logo

STUDENT HANDBOOK

 

 

St. Thomas University

Student Handbook

 

The Department of Student Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs, has prepared this handbook to assist students while enrolled at St. Thomas University. For the purpose of promoting its educational mission, St. Thomas University has the inherent right to preserve order and maintain stability through the setting of standards of conduct and the prescribing of procedures for the enforcement of such standards. In addition to maintaining order and stability, the University aims to utilize its disciplinary procedure as a developmental process whenever possible. In accordance with this philosophy, educational assignments may be added to any disciplinary penalties. The foundation underlying such student standards relies on the tenet that the exercise of individual rights must be accompanied by an equal amount of responsibility. This assures that the same rights are not denied to others. By becoming a member of the University community, a student acquires rights in, as well as responsibilities to, the whole University community. These rights and responsibilities are defined in this handbook.

Students are required to comply with all University regulations as well as all local, city, county, state, and federal laws. All students are subject to the policies and procedures as contained herein. Also, students who are not undergraduate students and who are not regularly enrolled in a graduate or professional program may be subject to the policies and procedures as contained herein when they are on campus. In addition, any student residing in University residence facilities is subject to these policies and procedures for violations occurring within those facilities. Any act that constitutes a violation or an attempt to violate any of the policies or procedures contained herein may establish cause for disciplinary and/or legal action by the University.

In lieu of, or in addition to, disciplinary action, the University also reserves the right to impose fines, take legal action, deny or terminate financial aid and housing privileges, revoke study abroad privileges, withhold student records, revoke other privileges and impose other penalties as may be deemed appropriate. Furthermore, admission of a student to St. Thomas University for any semester does not imply or guarantee that such student will be re-enrolled in any succeeding academic semester. Students may also be subject to disciplinary proceedings for acts committed before their admission and/or enrollment at St. Thomas.

Students who engage in conduct that endangers their personal health or safety or the personal health or safety of others, may be required to participate and make satisfactory progress in a program of medical mental health evaluation and/or treatment if they are to remain at the University. The University reserves the right to require the withdrawal of a student from enrollment and/or University housing, whose continuation in school and/or University housing, in the University’s judgment, is detrimental to the health or safety of the student or others. Students who withdraw for reasons of health or safety must communicate with Student Affairs before seeking readmission to the University.

From time to time, it may be advisable for the University to alter or amend its procedures or policies. Reasonable notice must be furnished to the University community of any substantive changes. Whenever a specific title is used in these procedures, it shall include the appropriate designee of that person bearing the title. Whenever references to the singular appear in this handbook, the plural is also intended; whenever the plural is used, the singular is also intended. Wherever a reference is made to the masculine gender, the feminine gender is included. These policies apply to both graduate and undergraduate students; however, other University rules and regulations not included in this handbook may apply. The rights and responsibilities that follow take effect immediately upon publication of this document on the St. Thomas University website.

 

 

Table of Contents

Mission Statement 7

Catholic Identity 7

Statement of Student Rights 9

Statement on Student Responsibilities 10

Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs 11

Student Life 12

Student Government Association 13

Student Senate 13

Clubs and Organization 13

Campus Expression 14

Student Media 15

Residential Life 15

Community Respect Statement 16

General Guidelines for Successful Residence Life 16

Student Health Center 16

Services Offered 17

Office of Financial Aid 19

Eligibility Requirements 20

International Student & Scholar Services 21

Certificate of Eligibility SEVIS I-20 21

Department of State DS-2019 21

Change of Immigration Status 22

University Resources and Services 23

Campus Ministry 24

Mission Statement 24

Vision 24

Chapel of Saint Anthony 25

Academic Enhancement Center 25

Skills Courses 25

English As A Second Languages 26

English for Academic Purposes 26

Office of Records Management 26

The Permanent Record 27

Other Student Records 28

Directory Information 28

Registration 29

Add Period 29

Official Withdrawal 29

Application for Graduation 29

Participation in Commencement 29

Veterans Administration (va) 30

TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English 30

Student Success Center 30

Student Success Technological Systems 31

Academic Advising 31

S.O.C.R.A.T.E.S. Tutoring Center 31

Testing Center 31

Career Services 32

University Library 32

Children in the University Library 33

Archives & Museum 34

Campus Recreation 34

Intramural Sports 35

Fitness Center 35

Mail and Copy Center 35

Package Pickup Policy 36

Office of Financial Affairs (Business Office) 36

Late Registration 37

International Students 37

Add/Drop Class Adjustments and Refund Policy 37

“A” Session and Terms 37

St. Thomas University Refund Policy 37

Special Billing to Third Parties 38

Installment Payment Plan 38

The Right to Privacy and Disclosure Regarding Financial Records 38

Truth in Lending Act 38

Student Account Clearance Required for Future Registration, Transcripts, and Diplomas 39

Delinquent Student Accounts 39

Dropping/Withdrawing 39

Wire Transfer Payments 40

Federal Perkins Loan Program 40

Contracted Services 41

G4S Public Safety and Emergency Management 42

Emergency Management and STUAlert! 42

Metz Culinary Management/Dining Services 43

Bobcat Cafe 43

Rathskellar 43

Einstein Brothers Bagels 43

Follett Bookstore 44

Bobcat Shuttle and Other Transportation Services 45

TriRail/SFRTA EASY Card 45

Metro-Dade Transit Pass/EASY Card 45

Blink CarCharging 45

Emergency Ride Home Program 46

Academic Community Standards 47

Academic Dishonesty 48

Areas of Academic Dishonesty 48

Academic Disciplinary Committee 49

Offense Involving A Student’s Grade Relating to Plagiarism 49

Offense not Involving A Student’s Grade in a Course 50

Attendance Policy 51

Behavioral Violation and Academic Impact 52

Academic Grievances 52

University Policies and Procedures 53

Abuse/Physical Assault 54

Alcohol Policy 54

Guidelines for the Use of Alcohol at University Student Events 55

Animals and Pets 55

Service Animals 55

Psychiatric Service Dog 55

Emtional Support Animals 56

Therapy Animals 56

Responsibility of Students with Assistive Animals 57

Removal of Assistance Animals 58

Appropriate Clothing 58

Arson 58

Bomb Threats 58

Breaking and Entering 58

Bribery 58

Campus Security Report 59

Cellular Phone/Social Media Policy 59

Children and Minors on Campus 59

Classroom Decorum 60

Complicity 60

Computers 60

Acceptable Use of Computing Resources 61

Consensual Amorous, Romantic or Sexual Relationships for Students in Supervisory Roles 61

Dining Rules 62

Disabilities 63

Academic Accommodation Guidelines 63

Facility and Grounds Accommodation(s) 63

Disorderly Conduct 64

Drug-Free Campus 64

Emergency Situations 65

Escort Policy 65

Failure to Comply 66

Falsification of Records 66

Fire Safety 66

Fraud 67

Gambling/ Games of Chance 67

Guests 67

Guest Guidelines 67

Harassment 68

Hazing 68

Health and Safety 69

Hurricane and Severe Weather Procedures 70

Identification Cards 70

Interference with University Investigations and Disciplinary Proceedings 71

Jurisdiction of University Policies and Procedures 71

Missing Student Policy and Procedure 71

University Procedure 72

Nondiscrimination Statement 74

Parent/Legal Guardian Notification 74

Parking, Traffic and Auto Registration Policies 74

Auto Registration 75

Vehicle Repairs and Towing 75

Publications and Student Media 75

Sexual Misconduct Policy 76

Reporting 77

Speech 78

Solicitation 78

Stalking 78

Procedures for Reporting Stalking 80

Student Travel for Field Trips, Conferences, and/or Academic Programs 80

Theft or Unauthorized Possession 80

Title IX Compliance Policy 80

Tobacco and Smoke-Free Zone 81

Trespass Policy 81

Unauthorized Possession of University Property 81

University Userid, Password and Email 81

Password Policy 82

Password Guidelines 82

Email 83

Vandalism or Destruction of University Property 84

Weapons and Firearms 84

Worthless Checks 84

University Discplinary Procedures 85

Violation of University Community Standards 86

Application of University Community Standards 86

Good Samaritan 86

Disciplinary Process 86

Summary of Judicial Process 87

Administrative Hearing 87

Student Judicial Hearing 87

Immediate Administrive Action 87

Standard of Proof 88

Possible Sanctions 88

Appealing a Judicial Committee Sanction 90

Not Hear the Appeal 90

Hear the Appeal 90

Student Grievence Policy 90

Grievence Procedures 91

Grievance Appeals 91

Department of Athletics 92

Overview 93

Department of Athletics Philosophy Statement 93

Eligibility 94

Entering Freshman 94

Four –Year Completion 94

Twelve Credit Rule 95

Progress Reports and Mandatory Bobcat Roundtables (Study Halls) 95

Financial Aid/Grants/Scholarships 95

Athletics Missed Class Policy 96

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Policy 96

Tobacco Use 97

Alcohol Abuse 97

NAIA Student-Athlete Substance Abuse Education 97

Residential Life 98

Residential Hall Policies, Rights, and Responsibilities 99

Community Respect Statement 99

Sustainability Statement 99

Hall Government 99

General Guidelines for Successful Residence Life 100

Residence Life Agreement 101

Occupancy 101

Roommate Agreement 103

Lockout Procedures 103

Room Entry 104

Room Entry Procedures 104

Villanova Hall and University Inn Cleaning Schedule 105

Laundry Facilities 105

Health and Safety Inspections 106

Maintenance and Repairs 106

Guests 106

Procedures to Check in a Guest 106

Guest Policies 107

Noise Policy 108

Posting Policy 109

Solicitation 111

Health and Safety 111

Weapons and Firearms 111

Appliances and Furnishings 111

Alcohol Policy 112

Smoking Policy 113

Accidential Damage 113

 

 

 

 

Mission Statement

 

St. Thomas University is a Catholic university with rich cultural and international diversity committed to the academic and professional success of its students who become ethical leaders in our global community.

