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Student Life Policies





Reviewed and Updated:  December 2011

Alcohol and Drug Information


Alcohol and the Law


Alcohol Permit


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Alcohol Policy

Reviewed and Updated:  April 2011

Statement of Care

Saint John's University (SJU) 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, SJU 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 SJU, is equivalent to the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) policy. Students will be held accountable for their behavior on either campus.


Individual Use

Individuals who are under the age of 21 are not allowed to possess or consume alcohol.

  1. Individuals 21 years of age or older 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Individuals are not allowed to keep, stockpile, store or display alcohol or empty alcohol containers in their residences.
  4. Kegs, party balls or other common containers of alcohol (e.g., punch bowls) are not allowed in residence hall rooms.
  5. Alcohol is not permitted in hallways, lounges, balconies or any other public spaces.
  6. 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.
  7. Drinking games or drinking contests of any sort are strictly prohibited.
  8. Alcohol and related items including containers, kegs, taps and beer bongs are confiscated without return when a violation occurs.
  9. Students who violate state or local liquor laws off-campus may be subject to prosecution by local law enforcement in addition to possible campus disciplinary action under the Good Neighbor Policy.
  10. 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.
  11. No one is allowed to consume alcoholic beverages anywhere on College of Saint Benedict or Order of Saint Benedict grounds without prior approval.


Campus Houses and Apartments

(Includes Ann House, Dominica, Gable, Girgen, Idzerda, 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. Party Registration Form
  2. Events with alcohol in campus houses or apartments are subject to disciplinary action when the parties or events are unapproved or University policies are violated.
  3. Public notice of parties on bulletin boards, emails, electronic social networks such as Facebook or MySpace, 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, Pinestock or other special events as designated by the Campus 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 established by the Campus Life Office.
  12. The Campus 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.


Outdoor Consumption (SJU only)

Students will be allowed to consume alcohol in designated areas outside Vincent Court Apartments and outside of Flynntown Apartments between the hours of 4:00 pm and 8:00 pm.  (Includes Flynntown Apartments and Vincent Court only.)


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

Designated Areas:

  • Flynntown Apartments: On the back sidewalk on the Northwest corner of the building (Please see map).
  • Vincent Court Apartments: Between the front door and the sidewalk directly in front of the specific unit (Please see map).


  1. Students and guests consuming alcohol must be 21 years old or older.
  2. Only Residents of the specific unit and guests of that unit are allowed to consume alcohol in that outdoor space.  
  3. Guests consuming alcohol outside of Flynntown Apartments must be accompanied by a resident of Flynntown Apartments.
  4. Students may not cross over between designated areas with open containers.
  5. Common containers of alcohol will not be allowed in outdoor spaces.  Common containers include coolers, packs of beer, kegs, bottles of liquor, etc. 
  6. Parties may not be hosted outside.  University Staff, at their discretion, reserve the right to ask students to move indoors or to ask guests to leave the premise altogether. 
  7. Open containers outside of designated areas constitute a policy violation.
  8. Open containers are not allowed in public areas inside Flynntown Apartments (Hallways, Lounges, Basement, etc.)


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, or MySpace, 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 policies regarding the use of University or corporate land or facilities.



CSB and SJU considers 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 camupses and will not be permitted to operate campus vehhicles.

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. 



The enforcement of SJU's alcohol policy primarily rests with the Campus Life staff and Life Safety Services staff.  SJU also expects students to confront peers who are irresponsible and/or abusive in their use of alcohol. Alcohol policy violations are referred to Campus Life Staff as outlined in SJU's judicial process.

Violations are referred to a judicial hearing with the office of Campus Life. 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.


Students who are concerned with their own alcohol use or the alcohol use of a friend should consider using the Counseling Services (320-363-3236). The services are free, confidential, and can assist students in talking about issues, receiving treatment, or support. SJU 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.


See also:  Alcohol and the Law, Good Samaritan Policy, Good Neighbor Policy and St. Joseph City Ordinances

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Reviewed and updated:  May, 2009

Students are accountable for ordinary standards of behavior even though their particular misconduct may not be explicitly mentioned in Saint John's University (SJU) documents.  SJU reserves the right to deny continued enrollment, re-enrollment, or to apply disciplinary sanctions to any student whose personal history, background, or behavior, indicate that his presence at SJU or its functions or activities would endanger the health, safety, welfare, or property of the members of the SJU community or interfere with the orderly and effective performance of SJU's functions.

