Student Life

Community Standards

Standards and Expectations

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 Jesuit tradition, Saint Joseph’s University aims to create and to sustain an 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.

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 their property; and
-Have respect for the standards of the University and 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 clubs / organizations / teams (i.e., providing accurate off campus residential address). 


Saint Joseph’s University is strengthened as an institution by the vitality of Wynnefield, Overbrook Farms, Bala Cynwyd and Merion Station neighborhoods. The campus is situated on City Avenue in a unique urban-suburban hybrid of communities. These neighborhoods contribute greatly to the diversity of the educational opportunities available to students. For more information contact the Office of External Affairs at 610-660-1226.

The University expects students to behave as exemplary citizens when in the surrounding neighborhoods and to demonstrate respect and concern for all members of the local community. This includes being a good neighbor. Students are responsible for upholding all federal, state, and city laws and ordinances, especially those relating to trash, noise, traffic, parking, zoning, and consumption of alcohol. For more information, visit the Office Campus Student Life website at

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 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 club, group, or organization, including, but not limited to athletic teams, 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.

This is not an all-inclusive list.

1. Physically abusing or threatening another person, or engaging in any other conduct that 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 Policy on Hazing (see Policy on Hazing).

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 and Public Safety staff) 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 and/or using 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 Sexual Activity Policy (see Sexual Activity Policy).

15. Violating the University’s computing policies (see Guidelines for the Use of Computing and Network Resources).

16. Making, distributing, or publishing a media recording of any person without that person’s consent and/or prior knowledge (e.g., audio, picture, video, Google Glass).

17. Willfully interfering with, attempting to interfere with or disrupting the conduct of classes or other University activities.

18. Substantially interfering with the right to freedom of expression.

19. Misrepresenting identity or age; forging or altering records including University identification card or parking permits. 

20. Possessing a fake identification card or driver’s license.

21. Engaging in illegal gambling activities (see Statement on Illegal Gambling).

22. Failing to comply with sanctions imposed for earlier Community Standards violations or interfering with the University Community Standards process (e.g., retaliatory action).

23. Violating Residential Living Policies, e.g., quiet hours, guest policy (see Residential Living Policies & Procedures).

24. Violating the Student Vehicle Policy (see Student Vehicle Policy).

25. Littering.

26. Smoking in unauthorized locations (see Smoking Policy).

27. Violating any federal, state, or local law or any University policy, rule, or regulation.

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.