This page is designed to help answer some of the questions you may have about the Community Standards process and provide you information that can help you best support your student.
Hopefully, the other pages on this website (including the Frequently Asked Questions page) have helped you gain a better understanding of the Office of Community Standards and our role within the campus community. Our process for addressing student violations is based on educational principles. We treat hearings and meetings as opportunities to educate students on the consequences of their decisions and the impact that their actions can have on the community around them.
Our expectations for Saint Joseph’s University students are outlined in the Student Handbook. Resident students all receive a copy during move-in. Those students living off campus or commuting from home can pick one up in the Office of Community Standards throughout the academic year. The information is also available on line and there are often extra copies of the handbook available around campus for anyone interested.
We have high expectations of what it means to be a HAWK and look forward to your continued partnership and support. Below are some brief points. For more complete information about our process, reference the Student Handbook.
My student has been asked to appear at a hearing regarding possible violations of the University Community Standards. What can I do to help? First, educate yourself on University expectations and our process. The very fact that you found this page is a great first step in supporting your student and guiding him or her through the Community Standards process. While the student is the focus of the process, you can be a source of support and partner in learning. Conversations will hopefully encourage self-reliance and self-confidence in the student.
What will happen if my student is found responsible for a violation? It depends. The sanctions issued as a result of violations will depend on the seriousness of the violations and what we call “factors in sanctioning.” In addition to the egregiousness of the violation itself, the following shall be considered in determining sanctions: motivation; present attitude; past record, both positive and negative; the severity of the damage, injury, harm, or disruption, or the potential for such; honesty; maturity; cooperation; willingness to make amends; and compliance with previous sanctions. Often times, the sanctions are educationally focused, but the reality is that there are some violations which warrant a separation from the University.
Will the University notify me of an incident or the outcome? Sometimes the University does notify parents/guardians of the outcome of a hearing, consistent with our published Community Standards process and FERPA exceptions. Generally speaking, this takes place when there is a status change or a more serious violation/sanction. We encourage students to speak with their parents/guardians about their success in college, including incidents that may come up.
Does my student need a lawyer? Community Standards proceedings are not criminal or civil proceedings, but rather, internal administrative determinations of violations of institutional policy. Civil or criminal rules of procedure and evidence do not apply. University proceedings may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following criminal proceedings. Parents and legal counsel are not allowed to serve as advisors or attend the hearing.
Who can I talk to if I have further questions regarding an incident or the process? Please call the Office of Community Standards with any questions or concerns. We can be reached during normal business hours at 610-660-1046 or email@example.com. Please know that we generally cannot engage in conversations regarding specific incidents without a written FERPA release, but we are happy help as best we can.
Other SJU Resources for Parents:
Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education Program
For Parents: Talking About Alcohol
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Message for Parents