In the broadest terms, all members of the Saint Joseph’s University community are expected to:

  • Be honest
  • Have respect for self
  • Have respect for others, their well-being, and/or their property
  • Have respect for the standards of the University and/or the laws of the larger community

Students who do not fully comply with the Educational Housing District Law ( may be prohibited from participating in student organizations (i.e., registering an accurate off campus residential address with the University).

What Conduct Would Violate the Community Standards?

Any behavior that violates standards set forth in the Student Handbook, the University Catalog, approved organizational constitutions and by-laws, room/board contracts/agreements and other University bulletins, as well as behavior that fails to meet the four University Expectations outlined above may violate the Community Standards. Specifically, any student or student organization, alleged to have committed or alleged to have attempted to commit any of the following acts is subject to the Community Standards process outlined in the Student Handbook.

The University prohibits any act(s) or attempted act(s) to seek retribution against anyone who has reported an alleged violation of the University’s Community Standards or against anyone who has participated in an investigation, hearing, or related proceeding. Prohibited retaliatory acts include, but are not limited to, intimidation, direct threats, coercion, and discrimination.

This is not an all-inclusive list.

  1. Physically abusing or directly threatening another person, or engaging in any other conduct that directly threatens or endangers the health or safety of another person.
  2. Violating the Sexual Misconduct Policy: Policy Regarding Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Exploitation, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, or Stalking (See Sexual Misconduct Policy, which includes the disciplinary process for alleged violations of this policy).
  3. Violating the Antihazing Policy (see Antihazing Policy).
  4. Violating the Drug Policy (see Drug Policy).
  5. Violating the Alcohol Policy (see Alcohol Policy).
  6. Using, possessing, selling, or distributing fireworks, firearms, or other dangerous items (see Firearms Policy).
  7. Using fire to endanger, to harm another person or to destroy property; misusing or damaging fire safety equipment; initiating a false report; and/or failing to evacuate a building during an alarm.
  8. Violating the Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation (see Policy Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation. If the alleged conduct meets the definition of Sexual Harassment and the definition of other conduct defined under the Sexual Misconduct Policy, then any discipline/resolution of that conduct is controlled by Section V.B. of the Sexual Misconduct Policy.)
  9. Violating the Bullying Policy (see Bullying Policy).
  10. Destroying, damaging, or stealing private, public, or University property, or possessing stolen property.
  11. Failing to comply with the directions of University personnel (e.g., Residence Life, Public Safety and Security) who are acting in the performance of their duties. This includes failing to respond to a request for identification, or providing false identification.
  12. Entering/using or allowing others to enter/use University premises, facilities or property without authorization; possessing, duplicating, or using keys or access cards without authority.
  13. Engaging in lewd, obscene, or indecent behavior, including making lewd, obscene, or indecent gestures.
  14. Violating the University’s computing policies (see Policy Governing the Use of Computing and Network Resources).
  15. Making, distributing, or publishing a media recording of any person without that person’s consent and/or prior knowledge (e.g., audio, picture, video).
  16. Willfully interfering with, attempting to interfere with or disrupting the conduct of classes or other University activities.
  17. Substantially interfering with the right to freedom of expression.
  18. Misrepresenting identity or age; forging or altering records including University identification card or parking permits.
  19. Possessing a false identification card or driver’s license.
  20. Violating the Interim Policy on Sports Wagering (see Interim Policy on Sports Wagering).
  21. Failing to comply with sanctions imposed for earlier Community Standards violations or interfering with the University Community Standards process (e.g., retaliation).
  22. Violating Residential Living Policies, e.g., quiet hours, guest policy (see Residential Living Policies and Procedures).
  23. Violating the Student Vehicle Policy (see Student Vehicle Policy).
  24. Littering.
  25. Smoking in unauthorized locations (see Smoking Policy).
  26. Violating any federal, state, or local law or any University policy, rule, regulation, or expectation.

NOTE: Violations of the University’s Academic Honesty Policy are addressed according to the process set forth in the Academic Honesty Policy, rather than under the Community Standards.

NOTE: The information included on this webpage does not replace information published within the Student Handbook. For more complete information, please reference the Student Handbook. Please refer to the Sexual Misconduct Policy, which includes the disciplinary process for alleged violations of this policy.