 

Catholic Identity

With your spirit. St. Thomas University offers many opportunities to renew and feed your spiritual life. Campus Ministry offers retreat experiences, faith sharing groups, Bible study, and other ways to grow spiritually. The beautiful Chapel of Saint Anthony, anchoring the geographic center of our campus, is open every day for quiet prayer and reflection in addition to gathering the community for daily Mass. There are many special events held on campus, with guest lecturers, as well as retreat formats, to enhance one’s spiritual growth and development.

With the Church. St. Thomas University has a rich history of relationship with the Church. It was founded by the Augustinian order in Havana, Cuba, as Universidad de Santo Tomas de Villanueva and found itself in exile in 1961 when the order and faculty were expelled from Cuba. It remained under Augustinian sponsorship until the late 1980’s, when the sponsorship was assumed by the Archdiocese of Miami. St. Thomas University is the Archdiocesan University of the Archdiocese of Miami. We are one of only eleven Catholic universities that are directly associated with the local diocese or archdiocese of the Church, a connection we hold dear. Over the past fifty years, we have formed deep relationships with local parishes and local churches, as well as with the Catholic school system in the Archdiocese of Miami.

Between faith and reason. St. Thomas University strives to be a place which “brings to its task the inspiration and light of the Christian message….a place of research, where scholars scrutinize reality with the methods proper to each academic discipline, and so contribute to the treasury of human knowledge. (Ex Corde 14,15) As a Catholic university, we take seriously the God-given gift of the intellectual life. This grounding in the Catholic intellectual and artistic heritage is evidenced by excellent faculty across disciplines, a focus on student success, and a General Education core at the undergraduate level that seeks to prepare students for critical engagement of students in the important issues of the world not as observers, but as leaders. The General Education requirements include courses in religious studies, philosophy, and Catholic identity, as well as courses across the disciplines with an emphasis on critical thinking skills that should well equip students for such engagement.

The graduate programs at St. Thomas University prepare students for ethical leadership across disciplines as well, including the St. Thomas University School of Law and our Doctoral programs. Graduates leave with increased knowledge, a commitment to lifelong learning, a sense of moral responsibility, and a readiness to contribute to society with compassion and faith. (STU Mission Statement 1990)

With humanity. St. Thomas University values our relationships with all whom we encounter, holding the dignity of the human person, uniquely made in the image and likeness of God, as sacred. “Human persons are willed by God; they are imprinted with God’s image. Their dignity does not come from the work they do, but from the persons they are.” (Centesimus annus, 11). The challenge to live in such sacred relationship with all people, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic class, religious practices, and other forms of diversity is a challenge that we take seriously, to reverence all of life. But it is a challenge. Pope Francis writes: “True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution…Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. (Laudato Si’ 47) We embrace the challenge to uphold human dignity in the contemporary world at St. Thomas University.

With the poor and disenfranchised. St. Thomas University has a commitment to engage the contemporary issues of our time, and in a particular way, engagement with those who are poor and marginalized. “The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.” (Gaudium et Spes, 1) Ex Corde calls the Catholic university “to seek to discover the roots and causes of the serious problems of our time, paying special attention to their ethical and religious dimensions.” (32) The Center for Community Engagement offers students at every level the possibility of relationship with local justice issues especially in the Miami Gardens community, with regional farmworker issues, and with global justice issues through our sustained development work with Port de Paix, Haiti.

With the earth. St. Thomas University is a beautiful campus, where attention to the natural environment has long been a priority, both in practical ways of caring for the campus and its buildings, and in the writing and research on environmental issues by faculty of the main campus and School of Law. As a Catholic university, we are called to care and be responsible for the earth and all that is living. Pope Francis calls us to a relationship with the earth and education to prepare for that relationship. “Environmental education has broadened its goals. Whereas in the beginning it was mainly centered on scientific information, consciousness-raising and the prevention of environmental risks, it tends now to include a critique of the “myths” of a modernity grounded in a utilitarian mindset (individualism, unlimited progress, competition, consumerism, the unregulated market). It seeks also to restore the various levels of ecological equilibrium, establishing harmony within ourselves, with others, with nature and other living creatures, and with God.” (Laudato Si’ 210)

 

It takes all of us to live these transformative relationships into reality, to make St. Thomas University a truly Catholic university!

 

 

 

Statement of Student Rights

 

As a result of St. Thomas’ commitment to excellence and the diversity of our University family, we strive to develop a community of individuals that infuses compassion and respect as they become transformative leaders in the world. St. Thomas University embraces the diversity of our University family and provides our students with a unique academic and social environment. Students have a right to learn both within and outside the classroom in an environment that is free from discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, disability, age, sexual orientation or veteran status.

The University encourages academic, social, and spiritual growth among its students and strives to maintain a campus climate that welcomes civil discourse on a myriad of topics and endeavors to provide forums for the exchange of new and varied ideas and opinions. While it is not possible to address all eventualities, it is important that rights of St. Thomas University students be embraced by the community and observed in the spirit of the University’s mission and identity.

These rights include, but are not limited to:

  • The right to be treated equally in academic and social settings
  • The right to live and/or attend classes in a physically safe environment
  • The right to express diverse opinions in an intellectually safe environment
  • The expectation of a positive living/learning environment
  • The right to hold other students accountable to the University community standards
  • The right to be educated and nurtured
  • The right to learn without disruption
  • The right to academic and support services that enhance student learning
  • The right to pursue academic interests
  • The right to engage in mutual collaboration
  • The right to receive student learning outcomes
  • The right to explore personal spiritual growth and development
  • The right to participate in the creation of knowledge
  • The right to know academic requirements and to be evaluated fairly
  • The right to be informed of, and share opinions on, matters affecting the University community
  • The right to equal access to available research facilities and appropriate resources
  • The right to provide service to our community and beyond
  • The right to have access to leadership development opportunities
  • The right to engage in service opportunities that enhance learning outcomes, both on and off campus
  • The right to associate with student organizations of one’s own choosing
  • The right to participate in a system of shared governance

 

 

 

Statement on Student Responsibilities

 

Students at St. Thomas University enjoy the right to exercise freedom of conduct that is consistent with the mission and identity of the University. Protection of academic and social freedom is both an individual and community responsibility. Standards of behavior have been established by the University and are intended to ensure that the exercise of individual rights does not deny rights to other individuals or the community.

Admission to St. Thomas University is a privilege and the values, principles, rules and regulations of the University are accepted by each student upon his or her voluntary registration. Central to the educational experience is the trust that all students will learn in, and benefit from, an academic environment that is both rigorous and fair. All St. Thomas University students are responsible for upholding the University community standards and promoting the values of responsibility and integrity.

While it is not possible to address all eventualities, it is important that responsibilities of St. Thomas students be embraced by the community and observed in the spirit of the University’s mission and Catholic identity. Specific standards of behavior are outlined in the several codes of conduct—student, academic, and residence life.

Student responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Personal responsibility
  • Responsibility for cultivating personal growth and development through academic, civic, and social engagement
  • Responsibility to pursue educational opportunities to the best of one’s ability
  • Responsibility for academic progression and career planning
  • Responsibility to participate in intellectual discourse/attainment or advancement of knowledge
  • Responsibility to explore personal growth and development
  • Responsibility to partner and/or cooperate with faculty and staff in the promotion of a positive living and learning environment
  • Responsibility to other students
  • Responsibility for approaching differing and diverse views and opinions with an open mind
  • Responsibility to recognize the value of diversity and an exchange of ideas within the University community
  • Responsibility for showing respect to other students
  • Responsibility to the University community
  • Responsibility for engaging in appropriate service learning experiences that improve the quality of life of those around them
  • Responsible for complying with laws, rules and regulations
  • Responsibility to maintain the property and facilities of the University
  • Responsibility to maintain a positive image of the University

 

 

 

 

 

Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs

Student Life § Student Government § Residential Life § Student Health Center § Admissions § Financial Aid § International Scholar Services § University Marketing

 

Mission

 

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs enhances academic success and holistic development of students by providing a broad array of collaborative, co-curricular programs, services and activities that promote a positive impact on the development and retention of students, personal integrity, ethical leadership, civic responsibility, environmental awareness and social consciousness.

 

Involve. Engage. Evolve…Lead!

 

Student Life

 

The Office of Student Life, located in the Student Center, is here to provide educational challenges, resources, and support for students through an integrated co-curricular program. Student participation in the activities sponsored by Student Life will allow them to develop leadership and life skills, cultivate a personal standard of ethics and values, provide opportunities to learn the value and impact of civic engagement/community service and facilitate mentorship relationships both within the walls of St. Thomas University and in the Miami Gardens and the southeast Florida area.

We accomplish these goals by:

  1. Assisting all students in developing their leadership abilities and life skills by encouraging them to seek leadership opportunities, insofar as studies show this is a major part of their educational experience;
  2. Assisting all students in cultivating their intellectual curiosity and their need to grow, evolve, and mature as persons, professionals, and students by encouraging them to attend and participate in all Student Life sponsored activities;
  3. Assisting all students in taking the major step in civil servitude towards mentorship, by joining our mentoring partnership with local Miami Gardens mentoring services;
  4. Assisting student leaders in recognizing and developing the leadership potential within themselves;
  5. Assisting student leaders in developing an understanding of the various styles, roles, and approaches used by leaders from a variety of ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds;
  6. Assisting student leaders in recognizing and developing their leadership potential within their organizations; and
  7. Assisting student leaders in establishing and maintaining effective, efficient, fiscally responsible, student organizations that are active in their educational, social, and civic engagement pursuits on campus and in the Miami Gardens and southeast Florida communities.

