I. A. President’s Welcome
Welcome to La Salle! We are so glad to have you in our community. You’ll find that La Salle is much more than a learning institution—we’re a community that shares deep respect for each individual here. This core value is central to the educational tradition of La Salle, which carries on the legacy St. John Baptist de La Salle and the Christian Brothers teaching order he founded in 17th century France.
We’re committed to your development not just as a student, but as a whole person. La Salle is especially designed to help you actively engage with your education, in the classroom and beyond our campus. You’ll find enriching experiences through the University’s clubs, sports, organizations, internships, and community service, as well as the surrounding city of Philadelphia.
As you connect with life at La Salle, you’ll likely learn a lot about yourself, your talents, and your abilities. It is our hope that you’ll flourish in new ways as you stretch and challenge yourself in your studies.
If you want to develop the skills to make a lasting impact on contemporary social, political, professional, and moral challenges, you’ve come to the right place. Embracing La Salle’s community prepares you for a lifetime of world-changing opportunities.
Use the resources in this handbook to make the most of connecting and growing with our community.
With warm wishes and confidence in your exciting new journey,
Colleen M. Hanycz, Ph.D.
I. B. Division of Student Affairs Leadership Team Welcome
Division of Student Affairs
No factor plays a stronger role in student learning than the active involvement of the learner in the educational enterprise. A student’s surest routes to achieving active involvement flow from the establishment and maintenance of strong, lasting, and positive associations with members of the faculty, staff, and administration and with fellow students.
This book is your guide to establishing those associations.
We believe you will find in our Lasallian community, as we have, individuals and groups from and with whom you will actively learn and whose learning you will enhance, as well. We welcome you, we look forward to many years of association, and we ask God and St. John Baptist de La Salle to bless and guide you and all in our learning community.
Best regards and have a wonderful year at La Salle!
Dawn Meza Soufleris, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
Anna Melnyk Allen
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Campus Life
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Student Wellness Services
Amanda Guthorn, D.A..
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/La Salle Public Safety
Br. Robert J. Kinzler, FSC
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/University Ministry, Service and Support
Alan B. Wendell
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Residence Life and Community Development
For more information regarding the Division of Student Affairs and available resources and services, please visit the above links.
II. A. Academics
II. B. Directories
- Department Chairs/Directors
(See the various School, Department, and Program sections of the Course Catalog for specific contact information)
- Department Chairs/Directors
- On Campus
- Off Campus
- Day Division: #105
Evening Division: #2105
Weather Emergency Information: Ext. 1910
- Day Division: #105
Student Organizations Information
La Salle recognizes that student activities are an integral part of the educational program for students. Participating in one or more of the following student organizations will promote the development of social and leadership skills, provide the opportunity to meet many people from a wide variety of backgrounds, and overall, enhance your collegiate experience.
The Community Development Office can provide information on joining organizations. Additionally, most student organizations do in-person recruiting of new members at the start of the academic year especially at the annual Activities Fair. The Collegian, WEXP, signs, and posters announce individual recruiting periods. Stop by La Salle Union 303 or call ext. 1916 for more information and consult the Student Organizations section of the Division of Student Affairs website or the links below.
Student Organizations Listings
Information Manual for Student Organizations
II. E. Division of Student Affairs
Bigotry and intolerance have no place in the Lasallian tradition or the Lasallian community. As stated in the La Salle University Student Guide to Rights and Responsibilities, “physical or verbal abuse or harassment of any person on University premises, at University sponsored functions, or between any members of the University community off University premises” is subject to disciplinary action. This category of behavior includes, of course, harassment of individuals or groups based on race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, or handicap or disability. Following are brief guidelines for dealing with incidents of this nature. For complete policies regarding discrimination and harassment, please see the Harassment & Discrimination (III.D) section.
For further information or discussion, please contact the Division of Student Affairs, in care of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, La Salle Union 123.
Graffiti or other forms of physical damage and/or desecration that violate the University’s anti-discrimination policy.
- Contact the Supervisor on duty for the Security and Safety Office or the Resident Coordinator on duty.
- A photo should be taken if possible and submitted to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
- Remove the graffiti as soon as possible. (If supplies are available, Security and Safety or the Community Development staff should do so at that time. If supplies are not available, Physical Facilities should be notified to take care of the problem as soon as the next shift begins.)
- A written report should be forwarded to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students within 24 hours of the incident. Investigation and, if warranted and possible, disciplinary action will proceed in accordance with all relevant University procedures.
- Retain any physical evidence of the act(s), such as harassing notes or letters, tapes of harassing messages left on answering machines, and so forth.
- Contact the Supervisor on duty for the Security and Safety Office or the Resident Coordinator on duty.
- Notify the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students immediately.
- The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will contact the harassed individual directly to assess the situation and decide on a course of action and/or advise the individual of the right to file a complaint under the University’s grievance procedure.
- Security and Safety staff or Community Development staff will respond administratively by tracing phone calls, confronting the harassers, etc.
- The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will consult appropriately with other members of the University community. Investigation and, if warranted and possible, disciplinary action will proceed in accordance with all relevant University procedures.
When there is a need for a community response in a student residence, the Community Development Supervisory Staff should work with the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students to develop it, making use of the expertise of appropriate persons on campus.
II. G. Sexual Misconduct
III. A. The Affirmation
With more than 5,400 students in day and evening classes, some 451 full and part-time faculty, 246 administrators, and alumni numbering over 38.000, a certain number of administrative arrangements and operational procedures are needed. Students should understand these processes to enhance their experiences and also to assume their significant role in the governance of the University.
An organizational structure has been developed which recognizes that the three primary constituencies of the University – students, faculty, and administration – all play major roles in governing the University, thus creating a formal communication system which is essential for effective operation.
The University has established a system of decision making by which final decisions are made at the lowest level of administration consistent with the concept of interested representation and collegiality. It is through this system that students play a role in governing the University.
The Board of Trustees has final legal authority for all University business. However, it is the President who, as Executive Officer of the Board, carries final authority for day-to-day operational policies and decisions. The President is the chief officer of the entire institution, the official representative of the University to its various publics, and the administrator who has overall responsibility for planning, supervising, managing, and evaluating the work of the University.
In formulating University policy and in making major operational decisions such as on budget matters, the President enjoys the collaborative assistance of University Council. The University Council is a body composed of three student representatives appointed by the Students’ Government Association; four faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate; the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; the Academic Deans; the Executive Assistant to the President; the Vice President of the Corporation; the Provost; and the three Vice Presidents. The guiding concept behind this collaborative arrangement at La Salle is referred to as “President-in-Council.” The President has final authority for approving new policies and for changing old policies; however, such actions can be taken only after review with Council.
The University is organized into four areas, headed by the Provost and three Vice Presidents. These officers report directly to the President. The responsibility of each area is reflective of its name: Academic and Student Affairs, Business Affairs, University Advancement, and Enrollment Services.
The Provost is responsible for the University’s central mission of teaching and learning. he is assisted in these responsibilities by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Dean of the School of Business Administration, the Dean of the College of Continuing and Professional Studies, the Dean of the School of Nursing, and by the Directors of the various academic services such as the Registrar, the Library, and Information Technology. The Deans are in turn assisted by the Academic Department Chairs and Directors within their respective Schools or Divisions.
The Vice President for Business Affairs is responsible for administering fiscal programs, security, food service, and the physical plant. The Vice President is assisted by a Comptroller and the Directors of the Campus Store, Food Services, Printing and Mail Services, Human Resources, Purchasing, Physical Facilities, and Security and Safety.
The Vice President for University Advancement is charged with directing the University’s fund raising programs and for communicating its policies and goals to its many publics. This area includes the Assistant Vice Presidents for Alumni, Marketing and Communication, Government and Community Relations, and their staffs.
The Vice President for Enrollment Services is directly responsible for developing and implementing enrollment management (student recruitment and retention) strategies and activities. The Vice President is assisted by the Dean of Admissions, the Director of Student Financial Services, the Registrar, and the Director of Institutional Research.
Committees have been established in each administrative area to assure the participation of all three constituencies; accordingly, provision is made on all standing committees of the University to reflect the views of students, faculty, and administration. Except for those committees whose chairs are designated ex-officio, committees select a chair from among faculty and administration members at the beginning of each academic year.
The Students’ Government Association appoints the students who sit on all standing University committees (with the exception of the Community Development Advisory Board).
The following is a partial list of the major standing committees of primary concern to students:
Academic Affairs Committee:
In its monthly meeting, the Academic Affairs Committee deals with problems referred to it by any of its members or by members of the faculty which arise in carrying out existing academic policies. Thus, it considers, for example, revisions of the academic calendar, the rules of academic standing, the grading system, special programs, new programs and departments, and so forth. It also suggests actions to the University Council in matters of wider scope or of an essentially policy making nature.
The Academic Affairs Committee is composed of the Provost as ex officio chairperson; the Academic Deans and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students as ex officio members; five voting faculty members representing each of the Schools with two of the five from the school of Arts and Sciences and some of the five regularly teaching in graduate programs; a non-voting faculty member from the Faculty Senate; three student representatives; and the Assistant Provost for Administration as a non-voting member.
Academic Department Boards:
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in decisions regarding academic life through membership in academic department boards. Although each academic department may organize its board accordingly, typically these boards items such as curriculum revision, teacher evaluation, tenure and advancement in rank, and general academic concerns.
Activities Funding Board:
The Activities Funding Board has been established to assist the Division of Student Affairs in administering student organization accounts.
The duties of the Board include reviewing budgets of all student organizations requesting or receiving institutional funding, hearing the funding requests of new student organizations, annually recommending and submitting budget appropriations for regularly funded organizations, hearing requests of student organizations desiring funds which exceed their annual budget allotment and providing financial assistance for new programs, arbitrating disputes related to student organization accounts, and recommending to appropriate University authorities modifications or additions to the way in which funds are secured for student organizations.
The membership includes two faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, two student affairs administrators, eight students appointed by the Students’ Government Association, and a faculty or staff member (ex-officio and chair) appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
The Athletics Committee (AC) advises the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation (DIAR), and the President as the AC deems timely and proper on current and proposed policies and practices relating to the intercollegiate and recreational sports programs.
The AC meets regularly with and informs the DIAR on all matters which deserve his/her attention, or to consider issues on which he/she seeks advice.
The AC will also meet at the beginning of each academic year with the University President to discuss plans for the upcoming year.
The AC may also meet periodically with coaches, athletics administrators, and student/athletes to review their experiences in an effort to promote the enhancement of the University’s intercollegiate and recreational sports programs.
The AC will receive the Annual report from the DIAR and Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR).
AC members are expected to communicate routinely with and serve as a liaison between their respective groups and the AC and the DIAR.
The membership shall consist of the following:
- Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation (as an ex officio member)\
- Faculty Athletics Representative (as a standing member)
- Six (6) Faculty Members (as appointed by Faculty Senate)
- Three (3) Alumni Representatives (as designated by Alumni Association) – 2 votes
- One (1) Explorer Club Representative (as designated by Explorer Club Board of Directors)
- Two (2) Student Athletes (as designated by Athletics Relations Council) – 1 vote
- Two (2) Students (as designated by Students’ Government Association) – 1 vote
Term of Appointment
- Five-year term for Faculty Athletics Representative
- Three-year terms for Faculty Members, Alumni, Explorer Club, and Student Affairs Representatives
- Student Members to be designated on an annual basis, with strong consideration of underclass appointments to gain experience and be in a position to serve and contribute over several years.
The Curriculum Committee is charged with a continuing review of the general and specialized education provided by the University’s curriculum. The Committee is essentially concerned with the integrity of the curriculum in terms of the University’s philosophy and objectives. It is responsible for the curriculum as a whole and for individual departmental curriculum proposals. Part of the responsibility includes reviewing and making recommendations on new course proposals. The Committee is also concerned with any major rearrangements of the academic year which affect the basic pattern of the curriculum.
The Curriculum Committee has the Provost as Chairperson as is composed of the Deans of the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, and Nursing; the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students; nine faculty members; and three students. The Director of the Connelly Library and the Registrar are non-voting members of the Committee. The Curriculum Committee is an advisory group responsible to the Provost.
Food Services Committee:
The Food Services Committee is advisory to the Director of Food Services for the purpose of maintaining a formal communication link between the Food Services Administration and the various constituencies which it serves. It shall provide the Director of Food Services with a forum to receive advisory information to aid in formulating departmental policy and operating procedures.
The committee shall be comprised of the Director of Food Services, who will serve as chair; the Assistant Director of Food Services or one of the Food Services managers, appointed by the Director of Food Services; a Community Development staff member, appointed by the Senior Associate Dean of Students; a University Life staff member, appointed by the Assistant Dean of Students; one faculty representative, appointed by the Faculty Senate; one Day Division student (preferably a commuter), appointed by the Students’ Government Association; one Continuing Studies student, appointed by the Continuing Studies Student Council; and two students appointed by the Resident Student Association. Should the Continuing Studies Student Council fail to appoint a representative, the position will revert to the Students’ Government Association for appointment.
Health Advisory Committee:
The Health Advisory Committee is an advisory board to the Associate Dean of Students for Counseling and Health Services, the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and the Provost. The Committee assists with the development and review of student health policies, services and education programs and advises the Alcohol and Other Drug Program Coordinator on issues and policies related to the use of alcohol and drugs at La Salle University. The committee also functions in an advisory capacity on health issues that effect the University as a whole such as a smoking policy, handicapped accessibility and possible disease outbreaks.
The Health Advisory Committee has the following responsibilities regarding Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS): to develop and monitor educational programs in order to increase awareness of AIDS and HIV infection and to prevent the transmission of AIDS within the University community; to serve in a consultative capacity when requested regarding individual cases of HIV infection; serve in an advisory capacity to University administrators regarding the institutional response to AIDS; and, to review and update the University guidelines and protocols by considering changes in the available knowledge regarding AIDS and in national, state and University policies.
The Committee is composed of three academic and student affairs administrators appointed by the Provost and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, three faculty members appointed by the Faculty Senate, three students appointed by the Student Government Association (one being a student athlete, if possible), and one staff member each from Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation, Food Services and Human Resources. The Associate Dean of Students for Counseling and Health Services and the Director of the Student Health Center will serve as co-chairs of this committee.
The purpose of the Judicial Board is to adjudicate cases involving violation of the University’s rules and regulations. Membership includes six faculty members and eighteen students. A panel of four students and one faculty member is drawn from the available board members to hear a case. The eighteen student members of the board are appointed by the Students’ Government Association after consultation with the current board members. The six faculty members of the board are appointed by the Faculty Senate.
The Community Development Advisory Board:
The Community Development Advisory Board advises the Division of Student Affairs on matters related to residence hall living. It is the appropriate group for students, faculty, and staff interested in becoming involved in making decisions about the nature and quality of resident life. The Board meets regularly to discuss issues and topics of concern and interest.
The Community Development Advisory Board is comprised of two Community Development student staff members; two students at large, appointed by the Resident Student Association; the President of the Resident Student Association; three Community Development staff members; two Student Affairs Administrators, including one from University Life; one Food Services staff member; one faculty member; and a faculty or staff member (ex-officio and chair) appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
Security and Safety Advisory Committee:
The Security and Safety Advisory Committee advises the Director of Security and Safety and the Vice President for Business Affairs on matters related to safety and security and provides an avenue of communication for concerns and suggestions from all areas of the University. In carrying out its charge the committee shall concern itself with matters relating to delivering appropriate security services to the University community. It shall also be concerned with recommending and coordinating matters relating to campus safety which shall include issues of job safety and compliance with all federal, state, and local rules and regulations effecting safety in the work place. The committee shall review accident/injury reports, monitor trends, and recommend corrective action plans. The Committee shall be comprised of the Director of Security and Safety and the Director of Human Resources, or his or her representative, who shall serve as co-chairpersons; one faculty representative appointed by the Faculty Senate; three students (one each appointed by the Resident Student Association, Students’ Government Association, and the Adult Student Council, respectively); a representative of the Athletic Department appointed by the Director of Athletics, the Associate Dean of Students for Counseling and Health Services, or his or her designate, a representative of the Food Services Department, appointed by the Director of Food Services; a representative of the Physical Facilities Department, appointed by the Director of Physical Facilities, and at the discretion of the Provost and each vice president a representative staff person from his or her area, if not otherwise represented, a representative of the Office of Continuing Studies faculty or staff as appointed by the Director of the Office of Continuing Studies.
Student Affairs Committee:
The Student Affairs Committee is an advisory board to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students and the Provost and is primarily concerned with the formulation and review of major policies governing student life outside the classroom. The committee meets regularly to acquaint the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students with its views on matters within the Student Affairs area which require attention and/or to consider questions on which the Dean seeks its advice or aid in the discharge of his or her decision-making responsibilities. In addition to policy review and formulation, the committee has authority to review and make recommendations concerning all student affairs services, activities, and regulations. Introduction of new policies and changes in old policies in the Student Handbook require prior consultation with the Student Affairs Committee. The Student Affairs Committee also may suggest actions to University Council on student life matters.
The committee is comprised of three student affairs administrators, three faculty members, six students, and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students (ex-officio and chair).
Student Press Committee:
The Student Press Committee has been established to create and maintain an environment in which the high quality student newspapers, radio station, and other media forms, including electronic, most effectively benefit the entire University community. The committee formulates general policies as needed for the Collegian, WEXP, etc., and advises the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students on related matters.
The Student Press Committee will be composed of the following 13 voting members: Collegian Editor, WEXP station manager, two at-large student members, neither of whom should be a member of any publication/station whose editors/manager sit on this committee, two non-senior, non-voting student members, one from the Collegian staff and one from the WEXP staff, three faculty members to be appointed by the Faculty Senate, one administrator to be appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, the Collegian Advisor, the WEXP Advisor, and the Channel 56 Station Manager.
An environment that encourages freedom of expression and inquiry is essential to achieving the educational mission of La Salle University. It is the responsibility of all students, faculty, staff and administrators to work towards the achievement of this educational mission through appropriate actions or behaviors. When these actions or behaviors are inappropriate, or when these actions or behaviors lead to conflicts, it is the responsibility of La Salle University to provide a process that informs and educates the community about appropriate behaviors and provides a fair and reasonable manner for the resolution of conflicts. It is in this spirit that La Salle has developed a set of regulations governing student conduct and has established a student conduct system through which violations are adjudicated by members of the campus community. This Student Code of Conduct provides that process for cases involving students.
The standards set forth in this process apply to conduct by or against a La Salle University student or recognized student organization from the time of acceptance of admission. This includes conduct which occurs while students are on a leave of absence, studying abroad, or at an internship or co-op. It also includes conduct which occurs when students are not officially enrolled during a particular term as long as they have a continuing relationship with the university. This process will apply regardless of whether a student withdraws or graduates, or if the behavior occurred off the La Salle University campus. For purposes of this guideline, the location of the off-campus behavior will not affect its applicability.
Terms not defined elsewhere in this guideline are defined below.
A respondent is an individual whose alleged conduct is being investigated to determine if it is in violation of this process. For ease of reference, the term “respondent” is also used throughout this guideline to refer generally to an individual who allegedly engaged in prohibited conduct as defined by the La Salle University Code of Conduct.
A complainant is usually an individual filing a complaint of a violation of this Policy. For the purpose of this definition, the term “complainant” is also used throughout this process to refer generally to an individual who was allegedly subjected to prohibited conduct as defined in this Process.
means Monday through Friday and does not include official La Salle University holidays.
Code of Conduct
means La Salle University’s Student Code of Conduct.
means the written charges filed against a student or student organization by a Student Conduct Officer for alleged violation(s) of the Student Code of Conduct.
Report of Misconduct
means any allegation of a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Anyone may file an incident report against a student or student organization.
La Salle University Community
means La Salle administrators, faculty, staff, students and student organizations.
Responses for Code of Conduct Violations
means all assigned sanctions and conditions to hold students accountable and to support student reflection and learning from their behaviors.
means undergraduate, graduate, non-degree seeking, students in not-for-credit programs, and all persons taking courses at La Salle University as well as students on internships or co-ops and students not officially enrolled during a particular term, but who have a continuing relationship with the university.
means any La Salle University recognized student group including fraternities and sororities, athletic teams, clubs, or other student groups recognized on campus.
Student Conduct Officer or Conduct Officer
means any trained administrator designated by the Director of Student Conduct who is authorized to conduct hearings and to impose the full range of university statuses and conditions. Residence Life professional staff members have the authority to conduct informal hearings and can impose the full range of university statuses and conditions, excluding removal from housing and separation from the university.
University Appeals Board Chair
An Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs who coordinates all University Appeals Board Hearings.
A complaint of an alleged violation of the La Salle University Student Code of Conduct. The report can be filed electronically and will be reviewed by the Director of Student Conduct or their designee. La Salle Public Safety can also file an Incident Report with the Office of Student Conduct after completion of an investigation for an alleged violation.
A restriction placed upon a student’s academic record, usually applied for failure to complete a sanction imposed via the La Salle University Office of Student Conduct. A Disciplinary Hold will result in the student being unable to register for classes, receive grades, receive transcripts and/or receive other services normally provided through the Registrar’s Office.
Students and student organizations are expected to conduct themselves in ways that support the university’s mission. The behaviors outlined in these standards are
prohibited and do not support the university’s mission. They are listed below to provide students with information about the university’s expectations for community behavior.
Students engaging in inappropriate behaviors, including but not limited to those behaviors listed below, will be afforded the opportunity to participate in the process outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
- Endangering Behavior. Behavior that threatens or endangers the health and/or safety of oneself or others. Endangering behavior may include physical, verbal, or electronic abuse, intimidation, harassment, coercion, property damage to life safety equipment, behavior that is contrary to the mission of the university and/or other conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
- Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy. Behavior that involves substances including alcohol and other drugs will be adjudicated under La Salle University’s Student Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.
- Harassment. Abuse, threats, intimidation, assault, coercion and/or conduct, by physical, verbal, signed, written, photographic or digital means, including social media, which unreasonably interferes with, threatens or endangers any person on the La Salle University premises or at university sponsored or supervised functions. Any incident raising concerns of harassment and/or discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status and/or any violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including sexual misconduct of any nature, gender-based discrimination, retaliation, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault where a student (from the time of acceptance of admission) is identified as a potential respondent will be adjudicated under La Salle University’s Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination.
- Discrimination. The treatment of an individual based on that individual’s group, class, or category. Group, class, or category includes, but is not limited to, race, religion, age, citizenship, color, faith, culture, actual or perceived disabilities, marital status, ethnic or national origin, political affiliation or preference, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic predisposition. Any incident raising concerns of harassment and/or discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status and/or any violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including sexual misconduct of any nature, gender-based discrimination, retaliation, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault where a student (from the time of acceptance of admission) is identified as a potential respondent will be adjudicated under La Salle University’s Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination.
- Retaliation. Any adverse action intended to intimidate or punish another individual from reporting misconduct or participating in any university process or activity.
- Disruptive/Disorderly Behavior. Behaviors that are disruptive on or off campus or conduct that infringes upon the rights of others.
- Theft. Attempted or actual theft of, or unauthorized possession of university, personal, or public property.
- Property Damage. Attempted or actual damage, destruction, vandalism or alteration of university, personal, or public property.
- Refusal to Comply. Refusal to comply with, defiance of or disrespectful behavior towards any university representative in the performance of their official duties.
- Hazing/Failure to Report Hazing. Behavior, regardless of intent, which endangers the emotional or physical health and safety of a student for the purpose of membership, affiliation with, or maintaining membership in, a group or student organization. Hazing includes any level of participation, such as being in the presence, having awareness of hazing, or failing to report hazing. Examples of hazing include, but are not limited to, beating or branding, sleep deprivation or causing excessive fatigue, threats of harm, forcing or coercing consumption of food, water, alcohol or other drugs or other substances, verbal abuse, embarrassing, humiliating, or degrading acts, or activities that induce, cause or require the Student to perform a duty or task which is not consistent with fraternal law, ritual or policy or involves a violation of local, state or federal laws, or the La Salle University Student Code of Conduct.
- Fire/Fire Safety. Behavior that results in a fire, a false fire alarm, or a fire safety hazard.
- Unauthorized Access. Unauthorized entry to or presence in any university building or property. Unauthorized possession, duplication or use of a university key, ID, or access card.
- Violation of Law. Violation of federal, state or local law on university premises or at university sponsored or supervised activities.
- Weapon Possession. No student or visitor may keep, possess, display, transport, or use any offensive weapons; firearms; ammunition; gunpowder; gas or air powered rifles, guns, or pistols; fireworks; explosives; or other dangerous articles and substances in University buildings, on University property, or at University functions in off-campus settings. Realistic facsimiles of these items are also prohibited, with reasonable exceptions made, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs, for theatrical productions and similar circumstances. “Offensive weapon” is defined as any bomb, grenade, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, firearm specially made or specially adapted for concealment or silent discharge, any blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles, dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism or otherwise, or other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury which serves no common lawful purpose. “Firearms” include any weapon which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive, or the frame or receiver of any such weapon. Normal laboratory materials are excluded from this policy when used in an academic laboratory setting to fulfill course requirements or conduct research authorized and supervised by faculty. Members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are authorized to store, transport, and use firearms when performing functions associated with their official duties. Active public law enforcement officers are authorized to store, transport, and use firearms when performing functions associated with their official duties or when attending class.
