California Oath Of Allegiance
At California State University, Fresno, the California Loyalty Oath is part of the Employee File Forms that you complete as part of your New Hire Onboarding process. For an example of the form, please click here!
Questions have been raised that, by signing the oath, CSU employees might be deemed to have obligated themselves to bear arms, in contravention of any personal religious beliefs they may have. You should know that signing the oath does not carry with it any obligation or requirement that public employees bear arms or otherwise engage in violence. This has been confirmed by both the United States Supreme Court (Girouard v. United States (1946) 328 U.S. 61) and the California Attorney General's Office.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
No. Courts have found that the oath does not require a person to bear arms or engage in violence, and a pacifist may take the oath.