Social Responsibilities &and Community Standards

As a residential campus, Susquehanna promotes the social welfare of the campus community. To ensure conditions conducive to learning, Susquehanna has developed policies to support the educational process while encouraging the intellectual and personal growth of it students as scholars and citizens, both in and out of the classroom. Admission to and attendance at Susquehanna University are privileges and are conditional upon compliance with the rules and regulations of the university, both on and off campus and through electronic means of communication. Some regulations are printed in this catalog; others, including the Code of Student Conduct that outlines students' rights and responsibilities and a list of behavioral policies, may be found in the Student Handbook. Changes, deletions and additions are posted annually on the Web. Violations of local, state or federal law are also considered violations of university standards. Failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the university are addressed through an educational process through the student conduct system but also may 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.

Alcohol and Drugs. Susquehanna University opposes illegal use of and substance abuse by students, as expressed in the statements below. 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.

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, with the exception of coffee pots with a maximum two-hour automatic shutoff feature, 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. Regulations may be found on the website at under Public Safety.

Sexual Misconduct. Susquehanna University is committed to ongoing campus education on the topics of positive bystander behavior and interventions, on and off campus resources, and support for survivors of violence and sexual misconduct. Sexual misconduct is defined as any incident where an individual is forced into sexual contact against his or her will or without his or her consent, including sexual assault, abuse or other forms of sexual contact. Sexual harassment is any unwelcome advance, request for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature. On- and off-campus services are available for seeking medication attention, counseling services and reporting for victims. For more information on Title IX policies and resources for campus community members, individuals may refer to the Student Handbook or contact the university’s Title IX Coordinator or the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct.

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.

For more information, please refer to the Student Handbook and the annual Campus Safety Report on the website at