This section covers policies and procedures for which all students are responsible. As a student at St. John's University, you are expected to know and abide by the University's regulations.
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St. John’s University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, religion, age, status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status), marital status, status as a victim of domestic violence, citizenship status, genetic predisposition or carrier status in its programs and activities as required by Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Amendments Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VI or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and other applicable statutes and University policies.
The following person has been designated to handle student inquiries regarding the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Amendments Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and related statutes and regulations: Dorothy Schmitt, Associate Director of the Counseling Center, Marillac Hall, Room 130, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, [email protected]; 718-990-1482.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies and to serve as the Title IX coordinator for purposes of overall campus compliance: Keaton Wong, Director of Equal Opportunity, Compliance and Title IX, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, [email protected]; 718-990-2660.
The following person has been designated deputy Title IX coordinator for the Office of Student Life: Jackie Lochrie, Associate Dean for Student Services, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, [email protected]; 718-990-6568.
The following person has been designated deputy Title IX coordinator for Athletics: Kathleen F. Meehan, Associate Vice President for Athletics, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, [email protected]; 718-990-6173.
Inquiries concerning the application of anti-discrimination laws may be referred to the Title IX coordinators or to the Office for Civil Rights, United States Department of Education. For further information on notice of nondiscrimination, visit this page for the address and phone number of the U.S. Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1-800-421-3481.
The health, safety, and well-being of all members of the St. John’s University (the “University”) community are the University’s primary concerns. Consistent with the University's mission as a Catholic, Vincentian, metropolitan and global institution of higher education, the University abides by all applicable federal, state and local laws that prohibit discrimination in any educational or employment program, policy, or practice of the University.
In furtherance of the University’s mission, and in accordance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the “Clery Act”), as amended by the Violence Against Women Act/Campus Sexual Violence Act (“Campus SaVE Act”), Article 129-B of the New York State Education Law, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the New York State Human Rights Law and the New York City Administrative Code, this Policy prohibits all forms of sex and gender discrimination, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct; and the University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs or activities.
Read the full policy.
The Academic Fairness Procedure is the procedure to be used by students to resolve certain types of complaints of an academic nature. After action by the University Senate on Apr. 28, 1978, the resolution which follows was adopted by the Board of Trustees on May 17, 1978.
There shall be a formalized academic fairness procedure established by the Faculty Council of each school or college of the University. Before a student can utilize the formalized academic fairness procedure, the student must first have attempted to resolve the complaint informally with the faculty member involved and then, if necessary, in schools or colleges with departments or divisions, with the chair of the department or division, and then, if necessary, with the Dean. The sole purpose of the academic fairness procedure is to redress student academic grievances relative to academic matters. The academic fairness procedure shall seek both: To assure an objective, impartial hearing of alleged student academic grievances and a timely response thereto; To assure that the good name and reputation of the faculty member are not unjustly or frivolously impugned. In any hearing of alleged grievances, the burden of proof shall be on the student lodging the complaint. The academic fairness procedure shall provide an appropriate academic remedy of any injustice judged to have been done to the student lodging the complaint. Each Faculty Council has adopted a formalized academic fairness procedure. For further details, students should contact their respective college office.
Our nation was built and thrives on the strength of its diversity and the breadth of its opportunities. At St. John’s we are fortunate and proud to reside in one of our country’s most diverse states — New York. Our Mission and strong commitment to our Core Values of truth, love, respect, opportunity, excellence and service, support and direct the bias/hate crimes policy of the University.
Definition of Hate Crimes
Legal definitions of hate crimes vary. The U.S. Department of Justice defines hate crimes as the violence of intolerance and bigotry, intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Federal law prohibits persons from interfering with an individual’s federal rights (e.g., voting or employment) by violence or threat of violence due to his or her race, color, religion or national origin. It gives the federal government authority to investigate and prosecute hate crime offenders who committed their crime because of perceived sexual orientation, gender or disability of the victim.
University Policy Regarding Bias/Hate Crimes
Public Safety will classify and record bias and hate crimes pursuant to New York State Penal Law. Public Safety will ensure that such crimes are reported to the police department; and the Vice President of Public Safety will establish an ongoing liaison with the appropriate bias units of the police departments that have jurisdiction on our campuses.
Commission of Bias/Hate Crimes
The commission of bias hate crimes may result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion. Such disciplinary action will be processed in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and Conduct Process and/or the Dean of Students.
Violation of Law/Off-Campus Conduct
All members of the University are subject to local, state and federal laws. Students are subject to such reasonable disciplinary action as deemed appropriate, including suspension or expulsion, for breach of federal, state or local laws or University rules or regulations off campus when such conduct is likely to have an adverse effect on the University or on the educational process or affects a student’s suitability as a member of the academic community. If a student is charged with the violation of a state or federal criminal statute (or its equivalent in another jurisdiction), the University may defer the hearing until the conclusion of any criminal proceedings. In such circumstances, a suspension pending the hearing may continue until the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.
Federal Legislation Governing Hate Crimes
Federal legislation governing hate crimes includes the Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999 Bill; the Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996; the Hate Crimes Sentencing Enhancement Act; and the Hate Crimes Statistics Act of 1990.