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Reviewed May 2009

Bicycle storage, spring through Thanksgiving Day, is restricted to bicycle racks and dorm rooms. Any bicycle left in bicycle racks after Thanksgiving Day will be confiscated. Bicycles are subject to confiscation at any time when found in unauthorized public places (ie, campus grounds, building corridors, laundry). Upon proof of ownership, there is a $25 charge for the release of any confiscated bicycle plus a $5 per month storage fee. Any bicycle unclaimed after 30 days will be considered abandoned and become University property subject to disposal. No bikes of any kind are allowed on woodland trails.

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Boats and Fish Houses

Reviewed and updated:  May, 2009

  1. Watercraft motors shall not be transported on Saint John's University (SJU) property for use on any lake within SJU property except for Safety Patrol.
  2. Except for Life Safety equipment, only canoes and rowboats without motors, and fish houses are permitted on SJU property, and only with a special permit issued by Life Safety Services. The permit is to be visibly displayed.
  3. Watercraft with permits, not owned by the Order of Saint Benedict, may be moored only in areas designated by Life Safety Services and only between May 1 and October 1.
  4. Watercraft and fish houses that do not conform to these restrictions are subject to impoundment. Impounded items will be returned only after proof of ownership and payment of a $35 fee for release and $5 per month for storage. Unclaimed property will be considered abandoned after 30 days.
  5. The Order of Saint Benedict assumes no liability for watercraft or fish houses placed or used on its property.
  6. Students may bring private boats and canoes on campus for use on lakes, provided they are registered with Life Safety Services and obtain a free permit; and they are used and moored only in season and only in the designated areas (Huschle Point and North Watab). Boats and canoes are subject to impoundment for non-compliance.

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Official Closing Notice/Canceled Classes

Reviewed and Updated:  February 2012


Announcements under this policy will be made most often through email and, when necessary, through the ConnectEd emergency notification system and will include the descriptions outlined in the policy to designate the status.   Please ensure your contact information for the ConnectEd system is up-to-date. The primary media outlets for official announcements include the four major TV stations and all St. Cloud area radio stations.


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Communicable Diseases

Reviewed:  August 2011

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) are concerned about AIDS as a major and growing public health concern. AIDS is recognized as a handicap by law and a student or employee with AIDS is covered under the handicap nondiscrimination laws. These guidelines are in the interests of the common good, decency, and support of the AIDS victim:

  1. CSB/SJU will not require AIDS screening for students or employees nor will the colleges deny enrollment or employment to infected persons if known unless the disease has caused mental or physical impairment that reduces achievement below minimum requirements, despite reasonable accommodation.

  2. Infected persons not presenting a medically-known hazard to others will be permitted to function in the campus community in an unrestricted manner and without a requirement of disclosure, for example, to roommate, faculty or staff.

  3. Should questions arise about a specific infected person, decisions about disclosure of information or any restriction of campus involvement will be made on a case by case basis by appropriate administrative personnel. Judgments about disclosure are to be made on an incident by incident basis after the fact, such as an open wound injury and special academic advising needs due to reduced mental functioning.

  4. Except as provided in #3 above, information about infected persons will be maintained in accordance with requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

  5. The Vice Presidents who work with students, faculty and other personnel will review cases as necessary and provide an appropriate program of education for the campus community.

  6. The Vice Presidents for Student Development of each institution are charged with the responsibility to review these guidelines and make whatever adjustments are warranted as new factual information becomes available through the Center for Disease Control, national educational resources, the MMA Task Force on AIDS, and other recognized sources of expertise.

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Reviewed:   August 2011

Any and all articles confiscated because of possession, abandonment or illegal use become the property of the University and will be disposed of at the discretion of the University.  Property will be held only 30 days.  A storage fee will be charged when an article is claimed and eligible for release.

