SJU undergraduate students must be enrolled for a minimum of twelve (12) credit hours per semester to remain eligible for campus housing. Students must vacate their assigned housing within forty-eight (48) hours if any of the following occur:
Exceptions to the policy must be approved by the Director of Residential Life and Housing or designee.
As a Benedictine, residential campus, Saint John's University promotes the development of the individual within the context of living and learning in community. This is accomplished by having all students live in campus housing while attending St. John's. Saint John's students are required to live on campus, unless granted permission from Residential Life and Housing, to live at home (with parents) or off campus locally.
SJU Residential Life and Housing secures all residences during breaks, which prohibits unauthorized access to the residence halls. A student who accesses his residence during a break period without prior permission will be charged $25/day not to exceed $100/week. Housing is not available during break periods unless the student has requested break housing by the announced deadline prior to each break period. Residents found to be using campus housing during breaks without authorization may be required to vacate the residence for the remainder of the time during which occupancy is not permitted.
Students who need to stay on campus during any break period must complete and submit an Break Request Form (CSB/SJU username and password required).
Residential Life officially closes all campus housing during the following breaks:
Residential Life reserves the right to deny any Resident permission to remain in campus housing over any break period that occurs during the duration of this Agreement. All Residential Life and University policies must be followed or the privilege of staying on campus during break periods may be revoked.
Guest visitation is limited during break periods. Unauthorized and/or distruptive social gatherings are not permitted in campus housing during break periods.
Reviewed and updated: August 2011
To insure proper building evacuation in an emergency, exits must remain usable by everyone at all times; and adequate access to the exits must be maintained. Any deviations from the following rules must be cleared in advance with the fire chief. Inspections will be made by the fire chief to assure compliance. The following specific regulations are enforced:
The following guidelines are aimed at limiting the possibility of serious fire:
Christmas decorations are allowed in the residence hallways in the dorms on campus. The requirements for decorations are as follows:
It is the policy of SJU that there can be no storage of barbecue grills on decks/balconies or inside any buildings on campus. This includes the charcoal/lighter fluid/spare propane tanks that are accompanied with some of these grills. If these items are found inside buildings, they will be confiscated immediately.
The fire department responds to numerous false fire alarms that are caused by cooking in residential areas. In our attempts to reduce the number of false calls (and the related costs to SJU), the fire department has developed the following policy.
If the students use the vent fans over the stoves, crack open their windows (if there are any) and keep the burners and oven clean, the alarm is less likely to be set off by cooking. It is the responsibility of residents to keep their stoves and ovens clean.
The SJU Fire Department wants the students of SJU to be as safe as possible at all times. Therefore, we are concerned when fire extinguishers are found expelled without there being a fire. We are also concerned when fire alarms/pull boxes are activated without due cause and the smoke detectors are disabled or get removed from the walls of the residence halls/buildings.
Therefore, the SJU Fire Department has assigned fines to those types of safety-policy related violations.
Contact Information: If anyone should have questions or concerns about the policies listed above, please contact the SJU Fire Chief, Steve Berhow, at (320) 363-2742.
Students wishing to move from their current room into another room must first understand that due to limited space and resources, such moves may not be possible. Roommates are not expected to become "best-friends", but are expected to work out any differences through reasonable means. Any student having complications with their roommate is STRONGLY encouraged to discuss the issue with their Faculty Resident (FR) and/or Resident Assistants (RAs) as soon as possible! Residential Life staff (RAs & FRs) are trained on how to mediate most roommate conflicts into a healthy & balanced resolution. Moving out of a room or switching roommates is considered a last resort.
Please note, if it is determined that one roommate is purposely creating a hostile living environment for the other roommate, then the hostile roommate may be evicted from campus housing. If a student is evicted from campus housing, he may be forced to withdraw from the University. This is due to the residency requirement that requires all students to live on campus.
All first-year students are expected to have a roommate. First-year students are not allowed to live in double rooms as a single occupancy room, except in extreme and/or unavoidable situations. First-year students living in a single space during the Fall semester will be assigned a roommate for the Spring semester. Because of unknown emergency situations that develop each semester, students will not be allowed to pay for the extra space in their double room in order to keep the space as a single.
Sstudents wishing to move into a new room due to roommate conflict(s) must complete the following steps:
Any groups of students wishing to trade or switch roommates with another group of students must complete the following steps:
Unapproved Room Switches
When unapproved room switches occur, students are assessed a fee of $25 per day to their student account for each day that the student(s) are found in violation of this policy. It is strongly advised that you work with your Faculty Resident to make a room change.
