submit an IRB Protocol Submission Form to the IRB/OSPR, following the necessary steps specific to your research proposal ( Investigators may find it helpful to consult with the IRB staff/chairperson prior to submission to avoid delays in the review process.

Addressing Student Problems

Office of Judicial Affairs

The University seeks to foster a campus community that provides students with the opportunity reach their educational goals and that protects the health, safety, property and human rights of faculty, staff, and students. The Office of Judicial Affairs serves the University by helping to maintain a safe and secure campus community through administration of the Student Conduct Code. To help carry out the mission of the University, the Judicial Affairs Officer promulgates and enforces the appropriate rules, regulations, and policies and takes action when violations of these rules, regulations, and policies occur. When violations of the Student Conduct Code occur, the accused student is offered a choice of hearing procedures. The student can request an Administrative Hearing that is conducted by the Student Conduct Officer who is appointed by the Provost. Or, the student can request a University Judicial Board Hearing that is conducted by a board made up of students elected by the student body and faculty appointed by the Faculty Senate. The University Judicial Board is comprised of seven (7) student members and two (2) faculty members.

The Office of Judicial Affairs assists students and the campus community by conducting investigations, holding hearings and protecting the rights of student's rights when they are charged with violations. The Office also assists the campus community by providing the following services: information about the Student Conduct Code and University policies; mediation/alternative dispute resolution; assistance and advice to students to seek redress of grievances; judicial counseling and advisement; campus referrals; and advocacy service to resolve academic and non-academic issues and concerns. The Office of Judicial Affairs maintains a non-threatening environment where confidentiality is honored. It helps to facilitate honest and truthful disclosure, which leads to a more efficient resolution of student issues.

Referring Students in Need of Assistance

If a faculty member has concerns about a student's conduct, or if a student needs additional information about campus rules and behavior expectations, contact Valerie Hinton Hannah, Student Judicial Affairs Officer via telephone at (216) 687-2048 or email at All information related to student conduct at the University can be found in the Code of Student Conduct at .


The University Ombudsperson has the official role of protecting the interests and rights of all members of the University community by being an impartial, trustworthy person to oversee conflict-resolution procedures and assure due process for all parties involved in a conflict. The ombudsperson strives to achieve informal resolutions of disputes; provides informal, confidential mediation; advises complainants of their rights; identifies the correct bodies to which petitions and requests should be addressed; helps complainants prepare supporting paperwork in clear and concise form; and offers an avenue through which persons with grievances can express their concerns and develop a constructive perspective on their situation.

A major goal of the ombudsperson is to serve as a reliable, comprehensive source of information about University rules and procedures at all levels in order to assure that all members of the institution have full knowledge of, and access to, all appropriate conflict-resolution processes. Achieving informal resolutions depends substantially on aiding disputants to appreciate the various factors that affect their situation and to understand the options available to them. The ombudsperson maintains strict confidentiality regarding all interactions related to the role. The parties involved in a dispute are assured that all disclosures to the ombudsperson are confidential and that they retain control over information shared with the ombudsperson as well as actions taken by the ombudsperson on their behalf. Neither party is obligated to accept either in full or in part the recommendations of the ombudsperson; the parties always retain the right to pursue other options. You can find contact information for the Ombudsperson at

Emergency Campus Closings

In case of inclement weather or emergency conditions in the downtown Cleveland area the central administration may make a determination to close the campus. In the case of a closing, day and evening classes are handled separately and provisions are made for students living on-campus. Announcements of campus closures are made via the campus Emergency Alert system and are posted on the main CSU web page ( Faculty members should register and keep current their emergency contact information by logging into CampusNet ( and linking to the CSU Alert "Update" section.

Program Review and Assessment

The Office of Student Learning Assessment coordinates all assessment efforts and initiatives across the University's campuses, with an expressed mission to identify and promote appropriate ways in which to engage the campus community in a transformative and highly participative assessment culture ( One important effort is the annual department and school program reviews. Each department and school has designed a program assessment plan, including regular data collection and analysis of identified student learning outcomes. These department and school reviews are submitted to the Office of Student Learning Assessment at the end of each academic year and the Assessment Council ( and other faculty experts review the results and provide constructive feedback.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (commonly called FERPA) is a federal law giving students, and in many circumstances parent(s) of students, certain privacy rights. The University notifies all students of their privacy rights under this law ( ) and further has developed policies to follow in upholding the law and these student rights. These policies include the following: access to student records; reviewing student records; hearing to challenge content of records; challenges to grades; who has access to student records; public release of student information; and maintenance of student records. It is important to review, understand, and follow these University policies (

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