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Reviewed and Updated:  May 2009

The only places allowed for barbequing are:

  1. Tommy Hall Patio - north side

  2. Service drive of Bernard and Boniface/Patrick Halls

  3. Service drive on the west side of Mary Hall

  4. Virgil Michel -- surfaced areas surrounding building

  5. Outside Flynntown residences

  6. McKeown Community Center patio

  7. Watab picnic grounds

    a.   Any use of the Picnic Grounds (i.e. bonfires, picnics, camping) requires authorization from Special Events, #2240.

    b.   Open fires (campfires, bonfires) require a burning permit from the Fire Department #2742. Permits can be obtained 8 am - 4 pm, Monday thru Friday. Permits must be in your possession during the time of the burning. You may be asked to produce the burning permit by a Life Safety Officers patrolling the area. Fire Department personnel might also ask for verification of permit.

    c.   All fires must be contained in the pit provided, thoroughly extinguished before leaving the area and must never be left unattended. By thoroughly extinguished it is meant that the ashes/coals need to be cool to the touch. You may need a shovel and bucket to completely extinguish the fire in the pit. Those items are your responsibility because there is no equipment available from SJU to extinguish the fire. If the fire department responds to complete extinguishment of the pit, the responsible person will be billed for their services and this would cost $300.00.

    d.   The person to whom a burning permit is issued will be held responsible for any damage as a result of the fire and/or failing to adhere to policies. Fire related infractions are an automatic $300.00 fine, plus damages.

    e.   No cutting of trees, branches, etc.,  is allowed on SJU property. You must supply your own firewood or wood can be ordered when you set up your reservation with Special Events.

    f.   Keep our grounds clean. Pick up trash (two large garbage bags will be provided when you pick up your burning permit - those bags should be disposed of in one of the on campus dumpsters, not left out in the camp area). Failure to do so may result in a clean-up fine that will be determined by the Grounds Department.

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Reviewed and Updated:  May 2009

Saint John's University (SJU) and the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) are committed to creating and maintaining an environment in which all members of the community are aware of and respect the rights and human dignity of every other member. Therefore, we will investigate and promptly seek the equitable resolution of allegations of discrimination relating to race, religion, color, national origin/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.

Conduct including verbal and written communication, non-verbal gestures, physical assault, and otherwise threatening or intimidating behavior, that compromises these community values of respect and hospitality stated in the Human Rights Policy is considered adversely discriminating and serious. In addition, posting materials of any kind (for example, any symbol, object, appellation, characterization or graffiti) in the public view such as, for instance, on one's person, on windows or doors and walls facing hallways, and through electronic media such as computers, phone systems, and answering devices, that compromises these community values also may constitute an act of discriminatory harassment, and if so, is in direct violation of SJU community values and policy.

Sanctions include any combination of the following: official warning, verbal and written personal and public apology, all forms of probation, work hours, fine, acceptable research paper, eviction from campus housing, suspension, and expulsion.

Offended persons should contact any SJU official to report information and receive advice, including Faculty Resident, Resident Assistant, Campus Life staff, Campus Ministry staff, and Human Rights Officer. To make an official complaint, contact the Student Human Rights Officer for CSB/SJU: Brandyn Woodard.

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Reviewed and Updated:  September 2008

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) 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 CSB or SJU.

CSB/SJU 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 abuse control laws are applicable to all members of the campus community. In promoting a drug-free community, CSB/SJU will provide educational and informational programs about the use and effects of drugs as well as provide counseling and emergency services for students.

CSB/SJU 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 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, both legal and illegal, may be required to undergo professional evaluation and treatment (at the student's expense) for continuing enrollment.

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Reviewed and Updated:  May 2009

All campus emergencies, dial 911. All campus 911 calls are recorded and routed through Life Safety Services. When calling SJU from off campus or a cell phone for an emergency, dial 320 363-2144.  911 calls from your cell phone will be directed to Stearns County emergency services.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

Updated and Reviewed:  April 2011

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University (CSB/SJU) recognize that a wide range of experiences contributes to the liberal education of a student and encourage students to seek extra-curricular activities that will enrich their college experience. At the same time, the two institutions uphold the primacy of the academic program. There is no necessary conflict between these two objectives.