- Failure to be a Responsible Host. Failure to ensure that the behavior of a non-university member complies with university policies.
- Dishonest Behavior. Any act of dishonesty, including misrepresenting, omitting, altering, or falsifying information to university officials or on university documents, IDs, or records.
- Violation of La Salle University Policies. Violation of published La Salle University policies, rules, and regulations including, but not limited to: Residential Community Standards, Off Campus Community Standards, Parking Policies, Library Policies, and Academic Integrity Policy, and behaviors related to the misuse of La Salle University’s computing, network, and information resources, including copyright infringement.
The university will take reasonable steps to prevent conduct prohibited by this policy. Any incident raising concerns of harassment and/or discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status and/or any violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including sexual misconduct of any nature, gender-based discrimination, retaliation, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault where a student (from the time of acceptance of admission) is identified as a potential respondent will be adjudicated La Salle University’s Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination. Any conduct hearings or appeals that may be commenced under this process will be conducted in an impartial manner by an impartial decision maker(s).
The university has adopted the following principles to govern its internal Student Conduct Process for responding to student misconduct:
- Students are adults who are responsible for the consequences of their actions. An academic institution can and should hold a student accountable for violating institutional policies and rules, particularly when the student’s conduct interferes with the safety or rights of other members of the institutional community (including fellow students, faculty, staff and visitors to the campus).
- The university is not a microcosm of the general community; it is a special purpose community and only activities related to the achievement of its educational purposes are proper to the community.
- Academic institutions are neither law-enforcement agencies nor sanctuaries from the law. Criminal and civil laws still apply within the academic community. In addition, the university has the authority to establish further policies to educate and hold students accountable for violating these policies. Where the interests of the academic institution and the members of the university community are involved, the special authority of the university will be asserted.
- Except for violations of civil or criminal laws, the internal affairs of the university are best handled by the university itself without resort to outside intervention. There can be no guarantee that outside agencies will not choose to intervene on their own or that a victim of a crime will not request the involvement of outside law enforcement.
- The University utilizes a “preponderance of evidence” standard of review for all student conduct cases. This standard means that, in light of all the evidence, it is “more likely than not” that the alleged misconduct occurred. University student conduct processes and procedures are not criminal proceedings, and the standard of evidence used in criminal proceedings (“beyond a reasonable doubt”) does not apply.
- The Vice President for Student Affairs or designee will determine if the university will refer violations of criminal law to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.
- A proceeding under the Student Conduct Process may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings. Statuses and conditions may be imposed before the outcome of any civil or criminal proceeding.
- The university will cooperate fully with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for accountability of student violators.
Anyone may file an Incident Report against any student or student organization for violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
- An Incident Report concerning academic conduct matters can be made to the dean of the school (or designee) responsible for the academic program in which the alleged misconduct occurred.
- An Incident Report concerning non-academic conduct matters can be made to La Salle Public Safety, a Residence Life or Community Development staff member, the Director of Student Conduct or via the web.
Upon receipt of an Incident Report, regardless of type, the Director of Student Conduct or their designee will review the Incident Report and determine if a student conduct review is warranted. La Salle University Public Safety may conduct an investigation of a violation reported directly to them, or if a case is referred to them by the Director of Student Conduct or the Vice President for Student Affairs. Generally, the investigation will be concluded expediently and the investigative report transferred to the Office of Student Conduct. If warranted, the Director of Student Conduct will determine the appropriate action to be taken in accordance with the provisions of the Student Conduct Process, including but not limited to, whether the case will be heard informally by a Residence Life or Community Development administrator or be adjudicated in a formal student conduct hearing process with a Student Conduct Officer. Generally, the appropriate action will be determined within thirty (30) Business Days from the conclusion of the investigation. This time frame may be expanded based on the facts and circumstances of the specific allegation(s) and/or the availability of witnesses only with the approval of the Director of Student Conduct.
La Salle University prohibits retaliation against anyone filing an Incident Report alleging a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, participating in the procedures described in the Student Conduct Process, or opposing any practice in violation of the Student Code of Conduct or applicable federal, state, or local laws.
All students can expect the Student Conduct Process to be administered in a caring, sensitive and supportive manner, and to be treated with dignity and respect by all persons involved in the conduct process. The Student Conduct Process will allow those community members filing an Incident Report to utilize the Student Conduct Process unimpeded, free from intimidation and harassment, while maintaining the rights of all students involved.
All students have the following rights as members of the La Salle University community:
- Basic due process in student conduct proceedings;
- Privacy (in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) regarding access to and disclosure of student records; and
- Freedom of association.
- Freedom of inquiry and expression.
- Access to and information pertaining to available student counseling assistance.
- Access to assistance throughout the student conduct process, including the ability to utilize an advocate during the student conduct process.
- Access to all information presented during any hearing held in accordance with the provisions of the Student Conduct Process, including information and statements from witnesses.
- Informed, in writing, the results of any student conduct hearing held in accordance with the provisions of the student conduct process.
- Notification Process:
The Respondent will be sent an electronic notice of the allegations brought forth in the Incident Report. The notice will include:
- A request for the Respondent to contact the Office of Student Conduct;
- A description of the conduct in which the student was allegedly involved;
- A list of possible university policies, rules or regulations allegedly violated;
- The offices that will be represented at the hearing;
- A link to the website explaining the La Salle University Student Conduct Process.
- Student Conduct Process:
The Director of Student Conduct, or designee, will determine which hearing type is most appropriate for the incident. There are three hearing types, including:
- An informal hearing with a Residence Life or Community Development staff member.
- These hearings are for cases involving incidents in or around La Salle University housing, and are not recorded. Residence Life or Community Development staff are authorized to issue the full range of sanctions and conditions up to, but not including, removal from campus and separation from the university.
- An informal hearing with a Community Development staff member.
- These hearings are for cases involving incidents in or around La Salle University housing, and are not recorded. Residence Life or Community Development staff are authorized to issue the full range of sanctions and conditions up to, but not including, removal from campus and separation from the university.
- A formal hearing with a Student Conduct Officer.
- These hearings are for cases that are of a more serious nature or if the Respondent has been found responsible for previous violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Student Conduct Officers have the authority to impose a full range of statuses and conditions including removal from university housing, suspension and expulsion.
- An informal hearing with a Residence Life or Community Development staff member.
- Hearing Participants:
- Advocates. The Respondent will be informed that they have the right to bring a La Salle University Advocate or any La Salle University faculty or staff member to the hearing. A list of trained advocates will be provided by the Office of Student Conduct.
- Advisors of Choice. In hearings where the Respondent is charged with a violation of a Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination, both the Respondent and the Complainant may also bring an advisor of choice.
- Parents/Guardians. Parents/guardians are not permitted to participate in or be present during any La Salle University student conduct hearing or appeal, unless the Respondent is under the age of eighteen (18). In those instances, the parent/guardian can observe the student conduct hearing process or appeal presentation and give the student quiet counsel.
- Witnesses. The Student Conduct Officer determines and permits witnesses for the Respondent. Witnesses must be members of the La Salle University community in order to be present for the hearing. Other witnesses can make statements through La Salle Public Safety, which statements will be read during the hearing at the discretion of the Student Conduct Officer. Witnesses must have direct information regarding the incident; character witnesses are not permitted.
- University Representatives. Other persons who may be present at a formal student conduct hearing include:
- La Salle Public Safety administrator or officer
- Other appropriate university personnel (e.g. from Residence Life or Community Development)
- Recording of Hearing:
- All formal student conduct hearings with Student Conduct Officers are audio recorded. The participants in the formal student conduct hearing will be informed upon entry into the hearing location of the recording. The recording of the formal student conduct hearing is a university business record and the property of the university.
- The Respondent (and the Complainant in cases involving Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination.) may request access to the recording by submitting an electronic request to the Director of Student Conduct after an appeal has been filed with the University Appeals Board Chair prior to the University Appeals Board Hearing.
- Formal Student Conduct Hearing Procedures for Resolving Violations of the Student Code of Conduct
- All formal student conduct hearings will be conducted in private.
- The Student Conduct Officer will inform the Respondent that the formal student conduct hearing is being recorded.
- The Student Conduct Officer will review all the materials or evidence that has been submitted. The materials may consist of, but are not limited to, a summary of the case as written by La Salle Public Safety, statements from witnesses, or statements from other persons involved in the situation.
- After the submitted materials and evidence have been read, the Respondent will have an opportunity to refute or explain the materials or evidence and add information. The Student Conduct Officer and other university representatives present may ask the Respondent questions and discuss the case. The Respondent may choose to remain silent (not answer any questions or make statements), or the Respondent (and their University-designated advocate if applicable) may participate in the discussion.
- The Respondent, and the Complainant in cases where there is a charge of a Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination violation, and the Student Conduct Officer are permitted to bring witnesses and question the witnesses of others.
- The La Salle University Student Conduct Process is not a court of law and legal rules of evidence and procedure do not apply. The Student Conduct Officer will determine in the officer’s sole discretion the range of testimony permitted by witnesses and items of information which may be considered.
- If the Student Conduct Officer determines that a witness may be emotionally harmed by giving evidence in the presence of the Respondent, the Student Conduct Officer may make other arrangements (such as use of a wall partition or video conferencing) to allow the testimony while not depriving the Respondent of access to the evidence.
- All procedural questions will be decided solely by the Student Conduct Officer.
- In cases where the Respondent fails to answer the charges or appear at the formal student conduct hearing, the proceeding may still take place. A determination will be made and an outcome decided on the evidence submitted at the formal student conduct hearing. The Respondent’s failure to answer charges or appear at the conduct hearing cannot be the sole basis for a responsible finding under this process. In addition, the Respondent may be put on a student conduct status for failure to attend a conduct hearing after receiving a written or electronic request to appear at the formal student conduct hearing.
- Once all evidence has been submitted and discussed, and at the sole discretion of the Student Conduct Officer, the Respondent (and University-designated advocate, if applicable) will leave the room. The Student Conduct Officer will deliberate and determine the appropriate resolution of the case including appropriate statuses and conditions.
- Upon conclusion of the deliberation and discussion, the Respondent (and University- designated advocate, if applicable) will then be asked to rejoin the formal student conduct hearing and be informed by the Student Conduct Officer of the determination. If the determination is that the Respondent violated the policies, rules, or regulations of the university, the Student Conduct Officer will discuss with the Respondent the rationale for the finding of responsibility. The formal student conduct hearing is concluded when the Student Conduct Officer provides their determination.
- Upon conclusion of the formal student conduct hearing, the Respondent will be sent an electronic Notice of Outcome and any status imposed within three (3) Business Days. This electronic notice will include the process by which the Respondent can appeal.
- The Respondent must file an appeal to the University Appeals Board Chair within three(3) Business Days from the date of the electronic mailing of the formal student conduct hearing outcome letter.
- Once the outcome is final (i.e., after the decision of an appeal or after the three (3)-day time to appeal has passed), the Respondent is required to complete all the required conditions.
- There will be a single record of the formal student conduct hearing and this record will be the property of the university. The record will be maintained in accordance with the university records management policy.
- Responses to Violations of the Student Code of Conduct
An important component of the student conduct process is education. Student Conduct Officers may assign or design responses to allow for education and reflection on a particular incident, while promoting a safe and respectful community. Responses, which include sanctions and conditions, emphasize accountability, emotional growth, conflict resolution, restorative values and community safety. A refusal to comply with an assigned condition will result in further action, including a hold on a Respondent’s student account, a new hearing, or suspension from the university.
Sanctions. A sanction is meant to allow respondents to reflect on their behavior and the decisions they made that led to the finding of responsibility. A sanction indicates the Respondent’s student conduct standing with the university. Some sanctions may exclude a Respondent from participating in various university activities.
- Referral to a University Navigator: During the first 6 weeks of fall semester, new students may be referred to a trained University Navigator for a conference regarding their behavior if the alleged violation is minor in nature. The outcome of the Navigator conference will not be a documented conduct sanction, but instead an educational conversation regarding the expectations La Salle University has for their students. Students are only referred once to a University Navigator during their tenure at La Salle.
- Warning. Written notice to a Respondent or student organization that continued or further violations of any university policy, rule, or regulation within a specific period of time (not to exceed one calendar year) may result in an additional response from the university. Warnings may require specific conditions to be completed.
- Probation. Probationary periods indicate that a Respondent or student organization is no longer in good standing with the university and that further violations during the probation (not to exceed two calendar years) may result in extension of the probationary period, additional conditions, suspension or expulsion. During the period of probation, specific conditions may be assigned. All assigned conditions are required to be completed before their deadlines. If a student organization with a national affiliation (e.g., a Greek-letter organization) is found responsible for misconduct and is placed on a status of Probation, La Salle University will inform the national office of the decision.
- Suspension. Suspension is the immediate removal of the Respondent’s affiliation with the university for a specific period of time, which includes exclusion from classes, university housing, and all other university activities. Suspended Students are not allowed to be on campus for any reason during the period of suspension and may be arrested for trespassing if found on university property. Suspension from the university will not exceed 2 academic years.
Students returning from suspension have an initial restriction from living in campus housing and are placed in indefinite probation for the remainder of their time at La Salle University. Suspended student organizations may lose certain privileges, such as use of campus facilities, participation in university activities, use of allocated funds, recruitment, or new member education activities. If a student organization with a national affiliation (e.g., a Greek-letter organization) is found responsible for misconduct and is placed on a status of Suspension, La Salle University will inform the national office of the decision. Specific conditions will be required to be completed prior to the Respondent or student organization’s return. Once the terms and the conditions of a suspension are complete, it is the responsibility of the Respondent to contact their academic program regarding returning as a student.
- Expulsion. Expulsion is a permanent involuntary separation of a Respondent from the university. Readmission is not possible.
- Additional Statuses for Student Organizations. While student organizations may be placed on a status similar to individual Respondents, including Warning, Probation, and Suspension, several other statuses apply solely to student organizations:
- Social Probation. A student organization on Social Probation is not permitted to hold any organized social functions (e.g., parties) for a specified period of time.
- Disaffiliation. Disaffiliation is a permanent involuntary process to revoke recognition of a university organization that has a charter.
- Conditions. A condition is a response to provide the Respondent or student organization with experiences from which to learn. Any condition may be required of a Respondent or student organization, and may include the following (but not limited to):
- Removal from University Housing. Living within university housing is considered a privilege and not a right. Respondents who have repeatedly violated expectations within university housing, or have disrupted the experience of other students within university housing, will be asked to vacate university housing. The Student Conduct Officer will determine how expediently a Respondent will need to vacate university housing, and if returning to university housing in the future will be an option and under what circumstances.
- Substance abuse education and/or evaluation
- Referral to the Student Counseling Center
- University program attendance
- Research or reflection paper
- Interim Suspension or Restrictions. This action assigned by the Director of Student Conduct, or designee, is a temporary suspension of certain rights or privileges during the conduct process. An interim suspension may be broad and all-inclusive or may be specific to a location and/or function to ensure the physical or emotional safety and well-being of members of the university community, the Respondent’s own physical or emotional safety and well-being, or the preservation of university property, or safety and order on university premises. An interim suspension, interim removal from university housing, or other interim restriction, may be imposed before, during, or after the commencement of a conduct hearing, or during the appeal process. A Respondent or student organization subject to interim suspension or other restrictions will receive written or electronic notice of the suspension or restrictions imposed, as well as the notice of the process for resolving the interim restrictions. The interim suspension or restrictions will remain in effect until the conduct process is resolved.
- Hold on Student Account. A hold may be placed on a Respondent’s account as a response to a refusal to comply with the student conduct process, or in other appropriate circumstances. It may be applied in situations where there is a need to resolve a pending student conduct charge, even in the case of an Respondent who was, but is not now, currently a student.
- Sanctions. A sanction is meant to allow respondents to reflect on their behavior and the decisions they made that led to the finding of responsibility. A sanction indicates the Respondent’s student conduct standing with the university. Some sanctions may exclude a Respondent from participating in various university activities.
- University Appeals Process
- Formal Student Conduct Hearings. Unless otherwise noted in this process, the University Appeals Boards (UAB) will hear appeals of determinations of responsibility made under the Student Code of Conduct.
- Warnings. Warnings may not be appealed.
- Probation, Suspension or Expulsion. Appeals of probation, suspension or expulsion from Student Conduct Officers may be appealed to the University Appeals Board.
- Policy on Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination. Any outcome following a formal hearing involving violations of Policy On Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination be appealed by either Respondent or Complainant to the University Appeals Board.
- Informal Student Conduct Hearings (originating from Residence Life or Community Development). For informal student conduct hearings, the follow is applicable:
- Within three (3) business days, the Respondent intending to appeal must submit the basis of the appeal in writing to the Director of Student Conduct.
- The appeal letter will be assigned to an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs or designee.
- All relevant information will be reviewed and a determination will be made by Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. This decision is final and cannot be appealed further.
- Grounds for Appeals
- All appeal submissions and appeals will be considered and heard by a three (3) member University Appeals Board (“UAB”). One member of the UAB shall be an Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, who shall also chair the UAB and select the other two members from a pool of trained faculty and staff.
- In order for an appeal to be heard, the Respondent must demonstrate to the University Appeals Board through the written appeal submission one or more of the following:
- Information that was not available at the time of the investigation is now available, and could reasonably be expected to have altered the outcome of the case; or
- The University student conduct procedures were violated in a way that is more likely than not to have adversely affected the outcome of the case.
- The Respondent shall have three (3) business days from the date the Notice of Outcome is sent to submit, in writing, an appeal on one or more of the grounds listed above and include specific details as to why an appeal should be granted. This letter is to be submitted to the Chair of the UAB.\
- Once an appeal is filed, the Respondent involved will receive electronic notification of such filing. This notice will state that the case is under appeal consideration and if deemed by the UAB to meet the above standards, will be scheduled in most cases for an appeal hearing within five (5) business days. The Respondent must attend the scheduled hearing or forfeit the right to appeal.
- Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, the UAB will limit its review to the process and outcome of the initial hearing (if applicable), together with any supporting documents. Witnesses will not be permitted to appear on appeal except to the extent that witnesses may provide testimony related solely to new evidence or information that the Respondent demonstrates was not known or available for the original hearing.
- The Respondent will appear for the scheduled hearing in front of the UAB and present the basis for the appeal. There will be a time limit of twenty (20) minutes for each and any student presentation at the scheduled hearing. The Respondent has the right to bring either a University-designated advocate, subject to the rules regarding advisors stated herein.
- The Student Conduct Office will be available to respond to the appeal and give the rationale for the determination made at the original hearing.
- After presentation of the appeal and before the Respondent (and University- designated advocate if applicable) are dismissed, the UAB may, at its discretion, ask questions of the parties present. A hearing is considered closed after all testimony and evidence has been submitted by the parties and the chair of the University Appeals Board has concluded the appeal.
- Following the close of the hearing, the University Appeals Board may:
- Reverse, reduce, dismiss, uphold, or otherwise modify the original determination and/or status and conditions imposed; or,
- Remand the case for rehearing for resolving any procedural processes that the University Appeals Board determines was more likely than not to have impacted the outcome of the original hearing.
- The decision of the UAB will be sent electronically to the parties within three (3) business days of the hearing in most cases. The determination rendered by the University Appeals Board is final and may not be appealed further in any forum, although the University reserves the right to modify an appeal or hearing decision as appropriate and at its discretion.
- All written notices to the Respondent referred to herein may be delivered at the University’s discretion to any e-mail or mailing address on file with the University. All electronic notices will be deemed received when sent.
- Formal Student Conduct Hearings. Unless otherwise noted in this process, the University Appeals Boards (UAB) will hear appeals of determinations of responsibility made under the Student Code of Conduct.
- Notification Process:
Due to the fact that the vast majority of La Salle undergraduates are legal dependents of their parents or legal guardians, the University reserves the right, in accordance with applicable law, to contact parents or legal guardians when sanctions of suspension from the residence halls, suspension from the University or dismissal from the University are imminent and/or when the University has knowledge that a student has been arrested by Philadelphia Police or other law enforcement agencies. Independent students should contact the Senior Associate Dean of Students to notify the University of their Independent Status.
The University desires to treat individuals who are both enrolled as a student of the University and employed in any capacity by the University (defined for the purposes of this policy only as an “employee/student”) in the same manner as other University employees with respect to whom it may not have access to information concerning employees’ activities and whereabouts outside of the workplace. As an employee/student has a presence on campus unrelated to their employment and are subject to student discipline, the University as a whole has access to information about an employee/student’s conduct that may not be relevant to the individual’s role as an employee of the University and vice versa.
The University, however, has legal obligations under federal and state laws to take measures to promote the safety of its students, employees, and visitors on campus, including under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Jeanne Clery Act.
In order to achieve a balance between the competing interests of employee/students and the University with respect to the dissemination of information regarding the conduct of employee/students, Student Affairs and Human Resources shall share information that may subject an employee/student to discipline both as an employee and a student only when the information relates to an act of physical violence against persons or property. These circumstances include, but are not limited to, forcible sex offenses, robbery, burglary, assault, battery, arson, and motor vehicle theft. Student Affairs and Human Resources also shall share the fact of an employee/student’s exclusion from campus as a result of any campus disciplinary process.
This Policy on Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, and Discrimination (“Policy”), including all principles, and processes contained herein, shall exclusively govern any incident raising concerns of harassment and/or discrimination based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status and/or any violation of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, including sexual misconduct of any nature, gender-based discrimination, retaliation, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault where a student (from the time of acceptance of admission) is identified as a potential respondent. This Policy governs conduct both on and off La Salle University’s campus, and also governs conduct that occurs while students are on a leave of absence or studying abroad. It also includes conduct that occurs when students are not officially enrolled during a particular term as long as they have a continuing relationship with the University. This Policy will apply to a student’s behavior even if the student withdraws or graduates from the University while a disciplinary matter is pending. La Salle University reserves the right to investigate and adjudicate complaints under this Policy irrespective of actions taken (or not taken) by other institutions.
The procedures set forth in this Policy do not apply to faculty and staff. Any faculty and/or staff accused of violating the standards set forth in this Policy shall be subject to the procedures set forth in the University’s Equal Opportunity and Anti-Harassment policy. If a student worker is accused of violating this Policy, the University will determine whether the alleged conduct occurred primarily in the student’s capacity as a student or as a staff member, and proceed under the appropriate policy at LaSalle University’s sole discretion. Non-La Salle University community members may report violations of this Policy and the report will be addressed in accordance with the procedures below. However, a non-La Salle University community member’s role in the University’s investigatory and disciplinary procedures may be limited. La Salle University’s support resources are available only to members of the La Salle University community. If an individual’s status with the University (i.e., student, staff, faculty member, non-community member) has changed from the time of the alleged policy violation to the time of complaint, the University will determine which policies will apply.
To the extent this Policy conflicts with any another University policy, principle, and/or process, this Policy shall govern.
Sexual misconduct is an action or course of actions that violate the rights of others, and demonstrate flagrant disregard for the principles of this community. La Salle University seeks to prevent all forms of sexual misconduct, and desires to establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment for all members of the community through sexual misconduct prevention, education, support, and a fair adjudication process. The use of alcohol and/or other drugs does not minimize or excuse a person’s responsibility for conduct that violates this Policy. Sexual misconduct may include sexual assault, sexual exploitation, or both. The definitions below are intended to provide clarity, and do not suggest that one behavior is more severe or violating than the other.
Sexual assault may be rape, fondling without consent, incest, statutory rape, or an attempt at any of them, as defined in the Clery Act and below:
- Rape is the penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.
- Fondling is the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification, without the consent (as defined below) of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of their temporary or permanent mental incapacity.
- Incest is sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law in the applicable jurisdiction.
- Statutory rape is sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent in the applicable jurisdiction.
Sexual assault can be committed by any person against any other person, regardless of gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or past or current relationship status. Sexual assault may occur with or without physical resistance or violence.
Sexual exploitation occurs when a person takes sexual advantage of another person for the benefit of anyone other than that other person without that other person’s consent. Examples of behavior that could constitute sexual exploitation include, but are not limited to the following:
- Intentional non-consensual contact with the private body parts of another person that does not meet the definition of behaviors prohibited under the definition of “Sexual Assault,” above;
- Prostituting another person;
- Recording or capturing through any means images (e.g., video, photograph) or audio of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nudity without that person’s consent;
- Distributing images (e.g., video, photograph) or audio of another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nudity, if the individual distributing the images or audio knows or should have known that the person(s) depicted in the images or audio did not consent to such disclosure and object(s) or would object to such disclosure; and/or
- Viewing another person’s sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nudity in a place where that person would have a reasonable expectation of privacy, without that person’s consent, if the individual viewing the other person’s or persons’ sexual activity, intimate body parts, or nudity in such a place knows or should have known that the person(s) being viewed would object to that.
Coercion is defined as compelling someone to act by applying pressure, harassment, threats, intimidation, or other actions a reasonable person would consider to be coercive.
