Reviewed and approved August, 2016
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.
1. As a liberal arts college, CSB 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 and 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 and SJU will discourage the suggestion that its assurance of free expression of ideas in any way endorses all ideas expressed.
4. CSB and SJU will not allow attendees to disrupt or interrupt presentations by speakers or performers invited to the campus.
5. CSB and 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 (CSB) and the Department of Life Safety (SJU). 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/or Life Safety at SJU in consultation with the Office for Marketing and Communication). 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, 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 Security and/or arrest by law enforcement 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.
Reviewed and Approved January, 2011
Reviewed and approved August, 2015
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.
(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)
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 Expectations:
Reviewed and Approved August , 2015
The College of Saint Benedict (CSB) considers DUI/DWI to be a serious offense. Students who are suspected of or cited for DUI/DWI 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. An individual suspected of consuming drugs in a vehicle, or allowing others to consume drugs in the vehicle, may lose the ability to park and/or drive on both the CSB and SJU campuses and will not be permitted to operate campus vehicles.
A student who is cited and/or arrested for a DUI/DWI may be disqualified from participating in certain student employment positions, leadership positions or varsity sports. The Dean of Students (or designee) determines the date of requalification after the student satisfactorily completes the designated sanctions.
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.
The upholding of the CSB Alcohol Policy rests with all members of the college community. The College also expects students to assist and/or confront peers who are irresponsible and/or abusive in their use of alcohol.
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 impaired student or those who seek to help them. This policy is based upon the premise that filure to call for medical assistance in an alcohol or drug related emergency is a violation of our community standards.
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. 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 (320-363-5605). 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.
Reviewed and Updated August, 2015
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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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.
The state shall suspend for a period of 90 days the license of a person who:
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.
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.
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.
To possess or consume alcoholic beverages under 21 years of age entails a typical first time penalty of about $150.
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.
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.
Reviewed and Approved October, 2008
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:
Sanctions for offenses will consist of the following:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Upon receiving an appeal the appeal hearing officer may
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.
Reviewed and approved August, 2015
The College of Saint Benedict considers 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, distribution of drugs, intent to distribute drugs or drug paraphernalia or the misuse or distribution of prescription or over the counter drugs or intent to distribute such drugs will not be tolerated by the College of Saint Benedict. In addition, the manufacturing or cultivation of drugs or the intent to do so, is also strictly prohibited.
The College has 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. Any information that comes to the attention of college authorities in regard to this policy may be communicated to law enforcement.
Additionally, Federal and State drug use control laws are applicable to all members of the campus community. In promoting a drug-free community, CSB 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 is in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Community Act (DFSCA) which requires institutions of higher education to establish policies that address unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol and illicit drugs and the establishment of a drug and alcohol prevention program.
Sanctions for policy violations:
1. A student who is or has the intent to distribute or sell drugs may be subject to immediate suspension or expulsion without rebate or academic credt.
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 or has the intent to manufacture or cultivate any drug may be subject to immediate suspension or expulsion without rebate or academic credit. Any inforamtion that comes to the attention of college authorities in regard to the manufacturing of drugs will be communicated to law enforcement.
4. A student who is experiencing health issues associated with the use of legal and illegal use of chemicals (including anabolic steroids) may be required to undergo professional evaluation and treatment (at the student's expense) for continuing enrollment.
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.
Reviewed and Approved August, 2016
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.
Reviewed and Approved August, 2015
As residential liberal arts college, the College of Saint Benedict educates students on the importance of living in community and understanding the obligations of civic responsibility.
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. Students may also be held accountable for providing or creating an environment where illegal behavior is allowed to occur and may be held responsible for the behvaior of their guests.
The College of Saint Benedict may follow-up on information received from third-party sources (other colleges, law enforcement, etc.) through the student conduct process. The student conduct process shall be considered independent of other processes.
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).
Reviewed and Approved August, 2015
The College of Saint Benedict is 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 impaired 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 impaired 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, impaired individuals may need to follow-up by completing substance education programs, substance abuse screenings, or other actions 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 responsible for infractions such as property damage, hazing, harassment, physical or sexual misconduct.
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 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 officials may occur; not for the purpose of disciplinary action, but as a health and safety measure.
Reviewed and Approved August, 2015
The mission of the College of Saint Benedict is to provide for women the best residential liberal arts education in the Catholic university tradition. The college fosters integrated learning, exceptional leadership for change and wisdom for a lifetime. The College of Saint Benedict designs programs to meet the needs and aspirations of young women, emphasizing women's leadership and a personal development profile that includes intellectual, spiritual, emotional and physical development. In support of this mission, the College unconditionally prohibits all hazing by students, student organizations, athletic teams, and employees. Our goal is that every student on this campus will be free from the humiliation and danger of hazing. Additionally, in accordance with Minnesota State Law, hazing of any kind is strictly forbidden by the College of Saint Benedict 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 a college official including but not limited to a coach, a club advisor, the human rights officer, the CSB or SJU dean of students, or CSB Security or SJU Life Safety Services.
Individuals involved with hazing may be suspended, expelled and/or face additional sanctions which may include the college or university referring the case to outside law enforcement agencies.
Recognized student organizations, clubs, club sports or athletic teams which may be involved with hazing may be sanctioned by withholding of college/university funds; suspension of the organziation, club, or team status or charter; disqualification 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.
Reviewed and Approved August, 2015
All students are required to have a current health insurance policy as a condition of enrollment. Students who do not complete the health insurance verification are automatically enrolled in the health insurance plan offered by CSB (SJU), and are billed through Student Accounts for enrollment in the plan. Students who do not have a current health insurance policy can contact the CSB Student Accounts office to request information on the health insurance plan offered by CSB.
Varsity athletes are required to demonstrate compliance with NCAA rules regarding minimum health insurance coverages. Students can contact the CSB Athletic Training staff for more informaiton on the NCAA rules for health insurance.
All students participating on an international experience through CSB/SJU will be enrolled in an insurance policy which covers emergency evacuation and repatriation as these are two coverages not typically included in standard health insurance policies. All students will be expected to maintain their regular health insurance policy while abraod. Students are encouraged to review their health insurance policy to learn more about coverage details while traveling abroad. Some study abraod programs may include required health insurance policies as conditions of participation in these programs and students will be provided with more details through pre-departure orientation process. Students can also contact the Office of Education Abroad for information on health insurance coverage while participating in a study abroad program.
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.
Presence of Alcohol
Reviewed and Approved August 2016
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, CSB 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, CSB 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
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, CSB shall seek to demonstrate neutrality and equality within the limits of the available campus facilities. CSB 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(s) of Students.
4. CSB 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 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.
Reviewed and Approved January, 2011
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.