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LEGAL OPINIONS ARCHIVE
1993 to 2003

Written opinions are issued by the Legal Affairs Division when the request for review is within the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor and is deemed to be of systemwide concern or continuing public interest, as opposed to individual complaints and concerns. In general, Legal Affairs only issues written legal opinions for the Board of Governors or in response to a written request (by letter or e-mail) from the state Chancellor's Office or local district officials (such as members of boards of trustees, chancellors, vice chancellors, superintendent/presidents, vice presidents, and district legal counsel).

Go to Opinions for:    2002     2001    1997-2000     1993-1996

2003 Opinions

L 03-28: Single Course Equivalencies:  PDF or Word

L 03-27: Los Medanos College Student Union fee:  PDF or Word

E 03-26: Fees for Adult Classes:  PDF or Word

E 03-25: Instructional Materials Fees in Fee-Based Classes:  PDF or Word

L 03-24: Student Withdrawal from Classes:  PDF or Word

L 03-22: Field Trip Expenses:  PDF or Word

L 03-15: Academic Renewal:  PDF or Word

M 03-09: New requirements regarding implementation of section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973:  PDF or Word

M 03-06: Community colleges residency classification eligibility for a student seeking a "graduate degree" under Education Code sections 68074 and 68075:  PDF or Word

O 03-03: Must the California high school exit examination be administered by community colleges that grant high school diplomas?  PDF or Word

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2002 Opinions

L 02-29: Student fees - Legality of a faculty member collecting royalties from mandatory instructional materials:  
PDF or Word

L 02-28: Verification of equivalency criteria for faculty hires:  PDF or Word

M 02-22: Closed captioning, video format:  PDF or Word

M 02-21: Use of hiring pools under section 53021:  PDF or Word

M 02-20: Minors, summer school credit courses:  PDF or Word

O 02-15: Legal basis for the fiscal policy of requiring districts to include enrollment fees charged and due from students as revenue:  PDF or Word

L 02-13: Student Fees - Chemistry department fees:  PDF or Word

L 02-03: Child Abuse Reporting:  PDF or Word 

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2001 Opinions

E 01-38: Do the nondiscrimination provisions of title 5, section 59300 et seq. provide appeal rights to the complainant but not the respondent?  PDF or Word

E 01-33: Courses, outside district:  PDF or Word

E 01-30: Student fees - student center fee election:  PDF or Word

L 01-20: Apportionment, noncredit courses, nonresidents:  PDF or Word

L 01-19: Must districts charge and report nonresident tuition for out of state/out of country students enrolled in for-credit contract education courses?  PDF or Word

L 01-13:  Registered Sex Offender Running for Student Government Positions:  PDF

E 01-09: Student Trustees, Eligibility Requirement:  PDF or Word 

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1997 - 2000 Opinions

E 00-22: Apprenticeship programs, fees, "clock hour' method for reporting attendance:  PDF or Word

O 00-14: Definition of "Salaries of Classroom Instructors" contained in Education Code section 84362, the "Fifty Percent Law."  PDF or Word

O 99-25: Apprenticeship programs, reporting, reimbursing:  PDF or Word

O 99-08: Minimum wage rates for Federal and CalWORKS study:  PDF or Word

L 99-02: Student fees - equipment rental fees, student ID card fees:  PDF or Word

M 98-17: Minors, admission:  PDF or Word

L 98-09: Student fees - Can a newly formed student association order an election to for the purpose of having the student body vote to establish a student representation fee?  PDF or Word

M 97-20: Shared Governance, legal advisory:  PDF or Word

L 97-17: Student center fees, authorization for use fees pursuant to Education Code section 81901:  PDF or Word

O 97-14: Claiming state apportionment for repeated courses:  PDF or Word

L 97-11: Student fees - May a district require students to purchase a student ID card which will be required for certain identification procedures and could also be used as a debit card for for purchase of instructional materials?  
PDF or Word 

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1993 - 1996 Opinions

L 96-03:  Prerequisites and enrollment limitations:  PDF

M 96-17: Analysis of CalSACC Report on Student Fees - instructional materials, mailing fees, telephone registration fees, entrance fees for field trips, student center fees, insurance fees, health services fees, parking fees:  
PDF or Word

L 95-31: May an instructor fail a student who is found guilty of plagiarism or cheating on a specific class assignment?  PDF or Word

L 95-33: Student fees, Internet access - May a district charge a student fee to cover the cost of Internet access for a course delivered via the Internet?  PDF or Word

O 95-24: Student fees - May the student representative fee be used to pay for certain ancillary expenses associated with representing student interests with governmental entities?  PDF or Word

L 95-23: Student fees - Legality of refundable deposit for mental health appointments:  PDF or Word

O 94-25: Does the Education Code permit districts to offer classes in noncredit and in community service classes in the same subject area? If so, may a fee be charged for the community service classes?  PDF or Word

O 93-12: Did the so-called "saving" clause of SB 1854 effectively negate the repeal of former Education Code section 78930 and thereby continue the authorization for community college districts to charge an instructional materials fee?  PDF (Word version not available)

M 93-03: Student fees - payment of enrollment fee in installments:  PDF or Word 

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