Student Life

Community Standards

Standards and Expectations

**This page is not intended to replace information published in the Student Handbook. Please reference the Student Handbook for more complete information regarding the noted policies and conduct that would violate the Community Standards.

Approved by University Council: April, 2008; Revised July 2010, July 2011, July 2012, August 2013

The Mission Statement of Saint Joseph’s University shapes the responsibilities and privileges afforded to members of the University community. These Community Standards are designed to foster a community conducive to achieving the mission of the University. Rooted in the Catholic Jesuit tradition, Saint Joseph’s University aims to create and to sustain an educational environment that facilitates students’ academic, personal, and spiritual development. At the core of these values is the Ignatian tradition of “cura personalis,” which affirms the goodness, the worth and the dignity of every human being. Students affirm this commitment through adherence to the standards of conduct established within our community.

In the broadest terms, all members of the Saint Joseph’s University community are expected to:

-Be honest;
-Have respect for self;
-Have respect for others, their well-being and their property; and
-Have respect for the standards of the University and the laws of the larger community.

What Conduct Would Violate the Community Standards?

Any behavior that violates standards set forth in the Student Handbook, the University Catalog, approved organizational constitutions and by-laws, room/board contracts and other University bulletins, as well as behavior that fails to meet the four University Expectations outlined above may violate the Community Standards. Specifically, any student or student organization alleged to have committed or alleged to have attempted to commit any of the following acts is subject to the Community Standards process outlined in this document.

This is not an all-inclusive list.

1. Physically abusing or threatening another person, or engaging in any other conduct that threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.

2.  Engaging in sexual violence.  This includes dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking (see Sexual Violence Policy).

3. Hazing (see Policy on Hazing).

4. Violating the drug policy (see Drug Policy).

5. Violating the alcohol policy (see Alcohol Policy).

6. Using, possessing, selling, or distributing fireworks, firearms, or other dangerous items (see Firearms Policy).

7. Using fire to endanger, to harm another person or to destroy property; misusing or damaging fire safety equipment; initiating a false report; and/or failing to evacuate a building during an alarm.

8. Discriminating, harassing, or retaliating against another person (see Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation).
9. Bullying another person (see Bullying Policy).

10. Destroying, damaging, or stealing private, public, or University property, or possessing stolen property.

11. Failing to comply with the directions of University personnel (e.g., Residence Life and Public Safety staff) who are acting in the performance of their duties. This includes failing to respond to a request for identification, or providing false identification.

12. Entering and/or using University premises, facilities or property without authorization; possessing, duplicating, or using keys or access cards without authority.

13. Engaging in lewd, obscene, or indecent behavior, including making lewd, obscene, or indecent gestures.

14. Violating the sexual activity policy (see Sexual Activity Policy).

15. Violating the University’s computing policies (see Guidelines for the Use of Computing and Network Resources ).

16. Making, distributing, or publishing a media recording of any person without that person’s consent and/or prior knowledge (e.g., audio, picture, video).

17. Willfully interfering with, attempting to interfere with or disrupting the conduct of classes or other University activities.

18. Substantially interfering with the right to freedom of expression.

19. Misrepresenting identity or age; forging or altering records including University identification card or parking permits.

20. Engaging in illegal gambling activities (see Statement on Illegal Gambling).

21. Failing to comply with sanctions imposed for earlier Community Standards violations or interfering with the University Community Standards process (e.g., retaliatory action).

22. Violating residence life policies, e.g., quiet hours, guest policy (see Residential Living Policies & Procedures).

23. Violating the student vehicle policy (see Student Vehicle Policy).

24. Littering.

25. Smoking in unauthorized locations.

26. Violating any federal, state, or local law or any University policy, rule, or regulation.

NOTE: Violations of the University’s Academic Honesty Policy are addressed according to the process set forth in the Academic Honesty Policy, rather than under the Community Standards.

To Whom do the Community Standards apply?

By voluntarily choosing to affiliate with Saint Joseph’s University, all student members of the University are expected to uphold the standards of this community. This includes students who have been notified of their admission to the University and/or who are matriculated, enrolled or registered in any University academic program or activity, at the graduate or undergraduate level. Students on a leave of absence and persons who were students when they allegedly violated the Community Standards are also included.

The Community Standards shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises and at University sponsored events both on and off campus. The Community Standards may also apply to off campus behavior of students, including those who are participating in study abroad programs. Students who do not fully comply with the Educational Housing District Law (http://www.sju.edu/int/studentlife/studentresources/housing/offcampus/living_offcampus/offcampus.html ) may be prohibited in participating in student clubs/organizations/teams (i.e., providing accurate off campus residential address). Students are responsible for the behavior of their guests.

The Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost (VPSL)/designee shall decide whether certain conduct will commence the application of the Community Standards based on the fact and circumstances of each case.

Interpretation and Revision

Any question of interpretation regarding the Community Standards shall be referred to the Vice President for Student Life/Associate Provost (VPSL) for final determination. A review of the Community Standards shall be coordinated by the VPSL every three years, but may be revised when deemed appropriate.