Study Abroad programs take place in a variety of locations with varying legal ages for drinking as well as various living situations. The policies listed above apply to programs abroad, except as explicitly noted below.
Damage charges will result for those who are responsible. As a result, the person (s) will be held financially accountable for the labor, repairs, cleaning, and/or replacement of items(s). If responsibility cannot be determined, all assigned to that living space (room, suite, floor, or building) will be charged. For example: if no one can be determined responsible for the damage or excessive cleaning required in a suite, then all residents of that suite will be charged equally.
Total damages or cleaning charges will be deducted from the $250 damage deposit that each resident pays prior to moving into the halls. The remaining balance will be refunded by the Office of Student Financial Services. Any damage exceeding $250 will be billed to the resident. Any remaining spring balance may be deducted from the $250 damage deposit. For specific deadlines, please contact the Office of Student Financial Services.
Room Condition Report
Room Condition Reports (RCRs) — for both suites and rooms — are completed prior to student move-in. In the event a student finds conditions in a suite or room not previously noted on the RCR, he/she must notify their residence director or residence life staff member in writing within 72 hours of moving in. This notification must be dated and signed, and handed to the residence director during office hours. Note that the following will result in damage charges:
Check-In/Check-Out Agreement Cover Letter
To acquire suite/room keys, a student is required to sign a Check-In/Check-Out Agreement Cover Letter signifying reception of keys. When keys are returned, the student will again sign this form signifying the return of the keys.
Check-out ordinarily occurs at the end of the academic year in May. A student wishing to cancel the housing agreement prior to the end of the semester/year must complete and submit a decline form to the Office of Residence Life. Early termination is subject to a $500 cancellation fee. If check-out occurs any time during the academic year without obtaining an approved cancellation, the student will continue to be responsible for all charges for his/her assigned space for the entire agreement period. The student must also follow all check-out procedures in this handbook. Failure to comply with the check-out procedure will result in a $75 improper check-out charge.
When leaving University housing during the semester, students are required to do the following:
Every RA will hold a mandatory floor meeting prior to the completion of each semester. At this meeting, all check-out procedures will be reviewed and student questions will be addressed. Students unable to attend due to academic obligations must contact their RA prior to the scheduled meeting to review other meeting opportunities.
Residents must check out of University housing no later than 24 hours of their last final exam or by 3 p.m. on the check-out date established by Residence Life (whichever comes first). If found causing a disturbance during this time, they will be required to leave immediately. All students must move out by 3 p.m. on the afternoon following the last scheduled exam. This may be less than 24 hours after the last final exam.
The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to not offer check-out extensions to students based on space/staff concerns, or prior disciplinary record.
Students who remain in the halls after the check-out deadlines or who do not comply with the check-out procedures will be charged an improper check-out fine.
After the residence halls close, the residence director with a member of Facilities will use the Room Condition Report that was completed by a Residence Life staff member and inspect all suites, rooms and bathrooms. They will verify the condition as stated on the RCR form and may record additional damages that are not stated on the RCR. Bedroom damages will be assessed to occupants of that room. Suite damages will be assessed to all occupants of the suite. Floor damages (includes hallway and lounge area) will be assessed to occupants of that floor. Building damages will be assessed to occupants of that building. Charges will be assessed for cleaning suites, rooms and bathrooms. Lock changes will be assessed individually. Floor and building charges cannot be appealed.
An itemized damage statement will be mailed to your permanent mailing address in June. The total charges on the statement will be subtracted from the $250 damage deposit that was paid by each student prior to moving into the halls. The remaining balance from the $250 will be refunded by Student Financial Services unless you have an outstanding balance. If your charges exceed $250, the additional amount will be charged to your University account.
Failure to comply with the check-out procedures stated above will result in an improper check-out charge.
The residence halls will not close for these breaks; however, students should be aware that even though the halls remain open during these breaks, the dining halls are closed.
Visitation during Finals Week, Thanksgiving, Spring and Easter Breaks and Summer:
Thanksgiving BreakHalls remain open.