 

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Student Center

Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

 

Campus Activities include a rich and varied program of events, on and off campus, to supplement the classroom educational experience. With student input, an exciting calendar of educational, social, recreational, and cultural events are planned throughout the academic year. All events are advertised throughout campus and are open to all members of the St. Thomas University community.

 

 

The President presides over the SGA Executive Board (E-Board) meetings, delegate’s tasks, and serves as the official representative with regard to Senior Staff, administration, recruiting, alumni, and Board of Trustees.

The Vice President assumes duties of the President in his/her absence. The Vice President is also in chrge of the Clubs and Organizations.

The Secretary is the first face people see when walking into the SGA office, so he/she is the primary greeter.

The Treasurer keeps an accurate record of all organization spending, is responsible for returning cash and receipts to the SGA Advisor, and is the organization’s official representative for all money and spending matters.

The Speaker of the Senate is responsible for having a good connection with the “non-C/O” student population. This person will manage the Student Senate so that they are able to acknowledge what the students are saying, and develop a way to address their needs.

Student Government OfficerS

Student Government Association

 

The Student Government Association is a representative student governance body, comprised of current undergraduate students, acting as a coordinating committee pursuing initiatives for the betterment of St. Thomas University. It is responsible for maintaining communication between the students, faculty, staff and administration by providing the student body with a means to deal with the affairs of students and as a forum for the expression of student views concerning student life within the University. It coordinates activities that may impact the entire community, and help create a learning environment inside and outside the classroom that increases the chances that students will succeed at St. Thomas University.

All officers in the Student Government Association must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and must be in good standing with the Academic and Student Codes of Conduct, and, where applicable, the Residential Code of Conduct. SGA Officers are required to work 20 hours per week. These hours will include office hours and activity hours. Office hours must be posted and available to the 20 entire undergraduate student body, club advisors, and the Student Affairs staff. Failure to fulfill the 20 hour requirement may lead to removal from office.

 

Student Senate

The Student Senate is a representative student governance body comprised of current undergraduate students, acting as a coordinating committee pursuing initiatives for the betterment of St. Thomas University. It reports directly to the Student Government Association and the SGA Advisor. It is responsible for maintaining communication between the students, faculty, staff, and administration by providing the student body with a means to deal with the affairs of students.

 

Clubs and Organization

REQUIREMENTS FOR STARTING A CLUB/ORGANIZATION

Student organizations form the basis of co-curricular life at St. Thomas University and are an important element to educating the total person. Outlined below is the process by which you can propose a student organization that is recognized by the Student Affairs and the University.

A student organization seeking recognition must be non-discriminatory and open to the entire STU undergraduate and graduate populations. All proposed student organizations and any affiliated national organizations must adhere to the goals and mission of St. Thomas University and the principles of the Catholic Church. Please note that not all proposed new student organizations will be approved based on several factors including but not limited to the number of similar organizations, the interest and sustainability, the use of campus resources, likelihood of sustaining over time, appropriateness, and support of the mission and vision of the University and the Catholic Church. In addition, no organization can be in support of any specific political candidate for any election.

REQUIREMENTS FOR STARTING A CLUB/ORGANIZATION

Step 1: Complete the Registration Form found in this packet

  • SGA will inform you if your proposal has been accepted in writing within 10 business days.
  • Be prepared to answer the following questions on your proposal:
  • What is the id of the organization?
  • What is the purpose of the organization?
  • What are the short term goals for the first year of the organization?
  • What are the long term goals for the first five years of the organization?
  • What thorough research and findings has been done into any potential conflicts with the Catholic Church and explanation of how the organization is consistent with Catholic Social Teaching?
  • Any additional information?

Step 2: Hold a recruitment/organizational meeting.

  • This meeting can only be held after SGA and Student Affairs have approved your proposal
  • If your organization is approved to move on to Step 2, you will be able to reserve space and post announcements for meeting. At this meeting you should discuss with your potential members any outstanding requirements needed to complete Step 3.

Step 3: Register your Organization

  • The registration form will require the following information:
  • Organization id and description
  • Fill four (4) E-Board member (President, VP, Treasurer and Secretary), at least six members and a STU faculty or staff advisor
  • Organization constitution

Step 4: Review Process

  • Once the New Organization Registration has been submitted, the request will be reviewed by SGA Advisor. If additional information is required, the advisor will contact the organization. Student Affairs has the authority to recognize (or not recognize) student organizations on behalf of the university.
  • Upon authorization, Student Affairs will also notify the organization president and advisor. At that time, all other appropriate campus departments shall be notified that recognition is complete.

 

Campus Expression

 

Discussion and expression of all views are permitted within the University, subject to requirements for the maintenance of order and in keeping with our Catholic heritage and tradition. Support for any cause by orderly means, which do not disrupt the operation of the University, is permitted. The University retains the right to act to protect the rights and safety of individuals, the protection of property and the continuity of the educational process.

 

Students, interest groups, and student organizations may invite and hear any speaker of their choosing, subject to the requirements, outlined in the Student Handbook, for use of University facilities.

 

All University students have the right to express their views, both individually and collectively, on issues relating to University policy, through the means provided by the established Governance System, other University committees, and student media.

 

All university-affiliated individuals who wish to engage in an open public expression on campus must work through a university-affiliated organization. University-affiliated individuals include faculty, staff, and students.

 

Organizations and Speakers Not Affiliated with the University

 

Individuals or organizations not affiliated with the university may not engage in an open public expression on campus except as part of a university-approved open-public-expression event that is sponsored by a university-affiliated organization. If a non-university-affiliated individual or a representative of a non-university-affiliated organization participates in a sponsored open-public-expression event, he or she cannot use or promote the id of an individual or group without specific approval by a duly designated representative of the Vice President of Student office. The general purposes and past activities of the non-university-affiliated individual or organization may not be antagonistic to or oppose or deride the principles, doctrine, and/or general leadership of the Catholic traditions.

 

Approval of Requests for Public Expression

 

The completed Request for Public Expression form will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs or the VP’s designee, and the submitting university-affiliated organization will be notified within five working days whether the event is approved, approved with conditions, or denied. Upon explanation of exigent circumstances, the Vice President of Student Affairs or the VP’s designee may, in their sole discretion, shorten the time period for review.

 

 

Student Media

The Chronicles of STU: The goal and motive for the Chronicle is that it becomes a central and inclusive (campus wide) information source for students, faculty, and staff. With an exception of two columns that may be authored by professionals, it is completely written, designed, and laid out by STU students and alumni. We hope that as we move forward, each academic and co-curricular department on campus will have students reporting on notable student/faculty/staff research, internships/jobs that students are holding, service programs and events, academic lectures, mentoring projects, and trips, leadership or professional conferences, and social reporting on campus. The other critical element of The Chronicle is the calendar of events where departments and people campus wide are encouraged to advertise their upcoming events. This publication is put together by the SGA Secretary.

STU TV: WSTU95 is sponsored by the Institute for Communication, Entertainment and Media, (ICEM). It is a closed circuit television programming network run by St. Thomas University students. WSTU95 is committed to promoting the University’s Catholic identity and to educating ethical professionals in communications with a global context. WSTU95 programming can be found on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/WSTU95TV

 

Residential Life

 

The Office of Residential Life exists to protect the general welfare and functioning of the residential community. Having the residential community is another way the University supports students in their education pursuits by allowing them to live on campus.

Disrupting the educational mission of residence life or infractions of any regulations related to residence life may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, fines, loss of privileges, change of residency, or dismissal from the residence halls. Student conduct which is inconsistent with the goals and objectives of St. Thomas University mission will not be tolerated. Residents are required to become familiar with, and abide by the provisions outlined and set forth in the Housing Contract, the Student Code of Conduct and any residence life publications, including the Residence Life Code of Conduct.

 

Community Respect Statement

Each resident shares the responsibility of creating an environment in which all residents are respected and valued – regardless of one’s age, physical appearance, gender orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, cultural background, socio-economic status, or religious affiliation or conviction. Each resident shares the responsibility for social interaction with people from different groups.

 

General Guidelines for Successful Residence Life

College has a different meaning to each person, but what it means for most people is more freedom. You will be responsible for going to class, navigating around campus, and finding help where you need it. Adjusting to college life can be difficult, which is why STU offers a strong network of people, organizations, and services that will help you to be involved and make the most of your college experience.

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Student Center and Donnellon Hall

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Facebook: STU Residential Life Events

Instagram: stu_reslife

 

Even though you have attended school for most of your life, college differs greatly from what you have experienced. It is your responsibility to attend class and turn in assignments. Learning is a shared process between you and the faculty. Each professor creates a syllabus for the course so that you know what assignments are due and what is expected of you. However, you are responsible for attending class, doing assignments, and meeting your potential.

For students who are looking to be involved outside of the classroom, the best place to start may be in your residence hall. Your resident assistant (RA) organizes hall events to create a sense of community and introduce you to different events and opportunities on campus. Sharing a room, possibly for the first time, can be tricky. Your RA can help you adjust to college residence life as well. If you have a roommate issue and need a moderator, your RA will help.

 

Student Health Center

 

The Student Health Center, located in the Student Center, is dedicated to promoting health and well-being from the foundation of Catholic Identity guidelines for University communities. Our work is based upon the principles of Catholic Social Teachings and Catholic Health Care: the care and dignity of the individual, attending the needs of the marginalized and disenfranchised, respect for workers, care of the environment, and the promotion of peace and nonviolence in our world. At St. Thomas University, we have the unique advantage of providing an intimate, family education model, aimed at ‘Developing Leaders for Life’. The Student Health Center staff generally holds a doctoral level certification, in addition to contracted health care services provided by Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc.

