Legal advisories are issued by the Office of the General Counsel concerning current issues within the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor.  The advisories are intended to provide information on existing legal matters or affairs, and to alert local district officials on issues of system-wide concern.


Written opinions are issued by the Office of the General Counsel 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, the Office of the General Counsel 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).

Legal advisories are issued by the Office of the General Counsel concerning current issues within the jurisdiction of the Board of Governors and the Chancellor.  The advisories are intended to provide information on existing legal matters or affairs, and to alert local district officials on issues of system-wide concern.

Number Title

Advisory - Federal Public Charge Rule Changes (PDF)

Opinion - Volunteer Aides (PDF)


Advisory - AB 2210 Compliance-Nonresident Tuition (PDF)

Opinion - College Buys


Advisory - Student Athlete Meals

Opinion - Student Athlete Meals

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Advisory - Using Criminal History Records in Hiring (PDF)

Advisory CCC Policy Guidance on Fair Chance Hiring Best Practices 2-8-2019 (PDF)


Advisory - Union "Fair Share" Fees; Janus v. AFSCME and Senate Bill 866(2018) (PDF)

Opinion - FIST Program and Residency of Formerly Incarcerated Students (PDF)


Advisory -  Recent Additions to Nonresident Tuition Exemptions (PDF)

Advisory -  Nonresident Tuition Exemption Request Form (PDF)

Advisory -  Supplemental Questions and Answers (PDF)

Advisory -  AB 540 Flyer (PDF)


 Advisory - Sanctuary Jurisdiction (PDF)

Opinion - Unaccredited High School Diplomas

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Advisory - Change in Local Election System (PDF)

Opinion Dual Enrollment and Assembly Bill 288 (CCAP) (PDF)

Opinion - AB 288 Dual Enrollment, March 2016 Partnership Agreement Guidelines for Apportionment Eligibility



Military Recruitment Request for Students List (Solomon Amendment) (PDF)

Opinion - Education Code Section 67380 (Campus Safety Plan) (PDF)

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Advisory CalSTRS Audit of Academic Positions at SFCCD (PDF)

13-02  Opinion - Credit Course Sections Funded by Donations
13-05  Opinion - IRS Penalties for incorrect or missing TINs on IRS Form 1098-T
13-06  Opinion - Lake Tahoe CCD Nonresident Fees/Interstate Attendance Agreements

Number Title
12-09 Opinion Student Fee Handbook (PDF)
12-07 Opinion - Associated Student Organization (PDF)
12-05 Opinion - SSCCC Advocacy (PDF)
12-04 Opinion - Representation Fee for Advocacy (PDF)
12-03 Opinion - Basic Aid Status (PDF)
12-01 Opinion - State Laws and Preemption Over City Charters (PDF)

Number Title
11-05 Opinion - Release of Personally Identifiable Information from Education Records to Foundations
11-04 Opinion - Involuntary Drop after Census Date
11-03 Opinion -  Enrollment Fee Waivers

Advisory - AB 684: Waiver for Amending Trustee Elections (PDF)

Advisory - Election Waiver Request form

Opinion - Time Faculty Qualifications for FON Calculations

11-01  Advisory - Discrimination Complaint Procedure (PDF)

Number Title
10-07 Opinion - Limitations on Enrollment for Cohorts of Students (PDF)
10-06 Opinion -  Apportionment Claims for Classes Located on CSU or UC Campuses
10-05 Opinion  Waiver of Student Fees for Armed Forces Members
10-01 Advisory - November 2010: AB 540 Litigation (PDF) 

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09-05 Opinion - Nonresidents and Capital Outlay Fees
09-04 Opinion - Application of Catalog Rights to New Degree Requirements
09-03 Opinion - Auxiliary Organization Legal Liability
09-02 Opinion - CCCTran Transcript Fees
09-01 Opinion - Full time Faculty Obligation

Number Title

Advisory October 2008: To Be Arranged (TBA) Hours Compliance Advice (PDF)

Opinion - The Civic Center Act and Partisan Political Activities (Education Code section 82537)

08-01 Advisory September 2008: AB 540 Litigation (PDF)