When extra-curricular events are scheduled that conflict with academic programs, CSB/SJU expects the persons in charge of the extra-curricular event to remind the students of the priority of their academic responsibilities, students to make prior arrangements with the instructors and faculty to make reasonable accommodations whenever possible. The specific elements of this policy follow:

Student Responsibilities:

  1. Students are expected to complete all their academic responsibilities - to attend required classes and laboratories, complete class and laboratory assignments and meet all scheduled examinations.

  2. Students who choose not to attend classes or other required academic exercises must realize the potentially serious consequences of their choice. For example, faculty members who include class participation in their evaluation of students' performance would be justified in lowering their evaluation of those students who miss class.

  3. Students should be aware that it may not be possible for instructors to schedule make-up exams or make-up assignments. In this matter the instructor's decisions prevails.

Institutional Philosophy and Responsibilities:

  1. CSB/SJU expects those faculty and/or staff members administering extra-curricular activities to develop an awareness of the critical dates of the academic calendar and avoid scheduling activities during examination periods and other special events whenever possible. If scheduled extra-curricular activities cause more than occasional conflicts with academic programs, then steps should be initiated to review the future of this extra-curricular activity. As part of the ongoing review of this policy, unresolved conflicts should be communicated to the designated CAPS Liaison for Extra-Curricular Activities.

  2. In order to accommodate extra-curricular activities, the institutions encourage faculty members to avoid scheduling single-section classes in the 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. time period. In addition, faculty should refrain from rescheduling entire classes or laboratories without compelling academic reasons.

Adopted on April 2, 2003, by the Committee on Academic Policies and Standards (CAPS).

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Fire and Rescue

Reviewed and updated:  July 2009


 Most buildings on campus are fire-resistant, yet the danger of fire threatening loss of life and property is very real. Since most of the safety measures provided can be made ineffective through tampering or misuse, it is the duty of Saint John's University to enforce the following regulations:

  1. Smoking is prohibited in all campus buildings and residence halls.

  2. Fire extinguishers, standpipe hoses, and fire alarms are to be used only in case of fire. Misuse of safety equipment incurs an automatic minimum fine of $300.

  3. Doors to stairwells and other fire doors are never to be blocked open as this permits smoke from a fire to travel from floor to floor and makes it difficult for people on upper floors to get out.

  4. All students and faculty are required to evacuate a building whenever the fire alarm in that building sounds. Once outside, they are to move at least 100 feet away from the building and wait until fire department personnel indicate it is safe to return to the building. There will be two fire drills per year in each residence area and one per year in all other buildings. None of these will be announced. The fact that it is a drill does not lessen the obligation to leave the building.

  5. No open fire is allowed in any building including lounges or porches.

Because of the serious increase in life hazard that can be caused by compromising any of the above regulations, these violations are considered a grave offense.  Sanctions may include reimbursement for the cost of replacing service equipment. Failure to abide by the regulations regarding fire alarms and fire-fighting equipment such as fire extinguishers and standpipe hoses may also result in civil misdemeanor charges.

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Reviewed and Updated:  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 (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) 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.

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Freedom of Protest

Reviewed and Updated: 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.

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Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression

Reviewed and Updated:  November 2010

 CSB/SJU Administrative Policy Statement for Freedom of Speech and Artistic Expression.

  1. The mission of the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) 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. CSB and SJU will, therefore, assure and encourage opportunity for open dialogue that is consistent with the Catholic mission and character of the schools.

  2. As a liberal arts college/university, 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.

  3. 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.

  4. CSB/SJU will discourage the suggestion that its assurance of free expression of ideas in any way endorses all ideas expressed.

  5. CSB/SJU will not allow attendees to disrupt or interrupt presentations by speakers or performers invited to the campus.

  6. 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 Life Safety. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Any demonstrator not abiding by these policies will be asked to leave campus and becomes subject to being removed by the Department of Life Safety 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 Life Safety and/or arrest by law endorsement agencies.

  9. 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 campus property.

  10. Recognizing that the educational aims of particular speeches are better attained within environments other than a large public forum, CSB/SJU retains the right to assign speakers to appropriate environments.

  11. CSB/SJU retains the right to limit speakers/groups that are consistent with the Catholic mission and character of the schools.