At St Thomas University, the Student Health Center reminds you that:

Health is a Unity of Mind, Body and Spirit.

Services Offered

Primary Health Care: The University supports the well-being of our students. In conjunction with our mission, the Student Health Center also offers services and programs in response to the physical health needs of the student including: Preventative Care, Screening, Men’s and Women’s Health, Immunizations and Refills. These services are provided by a Registered Nurse and an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner through our contractual agreement with the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Inc. Those individuals with medical concerns that require specialized diagnosis and treatment or more comprehensive care are generally referred to a physician, clinic or hospital. Medical services received as a result of a referral are at the student’s expense and based upon insurance provisions of student health insurance or comparable health insurance. Emergency medical care is obtained at Urgent Care Centers or hospitals. Transportation to these centers is usually provided by ambulances or, in less severe cases, students may arrange for their own transportation. Emergency and urgent care medical services are partially covered by students’ health insurance. This includes ambulance services.

Counseling: The Student Health Center also provides students with assistance in addressing mental, emotional and behavioral concerns. Professional staff provides a variety of assessment, treatment and psychoeducational services. Services typically include brief psychotherapy, crisis intervention, referral programs, and psycho-educational resource materials. Through our comprehensive educational wellness programs, students may engage in “hands on” learning opportunities on special integrative wellness topics. The center also offers consultation services for faculty and staff to contribute to the overall goal of student success. Confidentiality is a foundational principle supporting our services.

Student Health Insurance: The University is pleased to offer our students an affordable health insurance plan, underwritten by Florida Blue. This plan provides worldwide health care coverage with access to Blue Cross and Blue Shield providers in all other states as well as worldwide. All full-time undergraduates (except Organizational Leadership and Health Care Management) and Law students are automatically enrolled in this insurance plan for the 2016-2017 academic year unless proof of comparable health coverage is provided online by the waiver deadline date. International students are required to purchase this plan and may not waive coverage. Both enrollment for the insurance and providing proof of alternative insurance must be done entirely online during the period of July 1st through August 28, 2016. For more information, one should check the Student Health Center or the Florida Blue link. There are no exceptions to this policy. One should review the guidelines which describe requirements for student health insurance as well as benefits and other pertinent information.

Immunization & Medical Records Management: All new students, regardless of residential or commuter status, must submit a completed medical information form and up-to-date immunization record, prior to the start of classes. Returning students must maintain an up-to-date health status form. Students electing to live in a residential hall must show proof of meningitis immunization, prior to moving on campus. For more information regarding health forms or immunization guidelines, one should visit the Student Health Center’s webpage at: www.stu.edu/studenthealth. Forms are maintained by the Student Health Center in compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

The aforementioned

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Student Center

Phone: (305) 628-6690

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website: www.stu.edu/studenthealth

 

 

Office of Admissions

 

The Office of Admissions is responsible for recruiting, admitting, and serving an eligible, diverse student population regionally, nationally, and internationally. Committed to “Developing Leaders for Life”, the University seeks undergraduate and graduate students that have shown a strong dedication to the pursuit of an education throughout their high school and college careers. The Office of Admissions also maintains the integrity of the admissions process by ensuring efficient and systematic evaluation of the credentials of applicants. Through multiple recruitment strategies, the Office of Admissions works to attract eligible students to higher education at St. Thomas University.

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 103

Phone: (800) 397-9010

(305) 628-6546

Email: signup@stu.edu

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Facebook: St.ThomasUniversity

Instagram: stthomasuniversitymiami

 

The Office of Admissions guides and supports students through all the processes related to enrolling in the undergraduate and graduate academic programs at the University. The Department works closely with all academic programs, the Department of Financial Aid, and other University offices that are relevant to undergraduate and graduate admissions.

The St. Thomas University community is a place where student learning thrives and where serving others is celebrated. Students possessing the aptitude and motivation to succeed at St. Thomas are encouraged to apply for admission. Applicants must demonstrate a level of scholastic achievement that would indicate the ability to succeed in an academic program at St. Thomas University. Holistic review processes are designed to identify students who will flourish at St. Thomas University.

Our Doors are Always Open! No Matter Where You Want to Go in Life, You Can Get There from Here!

 

Office of Financial Aid

 

At St. Thomas University, we are dedicated to providing the best education to our students. With the ever-increasing cost of a post-secondary education, more families are finding it necessary to seek assistance through financial aid. While the first resource for financing an education is one’s family, the Office of Financial Aid is committed to the philosophy that every student demonstrating financial need should be offered assistance. The availability of certain funds and timeliness of application is imperative in determining amounts of assistance available to students. Therefore, it is important to apply early and adhere to application requirements and deadlines.

Each student’s financial assistance package shall contain a component of gift aid to the extent that available funds and program eligibility will permit. Self-help will be the next component of the assistance package. With the above principles established, financial assistance shall be awarded in the following order, as eligibility and funds permit:

  1. Federal Pell Grant;
  2. Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG);
  3. State Scholarships and/or Grants;
  4. Private Scholarships and/or Grants;
  5. Institutional Merit Scholarships;
  6. Institutional Need Grant; and/or
  7. Self-help (Federal Work Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Direct Stafford Loan and/or Direct PLUS Loan for Parents)

 

Eligibility Requirements (Federal and State Programs)

Certain but not all eligibility requirements for federal and state financial assistance are summarized as follows:

  1. Complete the annual Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.gov using an FSA ID.
  2. Apply within designated deadlines.
  3. Demonstrate financial need (except for some loan programs).
  4. Have a high school diploma or a General Education Development (GED) Certificate or pass a test approved by the U.S. Department of Education or meet other standards your state establishes that are approved by the U.S. Department of Education.
  5. Be enrolled in an eligible degree or certificate program at St. Thomas University.
  6. Be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen of the U.S.
  7. Have a valid Social Security Number.
  8. Make satisfactory academic progress (as determined by the University).
  9. Sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you will use federal student aid only for educational purposes.
  10. Sign a statement on the FAFSA certifying that you do not owe a refund on a federal student grant or that you are not in default on a federal student loan.
  11. Register with Selective Service (if you are a male and 18 through 25 years of age).
  12. Not be a convicted drug offender during the period for which you will be receiving Title IV assistance.
OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 101

Hours: Monday – Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website:

http://www.stu.edu/Admissions/Financial-Aid

 

Please note some aid programs may have earlier deadlines, as established by the specific aid fund organization. These deadlines must be met to receive aid from these specific programs. The Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to providing our students with the services and information they need to meet their educational costs at the University.

 

International Student & Scholar Services

 

St. Thomas enrolls students and scholars from over 65 countries. The University seeks qualified international students and scholars who bring a special richness and diversity to the cultural life of the University community. The University assists international students and scholars in achieving educational goals while providing insight into American culture.

 

Certificate of Eligibility SEVIS I-20

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Certificate of Eligibility SEVIS I-20 is issued to admitted degree seeking students who have provided an official financial affidavit. The I-20 allows an individual to apply for an F-1 student visa at a U.S. embassy or consulate abroad.

 

Department of State DS-2019

The DS-2019 is the document issued by the sponsor of the Exchange Visitor Program (i.e. STU). It is the document used for the issuance of the J-1 visa at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy to students or scholars. The U.S. Customs & Border Patrol officer will revise the DS-2019 and the J-1 visa at the port of entry and return it to the student/scholar. The DS-2019 must be valid at all times.

International students on an F-1 student visa while in the U.S. must:

  • Be fully admitted and registered as a full-time student each semester (for graduate/doctorate students, six credit hours; and undergraduate students, 12 credit hours), and may register for only one three-credit on-line course per semester towards the course load requirements;
  • Check-in with the International Student Advisor within the first 15 days of the start of each semester, if the student is newly admitted;
  • Keep a valid I-20 throughout course of study;
  • Do not engage in off-campus employment without the authorization from USCIS or the designated school official (DSO);
  • A valid passport at least six months into the future; and,
  • A valid I-20’s travel signature for re-entry to the USA; and have medical health insurance.

International students on an F-1 or J-1 visa who are physically present in the United States are not eligible for admission into a program of study that is only offered on-line.

Important Note: J-1 students may be degree or non-degree seeking, and are required to follow the above stated guidelines to maintain legal status. J-1 scholars are required to check-in with their host department upon arrival and the international student advisor within the first five days of their arrival. Additionally, they are required under the insurance provisions in new Subpart A to have medical benefits of at least $100,000 per accident or illness, $25,000 for repatriation of remains and deductibles not to exceed $500 per accident or illness. J-1 scholars are required to comply with their contract agreement.

The International Student Advisor (the Advisor) assists international students and scholars by providing services and support related to immigration regulations and maintaining legal F-1/J-1 status while attending St. Thomas University. Advisors serve as the liaison between international students and scholars and the USCIS. Additionally, the Advisor serves as a resource to the University community. All international students and scholars are encouraged to meet regularly with the International Student Advisor for detailed information with regards to their F-1/J-1 status.

 

Change of Immigration Status

If a current F-1/J-1 student or scholar changes his or her status to a different non-immigrant classification or that of a permanent resident, a copy of the I-797 Notice of Action or Alien Registration Receipt Card (“green card”) must be submitted to the Office of Admissions and the Student Success Center. Additionally, the International Student Advisor must be notified to update the SEVIS and other University records to reflect the change of status.

