Engagement Etiquette

St. John’s University is a Catholic university. We embrace the Judeo-Christian ideals of respect for the rights and dignity of every person and each individual’s responsibility for the world in which we live. We commit ourselves to create a climate patterned on the life and teaching of Jesus Christ as embodied in the traditions and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Our community, which comprises members of many faiths, strives for an openness that is “wholly directed to all that is true, all that deserves respect, all that is honest, pure, admirable, decent, virtuous, or worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8). Thus, the University is a place where the Church reflects upon itself and the world as it engages in dialogue with other religious traditions. Adopted from University Mission Statement.  

A dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the heart of our mission. As a Catholic and Vincentian university, St. John’s is committed to institutionalizing practices of inclusive excellence to ensure that we welcome and celebrate the intrinsic worth of all members of our community. Adopted from University Mission Statement.  

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive community by hosting innovative and engaging experiences for the entire St. John’s community. As we continue to explore and create engagement opportunities, it is our expectation that all students and patrons who participate in these initiatives familiarize themselves with the Engagement Etiquette guidelines.

Engagement Etiquette Rules:

  • Participation at your own comfort level and respect of others is encouraged.
  • Bias, Discrimination, or Harassment of any kind is prohibited — Policy 704
  • Swearing, defamation and bullying is strictly banned.
  • Discussions or content featuring illegal activity is forbidden.
  • Posting or sending offensive, inappropriate or objectionable content is prohibited.

The Student Code of Conduct shall apply to conduct that occurs on University premises, at University-sponsored activities, off-campus conduct and online. Individuals who violate the engagement etiquette policy will be prohibited from participating in future initiatives and referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

The University encourages every member of the community to report bias.

For non-emergency situations, any member of the University community can use the online reporting form available at www.stjohns.edu/reportbias. This form may be completed anonymously, but be sure to include as much information as possible so that the University can respond. Bias reports can also be made to the Office of Human Resources, Equal Opportunity and Compliance, and can be reached at 718-990-1865 (press 4). In the event of an emergency, including but not limited to situations involving violence or threats of violence, please call 911 or the Department of Public Safety.