Consent means words or actions, freely and actively given by each party, which a reasonable person would interpret as a willingness to participate in agreed-upon sexual conduct. Consent is not present or valid when a person is incapable of giving consent because they are incapacitated by drugs and/or alcohol; when intimidation, threats, physical force, or other actions that a reasonable person in that person’s circumstances would consider coercive are applied; when that person is placed in fear that any person will suffer imminent bodily injury; when a physical or mental condition is present such that the person cannot knowingly or voluntarily give consent; or when a person is under the age of 16. Silence, non-communication, or a lack of resistance does not necessarily imply consent. Previous relationships or consent do not imply consent to future sexual conduct. Consent to one form of sexual activity does not imply consent to other forms of sexual activity. Consent can be rescinded at any time.
The use of alcohol and/or drugs does not minimize or excuse a person’s responsibility for committing sexual misconduct, or that person’s responsibility for determining whether another is capable of giving consent.
An objective standard will be used in determining whether a person is incapable of giving consent due to the person’s incapacitation by the use or consumption of drugs and/or alcohol, or if a physical or mental condition as described above is present. That is, consent is not present or valid when:
- From the standpoint of a reasonable person, the respondent knew, or reasonably should have known, that the person was incapable of giving consent because the person was incapacitated by the person’s use or consumption of drugs and/or alcohol such that the person could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, or that the person’s physical or mental condition would prevent knowing and voluntary consent; and
- The person was, in fact, incapable of giving consent because the person was incapacitated by the person’s use or consumption of drugs and/or alcohol such that the person could not understand the fact, nature, or extent of the sexual situation, or the person was incapable of providing knowing or voluntary consent due to a physical or mental condition.
Dating violence is violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the person subjected to the violence. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
For the purposes of this definition, dating violence includes, but is not limited to, sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse, if involving individuals who are or have been dating as defined here.
For the purposes of this definition, violence means conduct that involves the use or threatened use of physical force against a person, or creates a reasonable belief that physical force may be used against a person in the course of the conduct.
Dating violence does not include acts covered under the definition of domestic violence stated below.
Discrimination is adverse conduct directed at an individual based on race, creed, color, place of birth, ancestry, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, genetic information, disability and/or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law.
Domestic violence is violence committed by:
- a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the person subjected to the violence;
- a person with whom the person subjected to the violence shares a child in common;
- a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the person subjected to the violence as a spouse or intimate partner;
- a person similarly situated to a spouse of the person subjected to the violence under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the violence occurred; or,
- any other person against an adult or youth who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction in which the violence occurred.
For the purposes of this definition, domestic violence includes but is not limited to sexual or physical abuse or the threat of such abuse, if involving individuals who are or have been in a domestic relationship as defined here.
For the purposes of this definition, violence means conduct that involves the use or threatened use of physical force against a person, or creates a reasonable belief that physical force may be used against a person in the course of the conduct.
Harassment is verbal, written, visual, or physical conduct based on or motivated by an individual’s actual or perceived sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, creed, color, place of birth, ancestry, ethnicity, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or other characteristics as defined and protected by law that has the purpose or effect, from the point of view of a reasonable person, of objectively and substantially: (a) undermining and detracting from or interfering with an individual’s educational or work performance or access to University resources; or (b) creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational, work, or living environment. Harassment may include repeated slurs, or taunts in the guise of jokes, or disparaging references to others, use of epithets, stereotypes, comments, gestures, threats, graffiti, display or circulation of written or visual materials, taunts on manner of speech, and negative reference to customs when such conduct is based on or motivated by one or more of the protected characteristics identified above, or other characteristics protected by applicable law.
Stalking is defined as engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.
For the purposes of this definition:
- Course of conduct means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the alleged stalker directly, indirectly, or through third parties, by any action, method, device, or means, follows, monitors, observes, surveils, threatens, or communicates to or about a person, or interferes with a person’s property.
- Reasonable person means a reasonable person under similar circumstances and with similar identities to the person subjected to the stalking.
- Substantial emotional distress means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
- Examples of stalking behaviors or activities include, but are not limited to the following, if they occur in the context of stalking as defined above:
- Non-consensual communication, including face-to-face communication, telephone calls, voice messages, e-mails, text messages, written letters, gifts, or any other communications that are unwelcome.
- Use of online, electronic or digital technologies in connection with such communication, including but not limited to:
- Posting of pictures or text in chat rooms or on websites;
- Sending unwanted/unsolicited e-mail or talk requests;
- Posting private or public messages on Internet sites, social networks, and/or school bulletin boards;
- Installing spyware on a person’s computer;
- Using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or similar technology to monitor a person;
- Pursuing, following, waiting for, or showing up uninvited at or near a residence, workplace, classroom, or other places frequented by the person;
- Surveillance or other types of observation including staring or “voyeurism”;
- Non-consensual touching;
- Direct verbal or physical threats;
- Gathering information about an individual from friends, family, or co-workers;
- Accessing private information through unauthorized means
- Threats to harm self or others;
- Defamation and/or lying to others about the person; or
- Using a third party or parties to accomplish any of the above.
A complainant is usually an individual filing a complaint of a violation of this Policy. In some cases (such as, e.g., cases in which a person involved in an incident of alleged sexual misconduct, domestic or dating violence or misconduct, stalking, or related retaliation does not wish to participate in the process but La Salle University decides that the alleged misconduct needs to be investigated), La Salle University may pursue an investigation and adjudication under this Policy without a designated complainant. In these cases, La Salle University may extend some or all of the rights of a complainant as defined in this Policy to affected parties as deemed appropriate by the Title IX Coordinator.
For the purpose of this definition, the term “complainant” is also used throughout this Policy to refer generally to an individual who was allegedly subjected to prohibited conduct as defined in this Policy.
A respondent is an individual whose alleged conduct is being investigated to determine if it is in violation of this Policy. For ease of reference, the term “respondent” is also used throughout this Policy to refer generally to an individual who allegedly engaged in prohibited conduct as defined in this Policy.
When a violation of this Policy has been reported, or when otherwise deemed appropriate under the circumstances, the Title IX Coordinator or appropriate supervisory authority may issue No Contact Orders to the persons involved, whether or not disciplinary action is taken. A No Contact Order is used to restrict encounters and communications between individuals. While a No Contact Order in and of itself does not constitute discipline and will not appear in a student’s disciplinary record, refusal to adhere to the order after written or verbal notification of its terms is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.
A No Trespass Notice prohibits the presence of an individual on La Salle property, or other properties on which La Salle University programs are occurring. Violating a No Trespass Notice is considered to be a violation of University policy. As No Trespass Notices are legally enforceable, a violation may lead to arrest and prosecution.
The Title IX Coordinator, as used in this Policy, refers to Rose Lee Pauline, La Salle’s Title IX Coordinator, the Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Dawn Soufleris, or to either’s designee. The Title IX Coordinator or Deputy Title IX Coordinator, where appropriate in their discretion, may designate another university official to perform one or more Title IX-related functions.
Confidential Reporting Option
There are options for individuals to confidentially report incidents reasonably believed to be in violation of this Policy. Confidential reporting options will not disclose any details of the report with anyone. At La Salle University, these confidential reporting options are: the Student Counseling Center; the Student Health Center; the Substance Abuse and Violence Education Center (SAVE); designated individuals in Ministry, Service, and Support; a designated Title IX Advocate/Educator (Confidential Resource); and a designated Respondent Advocate (Confidential Resource). Reports can also be made via the La Salle University Whistleblower Policy.
Sharing information with a Confidential Resource will not result in a report to La Salle University or investigatory or disciplinary action against a respondent. Statistical information about confidentially-reported incidents may still be included in the University’s annual Clery Act reporting, but such statistical information will not include any identifying information about any student.
Reporting to a Responsible Employee
All La Salle University faculty and staff who are not listed above as Confidential Resources are Responsible Employees and are required by federal law to report information received relating to violations of this Policy (“Responsible Employees”). Faculty and staff receive annual notification and training regarding their duty and obligation to report knowledge of sexual misconduct involving a member(s) of the campus community and are instructed to report any such acts to the Title IX Coordinator, who has been specifically trained to receive and respond to allegations of violations of this Policy. Students who have experienced a violation of this Policy and would like La Salle University to respond by offering resources and/or investigating the incident should immediately notify the Title IX Coordinator, who can be reached as follows:
Confidentiality and Privacy
Only Confidential Resources can offer confidentiality. However, even non-Confidential Resources (such as Responsible Employees) will maintain privacy to the greatest extent possible. Privacy is not confidentiality; if reported to a non-Confidential Resource, confidentiality cannot be guaranteed and there may be circumstances in which the University may need to investigate a report of a violation of this Policy and take appropriate actions to fulfill its legal obligations, even if the complainant wishes to maintain confidentiality or to not pursue an investigation and adjudication of an incident violating this Policy. The determination of when to proceed with an investigation or adjudication against the complainant’s wishes shall be at the discretion of the University based on the facts and circumstances of the case, including, but not limited to, the health and safety of the complainant, the health and safety of others, the safety of the campus community, and the rights of the parties.
The information provided to a Responsible Employee will be shared only as necessary for an investigation and/or to seek resolution. To the extent practicable, Responsible Employees will inform a potential complainant of their responsibility to report any case of a potential violation of this Policy and the options for confidential reporting on campus. At that time, the potential complainant can decide to move forward and share the information with the Responsible Employee or choose to access a Confidential Resource.
The University will take prompt and appropriate steps to respond to complaints of a violation of this Policy.While there is no time limit for reporting a violation of this Policy, the complainant and other reporting individuals are encouraged to report any violation as soon as possible in order to maximize the University’s ability to respond and investigate promptly and effectively.
The investigation generally will take no longer than 60 days; however, complex cases, the availability of witnesses and other exceptional circumstances may require additional time and/or the modification of the timeframes described herein. If there are delays in the investigation, the Title IX Coordinator or other appropriate individual will notify the parties of the delays and explain the circumstances causing the delays.
La Salle University will not wait for the conclusion of a criminal investigation or proceeding to begin its own investigation and resolve complaints under this Policy. The University will, however, comply with valid requests by law enforcement in a criminal investigation. As such, La Salle University may need to delay temporarily an investigation under this Policy while law enforcement is in the process of gathering evidence. Once law enforcement has completed its gathering of evidence, the University will promptly resume and complete its investigation.
La Salle University addresses reports of a violation of this Policy using a preponderance of the evidence standard, meaning that the outcome will be based on a conclusion of what was more likely to have occurred than not. Formal rules of evidence do not apply to investigations or adjudications under this Policy.
The complainant’s or respondent’s past sexual history generally may not be referenced throughout the process described herein, except that either party (complainant or respondent) may reference a prior sexual relationship between the complainant and the respondent. Sexual history that relates to past complaints or findings of responsibility under this Policy may be considered when determining an appropriate sanction if a respondent if found responsible.
La Salle University’s primary concern is ensuring that individuals feel comfortable reporting a complaint. The health and safety of every student at La Salle University is of the utmost importance. La Salle University recognizes that students who have been drinking and/or using drugs (whether such use is voluntary or involuntary) at the time that an alleged violation of this Policy occurs may be hesitant to report such incidents due to fear of potential consequences for their own conduct. The University strongly encourages students to report an alleged violation of this Policy to the appropriate La Salle University official. A bystander or a reporting individual acting in good faith that discloses any incident of an alleged violation of this Policy to a responsible employee or law enforcement will not be subject to La Salle University’s code of conduct for violations of alcohol and/or drug policies (see Alcohol & Other Drugs Policy) occurring at or near the time of the commission of the alleged violation of this Policy.
The consumption of alcohol and/or use of other drugs, in and of itself, is not an excuse for a violation of this Policy, but may be considered as a factor in the adjudication of matters under this Policy.
To the extent permitted by law, the complainant and respondent will be afforded the same rights and opportunities throughout the investigation and adjudication process, including the opportunity to recommend witnesses, submit evidence, and appeal the outcome of any formal University disciplinary process.
The parties to a complaint and/or investigation conducted under this Policy are expected to cooperate fully with the resolution of the complaint and/or investigation by providing complete, accurate, and truthful information and any potentially relevant documentation in any format. In the event that the complainant chooses not to cooperate, the University may be obligated to continue with an investigation and adjudication. If the respondent chooses not to cooperate with the investigation or adjudication, the adjudication of the complaint will proceed without input or involvement from the respondent. The University will also cooperate with other colleges or universities if the respondent or complainant is from a university other than La Salle University.
All witnesses interviewed or contacted in the investigation are required to cooperate fully by providing complete, accurate, and truthful information. They may also be expected to sign statements or other materials documenting the information they provide, and may be asked to keep the substance of the interview confidential. In the event the witness cannot meet in person, the witness will be offered the option to either participate electronically via technology or submit a written statement containing all evidence relevant to the investigation of which the witness is aware. Failure to cooperate fully with the investigation may subject a witness to disciplinary action up to and including possible suspension or expulsion. Failure to cooperate includes, but is not limited to, providing false, misleading, or incomplete information, failure to provide requested documentation, whether in paper or electronic format, or intentional destruction of relevant or requested evidence.
Retaliating directly or indirectly against a person who has in good faith made a report under this Policy or participated in an investigation is prohibited. Retaliation includes but is not limited to ostracizing the person, pressuring the person to drop or not support the complaint or to provide false or misleading information, engaging in conduct that may reasonably be perceived to affect adversely that person’s educational, living, or work environment, threatening, intimidating or coercing the person, or otherwise discriminating against any person for exercising their rights or responsibilities under this Policy. Depending on the circumstances, retaliation may also be unlawful. Retaliation under this Policy may be found whether or not the underlying complaint is ultimately found to have merit. In the event an individual believes that he or she has been retaliated against, an investigation will be conducted and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken, if warranted. That investigation may be independent of or may be combined with the existing investigation, as determined by the Title IX Coordinator.
In cases where multiple allegations and/or multiple accused respondents or complainants arise out of the same event or series of related events, the University shall have the discretion to direct that a single investigation be conducted under procedures set forth in this Policy.
In the event that a respondent withdraws or seeks to transfer while an investigation is pending but unresolved, the University may elect to proceed with the investigation in the respondent’s absence. In addition, in the University’s sole discretion, an academic and/or financial hold may be placed on the respondent’s account during the pendency of an investigation, with no degrees to be awarded or official transcripts to be provided until the investigation has resolved.
Both the complainant and the respondent may each be accompanied at any point in this process, including at a hearing or appeal, by one advisor of their choice (witnesses at the hearing may not be utilized as an advisor). Hearings will not be postponed due to the unavailability of the student’s advisor of choice.
The complainant and the respondent are responsible for presenting their own information and therefore an advisor is limited to a supportive, non-participatory role and may not speak, write, record, or otherwise communicate on behalf of the complainant or the respondent at any point during this process, including by formulating questions for the party during proceedings. An advisor who fails to comply with these requirements, hinders this process or is otherwise disruptive, may be asked to leave during this process. In cases where the complainant or respondent have chosen legal counsel as advisors, the University reserves the right to have University counsel present as well. The University reserves the right to impose additional parameters on an advisor’s role and acceptable conduct throughout this process at its discretion.
Should they so desire, the complainant and respondent may select a University-designated advocate to assist them through this process. All advocates are members of the University community who have been approved by the University to serve in their role as an advocate. The advocates will be available to meet with the complainant or respondent before and after a hearing, and will also assist in preparation. Advocates, as opposed to advisors, may assist the complainant or respondent during the formal hearing.
At any time during the process described in this Policy, the University may take interim steps to provide for the safety of the complainant, the campus community, and the rights of the respondent. These may include, but are not limited to, interim suspension from the University and/or interim removal from housing, adjustments to academic classes or University residence assignments for the complainant or the respondent, access to University facilities, the issuance of no-contact orders, etc. Interim measures may be modified throughout this process, and may in some instances last beyond the investigation and adjudication of a complaint. Students wishing to access such services during or after the investigation should contact the Title IX Coordinator.
No Contact Order
When a violation of this Policy has been alleged, or when otherwise deemed appropriate under the circumstances, the University may issue No Contact Orders to the students involved, whether or not disciplinary action is taken. No-Contact Orders may also be issued as an interim measure while alleged violations of the Code of Conduct are investigated and adjudicated. A No Contact Order is used to restrict encounters and communications between individuals. While a No Contact Order in and of itself does not constitute discipline and will not appear on a student’s disciplinary record, refusal to adhere to the order after written or verbal notification of its terms is prohibited and may result in disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion. The University may also initiate a no-trespass/ persona non-grata (PNG) status, indicating that an individual is not welcome on University property and could face criminal arrest for trespassing.
Initiating the University’s student conduct process does not preclude reporting the incident to the police. Students have the opportunity at all times, but are not required, to file criminal complaints and student conduct complaints simultaneously. Students who wish to make a police report may contact the Philadelphia Police directly, or may also contact La Salle University Public Safety or a designated University advocate to assist in making such a report.
The intentional reporting of false reports or complaints will not be tolerated and may subject the individual making the false report or complaint to disciplinary action and potential criminal and/or civil liability. A finding of not responsible in and of itself does not constitute a false complaint or report.
- In most cases, within five (5) business days of receiving the report of a violation of this Policy, the Title IX Coordinator will contact the complainant to set up a meeting to gather preliminary information about the report or complaint, inform the complainant of the contents of this Policy, provide information about on- and off-campus resources, discuss potential interim measures, provide the complainant with a link to this Policy, review the conduct process and other relevant procedures (including the University’s prohibition against retaliation), provide a referral to the Complainant Advocate should the complainant so desire, and instruct complainant to refrain from any and all contact with respondent, including through third parties, excepting University officials, as a part of the process.
- As soon as practicable after the Title IX Coordinator’s meeting with the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator shall make an initial assessment of whether, if the complainant’s allegations are true, the allegations would constitute a violation of this Policy. If the complainant’s allegations, even if true, would not constitute a violation of this Policy, then the Title IX Coordinator shall inform the Complainant of that decision and no formal or informal process will move forward. The complainant shall still be offered campus resources and may also be entitled to interim measures. Any doubt as to whether an investigation is warranted should be resolved in favor of proceeding with an investigation.
- If the Title IX Coordinator determines that interim measures are appropriate, the Title IX Coordinator will impose interim measures.
- If the Title IX Coordinator determines that an investigation is warranted, then following the initial meeting with the complainant, the Title IX Coordinator will meet with the respondent as soon as practicable to gather preliminary information, review the contents of this Policy, provide information about on- and off-campus resources, discuss the interim measures as applicable, provide the respondent with a link to this Policy, review the conduct process and other relevant procedures (including the University’s prohibition against retaliation), provide a referral to the Respondent Advocate should the respondent so desire, and instruct the respondent to refrain from any and all contact with complainant, including through third parties, excepting University officials, as a part of the process.
Determination of Informal or Formal Process
- Following the initial assessment meetings with the complainant and respondent, the Title IX Coordinator will prepare a written Preliminary Investigatory Report, which will include the name of the respondent, if available, a preliminary summary of the alleged violation, and a list of potential witnesses.
- Following the preparation of the Preliminary Investigatory Report, the Title IX Coordinator in his/her discretion will determine whether an informal resolution process is an option under the circumstances presented by the complaint. The informal resolution processes will not be used to investigate or resolve reports of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and/or sexual misconduct. Informal resolutions will generally not be appropriate for allegations that present significant disputed issues of fact or circumstances, or where the alleged conduct is of a nature that may warrant the imposition of a sanction of suspension or expulsion. Informal resolutions are not appealable.
- If it is determined that the informal resolution process may be used, the Title IX Coordinator will assign a trained staff member from the Division of Student Affairs to discuss the option of an informal resolution with the complainant. If the complainant agrees to move forward with an informal resolution, the staff member will attempt to facilitate an informal resolution with the respondent. An informal resolution will not be used unless both parties agree, and a party will not be required to meet face-to-face with the other party at any time in connection with the process of reaching an informal resolution unless both parties agree.
- If the Title IX Coordinator determines that a formal investigation should be conducted, or if either party requests a formal investigation and the Title IX Coordinator determines that a formal investigation is appropriate, the investigation and adjudication thereof shall be conducted pursuant to the process described immediately below.
- The University’s investigation and adjudication process under this Policy is not a legal proceeding. The University’s investigation and adjudication process provides a fundamentally fair process as defined and described by the procedures set forth below. This process does not provide for direct contact (including cross-examination) between the parties, but, as described below, does allow the parties to provide information that they consider relevant to the case.
- If the Title IX Coordinator determines a formal investigation is to be conducted, an investigator will be selected by the Title IX Coordinator to conduct the formal investigation either on his/her own or in conjunction with the Title IX Coordinator (the “Investigator(s)”). In the event that the alleged conduct involves the Title IX Coordinator, the Title IX Coordinator is deemed to have a material conflict with investigating the case, or the Title IX Coordinator is otherwise unavailable to participate in the formal investigation, the Vice President for Student Affairs will select the Investigator(s) to conduct the formal investigation.
- Following the appointment of the Investigator(s), the complainant will be contacted to schedule a meeting with the Investigator(s). The Investigator(s) will also schedule an appointment to meet with the respondent.
- At their respective meetings, the Investigator(s) will notify the complainant and the respondent that they may each submit a written statement to the Investigator(s), addressing the allegations presented in the Preliminary Investigatory Report and provide a list of potential witnesses that each party would like the Investigator(s) to interview. The complainant and the respondent may also provide the Investigator(s) with any other relevant evidence they would like the Investigator(s) to consider and may provide the Investigator(s) with lists of specific questions to be asked of the witnesses and/or each another. It is within the sole discretion of the Investigator(s) to determine the evidence to consider and the witnesses to interview; the Investigator(s) is not required to consider the evidence identified by the parties or to interview any particular witness, even if identified by one of the parties, nor to ask any or all of the questions provided by either party.
- At any time during the investigation, at his/her discretion, the Investigator(s) may contact those witnesses the Investigator(s) believe may possess relevant evidence. The selected individuals may or may not be those witnesses identified on the lists provided by the complainant and the respondent.
- Within a reasonable amount of time following the above steps, the Investigator(s) shall generate a Draft Final Investigatory Report. While copies of the Draft Final Investigatory Report will not be provided, both complainant and respondent will be afforded the opportunity to make an appointment with the Investigator(s) to review the Draft Final Investigatory Report within approximately five (5) business days of its completion. The Draft Final Investigatory Report should contain: (1) a summary of the factual allegations against the respondent; (2) the policy provision the alleged conduct, if true, would violate; (3) summaries of the information obtained by the Investigator(s) from the parties and witnesses; and (4) copies of other relevant information obtained by the Investigator(s). Where, in his/her discretion, a summary of material points in agreement and points of disagreement would be of assistance to the fact finder, the Investigator(s) may also include such a summary in the Draft Investigative Report. The complainant and the respondent shall have seventy-two (72) hours after reviewing the Draft Final Investigatory Report to provide their written responses, if any.
- The Investigator(s) will review the complainant’s and the respondent’s written responses, if any, and determine, within his/her sole discretion, if any additional investigation is warranted and/or whether revisions to the Draft Final Investigatory Report are warranted based on information provided in the parties’ responses.
- Once the Draft Final Report has been finalized by the Investigator(s) following the parties’ written responses, the Final Investigatory Report, along with all other relevant evidence shall be forwarded to the Director of Student Conduct and made available to the complainant and the respondent consistent with all applicable federal and state regulations and La Salle policies.
Formal Adjudication Procedure
- Following receipt of the Final Investigatory Report, the Director of Student Conduct shall provide notice to the complainant and respondent referencing the specific provision of this Policy alleged to have been violated and the possible outcomes, as well as the date, time, and location of the scheduled hearing.
- The hearing shall be presided over by the Director of Student Conduct and an additional one or two co-hearers (selected from a pool of trained hearing officers). In the event that a material conflict of interest is deemed to exist, the Vice President for Student Affairs shall designate an alternate(s) to preside over the hearing.
- Both the complainant and the respondent shall have an opportunity to present evidence and testimony during the hearing. A list of potential witnesses, as well as any additional information either party plans to present, must be submitted to the Director of Student Conduct no less than five (5) business days in advance of the hearing. Whether a proposed witness is permitted to present evidence at the hearing is in the sole discretion of the Director of Student Conduct. It is the responsibility of the parties to inform their witnesses of the date and time of the hearing. The Director of Student Conduct may elect to rely upon the statements of witnesses contained in the Final Investigatory Report if such witnesses are unavailable to attend the hearing.
- The hearing will be private and audio recorded.
- The complainant and respondent do not have to be in the same room at the same time if they do not wish to be. The Director of Student Conduct may make other arrangements (such as use of a wall partition or phone/video conferencing) to allow the testimony while not depriving either party of access to the evidence and participation in the hearing.
- Only the Director of Student Conduct and the co-hearer(s) may question the individual parties and any witnesses. Both the complainant and respondent may submit a list of questions to the Director of Student Conduct in advance of the hearing that they would like the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) to consider asking the other party. These questions will be asked at the discretion of the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s), who may choose in their sole discretion to reframe questions or omit questions that are deemed to be irrelevant or redundant. The Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) may also permit additional questions to be asked during the course of the hearing. If the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) determine that unresolved issues exist that would be clarified by the presentation of additional information and/or speaking to any party, the Director of Student Conduct may postpone the hearing and reconvene it in a timely manner to receive such additional information.