Winter Break BeginsResidence Halls are closed.
Students may request to stay during Winter Break for an additional housing charge. Permission must be communicated by Residence Life in writing.
Residence Halls Reopen After Winter BreakBy appointment only.
Spring BreakHalls remain open.
Easter BreakHalls remain open.
Residence Halls Close for Spring SemesterAll students must move out by 12 p.m. No exceptions.
In all buildings (except Depaul, Goethals, Arlo Rd., and Howard Ave.) the locks are card access only. To operate, press your StormCard to the key pad, wait one second, and the door should unlock and open by using the door handle. At move-in, there may be a slight activation delay to your residence hall door from the time you check-in to the first time you use your card. This is a one-time delay.
In the event your StormCard does not give you access into your suite, you should go directly to the Office of Public Safety located in the ROTC Building. The hours for the office are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m.–11 p.m. If the problem occurs outside these hours, please notify the resident assistant or residence director on duty.
Due to fire hazards and other safety concerns associated with the use, storage and charging of standing, motorized scooters (e-scooters), bicycles with electric assist (e-bikes), hoverboards, segways, and similar powered devices, St. John’s University has imposed prohibitions and restrictions on their use and operation on campus.
University policy prohibits the use and/or storage of motorized standing scooters, hoverboards, electric bicycles, segways, and similar devices inside all campus buildings. Charging of large lithium cell batteries is also prohibited inside all University properties.
Students who require the use of a mobility device powered by a lithium ion battery should document this need with the Office of Student Disability Services. Accommodations are approved on a case by case basis in consultation with the Fire Safety Director in the Department of Public Safety.
Users should take appropriate steps to ensure their personal safety and that of the University community when operating any mobility device in authorized areas on campus. As the landscape of micromobility devices continues to change and improvements in equipment and operational safety are made, the University may adapt its policy.
The following rules and restrictions apply to motorized standing scooters, hover boards, electric bicycles, Segways and similar powered devices:
Members of the University community who use bicycles, skateboards and other devices for personal mobility must behave responsibly with their own safety and the safety of the community in mind. This includes operating within reasonable speeds that minimize or eliminate potential hazards with other vehicles and pedestrian traffic. Extra caution should be used at intersections and crossings. The use of helmets and other safety equipment is recommended and strongly encouraged.
As a consideration to student organizations who wish to sponsor a charity drive in the residence halls, space will be available in the lobby areas for one bin per lobby (supplied by organization) by arrangement with the residence director of each building.
The student organization must supply contact information to the building RD and must be responsible for picking up the contents of the box at least three times a week. If the area is not well kept in the front lobby and materials are not picked up on a consistent basis, the RD can choose to discontinue the collection drive. The residence halls cannot be used for storage of any boxes, bins or materials. The organization will be responsible for providing the RDs and SRAs with publicity and signage.
The annual housing selection process begins in the spring semester and is the process whereby eligible residents select housing accommodations for the following academic year. Adherence to the announced timeline and procedures is imperative. Specific information will be available early in the spring semester and be widely distributed to all eligible resident students.
Any or all of the following items could limit or prohibit a student’s eligibility to participate in the housing selection process:
Total earned academic credits through the end of the fall semester will determine class status using established University guidelines.
If a student plans to study abroad, take an internship or otherwise plans to leave housing for any specified period of time related to academics, the Office of Residence Life should be notified in advance. Obtaining housing upon return is not guaranteed due to space constraints, though special attention will be given to afford the same opportunity as a current resident student.
Residents are not permitted to loan, duplicate, or transfer any key(s).Residents are expected to carry their suite/room keys at all times. Students are not allowed to tamper with existing locks, door mechanisms or to add any locks to their doors. Lost keys should be reported within 24 hours to the Office of Residence Life or the residence director to protect yourself and the safety of your belongings.
In the event that a student is locked out of his or her suite/room, he or she should:
Weekdays, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (3 p.m. on Friday): Contact Residence Life in Donovan Hall on Queens.