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Good Neighbor Policy

Reviewed and Updated:  November 2010

Residential liberal arts colleges, the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) 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 within our educational communities and the surrounding civic communities including, but 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 in which they reside or live. Failure to uphold these laws and standards may result in restitution, community service, restriction of privileges, substance use assessment, public apology, probation, suspension or expulsion from CSB or SJU. 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 to or damage of private and public property or actions which threaten the safety of members of the community will not be tolerated. Disregard for or violation of this policy may result in formal disciplinary action that can include forfeiting participation in public college events or activities (e.g., commencement).

Saint Joseph City Ordinances:

  • Ordinance 71:  Licensing and Regulation of Consumption of Intoxicating Liquor  

  • Ordinance 72:  Licensing and Regulation of the Sale and Consumption of Non-Intoxicating Liquor

  • Ordinance 73:  Licensing and Regulation of the Sale and Consumption of Wine

  • Ordinance 74:  An Ordinance Limiting Possession of Certain Containers of 3.2 percent or Intoxicating Malt Liquor (kegs)

  • Ordinance 102:  Regulation of Noise

  • Ordinance 110:   Public Urination and Defacation

  • Ordinance 111:   Ordinance Prohibiting Public Nuisances

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Good Samaritan Policy

Reviewed and Updated: August 2008


The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) 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 CSB or SJU 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. Those calling for help must remain with the impaired student until College or University staff arrive.

In order for this policy to apply, 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 alcohol/drug education programs, chemical use assessment and/or treatment depending on the level of concern for their health and safety.

Policy Interpretation

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.

CSB or SJU 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What if I call for help and don't remain with the individual? There's no reason not to stay with someone. Part of being an adult is taking responsibility for your actions, good or bad. In spite of being in a difficult situation, you can make a difference by making the right decision when medical assistance is needed for another student. Leaving your friend will mean that this policy does not apply to you.

  • What kind of action can be taken in response to a Good Samaritan Policy situation?Although you may not be subject to formal disciplinary action, the student(s) involved will need to meet with the Dean of Students or his/her designee and there may be non-disciplinary action taken. Non-disciplinary actions may include Substance Abuse Screening, e-Chug, the Alcohol Education Workshop, or a counseling referral.

  • What does flagrantly or repeatedly mean? This is at the discretion of the Dean of Students. In each situation, the overall behavior and specific circumstances will be addressed.

  • When can the school call my parents? FERPA allows administrators to call parents for alcohol and drug violations. It also allows administrators to call if there is a health or wellness concern. If a student is taken to the hospital, and cannot call their own parents it is our common practice to call parents on their behalf.

  • Where does this policy apply and to whom? This policy applies to CSB/SJU students and only applies to incidents occurring on campus.

  • What happens if I make a call about a friend while we're off campus?This policy does not apply to situations off campus. The local police and emergency response personnel will respond to a situation based on their training and protocols. The specific circumstances of a situation will be considered during the student conduct process.

  • How will Good Samaritan be disclosed to study abroad or future background checks? Incidents in which the Good Samaritan policy is applied will be shared with the Office for International Education as a non-disciplinary alcohol incident.

  • If a staff member (e.g. FR/RD, RA, Life Safety/Security, EMT) comes upon a situation before I call, can I claim Good Samaritan?  NO.

  • What if a student does not want to comply with the recommendations of the Dean? If a student does not comply with the recommendations of the Dean, he or she will be subject to additional sanctions through a formal disciplinary process. The additional sanctions may include disciplinary probation or in some situations may include suspension.

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Reviewed:  May, 2009

Policies governing the use of Saint John's University (SJU) grounds and lakes are posted at various access points to the property. Although we encourage the respectful use of our woods and water by residents and guests, these policies are strictly interpreted and enforced for safety of people and preservation of our natural resources. The water used for irrigation throughout most of the campus is not drinkable.

Policy brochures and special permits required for specific use of these properties are available through Life Safety Services, Tommy Hall Basement, (2144). Please note especially that no pets, hunting, motorized boats or vehicles, bikes of any kind, camping, open fires, or alcoholic beverages of any kind are allowed. Any unauthorized vehicle in the woods will automatically incur a $25 fine. In addition, there is absolutely no cutting of trees or branches on SJU grounds.