 

 

 

University Resources and Services

 

 

 

Campus Ministry § Academic Enhancement § Records Management § Student Success Center § Career Development § Financial Affairs § University Library

Mail and Copy Center § Campus Recreation

 

 

 

 

Campus Ministry

 

Campus Ministry, driven by a Catholic Identity at St. Thomas University, recognizes four essential characteristics and the uniqueness of a Catholic university highlighted in the Apostolic Constitution Excorde Ecclesiae On Catholic Universities (Par. 13). The characteristics are: 1) Christian Inspiration– not simply individuals, but the Catholic university as a whole; 2) Faith Reflection– in the light of the Catholic Christian faith upon the growing treasury of human knowledge; 3) Fidelity to the Christian Message– in order to transmit the Christian message; and 4) Service to the Church and Humanity– keeping an institutional commitment of service to the people of God and to the whole human family. The word “Catholic” means universal. Therefore, Campus Ministry which is composed of faculty, staff and students, is also sensitive to the ecumenical and interfaith dimension of the University’s population by “welcoming people from all religious and humanistic traditions (The Uniqueness of a Catholic University, Part I).”

 

Mission Statement

OFFICE DETAILS
Office Location: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 111

Phone: (305) 628-6525

Email: campusministry@stu.edu

Facebook: STU Campus Ministry

The Mission of Campus Ministry Staff at St. Thomas University is geared towards the Church’s Mission of New Evangelization and discipleship in which Pope Francis calls forth opened hearts to reflect on God’s love and the joy of the Gospel, so these hearts invite and lead others to “going forth”, tell the story and live out the Gospel. This Mission has been identified in the formation of student peer ministry leaders who are mentored by the Director of Campus Ministry and the Campus Ministry Staff at STU, so they can lead and participate in the different initiatives that ignite faith on Campus and beyond (their families, circles and own communities of faith). The staff invites all the community to participate by bringing different gifts and talents that enrich the community at St. Thomas.

 

Vision

In view of the ongoing needs of the community to take Campus Ministry to the next level, Campus Ministry is envisioning a vibrant Campus Ministry based on relationships, discipleship and new evangelization and where the Eucharist and the Sacramental Life of the Church reaffirms its essence as the center and “the summit” of the community. College students are young and full of gifts and talents. They have so much to offer to the world if they are listened and mentored. This is only possible through personal relationships that eventually build sustainable friendships and life-long commitment to their faith. Campus Ministry has identified that staff and faculty members are mentors in the student’s journey. Campus Ministry Staff has taken seriously the task of empowering few student peer ministry leaders who lead youth programs, prepare in the gospel and eventually invite their friends. For this reason, beginning in the academic years of 2015-2017, Campus Ministry at St. Thomas University will count with the support of FOCUS missionaries (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) who are recent college graduates and work under the Office of Campus Ministry. These young Missionaries will be a great support to current student leaders in the ongoing task of establishing one-on-one relationships with the students and eventually invite them into a growing relationship with God, equipping them for a long-life relationship with Christ and friendship.

 

Chapel of Saint Anthony

Monday – Friday at 12:15 PM

Sunday Mass at 7:00 PM

Mass Services

The Office of Campus Ministry and its staff work in the organization of the liturgical celebrations and 77 Masses that happen at The Chapel of Saint Anthony at St. Thomas University. These liturgical celebrations are those such as daily Mass and Sunday Mass. Moreover, the Campus Ministry team is attentive to the liturgical celebrations that bring the seasons of Advent, Lent, Holy Week and Easter within the Catholic Church. Campus Ministry works in the organization of yearly celebrations such as Mass of the Holy Spirit, Baccalaureate Mass, Orientation Mass, Hispanic Heritage Mass, and International Mass. In addition, the Office of Campus Ministry and its staff extend solidarity with St. Thomas University students who observe feasts and religious holidays from other faith traditions. The Chapel is open throughout the day and provides our university community with a quiet place for private and communal prayer, worship and reflection. The chapel is also the place where liturgical and sacramental celebrations such as Mass, baptisms and marriages take place. The staff collaborates with other departments and student’s organizations in the planning and initiation of prayer services, opening prayers, faith sharing groups, workshops and also advises in matters related to the building of the community of faith at St. Thomas and the spiritual needs of the students, faculty and staff. The Campus Ministry staff encourages all Students, Faculty and Staff to visit the office and learn about how the ministry can help during their journey at St. Thomas.

 

The Campus Ministry staff welcomes each person with open arms. They invite the community to take a few minutes and enjoy a cup of coffee in the Campus Ministry office!

 

Academic Enhancement Center

 

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Institute for Workforce Enhancement

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website: www.stu.edu/testing

Phone: (305) 628-6797

The Academic Enhancement Center offers courses of instruction to prepare students for academic work at the college level and to assist them in developing basic skills. The program offers instruction in these skill areas: Writing, Reading, Mathematics, and English as a Second Language.

For disabled students, – information, application and accommodation is offered to students who provide the University with current and verifiable disability documentation.

 

Skills Courses

Students who have not presented ACT, or SAT scores, or whose scores on one or more specified subtests fall below the required minimum, will be tested using one of several available standardized tests. Students who place below the minimum scores on these tests are required to take skills courses. These courses are available in English, Reading, Mathematics and ESL. Skills Courses (with course numbers below 100):

  1. Count toward veteran’s benefits and financial aid requirements;
  2. Carry credit, but the credit cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements; and
  3. Are not computed in a student’s overall Grade Point Average (GPA).

 

English As A Second Languages

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program is designed to help non-native speakers of English obtain the proficiency necessary to operate successfully in the higher education environment. The program provides a cultural orientation to the United States and to the higher education system. Students are tested at the time of registration and are placed into an appropriate level. Each program level takes one semester to complete.

 

English for Academic Purposes

Students placed in the English for Academic Purpose (EAP) EAP1660 and EAP 1640 High Advanced level courses which are taken contemporaneously or successively are assigned 6 academic credits. For undergraduates, three credits earned in the Advanced Grammar course, EAP 1660 may apply as a general elective, and the Advanced Writing course, EAP 1640, may be applied to the undergraduate General Education Requirements in the Humanities. International graduate students who are planning to enroll in the MBA, MIB, MA in Communications and the MS in Education or the ED.D programs are required to take both EAP 1660 and EAP 1640 courses, which are assigned 6 prerequisite credits which are not calculated in the graduate GPA.

 

Office of Records Management

 

The Office of Records Management maintains a complete file on every former and current student at St. Thomas University for a period of at least five years following the student’s last registration at St. Thomas University or until the student receives a degree or certificate.

The student’s academic record at St. Thomas University is maintained in perpetuity. Each file contains:

  • All applications and documentation submitted by the student during the admissions process, including high school and college transcript.
  • An official record of transfer credits accepted by St. Thomas University
  • Any academic waivers awarded the student.
  • All alumni files minimally will contain the application to St. Thomas University, the degree clearance form, and the Diploma Clearance Form.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a written request for access. Students should submit to the Office of Records Management, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  2. The rights to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. A third party can be given information about a student’s records only with the written consent of the student. Exceptions to this policy can include: (a) parents and legal guardians of students who are dependent as defined by the Internal Revenue Service, upon presentation of proof of that IRS status; (b) courts presenting a court order or subpoena for disclosure; (c) agencies needing information regarding students on F-1 or J-1 visas; (d) the U.S. Department of Education; (e) school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on 64 the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. At St. Thomas University, directory information (that information which is freely given to those requesting it) is limited to id, dates of attendance/enrollment and degrees/certificates earned, if any.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by St. Thomas University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

The id and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW.

Washington, DC 20202-4605

http://familypolicy.ed.gov/

 

The Permanent Record

The Permanent Record of every student (except those taking courses in the St. Thomas University Law School — see separate Record Retention Policy) taking one or more courses at St. Thomas University consists of the following: personal information sufficient to identify the student as unique (id, birth date, student identification number, and Social Security number when these are available); all courses in which the student has officially enrolled with any letter grade assigned upon completion of the course; any degrees earned by the student at St. Thomas University; and the grade-point average of the student for each academic level. The Permanent Record will also indicate any academic probation, suspension, or unauthorized withdrawal and may be expunged only by the procedures set out in the Academic Policy Manual (see 2.15.1.2)

For each student who enrolled at St. Thomas University at any time prior to January 1, 1982, the Office of Records Management has either:

  1. Entered the personal information, when available, sufficient to identify the student as unique (id, birth date, student identification number, and Social Security number); all courses in which the student was officially enrolled, whether for credit or not, with the letter grade assigned; any degrees earned by the student at St. Thomas University; and the grade-point average of the student for each academic level into the database of the Administrative Computer, or
  2. Scanned the hard copy of the students’ original transcript and stored that image on compact disk. Copies of the compact disks are stored in the Office of Records Management and to a remote server located at a secure offsite facility.

For each student enrolling at St. Thomas University as a new or continuing student beginning on January 1, 1982, the Office of Records Management of St. Thomas University maintains within an electronic data file in the Datatel/Colleague database of the University a complete Permanent Record of every student. This file contains all data as identified as part of the Permanent Record in accordance with this policy. The Office of Records Management staff will, under the direction of the Registrar, add to the record such new information as pertains to the student’s demographic and academic record as it becomes available, semester-by-semester, and as the student progresses at the university.

 

Other Student Records

In addition to the Permanent Record contained in the electronic transcript, the Office of Records Management will retain the paper record file (when a paper record exists) as a repository of admission documentation and transfer transcripts of all students (except those taking courses in the St. Thomas University Law School – see separate Record Retention Policy) or for at least five years after the students last date of attendance or until the student receives a degree or certificate. Transfer courses accepted for degree credit are stored electronically within an electronic data file in the Datatel/Colleague database and are retained as part of the student’s permanent academic record. Paper records which are not part of the student’s permanent record may be kept for more than five years after the students’ last enrollment as storage space permits.

