Standards of conduct form the basis for behavioral expectations in the St. John’s University community. The creation and enforcement of standards of conduct for students is an educational endeavor that intends to foster student development.
The enforcement of such standards must protect the rights, health, and safety of members of that community so they may pursue their educational goals without undue interference. Sanctioning is used to promote the guidelines put forth by the University. The use of sanctioning is not punitive or retaliatory. The goal of sanctioning is for students to gain perspective and insight into their indiscretions, making the moment educational.
Freedom is meaningless unless responsibility is also present. The responsibility to secure and respect general conditions conducive to learning is shared by all members of the St. John’s community. Students must assume a significant role in developing and enforcing University regulations so that they might be better prepared for the responsibilities of citizenship. It is the intent of St. John’s to establish the necessary guidelines to support and advance the educational and religious aims contained in our Catholic and Vincentian mission without undeservedly restricting or diminishing the University experience for students.
Thus, integrity, wisdom, and empathy are among the most important characteristics adhered to throughout the administration of student conduct standards. The goal to be realized through the disciplinary process transcends the confines of the University and radiates into the community. The goal is to influence students to espouse the core values of truth, love, respect, opportunity, excellence, and service throughout their daily lives as productive members of a larger community.
The educational experience at St. John’s University is intended to promote academic excellence and personal growth within a healthy learning environment.
We strive to instill the University’s Core Values—Truth, Love, Respect, Opportunity, Excellence, and Service—and to encourage the development of character and fortitude to live by these values. In such an environment, it is essential that students learn to look critically at their behavior and to accept responsibility when their behavior violates the policies and precepts of conduct at the University. The system for determining alleged violations must be fair and should involve students. Ultimately the system of discipline at St. John’s University is designed to promote a healthy learning environment and to promote human dignity and potential.
The Student Conduct Process is designed to resolve instances of alleged violations of University policies and regulations, and to investigate matters of student conduct in a manner that reflects the Vincentian tradition and the educational mission of St. John’s University. This process is applicable to all students and student organizations, as defined below. Students and student organizations are responsible for their actions as well as the actions of their guests while on the St. John’s campus, and sanctions may be imposed on the host when the guest violates the Student Code of Conduct.
This Student Conduct Process pertains to University discipline for non-academic infractions. It is not exclusive and does not preempt or preclude independent disciplinary action that may be taken against any member of the University community, including (but not limited to) student organizations, student committees, student employees, and athletic teams. This student conduct process uses a “preponderance of the evidence” standard to determine responsibility for alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
The University Code of Conduct and the Student Conduct Process and Sanctioning Guidelines can be found online here.
The following policies are specific to the residential facilities and immediate surrounding areas:
When appropriate, the Office of Residence Life will store confiscated items. Students may retrieve confiscated items and remove them from the residence facilities after complying with the designated sanction for the possession of prohibited items. Should prohibited items be found a second time, they will be confiscated and available for removal from the residence facilities at the end of the semester. Additional sanctions will be imposed. Confiscated items that are not retrieved within one week of the last day of the semester will be assumed abandoned and will be discarded by the Office of Residence Life. These same guidelines apply if prohibited items are observed or reported at times other than during routine inspections.
In addition to the items listed in the Weapons and Explosives Policy in Part II of the Student Conduct Process and Code of Conduct, prohibited items include, but are not limited to:
Please note: Bedrooms are designed for one television and one four-cubic-foot refrigerator.