- Both the complainant and the respondent shall have the option not to participate in the hearing; however, the exercise of that option will not preclude the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) from proceeding and making final determinations with respect to the complaint on the basis of the Final Investigatory Report and other available information.
- Both the complainant and the respondent shall have the opportunity to make an impact statement prior to the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s)’s determination of the hearing outcome and corresponding sanction if applicable.
- The Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) will then make a decision as to whether by a preponderance of the evidence that this Policy was violated. The decision will be communicated to both the complainant and the respondent in written, electronic notification concurrently, within five (5) business days after the hearing has concluded, barring any exigent circumstances that may cause reasonable delays. To the extent permitted by law, the Notice of Outcome will include:
- The name of the respondent;
- The alleged violation(s) of the Code of Conduct and the finding of responsibility;
- The sanction(s) imposed, if any;
- The factual findings supporting the determination; and,
- Information regarding the appeal process.
- Both the complainant and the respondent will be informed of the outcome of the hearing and the outcome of any appeal without a commitment to protect the confidentiality of the information. It shall be the decision of the complainant or the respondent to disclose or discuss the outcome of the hearing.
- If a finding of responsibility is made, the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) will consider, as part of their deliberations, whether a sanction will:
- Bring an end to the violation in question;
- Reasonably prevent a recurrence of a similar violation; and
- Remedy the effects of the violation on the complainant and La Salle University Community.
- In determining an appropriate sanction, the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) may consider any record of past violations of the Code of Conduct, as well as the nature and severity of such past violation(s). Any sanction imposed will be explained and supported by factual findings in the written rationale of the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s).
- The range of sanctions that may be imposed for a violation of this Policy include reprimand, probationary status, letter of official discipline, suspension or expulsion, or any additional sanction deemed appropriate by the Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s).
- In cases when a respondent is found responsible for committing sexual assault, suspension or expulsion is the likely outcome. If suspension is assigned, its duration will be determined in part by the complainant’s needs, and reinstatement or readmission criteria may include but are not limited to evidence of satisfactory progress by the respondent on relevant educational components to the sanction, such as counseling and training.
- The conditions of reinstatement or readmission will be communicated to both parties. If the respondent’s return will coincide with the complainant’s presence at La Salle University, additional accommodations for the complainant and/or conditions on the respondent to preserve the right of the complainant to a safe environment may be assigned, including but not limited to room assignment consideration, class changes, No Contact Order adjustments, and/or building or extracurricular activity restrictions.
- Long-term remedies may also be offered or provided to the complainant following sanctioning, which may include: providing an escort on campus; assistance with academics including rescheduling exams and assignments; facilitating a classroom change; housing assignment relocation; restriction of campus access for the respondent (restricted from specific buildings, areas, etc.); no-contact orders; campus employment reassignment; and counseling referrals.
- Upon the conclusion of the hearing, both the complainant and the respondent shall have access to the recording of the hearing by scheduling a time to listen to the hearing by contacting the Director of Student Conduct. The audio recording is the property of La Salle University. No transcripts will be made of the hearing, nor any copies of the audio recording be provided to the complainant or respondent.
- All appeal submissions and appeals will be considered and heard by a three (3) member University Appeals Board (“University Appeals Board”). One member of the University Appeals Board shall be the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, who shall also chair the University Appeals Board and select the other two members.
- In order for an appeal to be heard the complainant or respondent must demonstrate to the University Appeals Board through his/her written appeal submission one or more of the following:
- Information that was not available at the time of the hearing is now available, and could reasonably be expected to have altered the outcome of the case; or
- The University disciplinary procedures were violated in a way that is more likely than not to have adversely affected the outcome of the case.
- The complainant and the respondent shall have three (3) business days from the date the Notice of Outcome is sent to submit, in writing, an appeal on one or more of the grounds as listed above and include specific details as to why an appeal should be granted. This letter is to be submitted to the Chair of the University Appeals Board.
- Once an appeal is filed, the parties involved will receive written, electronic notification of such filing. This notice will state that the case is under appeal consideration and if deemed by the University Appeals Board to potentially meet the above standards, will be scheduled in most cases for an appeals hearing within five (5) business days. If the University Appeals Board deems that the written appeal could not satisfy the above standards, written notice of the appeal denial shall be sent to both complainant and respondent following such determination.
- The party who appeals (“Appealing Party”) must attend the scheduled hearing or forfeit the right to appeal.
- Except as required to explain the basis of new evidence, the University Appeals Board will limit its review to the process and outcome of the initial hearing (if applicable), together with any supporting documents. Witnesses will not be permitted to appear on appeal except to the extent that witnesses may provide testimony related solely to new evidence or information that the Appealing Party demonstrates was not known or available for the original hearing.
- The Appealing Party will appear for the scheduled hearing in front of the University Appeals Board and present the basis for the appeal. The counterparty student who did not file the appeal (“Appellee Party”) will have the option to either appear at the appeal hearing or submit a written response for the University Appeals Board’s consideration. There will be a time limit of twenty (20) minutes for each and any student presentation at the scheduled hearing. The Appealing Party and Appellee Party have the right to bring either an advisor of choice or a University-designated advocate, subject to the rules regarding advisors stated herein.
- The Director of Student Conduct and co-hearer(s) will be available to respond to the appeal and give the rationale for the determination made at the original hearing.
- After presentation of the appeal and before the parties are dismissed, the University Appeals Board may, at its discretion, ask questions of the parties present. A hearing is considered closed after all testimony and evidence has been submitted by the parties and the chair of the University Appeals Board has concluded the appeal.
- Following the close of the hearing, the University Appeals Board may:
- The decision of the University Appeals Board will be sent electronically to the parties within three (3) business days of the hearing in most cases. The determination rendered by the University Appeals Board is final and may not be appealed further in any forum, although the University reserves the right to modify an appeal or hearing decision as appropriate and at its discretion.
- All written notices to the complainant or respondent referred to herein may be delivered at the University’s discretion to any e-mail or mailing address on file with the University. All written notices will be deemed received when sent.
Whenever an official University title or office is named throughout this Policy, the official’s or office’s designee may act in the official’s or office’s role.
Title IX Advocate/Educator
Student Counseling Center
Student Health Center
Alcohol and Other Drug Education Center
Ordained Priest in Ministry, Service and Support
Residence Life and Community Development
La Salle Public Safety
215.951.1300 or 215.991.2111
PA Sexual Assault Response Center: SVU
300 E. Hunting Park Ave., Philadelphia, PA
Call Public Safety (215.951.1300) for free transport.
1200 Old York Road
Abington, PA 1900
24 Hour Hotlines
Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR)
Philadelphia Domestic Violence Hotline (Women Against Abuse)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Congreso de Latinos Unidos
Bilingual Domestic Violence Project (24-hour bilingual domestic violence hotline)
Services for Lesbian and Bisexual Women
Women in Transition Hotline
State Resources for Sexual Assault
Pennsylvania Commission on Human Relations
Philadelphia Special Victims Unit
Resources for Respondents (Male or Female)
Men’s Resource Center
John J. Peter’s Institute
Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX may be referred to the applicable Deputy Title IX Coordinator(s), the Title IX Coordinator, or to the United States Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, Philadelphia Office, U.S. Department of Education, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Suite 515, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323, Telephone 215.656.8541, Fax 215.656.8605, Email
La Salle University is a community that believes the best environment for learning occurs when the community promotes and supports healthy and responsible behavior among its members. Students make their own choices and are ultimately responsible for their behavior. The purpose of the Student Alcohol and Other Drug University Expectations is to promote individual responsibility and advance the goals and expectations central to the university mission. The Student Alcohol and Other Drug University Expectations applies to all student members of the university community and their guests.
La Salle University follows all local, state, and federal laws. Students and student organizations are subject to local, state and federal laws regarding alcohol and drug use, and the university will not protect individuals or groups from law enforcement with respect to drugs and alcohol use or abuse.
In order to avoid the dangerous and possibly fatal effects of alcohol poisoning or overdosing from other drugs, an individual who has passed out or shows other signs of serious effects from alcohol or other drug consumption should immediately be brought to the attention of La Salle Public Safety, Residence Life, Community Development or some other person able to assist or to get assistance. Seeking such help is encouraged by La Salle and the Amnesty Process is included in the expectations listed below.
Federal, State, and City Sanctions Related to the Use, Possession, and Distribution of Alcohol and Drugs
- Under Pennsylvania law and the Pennsylvania Crimes and Liquor Codes, a person under 21 years of age commits a summary offense if they attempt to or in actuality (1) purchase, (2) consume, (3) possess, or (4) transport alcohol. Police must notify the parents of a minor charged with violating this law. If convicted, the minor’s driver’s license will be suspended. A second offense will yield a fine of up to $500.
- In addition, any person who intentionally provides alcohol to a minor will be convicted of a misdemeanor in the third degree, for which the fine will be at least $1,000 for the first offense, and $2,500 for any subsequent violations.
- The City of Philadelphia prohibits the consumption, carrying, or possession of an open container of alcoholic beverages in the public right-of-way or on private property without the expressed permission of the landowner or tenant. A person who commits a violation may be subject to a fine up to $300, as well as imprisonment for up to ten (10) days, if the fine together with costs, are not paid within ten (10) days.
- Federal and state laws prohibit the possession, use, and distribution of illegal drugs. Also, under federal law, anyone who is at least 18 years old and who distributes drugs to anyone under 21 will be imprisoned and/or fined up to twice what is otherwise provided by law, with a minimum prison sentence of one year.
La Salle University Expectations Regarding Student Alcohol and Other Drugs
Students who are found to be in potential violation of the following university expectations will be referred to the University Student Conduct Process and subject to university disciplinary action.
- No person less than twenty-one (21) years of age shall purchase, consume, possess, be in the presence of, transport or attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or transport any alcohol, liquor, or malt or brewed beverages on University property or at any University sponsored events.
- No student shall transfer or possess a registration card or other form of identification for the purpose of falsifying age to secure any alcohol, liquor, or malt or brewed beverages.
- No student shall sell, furnish, allow to possess, or give any alcohol, liquor, or malt or brewed beverages, or permit any alcohol, liquor, or malt or brewed beverage to be sold, furnished, allowed to be possessed, or given to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age.
- Behavior that results in intoxication, disorderliness, or offensive behavior resulting from the use of alcohol is prohibited, regardless of the student’s age.
- The use of alcohol is prohibited in the academic buildings, or in the public areas of residence halls or university-owned apartments, in the La Salle Union or other University facilities, or at University sponsored functions on or off campus unless it is authorized by the University.
- Students who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older are permitted to consume alcohol on campus only when such consumption does not interfere with the rights and privileges of other community members.
- Students who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older are permitted to drink alcohol only at registered events or in the privacy of residence hall rooms, apartments, or townhouses.
- No bulk quantities of alcohol (i.e. kegs), grain alcohol or alcohol over 100 proof is permitted in residence hall rooms, apartments, or townhouses.
- Students, regardless of age, may not brew or distill any alcoholic beverages in residence hall rooms, apartments or townhouses.
- La Salle students will be responsible at all times for the behavior of their guests.
- Students under twenty-one (21) years of age may not possess empty containers of alcohol in any university residence hall room, apartment or townhouse.
- If alcohol is present for students who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older, the following occupancy numbers must be followed:
- Residents and guests may not exceed a total of eight (8) in a residence hall room.
- Residents and guests may not exceed a total of twelve (12) in an apartment/townhouse.
- Off-campus incidents that involve alcohol consumption by students who are under twenty-one (21) years of age, result in behavior that includes intoxication, disorderliness, or offensive behavior resulting from the use of alcohol is prohibited, regardless of the student’s age and will be subject to the university’s student conduct process.
- Students are prohibited from advertising parties where alcohol is to be served. Fliers, public social media posts or mass electronic invitations are not permitted.
- Students are prohibited from illegally using, possessing, manufacturing or distributing drugs. Distribution includes selling or providing drugs to persons of any age.
- Sharing or distributing prescription medicine or other legal drugs, with or without the exchange of money, is prohibited.
- Students are prohibited from possessing drug paraphernalia on university property.
La Salle University Alcohol and Other Drug Amnesty Process
Student health and safety is a primary concern for the La Salle University community. Students are expected to contact La Salle Public Safety, Residence Life or Community Development when it is believed an individual needs medical attention due to the abuse of alcohol or other drugs including illegal, prescription, over the counter substances. The Alcohol and Other Drug Amnesty Process is designed to provide education rather than discipline when a student voluntarily contacts university personnel (e.g., La Salle Public Safety, an RA/CC or professional staff member in Residence Life or Community Development) or outside emergency services for medical assistance related to alcohol or other drugs. Individuals covered by the Alcohol and Other Drug Amnesty Process are the caller, the person in need of assistance, the host student organization, and any witnesses named in the incident report.
- The Director of Student Conduct or their designee will determine whether or not the Alcohol and Other Drug Amnesty Process is applicable for each incident.
- Incidents involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, or stalking shall be covered by the Alcohol and Other Drug Amnesty Process for those students reporting or intervening to prevent harm to a particular student.
- Incidents involving other violence or serious student conduct code violations will not apply.
- A professional from the Division of Student Affairs will contact the student or the student organization involved in the incident to arrange for a meeting.
- There will be no official student conduct process from the university through the Alcohol and Other Drug Amnesty Process.
- The person who made the call to university personnel may also be asked to attend a meeting with a professional from the Division of Student Affairs.
- At the meeting, the incident will be reviewed with the student or student organization to determine an appropriate educational response, which could include participation in an educational group or class, program presentations, counseling intake session, or substance abuse education and/or evaluation. A response may also include parental/ guardian notification of the incident.
- If a student or student organization fails to attend the meeting with the professional from the Division of Student Affairs or complete the educational responses following the meeting, the incident will be referred to the Student Conduct Process.
COVID-19 Amnesty Protocol
Student health and safety remains a primary concern for the La Salle University community. As such, students who come forward with information relating to contact tracing (as it relates to positive cases of COVID-19) and/or violations of the Student expectations for COVID-19 section of the Return to Campus Plan will not face disciplinary charges for bringing information to University personnel.
Examples of information students may share with the University include:
- Sharing information regarding a positive COVID-19 test result or exposure to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19
- Participating in conversations where information is shared that is considered necessary for contact tracing
- Obtaining medical evaluation or care for themselves or others related to COVID-19 and/or medical issues arising from the use of alcohol or other drugs
In recognition of the fact that students may be hesitant to share this information with the University, the COVID amnesty policy has been created. La Salle University expects that students will be honest and forthcoming with any information they have as it relates to contact tracing (related to possible exposure to COVID-19).
Students should be aware that conversations with University staff members who coordinate contact tracing procedures and quarantine/isolation recommendations remain private and will not be shared with the Office of Student Conduct. However, it should be noted that if an incident report is received by the Office of Student Conduct for Student Code of Conduct violations (which may include COVID-19 violations),the student will be required to go through the student conduct process . Furthermore, students are required to follow quarantine and isolation protocols. Failure to follow said protocols will result in disciplinary action through the student conduct process .
Similar to what is stated within the Alcohol and Other Drugs Amnesty Process , incidents involving serious student conduct code violations will not apply to the amnesty process. Students should not hesitate to bring forward information that is pertinent to contact tracing or safety in general, even in instances where violations of the Student Code of Conduct may have occurred, including physical violence, sexual violence, threats, bias incidents, hazing, or other dangerous behaviors. Students are required to inform the university of all violations of the Student Code of Conduct, even if the incidents occurred in a setting that was not compliant with the university’s Student Expectations for COVID-19. Reporting of this types of incidents remains of utmost importance to continue to keep our campus community safe.
Individual Rights, Disclosure of Information
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
- Each and every registered student of the University (hereafter “a student”) has the right to review his or her own educational records in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The following materials may not be reviewed: private notations in the sole possession of one person, parents’ confidential statements, and psychiatric and other medical records. However, psychiatric and other medical records may be reviewed by a physician or other appropriate professional of the student’s choice.
- A student has the right to place in his or her own educational records materials of an explanatory nature concerning any item held therein. Any such material shall bear a notation that it was placed in the file at the student’s request.
- A student has the right to waive his or her right of access to any materials in his or her own educational records. No such waiver shall be effective unless it is made in writing. All materials collected during the time that such a waiver was in effect shall be exempt from access by the student during any future examination.
- A student has the right to refuse access to his or her own educational records, or to any item contained therein, to any person or agency not authorized under the Act. Those who are authorized under the Act include school officials and faculty who have a legitimate educational interest, officials of other schools in which a student seeks to enroll, and certain federal and state educational agencies.
- A student has the right to request that his or her own educational records be amended if they are inaccurate, misleading, or violate his or her privacy or other rights. If the request is denied, the student is entitled to a hearing according to established University procedures.
- A complete text of the Act, as well as those Federal Regulations issued under the Act, is available for inspection in the office of the Registrar.
Student Right-To-Know Act
In compliance with Title I – Section 103 of the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991, the one-year persistence rate for first-time degree seeking students who entered La Salle University in Fall 2001 on a full-time basis was 89 percent. Inquiries pertaining to this information should be directed to the Office of the Registrar.
- A student shall have the right to pursue any course of study available within the University, providing he or she can be accommodated within the program, meet the requirements for entering, and continue to meet the requirements in the program.
- A student shall have the right to know at the beginning of each semester, ordinarily during the first week of class, the criteria to be used by the instructor in determining grades in each course.
- A student shall have the right to see his or her own tests and other written material after grading, and the instructor shall have the duty to make this material available within a reasonable time.
- Upon request, a student shall have the right to have his or her grade on such written material explained by the instructor. A request for such explanation must be made within one week after the written material, as graded, is made available to the student.
Final Grades. If a student believes that his or her final grade was based on an arbitrary or capricious action or some other inappropriate criteria not linked to academic performance the student must follow the procedure described in this subsection.
The purpose of this policy is to outline the mechanism by which students may appeal assigned grades. The procedure is initiated by the student utilizing the Grade Appeal Form found on the student portal. It applies only to assignment of consequential or summative grades. This procedure does not apply to smaller coursework assignments (e.g., quizzes, brief writing assignments). A grade can be overturned, changed or modified only if it is found arbitrary or capricious, or based on inappropriate criteria not linked to academic performance, demonstration of skills or professionalism (“inappropriate criteria”).
If a student believes that his or her grade is arbitrary or capricious action or based on some other inappropriate criteria, the student must follow the procedure described in this policy to formally appeal the grade.
There is a presumption that assigned grades are based on performance and authoritative. Thus, a student seeking a grade appeal bears the burden of proving during the appeals procedure that the grade is arbitrary or capricious, or based on inappropriate criteria. Overturning an assigned grade requires proof that the alleged grade was actually based on an arbitrary or capricious action or some other inappropriate criteria.
Within the University, the structures of programs may vary, and the involved Faculty Member may be represented in multiple roles. The appeal process for each student will depend upon the structure of the program and the parties involved, but the order of appeal shall be directed through three stages, if needed, as described herein. The Stage 1 appeal are directed to the faculty member who issued the grade (“Faculty Member”). Stage 2 appeals must be directed to the Program Director and/or Department Chairperson. Stage 3 appeals must be directed to the appropriate Dean.
The appeals process must be followed in the order explained below.
The time limits provided must be followed; however all parties are encouraged to be expeditious in moving through the appeal. Delivery of documents and forms may be completed in accordance with this Policy through the University e-mail system. Documents and/or forms are considered delivered when mailed.
- Stage 1: Appealing to the Faculty Member Issuing the Grade
- The Student must initiate the grade appeal process by delivering a complete and factually detailed written explanation of his/her complaint to the Faculty Member using the Grade Appeal Form within 14 days of the grade in question being posted or otherwise made available. If the Student fails to initiate the grade appeal in the prescribed manner and/or time period, there shall be no opportunity for an appeal of the grade.
- The Faculty Member who issued the grade must respond to the student, in writing, within 14 days of the delivery of the appeal. The Faculty Member’s response must include a clear indication as to whether the grade should stand (as originally assigned) or an explanation of how the grade will be revised.
- After receiving the written response from the Faculty Member, the student may accept the decision and end the appeal or continue to Stage 2 of the appeal procedure.
- Stage 2: Appealing to the Program Director and Department Chairperson
- The student’s appeal at Stage 2 shall be initiated by delivering, within 14 days of the Faculty Member’s response in Stage 1, a new Grade Appeal Form, along with the Stage 1 appeal documents (Grade Appeal Form and Faculty Response) to the Program Director. If there is no Program Director, the appeal shall be delivered to the Department Chairperson. If the disputed grade was issued by a Faculty Member who also serves as a Program Director or Department Chairperson, that Faculty Member must recuse his or herself from Stage 2. If there is no Program Director and the grade was issued by the Department Chairperson, then the Stage 2 appeal will be skipped, and the appeal should move to Stage 3.
- In the Stage 2 appeal, the Program Director and/or Department Chairperson will review and consider the written appeal documents and render an opinion as to whether the originally assigned grade is justifiable (not arbitrary or capricious or based on inappropriate criteria) or if it was unjustifiable (arbitrary or capricious or based on inappropriate criteria). The Program Director and Department Chairperson may, but are not required to, review the appeal documents from Stage 1. If the Stage 2 review involves both a Program Director and a Program Chairperson, and if their opinions differ, the student shall be so notified and all relevant appeal material and their written opinions will be forwarded automatically to a Stage 3 appeal. If the Program Director and/or the Department Chairperson agree that the originally assigned grade is justifiable or unjustifiable, a written response explaining the reasons will be sent to the Student. If the Stage 2 appeal results in a finding that the assigned grade was arbitrary or capricious, or otherwise based on inappropriate criteria, the Program Director and/or Department Chairperson will consult with the Faculty Member who issued the grade, direct an appropriate change, and ensure that the change is enacted. The student will receive a written notice of the decisions and actions from the Program Director and/or the Department Chairperson.
- After receiving the written decision from the Stage 2 appeal, the student may accept the decision and end the appeal or continue to the Stage 3 appeal to the Academic Dean of the relevant school (Arts and Sciences, Business, or Nursing and Health Sciences).
- Stage 3: Appealing to the Academic Dean
- A Stage 3 appeal is made to the Academic Dean and must be made in writing and received within 14 days of the Student’s receipt of the Stage 2 decision. If the Dean was the Faculty Member who originally assigned the grade, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will assume the role and duties outlined for the Stage 3 appeal.
- All of the documents from the Stage 1 and Stage 2 appeals (from the Faculty Member issuing the grade, Program Director and/or Department Chairperson) must be forwarded to the Dean within 7 days of request from the Dean.
- The Dean will request a written response from the Faculty Member who issued the disputed grade. This should be requested by the Dean and received within 21 days of having received the student’s Stage 3 appeal when possible. If the Faculty Member cannot be reached or does not respond, the appeal shall move forward based on the reasoning provided by the Faculty Member in the Stage 1 response documents.
- The Dean will submit the grade appeal documentation and any other relevant materials to the Grade Appeal Panel for a review and recommendation. For grade appeals presented by a graduate student, the Grade Appeal Panel will include at least one faculty representative from that graduate program. Members of the Academic and Faculty Affairs Committee of the Faculty Senate from the department/program where the appeal originates should recuse themselves from service on the Grade Appeal Panel.
- The Grade Appeal Panel’s review and recommendation will be based exclusively on documentation furnished by the Dean or from other available resources as the Grade Appeal Panel deems necessary to complete a full and fair review. If the Panel feels it necessary to speak to members of the appropriate department as resources, it may do so. The Grade Appeal Panel may convene its members in person or permit individual review of the record in making its recommendation. All Grade Appeal Panel members must review the same information and data.
- Within 30 days of receiving the grade appeal documentation, the Grade Appeal Panel will issue a written recommendation to the Dean stating whether the challenged grade was justifiable or unjustifiable based on academic performance.
- If the majority of the Grade Appeal Panel finds that the grade given was justifiable, the recommendation should be that the appeal shall be denied. If the majority of the Grade Appeal Panel finds that the grade given was unjustifiable, the recommendation shall be a referral to the appropriate academic administrator for a decision or other appropriate corrective action.
- The Dean will review the record, the recommendation of the Panel, and then adopt the Panel’s recommendation unless there are compelling reasons not to do so. If the recommendation is adopted, the decision of the Dean is final. If the decision requires a grade change, the Dean will initiate the grade change with the Registrar. The Dean will inform the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs of the final decision in writing. If the Dean declines to adopt the majority opinion and recommendations of the panel, the Dean will send the appeal file to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, who will then make the final grade determination based upon the entire appeals record, including any written comments from the Dean. If the decision of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs requires a grade change, the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will initiate the grade change with the Registrar.
- Prior to issuing that final decision, the Dean or Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will notify the Faculty Member of the proposed decision. If there is a recommendation to change the grade, the Faculty Member will have an opportunity to change the grade. If the Faculty Member declines to change the grade, the Dean or Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs will do so with the Registrar.
- The Student and the Faculty Member will receive a written final grade determination.
- The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs may extend any of the specified time requirements, due to extenuating circumstances upon written request. At the completion of Stage 3, there is no further appeal.