 

Directory Information

The following information is considered “Student Directory Information” and is available to the general public unless the enrolled student requests that such information be withheld: id of student, major, degrees awarded, and dates of attendance. Requests to have the information withheld must be made in writing to Student Success Center before the end of the third week of the semester.

 

Registration

Registration is a formal procedure, which represents both a financial and an academic commitment. The obligations, which a student incurs by registration, remain unless a course is canceled by the University or the student officially withdraws from a course by the deadline which depends on term for which the course offered—see the University’s Academic Calendar.

After registration, all changes of schedule must follow the formal procedure established by the Office of Records Management. This includes completion of a Change of Schedule form and submission for approval to the student’s assigned Professional Academic Advisor via Student Academic Planning. The changes become effective on the date it is approved by the student’s assigned Professional Academic Advisor in the Student Academic Planning.

Unless the official change of schedule procedure is followed, a student is financially responsible for those courses listed on registration form (and fee receipt), and receives a grade for each of those courses. Stopping attendance of the registered course does not constitute official withdrawal, just as attending the course does not in itself constitute official registration.

Undergraduate students are not permitted to register via the WEB.

Add Period

Students may add classes during the first week of the semester (or A) term, as designated on the Academic Calendar. No course may be added after the first week of the semester (or A) term.

 

Official Withdrawal

All withdrawals require completion of the online Change of Schedule form, available in the student portal, and approval of the student’s assigned Professional Academic Advisor. Students may withdraw from courses without academic penalty until the eleventh week of the fall and spring as designated on the Academic Calendar. Courses from which the student officially withdraws after the first week of classes will appear on the transcript with a grade of W.

Application for Graduation

The student’s assigned Professional Academic Advisor may complete the student’s application for graduation once it is determined that all requirements for the student’s first program of study have been met. While students may earn degrees and have the degree posted to the permanent record following Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, there are only two Commencement ceremonies held in May and December. Students graduating in August may participate in Commencement in December.

 

Participation in Commencement

The University considers Commencement to be an academic event, and thus available only to students who have either met all requirements for graduation by the date of Commencement or is enrolled in courses which, if successfully completed, will result in all requirements for graduation being met by the date of Commencement. If a student is unable to participate in Commencement, the student may participate in the next scheduled Commencement. In such cases, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain their Commencement robes at the time of their originally scheduled Commencement.

 

Veterans Administration (va)

Veterans Administration
Veterans Administration Regional Office

P.O. Box 1437

St. Petersburg, FL 33731

 

St. Thomas University is approved for undergraduate and graduate education of Veterans and eligible dependents under current public laws. Students who may be eligible for educational benefits under any Veterans Administration program should communicate with the VA directly.

Eligible students MUST contact the Office of Records Management at (305) 474-6950 at least one semester in advance of the date of their intended enrollment at the University. For further information, phone the Southeastern Regional Office at (800) 827-1000.

 

TOEFL Requirements for Non-Native Speakers of English

Lower Division Undergraduate: Paper – 525 Computer – 197

Junior, Senior and Graduate: Paper – 550 Computer – 213

ETS-TOEFL IBT
ETS-TOEFL IBT

P.O. Box 6153

Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6153

1-800-60-TOEFL /1-800-468-6335

Web: http://www.toefl.org

 

All admitted students whose primary language is not English will be tested regardless of their TOEFL score. A Non-Native speaker of English will have a TOEFL flag placed on his/her file. The flag will be removed when the student has demonstrated the required English proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening, comprehension skills.

Information on test sites and dates for the TOEFL exam can be obtained by writing them directly. St. Thomas is an official site for administering the TOEFL exam.

 

Student Success Center

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 117

Hours: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website: www.stu.edu/StudentSuccessCenter

Email: studentsuccesscenter@stu.edu

Phone: (305) 474-6900

Fax: (305) 474-6930

 

St. Thomas University is constantly striving to enhance the services provided to students and assist them towards the completion of their academic endeavors. Based on our core value of student success, deriving from our mission, we have focused our efforts on implementing best practices to enhance student success and timely degree completion! The Student Success Center (formerly known as the Bobcat Enrollment Center) is designed to eliminate gaps from admission to placement to academic advising, and provides students with a single location for those services.

 

Student Success Technological Systems

Improving self-service systems for students, providing tools to improve communications between academic advisors and students, and proactive advising for students is critical to student success.

Starfish: Starfish is replacing the F.I.R.S.T. and S.T.A.R. systems, and has the ability to integrate data from multiple systems, easier use for faculty and academic advisors, the ability to generate communication based on system data as well as alerts entered by faculty. The student interface allows a student to track their academic progress.

− New Student Orientation

− Registration

− Professional Academic Advising

− Early Alert & Follow-up

− Academic Planning through Completion (semester by semester)

− Faculty Engagement

− Student Success Technological Systems

− Career Services

− Tutorial Services and Labs

 

Key Components of the Student success Center

Student Academic Planning: The Student Academic Planning system permits students to work with their assigned professional academic advisor to plan and schedule courses aligned with their chosen program of study. Additionally, the system facilitates communications between academic advisor and advisee related to academic planning and course selection. Its automation permits students to be more aware of their commitments.

Focus 2: Career Assessment tool, which aligns student’s feedback and responses to the University’s programs of study, and provides students with career exploration options.

 

Academic Advising

The Center employs Professional Academic Advisors to provide academic advising for all undergraduate students. Professional Academic Advisors are central players in the student success process. They are assigned to each student at the point of admittance based on student’s selected program of study. Advisors work collaboratively with all other areas at St. Thomas University, including academic areas and faculty for referrals and assistance in helping the students in their case load. Academic advising intents to build student engagement from first semester course registration to completion.

S.O.C.R.A.T.E.S. Tutoring Center

The Student Oriented Center for Retention through Tutoring and Educational Services is located on the second floor of STU’s Library. It is designed to provide assistance to students who need or desire help in their academic endeavors. Tutorial Services and Labs: (1) Math Lab, (2) Writing Lab. (3) ESL Lab, and (4) Subject Area Tutoring.

 

Testing Center

The Center provides undergraduate and graduate skills assessment, as well as other computer-based exams, to both St. Thomas University students and non-St. Thomas University students.

Placing Exams (The College Board): Accuplacer ½ Accuplacer WritePlacer

College Credit Exams: Students obtaining satisfactory scores in a particular subject area can earn college credits by completing – College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) ½ DSST Program (formally known as Dantes)

Other Exams: General Knowledge Test (students must pass to be admitted to the Student Teaching Internship at STU. Passing scores on this test are required for the Florida Teacher Certification ½ Miller Analogies Test (MAT) ½ Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOFEL – Evaluates English proficiency, to register and for more information, visit http://www.toeflgoanywhere.org)

 

Career Services

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 117

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website: www.stu.edu/career

Phone: (305) 628-577

Facebook: STUCareerServices

Instagram: stu_careerservices

 

Career Services fosters relationships with employers to facilitate employment opportunities to students and alumni for full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities. We combine one-on-one career advising with the latest in career-related technology, including an internet-based system for professional, internship, and part-time openings and resume referrals. Located in the Student Success Center.

Services available to students:

  • Student Self-assessment
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Internships and Experiential Learning
  • Career Expos
  • Career Resources
  • Career Workshops and Class Visits
  • Mock Interviews
  • Mentoring Program

 

 

University Library

 

The University Library provides quality student-centered services and information that meet the needs of St. Thomas University’s students. We connect students with the tools necessary to become active, knowledgeable members of their chosen fields. The faculty and staff of the library support student learning and strive to engage students in an approachable, accessible, and supportive environment. The library also hosts a variety of activities and events designed to appeal to student interests and encourage student pride, participation, and active engagement in a range of issues.

Using our E-Research gateway, students can access to over 275,106 journals, magazine, streaming videos, and newspaper full-text titles in digital format and over 223,000 e-books. The Library also has an in-house collection of over 250 print journal and newspaper titles. Access to these collections and services is available from any computer on campus, and from home with your University email user id and password. The Library faculty and staff will be happy to teach you how to use these powerful products in person, by e-mail, chat, or over the telephone.

At our downstairs wireless Internet café, the Library sells numerous styles of American coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. All beverages are $1, and proceeds help us provide best-selling fiction, music, and DVD movies for students. Flat screen televisions are located in the café, and café style seating for group work and hanging out with your friends.

Our research computer lab is adjacent to the Reference Research Help Desk on the first floor. This is where you can receive professional help in electronic and print research, as well as assistance developing ideas for your research projects.

Upstairs, the library building houses two additional computer labs. All incoming freshman will receive library and electronic research instruction through the UNI-101 course in the Information Literacy Lab. More advanced research instruction will occur through upper level classes using databases and print material relevant to specific subject areas and assignments. Librarians also teach students how to use bibliographic software to easily create research papers with endnotes or footnotes.

The entire library building is a wireless computer network, and physical laptop computer plug-in connections are also on the first and second floors. Outside the Library, wireless seating around the lake has electricity and Internet access for 48 people studying alone or in groups. The Library also offers three study rooms for small groups that can be checked out at the Front Desk.

The general collection on the second floor is where you will find books you can borrow and take home by presenting your valid student I.D. Books are loaned for a period of one month and maybe renewed for another month unless another person needs the book. The desk at the entrance to the library is where you will present your student identification card before taking your book; it also is where you will find reserve items (articles, books, videos, etc.) placed for you to use by your professors. The Front Desk also is where you pay library fines (.25 cents per book for each day late; $2.00 per hour for reserve items).