Weekdays, 7 p.m. - 8:30 a.m.; Friday after 3 p.m. and Weekends/Holidays: Contact the resident assistant on duty in the building. The names of the RAs on duty are displayed in each residence hall lobby. If the student is unable to locate an RA on Queens, he or she should see the resident safety monitor (at the front desk) to page the residence director on duty.
DePaul, Seton, and Goethals Residents ONLYAll lockouts, regardless of day/time will be handled by Public Safety and NOT Residence Life staff. Public Safety can be contacted at 718-990-6281.
Special Disclaimer: Any student who is locked out must verify who they are, using their University ID before entrance to a suite/room or immediately after. If a student cannot provide verifiable ID, they may not be allowed to enter or remain in the suite/room.
Floor lounges in each of the residence halls are designed to support students’ academic rigor as well as satisfy their need to socialize with other members of their community. Each building staff utilizes the lounges for programmatic reasons, enhancing the residence life experience for our students in the halls. The first priority of the lounge use will be given to the residents, hall-affiliated groups and staff of the building for space utilization. We also invite other student groups on campus to host events and meetings in our halls within the following guidelines.
Non-Hall Affiliated Group Meetings
If an interested student group other than a hall-affiliated group such as hall council or the RSA wishes to hold a meeting or event in any of the residence lounges, this can be coordinated by contacting the respective RD.
We invite other departments and student groups to continue to use our space by adhering to the following process:
Note: If an outside group violates any of the residence hall policy and procedures, they may lose their visitation privileges indefinitely for all of the Residence Village.
The student use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes is not allowed on any St. John’s property; nor is it allowed at any University sponsored event or activity off campus. All student use of marijuana (or any other drug) on or off University premises is strictly forbidden and subject to action under the Code of Conduct. Students may also face criminal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or sale of marijuana under the NYS Penal Law, and have their items confiscated and destroyed. Under no circumstances will confiscated marijuana be returned to student/students.
Federal laws (including the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act) prohibit marijuana use, possession and/or cultivation at educational institutions and on the premises of other recipients of federal funds. Therefore, even students with medical marijuana prescriptions will not be able to possess or use marijuana on the St. John’s campus. Each state’s laws, procedures, and qualifying criteria differ. However, the growing, possession, or use of marijuana remains an offense under the Controlled Substances Act, a federal law. Medical marijuana certification from a state offers no immunity against federal prosecution. St. John’s is obligated to comply with all federal laws and regulations in part due to federal funding of various programs such as student financial aid.
Several meal plan choices are offered to accommodate resident students in Montgoris Dining Hall, our traditional dining hall. For more information on available meal plans, please visit Room and Board: Meal Plans.
Residential students are prohibited from operating a business within their residence hall. The exchange of goods and services for cash is expressly prohibited. Students may not reserve inventory, distribute goods, or advertise services for sale within a residence hall community without the express written permission of the Director of Residence Life.
These guidelines do not pertain to all RSA events and the Greek Activity Fair.
The University does not assume liability directly or indirectly for loss or damage to personal property by fire or smoke, theft, water damage, or any other cause except to the extent allowed by the law. Residents are encouraged to secure renters insurance to protect their belongings or be covered by family’s homeowner/renters insurance.
Additionally, the University is not responsible for personal property left behind by students at the end of the year or subsequent to the date of their withdrawal, transfer, departure, suspension or dismissal from any room/suite. Items found in a student’s room after departure will be considered abandoned property and discarded.
All resident students must complete and sign the Residence Hall Agreement and Application before being placed into a room. The Residence Hall Agreement remains in effect for one academic year unless:
The Residence Hall Agreement and application dates shall be in concurrence with the academic calendar.
