The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs
on University premises, at University-sponsored activities and
off-campus conduct. The Code applies to any setting wherein the
student is present as a representative of St. John's
University. Each student shall be responsible for his or her
conduct from the time of application for admission through the
actual awarding of a degree, even though conduct may occur before
classes begin or after classes end, as well as during the academic
year and during periods between terms of actual enrollment. The
Student Code of Conduct shall apply to a student’s conduct even if
the student withdraws from school while a disciplinary matter is
The following behaviors do not meet the expectations of a
student or student organization at St. John's University and are
therefore considered violations of the Student Code of Conduct and
are subject to disciplinary action:
The sale, use, distribution, consumption or procurement of
alcoholic beverages on University premises is prohibited. The sale,
use, distribution, consumption or procurement of alcoholic
beverages for anyone who is under the age of twenty-one (21); being
in the presence of alcohol on University premises; suspicion of
alcohol intoxication; the use of false identification to procure
alcohol. Students are expected to abide by all federal and state
laws regarding alcohol.
Intentionally inflicting bodily harm upon any person; taking
reckless action that results in harm to any person; or threatening
by any means of transmission the use of force to harm or injure any
Any student who is found responsible for any state,
federal or municipal law may be subject to disciplinary action for
Failure to comply with the directions or requests of a
member of the University community acting in the performance of his
or her duties.
Compliance with Emergency Regulations
Failure to comply with specific emergency regulations and
evacuation procedures for buildings on University premises.
Compliance with Student Conduct Process
Failure to complete the sanctions imposed on a student who
previously participated in the student conduct process.
Attempts to commit acts prohibited by the Student Code of Conduct
or encouraging others to commit acts prohibited by the Student Code
of Conduct may be addressed to the same extent as completed
violations. A student may be found complicit if he or she is aware
of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and has the ability
to report the violation, but fails to do so or fails to remove
oneself from reasonable proximity of the violation.
Computing and Cyber Harassment
Using information and communication technologies as means of
intimidation, harassment or unwarranted interruption. This
includes, but is not limited to, email, social networking sites,
the Internet, cellular phones and video recorders. The procurement
and/or transmission of videos or photographs of another individual
without his or her expressed permission are prohibited.
Any conduct which is inconsistent with the Core Values of St.
John’s University. Please refer to the Statement on Core Values for
Damage to Property
Damaging property of the University or that of a member of the
University community, a campus visitor while on University
premises, or the property of a local resident.
Engaging in behavior that is destructive, dangerous, harmful,
obstructive or disorderly. Conduct that is unreasonable in the
time, place or manner in which it occurs.
The use (or being in the presence of the use), possession,
distribution or manufacturing of narcotic or dangerous drugs or any
illegal or controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by
law or those prescribed by a physician and kept in their labeled
containers. Being in the presence of narcotic or dangerous
drugs and/or illegal or controlled substances on University
premises or off-campus is prohibited. Use, possession, distribution
or the manufacturing of plants or chemicals to induce an altered
state of consciousness is prohibited. Students are expected to
abide by all federal and state laws regarding illegal or controlled
Knowingly furnishing false information in any form to a member of
the University community.
False Reporting of an Emergency
Intentionally making a false report of a bomb, fire, attack, or
Tampering with or misusing fire alarms or obstructing the
functioning of fire alarms, fire exits, fire-fighting equipment,
smoke/heat detectors and sprinkler systems on University
premises. Additionally, causing or creating a fire; the use of
all open flame devices such as (but not limited to): incense,
candles, kerosene lamps, hibachis, and barbecue grills; the use of
natural trees or wreaths; and the use of any and all fireworks.
Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or
Gambling in any form is prohibited on all University
Any behavior (verbal, written, or physical) that abuses, assails,
intimidates, demeans, victimizes or has the effect of creating a
hostile environment for any person.
Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence refers to any physical, sexual or
psychological harm against an individual by a current or former
partner or spouse of the individual. In addition, this policy
includes any willful intimidation, battery or sexual assault
committed by a family member, household member, domestic partner or
intimate partner and is prohibited. This policy also includes harm
against individuals in heterosexual and same-sex relationships, but
does not require sexual intimacy between the individual and such
Hazing means an act that as an explicit or implicit condition for
initiation to, admission to, affiliation with, or continued
membership in a group or organization, (1) could be seen by a
reasonable person as endangering the physical health of an
individual or as causing mental distress to an individual through,
for example, humiliating, intimidating or demeaning treatment; (2)
destroys or removes public or private property; (3) involves the
consumption of alcohol or drugs or the consumption of other
substances to excess; or (4) violates any University
policy. Individuals who witness hazing while not actively
participating may be held accountable for their actions or
Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or StormCards
to University facilities.
Misconduct means any conduct which adversely affects the student's
suitability as a member of the academic community or which is
inconsistent with the Mission Statement of the University. This
includes, but is not limited to, suspicion of or admission to
previous drug use; the possession of any type of paraphernalia
analogous with the use, distribution or sale of illegal
substances/narcotic drugs (i.e. scales, bongs, gutted cigars,
rolling papers, pipes, glassine baggies, etc.); the possession on
University premises of any type of paraphernalia analogous to the
consumption of alcohol (i.e. beer bongs, keg taps, etc.);
possessing alcohol containers on University premises.
