Student Life Policies


POLICY STATEMENT FOR FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

Reviewed and approved November, 2010

The mission of the College of Saint Benedict and St. John's University is to provide a liberal arts education for women and men in a Christian, Catholic, Benedictine environment. Essential to that liberal arts, educational tradition is freedom in the pursuit of truth by examination of issues and problems from various points of view. Confident that faith and reason are mutually supportive, rigorous scholarship is revered as a centuries old Benedictine idea, articulated in the mission statement of the college. Saint Benedict's and St. John's will, therefore, assure and encourage opportunity for open dialogue that is consistent with the Catholic mission and character of the college's.

  1. As a liberal arts college, CSB/SJU defends and protects the right of freedom of speech guaranteed by the United States Constitution for all speakers or performers invited to the campus.
  2. CSB/SJU welcome the presentation of diverse views, fully realizing that this policy may result in the expression of views contrary to the majority view of ethical standards of the college community.
  3. CSB/SJU will discourage the suggestion that its assurance of free expression of ideas in any way endorses all ideas expressed.
  4. CSB/SJU will not allow attendees to disrupt or interrupt presentations by speakers or performers invited to the campus.
  5. CSB/SJU will allow students to protest a speaker's views in an orderly manner before, following or during the presentation provided protest activities do not disrupt or interfere with the proceedings. No demonstration will be permitted inside any campus building. All demonstrations will be conducted outside of buildings in a designated area within the time limits established by the Department of Security. Demonstrators will conduct themselves in a respectful and a safe manner. Only signs that can be held by hand are permitted. No signs attached to any stick or pole are allowed. No amplified equipment will be permitted (public address systems, megaphones, etc.). Demonstrators will remove any litter that results from their activity. Protest in any form on the campus will not be allowed to interfere with the proceedings.
  6. Prior to conducting any demonstration on campus the organizer must receive an authorized demonstration permit from the Department of Security at CSB and Life Safety at SJU (with consultation of Communication and Marketing Services). The organizer of the demonstration whether student, administrator, faculty, staff, alumni or guest must contact the Department of Security at CSB or Life Safety Services at SJU a minimum of three working days in advance of the anticipated demonstration to receive the Demonstration Policy Letter of Rule form and a copy of the Minnesota State Statute 609.605 - Trespass Laws.
  7. Any demonstrator not abiding by these policies will be asked to leave campus and becomes subject to being removed by the Department of Security and/or arrest by law enforcement agencies if unwilling to cooperate with the request to leave campus. Students who are uncooperative in returning to their residence are also subject to removal from campus by the Department of Security and/or arrest by law endorsement agencies.
  8. Protest in any form on the campus will not be allowed to interfere with the freedom of movement or normal activities of any person or group, nor will it include temporary or permanent defacement of any college property.
  9. Recognizing that the educational aims of particular speeches are better attained within environments other than a large public forum, the college retains the right to assign speakers to appropriate environments.
  10. CSB/SJU retains the right to limit speakers/groups that are consistent with the catholic mission and character of the college. 

ADVERTISING AND PROMOTION

Reviewed and Approved January, 2011

Posters/Banners

  1. Posters/flyers in academic buildings or public spaces must be approved by Student Activities and Leadership Development. Student Activities will stamp posters for all club events to indicate that they are approved.  (Bring fliers to Mary Commons 217, CSB or Sexton 122, SJU).
  2. Poster/flyers in residence halls must be approved and posted by Residential Life on the appropriate campus.
  3. All departments, clubs and organizations will be responsible for posting their own posters/flyers. Also see Posting Promotional Material
  4. Student Activities will remove and recycle outdated postings.
  5. Departmental posters that advertise institutionally sponsored events will not require a stamp from Student Activities. Departments and organizations will be held accountable for content.
  6. All department, club and organization postings must adhere to the following regulations:
    1. Advertised events must have a campus sponsor that is clearly identified on the poster; posted materials should also include the name, time, date and location of the event as well as the name and phone number of a contact person.
    2. Posters/flyers are not allowed to advertise alcohol.
    3. Posters/flyers cannot contain material antithetical to institutional policies or to the Benedictine mission of our institutions.
    4. Events cannot be advertised more than two weeks in advance  
    5. Posters/flyers must be  8 ½ x 11, 8 ½ x 14, or 11 x 17 
  7. Materials will be posted only on designated bulletin boards. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of Student Activities. Postings are forbidden on walls, windows, or doors. Residential Life is exempt from this regulation in posting materials within their area of responsibility.
  8. Academic clubs may post in their respective academic departments upon approval from the department.
  9. A maximum of 13 posters, not larger than 11 x 17, will be approved for CSB bulletin boards; 7 posters will be approved for SJU.
  10. Large banners may not exceed three feet in length and will be posted in the approved posting areas.
  11. Unapproved banners/posters will be removed immediately.
  12. Non CSB/SJU groups and businesses are not allowed to post materials at SJU. There is one bulletin board at CSB for notices from external groups, but the material must be approved by Student Activities prior to posting.

Table Tents

  1. Student Activities is responsible for printing the W.O.W. table tents displayed in O'Connell's, Gorecki,Sexton and the Refectory. If you wish to submit information for the table tents, please complete an
  2. Event Notification Form.  Student Activities reserves the right to decide what information will be printed.
  3. Table tents other than the W.O.W. tents are not allowed in the dining areas.

Chalking

  1. Sidewalk chalking at CSB/SJU requires the approval of the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development or designee.  Complete and submit the
  2. Chalking Form and wait to receive a confirmation of approval.
  3. Chalking must be informational in nature. Appropriate chalking will include the event name, date, location and sponsor. 
  4. Chalking cannot express opinions, advertise alcohol or contain information antithetical to the Benedictine mission of our institutions.
  5. Chalking is only allowed on sidewalks and must be done in areas which will eventually be washed away by rain. No chalking is to be done under awnings or partitions, at the east entrance to the Main Building (CSB) or near the fish pond area at CSB.
  6. Notification of approved chalking will be sent to Campus Security/Life Safety Services and Facilities.

Electronic Postings

  1. All registered clubs/organizations have the ability to send mass e-mails to students from their account. Mass email messages should adhere to the
  2. Mass Email Policy.
  3. Student events will be posted on the Student Activities events calendar upon completion of the event notification form.

Door to Door Communication

  1. All door to door activity in any student residence area requires approval from the appropriate Residential Life Office. CSB/SJU Residential Life reserves the right to limit these activities.
  2. External businesses and agents are prohibited from access to Residence Halls. An exception to this rule is made for political candidates. See the Political Campaigning Policy (for CSB; for SJU)
  3. CSB/SJU student clubs may request permission from the Director of Residential Life on each campus to conduct solicitation in residential areas as a means of raising funds for their organizations.

CSB ALCOHOL POLICY

Reviewed and approved July, 2012

Statement of Care

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) believes that individual choices involving the use of alcohol have an impact on both the individual and the community. National studies have found that alcohol use is closely linked to sexual assault, declining academic performance, violent crime and alcoholism among college students. For these reasons, the university's alcohol policy demonstrates a strong ethic of care and establishes healthy standards for the community in relation to the responsible and legal use of alcohol. This policy is written in accordance with Minnesota state law and reflects the mission, goals and academic standards of our community.

