Student Conduct and the Community Standards Manual

Our community holds high expectations of how we live and interact with each other, as the actions of one of us has an effect on us collectively. Respect for self, others, property, authority, and honesty, both within and outside the University community, are the foundations for our standards of conduct. In order for our community to thrive, all members must be active in contributing to an environment where people feel safe, sustained, engaged, challenged, and appreciated. We must also hold ourselves and each other accountable for our actions as a part of our community life.

By choosing to live off-campus, you are making the choice to represent John Carroll University within the surrounding communities. All rules and regulations that apply to a student living in the Residence Halls on campus also apply to all students choosing to live off campus.

Residency Requirement:
All entering students of traditional age need to declare their status as a resident or commuter through the Enrollment Reservation Form sent by the Office of Admission. Those not commuting from home are required to live on campus during their first two years. This policy applies to those who transfer into the University as traditional first year students. Commuting is defined as living exclusively in the permanent and primary residence of a parent or legal guardian.

Does the Community Standards Manual Apply to Me?

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

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

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

Student Conduct Expectations

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Operate electronic devices (stereos, etc.) at reasonable levels, especially late at night and early in the morning.
  4. 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.
  5. Ohio law prohibits open alcohol containers in public places. Public places are those which anyone can enter freely and include sidewalks, streets, tree lawns, some outdoor areas of apartment complexes, and inside parked or moving cars.

Overall Guiding Principles

  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.

If you would like to download your own copy of the Community Standards manual, or view the manual online you can find the Community Standards Manual at

John Carroll Community Standards Manual

If you have any questions regarding the Community Standards Manual and how they apply to you please refer to the Office of the Dean of Students.