Off Campus Behavior Policy

The University reserves the right to review student misconduct that occurs off campus when such behavior reflects upon the integrity of the University. Students are reminded that they serve as representatives of Sacred Heart University and both positive and inappropriate behavior affect the University’s image and reputation. The University desires to have students act as both responsible and mature representatives.

In the cases of inappropriate behavior off campus, the Dean of Students or designee investigates these charges and may make referrals to the Student Conduct System or hear the case him/herself. (Students of organizations found responsible for violating these regulations will be subject to the same sanctions imposed for violations that occur on campus.)

As soon as students move into their new residences off campus, they are encouraged to develop a rapport with their new neighbors. Upon arrival, students should introduce themselves, exchange telephone/cell phone numbers, and meet with their community peers on a cordial basis so that they can identify with their new neighbors as faces and personalities rather than merely as an address.

Student Conduct Expectations

As stated above, students are expected to demonstrate respect for all members of the local community regardless of their place of residence. We encourage and support students taking the initiative to consider the following guidelines in hopes of not violating policies.

  • Show respect for the area where you live. Signs of disrespect include, but are not limited to: littering; loitering; destruction of property; trespassing; public urination; nudity; insulting language; and illegal parking.
  • Operate electronic devices (stereos, etc.) at reasonable levels especially late at night and early in the morning.
  • Maintain an orderly residence. Evidence of a disorderly residence can include the following: house parties; violations of alcohol and drug laws; public intoxication; excessive noise; harassment; or other disregard for the rights of others.
  • Connecticut state law prohibits open alcohol containers in public places. Public places are those which anyone can enter freely and include sidewalks, streets, tree lawns, some outdoor areas of apartment complexes, and inside parked or moving cars.

Overall Guiding Principles

  • Neighbors have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of their property.
  • Students living in these neighborhoods have an obligation to respect these rights and to enjoy the benefits of living in the wider community.
  • Sacred Heart University works proactively with the communities surrounding the University to insure efforts for neighborly living situations and to assist students in their transition to community living.
  • When appropriate and possible, the University should intervene swiftly to resolve issues and problems caused by students.
  • All neighbors, including businesses, churches, and landlords can collaborate to create and sustain neighborhood environments that are safe and enjoyable for all.

The University's jurisdiction in disciplinary matters extends to any conduct that adversely affects the University community, the University's reputation and/or the pursuit of its mission and objectives regardless of where it occurs. Accordingly, the University reserves the right to refer students involved in the aforementioned behaviors, as well as other disruptive behaviors, to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for disciplinary action.