This process will be completed in strict confidence. All records related to the grade appeal process will be maintained in accordance with La Salle University record keeping policies.
- Stage 1: Appealing to the Faculty Member Issuing the Grade
- A student shall be promptly informed if he or she is placed on any form of academic censure.
Speech and Expression of Opinion
- No student shall be penalized for the reasonable expression of any view which is relevant to the classroom discussion or written material.
- A student participates in student organizations and activities in his or her own time, and by his or her own decision. No student shall be penalized for any such participation, but neither shall any student claim indulgence from academic obligations by virtue of such participation
- Students shall have the right, through their representatives, to participate with full privileges, together with faculty and administration, in the development of both University and departmental curricula through University Council and Academic and Department Committees and Boards.
- Students shall have the right to express an opinion in decisions regarding the evaluation, tenure, and promotion of faculty and department heads. The University promises to listen to such opinion, if rendered in good faith. However, the University will not be bound by student opinion in such decisions nor will failure to secure such opinion constitute a ground for complaint by a faculty member who has not been rehired, promoted, given tenure, or made department head.
- The University shall establish and adhere to nondiscriminatory policies of equal opportunity to all academic facets of the University.
Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with the academic regulations of the University as outlined in the Student Guide to Resources, Rights, and Responsibilities and the University Bulletins. Ignorance of the regulations does not excuse any student from their application.
Provision of Information
Students are responsible for supplying standard information, when required by the University, on their own personal background and academic history, in a clear, complete, and accurate manner. Misrepresentation in this respect is a serious matter.
- Students are responsible for meeting the requirements of class attendance, test dates, and assignment deadlines, and for proper behavior during classes.
- Students are responsible for the integrity of their academic work. In this regard plagiarism is a serious violation. Plagiarism is defined as the presentation of the ideas of another as one’s own. Any use of another’s ideas without proper acknowledgment is plagiarism.
Speech and Expression
In exercising the rights of freedom speech and expression, students should respect the sensitivities and the corresponding rights of others.
Students are responsible for honoring the obligation they assume when accepting positions on collegiate committees and boards.
Purpose and mission (abstracted from the La Salle University mission statement):
The central academic mission of La Salle University’s undergraduate programs is to maintain, as a foundation of all learning, a common, comprehensive liberal arts core which will challenge all students with courses that address the analytic process (philosophical and/or scientific); the communication process (oral and written; emitted and received); and, the historical, intellectual and creative growth of humanity. The purpose of graduate study at La Salle University is to enhance both practical and theoretical knowledge in order to augment and enrich professional competencies. All programs are designed to prepare students for informed service and progressive leadership in their chosen fields.
The mission of La Salle University underscores the importance of providing students with a values- based education that occurs in the context of an inter-faith educational community. As its basic purpose, the University promotes free search for truth by teaching students basic skills, knowledge and values that they will need to lead a life of dignity. Thus, it is through active engagement in learning that students’ personal, social, and religious values may take root and foster mature, value-driven attitudes and behavior. All students and faculty who choose to become part of the La Salle University community also have a moral or ethical obligation to pursue all forms of learning with integrity, dignity, and responsibility towards others.
What is academic integrity?
Integrity is defined as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; uprightness, honesty, and sincerity.” The key to academic integrity is setting personal standards for oneself and living up to those standards each day. Routinely displaying honesty, responsibility, respect for others, and fairness will serve as a model of integrity to others, the campus community, region, state, and world. One who has integrity follows moral and ethical standards even when circumstances arise that challenge those standards.
Trust is an essential trait of integrity. A lapse of trust negatively impacts our relationships with others. Who can trust someone who is dishonest or unfair? The act of learning is not a solitary venture and thus requires the scaffolding of a competent instructor or peer. Group work is rooted in trust. Team members must be able to trust that each person’s contributions will enhance the group effort and instructors must trust that each student is contributing his or her fair share.
Thus, by becoming a member of La Salle University’s community the individual enters an academic world where distinguished faculty, dedicated staff, and students of great potential work collaboratively to achieve and learn from one another. It is only through a strong commitment to La Salle’s learning community that the student can live the moral and ethical principles that are supported and maintained by its mission. The faculty has a special responsibility to model appropriate academic integrity and to ensure that these policies are communicated, understood, and maintained at all times.
- Academic Integrity – University of California, Davis
- Making A Difference: The Strategic Plan for Duke University – Duke University
- Webster’s New World Dictionary.
Why have an Academic Integrity Policy?
All too frequently academic integrity and plagiarism policies are regarded as disciplinary tools employed to ferret out misconduct. It is important, then, to recognize the positive implications of such a policy for students, faculty, and the campus as a whole.
A policy that applies to all students and faculty can provide the reassurance that everyone on campus is held to the same ethical standards. Students can be confident that their attempts to present honest work are not undermined by the dishonest work of others. Faculty may find comfort in the knowledge that they are not alone in aggressively responding to instances of academic dishonesty. Rather, they are a part of a community endeavor to maintain high standards of integrity.
Benefits for students
This policy provides a forum through which students can be educated about the nature of academic integrity. By discouraging “passive” methods of learning and research, the policy can create an atmosphere that promotes active understanding and engagement, thus encouraging students to develop intellectually.
Benefits for faculty
The policy creates an optimal learning environment because it encourages mutual respect and high standards among all members of the classroom learning community. This enables faculty to fulfill course goals without the need for establishing individual academic integrity policies.
Benefits for the La Salle Community
By promoting academic integrity and ethical behavior in the classroom, the policy helps to ensure an environment that fosters trust, mutual respect, and love of learning.
- La Salle University English Department Policy on Plagiarism and Academic Honesty.
- La Salle University Graduate Psychology student handbook.
“If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” -Isaac Newton
Often, when we develop ideas, they are not free of the effects and influences of others’ previous findings, claims, and analyses. This suggests that much of the thinking that we do in a university setting is motivated, shaped, and focused in response to work that may have been published or stated by others. Usually, our ideas evolve in response to reading others’ writings. We base research on earlier scholarship and communication with others (Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism – Duke University). We give credit where credit is due. Therefore, we cite the intellectual contributions of others.
Academic Dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Cheating is the act of wrongly using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, study aids, or the ideas or work of another. This includes giving or receiving unauthorized aid in the completion of such things as written assignments, quizzes, or tests. Submitting the same written work for two different courses qualifies as another form of cheating.
Plagiarism is the unacknowledged use of other people’s ideas, both written and unwritten (Avoiding Plagiarism – National Louis University). Scholarly authors generously acknowledge their debts to predecessors by carefully giving credit to each source. Whenever one draws on another’s work, one must specify what has been borrowed – whether facts, opinions, or quotations – and its source. Using another person’s ideas or expressions in writing without acknowledging the source constitutes plagiarism. Derived from the Latin plagiarius (“kidnapper”), plagiarism refers to a form of intellectual theft. In short, to plagiarize is to give the impression that the author wrote or thought something that in fact was borrowed from someone else, and to do so is a violation of professional ethics. (Joseph Gibaldi, MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing. 2nd ed., New York: MLA, 1998: 151).
Since plagiarism can be a temptation for those students who are facing an imminent deadline, students can use the following procedures that may help to ensure a project is properly documented.
- Make sure you understand the material you are using before incorporating it into your work.
- Avoid relying too heavily on the ideas of others.
- Make sure you know how to cite correctly. This includes Internet-based sources as well as traditional
- Talk to a librarian and attend library instruction workshops.
- Do not use Internet “paper mills.”
This is what must be referenced:
- Direct quotes.
- Ideas acquired via reading, conversation, or correspondence.
- Statistics and data that are not yours.
Cooperative or Group Learning
When group projects or cooperative learning activities require collaboration, students must understand clearly what is proper and improper cooperation and collaboration and how individuals are expected to contribute to the project (Strategies for Avoiding Plagiarism – Westmont College). If a group member plagiarizes, the entire group may be held accountable. Concern about copying must be dealt with as soon as plagiarism is suspected. Related to plagiarism is the fact that some students may over-rely on other group members to do the majority of the work while they all receive the same mark (Designing Assessment Tasks to Minimize Plagiarism – University of Wollongong, Australia). To ensure fairness, faculty should develop a system of communication whereby students have an opportunity to express their concerns.
When a faculty member suspects an academic integrity violation, the faculty member must discuss the suspected violation with the student within one calendar week. This discussion must take place through face-to-face, telephone, or electronic (e.g., Skype) means. Email is not an appropriate medium through which to discuss an alleged academic integrity violation.
If, after the discussion with the student, the faculty member believes there to be an academic integrity violation, the faculty member will file a written Academic Dishonesty Report (ADR) within one calendar week of the discussion with the student. The ADR prepared by the faculty member must contain the following:
- Date of the ADR, name of instructor, instructor’s department/school, name of student accused of committing the academic integrity violation, student’s major/school, date of the violation, and place of the violation.
- A written summary of the incident, fully detailing the academic integrity violation.
- Evidence of the academic integrity violation. In the case where other students have reported the academic violation to the instructor, the instructor will summarize these accusations and evidence gathered. In the case where the instructor has physical evidence of the violation, the evidence should be attached to the ADR.
The ADR will be mailed to the student to his/her home address and campus address (if any). Email in this instance is not an appropriate form of transmittal. A copy of the ADR also must be sent by the faculty member to the Assistant Provost for Academic Affairs, to the faculty member’s Department Chair, and to the Director of the Program in which the violation occurred.
The student who has been accused of the academic integrity violation has one calendar week from the date that the faculty member’s ADR is received to send a rebuttal to the faculty member making the accusation.
After receipt of the student’s rebuttal, the faculty member has one calendar week to make a final judgment as to whether an academic integrity violation has occurred. In making a final judgment, the faculty should prepare a written response to the student’s rebuttal. If the faculty member continues to believe an academic integrity violation occurred, the faculty member may choose to impose one or more of the following sanctions on the student. The choice of sanction(s) will necessarily be matched to the number of previous violations and to the level of the infraction in the faculty member’s judgment.
- A reduction in grade recorded for the assignment/test.
- A zero recorded for the assignment/test.
- An “F” grade assigned for the course.
In some Programs, a sanction for an academic integrity violation might result in dismissal from the Program and from the University. The student should consult program information in the catalog, Program Handbook, and course syllabus for more details.
If the faculty member recommends a sanction other than one of those specified in Step 4 (i-iii), each of the stages (i.e., 1 through 5) described below in Step 5 must be followed.
In determining the sanction(s), the faculty member will contact the Assistant Provost to ascertain whether prior ADRs have been filed on this student.
The faculty member’s final judgment and sanction(s) will be communicated to the student in writing within one calendar week of the final decision through a hard copy letter and via email with a delivered receipt and a read receipt. The faculty member’s ADR, the student’s rebuttal, and the faculty member’s response to the rebuttal will be sent by the faculty member within one calendar week to the office of the Dean of the School in which the academic integrity violation occurred, the office of the department Chair in which the academic integrity violation occurred, the student’s academic advisor, and the Assistant Provost.
Students accused of academic integrity violations are protected by certain rights and privileges described below.
Individual Rights: Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, every registered student has the right to review his or her educational records, which in this case, include records pertaining to academic integrity violations. After reviewing his or her records, the student has a right to attach an explanatory note to academic integrity ADRs that are contained in that file. The student also has a right to request that his/her records be amended if they are inaccurate, misleading, or violate personal privacy or other rights. If the student’s request is denied, the student is entitled to a hearing according to established University procedures.
If the student believes that the charge of academic dishonesty or the sanctions imposed as a result of an alleged academic integrity violation are unfounded, unfair, or based on instructor bias, whimsy, or caprice, the student may appeal the faculty member’s decision within two weeks of the date of the faculty member’s final judgment and sanction(s) following the steps outlined below.
- If dissatisfied with the instructor’s decision, the student may appeal to the department Chair of the relevant department who has assigned the faculty member to the course in which the violation occurred. The Chair will consider the evidence presented in the ADR, the student’s written appeal, and the instructor’s written response to the appeal. The Chair may confer with the student accused of having committed an academic integrity violation and the member of the faculty who brought the charge. The department Chair will respond in writing to the student and instructor within two weeks of receiving all the evidence in the case and forward a copy of her/his response to the Dean’s office in which the violation occurred.
- If dissatisfied with the department Chair’s decision, the student may appeal within two weeks of the Chair’s decision to the Dean of the School in which the academic integrity violation occurred. The Dean will consider the evidence presented in the ADR, the student’s written appeal, the instructor’s written response to the appeal, and the Chair’s response. The Dean may confer with the student accused of having committed an academic integrity violation, the faculty member who brought the charge, and/or the Chair. The Dean will respond in writing to the department Chair, student, and instructor within two weeks of receiving all the evidence in the case and forward a copy of that ADR, reports from the Instructor and Chair, and her/his response to the Assistant Provost.
- If dissatisfied with the decision of the Dean, the student may appeal to the Provost within two weeks of the Dean’s decision. The Provost will consider the evidence presented in the ADR, the student’s written appeal, the instructor’s written response to the appeal, the Chair’s response, and the Dean’s response. The Provost may confer with the student accused of having committed an academic integrity violation, the faculty member who brought the charge, the Chair, and/or the Dean. Recommendations for further action will be made by the Provost. The Provost will respond in writing to the Dean, department Chair, faculty member, and student within two weeks of receiving all the evidence in the case. The Provost represents the final appeal in the process.
- The Appeals Committee is convened only for a recommendation other than that specified in Step 4 (i-iii). The Appeals Committee will be convened by the Provost. The Appeals Committee will be composed of six faculty members and/or academic administrators, all chosen by the Provost. Of the six members of the Appeals Committee, there will be at least one member from each of the three Schools. Additionally, of the six members, three will be members of the faculty. The following individuals will be excluded from membership on the Appeals Committee: the faculty member who made the accusation of the academic integrity violation, the Chair associated with the student’s program of study/major, the Chair in which the violation occurred, and the Dean of the School in which the violation occurred. Once convened, the members will choose a chair. The Chair of the Appeals Committee, typically a member of the faculty, will be charged with convening the group and presenting both sides of the case. The Chair of the Appeals Committee is to confer with the student accused of having committed an academic integrity violation and the member of the faculty who brought the charge and may confer with the relevant department Chair and/or Dean. The Chair of the Appeals Committee will gather information from the student, faculty member, and other relevant sources for the purpose of reporting this information to the Appeals Committee. The Chair of the Appeals Committee will also provide an overview of information gathered from meetings with the student charged with the academic integrity violation, the faculty member who made the charge, and other relevant sources. Copies of the original ADR prepared by the faculty member, the student’s response, and the subsequent responses from the faculty member, department Chair, and Dean will be reviewed by Appeals Committee members during this meeting. The Appeals Committee meeting will convene within a reasonable amount of time (depending on circumstances, three or four weeks) after receiving notice. If necessary, the chair of the Appeals Committee may request an extension from the Provost. Recommendations for further action will be made by the Appeals Committee by majority vote. The Chair of the Appeals Committee will respond in writing to the Dean, department Chair, faculty member, student, and Provost within two weeks of receiving all the evidence in the case.
- Once the Provost receives the report from the Appeals Committee, s/he will confer with the student accused of having committed an academic integrity violation, the member of the faculty who brought the charge, the department Chair, and/or Dean. Following these discussions, the Provost will respond in writing to the Chair of the Appeals Committee, the Dean, department Chair, the Director of the student’s program, faculty member, and student within two weeks of receiving all the evidence in the case and forward a copy of her/his report to the Assistant Dean in the School where the violation occurred. If the student is dismissed from the University, the Provost will communicate that sanction in writing to the Registrar’s office. The Provost represents the final step in the process and determines the ultimate sanction.
The only exception to Steps i-iii immediately above is if the faculty member, Chair, or Dean recommends a sanction of suspension or dismissal. If suspension or dismissal is recommended, the violation will be appealed to the University Academic Integrity Violation Appeals Committee prior to consideration by the Provost.
Each member of the La Salle University community has a responsibility to foster an environment which promotes intellectual honesty and integrity, and which does not tolerate misconduct in any aspect of research or scholarly endeavor. A copy of the complete Policy on Research Misconduct can be obtained from the Office of the Provost on the third floor of the Administration Center.
Pre-registration takes place during November and April each year. Complete information about the advisement process is mailed to each enrolled student prior to registration. Schedules of classes are available in the Registrar’s Office, as well as the office of the department chairs and on the Registrar’s web page (www.lasalle.edu/admin/registrar). All students are asked to speak with an academic advisor to receive the advisor approval code, which is necessary for pre-registration. In addition, any outstanding financial or disciplinary holds will prevent a student from rostering for classes for the next semester. Students are asked to see that these are cleared before pre-registration.
Change of Courses
Until noon of the fifth day of each Fall and Spring semester, a student may make a change in his or her roster, provided that classes being added have not reached their capacity.
Students are responsible for reporting to the Office of the Registrar any course in which the student is enrolled that is being repeated in any given semester. If a student repeats a course, only the higher grade is counted in the academic index. However, the previous grade(s) will remain on the academic record of the student. A student may not repeat a course more than once without permission from the dean.
Students may take two free electives under a pass/fail option. If they indicate this option to the Registrar within three weeks after the course begins, the grade for the course will be recorded as S (Satisfactory) or U (Unsatisfactory). Such grades will not affect the cumulative index, but semester hours graded S will be counted toward the total required for graduation.
Course Withdrawal/Withdrawal from the University
Under certain circumstances, the student who withdraws may receive a partial refund on his or her tuition. Information on terms and conditions is available in the catalog and on the student’s invoice. There are no exceptions to these terms and conditions. Additional inquiries on tuition refund may be directed to the Bursar’s Office. When withdrawing from the university, resident students must also complete an Application for Housing Contract Release and submit it to the Office of Community Development.
Students who will complete requirements for a degree in a given semester must make written application for graduation at the time specified by the Registrar.
When there is a change in a student’s permanent home address or temporary local address, the Registrar’s Office should be notified immediately. Students not living at home with their parents or legal guardians or in University residence facilities, who have not provided their current off-campus address to the Registrar’s Office, will not be allowed to pre-register for classes in subsequent semesters until the address change is filed.
A student who is financially delinquent forfeits the privilege of attending class and residing on campus. A student who is financially delinquent at the close of a term is not permitted to complete registration or housing renewal for a succeeding term unless his or her account is settled.
As custodian of student records, the University assumes an implicit and justifiable trust. This trust involves the recognition that student records, both academic and personal, are confidential to the student and the institution. Accordingly, the University accepts responsibility for exercising effective care and concern in recording and disseminating information about students. Student records are released only to appropriate authorities within the University, except when the student has given his or her formal consent, or when the safety of the student and others and/or property is endangered.
Disciplinary Records are for internal use only and are not made available to persons outside the University except on formal written request of the student involved. Disciplinary information is not included on University transcripts. Intra-University use is at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, who may inform other officials in the institution of the student’s disciplinary status when necessary to the discharge of their official duties. The Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students assumes the responsibility of maintaining the confidentiality of disciplinary records and for destruction of such records. Disciplinary records are maintained for seven years after the student has graduated, withdrawn or from their date of last attendance at the University with the exception of cases in which a sanction of Suspension or Dismissal was imposed. The records of students Suspended from the University will be maintained for fourteen years after graduation, withdrawal or from their date of last attendance at the University. Records of students who have been dismissed are maintained permanently.
Access to Educational Records and Rights to Privacy
Congress in 1974 enacted legislation – Public Law 93-380, commonly referred to as the Buckley Amendment – with the intention to protect students from having incorrect information contained in their school files, and also to limit those who may have access to their educational records. In compliance with the law, La Salle University is prepared to assist students who wish to review their records or who have questions about the law.
Public Law 93-380 specifically requires that students and parents or guardians of dependent students be permitted to examine official University educational records which contain information used in making decisions or recommendations about students. These records include those normally maintained by the major department, academic dean, Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, Registrar, and Business Offices. Each University office and department having such records has an established procedure for a student to review his or her official records and to challenge the accuracy of them. A STUDENT MUST MAKE A FORMAL REQUEST IN WRITING TO EXAMINE HIS OR HER RECORDS. Material may be permanently removed from a student’s file when the promulgator of the information and the student or when the results of a formal hearing called for this specific purpose direct this action, reaches a mutual agreement.
Instructor’s notes, campus security records, psychiatric, psychological, and medical records, parents’ financial statements, and material to which the student has waived his or her right of access in writing are among the records exempted by the law from examination.
Public law 93-380 also limits those who, outside the University, may have access to a student’s records. Except as provided by law, educational records may not be transmitted to individuals or agencies outside of the University without the student’s written consent. STUDENTS, THEREFORE, ARE EXPECTED TO GIVE WRITTEN PERMISSION WHEN REQUESTING THE UNIVERSITY TO FORWARD RECORDS TO OFF-CAMPUS PERSONS, AGENCIES, OR INSTITUTIONS. The law permits the University to release without permission such information as a student’s name, dates of attendance, major field, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and degrees and awards received.
All students are photographed for an identification card when first entering the University. The ID is non-transferable (individuals who loan their ID to other students or to non-students are subject to disciplinary action) and is carried whenever on campus and presented upon request to University administrators, faculty, or campus security guards. The card verifies status as a student at La Salle and may therefore be required for admission to social or athletic events, for voting rights in student elections, and for other such events demanding evidence of student status. A valid ID is required to use the facilities of the Hayman Center. The ID is intended to last throughout the four years.
La Salle University believes that residential living is a valuable way for students to experience what it means to live as part of a broader community; students begin to understand themselves and the dynamic of living with others throughout this unique experience. Students who live within a campus community are generally more likely to be involved in campus life, join student organizations, become involved in student government, and have greater opportunities to interact with faculty. In fact, higher education research validates that students who reside within the campus community tend to be more successful and are more likely to graduate from college.
Required Residency Policy
All full-time undergraduate students are required to live in University housing and participate in a University Dining Services meal plan throughout their first (freshmen) and second (sophomore) years at the University, unless living with parents or a legal guardian.
Exceptions to the residency requirement will be made for students who:
- Reside with a parent or legal guardian.
- Are 21 years of age or older prior to the start date of the housing contract.
- Are military veterans who have had active duty service.
- Are married.
If a first (freshmen) or second (sophomore) year undergraduate student chooses to live off-campus, and does not meet the one of the above exceptions, they will be billed a standard double room rate along with the default meal plan for resident students for the Fall and Spring semesters.
For more information and how to indicate your residency, please refer to the Housing Selection website .
All computer users must practice ethical behavior in computing activities. Abuse of computer access privileges is considered to be a serious matter. The computing resources are provided for the use of staff, faculty, and students who are currently enrolled in courses approved or designated as requiring computer resources. The privilege of use by a student is not transferable to another student, to an outside individual, or to an outside organization. The theft or other abuse of computer time or facilities is not different from the theft or abuse of other University property, and violators of the computing privilege will be subject to disciplinary action. This includes, but is not limited to:
- unauthorized entry into a file, either to read or to change;
- unauthorized transfer of files;
- unauthorized entry into a network;
- unauthorized use of another individual’s computer account;
- use of computing facilities to interfere with the work of another student;
- use of computing facilities to send obscene or abusive messages;
- and, use of computing facilities for frivolous activities during times of high demand.
Persons are to conduct themselves in a professional manner and to accomplish tasks as expeditiously as possible. For reasons of security the University retains the right to review programs and files stored on the University’s computers. Computer services allocated to individuals through accounts on the campus networks should be respected by all as private and valuable property for academic pursuits. Users are responsible for their own user names and the security of their passwords. Use of the computing privilege to interfere with the normal operation of University computing systems or of any other system accessible through the University’s system is prohibited and is subject to disciplinary action.
Pages must be date stamped to indicate when they were last modified. This protects the viewer from unknowingly using outdated data, and encourages the home page manager to keep things up to date.
The use of images, recorded sounds, copyrighted materials, trade secrets and trademarks is subject to legal restriction. No one may use photographs, video clips, or sound clips or material which may be subject to copyright, trademark or trade secret restrictions without written permission of all parties, as applicable.
The University was founded and is operated in accordance with the traditions of the Catholic Church and the Christian Brothers, with the intention to promulgate an education that is witness to the ministry of Christ. Publishing materials which are in violation of the commonly accepted standards of the La Salle community (e.g., racism, explicit sexual content, statements derogatory of the Catholic Church or Christian Brothers mission) is prohibited.
Violations of This Policy
In the event that any home pages are discovered which violate any of the policies and guidelines outlined in this document, those pages will be immediately removed by the University without any hostility (any user of the La Salle network hereby releases the university from all such liability by their accessing of, or receipt of messages through, the La Salle network), and the violators shall be subject to disciplinary action, which may include revocation of university network-access privileges, exclusion or suspension of a student, or suspension or termination of employment for a staff member or faculty, in accordance with the terms of the Student Handbook, and the University Personnel Policy and University Handbook, respectively.
University Council has adopted a policy that disciplinary action up to and including dismissal may be taken against any member of the University community who acts to prevent invited lecturers from speaking, disrupts University operations in the course of demonstrations, or obstructs and restrains other members of the academic community and campus visitors by physical force.