Housing Cancellation Policy: Refunds of payments to students who declined housing after check-in shall be prorated based of the number of days a student has occupied the University residence. Students will receive a 100 percent refund if they vacate the room within the first five days; 90 percent refund if they vacate the room on days 6–10 after occupancy; 80 percent refund if they vacate the room on days 11–15 after occupancy; 70 percent refund if they vacate the room on days 16–20 after occupancy; 60 percent refund if they vacate the room on days 21–25 after occupancy; 50 percent refund if they vacate the room on days 26–30 after occupancy; 25 percent refund if they vacate the room on days 31–35 after occupancy. There shall be no refund if the student vacates the room more than 35 days after occupancy.
Students who decline housing after check-in will be subject to a $500 cancellation fee and forfeiture of the $250 damage deposit. Students can appeal for a waiver of the cancellation fee only to the director of residence life. Waivers are granted at the discretion of the director of residence life. The following is a non-exclusive list for situations in which waivers may be granted: transfer from the University; withdrawal from the University; medical leave of absence; study abroad; or military service.
Termination of the Residence Hall Agreement and Application thereby canceling room and board will result in refunds that are based on the University refund schedule, except for student conduct codes.
Students wishing to move to another room must complete a Room Change Form, which may be obtained online Opportunities for room changes are very limited and are not guaranteed. Generally, room changes commence after classes begin. If a resident wants to change rooms because of a roommate conflict, he/she must consult with his/her resident advisor (RA) and have a mediation before a room change will be considered. . After the room change period ends, all room change requests will be taken on a case-by-case basis. However, no room changes are permitted during the last three weeks of the semester.
Students must complete their room change in the time period they are assigned. A room change is considered complete when all check-out procedures have been completed for the room which is being vacated, and check-in procedures are completed for the new room assignment.
Failure to complete the move within the designated time will result in cancellation of the room change and a fine for improper check-out. A move to a differently priced room such as a double room to a single will result in new charges being generated at the rate of the new room.
Improper room changes will be assessed a minimum fine of $100 per day.
Students are assigned to a specific room and bed space. Student are not permitted to utilize furniture that may potentially assigned to another student. Students should note that vacancies within their assignment are liable to be filled at anytime during the semester. Students may consult the housing portal to review roommate placements and contact information. Students who improperly occupy a vacant space(s) are subject to improper check out fines or daily fees for obstructing the use of a vacant space.
In an effort to create more housing options for incoming and existing residents, ensure equity, and maximize use of available space, the University will actively seek to consolidate vacancies within the University Housing system. Students that are assigned to partially vacant rooms may be reassigned prior to check-in. This means that the hall, room, and/or roommates you select now may be changed prior to fall check in if necessary for consolidation purposes. Consolidation may also occur during the academic year and students may be reassigned to other rooms, floors, or residence halls where necessary.
Smoking of any type, including electronic cigarettes and hookahs, is strictly prohibited in all University buildings including the residence halls and apartments. Vaping and electronic cigarettes are also not allowed to be used inside the residence halls and apartments.
St.John’s University reserves the right to have authorized personnel enter rooms/suites for enforcement of University policies or whenever there is a question of safety and security standards and to enforce health regulations, health and safety inspections or for the purpose of searching a room.
All communications from the Office of Residence Life are sent directly to the residents, not parents or guardians. This includes information pertaining to deadline dates, deposit information and application instructions. Notices are sent by e-mail and in certain instances by the US postal service. Your St. John’s University e-mail serves as your official St. John's e-mail address. Notifications and Information is sent to students at this e-mail address only. It is the student’s responsibility to check their St. John's e-mail regularly.
In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, St. John’s will provide reasonable accommodations for a student eligible to reside in University housing who has a qualifying physical or mental impairment. Please contact the Office of Residence Life for information required to make a special accommodation request. Accommodation documentation is reviewed by Disability Services. Members of the Residence Life staff, Public Safety, Facilities, Information Technology or personnel contracted by the University to perform work in the resident’s suite/room will enter for the purpose of, but not restricted to:
Any of the above work may be performed without the room/suite resident present.
Members of the Residence Life staff are permitted to enter a room/suite without obtaining consent when there is evidence of:
For the safety and security of the students, non-University locks cannot be placed on doors.
