Social Responsibilities

To ensure conditions conducive to learning, Susquehanna has developed policies to promote the educational process and the social welfare of the campus community. Admission to and attendance at Susquehanna University are privileges and are conditional upon compliance with the rules and regulations of the university. Some regulations are printed in this catalog; others may be found in the Student Handbook. Changes, deletions and additions are posted annually on the Web. Failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the university can be considered grounds for dismissal. The university also reserves the right to dismiss any student who, in its judgment, has failed to attain a satisfactory academic record, is no longer amenable to the educational process, or poses a threat to that process and/or the general welfare of the campus community.

Violations of local, state or federal law are also considered violations of university standards. An extensive list of behavioral policies is printed in the Student Handbook in the Code of Student Conduct. Below is a small sampling of these policies.

Alcohol and Drugs. Susquehanna University opposes illegal use and substance abuse by students, as expressed in the statements below. In addition, the university offers education, assessment, counseling and referral services to students and regularly provides information to students concerning relevant laws, policies and recommended practices for risk-reduction strategies.

The illegal use, possession or sale of alcohol or drugs as defined by local, state and federal law is a violation of university regulations. The university cooperates fully with civil authorities in dealing with violations of these laws and clearly spells out disciplinary sanctions in the Student Handbook. Students 21 years of age and older may store and consume alcoholic beverages in private areas specifically designated by the university.

Public intoxication is subject to disciplinary action; where illegal drugs, prescription drugs not prescribed to a student, or the illegal use or abuse of alcohol are involved in a disciplinary case, the sanctions are more severe.

Weapons. Possession of a weapon is prohibited. Weapons include but are not limited to firearms, BB guns, air rifles, paintball guns, or any object or substance designed to inflict a wound or cause injury.

Fire Safety Restrictions. The possession or use of fireworks, candles (new or burnt wick) or open flames are prohibited. Tampering with fire bells or alarms, pull stations, extinguishers, hoses, exit signs, instruction signs and sprinkler systems and rendering a false alarm are all prohibited. Kitchen appliances may not be stored or used in personal residence hall rooms. No fabric may be hung from ceilings or draped over doorways.

Guests. Within the residence halls, a "guest" is defined as any individual who is found in a residence hall or room who is not officially assigned to live there by the Department of Residence Life. Students' roommate(s) must be consulted and give consent prior to inviting a guest to stay overnight in a room. All non-SU students must obtain and carry a guest pass from the Department of Public Safety during the duration of their stay in the residence halls. Further restrictions for guests are outlined in the Student Handbook.

Motor Vehicles. All motor vehicles owned and/or operated by university students, faculty and staff must be registered with the university. Students, faculty and staff are expected to abide by the regulations for vehicle use on campus.