As a residential college, CSB students have the opportunity to learn with a group of individuals who make up their community. A part of the learning that takes place is social in nature. Responsible and legal alcohol use is a part of that educational process. Development of individuals and social choices can have long-term effects on behaviors, attitudes and values. Learning to know one's limits and to care about one's community are integral to the residential experience. Students are expected to use caution in choosing to use alcohol and are responsible for their behavior at all times. Being in a community means that individuals are also responsible for others. Taking action to care about and confront inappropriate alcohol use among one's peers makes the community stronger. This policy, although specific to CSB, is equivalent to Saint John's University (SJU) policy. Students will be held accountable for their behavior on either campus.

Individual Use

  1. Individuals who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to possess or consume alcohol.  Individuals who are 21 years of age or older, who choose to use alcohol, are expected to use and consume alcohol responsibly.
  2. Individuals 21 years of age or older, who choose to use alcohol, may possess or consume alcohol within a private room, apartment or house where at least one assigned resident is 21 years of age or older and is present.
  3. No alcohol is permitted in first year residence halls (including Aurora, Corona and Regina at CSB and St. Thomas and St. Mary at SJU) at any time for any reason.
  4. Individuals are not allowed to keep, stockpile, store or display alcohol or empty alcohol containers in their residences.
  5. Kegs, party balls or other common containers of alcohol (e.g., punch bowls) are not allowed in residence hall rooms.
  6. Alcohol is not permitted in hallways, lounges, balconies or any other public spaces.
  7. Residents are responsible for the individual use of alcohol by guests and for any violation of policy, disorder, or damage associated with the behavior of guests.
  8. Drinking games or drinking contests of any sort are strictly prohibited.
  9. Alcohol and related items including containers, kegs, taps and beer bongs are confiscated without return when a violation occurs.
  10. Students who violate state or local liquor laws off-campus may be subject to prosecution by local law enforcement in addition to campus disciplinary action under the Good Neighbor Policy.
  11. Individuals are not allowed to possess or consume alcohol on the Link Bus. An individual who vomits on a Link bus will be assessed a fee.
  12. No one is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages anywhere on College of Saint Benedict, Saint John's University, or Order of Saint Benedict grounds without prior approval.

Campus Houses and Apartments

(Includes Ann House, Centennial Commons, College Avenue, Dominica, Gable, Girgen, Idzerda, Jeanette, Luetmer, Margaret House, McDonald, Rainbow House, Schumacher, Smith, Sohler, Westkaemper, Wirth and Zierden at CSB; Edelbrock, Flynntown, Marmion, Maur House, Metten Court, Placid House, Seton Apartments, Vincent Court, and Virgel Michel at SJU)

  1. Events with alcohol in campus houses or apartments require the approval of the Dean of Students (or designee) at least three days in advance of the event.
  2. Events with alcohol in campus houses or apartments are subject to disciplinary action when the parties or events are unapproved or College policies are violated.
  3. Public notice of parties on bulletin boards, emails, electronic social networks such as Facebook or other social media, or by any other means is prohibited.
  4. Individuals hosting or present at an event with alcohol in campus houses or apartments are not allowed to charge (directly or indirectly) invite donations or collect money.
  5. Events with alcohol in campus houses or apartments are limited to Friday and Saturday nights and must be concluded by 1:00 a.m.
  6. Events with alcohol in campus houses or apartments are limited to one 8-gallon keg (or equivalent) per night/per event.
  7. Events with alcohol in a private room, apartment or house are not allowed on the weekends of Homecoming, Family Weekend, Little Siblings' Weekend, "XX Pines" or other special events as designated by the Residential Life Office.
  8. Events with alcohol in a private room, apartment or house are not allowed on the weekend prior to final exams week, during final exams week, Commencement weekend or during any academic recess.
  9. Events with alcohol may not allow any form of drinking game or contest.
  10. Events with alcohol must include a comparable amount of non-alcoholic beverages and food that lasts the duration of the event.
  11. The number of guests allowed at an event with alcohol must not exceed the occupancy level of the residence as determined by the Residential Life Office.
  12. The Residential Life Office will determine the number of events with alcohol approved per weekend. In general, no more than three events per night and six events per weekend will be approved.

CSB Outdoor Consumption (CSB only)

Townhouse Occupancy

There can be up to 12 people in each Centennial Commons townhouse at any time; that number includes the residents of the unit who are present.

Porch Occupancy

People on the porch are part of the 12 person townhouse occupancy. At no time can there be more than 12 people on the porch. Because porches are shared between two units, neighbors should discuss plans for guests and gatherings with each other.

Outdoor Consumption Policy

Students are allowed to consume alcohol on the porches of the Centennial Commons Townhouses in accordance with the guidelines below. Residents and guests of Centennial Commons should be, at all times, respectful neighbors to the members of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint Joseph communities.

Outdoor Consumption Guidelines:

  1. Students and guests consuming alcohol must be at least 21 years of age.
  2. Only residents of the specific unit and guests of that unit are allowed to consume alcohol on the unit's porch.
  3. Guests consuming alcohol on Centennial Commons' porches must be accompanied by a resident of that unit.
  4. Students may not cross over between porches or be on sidewalks or lawns with open containers.
  5. Centennial Commons' porches have a maximum occupancy of 12 people.
  6. Common containers of alcohol will not be allowed on porches. Common containers include coolers, packs of beer, kegs, bottles of liquor, etc.
  7. Parties may not be hosted outdoors. CSB staff, at their discretion, reserve the right to ask students to move indoors or to ask guests to leave the premises altogether.
  8. Open containers outside of designated areas constitute a policy violation.
  9. Open containers are not allowed in the Centennial Commons Community Center.

Conditional:

This policy is conditional each academic year. If students choose to misuse this privilege, damage property, disrupt normal activities or otherwise misbehave, CSB Residential Life reserves the right to review and revoke the privilege for the remainder of any academic year.

Student Clubs and Organizations

  1. Alcohol service may only be provided by SJU Dining Services, CSB Culinary Services or another licensed vendor.
  2. Events where alcohol is served require an alcohol permit from the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development (or designee). The Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development, in consultation with the Director of Life Safety Services or Director of Campus Security, has the administrative authority to grant or withhold permits for events serving alcohol to students.
  3. Student clubs and organizations may not use allocated student activity fee funds or club, organization or other generated revenue (e.g. t-shirt sales, membership fees) to purchase alcohol for any club or student event.
  4. The sale or availability of alcoholic beverages at an event may not be advertised (e.g., ads in The Record, any kind of electronic posting such as e-mail, Facebook, other social media outlets, posters, bulletin boards).
  5. Student clubs and organizations may not sponsor or promote an event with alcohol, on or off-campus, that uses alcohol or alcohol specials to attract attendance.
  6. Student clubs and organizations, including but not limited to student media, may not promote the use or purchase of alcohol in any advertisement, or use the name or alcohol products of any beverage distributor in the advertisement or promotion of an event.
  7. Public notice of parties on bulletin boards, emails, electronic social networks such as Facebook or MySpace, or by any other means is prohibited.
  8. Events with alcohol must include a comparable amount of non-alcoholic beverages and food that lasts the duration of the event.
  9. Events with alcohol must not allow any form of drinking game or contest.
  10. Members of student clubs and organizations are not allowed to consume alcohol while participating in club or organizational meetings, activities, or competitions unless approved by the Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development.
  11. Members of student clubs and organizations must supervise events with alcohol with members who do not consume alcohol.
  12. Alcohol is not to be stored in student club or organization offices.
  13. Possession or use of alcohol in motor or recreational vehicles on college, club, or organization student activity fee sponsored trips is not permitted.
  14. Members of student clubs and organizations hosting events with alcohol are held responsible for the legal and responsible use of alcohol, as well as any illegal use of alcohol, by spectators or event participants.
  15. Student clubs and organizations sponsoring events at SJU must comply with the Order of St. Benedict or Saint John's University policies regarding the use of University or corporate land or facilities.