The marking of trails for events (triathalons, etc) will be permitted only with permission from Life Safety Services before the event. Trails may be marked with materials available at Life Safety Services for a minimal amount. Marking courses should be done shortly before the event and removed within 24 hours after the event. Unauthorized marking of trails is considered vandalism.

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Reviewed and Updated:  May 2009

The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) seek to create and maintain an academic environment in which all members of the community are free from harassment based on race, religion, color, national origin/ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability.   Both institutions espouse Catholic Benedictine values which infuse the academic and residential life on their campuses.

Undergirding community life must be the awareness on the part of every member of the rights and human dignity of every member. Attitudes of condescension, hostility, stereotyping and other forms of bigotry and intolerance weaken the health of the community. Furthermore, harassment compromises the integrity of a liberal arts education because it makes the learning and working environment hostile, intimidating and offensive; it destroys opportunities for students to develop strong, positive self-concepts and the sense of self-confidence which are essential to living the ideals of a liberal education. In addition, persons who harass others compromise their own integrity and credibility. Consequently, no form of discriminatory harassment can be tolerated on our campuses. Those who believe they are the victims of discriminatory harassment are encouraged to contact the Human Rights Officer for information, advice, or to make a complaint: Student Human Rights Officer: Brandyn Woodard; Staff/Faculty Human Rights Officer: Judy Bednar, x3340 (SJU) or x5071 (CSB). Also see Human Rights Policy.

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Reviewed and updated:  September, 2008

Hazing of any kind is strictly forbidden by the College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) 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 CSB or SJU should be reported to the student human rights officer, the CSB or SJU dean of students, or CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services. 

Individuals involved with hazing may be expelled, suspended, 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 events; suspension from meeting or playing for the duration of the season; and/or disqualification from recognition and awards.

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Health Insurance, Health Forms and Immunizations

Reviewed and Updated:  November 2010

Students are required to have health insurance.  Varsity athletes are required as a condition of eligibility to have appropriate coverage through the procedures of the Athletic Department.   See also Counseling and Health Promotion, Health Information/Forms Required, Immunizations and Health Partners Health Center for more information.

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Human Rights

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Major Events

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Parking and Traffic

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Political Campaigning

Reviewed and updated: September 2008

Saint John's University (SJU) 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, SJU 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, SJU establishes these policies regarding political campaigns and events in addition to following normal University 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

  1.  A political group or candidate may not use faciities, including grounds, when the purpose or publicity implies that CSB and/or SJU supports, endorses, or lends its name to the group or candidate.

  2. In approving requests for space, SJU shall seek to demonstrate neutrality and equality within the limits of the available campus facilities. SJU 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. SJU 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 of Students.

  4. SJU will not deny any candidate, invited or not, access to the public areas of its residence halls and apartments. However, this access is limited to the hallways and lounges; candidates and their representatives are not allowed in students' rooms unless specifically invited by all occupants.  Door-to-door campaigning in the student residence areas requires a specific prior appointment approved by the Residential Life Office who is entitled to deny admittance or require expulsion for reasonable cause. SJU will limit the number of people to a reasonable number (2 plus the candidate) and limit the visit to reasonable hours (12N to 8 pm).

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 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 wis 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 addressed to the student and 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.

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Providing False Information

Written:  May, 2009

Providing information to a University official, which the student knows to be false, whether written or verbal, is a violation and subject to disciplinary action.

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CSB/SJU Reciprocity Agreement


Reviewed:  May 2009

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

A CSB student in violation of the regulations on the campus of SJU is subject to the judicial and administrative procedures of CSB. An SJU student in violation of the regulations on the campus of the CSB is subject to the judicial and administrative procedures of SJU. 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 of Student Development (or their delegated representatives).

Though the disciplinary procedures from the respective campus, as designated in the paragraph above and as described in the student handbook, will apply, a person will be held accountable for restitution for damaged property including labor costs. The cost for damages including labor will be determined by the appropriate administrative office on the campus where the damage occurred. Restitution for damages and the accompanying labor cost is not negotiable. Other sanctions may also be applied depending on the circumstances of the incident.

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Saint John's University and the Prep School


Reviewed and updated:  July 2009

A student of Saint John's University (SJU) while on the premises of Saint John's Preparatory (SJP) School shall be subject to all regulations of conduct, including fines and penalties of SJP.  SJU student violations will be referred to the SJU Dean of Students. SJP students are not to visit any SJU residence without explicit permission from the SJP Director of Residence Life and the FR on the floor they are visiting.