The University recognizes that when an issue is of sufficient importance to require extraordinary measures to call attention to it, a demonstration may be deemed justifiable by an aggrieved or advocating sector of the University. When such is the case, the University insists that no demonstrating person or group shall abridge the rights of others in the regular conduct of the University’s affairs. At the same time, the University strives to maintain means for open and honest dialogue through normal channels of communication.
La Salle University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment at the University because of race, color, religion, sex, age (40 and above), national origin, sexual orientation, marital status or handicap or disability which does not interfere with performance of essential job functions after reasonable accommodation, if any. This commitment extends to participation in all educational programs and activities of the University. The Affirmative Action Officer is responsible for the coordination of the University’s efforts to meet its obligations under the various nondiscrimination in employment laws. The phone number for the Affirmative Action Officer is 215.951.1014.
In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University is committed to providing support services and reasonable accommodation to otherwise qualified students with disabilities. Auxiliary aids and services, if required, include modification in examinations, note-takers, sign language, interpreters, tutoring, etc. Students requesting reasonable accommodations should contact the Affirmative Action Officer (Administration Center 102, 215.951.1014) at least two months before the start of the semester.
Veterans attending under the benefits of the “Veterans Readjustment Act of 1966” are required to submit their “Certificate of Eligibility” to the Registrar’s Office. The Registrar’s Office will certify the Veteran’s enrollment and attendance for each term to the Veteran’s Administration. If the Veteran withdraws, and returns to the University at a later term, the Veteran must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing of the request to again be certified to the Veteran’s Administration. Veterans are required to satisfy their financial obligations to the University in the same manner as all other students.
Smoking, and the use of smoking products of any sort, is prohibited on all University-owned and -operated campus grounds, both indoor and outdoor, except for the clearly marked designated outdoor smoking areas. With the exception of these limited and clearly marked designated outdoor smoking areas, smoking and the use of smoking products of any sort is prohibited everywhere else on campus grounds, including in any campus building, or in University-owned vehicles, such as shuttle buses, vans, and security vehicles.
“Smoking” as used in this policy means smoking any substance, including but not limited to tobacco. “Smoking products” include, but are not limited to, all cigarette products (cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and other electronic smoking products) and all smoke-producing products, such as cigars and pipes.
No tobacco products, smoking materials, or smoking products may be sold or distributed (including but not limited to the distribution of free “samples” or other “give-aways”), as part of product promotion on campus.
Smoking of illegal substances, including but not limited to marijuana, is prohibited and never permitted, including within the designated outdoor smoking areas.
The responsibility to abide by this policy rests with each student, faculty and staff member, and guest. Each member of the campus community is encouraged to courteously inform individuals violating this policy about the smoking policy and the designated smoking locations.
Repeat violators or those who fail to comply with the directions of University officials regarding the enforcement of this policy should be referred to the appropriate office or supervisor: (1) Students should be referred to the Office of Community Development; (2) Faculty and/or staff should be referred to the individual’s immediate supervisor.
As with all University policies, no person who makes a complaint of a violation of this policy or who furnishes information concerning a violation of this policy shall be retaliated against in any manner. Retaliation is expressly prohibited.
No student or visitor may keep, possess, display, transport, or use any offensive weapons; firearms; ammunition; gunpowder; gas or air powered rifles, guns, or pistols; fireworks; explosives; or other dangerous articles and substances in University buildings, on University property, or at University functions in off-campus settings. Realistic facsimiles of these items are also prohibited, with reasonable exceptions made, in consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs, for theatrical productions and similar circumstances. “Offensive weapon” is defined as any bomb, grenade, machine gun, sawed-off shotgun with a barrel less than 18 inches, firearm specially made or specially adapted for concealment or silent discharge, any blackjack, sandbag, metal knuckles, dagger, knife, razor or cutting instrument, the blade of which is exposed in an automatic way by switch, push-button, spring mechanism or otherwise, or other implement for the infliction of serious bodily injury which serves no common lawful purpose. “Firearms” include any weapon which is designed to or may readily be converted to expel any projectile by the action of an explosive, or the frame or receiver of any such weapon. Normal laboratory materials are excluded from this policy when used in an academic laboratory setting to fulfill course requirements or conduct research authorized and supervised by faculty. Members of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) are authorized to store, transport, and use firearms when performing functions associated with their official duties. Active public law enforcement officers are authorized to store, transport, and use firearms when performing functions associated with their official duties or when attending class.
University employees may ask students to reveal the contents of book bags, etc. if there is probable cause to believe a violation of federal, state, or local laws or University regulations is occurring. If a student refuses to cooperate with such a request while entering a building or area, the student may be prohibited from entering with the article(s) in question. If a student refuses such a request while departing a building or area, the student may be detained with the article(s) in question for further investigation by University staff.
Social/Service Fraternities & Sororities
In addition to more than one hundred active student organizations, five local and national social/ service fraternities and four local and national social/service sororities are registered student organizations. For many students, participation in Greek organizations is a rewarding and fulfilling out-of-class activity. The Greek system provides special opportunities for leadership development, community service projects, building life-long friendships, and an increased sense of community, which often enhances a student’s experience as both an undergraduate and an alumni/alumnae.
In order to support and assist the La Salle Greek community, the following regulations have been adopted, as the minimum standards required of all its member chapters.
- Membership and participation in Greek letter organizations is open to full-time students and may not be denied based on race, religion, national origin, or physical handicap. Furthermore, the members of the La Salle Greek system advocate the elimination of all forms of discriminatory behavior through explicit statements in their individual chapter constitutions.
- First semester freshmen may not pledge a fraternity/sorority or apply for associate status. Second semester freshmen who have earned twelve (12) or more credits with a 2.5 academic index are eligible to pledge and receive associate status. Students beyond the freshmen year may pledge/apply for associate status if their records are free of Academic Censure as determined by the Academic Deans.
- In order to maintain active status in a sorority/fraternity, students must be in good academic standing, i.e., free of Academic Censure as determined by the Academic Deans.
- Each semester all Greek organizations must submit to the Community Development Office a list of current executive board officers, active members, and pledge/associate members, along with a statement of any significant changes in their constitution or by-laws.
- The list of executive board officers and active members is to be submitted before the start of Rush Week each semester.
- The list of pledges/associates is to be submitted to the Coordinator of Leadership and New Student Programs by 4:30 p.m. on the Monday following each semester’s Rush Week. The Coordinator will determine eligibility to pledge. The Interfraternity-Sorority Council will sanction any group(s) failing to submit pledge/associate lists by the deadline by revoking the chapter’s privilege to pledge during the current semester or to rush during the following semester. The Interfraternity-Sorority Council will file charges against groups providing inaccurate or incomplete information.
- The lists of active members and pledges/associates may be used by the Community Development Office or the Interfraternity-Sorority Council to calculate chapter and all-Greek academic indexes.
- All student organizations are required to have a full-time member of the University faculty/administrative staff serve as their advisor. An organization whose advisor resigns for any reason will have until the completion of that semester (or the fall semester if the resignation occurs over the summer break) to locate a replacement. If a replacement is not located within the designated period, the organization will not be permitted to:
- recruit, rush or pledge new members,
- use University facilities for meetings or programs,
- access their University Agency Account,
- apply for program funding from the Activities Funding Board,
- participate on the Interfraternity/Sorority Council,
- participate in Greek Week programs,
- nominate a member for the Dennis Dougherty Memorial Scholarship,
- participate in University-wide programs, and
- participate as an organization in intramural athletics.
The Community Coordinator for Leadership Development is available to
assist Greek organizations in acquiring a chapter advisor.
- Each fraternity/sorority must establish and communicate to their members the penalties likely for violations of the University’s hazing policy.
- Each fraternity/sorority must participate in the educational programs provided by the University concerning alcohol and other drug use and abuse.
- Two representatives of each fraternity/sorority must participate in the Interfraternity-Sorority Council.
- Student organizations funded by the University or the Activities Funding Board must be represented at a minimum of one-half of the leadership training programs offered each semester by the Student Affairs Area.
Academic Standing and Participation in Activities
Students running for major offices or applying for appointment to University Committees must have a minimum cumulative index of 2.25 to be eligible and must maintain an index of at least 2.0 during the duration of their term. A minimum 2.25 cumulative index is required when standing for re-election or re-appointment. This policy applies to the following positions:
- All S.G.A. appointees to University Committees.
- All S.G.A. officers, all members of the Student Senate, and all other S.G.A. Executive Board members.
- Editors-in-Chief and editorial staff of all University funded student publications.
- All elected officers or committee chairs of student groups annually funded by the University.
This policy is administered by the Senior Associate Dean of Students who will certify eligible candidates prior to election campaigns and/or appointment and at the beginning of each semester. The Senior Associate Dean of Students is the final judge of eligibility.
Participation in Intercollegiate Athletics
To be eligible to represent the University as a participant in the intercollegiate athletics program, all student-athletes, managers, trainers, cheerleaders, and dance team members must be in good academic standing (Free of Academic Censure – as determined by the Academic Deans) during each season/semester of competition. Furthermore, all participants must be full-time (minimum of 12 credit hours) day division students and comply with applicable Atlantic 10 Conference and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I eligibility and satisfactory progress requirements.
This policy, as endorsed by the Athletic Committee (Spring, 1991), is administered by the NCAA Faculty Representative who will verify eligible participants at the beginning of each season/semester of competition. The NCAA Faculty Representative is the final judge of eligibility.
Standing for Election/Appointment
A substantial time commitment often is required to fulfill the responsibilities of executive positions in annually funded organizations. In the interests of the officers and of the student organization(s), the Student Affairs Committee recommends that the following guidelines be considered:
- students should hold more than one major position only with the support of the advisors of the organizations involved and/or the Senior Associate Dean of Students; and
- students eligible to be officers who are also scheduled to student teach or to complete an internship or cooperative education experience are strongly encouraged to discuss the expectations of each responsibility with the organization advisor and the student teaching/internship/cooperative education supervisor before deciding whether to accept major leadership responsibilities during that semester(s).
Executive positions normally include those of the president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer or their equivalent roles.
Student organizations, academic and administrative departments, and individual students, faculty, and administrative staff wishing to hang banners from the balconies of the La Salle Union must secure authorization from the Director of Reservations and Conferences. Approval will be based on the following criteria:
- The banner must not be sexist, racist, or vulgar in content or in substantial opposition to the values and beliefs commonly held by the Christian-Catholic tradition in both its past and present expression. Content must comply with all applicable University policies. When symbols or unfamiliar acronyms are used, a statement of meaning must be filed with the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
- Normally, a banner may hang for a period no longer than two (2) weeks. Banners may not hang during University-wide events, i.e. Family Weekend, Open House, Discover the Difference Personally, Alumni Reunions, except those advertising that particular event. Exceptions may be granted by the University officer sponsoring the program.
- With the exception of banners promoting University-wide events, banners should be no larger than four (4) by six (6) feet. Approval will be based on content and not the physical appearance of the banner.
- Normally, only five (5) banners may hang at one time. Exceptions may be granted for events involving multiple student organizations or academic/administrative departments. The La Salle Union Director reserves the right to assign space, i.e. Ballroom or Music Room.
- When a University banner is hung, physical space must be compromised, not excluded, for it.
Student organizations funded by the University or the Activities Funding Board must be represented at a minimum of one-half of the leadership training programs offered each semester by Community Development. Appropriate representatives include Editors-in-Chief and editorial staff of all funded student publications, and all elected or appointed officers and committee chairs of student groups receiving funds from the University or the Funding Board (either annual budgets or Contingency and Travel funds).
Policies for Reservation of La Salle Union Facilities by Campus Groups
- Whenever La Salle Union facilities are to be used for routine administrative, academic, or extra curricular purposes, a reservation must be secured from the Director of Reservations and Conferences. Reservation requests may be submitted on-line through mylasalle.
- All reservations and related requests (room set up, special equipment, etc.) are tentative until confirmed in writing. This applies, as well, for reservation changes.
- Reservations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The reservation staff reserves the right to assign space to be used for a meeting or function. When a request for a particular area is made, every effort will be made to honor the request.
- Reservation requests and reservation changes must be submitted at least 48 hours in advance.
- Those individuals or groups using facilities are expected to leave them in good order. Sponsoring groups are responsible for damages to facilities.
- University regulations preclude regular use of La Salle Union facilities for classes, course seminars, labs, and other strictly class related meetings. Reservations of this type normally must be for academic facilities.
- Recognized and registered student organizations and University offices and departments will not be charged for use of La Salle Union facilities; however, some personnel costs will be charged to sponsoring groups. Personnel costs may include such items as maintenance supervisor, security staff, janitorial staff, matron, electrical staff, etc. Personnel charges, if any, will be specified when the facility is requested, and the sponsor will sign an agreement for any expenses before confirmation will be given.
Procedures for Reservation of Facilities by Campus Groups
- Requests for routine use of all La Salle Union facilities should be made to the Director of Reservations and Conferences.
- Reservation requests may be submitted through the myasalle portal. Reservations requests in the next academic year will be accepted as of April 1 of the previous Spring Semester and will be filed in order according to the date of receipt.
- Requests for routine meetings/functions in La Salle Union will be confirmed by the reservation staff. The confirmation process for the Fall Semester will begin on July 1 and the review of similar requests for the Spring Semester will begin on November 1. The sponsor of the event will be informed of the confirmation through the return of the appropriate copy of the reservation form.
- In the case of duplicate requests for the same date and facility, the applicants will be notified of the conflict and provided alternate dates and/or facilities. The staff will attempt to resolve the conflict to the mutual satisfaction of the applicants. The revised requests will then be confirmed for each group. If a satisfactory resolution cannot be achieved, the La Salle Union Services Coordinator will assign the facilities and/or dates and inform the persons and groups involved.
- Reservation requests received after June 30 or October 31 will be acted upon as received. Requests for previously reserved facilities will be accommodated with the most suitable alternate facility and/or date.
- Questions regarding the facilities reservation procedures should be directed to the Director of Reservations and Conferences.
Solicitation of any kind is generally not permitted on or in the private property of the University without permission. This includes commercial salespersons, outside organizations, representatives of political parties, vendors, small businesses, etc. Campus-based student organizations, individual students, as well as individuals or groups not affiliated with La Salle interested in a solicitation in any facility, aside from Residential Communities, must receive authorization from the Office of Community Development.
Purpose and Scope of Policy
La Salle University is dedicated in the traditions of the Christian Brothers to excellence in teaching and to concern for both ultimate values and individual values. In this spirit, the University puts forth this policy to ensure that the University, through its students, faculty, staff, and visitors, conducts its operations and maintains its facilities consistently with its concern for such values, and with its desire to promote the safety and security of Minors who participate in activities and programs taking place on University property, in University facilities, or under the authority and direction of the University at other locations.
While there may be occasions for Minors to briefly visit faculty, students, and staff on campus, it is the University’s general policy that unescorted or unsupervised Minors are not permitted on University premises. In addition to the requirements of this Policy, Minors visiting campus are subject to the same conditions as any other visitors to the University.
This Policy applies to all Schools and Departments within the University, including athletic camps, summer camps, academic programs, and any and all activities and programs intended for Minors, whether they are limited to daily activities or also involve the housing of Minors in University residence halls.
This Policy does not apply to the following circumstances in which Minors participate or are enrolled:
- the University’s undergraduate and graduate academic programs;
- research programs subject to the review and approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) sponsored by the University or authorized by the University to provide oversight concerning such research programs;
- events on campus which are open to the general public and which Minors attend at the sole discretion of their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) (e.g., athletic events, open houses, Blue and Gold Days, Carnifall, etc.);
- recruiting visits by prospective student-athletes governed by the University Regulations, Policies & Procedures Related to Official Visits;
- campus visits by prospective students during which the prospective students are not overnight guests at the University;
- private events where minors attend under parental or legal guardian supervision; and
- such other similar, ongoing programs as may be designated from time to time by the appropriate Vice President or the Provost in advance and in writing as exempted by the Policy.
Minors who are present on campus under any of these circumstances are covered by the University’s Child Abuse Reporting Obligations, set forth herein.
The following general rules shall apply regarding access of Minors to University premises under appropriate supervision:
- Minors are permitted in the general use facilities (athletic fields, public spaces, academic buildings, food services area, etc.) with an Authorized Adult, but may be restricted from certain areas of the facilities or from utilizing certain equipment.
- Even when accompanied by an Authorized Adult, pre-high school age Minors not participating in a Program on University premises or a University-sponsored off-campus activity are prohibited from laboratories and other areas where significant potential safety hazards and liabilities may exist, and where strict safety precautions are required.
- Minors are not allowed in classrooms while classes are in session unless permission is granted by the faculty member in advance of the start of class. Should a Minor become disruptive, the Authorized Adult and Minor may be asked to leave.
The University expects all members of the University community, including those visitors on University property and/or who use University facilities, to adhere to and act in accordance with this Policy. Failure to comply with this Policy may lead to disciplinary action for employees and/or revocation of the opportunity to use University facilities and land.
Any adult who has complied with the requirements to be present with Minors under this Policy and who is responsible for either escorting or supervising the Minor(s) while on campus or while participating in any Programs. An Authorized Adult may also be a Minor’s parent, legal guardian.
Child abuse is defined in Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, 23 Pa. C.S. § 6303. This statutory definition of child abuse includes non-accidental actions or omissions that cause serious physical or mental injuries to a Minor, or the sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of a Minor. Child abuse may include acts or omissions that cause or fail to prevent serious physical injury to a Minor; sexual abuse or sexual exploitation of, a Minor; acts or omissions that have an actual or likely severe impact on a Minor’s emotional and behavioral development, including those resulting from persistent or severe emotional mistreatment; serious physical neglect, including prolonged or repeated lack of supervision or the failure to provide for a Minor’s basic needs, including adequate medical care, that endangers a Minor’s life or development, or impairs the Minor’s functioning.
Any person under the age of 18.
Any activity or program taking place on University property or in University facilities, or under the authority, direction, or support of the University, that involves the participation or presence of Minors and where the parents or legal guardians are not responsible for the care, custody or control of their children. Programs may include, but are not limited to, camps, conferences, and similar activities. These do not include organized events where parents or guardians are responsible for their children, or the other specific circumstances, such as events open to the public, specifically not covered by this Policy and enumerated in the Scope section, above.
The person ultimately responsible for any Program that is covered by this Policy. Program Directors who are not University employees shall work with the University Director of Reservations and Conference Services (herein after referred to as the “University Coordinator”) to ensure compliance with this Policy.
University Coordinator of Conferences and Events
The University employee responsible for coordinating with Program Directors who are not University employees to ensure compliance with this Policy. The University Coordinator may be reached at (215) 951-3660.
In order to promote the safety and general welfare of all Minors who participate in programs at or sponsored by the University, whether on or off campus, it is the University’s policy that all such Minors must be reasonably and appropriately supervised by an Authorized Adult who complies with the following Code of Conduct and other requirements of this Policy, as set forth below.
Code of Conduct
Authorized Adults are expected to be positive role models for Minors, and act in a caring, honest, respectful and responsible manner that is consistent with the mission of the University and the tradition of the Christian Brothers. Authorized Adults working in or with Programs covered by this Policy must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the following expectations and to avoid conduct that could cause harm to Minors, as follows:
- DO NOT meet with Minors outside of established times for Program activities. Any exceptions require written parent/legal guardian authorization and must include more than one Authorized Adult from the Program.
- DO NOT invite Minors to your home or residence. Any exceptions require authorization by the Program Director and written authorization by a parent/legal guardian.
- DO NOT engage in any sexual activity, make sexual comments, tell sexual jokes, or share sexually explicit material with Minors, or assist in any way to provide access to such material to Minors. DO NOT use language that would violate the University’s harassment policy
- DO NOT engage or allow Minors to engage you in romantic or sexual conversations, or related matters.
- DO NOT engage or communicate with Minors through e-mail, text messages, social networking websites, Internet chat rooms, or other forms of social media at any time except and unless there is an educational or programmatic purpose and the content of the communication is consistent with the mission of the Program and the University.
- DO NOT touch Minors in a manner that a reasonable person could interpret as inappropriate. Touching should generally only be in the open and in response to the Minor’s needs, for a purpose that is consistent with the Program’s mission and culture, and/or for a clear educational, developmental, or health-related purpose (i.e., treatment of an injury). Any resistance from the Minor should be respected.
- DO NOT engage in any abusive conduct of any kind toward, or in the presence of, a Minor, including but not limited to verbal abuse, striking, hitting, punching, poking, spanking, or restraining. If restraint is necessary to protect a Minor or other Minors from harm, all incidents must be documented and disclosed to the Program Director and the Minor’s parent/legal guardian.
- DO NOT participate in a sleepover under the auspices of the Program, unless (1) one of the Minor’s parents or legal guardians is present or (2) one of the Minor’s parents or legal guardians has given written consent and there is at least one other Authorized Adult present at all times.
- DO NOT share a bed or sleeping bag with a Minor.
- DO NOT shower, bathe, or undress with or in the presence of a Minor or be present in a communal bathroom at any time when a Minor is showering or bathing.
- DO NOT make pornography in any form available to a Minor participating in a Program covered by this Policy or assist them in any way in gaining access or allowing access to pornography.
- DO NOT engage in intimate displays of affection towards others in the presence of Minors, parents/legal guardians, or other Authorized Adults.
- DO NOT take any photographs or videos of Minors or post photographs or videos on a digital, electronic, hosted media, web-based service or any other medium, without first obtaining a release in this regard from the Minor’s parent or legal guardian.
- DO NOT use, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs while on duty or when responsible for a Minor’s welfare, or when otherwise in the presence of a Minor during the course of a Program.
- DO NOT possess or use any type of weapon or explosive device.
- DO NOT use a personal vehicle to pick up or drop off Minors participating in the Program, unless the Minor’s parent or legal guardian has provided written permission.
- DO have more than one Authorized Adult from the Program present in the vehicle when transporting Minors in a Program, except when multiple Minors will be in the vehicle at all times throughout the transportation.
- DO immediately report abuse, harassment, or exploitation of Minors by other Minors participating in the Program to the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee) and/or the local law enforcement authorities.
- DO immediately remove Minors from dangerous situations and, in such instances as appropriate, immediately notify the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee) and/or the local law enforcement authorities.
Minors and Authorized Adults not meeting relevant University community conduct standards as set forth herein or in any other University policy will be asked to leave the campus, will be precluded from participation in a University-sponsored Program, and/or will be subject to other appropriate action. Authorized Adults against whom an allegation of inappropriate conduct under this Policy has been made will be precluded from any further participation in a Program unless and until such allegation has been satisfactorily resolved.
Application of Policy
Program Approval and Registration
The Program Director shall obtain approval for the Program and register the Program at least sixty (60) days prior to the first scheduled date of participation by Minors. Program approval must be obtained first by the appropriate Vice President/Dean/Provost responsible for the type of Program involved (e.g., the Vice President of Student Affairs through University Ministry for student volunteer programs, the appropriate Dean for internships during which students will interact with Minors, the Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreation for all Programs for which third parties are required to license the use of the University’s facilities, the Provost for activities in which third parties are required to license the use of all nonathletic facilities, etc.). Registration may be accomplished by completing the form attached hereto (also available online at http://www.lasalle.edu/financeadmin/formsbydept.htm ) and http://www.mybenergy.com ) and submitting it to the Assistant Vice President for Human Resources (or a designee).
Required information shall include:
- the University community member or third party responsible for the Program or activity (Program Director);
- the dates and locations where Minors will be participating;
- the general nature of the Program or activities to be undertaken or offered;
- the names of all adults who will be participating directly with Minors in the Program or activity;
- the administrative requirements associated with the Program or activity, including but not limited to waivers and permission slips to be obtained from the parents/legal guardians of participating Minors and medical emergency forms; and
- the signatures of the Program Director, University Coordinator (as applicable), and the Vice President/Dean/Provost responsible for and approving the Program.
License Agreement to Operate Programs on University Campuses
All third-party sponsors of Programs must execute a University License Agreement for Programs and Activities prior to the commencement of the Program. This Agreement can be obtained from the University Coordinator. Third-party Program Directors are required to fully comply with all aspects of this Policy before the University will enter into a License Agreement regarding the Program.
The Program Director, whether the Program is sponsored by the University or a third party, is required to certify that (1) all necessary background checks have been conducted on all adults, including but not limited to Authorized Adults, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, who work with, instruct, or otherwise have a significant likelihood of regular contact with Minors in connection with a Program; and (2) that the Program Director has determined the fitness of all Authorized Adults and program staff.
The following requirements, listed below, are those currently required under Pennsylvania state law, and are provided here for reference only. Program Directors of third-party, non-University sponsored programs are required to independently confirm what is required under Pennsylvania law at the time of the program. Program Directors of University-sponsored programs should check with the University Coordinator to ensure all requirements required at the time of the Program have been met.
- If the volunteer has been a resident of PA continuously for the past 10 years:
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check ($10)
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services ($10)
- Signed disclaimer affirming no charges in other states that would prohibit selection as a volunteer
- If the volunteer has NOT been a resident of PA continuously for the past 10 years:
- Pennsylvania State Police Criminal Record Check ($10)
- Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance through the Department of Human Services ($10)
- FBI Criminal Background Check (fingerprint check) for federal criminal history records (Tentative $27.50 for DHS and $28.75 for DPE)
- If the volunteer has been a resident of PA continuously for the past 10 years:
- Employees having contact with children must obtain the following three clearances:
- Report of criminal history from the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP);
- Child Abuse History Clearance from the Department of Human Services (Child Abuse);
- Fingerprint based federal criminal history submitted through the Pennsylvania State Police or its authorized agent (FBI).
