Oath of Allegiance

As a new San José State University Unit 11 employee, you will need to sign an oath of allegiance before you begin your employment. The oath requires public employees to make a declaration of loyalty to the government of the State of California and the United States of America. This oath is required of all California State employees of U.S. Citizenship (California Constitution, Article XX, Section 3; California Government Code sections 3100-3109). Because it is mandated by the California Constitution, no alterations or interlineations may be made to the text of the oath. The oath requirement only applies to U.S. citizens.

Oath of Allegiance

I, ______, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties upon which I am about to enter.

The loyalty oath is included on the Employee Appointment Form in the New Employee Forms packet that you must complete as part of the sign in process with University Personnel. Signing the oath does not carry any obligation or requirement that public employees bear arms or otherwise engage in violence.

The State Loyalty Oath [pdf]

Questions? Contact University Personnel at (408) 924-2250.