DWI (DUI)

CSB and SJU consider DWI (DUI) to be a serious offense. Students who are cited for DWI (DUI) may lose their ability to park and/or drive on both the CSB and SJU campuses and will not be permitted to operate campus vehicles.

Varsity athletes, Resident Assistants, Student Senate representatives, and club/organization officers who are cited for a DWI (DUI) automatically disqualify themselves immediately from participating in the varsity sport or position. The Dean of Students (or designee) determines the date of requalification after the student satisfactorily completes the designated sanctions. 

Intervention

The upholding of the CSB Alcohol Policy rests with all members of the college community.  The College also expects students to confront peers who are irresponsible and/or abusive in their use of alcohol. Alcohol policy violations are referred to Residential Life staff as outlined in CSB's student conduct process.

Violations are referred to a student conduct hearing with the Residential Life Office. The purpose of the hearing is to determine the individual's level of responsibility for policy violations and to assign appropriate disciplinary sanctions. Sanctions may include, but are not limited to, the following: written warning, behavioral agreements, fines, community service, educational programming, written response to educational materials, probation, eviction from campus housing, requirement of professional evaluation or treatment (at student's expense), withdrawal, suspension, or expulsion. The seriousness and/or repetitive nature of violations is taken into consideration when sanctions are given.

Resources

Students who are concerned with their own alcohol use or the alcohol use of a friend should consider using the Counseling Services (320-363-5605). The services are free, confidential, and can assist students in talking about issues, receiving treatment, or support. CSB or the court system may also refer students for a chemical use assessment and/or treatment. The cost for a chemical use assessment and/or treatment is the responsibility of the student.

Other Links

ALCOHOL AND DRUG INFORMATION

Reviewed and Updated July, 2012

Federal regulations outlined in the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, Public Law 101-226, require colleges and universities to provide each student with specific information on alcohol and drugs. For more information or if you need some help dealing with an alcohol or drug-related problem, feel free to contact the Counseling Center at (320) 363-5605.  All visits are confidential.

Alcohol

Alcohol is a drug. It acts as a central nervous system depressant. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream through the stomach and the small intestine. Amount of alcohol consumed; rate at which it is consumed; presence of food in the stomach during consumption; individual's weight, mood, and previous experience with alcohol all influence the effects of alcohol. Alcohol can be very damaging when used in large amounts over a long period of time, or when drunk heavily in a short period of time ("binge" drinking).

Possible signs and health risks of use/abuse: staggering; dizziness; slurred speech; flushing of skin; dulling of senses; double vision; sudden mood changes; impaired coordination, reflexes, memory, and judgment; clammy, cold skin; decreased body temperature; impaired decision making; unconsciousness; malnutrition; lowered resistance to disease; irreversible brain or nervous system damage; gastrointestinal irritation; addiction/alcoholism; damage to liver, heart and pancreas; coma; death from overdose, injury or accident.

Caffeine

Caffeine is a white, bitter, crystal-like substance found in coffee, tea, cola, and chocolate. Caffeine is also found in products such as aspirin, nonprescription cough and cold remedies, diet pills, nonprescription stimulants (such as NoDoz or Vivarin), and some street drugs.

Possible signs and health risks of use/abuse: small doses of caffeine may increase the user's metabolism, body temperature, and blood pressure; frequent urination; increased blood sugar levels; tremors; impaired coordination; decreased appetite; delayed sleep; boredom; nausea; diarrhea; sleeplessness; headache; nervousness; convulsions; respiratory arrest; death.

Cocaine

Cocaine is extracted from the leaves of the South American cocoa plant. Cocaine is a white powder that can be inhaled, injected, or smoked (free based). Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system, increasing alertness and activity. Cocaine is an addictive drug. Initially, users of cocaine experience a "high," but when the "high" wears off a devastating "low" follows. To avoid this "low" users are often compelled to use more.

Possible signs and health risks of use/abuse: dilated pupils; euphoria; tremors; anxiety; narrowing of blood vessels; increased blood pressure, heart rate, breathing rate, and body temperature; sweating; violent, erratic, or paranoid behavior; decreased appetite; insomnia; runny nose; heart and respiratory failure; psychosis; seizures; sexual dysfunction; addiction; death; for users who share or use unsterile needles to inject cocaine: tetanus, hepatitis, or AIDS.

Marijuana

Marijuana is the common name for the hemp plant, cannabis sativa. A marijuana cigarette (joint) is composed of dried particles from the hemp plant. The psychoactive ingredient in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). The amount of THC in a joint is what affects the user.

Possible signs and health risks of use/abuse: bloodshot eyes; increased appetite; dryness in the mouth and throat; increased heart and pulse rate; impaired memory; an altered sense of time; hallucinations; paranoia or panic; decreased concentration, reaction time and coordination; damage to heart, lungs and brain nerve cells; lung cancer; memory disorders; interference with psychological maturation; psychological dependence; temporary loss of fertility in both women and men; bronchitis, infections, colds, and other viruses.

Steroids

Steroids may contribute to increases in body weight and muscular strength. Anabolic-Androgenic steroids are chemically related to the male sex hormone, testosterone. Anabolic means to build up the muscles and other tissues of the body. Androgenic refers to the development of male sex characteristics. Steroids are injected directly into the muscle or taken orally.

Possible signs and health risks of use/abuse: sudden increase in muscle and weight; increase in aggression and combativeness; violence; hallucinations; jaundice; purple or red spots on body, inside mouth, or nose; swelling of feet or lower legs (edema) tremors; bad breath; for men: enlarged nipples and breasts, testicle reduction, enlarged prostate, baldness; acne; high blood pressure; liver and kidney damage; heart disease; increased risk of injury to ligaments and tendons; bowel and urinary problems; gallstones and kidney stones; liver cancer; for men: impotence and sterility; for users who share or use unsterile needles to inject steroids: hepatitis, tetanus, AIDS.

Tobacco

Tobacco is smoked through pipes, cigars and cigarettes. Tobacco is also chewed and inhaled in the form of snuff. Nicotine is the active ingredient in all forms of tobacco. Nicotine stimulates the heart and central nervous system.

Possible signs and health risks of use/abuse: increased heart rate and blood pressure; dilated pupils; increased salivations; arteriosclerosis; emphysema; chronic bronchitis; heart disease; lung cancer; oral cancer; decreasing taste sensation and ability to smell; dental problems

ALCOHOL AND THE LAW

For your sake, please make good choices about the use of alcohol and drugs. Such decisions ought to be respectful of one self and community values regarding other people and property. Programs in Counseling and Health Promotion, CSB Health Services, Residential Programs, Student Activities and Campus Ministry support such learning. Following is information from regional attorneys and judges who deal with the legal consequences of violations.