- Persons employed prior to Dec. 31, 2014 are required to obtain updated clearances as follows:
- Within 36 months of the date of the most recent clearance;
- By Dec. 31, 2015, if the clearance is older than 36 months; or
- By Dec. 31, 2015, if they have not received a clearance because they were employed in the same position and were not required to obtain a clearance under prior law (grandfathered).
- Employees having contact with children must obtain the following three clearances:
Examples of individuals who should obtain a criminal background check include, but are not limited to: supervisors of cafeteria facilities that the Minors are expected to use, as well as any food service workers who may interact with Minors outside of the presence of an Authorized Adult; Security Desk Receptionists and Resident Advisors (if Minors are expected to stay overnight in the University’s residence halls); and Athletic staff who are likely to come into contact with Minors, such as coaches, trainers, and lifeguards.
A successful background check will be required of each adult prior to his or her direct participation with Minors in a Program, and at least once every 36 months thereafter. The background check will be limited to criminal offenses, including, but not limited to, Child Abuse, for which an individual has been convicted, pled guilty to a felony or misdemeanor, or where such charges are currently pending.
The required background check includes the following forms:
- a Pennsylvania Child Abuse Clearance;
- a Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check Clearance; and
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history.
Unless directed otherwise by the Program Director, the above-referenced background requests should be completed directly by the adult online using the appropriate website. The original background check results must be submitted to the Program Director; individuals may retain a copy of any background check for their own records.
It is the responsibility of the Program Director to ensure and certify that each participating adult has submitted the required background check request form and has subsequently received clearance to participate.
A decision not to permit a University faculty or staff member, student, volunteer, or other third party to participate in a Program covered by this Policy based on the results of a background check report will be made by the Program Director, in consultation with the University Coordinator, Assistant Vice President for Human Resources (when University faculty or staff are involved), the appropriate Vice President(s), and/or others as necessary.
The Program Director shall reference Unsuccessful Background Checks in this Policy in determining whether a background check is successful. Background check reports obtained pursuant to this Policy will be used only for the purposes of this Policy, except that the University reserves the right to take appropriate action with respect to employees who may have falsified or failed to disclose information material to their employment on employment applications uncovered as a result of the background check, including and up to immediate termination of employment.
Copies of background check reports with respect to any adult participating in a University-sponsored Program will be retained by University Human Resources (reports involving University faculty or staff), the University and Ministry and Service office (reports involving students), or the Program Director (reports involving any other third party or volunteer). All Program Directors who are not employees of the University should provide a copy of all background check reports and the Training Certification and acknowledgment forms for all Authorized Adults to the University Coordinator prior to the commencement of any such Program.
Background checks must be completed and evaluated prior to the adult being deemed “Authorized” to work with Minors. Human Resources shall maintain a roster of University faculty, staff, and employees who have been cleared to participate and the dates on which a new background check will be required; the Registrar shall maintain such a roster for students. The Program Director will be required to ensure that criminal background checks are conducted on returning Authorized Adults every 36 Months.
Other Programs at the University may require additional or more frequent background checks and certifications based on the nature of the Program. Please refer to your specific Program requirements for additional information.
In recognition of the importance of protecting Minors, the University requires that all adults working with Minors in connection with a Program, including but not limited to Authorized Adults, faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, who work with, instruct, or otherwise have a significant likelihood of regular contact with Minors, be trained on protecting Minors from abusive emotional and physical treatment, on appropriate conduct and reporting requirements, and, for University faculty, staff, students, and volunteers, on this Policy and the reporting requirements under this Policy. The Program Director, whether the Program is sponsored by the University or a third party, is required to confirm that all such adults receive such training.
Training for University faculty, staff, students, and volunteers participating in a University-sponsored program will be conducted by University Ministry and Services (“UMAS”). University-based Program Directors should contact UMAS to schedule all such training. This training shall be completed before an adult begins working with Minors and annually, thereafter. Training must be completed “live” or “in-person” in the person’s first year working with minors, and can be completed online in subsequent years. Training must be done “live” or “in-person” at least once every 4 years.
In the event that Programs not affiliated with the University are not able to meet the training requirements of this Policy, the Program Director may contact with the UMAS office to determine if the necessary training may be contracted through the UMAS office.
All adults involved with Programs covered by this policy, whether sponsored by the University or third parties, will be required to certify that they have received training regarding working with Minors, that they have been provided with a copy of this Policy, and that they understand their obligations as Authorized Adults thereunder. A Training Certification and Acknowledgment Form is attached to this Policy. Program Directors are responsible for obtaining and maintaining executed Training Certification and Acknowledgment Forms for all adults participating in a Program; all Program Directors who are not employees of the University should provide a copy of all such completed forms to the University Coordinator prior to the commencement of any such Program.
Communication With and Documentation From Parents/Legal Guardians
The Program Director is responsible for collecting contact information for the parent/legal guardian of every Minor participating in a Program, as well as for providing the parent/legal guardian with information on how to reach his or her Minor in the event of an emergency. Authorized Adults may not release a Minor to anyone other than a custodial parent or legal guardian without written authorization from the parent/legal guardian that his or her child may be released to that individual.
For all Programs, the parent/legal guardian of the Minor will be required to execute a Parental/Legal Guardian Consent, Waiver and Indemnity Form (“Consent Form”). The Program Director is responsible for obtaining and maintaining executed Consent Forms for all Minors participating in any Program; all Program Directors who are not employees of the University should provide a copy of all such completed forms to the University Coordinator. A Consent Form is attached to this Policy.
All University employees, as well as all Authorized Adults, shall immediately report any known or reasonably suspected violation of the Code of Conduct set forth in this Policy which involves or is suspected to involve Child Abuse.
In deciding whether to make a report pursuant to this Policy, it is not required that the reporter have proof that abuse has occurred; any uncertainty in deciding to report suspected Child Abuse should be resolved in favor of making a report. For those individuals without mandatory reporting requirements under this Policy or otherwise, the individual may make the report anonymously.
As required by Pennsylvania law, 23 Pa. C.S. §6301, et seq., and University policy, any mandated reporter who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse has occurred is obligated to do the following:
- Make a report to ChildLine by telephone at 800-932-0313 or electronically , when the child does not appear to be in immediate danger of abuse or harm.
- Within 48-hours of telephone reports to ChildLine, a written report, form CY-47, must be filed with the county Children & Youth services where the alleged abuse took place. Form CY-47 may be completed electronically on the Department of Human Services website at compass.state.pa.us/CWIS . It is not necessary to complete a CY-47 when you have made an electronic report.
- Notify the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee) immediately. Within twenty-four (24) hours after making this report, the individual, if an employee or volunteer of the University, shall also report the information to his/her immediate supervisor.
- If any University employee or Authorized Adult sees a Minor in imminent danger or a crime against a Minor in progress on University property, in University facilities, or otherwise in connection with a Program, the individual should immediately remove the Minor from the dangerous situation and call (215) 991-2111. The individual shall also then make the required reports, as set forth above
When reporting to the University, all reports of Child Abuse should be made immediately to the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee), at (215) 991-2111, firstname.lastname@example.org. A form to assist individuals in compiling and reporting this information is attached to this Policy .
Immediately upon receiving a report under this Policy, the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee) shall: (1) take action, if possible, to remove all Minors from dangerous situations, (2) if it has not yet been reported to the ChildLine, report the suspected Child Abuse to the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (“DPW”); and (3) where the report implicates potential abuse of a Minor, report the suspected Child Abuse to local law enforcement.
The Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety shall not make an independent determination of whether to make the report to the DPW, but will make the required reports orally, and immediately, to the DPW’s ChildLine at (800) 932-0313, providing the available information. After making the initial report to ChildLine, the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety shall notify the individual making the initial report that the required ChildLine report was made.
Within 48 hours of reporting to ChildLine, the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety must make a written report of the available information on forms provided by the DPW (Report of Suspected Child Abuse [CY-47]) to the county children and youth agency in the county where the suspected child abuse occurred. The Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety shall maintain records of all reports made under this Policy.
The following are guidelines for the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee) in the event that he or she takes action to remove a Minor from a dangerous situation pursuant to this Policy. All conduct pursuant to these guidelines, to the extent reasonably possible under the circumstances, should comport with the Code of Conduct set forth above.
- If the perpetrator of the dangerous situation is not the Program Director or an Authorized Adult within the Program, the Program Director shall be contacted and the Minor returned to the supervision of the Program Director. If the Program Director cannot be located, then the Minor’s parent/legal guardian shall be contacted in the manner set forth on the La Salle University Parental/Legal Guardian Consent, Waiver and Indemnity Form completed in connection with the Minor’s participation in the Program and the Minor returned to the parent/legal guardian’s custody and supervision.
- If the perpetrator of the dangerous situation is not known or if it is reasonably believed that the perpetrator is the Program Director or an Authorized Adult within the Program, the Minor’s parent/legal guardian shall be contacted in the manner set forth on the La Salle University Parental/Legal Guardian Consent, Waiver and Indemnity Form and the Minor returned to the parent/legal guardian’s custody and supervision.
- During the time that the Minor is waiting to be transferred to the custody and supervision of one of the individuals set forth above, as appropriate, he or she shall remain under the supervision of University Security and Safety employees, pursuant to the Code of Conduct set forth above, who have received training regarding protecting Minors as set forth above. In the event that the Minor is not returned to the custody and supervision of any of the individuals as set forth above within 5 (five) hours of being under the supervision of University Safety and Security, the Assistant Vice President for Security and Safety (or a designee) shall refer the matter to local law enforcement.
- If it is reasonably believed that the Minor is in need of immediate medical attention, an ambulance shall be called to transport the Minor to a local medical facility.
Prohibition of Retaliation
No person who makes a good faith report of suspected child abuse or neglect will be retaliated against in the terms and conditions of employment or educational program.
A background check obtained pursuant to the Protecting Minors on Campus Policy shall be deemed unsuccessful in the event that any one of the following is revealed through an individual’s background check:
- The individual is named in the central register as the perpetrator of a founded report of child abuse committed within the preceding five years.
- The individual is named in the central register as the perpetrator of a founded report for a school employee committed within the preceding five years.
- The individual has been convicted of (or is currently charged with) one of the following offenses under Title 18 of the Pennsylvania Code (or an equivalent crime under Federal law or the law of another state):
- Chapter 25 (relating to criminal homicide);
- Section 2702 (relating to aggravated assault);
- Section 2709.1 (relating to stalking);
- Section 2901 (relating to kidnapping);
- Section 2902 (relating to unlawful restraint);
- Section 3121 (relating to rape);
- Section 3122.1 (relating to statutory sexual assault);
- Section 3123 (relating to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse);
- Section 3124.1 (relating to sexual assault);
- Section 3125 (relating to aggravated indecent assault);
- Section 3126 (relating to indecent assault);
- Section 3127 (relating to indecent exposure);
- Section 4302 (relating to incest);
- Section 4303 (relating to concealing death of child);
- Section 4304 (relating to endangering welfare of children);
- Section 4305 (relating to dealing in infant children);
- A felony offense under section 5902(b) (relating to prostitution and related offenses);
- Section 5903(c) or (d) (relating to obscene and other sexual materials and performances);
- Section 6301 (relating to corruption of minors);
- Section 6312 (relating to sexual abuse of children); or
- the attempt, solicitation or conspiracy to commit any of the offenses set forth in this paragraph.
- The individual has been convicted of a felony offense under the act of April 14, 1972 (P.L. 233, No. 64), known as The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and Cosmetic Act, committed within the preceding five years.
Reference: 23 Pa. C.S. § 6344(c)
All registered Undergraduate Day Students, all Resident Students, all registered International Students, all Undergraduate Evening Students registered for 12 or more credits, and all Graduate Students registered for six (6) or more credits or in a full-time program, are required to carry health insurance coverage, either through the University-sponsored plan or through an alternative comparable plan, such as coverage on a parent’s health insurance plan. Prior to first attendance at the University, and annually thereafter, students in the identified categories must complete the online student health insurance waiver/enrollment process.
The Student Media Committee has been established to create and maintain an environment in which the high quality student newspapers, radio stations, and other media forms, including electronic, most effectively benefit the entire University community. The Committee formulates general policies as needed for the Collegian, WEXP, etc., and advises the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students on related matters.
The Committee will meet for consultation with student editors, station managers, etc., at the request of these students, any Committee member or the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
The Committee may conduct post-publication/broadcast reviews, review financial and legal matters, question any policy of any student media, and make recommendations to their governing boards.
The committee can function as an intermediary to resolve disputes among faculty, administrators, students, and advisors and student media. The Committee can also recommend to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, if there is just cause, the censure, suspension, or removal of a student media leader, provided that the student has been given the opportunity to present his or her case before the Committee.
Upon the Vice President of Student Affairs/Dean of Students’ request, the Committee will serve to help evaluate and appoint advisors to student media groups. The advisors are appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students in accord with the affirmative action guidelines of the University.
Each year, the Committee will, on behalf of the University (as publisher and owner), approve the process and nominee for editor in chief and general manager position for The Collegian, The Explorer, and WEXP.
The Committee will provide written policies and standards to student media groups, including the limitations and responsibilities of administrative and external controls.
The Committee will be composed of the following 16 members:
- Collegian Editor
- WEXP Station Manager
- Two at-large student members, neither of whom should be a member of any publication/stations whose editor/manager sit on this Committee (as appointed by SGA)
- Two non-senior, non-voting members, one from the Collegian staff and one from the WEXP staff
- Three faculty members to be appointed by the Faculty Senate
- One administrator to be appointed by the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students, to serve as Chair
- Collegian Advisor
- WEXP Advisor
- La Salle TV station manager
- La Salle TV student manager (as appointed by station manager)
- Explorer Advisor
- Explorer Editor-in-Chief
As publisher/manager, La Salle University grants to the student editors and managers freedom to develop their own policies covering news, editorial, and advertising and protects them from arbitrary sanctions due to student, faculty, administrative and/or public disapproval of policies and content. While granting this freedom, the University limits editorial discretion in the area of advertisements under points 1 through 5 below. However, as publisher/manager of the Collegian and WEXP, the University strongly encourages editors and managers to accept any advertising announcing a speech or similar campus gathering devoted to the spread of ideas.
As publisher/manager, the University retains the right to exclude advertisements for:
- Drugs and alcoholic beverages, and related products and services;
- Tobacco products;
- Research/term paper services; and
- Counseling, services, and off-campus events pertaining to abortion, contraception and reproduction.
- Academic programs offered by other institutions that are in direct competition with programs offered by La Salle University.
The La Salle Collegian is a newspaper run by the students of La Salle University in Philadelphia, serving the entire University community. Letters, guest columns, and opinion pieces will be considered for publication provided they meet with the editor’s standards and can be allotted space. All letters must be signed, must include the address and telephone number of the sender, and must be under 300 words. The Collegian reserves the right to condense and edit as needed. Editorials reflect a consensus of the Editorial Board and are not necessarily the views of the University. Signed columns and cartoons are the opinion of the writers or artists.
Guidelines for Censure, Suspension, or Removal of the Collegian Editor-in-Chief or WEXP General Manager
The Student Media Committee encourages free inquiry and free expression for student editors, and views the invoking of censure, suspension, or removal of a student Editor-in-Chief or General Manager as extraordinary. If such punitive action must be taken, the committee feels equally bound to guarantee procedural fairness to any student editors or radio managers, and therefore establishes the following guidelines for appropriate process:
Any formal action by the committee will be preceded by open exchange by all members. If some action is not decided through this exchange, or if the Editor-in-Chief or General Manager refuses to appear to discuss his/her rationale for conduct, the committee can officially censure him or her.
Suspension or removal of the Editor-in-Chief or General Manager may be imposed only after the student has been informed in writing of the charges against him or her, and after he/she has been provided a fair opportunity to refute the charges. The Editor-in-Chief or General Manager would be entitled to an advisor, could call witnesses, conduct cross-examination, and so forth. The committee’s decision may be appealed directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students.
There must be at least six votes in favor of censure, suspension or removal. The Editor-in-Chief or General Manager under consideration would not vote.
The Student Media Committee expects that the student media will respect the University Mission Statement as well as the statements in Appendices A and B, with their guidelines applied to both print and broadcast media.
(by American Association of University Professors, National Student Association, Association of American Colleges, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and National Association of Women Deans and Counselors)
Student publications and the student press are a valuable aid in establishing and maintaining an atmosphere of free and responsible discussion and of intellectual exploration of the campus. They are a means of bringing student concerns to the attention of the faculty and the institutional authorities and of formulating student opinion on various issues on the campus and in the world at large.
Whenever possible the student newspaper should be an independent corporation financially and legally separate from the university. Where financial and legal autonomy is not possible, the institution as publisher of student publications, may have to bear the legal responsibility for the contents of the publications. In the delegation of editorial responsibility to students the institution must provide sufficient editorial freedom and financial autonomy for the student publications to maintain their integrity of purpose as vehicles for free inquiry and free expression in the academic community.
Institutional authorities, in consultation with students and faculty, have a responsibility to provide written clarification of the role of the student publications, the standards to be used in their evaluation, and the limitations on external control of their operation. At the same time, the editorial freedom of student editors and managers entails corollary responsibilities to be governed by the canons of responsible journalism, such as the avoidance of libel, indecency, undocumented allegations, attacks on personal integrity, harassment, and innuendo. As safeguards for the editorial freedom of student publications the following provisions are necessary.
- The student press should be free of censorship and advance approval of copy, and its editors and managers should be free to develop their own editorial policies and news coverage.
- Editors and managers of student publications should be protected from arbitrary suspension and removal because of student, faculty, administrative, or public disapproval of editorial policy or content.
- All University published and financed student publications should explicitly state on the editorial page that the opinions there expressed are not necessarily those of the college, university or student body.
The primary function of newspapers is to communicate to the human race what its members do, feel, and think. Journalism, therefore, demands of its practitioners the widest range of intelligence, or knowledge, and of experience, as well as natural and trained powers of observation and reasoning. To its opportunities as a chronicle are indissolubly linked its obligations as teacher and interpreter.
To the end of finding some means of codifying sound practice and just aspirations of American Journalism, these canons are set forth:
The right of a newspaper to attract and hold readers is restricted by nothing but consideration to public welfare. The use a newspaper makes of the share of public attention it gains serves to determine its sense of responsibility, which it shares with every member of its staff. A journalist who uses his power for say selfish or otherwise unworthy purpose is faithless to a high trust.
Freedom of the Press
Freedom of the press is to be guarded as a vital right of mankind. It is the unquestionable right to discuss whatever is not explicitly forbidden by law, including the wisdom of any restrictive statute.
Freedom from all obligations except that of fidelity to the public interest is vital.
- Promotion of any private interest contrary to the general welfare, for whatever reason, is not compatible with honest journalism. So-called news communications from private sources
should not be published without public notice of their source or else substantiation of their
claims to value as news, both in form and substance.
- Partisanship, in editorial comment which knowingly departs from the truth, does violence to the best spirit of American journalism; in the news columns it is subversive of a fundamental tenet of the profession.
- Promotion of any private interest contrary to the general welfare, for whatever reason, is not compatible with honest journalism. So-called news communications from private sources
Sincerity, Truthfulness, Accuracy
Good faith with the reader is the foundation of all journalism worthy of the name.
- By every consideration of good faith a newspaper is constrained to be truthful. It is not to be excused for lack of thoroughness or accuracy within the control or failure to obtain command
of these essential qualities.
- Headlines should be fully warranted by the contents of the articles which they surmount.
- By every consideration of good faith a newspaper is constrained to be truthful. It is not to be excused for lack of thoroughness or accuracy within the control or failure to obtain command
A newspaper should not publish unofficial charges attacking reputation or moral character without opportunity given to the accused to be heard; right practice demands the giving of such opportunity in all cases of serious accusation outside judicial proceedings.
- A newspaper should not invade private rights or feelings without sure warrant of public right as distinguished from public curiosity.
- It is the privilege, as it is the duty, of a newspaper to make and complete corrections of its own serious mistakes of facts or opinion, whatever their origin.
A newspaper cannot escape conviction of insincerity if while professing high moral purpose it supplies incentives to base conduct, such as are to be found in details of crime and vice, publication of which is not demonstrably for the general good. Lacking authority to endorse its canons the journalism here represented can but express the hope that deliberate pandering to vicious instincts will encounter effective public disapproval or yield to the influence of a preponderant professional condemnation.
The residences are an integral part of La Salle University, and as such, all University rules and regulations are applicable to all University housing. Each student, resident or guest must observe in his or her use of the residences all federal and state laws and all ordinances and fire regulations of the City of Philadelphia. Resident students assume responsibility for reporting any illness or injury to a staff member and all students are required to purchase adequate medical insurance and are encouraged to use the University Student Health Center.
- See the Housing Selection Process for more specific information.
- The housing contract represents an agreement between the University and the student for one academic year’s rent (or from the time of arrival to the posted closing time of the Spring Semester) on a space in the La Salle student residence facilities. All residents of dormitory-style buildings must also subscribe to one of the Food Services meal plans for resident students. A meal plan for apartment/townhouse residents is optional. Housing is limited to full-time, Day Division undergraduate students except in the summer months or (if space is available) during the academic year when some restrictions may be removed to include graduate students, conference groups, and guests. Terms and conditions of occupancy included herein (except for the meal plan requirement) remain in force throughout the calendar year.
- The University does not assume legal obligation to pay for any loss of or any damage to students’ property if it occurs in its buildings or on its grounds prior to, during, or subsequent to the period of the contract. Personal property insurance is recommended.
- Students are responsible for the accommodation and furnishings assigned and shall reimburse the University for all losses and damages done within or to said accommodations and furnishings. Students may not remove any University furnishings. Residents are collectively responsible for damages to common areas on their floors or in their buildings, such as walls, ceilings, floors, tiles, furnishings, doors, fire safety equipment, and other appurtenances if the person(s) responsible cannot be identified.
Room assignment and reservations are made by Community Development. Community Development makes the determination about which of the following options may be offered in a given situation. When a vacancy occurs in a residence hall-style room, the University reserves the right to consolidate and reassign the remaining occupant of the room to different accommodations or to assign any new or current resident to fill the vacancy. If permitted, the remaining occupant may request to remain in the room and 1) select a new eligible resident to fill the vacancy or 2) pay an additional premium for the continued use of the room at a reduced capacity.
In order to fill apartment/townhouse vacancies Community Development reserves the right to offer any one or more of the following options based on occupancy demands in the academic year: 1) the remaining occupants may select an eligible resident roommate, 2) Community Development may assign persons to fill any vacancy, 3) Community Development may consolidate remaining occupants into other partially filled apartments and town-houses, or 4) the remaining occupants may pay an additional premium for the continued use of the unit at a reduced capacity.
- When deemed necessary, the student implicitly agrees that Community Development may create extended housing by tripling double occupancy rooms and using common areas. If this occurs, every effort will be made to ensure the security and comfort of the resident. As space occurs, residents in extended housing will be reassigned to permanent housing. Students remaining in a “de-tripled” room will be assessed the standard double room fee unless they are assigned a roommate or they arrange for another eligible roommate to move in to maintain the room as a triple accommodation.
- Students are prohibited from taking a roommate, transferring the contract, or permitting any part of an assigned room to be shared by person(s) not duly assigned by Community Development.
- The University reserves the right to make all room assignments and reassignments as considered necessary including during break periods and holidays. Due to an interest group housing assignment, alteration of the male/female housing ratio, damage to a building, or any other hall or floor reassignment condition, the University reserves the right to reassign residents or alter assignments as necessary.
- The University reserves the right of entry into a student room during an emergency or for other purposes in accordance with University policy and the Student Handbook.
- Authorized University representatives shall have the right of inspection within student rooms without prior authorization of the resident(s) at reasonable times for general maintenance/health /safety standards, preservation of the existing physical structure, identification of damage, and for enforcing University Rules and Regulations governing safety and security of University property. The University reserves the right to remove items belonging to the University or its agents which are in a resident’s room without approval. Along with Judicial charges, a removal fee will be imposed by the University.
- The student agrees to comply with the rules, regulations, and conditions as contained in this agreement, together with such rules, regulations, and conditions as contained in the Student Handbook and the University Bulletin. Resident students are accountable for the behavioral conduct and physical contents within their assigned living accommodation should either represent a violation of University, federal, state or local regulation.
- If any provision of this contract shall be declared illegal or unenforceable, the remaining provisions will remain in full force and effect.
- The student shall be expected to follow the check-out procedures established by Community Development and to vacate University residence buildings within 24 hours after withdrawal or his or her last final examination or termination of this contract. End of semester and holiday closing dates and times are published annually by Community Development.