Plain-view violations of residence hall and/or University policies are subject to University disciplinary action. A search of a resident’s room/suite pursuant to an investigation intended to result in a legal and/or disciplinary action may be performed only with the authorization of the director of residence life, dean of students or vice president for student affairs. Every effort will be made to conduct the search in the presence of the room occupant and an administrator from the Office of Residence Life.
All Non-St. John's visitors, daytime and overnight, must be escorted in the building by their host, at all times.
All St. John’s students MUST use their StormCard as the primary means of identification. A defective StormCard MUST be replaced to maintain privileges regarding visitation.
St. John’s mission has a clear focus on the dignity of the human person. As such, the Office of Residence Life supports policies, practices and procedures which enhance that dignity. We believe it is our duty to create a residential living environment that promotes our students’ academic, personal, social and spiritual development. We strive to promote this development within a vibrant residential learning community.
Visitation is a privilege, not a right. A student’s right to privacy takes precedence over the right of a student to have a guest.In determining when guests should be invited to the room, apartment or suite, common sense should prevail. Visitors may not infringe on the rights of other residents to study, sleep, or to socialize in their room/suite/building. Residents are fully responsible for the actions and behaviors of their visitors. St. John’s University reserves the right to revoke visitation privileges for a period of time or when students do not live up to the University’s expectations.
The following policies will be in place for the 2023-2024 academic year:
In the residence halls on the Queens campus, a daytime St. John’s student visitor will hand their StormCard to the resident safety monitor who will verify status and allow entry with resident host. Upon leaving the building, the student guest will hand their StormCard to the resident safety monitor, who will complete the visit by signing the resident guest out of the building. StormCards are never left at the desk.
In the residence halls a daytime non-St. John's University visitor must sign in at the front desk on the Queens campus and be escorted by the host at all times. A current, legal and valid ID (US state issued driver’s photo ID, US state-issued non-driver’s photo ID, passport, Permanent Resident Card, or US Military ID) must be left at the front desk. Outside college IDs are not accepted. Upon leaving the building, the guest must collect their identification material from the front desk to complete the visit.
The following policies will be in place for the 2023-2024 academic year.
Resident hosts are allowed to host one overnight St. John’s student or non-St. John’s overnight guest at a time. Hosts may register no more than three overnight guests consecutively and guests may not register more than three consecutive overnights regardless of the host. Student guests must abide by the residence hall visitation policy. Those not properly registered are not allowed overnight guest privileges.
All overnight guests must be registered through the online system/housing portal before 11 p.m. on the night the guest wishes to stay. Non-St. John’s guests will receive an overnight guest pass, which must be retrieved from Public Safety no later than 11 p.m. by the host and guest, together. The guest pass must be carried at all times and the guest must be escorted by the host.
The host will be charged $20 for any lost overnight guest pass. If a host discovers that their guest has had a change of plans, they may cancel that overnight guest pass via their student account online on the Queens campus.
The resident host must use the Online Guest Registration Form on UIS to request an overnight guest.
St. John’s University reserves the right to revoke visitation privileges for a period of time when students do not live up to the University’s expectations. Continued abuse of the visitation policy by St. John’s students or their guests may result in a referral to the Office of Student Conduct. Non-St. John’s individuals may be trespassed from the residential facilities if they are found in violation of the visitation policy.
During the final exam period, students are permitted to host daytime guests until the official closing date for the Fall and Spring Semesters. During this period, overnight guest visitation will be suspended.
During Thanksgiving, Spring, and Easter Breaks, classes are not in session, but the residence halls remain open. During that period, daytime and overnight guest visitation are permitted.
During Winter Recess, the residence halls are closed. Upon the residence halls closing for Winter Recess, daytime and overnight visitation is suspended. Daytime and overnight guest visitation will resume on the first business day the University is open in January for those students approved to stay over the Winter Recess.
During Summer Session I and Summer Session II housing, daytime and overnight guests are permitted until the official closing date of that summer session.