Driving while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance (MSA 169A.20): The DWI (DUI) law prohibits driving of a motor vehicle on a roadway or private property while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance or when the person has a blood alcohol concentration at 0.08 or above. A first time offense is a fine of about $400; second time, $1,000 and up to three weeks in jail. In addition to the criminal charge, the individual's driver's license is suspended for up to one year with a $200 license reinstatement fee, required participation in a DWI clinic at a cost of about $75 and note of conviction and suspension on the individual's driving record. If the individual is under 21 years of age, it is unlikely that he can get insurance; over 21, the insurance with one DWI would be increased by at least $15 a month, two DWIs $50 a month and a DWI with an accident, $100 a month if even insurable. Negotiated DWIs or unwillingness to take a breath test are usually considered as evidence of high risk by insurance carriers. A minor with a first DWI has a very difficult time getting insurance at any cost until reaching 25 years old (see also DWI; Alcohol, J-Book).

Under Age Drinking and Driving (MSA 169A.33): It is a crime for a person under the age of 21 years to drive, operate, or be in physical control of a motor vehicle while consuming alcoholic beverages, or after having consumed alcoholic beverages while there is physical evidence of the consumption present in the person's body. 

Open Bottle Law (MSA 169A.35): 

  • Drinking and Consumption: It is a crime for a person to drink or consume an alcoholic beverage, distilled spirit or 3.2% malt liquor in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a street or highway.
  • Possession:  It is a crime for a person to have in possession, while in a private motor vehicle upon a street or highway, any bottle or receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage, distilled spirit or 3.2% malt liquor that has been opened or the seal broken or the contents of which have been partially removed.
  • Liability of Non-present Owner:  It is a crime for the owner of any private motor vehicle or the driver, if the owner is not present in the motor vehicle, to keep or allow to be kept in a motor vehicle when the vehicle is upon a street or highway any bottle or receptacle containing a broken an alcoholic beverage, distilled spirit or 3.2% malt liquor that has been opened or the seal broken or the content of which have been partially removed.

Suspension;  Illegal purchase of alcohol (MSA 171.171):

The state shall suspend for a period of 90 days the license of a person who:

  • is under the age of 21 years and is convicted of purchasing or attempting to purchase an alcoholic beverage or if the person used a license, Minnesota identification card, or any type of false identification to purchase or attempt to purchase the alcoholic beverage
  • is convicted of lending or knowingly permitting a person under the age of 21 years to use the person's license, Minnesota identification card, or other type of identification to purchase or attempt to purchase an alcoholic beverage

Unlawful acts relating to driver's license (MSA 171.22):

A first time penalty of about $110 for displaying or having a fictitiously or fraudulently altered driver's license or for using another person's driver's license or to use the name and date of birth of another person or to use a fictitious name or date of birth to any police officer.

Obstructing the legal process, arrest or firefighting (MSA 609.50):

  • obstructs, hinders, or prevents the lawful execution of any legal process, civil or criminal, or apprehension of another on a charge or conviction of a criminal offense;
  • obstructs, resists, or interferes with a peace officer while the officer is engaged in the performance of official duties;
  • interferes with or obstructs a firefighter while the firefighter is engaged in the performance of official duties;
  • interferes with or obstructs a member of an ambulance service personnel crew, as defined in section 144E.001, subdivision 3a, who is providing, or attempting to provide, emergency care; or
  • depending on the incident, can be a gross misdemeanor with 90-364 days in jail and/or $1,00 - $3,000 fine.

False name to a peace officer (MSA 609.506):

A $200 fine for misrepresenting oneself, gives a fictitious name or false date of birth to a peace officer engaged in a lawful investigatory stop or arrest.  It is a gross misdemeanor to give another's name and date of birth to a peace officer with the intent of obstructing justice.

Criminal damage to property (MSA 609.595):

Intentional damage to the property of another is criminal. If in excess of $500 the charge is a felony; between $500 and $250, a gross misdemeanor; under $250 a misdemeanor.

Illegal possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages (MSA 340A.503):

To possess or consume alcoholic beverages under 21 years of age entails a typical first time penalty of about $150.

Providing Alcohol to Persons under 21/unlicensed alcohol sales (MSA 340A.503 and 340A.401): 

  • 340A.503 - It is unlawful for any person to sell, barter, furnish or give alcoholic beverages to a person under 21 years of age.
  • 340A.401 - Prohibits a person from directly or indirectly, on any pretense or by any device, to sell, barter, keep for sale or otherwise dispose of alcoholic beverages as part of a commercial transaction if the person does not have a valid liquor license. A donation or purchase of a drinking container at an event violates this policy. A violation is a gross misdemeanor, punishable by jail for up to one year and a $3,000 fine. A sale of intoxicating liquor also exposes the seller to dram shop liability for any injury or damage caused by the person to whom the illegal sale was made.

Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree (MSA 609.342-345):

Various degrees of criminal sexual assault can be charged where there exist non-consensual conduct or where the victim is under a physical disability such as intoxication. Intercourse is not required to be charged. Offenses are a felony. Typical sentences range from six months in a county jail to several years at a state prison.  Second Degree (MSA 609.343); Third Degree (MSA 609.344); Fourth Degree (MSA 609.345)

Note: Violations of the above Minnesota statutes are at least misdemeanors which, if convicted, give the person a permanent criminal record. Some implications of a criminal record include probable difficulties securing employment or acceptance in graduate school and the easy resolution of any subsequent offense.

ST. JOSEPH CITY ORDINANCES

Students are advised on specific city ordinances regarding the purchases and use of alcohol and noise disturbances. Students are advised to respect the laws of all our neighboring communities.

  1. Alcohol may not be sold directly or indirectly without a license. That is, money cannot be collected at an event in a private residence in order to consume alcoholic beverages.
  2. No alcohol is to be consumed or carried in an open container on any street, highway, alley, sidewalk, parking lot or automobile.
  3. People must show proper identification to a bartender or police officer when in a licensed liquor establishment.
  4. All on-sale liquor is to be consumed inside the building where it was purchased.
  5. A residence may have and use only one keg at a social event.
  6. No liquor shall be sold or consumed on a public highway or in an automobile in any public place in the city of St. Joseph.
  7. The noise ordinance prohibits loud parties or the playing of stereos in a loud manner that may be heard at the property line.

City of Saint Joseph Ordinances

DISCIPLINARY ACTIONS

Reviewed and Approved October, 2008

  1. Offenses
  2. Sanctions
  3. Appeals System

Living in community is an important part of life at the College of Saint Benedict. Limits to behavior have always been necessary for successful community living. Students are expected to keep particular standards of conduct and are responsible for their decisions accordingly. Students are also expected to confront those within the community who are not assuming responsibility for their own conduct.

