Office of Community Standards Mission Statement

The Office of Community Standards supports the University’s Catholic and Jesuit mission through the education and administration of policies and expectations designed to promote a safe, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming environment, in which all students can learn, grow, and become moral leaders in their communities. The Office of Community Standards encourages all students to reflect on what it means to be a Hawk, on and off campus, and understand the impact and harm their individual decisions and actions can have on others. As an entity within the Office of Community Standards, Off Campus Student Life is dedicated to providing a positive quality of life in the community for off campus students and community members, through support, outreach, and accountability.

Community Standards

The mission statement of Saint Joseph’s University shapes the responsibilities and privileges afforded to members of the University community. These Community Standards are designed to foster a community conducive to achieving the mission of the University. Rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit tradition, Saint Joseph’s University aims to create and to sustain an inclusive educational environment that facilitates students’ academic, personal, and spiritual development. At the core of these values is the Ignatian tradition of “cura personalis,” which affirms the goodness, the worth, and the dignity of every human being. Students affirm this commitment through adherence to the standards of conduct established within our community.

To support the continuation of a positive, safe, and educational setting, the University has adopted an array of policies, rules, regulations, and expectations. Should any member of the University community violate an established policy, rule, regulation, or expectation, the University has in place processes intended to educate and hold accountable those in violation and deter further violations by that and/or other individuals.

COVID-19 | ICARE Pledge

As a community that stands with and for others, we:

Invite all to demonstrate character and caring in the Ignatian tradition of cura personalis: prioritize self-care and wellness, seek out support and programming, and refer others to helpful resources.
Commit to washing and disinfecting our hands, work areas and living spaces frequently.
Accept the responsibility to participate in University testing programs; physically distance on and off campus; wear masks; limit gatherings; and self-disclose symptoms, exposure and positive test results.
Recognize and remind each other that following public health guidelines, including masking up, shows our care for one another and our broader communities.
Expect our entire Saint Joseph’s community to do the same.

Individuals who repeatedly disregard simple actions that protect our community will be barred from the physical campus and could face disciplinary sanctions, including suspension. Community members are encouraged to report concerns and non-compliance with COVID-related requirements through

Revised January, 2021

COVID-19 Operations

Contacting the Office
The Office of Community Standards remains staffed and OPEN during the COVID-19 pandemic; however, some office hours and services have transitioned to virtual operations. Please contact us through email ( or phone (610-660-1046). If you call the office and we are unable to answer, please leave us a voicemail and office staff will respond to your message.

Community Standards Process
All expectations and standards remain in place during this time. However, the Community Standards process to address allegations may take place virtually, given regional and campus mitigation measures. Students impacted by a process will be explained the specifics at that time.

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