This page provides information on important 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.
Please direct any comments or recommendations for future revisions to the Division of Student Success.
St. John’s University does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, gender or sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital or partnership status, alienage or citizenship status, disability, genetic predisposition, caregiver status, pregnancy, sexual and reproductive health decisions, status as a victim of domestic violence/sex offense/stalking, status in the uniformed services of the United States (including veteran status), arrest or conviction record, credit history, salary history, unemployment status or any other basis prohibited by law 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: Jason Luchs, Associate Director of Disability Services in Marillac Hall, Room 134, phone 718-990-6867 and email [email protected].
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: Danielle Haynes, Director of Equal Opportunity, Compliance and Title IX, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Queens, NY 11439, [email protected] or [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: Kristin Quinn, Senior Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women Administrator, [email protected],718-990-6736.
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 http://wdcrobcolp01.ed.gov/CFAPPS/OCR/contactus.cfm for the address and phone number of the U.S. Department of Education office that serves your area, or call 1(800) 421-3481.
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.
You may report incidents of bias to the University.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.v
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.
This Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures (“Policy”) is enacted pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Final Rule titled “Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Sex in Education Programs or Activities Receiving Federal Financial Assistance” and published in the Federal Register on May 19, 2020 (collectively, “Title IX”); New York Education Law Article 129-B (“N.Y. 129-B”); Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the New York State Human Rights Law; the New York City Administrative Code; and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations.
Read the full policy.
Please see the Computer and Network Use Policy.
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, theaters, 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.
Effective on November 22, 2022, St. John’s University has enacted a policy regarding the use, storage, and charging of standing, motorized scooters (e-scooters), bicycles with electric assist (e-bikes), hoverboards, segways, and similar powered devices, including 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. Approval for storage/ charging devices inside University property may be granted on a case-by-case basis by 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.
For the full policy information, please visit Policy 1037 - Motorized, E-Mobility, and Manual Devices and Equipment on University Campuses.
Any member of the University community may report a concern.
Reports can be filed with Public Safety at any time by calling 718-990-5252 or by visiting their office in the Public Safety Command Center next to Gate 6. Reports from individuals outside of the University regarding St. John’s-affiliated persons may also be filed with Public Safety.
For more information, please visit Public Safety.
In nonemergency situations, you may use the confidential tip line at 718-RED-SAFE (718-733-7233).
The Academic Fairness Procedure is the procedure to be used by students to resolve certain types of complaints of an academic nature.
Formalized academic fairness procedures are established in 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.
For further details, students should contact their respective college office.
The bulletin is your official guide to academic policies and regulations at St. John’s University. Students are required to familiarize themselves with this bulletin. The bulletin in effect at the time of admission or readmission governs degree requirements.
The educational experience at St. John’s University is intended to promote academic excellence and personal growth within a healthy learning environment.
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 Fraternity and Sorority Life community has been a part of St. Johns University for over 60 years. We have 16 active fraternal organizations, governed by three student-run councils. Our organizations provide students with diverse learning opportunities through leadership, service, cultural history, and friendship.
Eligibility for consideration for fraternity/sorority membership is defined as:
In order to assist the fraternal and sororal organizations, to improve the quality of their new member/intake programs, and to insure compliance with New York State Law, the Division of Student Success 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 office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Any questions regarding new member education or hazing should also be directed to this office.
Any member of the University community with knowledge of any hazing related behaviors are expected to report such incidents immediately to preserve the safety and dignity of all students. Non-St. John's individuals may also submit reports related to hazing concerns.
All reports are reviewed by the Office of Student Conduct.
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
A voluntary health related leave of absence (HRLOA) may be appropriate for students who experience a medical (including a mental health/psychological concerns) event that significantly limits their ability to function successfully or safely in their role as students.
St. John's University recognizes that health needs may on occasion interfere with a student’s ability to remain in their academic program. The University aims to support students so they are able to address their health needs by utilizing a health related leave of absence (HRLOA).
For more information, please visit Health-Related Leave.
Please refer to the Residence Life for information on policies and procedures, and please read these important resources from Residence Life:
The goal of Disability Services is to aid students with all types of conditions including physical and learning disabilities, temporary injuries, and chronic illnesses to access the educational possibilities at St. John’s University as per federal law.
We work in collaboration with all departments and programs at the University to facilitate accommodations, advocate for our students and, assist students to maximize their potential while helping them develop and maintain independence.
For more information and resources, please visit Disability Services.
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
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please visit Student Conduct for information on important policies as well as the Student Code of Conduct and Conduct Process.
St. John's University students are required to provide proof of immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella and acknowledge receipt of information regarding meningococcal disease or provide proof of meningococcal vaccine. Per New York State Public Health Laws 2165 and 2167, a student's University enrollment will be canceled if you do not submit the required health and immunization forms.
In addition, as an institution rooted in the Vincentian tradition of serving the community, the University is committed to helping any individual member of the University community overcome the psychological and physical problems that may be attributable to drug and alcohol abuse.
The United States Department of Education has issued regulations for the implementation of the provisions of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226). These regulations require the University to distribute annually to each student and employee information regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on University property or as part of any of its on-campus or off-campus activities.