College discipline is limited to student behavior which does not permit the college to pursue its educational objectives. Students who are in the presence of an offense without reporting it will also be considered in violation of the same community standards. The following are offenses subject to disciplinary action by the college community:

I. Offenses

  1. Dishonesty: Cheating, plagiarizing, knowingly providing false or incomplete information. See Academic Honesty section.
  2. Improper identification: Knowingly refusing to or falsely identifying oneself to an authorized college official; forgery, alteration or use of college documents, records or instruments of identification with intent to defraud.
  3. Physical abuse: Physical abuse of any person on college premises or at college-sponsored activities.
  4. Disorderly conduct: Conduct which threatens or endangers the health, safety or welfare of any person.
  5. Threats: Written, verbal or electronic threats made to individuals or groups within the campus community.
  6. Possession of weapons: Possession or use of actual or perceived weapons.
  7. Theft and property damage: Theft from or damage to college premises or property of a member of campus community or guest of the campus community.
  8. Misuse of safety equipment: Misuse of safety, fire safety or security equipment.
  9. Misuse of college facilities: Unauthorized entry or use of college facilities; intentional obstruction with ingress or egress from college facilities.
  10. Disruptive demonstrations: Campus demonstrations which disrupt the normal operation of the college or infringe on the rights of campus community members.
  11. Noncompliance:
    1. Failing to comply with college personnel at the time of an incident.
    2. Failing to comply with a disciplinary or probationary agreement; or with a mandatory counseling agreement.
    3. Failing to comply with a request to meet with college personnel concerning a disciplinary situation.
  12. Violations of college policies: Violations of residence hall policies as well as policies outlined in the college catalogue and student handbook.
  13. Violation of federal and state law: Violation of federal or state law including, but not limited to, those pertaining to beverage alcohol, drugs, theft, gambling, assault and sexual assault. Violations on and off campus may also constitute an offense against the college community.
  14. Harassment: Repeated written, verbal or electronic harassment of individuals or groups within the campus community.
  15. Misuse of college-owned technology: Improper use of college computer networks, telephone and security systems or use of these systems to violate any part of community standards.

II. Sanctions

Sanctions for offenses will consist of the following:

  1. Warning: An official verbal or written warning outlining inappropriate behavior and necessary behavior change.
  2. Restitution: Repaying injured parties or the college for damage done to them.
  3. Conference: A meeting with representation from residential life, academic advising, counseling and the dean of students. The student and this group will discuss the incident and outline the student's present academic/student development standing. The student and the conference group will make recommendations on progress necessary and develop a behavioral contract.
  4. Behavioral contract: Agreement by which a student outlines behavior she will or will not engage in. The contract may also outline tasks or learning experiences she will accomplish.
  5. Educational program: Development and implementation of an educational program in a residence hall or group with the purpose of teaching the community about an issue.
  6. Community service: Service to the college or to the St. Joseph community relative to a violation.
  7. Fines: Monetary or work hours to be given to the community.
  8. Mandatory counseling and/or alcohol or drug assessment and treatment: On or off-campus counseling and/or assessment or treatment at the expense of the student.
  9. Exclusion from campus networks: Exclusion from accessing computer or telephone networks.
  10. Disciplinary probation: A probationary status imposed for a limited period of time and with specific conditions, given to a student for serious violations.
  11. Administrative probation: The most serious form of probation which can be conferred in writing only by the dean of students or the vice president for student development. It is the only form of probation that is officially recorded beyond the student's stay at CSB for a reference check. In addition to carrying other sanctions, this probation automatically disqualifies the students from all extracurricular activities for the time period of the probation. Except for circumstances judged by the dean of students to be extraordinary, such probation is requisite to suspension or expulsion.
  12. Termination of the Residence Agreement: Residence agreement is terminated and student must move out of her residence area within 24 hours.
  13. Suspension: Temporary separation from the College of Saint Benedict with no academic credit being awarded for the semester in which the violation occurred.
  14. Expulsion: Permanent separation from the College of Saint Benedict with no academic credit being awarded for the semester in which the violation occurred.

Students will be given notice of offenses in the form of an incident report or a security report. At that time they will be required to meet with the dean of students or her designated representative to discuss community standards of behavior. Students will have the opportunity to speak to the behavior and how that relates to living in community. Sanctions for the offense will then be decided upon and communicated. Students may have the opportunity to participate in the developing of their own sanctions should the situation warrant.

III. Appeals System

Students have the right to appeal disciplinary action.  In general, an appeal of disciplinary action will be heard by the next level conduct officer in the conduct process.  

  1. A decision by a Residence Director is heard by the Assistant Director or Director of Residential Life. 
  2. A decision by the Assistant Director of Residential Life is heard by the Director of Residential Life. 
  3. A decision by the Director of Residential Life is considered by the Dean of Students. 
  4. A decision by the Dean of Students is heard by the Vice President of Student Development.

Cause for Appeal

There are three just causes for an appeal to be considered and appeals for other reasons will not be considered. It is important to note that the appeal is not a rehearing of the case. The just causes for an appeal are limited to the following:

  1. The student's due process has been violated.
  2. New evidence is available that was not previously presented.
  3. The sanction is considered inappropriate for the offense.

Submission of Appeal

The appeal must be submitted in writing to the appropriate hearing officer in the appeal process (see above).  The appeal will include the student's name, the offense, and the sanction given.  The burden of proof rests with the student who is bringing the appeal.  The written appeal must be submitted within five (5) working days following the notification of the initial sanction.

Appeal Process

Upon receiving an appeal the appeal hearing officer may

  1. Review and respond without a meeting with the student;
  2. Review and request a meeting with the student prior to responding;
  3. Remand the case back to the original hearing officer for reconsideration.

When a student appeals the outcome of their original hearing, the appeal hearing officer may uphold the decision or the sanctions of the hearing officer; overturn the decision and/or sanction; apply stricter sanctions.

The student may be asked to meet with the appeal hearing officer and this would occur at the appeal hearing officer's discretion.  A student may request a meeting, but the decision regarding a meeting remains with the appeal hearing officer.

After reviewing the reason(s) for the appeal and the documentation provided by the student, the appeal hearing officer will determine whether or not the appeal will be granted.  The student will be notified in writing within five (5) days after the submission of the appeal regarding the decision of the appeal hearing officer.  The decision of the appeal hearing officer is final and the student will be allowed to appeal the decision of a particular case only once.

DRUG POLICY

Reviewed and approved September, 2008

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University consider the use, possession, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs and the misuse or distribution of prescription or over the counter drugs, as detrimental to the welfare of the individual student and the health, security and safety of the college community. The illegal use, possession or distribution of drugs or drug paraphernalia or the misuse or distribution of prescription or over the counter drugs will not be tolerated by the college of Saint Benedict or Saint John's University.

The College and University have a responsibility to maintain a safe and secure environment for students to pursue their educational goals free from the use and/or presence of illegal drugs. Additionally, Federal and State drug use control laws are applicable to all members of the campus community. In promoting a drug-free community, CSB and SJU will provide educational and informational programs about the use of drugs as well as provide counseling and emergency services for students.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are in compliance with the requirements and mandates of the Drug Free Schools and Community Act.

Sanctions for policy violations:

1. A student who is distributing or selling drugs may be subject to immediate dismissal without rebate or academic credit from CSB or SJU. Any information that comes to the attention of the college authorities in regard to the trafficking of drugs will be communicated to law enforcement.

2. A student who uses or possesses illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia and/or disrupts any segment of the campus community as a result of drug use is subject to disciplinary action which may include chemical use assessment, treatment (at the student's expense), suspension or expulsion.

