Community Standards and Expectations

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University expect its students to be responsible citizens and cooperate in creating a campus community that reflects Benedictine values and a commitment to the common good. In this spirit we expect all members of the community to demonstrate common courtesies and respect for others. This is evidenced on our campus by the following examples:

  • People greet each other and say hello to those they see on the sidewalks or in the hallways
  • People pick up trash or garbage that is lying on the ground
  • People express gratitude to those who clean our buildings, serve our food, provide our transportation and other important services we use each day
  • People address conflict and disagreement directly with the person by speaking respectfully and listening to the other person's point of view

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University provide students with a complete guide to the rules and regulations via their respective student handbooks. The St. Ben's student handbook, The Bennie Book, and the St. John's student handbook, The J-Book, are available on-line and it is important for students to know and understand their responsibilities to the community standards and expectations.

The primary purpose of the rules and regulations, and of the process to address violations of those rules and regulations, is to protect the well-being of the community and to advance its educational mission. At CSB and SJU, disciplinary proceedings are intended to provide positive guidance, an increased awareness of self and others, and a deeper understanding of responsibility to one's self and the community.

There are specific policies regarding discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, academic conduct, and alcohol use. The alcohol and drug policies at CSB and SJU are fully compliant with federal and state legislation.

Infractions of the regulations in the student handbooks are handled by the appropriate College and University staff using the procedures outlined in The Bennie Book and The J-Book.