If we don’t have the book or article you’re looking for, the Library provides interlibrary loan services. Material can be delivered here from other libraries throughout Florida and across the United States. The time frame for this service ranges from 3 days to over two weeks. Electronic forms for making book requests are available from the interlibrary loan link on the Library web page, or you can receive assistance at the Reference Desk. When the books or articles arrive, you will be notified to pick them up at the Front Desk.

The Library building provides a FAX machine in the Reference Desk area and a copy machine exist immediately outside the Reference Desk area. Copies are .10 cents each. Dollar bills are accepted and the machine provides change after one photocopy is created.

 

Library hours are posted at our website, and students should check this periodically to keep track of holiday hours. Whether you’re visiting us for your research needs, a stroll through our upstairs Atrium Art Gallery, a visit to our Internet café, or to use our laptop connections or study with friends, stop by and say hello. We’re here to help you.

 

Children in the University Library

The University Library is not designed for minor children. Children may cause distraction for the faculty, staff, and students who are working and studying in the library, and library staff may not and will not watch, supervise, or care for any minor. Children who are not accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child will be reported

OFFICE DETAILS
Hours: Monday – Thursday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM

Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Saturday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Sunday from 2:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Website: www.stu.edu/library

Phone: (305) 474-6860

Front Desk: (305) 628-6667

Reference Desk: (305) 628-6668

Interlibrary Loan: (305) 628-6671

Archives & Museum: (305) 628-6719

Facebook: STULibrary

Instagram: stulibrary

Pinterest: STU Library

Twitter: STULibrary

YouTube: STU Library & Archives

 

to security. The University will attempt to accommodate St. Thomas University students with children, but they must follow faculty and staff directions. Children who are accompanied by an adult may not be allowed to be logged into a computer, and library faculty and staff may require adults with children to check out a study room if one is available to reduce the distraction of others. Adults with children who do cause a distraction will be asked and required to leave the library building.

 

Archives & Museum

The Archbishop John C. Favalora Archive & Museum houses the St. Thomas University Archives and the Archdiocese of Miami Archives as well as other special collections. The collection includes manuscripts, documents, photographs, objects, rare books, newspapers, and other printed and audio-visual scholarly resources. The museum galleries host special exhibitions throughout the year. Items from the collections may be viewed by students and other scholars at a special reading room located in the University Library.

 

 

Campus Recreation

 

OFFICE DETAILS
Website: www.stu.edu/fitnesscenter

Phone: (305) 628-6558

Facebook:

Instagram:

Twitter:

 

The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness is a state of the art 62,000 square foot facility that is home to St. Thomas University’s Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, as well as the Women’s Volleyball team, and a learning laboratory for the nationally ranked Sports Administration program. The center is equipped with a fitness center, an athletic training room, team locker rooms, fitness locker rooms, full size gymnasium for volleyball and basketball, a concession and lounge area, mezzanine level academic classrooms, a conference room, a racquetball/squash court/multi-purpose room, Bobcat Sports Administration offices, and Athletic Coaching offices. Additionally, the facility is used for intramural 59 sports, university commencement, and special events.

Our mission as the Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness is to enrich the quality of student life for the STU community by embracing all dimensions of wellness.

Intramural Sports

The Fernandez Family Center for Leadership and Wellness offers a variety of intramural activities featuring team and individual competition. These activities include flag football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, netball, table tennis (ping pong), badminton, racquetball, squash, tennis instruction, and more. Register online at imleagues.com. All policies and procedures can be found online.

 

Fitness Center

The fitness center is a 2,800 square foot area equipped with machines and weights for all fitness levels. Cardio equipment includes treadmills, ellipticals, arc trainers, bicycles, and several weight machines for a total body workout. This area also features a dumbbell rack that ranges from 5lbs-100lbs, barbells, and over 150 rubber grip plates from 2.5lbs-55lbs. It is open to current students, faculty, staff, and paid alumni. Hours of the fitness center, a mandatory membership application for use, along with policies and procedures can be found at www.stu.edu/fitnesscenter. Racquetball/Squash Court/Multi-Purpose Court DVDs of Insanity, P90X, T25, and Zumba can be checked out at the Lobby Window for your use. Open Play Basketball and volleyball courts can be used during designated times. Additional Recreational Facilities Outdoor swimming pool, outdoor basketball courts, and tennis courts. Equipment Check-Out Recreational equipment can be checked-out from the Lobby Window of the FFC during operational hours. An STU ID must be presented for equipment check-out. ID will be returned upon return of equipment. If equipment is damaged or lost, participant will be billed for charges on their STU account. Use of all recreational facilities requires a valid STU ID. All current students, faculty, staff, and paid alumni must present proper identification upon request; no guests allowed.

No ID, NO ENTRY, NO EXCEPION.

ID cards will be confiscated if presented by any person other than the rightful owner. Proper STU ID must be presented before participation in all activities. If you do not have an ID card, please make your way to the Student Success Center.

 

Mail and Copy Center

 

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Lewis Hall/Physical Plant

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Closed for lunch from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM

 

Resident Student On-Campus Address

Student id

Building id & Room Number

St. Thomas University

16401 NW 37th Avenue

Miami Gardens, FL 33054

 

The St. Thomas University Mail and Copy Center provides all the same services as regular United States Postal Service stations except for cashing money orders.

If a student moves off campus during the year, they must go to the Mail and Copy Center and complete a change of address form. This will ensure that all First Class mail is forwarded to their new address for a period of six months. Bulk mail, i.e. magazines, newspapers or advertisements are not covered under this forwarding order therefore the student should contact the companies directly to notify them of the address change. All Bulk mail is disposed of. Failure to complete the change of address form will result in all First Class Mail being returned to sender.

 

Package Pickup Policy

When a package is received by the Mail and Copy Center, the staff will place a notice in the student’s mailbox. Only the person to whom the package is address can take possession of the parcel. Positive ID (STU ID or driver’s license) must be shown to receive a package. Packages are available for pick-up during regular hours of operation.

Due to the large volume of mail and packages received on Mondays or after a holiday mail and packages will be ready for pick up after 1:30pm on those days otherwise mail and packages will be available for pick up at 9:00am. Courier/express companies will not make deliveries to the university on Saturdays. Students will receive notification of packages or express mail received on their behalf by the Mail and Copy Center. Students must remit monies to cover the cost of cash on deliver (C.O.D.) packages prior to the mailroom accepting delivery of the same. Students must have the exact amount for all C.O.D. shipments as neither the Mail & Copy Center nor the vendors can make change. The University Bookstore, located in Carrol Hall provides FED/EX Next Day Service, Second Day, and Ground Service.

 

Office of Financial Affairs (Business Office)

 

Payments may be made by cash, check (subject to being honored by the bank on which drawn), credit card (currently VISA, MasterCard, and Discover), financial aid authorization, or bank wire transfers.

OFFICE DETAILS
Location: Mimi Dooner Hall, Room 10-

Hours: Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Website: www.stu.edu/officeoffinancialaffairs

Business Office Bulletin: http://web.stu.edu/Portals/0/fybasic.pdf

University Tuition and Fees Information:

http://web.stu.edu/IMG/pdf/TUITIONFEESMAIN.pdf

 

If a student wishes to use anticipated Financial Aid funds toward payment at registration, he/she must have previously received a Financial Aid award. Should the Financial Aid award be less than the amount owed the University; the difference must be paid in full at the time of registration. Grants and loans administered by the University are credited to a student’s account once the award process has been completed. Student loans are electronically disbursed to the University weekly excluding holidays or University closures. Some student loans are disbursed in the awarded amount less 5% processing fees others are disbursed in the awarded amount. Student loans disbursed in the form of a paper check usually require endorsement from the student before it can be applied to his/her account. Students should visit the Office of Financial Affairs with valid identification to endorse the check. Valid identification includes a state driver’s license, student ID or passport.

*** Student’s that are not eligible for financial aid or refuse to apply for financial aid must pay 50% at the time of registration and the other 50% by the 8th day of the term.

 

 

Late Registration

Students that have not completed registration before the first day of the semester/term will be assessed a late registration fee. This fee varies based on the time registration is complete. See Business Office Bulletin online for details.

 

International Students

International students are required to pay 50% of the tuition and fee charges at the time of registration. The remaining 50% is due by the 100% refund period (8th day of the term). International students are not permitted to register via the WEB.

In addition, all unpaid balances (net of financial aid and payment plans) are assessed 5% interest charge (APR) annually until balance is paid in full (no exceptions).

 

Add/Drop Class Adjustments and Refund Policy

When you complete a Change of Schedule form and your credit hours increase from your original registration credit hours (during the posted add/drop period), payment is due immediately for any resulting additional charges. When you authorize a decrease in credit hours below full-time (12 hours for undergrad (UG) during the posted add/drop period), your tuition and general fee assessment will be adjusted and your Financial Aid award(s) will be adjusted accordingly. A fee of $10 will be charged per course added/dropped.

Exception: If class changes occur due to cancellation by University’s administration and your new total credits fall below full-time, (12 hours for UG) you will receive 100% tuition and fee adjustment for this change only.

 

“A” Session and Terms

Undergraduate students enrolled in “A” Terms or Sessions are allowed to withdraw by the 8th day of the first session. Graduate students, if registered for “A6” and “A7”, may withdraw from either session during the first eight (8) days of “A6” or “A7” and be eligible for a 100% refund.

 

St. Thomas University Refund Policy

Tuition refunds are based on total tuition charges and not on the amount paid. If you have been awarded federal aid, these programs from which the funds were disbursed will be refunded in accordance with Federal Law. Registration fees and deposits are non-refundable. In the case of “A” terms, the term begins on the first business meeting day of classes for that session, not the student’s first class day. Students who register but do not attend classes, or who stop attending classes, will not receive credit unless they withdraw officially by submitting a completed official withdrawal (add/drop) form to the Student Success Center. The effective date of withdrawal is the date on which Student Success Center receives the form. See Business Office Bulletin online for details.