3. A student who is experiencing health issues associated with the use of chemicals (including anabolic steroids) may be required to undergo professional evaluation and treatment (at the student's expense) for continuing enrollment.

FIREWORKS

Reviewed and Approved November, 2008

The sale, possession and use of some non-explosive and non-aerial consumer fireworks are permitted in Minnesota effective April 30, 2002: however, all fireworks are still prohibited on the private property at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University campuses. Any fireworks found on the campuses will be confiscated and are non-returnable. Person(s) in violation of campus policy or Minnesota law are subject to campus or criminal sanctions.

FREEDOM OF PROTEST

Reviewed and Approved November, 2008

The right of peaceful protest within the campus community is permitted. The college retains the right to assure the safety of all individuals, to protect property and to maintain continuity of the educational process. Interference with entry and exit from the college facilities, interruption of classes or damage to property exceeds permissible limits. Where space is used for an authorized college function, whether in a class, an approved meeting, or normal or service-oriented activity, the reasonable regulations established by the person in charge must be respected.

Students wishing to conduct a peaceful protest of demonstration must do so in compliance with the Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression Policy.

GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY

Reviewed and Approved July, 2012

As residential liberal arts colleges, the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University educate students on the importance of living in community and understanding the obligations of civic responsibility.  Students are expected to follow the behavioral guidelines as listed in the

Bennie Book or the J-Book both within and outside our educational communities including be not limited to St. Joseph, Avon, and St. Cloud.  Students should expect to be held accountable for their behavior, both on and off campus, and are responsible for upholding the laws or standards of the community where they live. Of particular concern are acts which interfere with the actions or directions of emergency personnel (law enforcement, medical, fire or rescue) or their equipment. Additionally, destruction of or damage to property, or actions which threaten the safety of members and of the community, wherever they may be, will not be tolerated. Disregard for or violation of this policy may result in formal disciplinary action that can include forfeiting participation in college events or activities (e.g., commencement). 

GOOD SAMARITAN POLICY

Reviewed and Approved July, 2012

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are committed to the health, well-being, and safety of its students. The Good Samaritan Policy is designed to be used when, in the judgment of others, a student needs medical assistance because of drug or alcohol use. It is intended to encourage students to come forward without fear of disciplinary action being taken against the intoxicated student or those who seek to help them.  This policy is based upon the premise that failure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol or drug related emergency is a violation of our community standards.

When assisting an intoxicated individual by alerting College or University staff (e.g. FR/RD, RA, Life Safety/Security, EMT), neither the intoxicated individual nor those who seek help will be subject to formal disciplinary action.  In order for this policy to apply those calling for help must remain with the impaired student until College or University staff arrive and intoxicated students must follow the medical, health, and safety recommendations of the assisting staff.  While no official disciplinary report will be filed in a student's record, intoxicated individuals may need to follow-up by completing substance education programs or substance abuse screenings, depending on the level of concern for their health and safety.

The Good Samaritan Policy applies to alcohol/drug poisoning only.  The Good Samaritan Policy does not apply to individuals involved in infractions such as property damage, hazing, harassment, physical or sexual assault.  When necessary, the Dean of Students will render the final decision regarding whether the Good Samaritan Policy can be applied in a particular situation.  The College or University cannot guarantee that criminal charges will not be brought against the student if local law enforcement officials are required for assistance during the incident.  In cases in which a student is transported to the hospital or a detoxification center for a medical emergency and is unconscious or otherwise in serious physical jeopardy, parental notification by College or University officials may occur; not for the purpose of disciplinary action, but as a health and safety measure.

HAZING POLICY

Reviewed and Approved October, 2008

Hazing of any kind is strictly forbidden by the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and subject to severe sanction. Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation created by an individual or group, intentionally or unintentionally, whether on or off college or university premises, to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, ridicule, or in any way demean the dignity of another human being. Initiations, however explained, or activities that imply, encourage, condone, or allow students to misuse alcohol or other drugs, violate the law, or commit unethical, immoral, or inappropriate behavior are explicitly forbidden.

Incidents of hazing at the College of Saint Benedict can be reported to the human rights officer, dean of students, director of residence life, or the director of security. Incidents at Saint John's University can be reported to the human rights officer, dean of students, associate dean of students, or the director of life safety services. An incident report will be generated to document the report and the incident will be referred to the judicial processes at the college or university.

Individuals involved with hazing may be expelled from school, suspended from enrollment for a definite or indefinite period of time, and/or face additional sanctions which may include the college or university referring the case to outside law enforcement agencies. Recognized student organizations or athletic teams which may be involved with hazing may be sanctioned by withholding of college/university funds; suspension of the club status or charter for up to four years; disqualifying it for funds, space or activities; forfeiture of games/meets or agents; suspension from meeting or playing for the duration of the season; or disqualification from recognition and awards.

HEALTH INSURANCE POLICY

Reviewed and Approved December, 2000

All students are required to carry health insurance while enrolled at CSB. This requirement can be met by one of the following:

Failure to provide proof of personal insurance coverage will result in your being automatically enrolled in the insurance plan used by CSB and billed for the same! Failure to provide proof of coverage in a timely manner shall be the student's consent to enrollment in and payment for the plan above.

If you are planning to study abroad, check the coverage of your family policy or purchase the policy available to CSB.

MAJOR EVENTS POLICY

Reviewed and Approved July, 2012

The purpose of this policy is to assist event planners in understanding how to host a major event involving or impacting the College of Saint Benedict (CSB), and/or Saint John's University (SJU), or our community members. Major events are defined as those programs or activities which, by their nature, alter or have the impact of altering the routine and operations of a facility, property, staffing plan, and/or may have public relations implications for the colleges.  The institution reserves the right to cancel the event if any of the above conditions are not met. Costs associated with the canceling of the event due to non-compliance are the responsibility of the sponsoring group. For additional event planning information, please see the Student Activities and Leadership Development website.

Event Planning

  1. All events planned at CSB/SJU or by CSB/SJU students, student groups, or departments must abide by occupancy levels set for spaces.
  2. Events are limited to purposes of spaces unless approval is gained to alter the purpose of the space for the event. Approval to alter the purpose of College or University space requires agreement from Events and Conferences on the campus at which the event will take place, Director of Security or Life Safety Services, the primary user of the space, and the CSB or SJU Dean of Students Office.  Approval to alter the purpose of OSB space requires agreement from the abbot or the prioress or their designees. Each campus may have unique guidelines or restrictions on facility usage based on the nature or limitations of individual facilities.
  3. Event planners must respect the integrity of the academic calendar of CSB/SJU.  Also see the Master Calendar to prevent conflicts with other campus events.
  4. All proposed events and activities must be reviewed by media relations prior to approval.
  5. Media and communication responsibilities for major events rest with the club or organization, and must be coordinated in conjunction with Communication and Marketing Services (CMS).
  6. A communication plan must be in place and reviewed by CMS prior to the public announcement of any major event.
  7. Event planners must complement existing events on the academic and co-curricular calendars at CSB/SJU. A completed event plan is expected to be given to relevant administrative areas a minimum of ten business days prior to the event.
  8. Any event for which attendance would be limited due to event location or capacity of the designated space may need to be ticketed in order to manage attendance. Tickets need to be numbered with a ticket stub available to balance receipts and provide attendance accounts.
  9. SJP events using CSB/SJU facilities or grounds must receive approval from Events and Conferences and CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services.