Room changes may only be requested by submitting a properly completed Room Change Request form to Community Development during a room change period (See Housing Assignment Information ). When a resident changes rooms, the resident is responsible for the condition of both the former room and the present room. Rooms or room assignments cannot be changed without authorization from Community Development. Check-in and check-out forms are to be signed and completed at the actual time of each room change by the student and the Resident Assistant (RA) or (CA) Community Assistant. A $100 fee is assessed for improper room change, and the change may be nullified.
Single Rooms and Consolidation
When vacancies occur in double occupancy rooms during the academic year by no-shows or room changes, the University reserves the right to reassign students in order to consolidate occupancy. Space permitting, requests to retain the same room will be considered by Community Development. An additional premium single room fee will be assessed if approval is granted.
Withdrawal from Residence
See the Housing Selection Process for more specific information.
If a resident seeks to withdraw from housing, an Application for Housing Contract Release must be submitted to Community Development. There is a charge for failing to notify Community Development and/or not following the prescribed check-out procedure if withdrawal is approved.
Housing contracts are binding for the entire academic year, fall and spring semesters. Release from financial obligation for room rent for any subsequent semester in the contract can only be granted by the Director of Technology and Housing Operations when an application form is received prior to the beginning of that semester. Marriage, off-campus matriculation or job co-op, withdrawal from the University, financial hardship, or part-time or evening division status constitute the acceptable grounds for release from the housing contract. Residents withdrawing from school during a semester are eligible for a refund of room rent for that semester according to the tuition refund schedule noted in the University Bulletin.
Pro-rated refund or alteration of the Food Services contract can only be obtained by contacting the Bursar and the Dining Services Department.
Any time a resident student withdraws from school, graduates, gets married, goes home at the end of the academic year, or even CHANGES ROOMS, he/she MUST OFFICIALLY CHECK-OUT OF HIS/HER ROOM! Listed below are some important check-out procedures.
- Each person must check-out of his/her own room. No one else can do it for him/her.
- All possessions and items to be discarded (including anything on walls, doors, bulletin boards, and windows) must be removed from the room, and it must be broom-cleaned. Bathroom and kitchen facilities in townhouses and apartments are to be cleaned as well.
- The RA must do a final check of the room. Damages (if any) will be assessed and noted on the room inspection sheet.
A check-out is NOT complete until THE ROOM INSPECTION SHEET IS SIGNED AND KEYS ARE RETURNED. THIS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE LEAVING. Failure to do this results in a $25 charge for failure to check-out properly in addition to charges for key replacement. If the room/apartment/townhouse has been abused or vandalized, the resident may also be subject to disciplinary action for abuse of University property.
Hall Closing During Holiday Break Periods
The residence hall-style buildings are closed for occupancy during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Spring breaks. Students who need to remain in any on-campus residence, including apartments and townhouses, beyond the posted closing times at each break period during the academic year may request such by submitting a Housing Extension Request form to Community Development. All students who have a University-related reason are automatically approved (free of charge). Students with later exams, athletic commitments, on-campus work responsibilities, etc. all fall within this category. For more information, including dates and procedures, please refer to the Housing Assignment website .
Guests are not permitted during these vacation break periods in any residence facility.
Residents are expected to maintain reasonable standards of cleanliness and care for the residence buildings. Students are responsible for cleaning their own living quarters and are to refrain from abusing common area facilities. Requests for maintenance and repair can be submitted 24 hours a day by logging onto the mylasalle portal and clicking on the Maintenance Request Form.
When damage occurs to residence hall property, Community Development reserves the right to assess charges for damages to the responsible party.
The cost of the repair or replacement of damaged property in a student room will be charged to the responsible occupants. When damages occur on a particular floor or hall in a common area, the persons responsible will be assessed if they can be identified. Otherwise, all of the floor or hall’s residents will be collectively (as a group) assessed for the damage. Damages within a townhouse or apartment will be assessed to the group of residents in that unit.
Damages to common indoor and outdoor areas within residential complexes will be assessed to persons responsible if they can be identified. Otherwise, the repairs will be charged to the smallest identifiable group of students in the residential area.
Painting Rooms and Hallways
The current Painting Policy Guidelines are available at Community Development.
Health, Safety, Maintenance Checks
Periodically each semester Community Development Staff will conduct announced health, safety and maintenance checks of rooms, apartments, and townhouses. Residents need not be present. Violations will be referred back to the resident(s) for correction. Failure to comply with pertinent health, safety or maintenance standards and laws will lead to disciplinary action.
Furniture is placed in the common areas of the residences for use by all residents. It may not be taken out of a building or into a private living space. If University furniture is found in a student room, a minimum $50 charge would be assessed for each piece, and the return of furniture to its original location within 24 hours will be required of the residents.
Emergency repairs should be immediately reported to the nearest building staff or telephoned to Security and Safety at 215.951.1300 or 215.991.2111.
All full-time day undergraduate and residential graduate students must fulfill specific health requirements. Noncompliance with these requirements will prevent registration for the next semester’s classes. In order to be in compliance, a completed University Health History Form needs to be on file in the Student Health Center, including the following vaccinations:
- Three doses of DPT and tetanus booster, preferably the new Tdap vaccine booster, within the last 10 years.
- Two doses of MMR vaccine if born after 1956 or a positive lab test.
- Three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine or a positive lab test.
- 2 doses of the Varicella vaccine or a positive blood test (history of disease IS acceptable).
- TB testing (PPD) for all students born in or traveling to high risk countries located in S. America, C. America, Africa, Asia, or E. Europe.
- Meningococcal Meningitis vaccine or a signed waiver.
Acceptable forms of proof can include medical documentation from a health care provider with the dates of the above vaccinations or your high school immunization record signed by the school nurse. This information should be included with your health form and sent to the Student Health Center. Completed health forms are due July 1st for entering fall semester students and February 1st for entering spring semester students.
The La Salle residence community includes a capacity of over 2,000 undergraduate students in varied accommodations ranging from single and double residence hall style rooms in eleven halls to fully-furnished three, four, and five person apartments and townhouses. Services and programs intended to enhance the quality of life and to assure the safety and security of the resident student body are a major priority for the Community Development staff. Each residence facility includes a 24-hour security desk receptionist, and/or a magnetic photo identification card access system. All are served by live-in professional Resident Coordinators, and undergraduate Resident Assistants and Community Assistants. Staff members are available for each building from 6:00 p.m. every evening until 7:00 a.m. the next morning, and staff make regular rounds in each building as part of the safety and security system provided for resident students. The following policies relating to the use of facilities and individual responsibilities are intended to provide a safe living environment.
The University has trust that the great majority of students do not intentionally violate policies or contribute to events in which harm, threat to person, or destruction of property occurs. However, in the event that these factors are imminent, University personnel have a responsibility to react accordingly to protect students and property from harm on University property.
Enactment of Additional Policies
In this regard, University Community Development staff reserve the right to enact additional policies and procedures it deems necessary to respond to foreseeable circumstances (such as, but not limited to, the restriction of alcohol sign-in privileges and/or building access privileges). Such circumstances may include:
- Events in which alcohol and/or large numbers of people are regarded as contributing to an anticipated lack of civility, harm to students, or destruction of personal and/or University property.
- Events during which threats to persons have occurred, and/or it seems likely that they may occur without intervention by University staff.
- Fire doors and any locked access ways must remain closed and secured for all but emergency use.
- All non-staff persons must avoid roofs and other limited access areas, including boiler rooms and electrical equipment boxes. Walking on the building roofs causes both immediate and long-term damage to roof surfaces.
- Windows and screens are intended to secure student rooms, to keep out insects, and as a safety precaution. Removal of, or damage to, window screens will result in a damage charge. Where screens are not available, students should continue to observe safety precautions. In all cases, any person found throwing objects out of a window or hanging anything out of a window will be subject to disciplinary action. In addition, persons found to be throwing objects at windows may be subject to disciplinary action as well.
- All persons must enter and exit residential facilities through designated access points. Persons may not climb over walls, gates, fences, or through windows.
- Smoking is prohibited on all University property with the exception of identified Designated Smoking Areas . Students found responsible for smoking any substance within a University residential facility are subject to a minimum $100 fine or educational alternative (evidence may include cigarette butts, used pipes/bongs, towels laid under or against the door, etc.).Students found responsible for smoking any substance within a University residential facility are subject to a minimum $100 fine or educational alternative.
Safe Living and Individual Responsibility
- All persons must carry an appropriate form of La Salle identification (La Salle Student ID Card, La Salle Staff ID Card, or a currently issued guest pass) when inside a residential complex. All students and employees are issued photo ID cards and are required to present them upon request to University officials.
- Students without their La Salle University ID card may seek assistance from the Security Desk Receptionist for access to a residential facility; or they will need to go to the ID card office to receive a new ID; or they may be denied access to residential facilities.
- Lost or stolen ID cards must be reported immediately to the Department of Safety & Security to prevent unauthorized use. Use of a La Salle University Identification card by anyone other than the identified person is prohibited. Any student found responsible for facilitating another person to use their card for access to rooms/facilities or dining services will be subject to a minimum fine of $100.
- Trespassers are escorted off campus and may be detained by authorities.
- Resident students may host the guest(s) of their choice, providing that the resident student has not had her/his guest privileges revoked as a result of disciplinary action, the guest has not lost visitation privileges as a result of disciplinary action, and both guest and host are willing and able to abide by all University standards.
- Guest passes may be issued at the North Halls Security Desk, the Saint Basil Court Security Desk, the Sts. Edward and Francis Halls Security Desk, the St. John Neumann Hall Security Desk, or the St. Miguel Court Security Desk.
- No guest will be allowed to enter a residential complex who is unable to present an approved government issued photo ID. It is the responsibility of the host to ensure that their guests are aware of this requirement.
- All guests must be escorted by their host at all times while inside a residential complex. It is the host’s responsibility to ensure that this occurs. A host will be held fully accountable for the actions of his/her guest(s). Guests are not permitted during vacation periods.
- All resident students and staff must use their University ID card to activate the turnstile or security door each time they enter the St. Miguel Court Complex, Sts. Edward and Francis Halls, St. John Neumann Hall, St. Basil Court, and the North Halls Complex.
- Assistance with malfunctioning cards or equipment is available from the Security Desk Receptionists, or the ID Card Office. A malfunctioning card will not admit an individual to a residential complex and will require an individual to ensure that his/her card is functional or replaced at the ID Card office.
- In order to best ensure the safest educational environment within the residential community, the University strongly encourages the community to follow the recommendations noted below.
- Lock room door and always carry key. Remember room door and mailbox combination.
- Do not loan keys or door combinations. Report lost or misplaced keys immediately. There will be a small fee charged to change a lock or a door combination.
- Report strangers or suspicious behavior of unfamiliar persons in the building. Contact a Community Development staff member immediately or call Campus Security at 215.991.2111.
- Report incidents of vandalism, theft or property destruction to the Community Development Staff immediately.
- Park in designated University parking areas. Avoid street parking.
- All students and employees are encouraged to promptly report all crimes to Security and Safety and/or the Philadelphia Police.
- All persons must carry an appropriate form of La Salle identification (La Salle Student ID Card, La Salle Staff ID Card, or a currently issued guest pass) when inside a residential complex. All students and employees are issued photo ID cards and are required to present them upon request to University officials.
To promote the health and safety of the University community, and to conform with various local, state and federal laws, the following are strictly prohibited in University residences:
- Any weapon or item defined as a weapon
- Any item in violation of University alcohol and other drug policy guidelines
- Beer pong tables or beer funnels/bongs; and empty containers, if resident is a minor
- Prohibited from Residence Halls: Full size refrigerators, electric skillets (including Forman Grills), toaster ovens, or devices with open heating elements in residence halls.
- Prohibited from Apartments and/or Townhouses: Appliances with open heating elements or additional full size refrigerators in apartments or townhouses.
- Connections to outside aerials or antennas
- Wireless routers
- Radio transmitters
- Amplifiers and sound equipment
- Waterbeds, or other water filled toys or furniture (pools, chairs, etc.)
- Air conditioners and space heaters
- Candles (lit or unlit), incense, and hookahs
- Darts or dartboards (electronic dartboards are okay)
- Petroleum powered devices (gas engines, etc.)
- Pets of any kinds (excluding fish)
- Halogen lamps, sun lamps, and lava lamps
- Live Christmas trees, garland or swags made out of real trees
- Extension cords without circuit breakers
- Free weights and other body building equipment
Solicitation of any kind is not permitted on or in the private property of the University without permission. This includes commercial salespersons, outside organizations, representatives of political parties, vendors, small businesses, etc. Campus-based student organizations, individual students, as well as individuals or groups not affiliated with La Salle interested in a solicitation in a residential facility must receive authorization from the Office of Community Development.
The residential student community is an interdependent group of individuals. However, needs and behaviors of individuals can be in conflict with the needs and behaviors of small groups of residents or the entire residential community. The University facilitates the resolution of this conflict through three bodies of authority whose responsibility it is to define when and where the rights of individuals end and the needs of the community begin. These three authoritative bodies include the Community Development Office, the Community Development Advisory Board, and the Resident Student Association. All-campus policy issues are the responsibility of the Student Affairs Committee, the Provost and the Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. The preponderance of resident student-specific policies are the responsibility of the Community Development Advisory Board and its membership which includes students, faculty and administrators.
Each resident has the right to an environment that promotes courtesy and respect for individual study, sleep, and living habits. Excessive noise or behavior that infringes upon student residents or off-campus neighborhood residents is not appropriate at any time. In particular, sound equipment should not be placed facing an open window nor should it be played at such a volume to disturb others (Closing a room door and windows makes a lot of difference!).
Courtesy in response to a request to lower the volume of sound from a room, hallway or outdoors is expected 24 hours a day. Courtesy Hours, as described below, specifically require a sound level conducive to sleep and study. Each living unit/floor may vote to establish guidelines beyond those listed below as minimum.
Sunday Evening through Friday Morning – 8:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Friday Night through Sunday Morning – 1:00a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Currently enrolled La Salle University resident students who are under no disciplinary or other sanctions that would prohibit them from doing so may enter and visit all La Salle University student residences (residence halls, apartment complexes, and the townhouse complex) under the following conditions.
- Purpose/Policy Statement
- The La Salle University Visitation and Guest Expectations were created to establish guidelines for resident students, and their responsibilities when hosting visitors/guests in the residence hall. Our residential facilities are a place for study, recreation, social interaction, engagement, reflection and rest. We encourage students to create and maintain an environment that is positive, respectful, and safe so these activities can take place without negatively effecting the rights of others.
- Visitors/guests are subject to all University policies/expectations while at La Salle University. Student hosts are responsible for the behavior of their guests. Incidents involving students and/or their visitors/guests may be subject to student conduct violations, and hosts may be billed for damage as a result of a guest’s behavior. Residential Life and/or Public Safety staff may remove a visitor/guest immediately if their behavior disrupts the community, violates policies, involves harassment, destruction of property or acts of violence, or otherwise compromises the safety of students or the community. The University reserves the right to temporarily or permanently suspend visitation privileges for cause.
- Students may visit residence hall rooms, apartments, or townhouses only with the permission of all those who reside in the rooms, apartments, or townhouses they visit. Such permission must be freely and expressly given and may be expressly withdrawn at any time. Students are expected to clearly communicate their permission or withdrawal of permission and to call upon Residence Life staff members for assistance in addressing and resolving persistent disputes or concerns.
- A “guest” is an individual who is not a La Salle University resident student who is visiting a La Salle resident student in their on campus residence.
- La Salle University commuter students and students on a leave from the university are considered “guests” in residence facilities.
- A “visitor” is an enrolled La Salle University resident student visiting another La Salle University student in an on campus residence other than their own.
- The terms “on campus residence”, “residence hall”, and “residence facility” refer to housing facilities owned and administered by La Salle University including residence halls, apartment complexes and the townhouse complex.
- “La Salle University resident student(s)” and “La Salle University student(s)” are those students enrolled in and attending classes for the current semester.
- “In good standing” refers to La Salle students who are under no disciplinary sanctions, interim measures, no contact orders, or protection from abuse orders (restraining order) that would prohibit them from a particular residence facility.
- “University official(s)” means any faculty or staff member or contracted security employee, employed by the University to respond, supervise, manage, or monitor activity in and around University facilities.
- Students must carry valid La Salle University identification cards at all times and must present ID cards to University officials upon request.
- Guests must carry valid guest passes at all times and must present to University officials upon request.
- Guests without valid guest passes may be asked to leave the residence facilities.
- Students/former students who are suspended or dismissed from the University are barred from entering any on campus residence facility without the expressed permission of the Executive Director of Residential Life and Community Engagement.
- La Salle University resident students in good standing, living in the following residence halls must sign in all visitors/guests:
- North Residence Halls
- St. Basil Court
- St. Miguel Court
- St. Neumann Hall
- La Salle University resident students are permitted to have:
- Up to 3 visitors signed in to their residence hall at one time.
- A maximum of 2 guests signed in to their residence hall at one time.
- Only 1 guest may be signed in overnight.
- Residents and guests may not exceed a total of eight (8) in a residence hall room
- Residents and guests may not exceed a total of twelve (12) in an apartment/townhouse
- La Salle University resident students in good standing may visit other La Salle University student residences.
- Student visitors must be signed in by a current resident of that facility by presenting their student ID card at the Security Desk Reception booth for sign in.
- Guests must be 18 years old and signed in by a current resident of that facility by presenting a government-issued photo ID card (driver’s license, non-driver ID, passport) at the Security Desk Reception booth for sign in.
- Guests will be issued a guest pass which must be in their possession at all times.
- Guests can be signed in for a maximum of 3 consecutive 24 hour periods (maximum of 2 consecutive nights or total of 72 hours).
- Guests are limited to a maximum of 4 nights in any and all residence halls during any month. For example, a guest cannot be signed in under different hosts to extend beyond the 4 night maximum. Requests for exceptions to this Expectation must be directed to the Residence Coordinator and permission given in writing.
- La Salle University resident students must accompany guests at all times in the residence halls.
- Minors are permitted in on campus residence facilities with appropriate adult supervision according to the following expectations:
- The parent or legal guardian of a prospective guest who is under 18;
- Must submit a consent form for the minor to be present in La Salle University residential facilities during the specified time at least 3 days in advance of the planned visit.
- Once the request has been reviewed, the parent or guardian will be notified in writing via email by Residence Life of the status of the request.
- Purpose/Policy Statement
The privilege of residing in or visiting University residential facilities is provided to all La Salle University students until or unless an individual demonstrates behavior which affects that status. The residential community requires that its members make an effort to respect one another as well as the facilities they share.
Students found to be physically abusive or neglectful toward University residential facilities may risk losing privileges regarding their choice of living accommodations or their ability to live in or visit University residential facilities.
Students found to be violators of University regulations, and/or their guests violating University regulations, either through “Serious Misconduct” or through consistent or continuous violations of policy, risk losing certain privileges. This may include the ability to self-select their living accommodations or the ability to live in or visit University residential facilities.
The following examples describe “minimum” responses and disciplinary action regarding housing privileges:
Intentional damage to common area of University property
Specific probation, restitution and loss of privilege to self-select living accommodations for next academic year.
General probation, restitution, loss of all housing privileges for one academic year (may not live in or visit University housing facilities).
Damage or neglect of assigned living space
Conduct warning, restitution, and loss of two priority lottery points in the next room reservation period.
Specific probation, restitution, and loss of privilege to self-select living accommodations or limited choices for the next academic year.
The above listed examples are for general reference only. Extent of damage and other circumstances will affect sanctions necessary for individuals in specific circumstances.
Any resident student requesting to have an emotional support animal (also known as a Therapy Animal) in on-campus housing is responsible for knowing and adhering to policy and procedures that are available upon request in Community Development (Union 205 or 303), Student Affairs Suite (Union 123), the Student Counseling Center (McShain Hall), and Student Health Services (Adjacent to Blue and Gold Dining Commons).
Student must submit all required documentation to Community Development for review and consultation with Counseling Center, Student Health and Community Development professional staff. If approval is granted the student must follow all standards described in the policy. Please contact Community Development (215-951-1916), the Student Counseling Center(215-951-1355), the Student Health Center(215-951-1565) or the Student Affairs Suite (215-951-1017).
- The purpose of this information is to outline the specific processes by which students may make non-academic complaints against faculty, staff, other La Salle employees, contracted staff, or personnel (Examples of which are employees at experiential learning sites, personnel involved with service-learning or travel-study experiences, and similar.) with whom students interact in various off-campus activities.
Defined as a formal response by a student, about a faculty member, staff member, other La Salle employee or contracted staff at the University. This formal response is typically submitted in writing to the most proximal and organizationally relevant University employee.
One of the hallmarks of La Salle University is “Association,” which makes explicit our distinctive Lasallian educational heritage to create an atmosphere of collegiality, mutual respect, and trust within a community of students and educators. The educational foundation upon which the disciplinary process is based promotes responsible behavior by holding each person responsible for his or her own behavior and its impact on the community. While more specific examples are identified below, unprofessional behavior can be defined as a failure to be collegial, respectful, and trustworthy.
General Statement on Student Complaints
La Salle University participates in Federal student aid programs that are authorized under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. A participating institution must be legally authorized to operate with the State in which it is located. Title 34 CFR §600.9 requires States to have a “process to review and appropriately act on complaints concerning the institution including enforcing applicable State laws.” Title 34 CFR §668.43(b) requires that institutions: “make available for review to any enrolled or prospective student upon request, a copy of the documents describing the institution’s accreditation and its State, Federal, or tribal approval or licensing. The institution must also provide its students or prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accreditor and with its State approval or licensing entity and any other relevant State official or agency that would appropriately handle a student’s complaint.”
In accordance with [Middle States’] Commission Policy and 34 CFR 602.16(a)(1)(ix) and 34 CFR 668.43(b), the Commission must confirm that institutions have effective policies and procedures for tracking and resolving student complaints within a reasonable time frame. Further, the institution must also show evidence of a process for making modifications and improvements to the institution as a result of information obtained in handling student complaints. Verification of Compliance with Accreditation-Relevant Federal Regulations (2016): 9.
The University makes every effort to resolve student complaints internally, using policies and procedures outlined in the current University Catalogs (see links below) or the Student Guide to Rights, Resources, & Responsibilities. The institutional complaint process for distance learning students is the same for all students regardless of physical location. It is expected that students will fully utilize any and all such administrative procedures to address concerns and/or complaints in as timely a manner as possible.
While this policy addresses non-academic student complaints about faculty, staff, other La Salle employees, contracted staff, or personnel, students should be made aware of specific policies, processes, and procedures related to complaints of harassment, discrimination, final grades, academic integrity, FERPA and other complaints:
- For allegations of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, affirmative action, and/or Americans with Disabilities Act, see Title IX Statement of Nondiscrimination , La Salle University Policy For Addressing Formal Complaints Of Sexual Harassment Under The Title Ix Regulation and Health/Medical Accommodations.
- For complaints regarding final grades, see Undergraduate Catalog , or Graduate Catalog .
- For such complaints related to the University’s Academic Integrity Policy (AIP), see Academic Integrity Policy .
- For complaints related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), see “Student Records Policy .”
- For general complaints, see Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Higher Education and/or Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools .
- Whistleblower complaints can be filed from the portal .
- For complaints about online programs and courses, see Online Programs/Courses .
Students who are unsure as to the process to follow to raise a particular concern or complaint, may contact the following offices for assistance:
- Office of the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs: 215-951-1015
- Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management: 215-951-1017
These Offices will assist the students directly or refer the complaints to the appropriate University representative(s) to review and resolve.
At the beginning of the new fiscal year the area Vice President (or designee) will prepare a report on those complaints which have reached their office for final resolution. Care being taken about preserving confidentiality of all parties involved, this report will contain brief summaries of the nature of the complaint and its resolution. This report will be submitted to the Accreditation Liaison Officer.
Procedure for Modifications/Improvement in Processes
When addressing student complaints, to endeavor to prevent similar complaints in the future, the University’s senior leadership will periodically review the nature of the complaints that have been filed to identify any patterns or trends that may need to be addressed. Appropriate action may include, but is not limited to, the creation of one or more work groups to recommend how best to address any pattern or trend, the adoption or revision of new or existing policies or processes, and/or the implementation of education and training.
- Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
As a member of the local community, La Salle University is committed to assisting neighborhood residents with the prevention of disruptive incidents that may arise from student behavior. Most students who live temporarily in the local community make positive contributions but all must understand the behavior expected of them as residents of these communities. As members of both the University and their neighborhood community, students who live within walking distance of campus should demonstrate respect and concern for all members of both communities. The University imposes an obligation upon all students to behave as responsible citizens when in local neighborhoods. Furthermore, the University reserves the right to refer any student involved in disruptive or offensive behavior off-campus to the student disciplinary system for investigation and action. Such behavior includes, but is not limited to: excessive and/or unreasonable noise; rude and abusive language; large disruptive activities; illegal use, sale, and/or distribution of alcohol or other drugs; and, related violations of local community standards. The University will exercise discretion with disciplinary action against students for Off-Campus violations. Mediation efforts to resolve disputes with neighbors and/or landlords will precede formal University action; however, students should realize that disciplinary investigation and charges will be initiated when the University’s interest, reputation, and/or capacity to function as an academic community is distinctly involved.
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Effective Date: January 19, 2021