Off Campus Behavior Policy

The conduct expectations in the Community Standards Manual are fully applicable to off-campus behavior.  The University reserves the right to investigate, review, and subsequently take University disciplinary action for the behavior of John Carroll students in off-campus settings when such behavior is believed to have an impact on the John Carroll community, is inconsistent with the conduct and character expectations for John Carroll Students, disrupts the living and learning environment, or affects the integrity of the University. The decision to take action in such cases will be determined by the Dean of Students or designee, who may investigate these allegations and make referrals to the Student Conduct System if they determine that there is sufficient information to support moving forward with conduct processes. This provision is also applicable to students participating in service, studying abroad, participating in immersion trips, participating in student teaching or internships, participating in conferences or retreats, and/or visiting other college/university campuses. Students or organizations found responsible for violating these regulations will be subject to the same disciplinary actions imposed for violations that occur on campus.


Students are reminded that they serve as representatives of John Carroll University and both positive and inappropriate behavior affect the University’s image and reputation. Students are encouraged to be involved in their community in positive ways, such as community service and local government.  The University expects to have students act as both responsible and mature representatives of the institution.

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

Student Conduct Expectations

As stated above, students are expected to demonstrate respect for all members of the local community regardless of their place of residence. Failure to adhere to the following guidelines can result in disciplinary action.

  1. Show respect for the area where you live. Signs of disrespect include, but are not limited to: littering; loitering; destruction of property; trespassing; public urination; nudity; insulting language; and illegal parking.
  2. Operate electronic devices (music, tvs, etc.) at reasonable levels especially late at night and early in the morning.
  3. Maintain an orderly residence. Evidence of a disorderly residence can include the following: house parties; violations of alcohol and drug laws; public intoxication; excessive noise; harassment; or other disregard for the rights of others.
  4. Ohio law prohibits open alcohol containers in public places, unless

specifically designated otherwise. Public places are those which anyone can enter freely and include sidewalks, streets, tree lawns, some outdoor areas of apartment complexes, and inside parked or moving cars.

Overall Guiding Principles 

  1. Neighbors have a right to the peaceful enjoyment of their property.
  2. Students living in these neighborhoods have an obligation to respect these    rights and to enjoy the benefits of living in the wider community.
  3. John Carroll University has a duty to work proactively with the communities surrounding the University to assist students in their transition to community living.
  4. When appropriate and possible, the University should intervene swiftly to resolve issues and problems caused by students.
  5. All neighbors, including businesses, churches, and landlords, can collaborate to create and sustain neighborhood environments that are safe and enjoyable for all.