Presence of Alcohol

  1. Alcohol at student-sponsored events on campus must be cash bar only with Culinary/Dining Services or a licensed third-party vendor approved by Culinary/Dining Services. Likewise, student-sponsored events off campus must be cash bar only. Discounted or subsidized alcohol specials are also not allowed. Bar tabs for performers or event organizers are not allowed. Event organizers who plan to have alcohol present must present a security plan which supports the legal and responsible use of alcohol in the promotion, distribution, sale, limitation of serving hours, provision of food and alternative beverages, and limitation of the quantity of alcohol served.
  2. Events with alcohol present, whether on or off-campus, must secure and alcohol permit from the Student Activities and leadership Development Office.  The Director of Student Activities will consult with Events and Conferences, CSB Security, St. John's Life Safety, the Deans of Students and other as needed prior to approving the alcohol permit.  The permit is required before any event with alcohol can be sponsored by a CSB/SJU student organization or entity.
  3. Since the majority of CSB/SJU students are not able to legally consume alcohol, the institutions are committed to supporting events which do not have alcohol present. Events or advertising for events which focus on the consumption of alcohol will not be allowed. Student activity fees (allocated by the institution or the Student Senates) and student organization-generated funds, including but not limited to ticket sales, t-shirt sales, cup sales, member dues, and raffles, may not purchase alcohol for events.

Target Audience

  1. The primary audience for CSB/SJU events should be members of the CSB/SJU community.
  2. An event open to non-CSB/SJU attendees requires special event considerations and approval from Student Activities and CSB Security or St. John's Life Safety for plans for promotion, availability of tickets, and security.

Contract Obligations

  1. The sponsor of the event is responsible for all costs incurred from hosting the event including costs for security, sound, lights, contractual obligations, cancellations, damages, and clean-up. CSB/SJU is not responsible for event costs by agreeing to offer space for the event.
  2. CSB/SJU is limited in the sound and lighting support it can offer events particularly in some locations. Event organizers should contact Events and Conferences, and Media Services to determine what is available for the event location. The use of additional sound and light equipment or staff may need to be contracted by event organizers. Events and Conferences and Physical Plant or Facilities staff may need to provide direction for use of outside contractors.
  3. All contracts and contract riders must be approved and signed by the Director of Student Activities or designee.   Only recognized student clubs/organizations in good standing and CSB/SJU departments may submit contracts for major events. Contracts will not be processed without confirmed funding, either from the CFB, institutional departments, or external sponsors.  CSB/SJU will not allow the use of alcohol or drugs during set up, performance, or take-down of an event or actions by performers which are contrary to the mission and values of the institutions. 
  4. Based on a risk assessment of the event, the institution may require an additional insurance rider and/or waivers of liability from all participants.  The institution reserves the right to prohibit events due to high risk factors. 
  5. CSB and SJU reserve the right to deny any program/speaker/event. 

Event Staffing

  1. Event organizers must provide student staff to handle unloading, set-up, event management, security, tear-down, and clean-up. Event organizers are responsible for informing and training their student staff.
  2. Event organizers may be assisted by professional staff who handle technical aspects of the event or facility management. Event staff are expected to be respectful of professional staff assisting with events.  Contracted professional staff are the responsibility of event organizers.

Event Security

  1. Event organizers must meet with the appropriate security department to develop a security plan. The security plan must address the size and nature of the event, security for the event location, security for the facility hosting the event, and the necessary security and equipment to safeguard the health, fire and safety concerns for CSB/SJU students and residence areas on campus.
  2. Requests for additional security for an event should be submitted to the Director of Security/Life Safety Services for the respective campus at which the event will take place at least six weeks prior to the event. An event may need to be canceled if additional security is unavailable.
  3. Arrangements for parking for the event should be submitted to the Director of Security/Life Safety Services for the respective campus at which the event will take place at least six weeks prior to the event.
  4. All bus travel (Link or contracted services) should go through the Director of Transportation at least six weeks prior to the event.  Mini-buses, vans and fleet vehicles are reserved through the Fire Department at SJU, and Security at CSB.
  5. Arrangements for medical assistance for the event should be submitted to the Director of Security/Life Safety Services for the respective campus at which the event will take place at least six weeks prior to the event.

POLITICAL CAMPAIGNING

Reviewed and Approved October, 2014

The College of Saint Benedict recognizes the educational and civic merits of participation in the political process and encourages political awareness among members of the academic community. As an academic institution, the College promotes free expression of political ideas.  Furthermore, the institution is committed to strict neutrality regarding candidates and political events, to providing equality of treatment in so far as possible, and to preserving the right to privacy enjoyed by each of its students. To implement these principles, the College establishes these policies regarding political campaigns and events in addition to following normal College rules and guidelines. In this policy the word "candidate" refers to one who has filed with the appropriate governmental agency.  A group or individual who fails to comply with these policies shall be liable under the applicable laws of the state of Minnesota and the internal regulations of CSB/SJU.

Political Speeches, Rallies and Appearances

Candidates who have received a specific invitation from an individual or a student group of the College or University may reserve institutional spaces for discussions, speeches and campaigning through the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office in consultation with the Dean of Students at the institution where the event will take place.

  1. A political group or candidate may not use facilities, including grounds, when the purpose or publicity implies that the College of Saint Benedict and/or Saint John's University supports, endorses, or lends its name to the group or candidate.
  2. In approving requests for space, the College shall seek to demonstrate neutrality and equality within the limits of the available campus facilities. The College shall make a reasonable effort to distribute costs for security and the use of facilities in an equitable manner as it does for any other person or group brought to campus.
  3. The University recommends the Sexton Commons and football gate area at SJU and Mary Commons and the Gorecki Dining Center at CSB as the most appropriate public areas for political campaigning. The use of campus grounds for candidates without invitation from an individual or student group is normally limited to these public areas.  Candidates or their representatives may distribute information in the designated areas after they have filed a solicitation permit and the permit has been approved.  All requests will be processed through the Student Activities and Leadership Development Office in consultation with the Dean(s) of Students.
  4. The college will not deny any candidate, invited or not, access to the public areas of its residence halls.  Public area is defined as all unlocked areas in Mary Commons, the unlocked entries in Margretta, Lottie and Brian Halls, and the unlocked entry areas in the Sister Nora Luetmer apartment building.  Door-to-door campaigning in locked residence halls and apartments requires a specific prior appointment approved by the Residential Life Office which is entitled to deny admittance or require expulsion for reasonable cause.  Any candidate campaigning door-to-door is also required to be accompanied by an enrolled CSB student or SJU student who is representing a campus student organization. If no such student is available, the Residential Life Office will assist the candidate and provide the necessary escort. Reasonable notice (minimum of 2 days) is required if such assistance is needed. Door-to-door campaigning in apartment areas is permissible but is limited to a reasonable number (two plus the candidate). Candidates and their representatives are not allowed in students' rooms or apartments unless specifically invited by all occupants. The College reserves the right to limit the visit to reasonable hours.