New York State Legislation Governing Hate Crimes
New York State imposes criminal penalties for hate or bias-motivated acts of violence and intimidation to include a person’s race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender and mental and physical disability or handicap. In addition, State law considers it a crime to interfere with a person’s religious worship. Further, New York also provides penalty enhancement limited to the crime of aggravated harassment for bias-motivated violence and intimidation.
McKinney’s Penal Law Title Y — Hate Crimes Act Article 485 — Hate Crimes
Section 485.00 Legislative Findings
The legislature finds and determines as follows: criminal acts involving violence, intimidation and destruction of property based upon bias and prejudice have become more prevalent in New York State in recent years. The intolerable truth is that in these crimes, commonly and justly referred to as “hate crimes,” victims are intentionally selected, in whole or in part, because of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability or sexual orientation. Hate crimes do more than threaten the safety and welfare of all citizens. They inflict on victims incalculable physical and emotional damage and tear at the very fabric of free society. Crimes motivated by invidious hatred toward particular groups not only harm individual victims but send a powerful message of intolerance and discrimination to all members of the group to which the victim belongs. Hate crimes can and do intimidate and disrupt entire communities and vitiate the civility that is essential to healthy democratic processes. In a democratic society, citizens cannot be required to approve of the beliefs and practices of others, but must never commit criminal acts on account of them. Current law does not adequately recognize the harm to public order and individual safety that hate crimes cause. Therefore, our laws must be strengthened to provide clear recognition of the gravity of hate crimes and the compelling importance of preventing their recurrence. Accordingly, the legislature finds and declares that hate crimes should be prosecuted and punished with appropriate severity.
Section 485.05 Hate Crimes
Section 485.10 Sentencing
Theatrical Presentation and Discussion
New Student Orientation provides new students with an opportunity to learn about the nature of and common circumstances related to bias-related incidences on college campuses, in addition to the University Policy through theatrical presentation, seminar and group discussion. For more information, contact Student Development.
The Center for Counseling and Consultation is a resource for professional counseling services for students who are dealing with the emotional challenges that may arise for victims of bias/hate crimes. If the individual prefers to receive counseling services off campus, the Counseling Center will assist the individual in finding appropriate referrals. Counseling may be provided on an individual or group basis, as the circumstances require. Counseling services are free for enrolled students. Contact the Counseling Center on the Queens or Staten Island campus for further assistance.
As a part of the Diversity/Sensitivity Training Initiative through Wellness Education and Prevention Services, students can learn more about and discuss the nature of Bias/ Hate Crimes; facilitate prevention and improved understanding of the University policy, federal and state laws pertaining to such crimes. For more information, contact Wellness Education and Prevention Services.
DCTC (Don’t Cancel That Class)
DCTC is another opportunity for the Anti-Bias/Hate Crime Seminar to be offered to students as an in-class session. DCTC is a program offered to any professor who may be unable to teach a scheduled class. Instead of canceling class, the professor can contact Student Development to request the Anti-Bias/Hate Crime Seminar to be held in its place.
Please see the Computer and Network Use Policy.
St. John’s University supports the right of all members of the University community (persons who are students, faculty, staff or administrators of the university) as individuals or as organizations to examine, to discuss and to advocate any issue and to express any opinion, both publicly and privately, within constitutionally valid limitations, set by local, state or federal law. In particular, all substantive issues relating to university policy are to be considered open to full discussion and debate by the University community, whether through open forum or some other procedure. Members of the University community, whether individuals or campus organizations, are free to support causes by orderly means. A rational and orderly examination of issues—whether local, national, or international—is fundamental to the academic process and is to be encouraged rather than repressed.
To this end members of the University community are permitted to conduct orderly demonstrations which do not disrupt the educational process or working environment taking place at the University or interfere with the rights of any member of the University community.
In an effort to ensure that demonstrations are conducted by members of the University community and are in compliance with safety expectations, all demonstrations must be registered with the University. All demonstrations must have a University-affiliated Organizer, which can be one or more enrolled students or the authorized members of a recognized student organization.
Members of the community wishing to hold a demonstration must complete the Demonstration Registration Form and submit it to the Dean of Students office no less than three (3) business days prior to the event. The Dean of Students or designee will review all submissions and meet with Organizers to discuss responsibilities, any safety or security requirements and to evaluate any special needs or provisions to ensure that the academic mission of the University is not disrupted.
Reservation of campus space for any approved event is contingent upon availability. The Organizer of the event is responsible for all costs associated with the event (including security if deemed necessary by the University). The Organizer is responsible for taking take reasonable steps to ensure compliance with these requirements by all participants, and may be held accountable for violations of such requirements by any persons involved in the demonstration.
Demonstration Request Form
The broadest possible exercise of freedom can be carried out only in conjunction with responsibility. Members of the University community and all other persons on University property assume the obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University’s function as an educational institution. To this end, the following acts and/or conduct are prohibited:
The President or his designee is directed to protect the rights of all members of the University community by maintaining order and enforcing the provisions referred to above.