The University Code of Conduct with respect to alcohol and other drug abuse is described within, along with the health risks associated with substance abuse. We have also attempted to outline the various assistance programs available at the University and other places in the New York City area where individuals can seek help and treatment.
In compliance with the federal law, the University has described in this document the legal sanctions under both federal and state law for the illegal possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol, as well as the range of University sanctions that can be imposed for violation of the University’s policies regarding substance abuse.
The following information is extremely important and should be read carefully by each student and employee:
St. John’s University is committed to an educational community that is free of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse. In order to achieve and maintain such an environment, a comprehensive education campaign about the medical and legal dangers of substance abuse is active on the campus through the Alcohol and Other Drug Education Office. The Center for Counseling and Consultation offers its services to any student who may seek or require help with drug or alcohol-related problems.
Employees are provided with a robust Employee Assistance Program that offers free and confidential support and services in a wide range of areas, including alcohol and substance abuse. The University’s commitment to help employees and students confront their problems of drug and alcohol abuse should not be interpreted as in any way tolerating the illegal use or abuse of alcohol or drugs or any activity that may be attributable to the use of alcohol or drugs. The University prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs or alcohol on its property, or as part of its activities. In the event an illegal alcohol- or drug-related incident should arise, involving an employee or student, the University will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and will determine the appropriate internal disciplinary actions.
The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is punishable by sanctions imposed by the United States Government and by the State of New York.
The penalties that are imposed for the use of illicit drugs depend on the types of drug and the amounts in possession or distributed. Refer to DEA's Federal Penalties chart for more information.
Students can contact the Office of Student Conduct for a complete review of the University's judicial policies concerning drug and alcohol use and abuse.
Employees can contact Human Resources to obtain the documents that outline the University’s drug and alcohol policy as it pertains to University employees.
Criminal penalties can result from the misuse of alcohol. In New York State, a Class A Misdemeanor is committed when an alcoholic beverage is given to a person under the age of 21. This crime is punishable by up to one-year imprisonment and a $1,000 fine. Driving while intoxicated (DWI) is a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year imprisonment and/or a $1,000 fine for a first offense plus six-month license revocation; a second or subsequent offense is a felony. In addition, a sale of any kind of alcoholic beverage without a license or permit is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine, a jail term or both.
Under the Zero Tolerance Law, the State will suspend or revoke the driver’s license of any person under the age of 21 who is found to have driven after drinking any quantity of alcohol. A .02 blood alcohol content is conclusive evidence that the person has consumed alcohol. The NYPD will immediately seize and impound the vehicle of an intoxicated driver. Also, if the driver causes bodily and/or property damage to others, he/she may be liable for monetary damages and criminal penalties if serious injuries or death occur.
Students under the age of 21 should be aware of New York State law that prohibits possession of alcoholic beverages with the intent to consume them. Each violation is punishable by a $50 fine and/or completion of an alcohol awareness program and/or community service (beverages may also be confiscated and destroyed). Driving while impaired by alcohol (DWAI) is also a violation, punishable by up to 15 days imprisonment and/or a $500 fine plus a 90-day license suspension.
In addition, students under 21 can be fined up to $100 and/or required to perform community service and/or complete an alcohol awareness program when presenting falsified proof to purchase alcoholic beverages. If a driver’s license is used in the attempt to purchase alcohol illegally, the license can be suspended for 90 days.
The Controlled Substance Act (CSA) of 1970 places all substances regulated under federal law into one of five schedules based on the substance’s medical use; potential for abuse; and safety or dependence liability.
For more information, please see:
The following is a brief summary of health risks and symptoms associated with illegal drug and alcohol abuse. Please note that individuals experience alcohol and drugs in different ways based on a variety of other physical and psychological factors.
Effect: The consumption of alcohol causes immediate changes in the functioning of the body. Within seconds of the first sip of alcohol, a person’s judgment and coordination are impaired. At this moment, activities such as a person’s ability to drive a car safely are at risk, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including physical abuse of another person. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause significant impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, low doses of alcohol will produce the effects usually correlated with moderate or high doses.
The repeated use of alcohol may lead to dependence. A person ceasing alcohol use or significantly reducing their intake will likely experience withdrawal symptoms, such as severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.
Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy are at risk for delivering an infant suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. Research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk of becoming alcoholics than other children.
Effect: Marijuana use causes the heart rate to increase substantially, may reduce short-term memory capability and comprehension, alter cognition and decrease motivation. Long-term use may result in paranoia and psychosis. Smoking marijuana damages the lungs and pulmonary system. It contains more cancer-causing agents than tobacco. Other possible long-term effects include a decrease in male sex hormones, ovulation suppression, changes in the menstrual cycle and possible birth defects. A person who is under the influence of marijuana may laugh inappropriately, have bloodshot eyes, dry mouth and throat, tell-tale odor of the drug, a poor sense of timing and increased appetite.