All pets are prohibited on University premises with the exception
of service animals previously approved through the standard
Retaliation for reporting any allegations of student misconduct is
in itself a violation of the Student Code of
Conduct. Incidents of retaliation should be reported to the
Office of Student Conduct immediately.
Sexual misconduct can be committed by individuals of any gender,
and it can occur between individuals of the same gender or
different genders. It can occur between strangers or acquaintances,
as well as people involved in intimate or sexual relationships. The
consumption of alcohol or the use of illegal substances does not
constitute a mitigating circumstance when it contributes to a
violation regarding sexual misconduct. Sexual Misconduct includes
the behaviors described below.
Sexually Inappropriate Conduct: Unwelcome sexual conduct
that may not rise to the level of sexual harassment or sexual
exploitation, but that is sexual in nature. Examples include, but
are not limited to, posting or showing sexually explicit or
offensive material; an isolated occurrence of obscene or sexually
offensive gestures and comments; lewdness; exposure of one’s self
to another person without that person’s consent.
Sexual Exploitation: Any act whereby one person violates
the sexual privacy of another or takes sexual advantage of another
who has not provided consent. Sexual exploitation also includes
recording, photographing, transmitting, viewing or distributing
intimate or sexual images or sexual information without the
knowledge and consent of all parties involved, and observing others
who are engaged in intimate or sexual situations without
Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors and other gender-based verbal or physical conduct
that is severe, persistent or pervasive enough to unreasonably
interfere with an individual’s educational experience or living
conditions. Sexual harassment also occurs when submission to or
rejection of such conduct denies or limits someone’s ability to
participate in or benefit from any University educational program
or activity; or by creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive
environment for another person.
Non-consensual Sexual Contact: Any intentional sexual
contact with another person, however slight, that occurs without
that person’s consent. This includes oral or genital contact not
involving penetration; contact with the breasts, buttocks or
genital area, (including over a person’s clothing); removing the
clothing of another person without consent; or kissing without
consent. Sexually touching another individual by the threat of
force, or intentional contact of a sexual nature with a person who
is incapacitated at the time, is also considered non-consensual
Non-Consensual Sexual Penetration: Any act of vaginal or
anal penetration by a person’s penis, finger, body part, or an
object without consent; or oral penetration by a penis without
consent. Any such act involving force or duress, or that occurs
with an incapacitated individual, will be deemed especially
Smoking is prohibited in all University buildings. Smoking is
prohibited outdoors within 30 feet of building entrances and open
windows. Students must follow smoking regulations for all
Soliciting for donations, soliciting for business, advertising or
selling items without receiving written authorization from an
authorized member of the University community.
Stalking refers to occasions where an individual willfully and
repeatedly engages in a knowing course of conduct directed at
another individual that reasonably and seriously alarms, harasses,
torments or terrorizes the victim. Such behavior is prohibited
regardless of the relationship between individuals. Any behavior or
activity that places another individual in fear of personal harm
and/or is intended to cause emotional distress to another
individual may be considered stalking behavior.
Theft of property of the University or that of a member of the
University community or campus visitor while on University premises
or at University-sponsored activities. Theft includes taking,
removal or retaining property from any campus location which is not
immediately brought to the Public Safety Command Center.
The unauthorized entry to or use of University facilities including
opening windows or locked doors to allow the entry or exit of
unauthorized students or guests.
The misuse or transfer of University identification, the StormCard.
This includes (but is not limited to) transfer of the StormCard to
use the meal plan; to gain entry to University buildings; or to use
any of the accounts on the StormCard in order to procure University
services. StormCards must be carried at all times on University
premises. Lending a StormCard to anyone or failure to present it
when requested by a member of the University community are
considered to be violations.
University Name and Related Graphics
Students of the University, whether individually or collectively,
shall not use the name of St. John's University or the names of its
units for any activity outside the regular work of the University
without written consent of the appropriate member of the University
community. The crest and seal of St. John's University are
exclusive property of St. John's University. The use of the crest
and/or the seal is prohibited except with the expressed permission
of the Secretary of the University.
Weapons and Explosives
The University expressly prohibits on University-owned or
controlled property or at University-sponsored functions the
possession, display, use or distribution of any weapon to include
any firearm (including air-or gas-powered firearms), pistol,
revolver, shotgun, rifle, assault weapon, ammunition, explosive,
firework, stun gun, switchblade and other automatic knife, and
other deadly or dangerous weapons, such as are defined in NY Penal
Law Article 265. This prohibition extends to imitation firearms and
other objects that can be construed or used as weapons, and to
items that pose a potential hazard to the safety or health of
others; and unauthorized hazardous materials or chemicals.
Exceptions to this policy, particularly for educational or
performance purposes, must receive specific, written authorization
from the Vice President of Public Safety.
Residence Hall Policies and Procedures
Resident students must also refer to the Residence Life Handbook
from their campus for a specific list of policies and procedures
with which they are to comply.