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Sexual Assault

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Reviewed and updated:  December 2011

 Shoplifting carries a minimum sanction of a $100 fine and other actions deemed appropriate on a case-by-case basis.

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Smoking and Tobacco Use 

Reviewed and Updated:  September 2011

 The Order of Saint Benedict prohibits smoking and the use of smokeless tobacco products in all campus buildings and facilities.  Smoking outside of campus buildings and facilities must take place at least 25 feet from entrances and/or exits. Those who smoke are expected to assist in maintaining the cleanliness of the campus by using designated receptacles for refuse. Smoking receptacles have been provided outside all residence areas. See also the Minnesota Clean Indoor Air Act "Freedom to Breath" which prohibits cigarette smoke in public places--October 1, 2007.

Users of smokeless tobacco are also expected to assist in maintaining campus cleanliness.  Spitting of smokeless tobacco should always be done discretely into a container away from public view, and disposed of in a garbage receptacle.

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Reviewed and updated:  July, 2009

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.

  1. Persons or entities may not canvas the campus and, if granted permission, must restrict their solicitation to areas specified by the Student Activities Director: SJU: Sexton Commons Bus Stop Area and Science Hall Foyer; CSB: Mary Commons Entrance and The Loft Entrance Area. SALES ARE ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITED IN ALL RESIDENCE AREAS (this includes all private rooms, lounges, common areas). Any exceptions must be approved by Campus Life & Housing.The merchandise being sold cannot compete with any school auxiliary enterprises, eg, bookstore.

  2. Outside agencies may sell merchandise on campus upon: a) verification of need and discretion of Student Activities Director, b) acceptance of suitable references and c) payment of a fee to be negotiated with the Student Activities Director and designated for student clubs or organizations.

  3. CSB/SJU student organizations with permission from the Student Activities Director may canvas either campus in selling a product, e.g. raffle tickets, candy bars, etc, as a means of raising funds for their clubs or organizations. These funds should not in any case be used for personal gain. Internal groups or individuals may solicit on campus with permission. Use of proceeds from the solicitation are to be clearly described in all printed material. Solicitation of funds or gifts from off-campus businesses is subject to the Gift Solicitation Policy.

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 SJU Residential community must receive permission from the Dean of Campus Life, or their designee. Only organizations soliciting donations or selling items for service-related projects will be given permission to solicit within the 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 and must specify the use to which the labels will be put.

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Reviewed:  June, 2009

It is expected that Saint John's students conduct themselves at athletic and other events as well as broadcast media in a manner that is in accord with our best tradition of hospitality and respect for others. Any behavior by groups of students or individuals that compromises Saint John's in the judgment of University officials is subject to sanction up to and including immediate dismissal.

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Sportsmanship Statement

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 Stealing (including theft, removal, destruction or unauthorized acquisition of property)

Reviewed and updated:  May, 2009

Stealing or theft of private property is defined as the taking, transferring or possessing of property that does not belong to oneself without permission.  Further, students are not permitted to willfully damage or destroy property belonging to the University or individual(s).

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 Student Varsity Athletes

Reviewed:  June, 2009

It is understood that student athletes refrain from activity that impairs their physical and mental ability or jeopardizes their own well-being, the integrity of the team or the image of the University; such activity includes the use of illicit substances, violation of state and school alcohol laws and immoderate drinking. Disregard of in-season training codes may disqualify athletes from participation in varsity events.

See also DWI (DUI).

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  Weaponry (Firearms)

 Reviewed and Updated:  December 2011

No weaponry of any kind whatsoever is allowed on campus except those provided in ROTC; and weaponry for game hunting or trapshooting that are registered in Life Safety Services and stored in the vault. This statement is to be interpreted in the broadest sense to include any such weaponry whether considered real, toy or facsimile that can cause bodily harm or threat. Violation of this policy is considered grave. Anyone who violates this policy of possession is subject to severe sanctions including suspension. Anyone may be dismissed who uses weaponry deliberately or otherwise in a way that hurts people physically or mentally, is destructive of property or jeopardizes public safety.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.

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