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University Name

 

The university's name is the most fundamental way that the institution expresses itself, so it is important that our campus community understands and embraces the conventions that govern its use.

It is also important to know that our institution's name is protected under state law, and that unauthorized external organizations may not use any version of our name to imply that any product, service, or organization is connected or affiliated with, or is endorsed, favored or supported by the university.


Formal Name

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY, FULLERTON

The full name of the university is recommended in most editorial development, at least on first reference.

Informal Name

CAL STATE FULLERTON

This is an informal expression of the university name, and the preferred second reference to the institution in editorial development.

Acronym

CSUF

The acronym CSUF can be a useful tool:

  • to keep copy flowing, especially in a long narrative with multiple references to California State University, Fullerton, or Cal State Fullerton
  • as an adjective to clarify, for example, someone's affiliation with the university
  • for locations such as CSUF Irvine

Incorrect Uses

CSU FULLERTON

While common at other CSU campuses, this is not used at Cal State Fullerton.

  • Fullerton State
  • CSF
  • Cal State University, Fullerton
  • Cal State Fullerton University

 

 

Note that California Education Code Section 89005.5(a)(1)(B) provides that the names of all CSU institutions are property of the State of California. Education Code Section 89005.5(a)(2)(B) states that no person shall use any CSU name, or any abbreviation of any CSU name, to imply, indicate or otherwise suggest that any product, service, or organization is connected or affiliated with, or is endorsed, favored or supported by the Trustees of the California State University. This section further provides that "The permission of the Trustees is required before any [CSU name] may be used for any commercial purpose." Subpart (c) of Section 89005.5 states that any person who uses a CSU name in violation of California law is also guilty of a misdemeanor.