Violations of any of the foregoing prohibitions shall be dealt with as follows:
In the case of students:
The student shall be requested to cease and desist from such prohibited conduct; and if he/she fails to do so, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to ensure the safety and order of the University community. In addition, the incident will be documented and referred to the Office of Student Conduct to address potential Code of Conduct violations.
In the case of any individual who is not a member or the University community:
The authority of such individual to remain on University property will immediately be revoked; and if the individual thereafter refuses to leave University property, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to eject such person therefrom.
In the case of a non-faculty staff member or administrator:
The staff member or administrator shall be requested to cease and desist from such prohibited conduct; and if he/she fails to do so, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to eject such staff member from University property. In addition:
As a result of such disciplinary action, any staff member or administrator may be suspended, discharged or otherwise disciplined.
In addition to the foregoing, the University reaffirms all of its rights to utilize and seek the aid of public authorities and such judicial, civil and criminal process and proceedings as may, in the discretion of the University, be necessary or appropriate.
This policy may be reviewed and revised by the University as deemed necessary by the President or designee.
The Office of Disability Services coordinates equal opportunities for students with disabilities. These services are designed to ensure, for all students, full participation in programs and activities offered throughout the University. The aim of these services is to improve the quality of the academic, social, and personal lives of the disabled members of our community. All documentation will be kept confidential in accordance with legal requirements.
Services for students with a documented disability are available through the Office of Disability Services. All documentation is kept confidential and should be submitted directly to the Disabilities Services. Students (not their parents) requesting accommodations should identify their needs as early as possible. All information regarding the student’s accommodations is provided to the student. Types of accommodations provided are, but not limited to:
Guidelines Determining Eligibility for Services
St. John's University students requesting accommodations for a disability must present documentation of the disability and present functional limitation for verification of eligibility.
The evaluation must have been completed by a qualified, certified and/or licensed professional (physician, health care provider, psychologist/psychiatrist) who has experience with an adolescent and adult population. The professional's credentials must appear on the documentation.
The evaluator must include, in the test report, evidence that instruments selected are reliable and valid for use with an adolescent or adult. Documentation of impairment alone may not be sufficient to require that the student be provided a reasonable accommodation. It must be demonstrated that the impairment rises to the level of a disability according to the Americans with Disabilities Act. For example, the impairment must substantially limit or restrict a major life activity (e.g. learning, reading, concentrating, thinking.) The documentation must provide information to support the need for all accommodations requested..
Disabilities Services makes an individual assessment and the request for the accommodation will be determined. When necessary, specific academic units will be consulted regarding the accommodation requested. If the presented documentation is sufficient the student will meet regarding the appropriate accommodations at St. John's University. The additional documentation may be required to support that provided by the student.
Temporary accommodations are considered.
A student having dissatisfaction with the decision for accommodation granted has the right to appeal the decision in accordance with the University's Policy Against Discrimination and Harassment and Related Complaint Procedures in the Employee Handbook under Rights and Responsibilities. All members of the University community may use this procedure.
The Disability Services administrator may be contacted regarding specific documentation required or for explanation of this policy.
Handicapped parking spaces are limited and, pursuant to law, only individuals with appropriately issued handicapped permits can park in these locations. Any member of the University community with a disability requesting permission to park in a handicapped parking areas, must apply to the appropriate municipal authority to secure a New York State handicapped parking permit. A parking zone identified with a sign bearing the international disability symbol is restricted at all times for use by vehicles bearing both (1) a valid St. John's parking permit and (2) New York State-issued handicapped parking permit.
Temporary Handicapped Permits
St. John’s strongly supports the provision of disability parking spaces at a reasonable proximity to campus buildings for people with a temporary disability. University members can obtain a temporary handicapped parking permit from Public Safety. These disabled parking privileges will be granted only after submission of medical documents or doctor’s note which indicates that the applicant has established physical limitations. In addition, a valid photo ID is required when visiting the office. Public Safety will not accept any substitute forms or letters.
Emergency Response Procedures
In the event of an emergency, all students, including those with disabilities should follow the directions given by Public Safety regarding exiting buildings and gathering at a central location.
Students with physical disabilities (that have self-identified) will be assigned to classrooms no higher than the second floor of any academic building.
Students with physical disabilities should proceed out of the classroom and into the hallway to the closest exit that is not affected by the emergency. Students on a second floor will need to wait for assistance in getting down the staircase as the elevators are not an option in the event of certain emergencies. Tell others who are evacuating the building to inform Public Safety of your location and your need for assistance. Be sure to program Public Safety’s phone number into your cell phone so it is readily available in the event of an emergency.
lease make yourself aware of the exits in your buildings and let either the Dean of Students or the Associate Dean for Student Services know if you have any questions or concerns regarding how you will evacuate a building during an emergency.
Individuals experiencing challenges accessing any University area, i.e. building, sidewalk, classroom, meeting room, restroom, etc, should contact Public Safety for assistance.
For more information, please contact:
Queens and Manhattan Campuses:
Dorothy Schmitt, LMHC
Coordinater of Services for Students with Disabilities
Office of Disability Services
Marillac Hall Room 134
Staten Island Campus:
Erin Ryan, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Counseling and Consultation
Staten Island , NY 10301
Please see Human Resources Policy 704 - Policy against Bias, Discrimination, and Harassment and Policy 703 - Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures; all members of the University community may use these procedures.
For the purpose of this policy, the University Community includes, but is not limited to, all students, faculty, administrators, staff (including student workers), alumni, interns, members of the Board of Trustees, and members of University-sponsored advisory committees. Visitors to the University, vendors and service-providers also may be subject to this policy.
Please see the Drug-Free Campus Guidelines.
Federal law makes it a criminal offense to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or possess with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense, or simply possess a controlled substance. The New York Penal Law makes it a criminal offense to possess, possess with intent to sell, or actually sell various drugs. The drugs to which this law applies include marijuana.
The possible sanctions for violation of federal and state and local law involving controlled substances and drugs depend upon the particular offense violated. The various offenses are premised on factors which include the type and quantity of drugs involved. Depending upon the particular circumstances involved, violations of said law could result in sanctions ranging from a monetary fine to life imprisonment.
A person need not be in actual physical possession of a controlled substance to be guilty of a crime. The unlawful presence of a controlled substance in an automobile is presumptive evidence of knowing possession of each passenger, unless the substance is concealed on the person of one of these occupants. Similarly, the presence of certain substances, including marijuana, in open view in a room under circumstances demonstrating an intent to prepare the substance for sale is presumptive evidence of knowing possession of anyone in close proximity.
New York law also prohibits the misuse of alcohol. Alcohol may not be sold, delivered, or given away to anyone under 21 years of age, nor may someone under the age of 21 present false evidence of age to purchase alcohol. A fine of up to $25 or imprisonment for up to five days can be imposed for consuming an alcoholic beverage in a public place or for public possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage with intent to consume. Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, or impaired by the use of drugs, is a crime for which a sentence of up to one year in prison can be imposed.
Excessive, abusive, illegal and /or repetitive use of alcohol and/ or drugs is inconsistent with the maintenance of an educational environment. Such behavior threatens the well-being of persons and property and tends to diminish a student’s prospects for personal and intellectual development and academic success.
When students under the age of 21 are found to have committed serious or repetitive violations of University policies related to the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol and/or drugs, the Dean of Students or designee has the authority to determine when and by what means to notify parents or guardians. Whenever possible, students will be informed that a notification will occur in advance of a parent or guardian receiving the notice.
Education ProgramWellness Education and Prevention Services utilizes evidenced-based prevention strategies focusing on early prevention with our first year students during orientation, a required pre-matriculation online course, (AlcoholEdu), classroom transition labs (Freshmen Experience Workshops) and a multimedia social norms campaign (www.sober24-7.com). Parents also are engaged in our prevention strategies during orientation as well as follow up communication the parent connection newsletter.
Our active peer education program facilitates late-night alcohol-free events, mandated prevention initiatives required by Greeks, Athletes and campus leaders and DCTC (Don’t Cancel that Class) workshops.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students) and CHOICES (Conscious Healthy Options in College Environments) programs are designed for students who need additional guidance in the decision making process around using alcohol and other drugs addressing expectancies, reasons for use and healthy options.
The Alcohol and Other Drug policies on campus are reviewed biannually as part of the Biennial Review process, Department of Education, Part 86.
Fraternities and Sororities
Eligibility for consideration for fraternity/sorority membership is defined as:
New Member Procedures
In order to assist the Greek Letter Organizations, to improve the quality of their new member/intake programs, and to insure compliance with New York State Law, the Department of Student Life - both campuses - has established guidelines for new member education/intake programs. Any organizations which have new member education/intake programs are required to contact the appropriate office on their campus prior to the new member education/intake education programs and are required to follow the guidelines as outlined by the Department of Student Life. Any questions regarding new member education or hazing should also be directed to these offices on the student's respective campus.
Whereas the rules and regulations of the University have, for numerous years, prohibited various activities commonly referred to as 'hazing'; and
Whereas the State of New York has enacted a law which required the University to file with the Regents and the Commissioner of Education its rules and regulations relating to the subject of 'hazing';
Now be it Hereby Resolved that the following Rules and Regulations Regarding Hazing are hereby adopted by the Board of Trustees and that the same be filed with the Regents and the Commissioner of Education and be disseminated among the University community.
St. John's University, New York, recognizes that membership in a fraternity/sorority or other campus organization (hereinafter collectively referred to as an 'organization') can be a meaningful experience in conjunction with other aspects of the educational process. Unfortunately, however, membership or prospective membership in an organization is sometimes accompanied by a wrongful activity commonly known as 'hazing'.
Hazing is both a violation of the Penal Law and other laws of the State of New York as well as the general regulations of the University. Accordingly, the University hereby reaffirms its policy that it will not condone hazing of any kind. To this end, any student, faculty member, staff member, visitor, licensee or invitee who engage in hazing may be ejected from the campus and, where appropriate, shall be subject to suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action. Similarly, the University may take any or all of the following actions against any organization which authorizes hazing or whose members (whether individually or in concert) engage in hazing: rescind permission for the organization to operate on campus property; rescind recognition of the organization; prohibit the organization from using the University's name.
Hazing has been defined as generally including, among other things:
Violations of any of the foregoing prohibitions shall be dealt with by the University as follows:
In the case of an organization: The organization shall be requested to cease and desist from such prohibited conduct; and if the organization fails to do so, necessary and appropriate action will be taken to eject such organization from University property. In addition, charges shall be instituted, pursuant to the Procedures for Student Discipline in Nonacademic Affairs, against any organization which authorizes or engages in hazing. In accordance with those procedures the penalties of temporary or permanent recision of permission for the organization to operate on campus property; temporary or permanent recision of the University's recognition of such organization; and prohibition of the use of the University's name by such organization, may be imposed.
The foregoing Rules and Regulations shall apply equally to individuals and organizations at the School of Law except that the hearing procedures to be followed with regard to students and organizations at the School of Law shall be those set forth in the Grievances Procedure adopted by the Faculty Council of the School of Law. In accordance with those Grievance Procedures, the penalties of suspension, expulsion or other disciplinary action may be imposed upon any student at the School of Law who engages in hazing. In connection with any organization of the School of Law, in addition to the penalties set forth in those Grievances Procedures, the penalties of temporary or permanent recision of permission for the organization to operate on campus property; temporary or permanent recision of the University's recognition of such organization; and prohibition of the use of the University's name by such organization, may be imposed.
Wherever, in the opinion of the President or his designee, the conduct of any individual or organization poses an imminent threat to the physical or emotional safety of himself/herself or to others or to property, the President or his designee may immediately suspend such individual or organization from the campus pending any appropriate hearing and final determination therein.
In addition to the foregoing, the University reaffirms its right to utilize and seek the aid of public authorities and such judicial, civil and criminal process and proceedings as may, in the discretion of the University, be necessary and appropriate. Any penalty imposed by the University shall be in addition to any penalty pursuant to the penal law or any other law to which a violator or organization may be subject.
The foregoing Rules and Regulations shall be deemed to be part of the bylaws of all organizations operating on the University's campuses. Every organization shall annually review its bylaws with all individuals affiliated with such organization.
Adopted by the Board of Trustees on September 22, 1980
Current medical information indicates that students or employees with any form of HIV/AIDS infection do not pose a health risk to other students or employees in an academic setting. Persons with HIV/AIDS are considered as having a disability and the legal rights of these individuals must be protected.
St. John's University will not consider the existence of any form of HIV/AIDS infection in the initial decision for people applying for admission or employment by the institution except as it may affect any individual's ability to meet objective standards as applied to all others.
Students and employees with HIV/AIDS infection will not be denied or restricted access to student unions, theatres, restaurants, snack bars, gymnasiums, swimming pools, saunas, recreational facilities, or other common areas.
Further, Student Health Services and the Center for Counseling and Consultation will provide support services that promote the physical and mental health of persons with HIV infection. If required services are beyond the scope of those provided on campus, individuals will be referred to other health care providers or facilities
If an individual reveals HIV/AIDS status to any member of the University community, this information will be accepted as strictly confidential. No person, group, agency, insurer, employer, or institution will be provided with medical information of any kind, including information relative to HIV/AIDS infection, without the prior written consent of the individual unless otherwise mandated by law.
Voluntary Health Related Leave of Absence
St. John's University students may apply for a Voluntary Health Related Leave of Absence (HRLOA). An HRLOA is an agreement regarding a separation between the student and the University for a period of time. HRLOAs are coordinated through the Department of Student Wellness, Division of Student Affairs. HRLOAs are recommended in those instances when a student’s medical and/or mental health condition is judged to significantly impair his or her ability to function successfully or safely as a student. It is expected that a student who is granted an HRLOA will use the time away from the University for treatment and recovery. It should be understood that most students require a reasonable period of time away from St. John’s University, and, in the case of mental health services, a course of clinically recognized and accepted treatment interventions to recover their health sufficiently in order to obtain the requisite clearance from the Health Related Leave Review Committee to pursue reenrollment.
Current policy requires that specific steps be followed in order for a student to both obtain an HRLOA and to return from one. First, the student should initiate the process by informing the Dean of his/her school or college that he/she wishes to take a leave of absence as a result of a medical and/or mental health condition. The Dean’s office will then refer the student to the University’s Health Related Leave Review Committee. The student must provide a written request for an HRLOA to the Committee. The student’s written request must be accompanied by a letter from a licensed health care provider who is familiar with the student’s condition. Acceptable sources would include, but not be limited to, the student’s primary care physician, hospital-based physicians and mental health clinicians. This letter should indicate dates of evaluation and/or treatment, a clear recommendation from the health care provider that the student cannot continue his/her academic program because of his/her medical and/or mental health condition, and an estimate regarding the time period for an HRLOA. The Committee shall review the documentation and make a recommendation to the Dean of the student’s school or college as to whether the documentation is sufficient to support the request for an HRLOA. The Dean shall make the final decision regarding whether to approve or deny the HRLOA and then notify the student in writing as to his/her decision. If an HRLOA is approved, the Dean’s office will notify the appropriate University personnel to enact the HRLOA, including the Registrar, Financial Aid, Bursar, and Office of Residence Life, if applicable.
Before Taking a Voluntary Health Related Leave of Absence
It is essential that each student review his or her current health insurance coverage. Students should contact the University Health Plan office (1-800-437-6448) or their parent’s insurance plan (if applicable) for further information as needed. Students who are covered by the St. John’s University Student Health Insurance Plan (www.universityhealthplans.com) when they convert to On Leave status are automatically covered for the remainder of the plan year, and they may be eligible to purchase a one-time, one-year extension of their SHIP insurance if needed. Students who are covered by a parent’s employer plan when they convert to On Leave status may need to apply for continuation of coverage (COBRA) with the parent’s plan. Enrollment in COBRA is time sensitive.
For more information, please see Voluntary Health Related Leave of Absence.
Involuntary Leave of Absence
Reason for Policy:
The University is committed to providing a safe and orderly environment, protecting its community members from the risk of physical harm, and preserving the integrity of its learning environment. In so doing, the University reserves the right to compel an involuntary leave of absence in extraordinary circumstances for any student whose behavior includes engaging in or a likelihood of engaging in behavior that either poses a danger of harm to self or others, or disrupts the learning environment of others.
Involuntary Leave of Absence is defined as the involuntary separation of a student from the University and its facilities for no less than one calendar year that is prescribed by the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Purview of this Policy:
This policy is meant to be invoked only after extensive involvement with a student – in an effort to effect voluntary leave and after alternative actions have been explored. An Involuntary Leave of Absence may be imposed if a student is unwilling or unable to request a voluntary leave of absence, and such a leave may be necessary to protect the safety of that student and/or others, or the integrity of the University’s learning environment. This would include such situations as unresolved, ongoing, and serious suicidal threats, self-starvation of a life-threatening nature, and serious threats of harm to others.
This policy and these procedures do not take the place of disciplinary actions that are in response to violations of the Judicial Code of Conduct, nor do they preclude the removal or dismissal of students from the University or University owned facilities as a result of violations of other University policies or regulations.
Placing a Student on Involuntary Leave of Absence:
When the Vice President for Student Affairs, or a designee, learns of a student's disconcerting behavior, and deems it appropriate, s/he will initiate the following procedures: The Vice President for Student Affairs may be notified of the behavior by any source on campus such as a College Dean, Faculty upon recommendation of College Dean, Public Safety, Residence Life, Dean of Students, or Health Services or Center for Counseling and Consultation.
Implications of an Involuntary Leave of Absence:
Request for Re-enrollment:
A written request for re-enrollment must be submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs. The student’s re-enrollment request will be reviewed by the Vice President for Student Affairs or a designee. The University reserves the right to establish that the student meets certain criteria prior to resumption of enrollment. The criteria include, but are not limited to, compelling evidence that the behavior that precipitated the need for the Involuntary Leave has been ameliorated to the degree that it will no longer adversely affect the student’s safety and/or functioning. The criteria and supporting documentation will be identified to the student at the time when the Involuntary Leave is imposed.
Please note that each student in the leave review process is responsible for reading the information provided in the addendum to this policy regarding insurance coverage, financial obligations, and financial aid.
Please see Public Safety.
Emergency Contact Numbers
On campus, you also can receive the latest emergency information via Audix, the University’s voice mail system. Off campus, call these numbers:
Closure and emergency information: 718-990-2000
Please refer to the Residence Life for information on policies and procedures, and please read these important resources from Residence Life:
Registration of Student Groups and Organizations
St. John's University aims to complement the formal knowledge imparted in the classroom with other learning experiences which promote personal development. While stressing academic excellence, the University recognizes the importance of providing facilities, services, programs and staff which help integrate social, cultural, athletic, spiritual and academically-related activities with classroom learning. Involvement in these groups and organizations presents students with the opportunity to take responsibility for shaping the campus environment, for broadening their learning, for gaining leadership and interpersonal skills and for developing a commitment to service.
Students are free to organize and to join associations whose stated purposes are consistent with the University mission and its Catholic character and Vincentian tradition. All student organizations seeking eligibility for University benefits must be registered with the Department of Student Life and with the Student Government of their respective campus and must follow the procedures outlined below.
Students who hold leadership positions in organizations must be enrolled in at least 12 credits and maintain a 2.0 or better grade point average.
Registered groups are expected to conduct their activities in an orderly, responsible and civil manner in order to maintain a community consistent with the mission and goals of the University. Registered groups which depart from these standards and norms will be held accountable.
Although the University recognizes the educational value of student organizations, the registration of a student organization in no way, expressly or implied, indicates that the University endorses or is responsible for the actions, positions or points of view espoused privately or publicly by any such organization.
The University delegates responsibility for the registration of student organizations as follows:
Registration and eligibility for University benefits shall neither be withheld nor denied on the basis of race, color, national and/or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, marital status or disability.
In registering a student organization, the proponents of the student organization must demonstrate to the respective Student Government (in the case of an undergraduate student organization) or the Dean's office of the appropriate graduate or professional school (in the case of a graduate or professional student organization) that the purpose of the organization is consistent with the mission and goals of the University and its Catholic nature.
With respect to registration of student organizations, the President of the University or his designee reserves the right to review, offer guidance and, when necessary, intervene in the decisions of the Student Government or the Dean of the professional or graduate schools if, in the view of the administration, the educational values or mission of the University appear to be undermined. Since the University seeks to encourage the exercise of responsible freedom; however, student representatives should be allowed the greatest possible discretion in making these judgments.
Disputes, challenges, and exceptions to the above outlined registration policy will be resolved between the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee and the appropriate student government representative(s). In cases in which a mutually satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, the Executive Vice President will review the points of difference and make the final determination, subject to review by the President of the University.
The registration of a student organization in no way implies that the University endorses positions or points of view espoused privately or publicly by the organization.
Registered student organizations will be reviewed by their respective Student Government, at a minimum, every three years in order to verify the continued compliance of their activities with their constitutions and the consistency of their constitutions with the mission and goals of the University and its Catholic character.
Clarification and interpretations of these guidelines will be provided as needed by the Chief Student Affairs Officer or designee.
Registration and Responsibilities
The student organization must have a constitution which states the purpose and goals of the organization and how these goals are consistent and compatible with the mission and goals of the University. Any changes in an undergraduate student organization's constitution will require review by the respective Student Government as detailed in the bylaws. Any changes in a professional or graduate student organization's constitution will require review by the appropriate Dean or designee.
The student organization must abide by University policies and procedures appropriate to the organization's activities and conduct.
The student organization must agree to comply with the University's nondiscrimination policy in regard to membership.
The student organization must agree that freedom of expression will be exercised in a peaceful, non-disruptive manner and with appropriate consideration and respect for differing points of view.
The members of the student organization should seek the advice and counsel of their respective moderators or Student Life liaison, especially when involved in issues that may be controversial or provocative.
Because registration of a student organization in no way implies that the University necessarily endorses positions or points of view espoused privately or publicly by members of the student organization, the student organization should articulate the fact that the University is not responsible for the actions, positions or points of view espoused privately or publicly by any such organization. The organization should include in all of its agreements and publications, written or otherwise disseminated, a suitable statement setting forth that the University, in no way, expressly or implied, endorses or is responsible for the actions, practices, positions or points of view of any such organization.
In the event that a particular student organization is affiliated with any off-campus organization, the student organization's constitution must reflect such an affiliation.
All related policies and procedures in the Student Handbook apply as indicated.
Rights and Benefits
The organization may use the University name in association with the organization in a manner designated by the University.
The organization may use the University facilities in accordance with the applicable policies for meetings and activities as set by the University.
The organization may solicit membership on campus under the organization's name subject to the policies and procedures established by the University.
The organization may use designated University bulletin boards and posting areas in accordance with the University policies on posting.
The organization has the right to request access to campus services, leadership programs, Student Life liaison and appropriate communication resources on campus.
The organization has the right to request student activity funding from appropriate sources.
The organization shall have the opportunity to sponsor activities on campus including sponsoring guest speakers subject to the criteria established by the University's Speakers' Policy.
Use of Campus Facilities
Students may reserve campus facilities for meetings, events or other activities through the University Center Student Life office (Queens) which works in conjunction with the University Calendar Clearance office or the Department of Student Life (Staten Island).
Permission to place posters in campus buildings must be obtained from the Department of Student Life or from Student Government for campus student organizations. Any materials of any type printed on or off campus and intended for distribution on campus must first be submitted for authorization to the Department of Student Life or to Student Government for campus student organizations. Vendors will not be permitted to display or sell products unless sponsored by a registered student organization or given permission through the Department of Student Life.
When Saturday evening student events are scheduled, all gates to the campus with the exception of Gate 1 will be closed at 8 pm. This procedure will be cancelled in the event of a basketball game or other major campus event. This procedure may also be in effect for Friday evenings with the later closing date because of night classes.
University Center student staff members will check identification for all individuals attending student events. Proper identification includes St. John's University student identification, other college ID as approved by the sponsoring organization, and previously authorized attendees whose names appear on the guest list and who have appropriate identification such as a driver's license. All individuals in the car must possess one of these types of identification. Cars will be inspected; the license plate number and number of passengers will be recorded.
A count of the number of individuals attending the event will be kept at the Gate. After the number expected (as indicated on the event pass) is reached, no other individual planning to attend that event will be allowed to enter the campus. The event is closed to all attendees at 1 a.m.
Identification will be rechecked at the door of the University Center or other area where the event is being held.
Any questions will be directed to the Student Life administrator on duty.
Speech and Expression Policy
St. John's University is committed to standards promoting speech and expression that foster the responsible exchange of ideas and opinions which enables the pursuit of knowledge and truth. As embodied in the University's Mission Statement,
We commit ourselves to academic excellence and the pursuit of wisdom which flows from free inquiry, religious values, and human experience.
All members of the St. John's University community which includes students, faculty, staff and administrators enjoy the right to freedom of speech and expression that is consistent with the University Mission and its Catholic character and Vincentian tradition. St. John's seeks to foster an environment of global harmony and the incorporation of diverse perspectives. As is true with the society at large, this freedom is subject to reasonable parameters of time, place and manner and compatibility with the Mission of the University.
The right of free speech and expression does not include unlawful activity or activity that endangers or threatens to endanger the safety of any member of the University community or any of the University's physical facilities, or any activity that disrupts or obstructs the functions of the University or immediately threatens such disruption or obstruction.
