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Campus Life and Housing

Campus Life and Housing
Jason Laker, Dean of Campus Life
Br Robin Pierzina, OSB, Director of Residential Life and FR Coordinator
Ryan Blevins, Assistant Dean of Campus Life for Residential Education
Tom Kilian, Jr. Assistant Dean of Campus Life for Judicial Affairs and Men’s Development
Barbara Frank, Housing Coordinator

What options do students have for on-campus housing?

Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus and upperclassmen are eligible to apply to live off-campus during their junior and/or senior years. Freshmen live in double rooms in St. Mary or St. Thomas Halls. Upperclassmen may choose from a variety of options, including suites, single, double or triple residential rooms and apartment style living (single or double rooms) from a variety of options, including suites, single, double or triple residential rooms and apartment style living (single or double rooms). Suites are available in St. Bernard, Benet, and Virgil Michel. Singles are available in St. Benet, St. Bernard, St. Mary, St. Joseph and St. Gregory House. Triples are available in St. Gregory House. On-campus apartments include Seton (earth homes), Virgil Michel, Metten and Vincent Court, Placid/Maur Apartments

How do students get on-campus housing?

Upperclassmen may register for a room by paying the $100 Advance Room Registration Payment and participating in the room selection process in April. Room registration times are assigned on the basis of a student’s credit hours earned. While upperclassmen may not receive their first choice for on-campus housing, there are many options available for them.

What is provided in each room?

All rooms are furnished with drapery or blinds, closets or wardrobe with shelves, extra long beds, desks, chairs, bookcases, telephone and a television cable hookup. Each building has free-access laundry machines. Housing costs cover utilities, maintenance, residence staff programming and Saint John’s 24-hour security service. Apartments are completely self-contained and furnished.

Are computers available in residence halls?

Fully networked computers are provided, in a lab setting, in all residence halls. These computers offer the same options as those in the public access areas and computer classrooms. Data jacks are provided in individual rooms in all on-campus housing. SJU offers complete micro computing training and service for all students.

What is the role of the Resident Assistant (RA)?

The Resident Assistant (SJU Upperclassman) is a paraprofessional, selected for qualities of leadership, openness to learning, discipline and listening skills. He is the immediate authority on an assigned floor area or building. In addition, the RA serves as an advisor and friend to students.

Resident Assistants are carefully selected and trained. Each RA participates in a series of workshops and seminars and is assigned readings and papers focusing on the development of interpersonal and communication skills. The RA roles are many, including mentor, supervisor and role model.

What is the role of the Faculty Resident (FR)?

The Faculty Resident is a person who, by his identity with the Benedictine community and relationship with the University, can encourage students to know and integrate the values of Benedictine, liberal arts college. He is a leader, assisting students by encouraging responsible growth in community living. He provides a friendly and informal presence among the student body and is a primary resource to students in support of personal, academic and social growth.

What are the benefits of living on-campus?

The focus is on providing each student with a good academic environment, while offering students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular and social activities. Living on campus gives a student more time to study, make new friends and participate in community activities. Students who live on campus get more involved with campus clubs and activities, allowing them to gain more leadership skills, increasing their feeling of self-confidence and overall satisfaction with their college experience. They utilize campus resources more, including the library, faculty and staff, and have higher GPAs than students living off campus.

What about residence hall/apartment regulations?

As a Benedictine residential community, we seek not only to study the gospel tradition, but also to experience it by the way we live together, in the quality of our relationships with one another and in the norms we recognize for communal responsibility. The residential staff works in support of those policies that encourage individual development within the context of campus life. All students are accountable to the community for their actions. We emphasize personal growth, sensitivity to people, stewardship of common property and care for the environment. Regulations are designed with the following objectives in mind: appropriate policy, reasonable understanding, clear expectations, consistent application, firm enforcement and just appeal.

A detailed review of residence hall and apartment policies and regulations may be found in the J-Book (student handbook, web site Questions should be directed to the Campus Life/Housing Office: 320:363-3512.

What happens to students going through the campus judicial process?

The purpose of the judicial process is to educate students. A student involved with an incident will be contacted by a judicial hearing officer to discuss the circumstances of the event. The focus of the hearing is to determine the level of responsibility of the student and the appropriate response of the University. The format of the hearing is determined by the severity of the incident. A hearing can be held with the student in a one-on-one conversation, a meeting with one or more administrators or an appearance before the Peer Judicial Board. A written letter outlining sanctions is sent to the student after the hearing and the student has five (5) business days to appeal the sanctions based on criteria outlined in the on-line J-Book, the University’s student handbook. Sanctions may include but may not be limited to a change in the status of the student (e.g. suspension, expulsion), the assignment of educational programs or activities, a referral to a professional counselor or a chemical use assessment, fines, restitution, or community service. Students are encouraged to discuss their involvement in an incident with their parents or guardians.

What is the policy on student cars?

Students are allowed to keep a car on campus, but parking is limited. Parking permits are required. They may be purchased at the Life Safety Services Office, Basement St. Thomas Hall. Students are expected to use this privilege respectfully, parking only in designated lots and driving carefully on the campus.

The inter-campus shuttle service (The Link) provides free, safe and convenient transportation between the two campuses. There is also bus service to St Cloud and back for a nominal charge ($.25 each way).