Cocaine and Crack
Effect: Cocaine is an extremely dangerous drug, which in its purest form can cause death when even trace amounts are ingested. Use of the drug causes changes in body temperature and blood pressure and can cause heart and breathing problems. Snorting cocaine may severely damage nasal tissue and the septum. Smoking cocaine may damage the lungs. Someone using cocaine may experience muscle twitching, panic reactions, anxiety, numbness in hands and feet, loss of weight, a period of hyperactivity followed by a crash, a runny or bleeding nose and depression. Other effects may include nausea, vomiting, insomnia, tremors and convulsions. Long-time users may become paranoid and/or experience hallucinations.
Effect: In small doses, barbiturates produce calmness, relaxed muscles and lowered anxiety. Larger doses cause slurred speech, a staggering walk and altered perception. Very large doses or doses taken in combination with other central nervous system depressants (e.g., alcohol) may cause respiratory depression, coma and even death. A person who uses barbiturates may have poor muscle control, appear drowsy or dunk, become confused, irritable or inattentive or have slowed reactions.
Hallucinogens (Including PCP, LSD, Mescaline, Peyote, Psilocybin)
Effect: PCP, or angel dust, interrupts the part of the brain that controls the intellect and keeps instincts in check. PCP blocks pain receptors. Violent episodes, including self-inflicted injuries, occur often. Long-time users report memory loss and speech difficulty. Very large doses produce convulsions, coma, heart and lung failure or ruptured blood vessels in the brain. Mescaline, LSD, peyote, etc., cause dilated pupils, elevated body temperature, increased heart rate and blood pressure and tremors. Someone under the influence of PCP might appear moody, aggressive or violent. They may also become paranoid and experience hallucinations and have slow body movements. People using LSD may report perceptual distortions or experience flashbacks and may experience loss of appetite, sleeplessness, confusion, anxiety and panic .
Narcotics (Including Heroin, Codeine, Morphine, Opium, Percodan)
Effect: Narcotics are generally injected and the use of contaminated needles can result in many different diseases, including AIDS and hepatitis. Symptoms of overdose include shallow breathing, clammy skin, convulsions and coma and may result in death. Some signs of narcotic use are euphoria, drowsiness, constricted pupils and nausea. Other symptoms include itchy skin; needle or “track” marks on the arms or legs; nodding; lack of sex drive and appetite; sweating, cramps and nausea when withdrawing from the drug.
Effect: Amphetamines, methamphetamines or other stimulants can cause increased heart and respiratory rates, elevated blood pressure and dilated pupils. Larger doses cause rapid or irregular heartbeat, tremors and physical collapse. An amphetamine injection creates a sudden increase in blood pressure that can result in stroke, high fever, heart failure and death. An individual using amphetamines might begin to lose weight, have the sweats, and appear restless, anxious, moody and unable to focus. Long-term use may produce psychosis, including hallucinations, delusions and paranoia.
Nassau Intergroup (516) 292-3040
Suffolk Intergroup (631) 669-1124
Nassau/Suffolk Spanish Intergroup (516) 223-9590
Intergroup Association of New York (212) 647-1680
Intergroup Association of Queens (718) 520-5021
Intergroup Association of Brooklyn (718) 339-4777
Nassau (516) 433-8003
Suffolk (631) 699-2827
Narcotics of Greater NY (212) 941-0094
New York City Dept. of Health: (800) LIFENET
1-800 Alcohol Helpline: (877) 515-1255
Narcotics Anonymous: (212) 929-6262
Narco Freedom (Drug and Alcohol Inpatient Treatment): (718) 585-5204
Phoenix House: (888) 286-5027
Cocaine Anonymous: (212) 929-7300
Long Island Council of Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: (516) 747-2606
Marijuana Anonymous: (212) 459-4423
New York City Programs, a full range of detoxification, outpatient rehabilitation, inpatient rehabilitation and re-entry programs are available in New York City. The programs listed in this brochure will refer clients based on individual needs.
St. John’s University is committed to the education of its students, faculty, administrators, and staff about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse. We believe that the best way to achieve and maintain this objective is through preventive education about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse and compassionate attention to the needs of those who may require help with drug-related problems. To that end, the University provides many avenues of support and appropriate off-campus referrals along with supporting educational programming and disseminating of information in a context of wellness that focuses on the whole person.
The Student Wellness Education Program operates as part of the Department of Student Wellness along with the Center for Counseling and Consultation and Student Health Services, Wellness Education seeks to challenge students about decisions concerning their overall wellness including those related to the use of alcohol and other drugs. It is also charged with raising the awareness of the entire University community of these same issues through:
For more information on Wellness Education and Prevention programming, please contact the Office of Wellness Education and Prevention.
The University’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a free, confidential benefit designed to help employees and family members handle life’s challenges successfully—from routine concerns to major crises. The services include assessment, referral and follow-up assistance for alcohol and drug-related issues, as well as other personal and work-related matters.
Professional counselors are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to offer support and resources, simply by calling the confidential helpline or using the website. Employees can also make appointments to meet with counselors at offices locally and nationwide. More information on the EAP can be found in Policy 610 - Employee Assistance Program in the HR Policy Manual and from the University’s Human Resources' Work-Life Programs.