The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs
on University premises, at University-sponsored activities or
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; public
disruption related to alcohol intake; the use of false
identification to procure alcohol; 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 are also prohibited. Students are
expected to abide by all federal and state laws regarding
Any student who intentionally inflicts bodily harm upon any person;
takes reckless action that results in harm to any person; or
threatens by any means of transmission the use of force to harm or
injure any person may be subject to disciplinary actions for said
Any student who violates any state, federal or municipal law may be
subject to disciplinary action for said offenses.
Any student who fails to comply with the directions or requests of
a member of the University community acting in the performance of
his or her duties may be subject to disciplinary actions for said
offenses. This includes the completion of sanctions imposed on a
student who previously participated in the student conduct
Compliance with Emergency
Any student who fails to comply with specific emergency regulations
and evacuation procedures for buildings on University premises may
be subject to disciplinary actions.
Computing and Cyber
Any student who uses information and communication technologies as
means of intimidation, harassment or unwarranted interruption may
be subject to disciplinary actions. 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. For a complete list of
computing regulations, please refer to: www.stjohns.edu/campus/handbook/chapter6/computers
Damage to Property
Any student who damages 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 may be
subject to disciplinary actions.
Any student who engages in behavior that is destructive, lewd,
dangerous, harmful, obstructive or disorderly may be subject to
disciplinary actions. Conduct that is unreasonable in the time,
place or manner in which it occurs may subject a student to
Any student who uses (or is in the presence of the use), possesses,
distributes or manufactures 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, shall be subject to disciplinary actions. 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 prohibited from 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.). Students
are expected to abide by all federal and state laws regarding
illegal or controlled substances.
Any student who knowingly furnishes false information in any form
to a member of the University community may be subject to
False Reporting of an
Any student who intentionally falsely reports a bomb, fire, attack,
or other emergency may be subject to disciplinary actions.
Any student who tampers with or misuses fire alarms; obstructing
the functioning of fire alarms, fire exits, fire-fighting
equipment, smoke/heat detectors and sprinkler systems on University
premises may be subject to disciplinary action. 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 are prohibited.
Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or
identification is prohibited.
Gambling in any form is prohibited on all University premises.
Any behavior (verbal, written, or physical) that abuses, assails,
intimidates, demeans, victimizes or has the effect of creating a
hostile environment for any person is prohibited.
Intimate Partner Violence
Intimate partner violence of any kind will not be tolerated.
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 of any kind will not be tolerated. 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 inactions.
Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of keys or StormCards
to University facilities is prohibited.
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. 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 of misconduct 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.
Parking and Traffic
A campus permit is required by all who use University parking
facilities. Please refer to www.stjohns.edu/campus/publicsafety/parking
for a complete listing of regulations.
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 conduct code.
Retaliation in any form is not tolerated. Incidents of retaliation
should be reported to the Dean of Students’ Office.
Sexual misconduct in any form is prohibited.
- Sexual Harassment – Sexual harassment
in any form is not permitted.
Sexual harassment includes unwelcome sexual advances, requests for
sexual favors and other unwelcome verbal or physical conduct of a
sexual nature. This definition of sexual harassment will be
interpreted and applied consistently with current legal standards,
as well as accepted standards of mature behavior, professional
responsibilities, academic freedom and freedom of expression.
Sexual misconduct is a form of sexual harassment and can consist of
a range of behaviors and severity. All forms of sexual
harassment are discriminatory in nature and are prohibited by Title
IX of the Educational Amendments Act of 1972 as well as prohibited
by the St. John's University Code of Conduct.
- Sexual Assault
Sexual assault is any unwanted physical contact of a sexual nature
that occurs without indication of consent of both individuals, or
that occurs under threat of force, coercion or where the individual
is incapable of giving consent because of his or her temporary or
permanent mental or physical incapacity. A person is considered
incapable of giving consent if he or she is: (1) under age of
consent (which is 17 in New York State), (2) asleep, unconscious
and/or losing and regaining consciousness, (3) mentally or
physically incapacitated, for example, by alcohol and/or other
drugs, or (4) threat of physical force or intimidation. Consent is
granted when a person freely, actively and knowingly agrees at the
time to participate in a particular sexual act with a particular
person. Consent exists when mutually understandable words
and/or actions demonstrate a willingness to participate in a
mutually-agreed-upon activity at every stage of that sexual
activity. Consent can be revoked by any party at any stage. Consent
cannot be assumed from partner silence, manner of dress or based on
a previous or ongoing sexual relationship. Sexual assault includes,
but is not limited to: sexual abuse, rape, forcible sodomy,
forcible oral copulation, sexual assault with an object, sexual
battery, forcible fondling i.e.., unwanted touching or kissing), or
threat of sexual assault. Additional offenses may include cases of
coercion, harassment, or intimidation.
- Sexual Abuse
Sexual abuse is another form of sexual assault. It may occur
when a person subjects another to sexual contact by forcible
compulsion or without consent. “Sexual contact” is any
touching of the sexual or other intimate parts of another person
for the purpose of gratifying the sexual desire or either
party. “Touching” includes victim by the actor, actor by the
victim either directly or through clothing.
If a person engages in a non-consensual sexual intercourse or
penetration of an individual due to physical force, coercion or
threat (actual or implied), the act is considered rape in New York
State. Sexual intercourse is considered any vaginal or anal
penetration, however slight. A person who is mentally
incapacitated, asleep, physically helpless due to alcohol or drug
consumption or under the age of 17 is unable to consent. If
intercourse takes place without consent, it is considered rape.
Regardless of the circumstances, sexual intercourse following a
spoken “no” or any other expression of refusal or hesitation, even
without further resistance of any kind, is rape, a crime in New
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 is prohibited.
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 is prohibited. Theft
includes taking, removal or retaining property from any campus
location which is not returned to lost and found in Public
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 is prohibited.
The misuse or transfer of University identification, the StormCard
is prohibited. 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
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 possession, display, use or distribution of any weapon such as
a firearm, knife, blackjack, stun gun, etc., or any item used as a
weapon or of such a nature that it is intended for use as a weapon
or for violent purposes, except with expressed authorization from
the appropriate member of the University community, on University
premises or at University-sponsored functions is prohibited.
Fireworks and any other explosive materials are prohibited.
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.
Please refer to the Residence Life Handbook from your campus for
a specific list of policies and procedures. These handbooks are
also available online by clicking the following links: