The Office of Residence Life at St. John’s University aims to strengthen the learning community for all students by providing opportunities for intellectual, spiritual, and personal development that complement those offered in the classroom.
Residence Life significantly expands the opportunity for such development since resident students are immersed in the campus environment.
The goal of the Office of Residence Life is to foster personal responsibility, social awareness, and student leadership through programs and activities consistent with the values of the University’s mission:
Resident students are encouraged to take advantage of the academic culture of the University outside the classroom to supplement in-class learning.
Personal and Professional Development
Resident students learn how to practice healthy lifestyles and prepare for career or life challenges and opportunities.
Resident students are provided opportunities to experience and begin the process of understanding universal diversity.
Resident students are guided to explore and understand constructs of personal faith and moral beliefs.
Resident students perform community service to gain an understanding of the social constructs behind the need for service.
Mission Development/Metropolitan Experience
Resident students explore and experience the historical, cultural, and social venues of New York City.
The development of the whole individual is our priority within the foundation of our residence hall program. The goal of each of the halls and apartments, in addition to providing a place to sleep, is to supplement learning and provide a variety of educational, social, and recreational activities. Residence halls are living-learning centers for today’s students. Becoming a member of the St. John’s residential community involves students in the special opportunity to live, learn, and grow together. This necessitates the creation of set expectations and community standards to develop a respectful, thoughtful, and educational environment. Our community is a place where a developed sense of integrity and the ability to make good decisions is highly esteemed. It is a place where we celebrate diversity and expressly repudiate discrimination. Also, we are interdependent for the fulfillment of certain needs, and therefore, living in the St. John’s residential community requires each of us to adopt an active understanding of Residence Hall Policies.
The policies are designed to create an optimal environment for every member of the community and those who visit. The policies establish clear and consistent behavioral expectations. Infractions of these policies are documented and adjudicated to preserve and protect the integrity of our community.
The community values set forth reflect the University’s Vincentian mission. St. John’s strives to promote justice, instill personal and moral values, and create a healthy learning environment. In the event that a student is found responsible for violating a section or sections of the Residence Hall Policies, a sanction may be assigned. Sanctions imposed through the student conduct process are intended to facilitate the aforementioned goals. The student conduct process is an essential part of the educational setting, as it stresses personal accountability and respect for others.
The Office of Residence Life at St. John’s is committed to the safety and well being of all community members. We strive to create an environment that is free of acts of violence, harassment, and infringement of rights of privacy and property. The Office of Residence Life is one of many service offices in the University that assists students. As staff, we support students by identifying resources which, based on personal needs, further assist them.
Students in our resident halls come from a wide variety of geographical locations and cultural backgrounds. Experiences with students enhance one’s learning while exposing him/her to different perspectives; stressing tolerance, acceptance, and respect for others; and promoting the standards of good citizenship.
The director, associate directors, assistant director, residence directors, graduate assistants, and office support staff are responsible for coordinating the residence hall staff of resident assistants and administering the entire residence hall program which includes, but is not limited to, assigning rooms, helping students with interpersonal conflicts, and training staff.
Contact Residence Life:
Donovan Hall, Garden Level
Monday to Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Follow us on social media:
Queens: Facebook / Twitter
Staten Island: Facebook
Resident assistants (RAs) are selected by the Office of Residence Life because of their interest in people, proven maturity, and sense of responsibility. After training, the RAs clearly understand that they serve as agents of St. John’s Catholic and Vincentian mission for their residents. The RAs provide assistance to each student. Resident assistants assist residents with problems or questions.
Resident assistants are students assigned to directly oversee residents of a particular floor/wing or area in a residence hall/apartment. The RAs are knowledgeable about St. John’s policies and serve as sources of help within the institution.
Senior resident assistants (SRAs) are students assigned to assist and oversee the hall staff with administrative work and the ongoing development of a residence hall. The SRAs are knowledgeable about St. John’s policies and are sources of help within the institution. Each residence hall has one SRA on the Queens campus .
In each residence hall, there are 1-2 RAs on duty daily in order to be a resource for residents, perform walking rounds of the building, and to monitor the residence hall environment. RAs can be located in the RA office within the residence hall or the Office of Residence Life on Staten Islandbetween the hours of 7pm-12am daily. In addition, game equipment and other items are available in the RA office or the Office of Residence Life on Staten Island to be loaned out to students as needed.
The graduate assistants report to the Henley residence director and assistant director; they are responsible for the management of all off-campus housing and the implementation of all policies and procedures. They provide after-hours duty coverage and serve as liaisons to Facilities, Public Safety, and the University community.
On Staten Island, graduate assistants are responsible for the management of residence apartments, fostering the creation of community within the residence apartments, aiding the Assistant Director in managing the RA and student worker staff, and implementing all policies and procedures.
Residence Directors (Queens)
Residence directors (RDs) are full-time professionals who live in the residence halls and are responsible for one or more buildings. Residence Directors report to an associate director and supervise RAs. The RDs implement policies and procedures, facilitate residence hall programming, serve as primary judicial hearing officers, advise hall councils and perform on-duty responsibilities. RDs can be located in the RD office within the residence hall between the hours of 10 am-4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays.
Assistant Director (Queens)
The assistant director is responsible for the housing assignment process, DePaul Houses, and supervising a graduate assistant while serving as a liaison with students, parents, alumni, and the University community.
Assistant Director (Staten Island)
The Assistant Director on Staten Island oversees students and residential life, while serving as the housing administrator, for students, parents, alumni, and the University Community.
There are two associate directors: the associate director of operations and the associate director of residence life. Associate directors are responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the residence halls, supervising residence directors in these areas and serving as liaisons for Residence Life to students, parents, alumni, and University officials.
Director of Residence Life
The director of residence life is responsible for overseeing the administration of the Residence Life program at St. John’s Queens and Staten Island campuses. The director oversees the professional staff and central office staff.
The central office is staffed by one support person and student workers.
The Residence Ministers work with Residence Life to enhance and further the Vincentian and Catholic mission of St. John’s. Residence Ministers live and work in the residence halls and apartments and provide counseling, spiritual guidance, programming, supportive service and referral information to students.
The Resident Student Association (RSA) on the Queens campus affords a significant opportunity to participate and effect change in the community. Through the RSA, students can construct and participate in social, educational, and service programs that cater specifically to students living in the Residence Village. The Resident Student Association also allows students to have a voice with administration through student representatives. This grants students the possibility to change processes, policies, and other issues affecting resident students and the student body, keeping in mind our Catholic and Vincentian mission. The Resident Student Association is an excellent way for students to get involved on campus and develop individual leadership skills.
For more information on the RSA, stop by the Office of Residence Life in Donovan C-16 (Garden Level) or call 718-990-2417.You also may attend RSA meetings and look for our published announcements.
Each residence hall has its own hall council with its own distinct constitution and bylaws. There is one Hall Council organization for Staten Island. The Residence Director advises these hall councils with the support of the Senior Resident Assistant. Hall councils enhance the residential life experience by providing inclusive social, educational, and service programs, while serving as a gateway to solutions through advocacy. Hall councils are responsible for providing activities for their specific halls.
On Staten Island, the Assistant Director advises the Hall Council on Staten Island with the support of a graduate assistant. The Hall Council serves to enhance the residential experience by allowing students the opportunity to advocate for their own needs, meet and discuss potential solutions to resident students concerns with the administration, and provide campus-wide inclusive social, educational, and service programming.
Executive board and committee opportunities are available throughout the year. If you are interested in joining a hall council, please contact your Hall Council advisor.
The St. John’s University living experience is enhanced and maximized by themed community options. The goal of these communities is to bridge the academic and residential experience and link students, faculty, and administrators with common interests. Resident students report higher levels of satisfaction and freshmen residents are more likely to return sophomore year.
Leadership Living Learning Community (Donovan Hall): The Leadership Living Learning Community (3LC) is a unique experience that challenges and equips students to live a more meaningful life and influence others to make a positive impact on the world.3LC cultivates students’ leadership abilities by preparing them for and engaging them in hands-on experiences and by providing continuous feedback and reflection on their leadership development.
The International House (O’Connor Hall and DaSilva Hall): The International House provides an environment enriched with programs for students interested in global experiences; opportunities to engage in the world’s cultures, develop an awareness of global issues, and speak the languages studied through coursework here at SJU. The Resident Assistants of International House speak various languages such as Spanish, French, Italian, and Chinese; and will help to prepare students for global opportunities. Students may indicate their preference to live in this community on their application via the housing portal. Participation is based on availability.
24 Hour Quiet Floor (Century Hall and Hollis Hall): The 24 Hour Quiet Floor is a unique living environment designed for those students who like it a little more on the quiet side. While all of our residence halls have 24 hour "courtesy hours" and designated quiet hours during the night, the 24 hour quiet floor carries the quiet hours expectation throughout the day as well. Living in this environment is a privilege; students who have difficulty maintaining the quiet environment may be reassigned to another floor or hall. Students may indicate their preference to live in this community on their application via the housing portal. Participation is based on availability.
Honors Community (Donovan Hall): The Honors Program offers outstanding students the opportunity to maximize intellectual growth and experience personal enrichment. Students meet regularly with the program’s directors and faculty, creating a stimulating environment of thought, research and scholarly discourse. Students are able to participate in this community only through acceptance to the Honors program. This program has a “live together” requirement, and students will be able to select a room via the Housing Portal.
Pharmacy/Allied Health Community (Donovan Hall): The Doctor of Pharmacy Program prepares graduates to serve as medication experts who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to promote and deliver outstanding patient-centered care in all contemporary pharmacy practice settings with a global perspective. Graduates will be effective leaders, dedicated scholars and moral and ethical practitioners within interprofessional healthcare teams. Students are able to participate in this community only through acceptance to the Pharmacy program. This program has a “live together” requirement, and students will be able to select a room via the Housing PortaOzanam Scholars Community (St. Vincent Hall in Queens and Arlo Road in Staten Island)- The Ozanam Scholars program provides a select group of scholars with an innovative learning experience through academics and research, Vincentian service, and global citizenship. Students are able to participate in this community only through acceptance to the Ozanam scholars program. This program has a “live together” requirement, and students will be able to select a room via the Housing Portal.
Ozanam Scholars Community (St. Vincent Hall in Queens and Arlo Road in Staten Island): The Ozanam Scholars program provides a select group of scholars with an innovative learning experience through academics and research, Vincentian service, and global citizenship. Students are able to participate in this community only through acceptance to the Ozanam scholars program. This program has a “live together” requirement, and students will be able to select a room via the Housing Portal.
Catholic Scholars Community (St. Vincent Hall and Arlo Road in Staten Island): The Catholic Scholars program, provides students with the opportunity to be a part of a multi-disciplinary community of Catholic Leaders who join professors and Campus Ministers in monthly meetings, lectures, courses and prayer experiences that integrate faith, reason and service. Students are able to participate in this community only through acceptance to the Catholic Scholars program. This program has a “live together” requirement, and students will be able to select a room via the Housing Portal