As stated in the University's Mission Statement,
We embrace the Judeo-Christian ideas of respect for the rights and dignity of every person and each individual's responsibility for the world in which we live.
Expression that is indecent or is obscene or grossly offensive on matters such as race, ethnicity, religion or gender is inconsistent with accepted norms of conduct at the University.
Although St. John's University supports the responsible exchange of discourse and the expression of ideas and opinions, the use of the University forum shall not imply acceptance or endorsement by the University of the views expressed. If the rights of any member of the University have been violated and/or he/she has experienced a direct conflict with the above stated policy, he/she may file a grievance with the Department of Student Life on his/her campus.
St. John's University has established the following procedures to assist members of the University community in interpreting the Speech and Expression policy.
Approved by the University Senate Mar. 19, 1993
Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 12, 1993
Speech and Expression Procedures
Sponsoring student organizations are requested to state on promotional materials that the opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the opinions and/or beliefs of St. John's University.
When it is deemed necessary to staff the event or speaker with additional security to insure the safety of all those present, the cost for additional security may be the responsibility of the sponsoring student organization. This determination will be made cooperatively by the Department of Student Life, Student Government and the sponsoring organization.
The Department of Student Life reserves the right to request the sponsoring student organization to provide reference materials for a proposed speaker. The sole purpose of these references is to insure that the speaker responsibly represents the subject on which he or she is to speak. Student Life may also request reviews or tapes of prior performances.
In the case of a speaker representing a controversial issue, the Department of Student Life may require, as a condition of approval, that an opposing viewpoint be represented. This may take the form of a debate which will be facilitated by an appropriate faculty and/or student moderator.
The Department of Student Life reserves the right to cancel, postpone or deny the appearance of a speaker or performer. This determination will be based upon any concern for public safety or the belief that the speaker will be in violation of established University policies or will deal with matters that are inconsistent with the University Mission and its Catholic character and Vincentian tradition.
The sponsoring student organization may appeal the decision made to cancel the event by the following process:
Use of Alcohol at Events
Alcoholic beverages are viewed as a refreshment that can be utilized for student social and cultural activities. Consumption of these beverages should never be the primary focus of any student activity. Proper use of alcohol depends on students' mature attitudes and the utilization of responsible safeguards.
Event Alcohol Procedures
Persons over 21 years of age will be required to present:
The I.D.'s listed in above must at a minimum contain the person's name and signature which match the name and signature contained in the valid photographic identification card issued by a governmental entity.
Once proper proof of age has been presented, the person will wear a method of identification indicating that he/she is over 21.
The University reserves the right to refuse to serve any individual whose conduct is judged by University officials to be disorderly or in violation of University policy.
Security Policy for University Events
This policy applies to the St. John’s University community, including students, faculty, administrators and staff and to visitors on the University campuses. This policy applies to all St. John’s New York campuses.
The safety and security of students, faculty, administrators, staff, and visitors during events taking place at the University is paramount. The Department of Public Safety will plan and implement appropriate safety protocols for all events taking place on St. John’s University campuses, and will coordinate and plan placement and use of security personnel. In an effort to help facilitate student and/or University programs and to support and encourage on-campus activities, metal detectors, including magnetometer machines and hand-held wands, may be utilized to ensure a safe event.
Metal detection is used at all NCAA sporting events held at the Carnesecca Arena, Belson Soccer Stadium, and DaSilva Field when the total number of expected attendees is greater than 100. In addition, questions normally used to evaluate whether or not the use of metal detectors is an appropriate vehicle for ensuring the protection of the University community include the following:
Metal detection devices may also be used when information exists that warrants their use as determined by members of the Department of Public Safety in conjunction with an executive member of the University. This may include, for example, when there is a history of disruptive behavior on the part of the performer and/or patrons, or when a speaker or sponsoring organization requests security measures be taken. University events hosted by the President and other senior leaders of the University may be deemed by Public Safety not to require magnetometers and discretion will be exercised when assessing this need.
Magnetometer Security Procedures
Public Safety personnel will utilize metal detector devices to screen persons entering an event for weapons and other dangerous instruments. Backpacks and other similar items are normally not permitted into an event. At student-centered events, Public Safety may permit backpacks or similar items; however, they will be subject to search. The University does not allow individuals to bring alcoholic beverages into an event, and non-alcoholic beverages are permitted in plastic containers only. Prospective attendees may (i) refuse to be screened by a metal detector, (ii) refuse to permit Public Safety inspection of their hand-carried items, and (iii) withdraw permission for screening or searches at any time, provided that a weapon or other threat to safety has not already been identified. Any person who refuses or withdraws permission for screening or searching, will be escorted off campus by Public Safety personnel unless the person has a valid St. John’s University identification card identifying him or her as a student or member of the staff, faculty or administration; in such case, the person will be refused admittance to the event and asked to leave the event area. In cases in which a person, by reason of medical necessity, is unable to submit to the screening process, that person may request a manual pat down by a Public Safety Officer, provided that person has a valid medical identification card indicating that he/she is unable to submit to a medical detector or other device.
Questions concerning this policy should be directed to Public Safety.