Residential Life reserves the right to consolidate vacancies by requiring any student to move from a single occupancy of a double room or multiple occupancy residence to another double or multiple occupancy residence. The Resident may request permission to use a multiple occupancy residence as a single room and pay for the cost of the unoccupied beds on a prorated basis for the remainder of a term as long as space is available. Room consolidations may take place prior to the 10th day of each academic term.
Guests of the opposite sex are only allowed in SJU residence halls during established open house hours. Any SJU student hosting a male guest over night must notify his Faculty Resident (FR). Each residence hall has the option of establishing its own open house hours on both campuses not to exceed:
Guests of the opposite sex are not permitted to stay overnight in any student residence. While there are no set open house hours in the Flynntown Apartments, Metten, Placid/Maur, Seton, Virgil Michel, Vincent Court or campus houses, students are to be considerate of others in their hospitality to guests of the opposite sex, who are not permitted to stay overnight in any student residence. Guest visitation is limited during break periods. Unauthorized and/or distruptive social gatherings are not permitted in campus housing during break periods.
In the event that intercampus busses stop running due to inclement weather or other circumstance, preventing students from returning to their respective campuses, SJU students may sleep in the Mary Commons Lounge, and CSB students may sleep in the St. Thomas Hall basement.
Written: July 2009
SJU grants residents the privilege of hosting occasional overnight guests in the residence halls and apartments, however the rights of a student to live in reasonable privacy take priority over the privilege to host guests. A guest is defined as any person present in a residence hall room or apartment who is not the student assigned to that room. Thus, guests can include other SJU students.
The following occupancy limits apply to hosts and guests in SJU residential facilities:
Break Period Guest Policy
Guest visitation during all break periods is limited. CSB/SJU students are allowed visit from 9am - 10pm daily during each break period. All other guests are prohibited during each break period.
We value a community that balances individual and group needs. Courtesy, respect and consideration are the normal expectations in the apartments, houses and residence halls 24 hours every day. To support academic achievement and recognize personal and group needs, there are specially designated quiet hours in effect as noted below:
Students of any community may vote to lengthen these hours if desired.
In the best interest of us all, please be considerate of neighbors and respect quiet hours as stated. Courtesy hours are always in effect. If you are being disturbed by someone else's noise at any time, it is expected that you will go directly to them and request that they lower their noise level. If the problem is not resolved in this manner, contact the RA on duty.
To support academic achievement, the weekend prior to and throughout the Finals week, all SJU Residential communities observe as 24-7 Quiet/Study Hour policy. There are also no parties or social gatherings allowed during this time.
No pets, except for fish, are allowed in any student residence on campus.
SJU students are no longer allowed to construct lofts in any SJU residential area. The only lofts that will be allowed in the residence halls are the one's rented through Bedloft.com.
Any on-campus/off-campus organization, group, or individual(s) who wishes to post signs, posters, advertisements, or any items in the SJU Residence Halls must follow the following steps:
Any questions or concerns can be directed to the Residential Life and Housing Office, 320.363.3512 or [email protected].
All residential buildings that are on card access are secured 24 hours a day throughout the academic year and during breaks.
This policy is primarily designed to make sure that only members of the SJU community enter residence halls. SJU student ID cards will open the locks at any time when classes are in session.
Reviewed and updated: May 2009
Campus telephones are located in the hallways and in the entrances to most campus residence halls. These phones can be used for on-campus calls, local calls, toll-free calls, and emergency calls. You must dial 9 to access an outside line.
Students who wish to have a campus telephone installed in their residence should contact the Voice Communications Office at extension 3482. A fee for installation as well as a semester fee for service will be charged to the student's account. Voice mail service is also available upon request.
When placing emergency calls to Life Safety Services from a campus phone, please dial 911. When placing emergency calls to Life Safety Services from an off campus phone, such as your cell phone, please dial 320-363-2144. 911 calls from your cell phone will be directed to Stearns county emergency services.
Space heaters in residence halls pose a significant fire safety risk. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers pose a significant health risk in that they can lead to bacteria and mold issues and can greatly upset the humidity balance in a building. For these reasons, residents are not to bring space heaters or humidifiers/dehumidifiers into our residence halls.
If you believe your room is not properly controlled for temperature and humidity, please follow the protocol on the attached form to have your room assessed by Physical Plant staff. If Physical Plant determines that your situation cannot be corrected with adjustments to the current heat or humidity control systems, permission to have a space heater or humidifier/dehumidifier may be granted.
Instructions and conditions are listed within each form, along with submission directives. These request forms are also located on the Physical Plant web site.
Should you have any questions pertaining to this, please contact Gary Jorgensen, Saint John's Building & Facility Manager, at ext. 3303.