Political Advertisements

Political posters, signs and advertisements are subject to the same posting policy and mailing policy as all other posters, signs and advertisements, with the following exceptions:

1. When the purpose or publicity implies that CSB or SJU supports, endorses, or lends its name to the group or candidate, posters, signs, and advertisements are not permitted.

a) Political posters, signs and advertisements are, therefore, prohibited in all administrative offices, classrooms, and academic wall space.

b) In accord with all other posting policies, students and faculty may post what material they wish in their rooms and on their doors without content discrimination based on politics.

2. All materials sent to students on behalf of a CSB/SJU recognized club or organization must clearly indicate the name and contact information of the sponsoring CSB/SJU club or organization.  Materials sent to students directly from a candidate or a non CSB/SJU recognized club or organization must be clearly postmarked by federal mail.

3. Political information may be slid under the doors in the student residences by individual students and student groups in accordance with residential policies regarding such materials.  Door-to-door campaigning is regulated as in #4 above.

Student Government Campaigns

Campaigns for positions in student government are expected to comply with the rules for those elections as specified by the appropriate student government and comply with normal college policies. If no rules have been passed by the appropriate student government, the rules outlined here shall apply.

POSTING POLICY

Reviewed and Approved January, 2011

Posters/Banners

  1. Advertised events must have a campus sponsor that is clearly identified on the poster; posted materials should also include the name, time, date and location of the event as well as the name and phone number of a contact person.
  2. Posters/flyers are not allowed to advertise alcohol.
  3. Posters/flyers cannot contain material antithetical to institutional policies or to the Benedictine mission of our institutions.
  4. Events cannot be advertised more than two weeks in advance.
  5. Posters/flyers must be  8 ½ x 11, 8 ½ x 14, or 11 x 17 
  6. Materials will be posted only on designated bulletin boards. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of Student Activities. Postings are forbidden on walls, windows, or doors. Residential Life is exempt from this regulation in posting materials within their area of responsibility.
  7. Academic clubs may post in their respective academic departments upon approval from the department.
  8. A maximum of 13 posters, not larger than 11 x 17, will be approved for CSB bulletin boards; 7 posters will be approved for SJU.
  9. Large banners may not exceed three feet in length and will be posted in the approved posting areas.
  10. Unapproved banners/posters will be removed immediately.
  11. Non CSB/SJU groups and businesses are not allowed to post materials at SJU. There is one bulletin board at CSB for notices from external groups, but the material must be approved by Student Activities prior to posting.

Table Tents

  1. Student Activities is responsible for printing the W.O.W. table tents displayed in O'Connell's, Gorecki, Sexton and the Refectory. If you wish to submit information for the table tents, please complete an Event Notification Form
  2. Table tents other than the W.O.W. tents are not allowed in the dining areas.

Chalking Policy

Electronic Postings

  1. All registered clubs/organizations have the ability to send mass e-mails to students from their account. Mass e-mail messages should adhere to the Mass E-mail Policy.
  2. Student events will be posted on the Student Activities events calendar upon completion of the event notification form.

CSB/SJU RECIPROCITY AGREEMENT

Reviewed and approved October, 2000

In the spirit of cooperation and mutual respect for the members of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, a reciprocity agreement is effective that deals with behavior that decreases the quality of personal and community living.

A College of Saint Benedict student in violation of the regulations on the campus of Saint John's University is subject to the judicial and administrative procedures of the College of Saint Benedict. A Saint John's University student in violation of the regulations of the campus of the College of Saint Benedict is subject to the judicial and administrative procedures of Saint John's University. When a CSB student and an SJU student are involved in the same violation, they are subject to the joint disciplinary action of both vice presidents for student development /affairs or their delegated representative.

Though the disciplinary procedures of the respective campus as designated in the paragraph above and as described in the student handbook will apply, persons responsible for property damage will be held accountable for restitution of damaged property including costs. These are paid to the business office on the campus where the damage occurred. Restitution for damages and the accompanying labor cost is not negotiable nor subject to the appeals process. Other sanctions may also be applied depending on the circumstances of the incident.

SOLICITATION POLICY

Reviewed and Approved August, 2008

This policy, which regulates all means of solicitation on the CSB/SJU campuses, such as mailing lists, bulletin boards, campus access, space, and student PO boxes, intends to protect students' rights to privacy and freedom from harassment and manipulation without undue restriction of creative initiative. Although this policy is joint, each Student Activity Office has jurisdiction over its own campus. Therefore a permit granted for one campus does not grant the right to solicit on the other campus. After completing a solicitation permit and with permission from the appropriate Student Activities Office, persons may sell items on campus.

Gift Solicitation

Responsibility for all fundraising rests with the Development Office of the College of Saint Benedict or Saint John's University.

All off-campus fund-raising activities require the authorization of the President through the Vice President of Institutional Advancement. Permission will be granted only if fund-raising will not interfere with normal University fund-raising activities by University students, employees, volunteers or organizations for support of any University activity or program, and if funds are to be raised for a purpose consistent with University objectives. All solicitations for gifts of any kind are to be conducted under the direction of the Office of Institutional Advancement.

Students, college personnel and organizations may not initiate or carry on fund-raising projects or solicit gifts off campus without permission of the President. Students who want to initiate such projects must contact the Vice President for Development to receive this permission. If it is determined that the solicitation will not interfere with other fund-raising efforts and is for a purpose for which the College is seeking support, permission may be given to solicit under the direction of the Development Office. This policy applies to gifts of any kind.

Residential Solicitation

CSB/SJU student organizations wishing to solicit funds, donations, or sell anything from within the CSB/SJU Residential community must receive permission from the Dean of Students, or their designee. Only organizations soliciting donations or selling items for service-related projects will be given permission to solicit within the CSB/SJU Residential communities. The uses of proceeds from solicitation are to be clearly described in all printed materials. Off-campus businesses, groups, and/or organizations are strictly prohibited from soliciting inside residential areas.

Religious Solicitation

Religious organizations or representatives other than CSB/SJU Campus Ministry are not permitted to solicit on campus, conduct worship services, or give presentations without the expressed written permission of the respective CSB or SJU Campus Ministry Office. Religious solicitation by an outside group or individual is not permitted in the residential areas under any circumstances. The distribution of religious materials by CSB/SJU students in the residential areas is prohibited unless approved by Campus Ministry of the campus on which solicitation is to be done.

Mailing Labels

Permission for use of the institutions' mailing lists will be granted only under very exceptional conditions. Requests for mailing labels are to be made in writing to the VP of Student Development or and must specify the use to which the labels will be put.

WEAPONS POLICY

Reviewed and Approved August, 2008

No weapons of any kind are allowed on campus except those provided by ROTC and weapons for game hunting, including archery and trapshooting equipment that are registered with and stored at CSB Campus Security. This statement is to include any weapons considered real that can cause bodily harm or threat. This policy specifically includes but is not limited to the prohibition of fireworks, firecrackers, firearms, BB Guns, explosive materials, or knives with blades in excess of four (4) inches. It also includes realistic replicas and facsimiles of weapons. Anyone who violates this policy is subject to severe sanctions including suspension. Anyone who uses weapons deliberately or otherwise is a way that hurts others either physically or mentally, is destructive of property, or jeopardizes public safety may be suspended or expelled.

Trapshooting club members may store weaponry in the vault through the spring semester in accordance with Life Safety regulations. All other weapons are to be removed at Christmas vacation. Weapons not removed will be confiscated. After proof of ownership a $25 charge will be issued for the release of any confiscated weapon.