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07-01 Advisory - December 2007: Revised Guidelines and Information on AB 540 Exemption from Nonresident Tuition (PDF)
L 07-12 Opinion - May Instructors Assign Incomplete or Failing Grades for the Purpose of Discouraging Cheating by Students?
L 07-09 Opinion - The “District’s Actual Cost” Requirement of California Code of Regulations Title 5, Section 59402(c) With Respect to Required Instructional Materials
L 07-08 Opinion - Minimum Qualifications
L 07-07 Opinion -  Availability and Use of Information on Students’ Past Conduct
L 07-06 Opinion -  Charging Interest on Deferred Enrollment Fees
L 07-04  Opinion -  Clinical Nursing Faculty -- Interpretation of Education Code section 87482
L 07-02 Opinion -  Offering Courses Outside of District Boundaries

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 O 06-10 Opinion - May a college provide instruction in Spanish, or another language other than English, in some sections of a course to those with limited English proficiency, if other sections of the course are conducted in English?
 O 06-08 Opinion -  May a college offer a nursing program under a contract with a hospital where the hospital pays the college for the full cost of instruction and then charges members of the public a fee to recover those costs?
 L 06-07 Opinion -  Does a student incarcerated in a state prison qualify as a California resident for purposes of nonresident tuition? Is it appropriate to inquire about the student's residency prior to incarceration.
 06-06 Opinion -  May a district that currently provides health services and charges a health services fee under the authority of Education Code section 76355 terminate its health services program if it also stops charging students a health services fee?
 O 06-05 Opinion - May a district require its part-time faculty to pay for the portion of health benefit premiums not reimbursed by the state pursuant to Ed. Code section 87867? If so, can part-time faculty members be required to pay more than one-half of the total cost if the state allocation covers less than half of the cost for health benefits?
 L 06-04 Opinion -  Response to questions regarding the application of Education Code section 87483 to college administrators


O 06-03

Advisory October 10, 2006: AB 540 Litigation - Martinez v. U.C. Regents, et al. (PDF)

Opinion -  Questions regarding the procedures which apply to a community college district's amendment of its application for an exemption from the requirements of Education Code section 84362 (Fifty Percent Law)


O 06-02

Advisory September 27, 2006: Public Records Act Requests for Disclosure of Faculty Aggregate Grades (PDF)

Opinion - Is a student who receives a certificate of completion instead of a regular high school diploma eligible for the exemption from nonresident tuition provided by Education Code section 68130.5


L 06-01

Advisory May 18, 2006: Changes to Nondiscrimination Regulations (PDF)

Opinion - Did an election held at Grossmont College validly authorized a mandatory student center fee and, if so, may the fee revenue be used to pay the salary of a custodian to clean the student center?

Number Title
L 05-14 May the West Valley Mission CCD use a facility located in the Gavilan CCD to offer Administration of Justice courses under an instructional services agreement with the Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office?
 L 05-12 May a community college district charge students for transportation costs associated with voluntary field trips?
 E 05-11 Must a "summit conference" being convened by the System Office on Friday October 7, 2005, to discuss future plans for the statewide Student Senate be conducted as a public meeting subject to the requirements of either the Ralph M. Brown Act or the Bagley-Keene Open Meeting Act?
 L 05-10 Does Ed. Code § 76361 require a community college district to completely exempt students receiving BOG fee waivers from the mandatory transportation fee authorized by § 76361? 
 O 05-09 Should a certificate of achievement issued by a high school to a student with exceptional needs be considered evidence of "graduation from a California high school or attainment of the equivalent thereof" for purposes of Education Code § 68130.5 that was enacted through AB 540? 
 O 05-03 May a community college district adopt a policy which would accord continuing EOPS eligibility to a student with EOPS eligibility who interrupts education due to being called up for military service and returns to college within a short time after completing military service? 

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O 2004-17  Do certain provisions of the Government Code as amended by Assembly Bill 2756 apply to community college districts?
L 2004-16  Do persons accused of unlawful discrimination have a right of appeal to the local governing board and to the Chancellor's Office under title 5, section 59300 et seq.?
O 2004-15 Is the capital outlay fee required for foreign students pursuant to Education Code section 76141 also required for students exempted from nonresident tuition pursuant to Education Code section 68130.5?
O 2004-14 May a district drop a student from a course after instruction has begun where the student fails to pay the enrollment fees for the course? 
O 2004-13 Admission of high school students over 18 under general admission provisions or as concurrent enrollment students. 
O 2004-11  Student Fees - Required Instructional Materials.
O 2004-10 District Ability to Count Amounts Paid to Outside Agencies as "Salaries of Classroom Instructors" under the 50% Law. 
E20 04-02  Effect of Ed. Code section 76061 on eligibility requirements of student body officers.