Student Code of 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 pending.
Student health and safety are of primary concern to the University. As such, St. John’s encourages all members of the community to come forward with information when they are concerned about the health and safety of others.
The University takes context into consideration when determining if a student should be charged with a Code of Conduct violation. For example, the Office of Student Conduct retains the discretion not to charge a student with a conduct violation if that student discloses alcohol or drug use when reporting a student concern or while participating in an unrelated investigation.
Section B: Student Code of Conduct
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.
- Civil/Criminal Law
- Computing and Cyber Harassment
- Damage to Property
- Disorderly Conduct
- False Information
- False Reporting of an Emergency
- Fire Safety
- Mission Statement and Core Values
- Residence Hall Policies and Procedures
- Sexual Misconduct
- University Facilities
- University Identification
- University Name and Related Graphics
- Weapons and Explosives
The sale, use, distribution, consumption, or procurement of alcoholic beverages on University premises is prohibited, except when student attendance is permitted at a University-sponsored event. 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 person.
Any student who is found responsible for any state, federal or municipal law may be subject to disciplinary action for said offenses.
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.
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 substances.
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 other emergency.
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 identification.
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.
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.
Misconduct means any conduct that reflects a failure to live up to the expectations of all St. John’s students. This includes, but is not limited to:
- the possession on University premises of any type of paraphernalia analogous to the consumption of alcohol (e.g., beer bongs, keg taps);
- possessing alcohol containers on University premises;
- 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 (e.g., scales, bongs, gutted cigars, rolling papers, pipes, glassine baggies);
- taking, removal or retaining property from any campus location which is not immediately brought to the Public Safety Command Center.
Mission Statement and Core Values
All pets are prohibited on University premises with the exception of service animals previously approved through the standard accommodations process.
Retaliation for reporting any allegations of student misconduct is in itself a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. This also protects retaliation against any participant in the student conduct process. The University will take strong action if retaliation occurs against an individual who files a complaint or third-party report, or any individual who participates in the investigative and/or disciplinary process (e.g., as a witness). Incidents of retaliation should be reported to the Office of Student Conduct immediately.
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.
St. John’s University does not tolerate and prohibits sexual misconduct and sex discrimination. The University is committed to address these behaviors, as they are antithetical to our mission, values and standards. Sexual misconduct involves a range of behaviors including sexual assault, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, sexually inappropriate behavior and any other conduct of a sexual nature that is nonconsensual, or has the effect of threatening, intimidating, or coercing a person. 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. For more information, please review the Sexual Assault Guide and Resource Manual (PDF).
Consent is granted when a person freely, actively, and knowingly agrees at the time to participate in a particular sexual act with another 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 either party at any stage. Consent cannot be assumed from partner silence, manner of dress, or based on a previous or ongoing sexual relationship.
A person is considered incapable of giving consent if he or she is:
- Under the age of consent (which is 17 in New York State)
- Asleep, unconscious, and/or losing and regaining consciousness
- Mentally or physically incapacitated, for example by alcohol and/or other drugs
- Under threat of physical force or intimidation
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 partner/spouse.
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, takes sexual advantage of another who has not provided consent or exposure of one’s self to another person without that person’s 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, or observing others who are engaged in intimate or sexual situations without permission.
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.
Nonconsensual 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; forceful use of an object 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 nonconsensual sexual contact. This also includes other intentional actions that may be construed has having a sexual nature.
Nonconsensual 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 egregious.
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 University premises.
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 or group of people that a reasonable observer may consider to alarm, harass, torment, or terrorize 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.
Attempted or actual theft of personal, private or public property, either on-campus or off-campus. This includes, but is not limited to, property of the University; property of a member of the University community; property of a campus visitor while on University premises or at University-sponsored activities.
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 New York 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.