This page contains some helpful information about the Office of Community Standards and your role as parents/guardians of a Saint Joseph’s University student. Over time, we hope that your student understands what it means to be a HAWK, what it means to be a part of our special community, how they will contribute to the ideals of diversity and inclusion on campus, and what mark they will leave on campus during their time here. The Hawk Will Never Die!

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.

Our Role on Campus

  • Sustain an inclusive and respectful community
  • Encourage high expectations of HAWKS
  • Hold students accountable for violations
  • Help students make better decisions
  • Protect the overall community
  • Embrace our Jesuit values

Student Handbook

  • The Student Handbook is available online (
  • The Student Handbook includes important policies and procedures for the University.
  • It is the responsibility of every student to review, understand, and abide by these policies and procedures.
  • The Student Handbook applies to all students — on campus, off campus, online, and abroad.
  • During the summer, the prior academic year’s Student Handbook remains in effect until replaced by an updated version.

Expectations of HAWKS

  • Have RESPECT for yourself
  • Have RESPECT for others, their well being, and their property
  • Have RESPECT for the standards of the University and the laws of the larger community
  • Be a GOOD NEIGHBOR and member of the communities off campus

How to Report an Incident (Complaint) to the University?

Any member of the University community (“complainant”) may file a complaint against a student(s) or student organization(s) (“respondent”) alleging violation of the Community Standards. Complaints can be reported to the University in a variety of ways. Please see Reporting an Incident for more information.

How You Can Help?

  • Educate yourself (and your student) on the University’s policies and procedures… before something happens. This website and the Student Handbook are both great resources.
  • Partner with the University and support our expectations for HAWKS on and off campus.
  • Understand the limits of your involvement – legally and philosophically.
  • Encourage your student’s autonomy, independence, and accountability.
  • Talk to your student… ask them questions.
  • Finally, encourage your student to regular checking their SJU email and set up their voicemail (if they use a cellphone).