 

Special Billing to Third Parties

Authorization from third parties and/or students is required in order for the Office of Financial Affairs-Student Accounts Business Office to invoice for payments. Common examples of third party organizations are: AmeriCorps, Florida Prepaid, U.S. Customs, Veterans Affairs, and Vocational Rehabilitation. Most of these organizations provide documentation. In the absence of such documentation, students should provide written authorization (including email) and detailed contact information for the Business Office to contact and invoice the organization on his/her behalf. Students should deliver documentation to the Student Success Center at the time of registration.

Sponsorship payments are due within 30 days after the semester begins. If the third party fails to honor its agreement, payment is due immediately from the student.

 

Installment Payment Plan

You may choose to pay charges owed for an upcoming academic year (Fall and Spring semesters only) through a University approved tuition installment plan. A non-refundable payment plan application fee of $75.00 is required visit See Business Office Bulletin online for details.

 

The Right to Privacy and Disclosure Regarding Financial Records

The Gramm-Leach Bliley Act enacted in 1999 provides for safeguarding customer information and their right to privacy and disclosure. In accordance with this, all phone queries received from students or third parties requesting account information will have to be authenticated. Authentication identifiers include but are not limited to: full id of student, date of birth, last 4 digits of social security number, permanent address, and documented authorization to release account information-in case of a third party. Students should also print their full id or ID # on any check payment sent by mail.

 

Truth in Lending Act

The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110-35) (HEOA) added section 128(e)(3) to the TILA to require that before a private educational lender may consummate a private education loan for a student in attendance at an institution of higher education, the private education lender must obtain the completed and signed Self-Certification Form from the applicant. The Federal Reserve Board’s Final Regulations published on August 14, 2009 incorporate this new requirement at 12 CFR 226.48(e). The self-certification form must be completed and submitted to the Business Office.

This student form is located via the web under the Office of Financial Affairs.

 

Student Account Clearance Required for Future Registration, Transcripts, and Diplomas

The University prohibits registration, release of transcripts or the issuance of a certificate of completion or diploma to any student who has not satisfied their financial obligations to the University. See Business Office Bulletin online for details.

 

Delinquent Student Accounts

Students are responsible for their course selection and will be held liable for tuition and fees incurred as stated on their registration statement unless a written withdrawal form is filed with Student Success Center before the end of the specified 100% refund period. Therefore, the University reserves the right to refer student accounts to a collection agency, and or attorney and to disclose any relevant information to credit bureau organizations if payment of total charges is not made within 120 days.

In such an event, the student shall be liable for all collection expenses and, if required, all reasonable attorney fees associated with the collection of the outstanding balances and accumulated interest.

 

Dropping/Withdrawing

The funds you are awarded are intended to help meet your educational expenses while attending the University. If you withdraw, drop out of school, drop below half-time, or change enrollment status in any given enrollment period, your financial aid award may be reduced or canceled, and you may be required to return a portion of the aid awarded to you. If you are entitled to a refund of your tuition, all or part of the refund may be applied to the financial fund from which your aid was awarded. You may also be required to refund a portion of the funds disbursed directly to you. The amount of the refund is based on formulas established by the U.S. Department of Education. You should consult with an Enrollment Services Specialist at the Student Success Center prior to dropping or withdrawing to avoid an unnecessary financial hardship.

Students are responsible for their course selection and will be held liable for tuition and fees incurred as stated on their registration statement unless a written withdrawal form is filed with Student Success Center before the end of the specified 100% refund period. See pages 27-28 for further explanation of the role of the Student Success Center in the registration and change of schedule processes.

Students who wish to drop classes in order to receive a full refund must report to the Student Success Center no later than the final full refund drop date (100% Refund Withdrawal Date). See Business Office Bulletin online for details. Courses officially dropped with a 100% refund will be removed from the student’s record. Amounts due to the University will be deducted before any check disbursement or credit is issued. Payment should be made at or mailed to Student Success Center.

 

 

Sun Trust/Miami, N.A.

Corporate Cash Management

777 Brickell Avenue

Miami, Florida 33131

 

Phone: (800) 947-3786

 

ABA Number: 061000104

Account Number: 0189001210477

 

St. Thomas University

16401 NW 37th Avenue

Miami Gardens, Florida 33054

 

Phone: (305)474-6977

Wire Transfer information

Wire Transfer Payments

Wire transfer of funds for payment on your account at St. Thomas University can be handled through a full service bank.

 

Federal Perkins Loan Program

The Office of Financial Affairs manages the Federal Perkins Loan Program. The Perkins fund is a revolving fund, that is, funds are replenished by student borrowers who fully repay their loans. Students who are awarded this loan are required to complete entrance and exit counseling which discloses their rights and responsibilities regarding timely repayment and the consequences of loan default. See Business Office Bulletin for details.

 

The University reserves the right to change without notice its tuition, fees, Service charges, rules and regulations at the beginning of any semester or Term and during the year should conditions so warrant. This right will be exercised judiciously.

 

 

 

Contracted Services

 

 

 

Public Safety § Metz Dining § Bookstore § Bobcat Shuttle

 

 

G4S Public Safety and Emergency Management

 

The Public Safety Department provides protection and service on campus 24 hours a day. Public Safety should be called to report all emergencies, crimes, or suspicious situations. Public Safety also provides assistance in jump-starting vehicle batteries, giving vehicle owners access in case of lockouts and, when appropriate, giving STU community members entry into locked buildings or offices.

  1. The Public Safety emergency telephone system is advertised throughout the University community. Emergency telephones are located at strategic locations on campus to provide communication with Public Safety at any time, especially in an emergency. These are blue light telephones.
  2. The Public Safety staff works in conjunction with all emergency and care-giving services, including: local law enforcement, the fire department, emergency services, and other University or community service units.
  3. To help boost crime prevention on campus, the Public Safety staff performs several informational sessions for students and staff regarding safety and security, when requested.
  4. Public Safety officers are highly trained in life safety and security. Each is certified in CPR/AED. Each officer is oriented through an intense training program. Regular refresher training is given to staff in patrol, reporting, investigation and in relating to the campus community.

The Public Safety Department provides uniformed Public Safety supervisor and officer presence, patrol and inspection for the campus.

 

Emergency Management and STUAlert!

The University’s Office Physical Plant’s Risk Management, Environmental Compliance, and Emergency Management works collaboratively with Public Safety and local, regional, state and federal partners as it focuses on emergency preparedness, prevention/mitigation, response and recovery.

STUAlert! messages are sent via voicemail, text, email, wall-mounted in-class/common-area notification system, and public address system. When an emergency occurs, an alert will be sent to you via the method(s) you have selected on MyBobcat. Update personal contact information and the methods by which you want to be notified of an emergency by clicking the appropriate link: Students, Faculty, Staff. Students are responsible for maintaining their contact information for STUAlerts! to maximize the University’s capability to notify them of a life threatening emergency and issue appropriate protective actions.

Location: Lewis Hall/Physical Plant

Phone: (305) 628-6500

Website: www.stu.edu/publicsafety

www.stu.edu/emergency

Emergency notifications will also appear on the University’s Facebook & Twitter accounts.

 

 

 

Metz Culinary Management/Dining Services

http://www.metzstthomas.com/

Metz Culinary Management offers three (3) dinning locations to service the campus community.

 

Bobcat Cafe

Breakfast (Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM): A wide variety of delicious items are offered at breakfast, including cooked-to-order eggs and omelets, fresh fruit, hot and cold cereals, breakfast meats and potatoes, a Belgian waffle station, assorted beverages and pastries plus much, much more.

Continental Breakfast (Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM)

Lunch (Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM): Lunch will feature options at our full soup and salad bar, Market Street Deli, Just Desserts and all-you-care-to-drink beverages.

Extended Lunch (Monday through Friday from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM)

Dinner (Monday through Friday from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM ½ Saturday and Sunday from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM): Dinner consists of a full salad bar with freshly prepared soups, a variety of hot entrees at our Main Plate Station, J. Clark’s Grille, Live Well & a made-to-order Bravo Station for culinary specialties.

Brunch (Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM): Hot breakfast selections vary weekly, including made-to-order omelets, pancakes hot off the griddle are offered, along with a variety of hot luncheon items.

 

Rathskellar

Located in the Student Center, Rathskellar offers a variety of dining options such as J. Clark’s Grille, Pizza Express, Up for Grabs items and the convenience of the C-Store.

Opened Monday through Thursday from noon to midnight, and Friday through Sunday from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM.

 

Einstein Brothers Bagels

Located in the STU campus library, Einstein’s features a large selection of bagels, pastries and sandwich options for breakfast or any other time of the day. Einstein’s also offers you a full line of gourmet coffee options. It is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM when the University is in sessions, i.e. open to students.

 

 

Follett Bookstore

 

St. Thomas University chose us to provide their students (you!) with course materials, general reading books and references, supplies, computer products, and spirit apparel and accessories. We work to bring the best selection at fair prices to the college and you. The local bookstore staff stays in tune with campus and community issues, and knows the campus inside and out. Behind the bookstore, there is an army of buyers, techies and other support people who provide this store with new and used textbooks in astonishing quantities, as well as all the other products and services in the store. The Saint Thomas Book Center is part of the efollett.com bookstore network.

The efollett network serves over four million students across North America. The network’s clout allows us to bring you the largest selection of used textbooks, the most cash at book buyback, and the best school logo’s merchandise. What does this mean to you?

  • You can shop the Saint Thomas Book Center www.stu.bkstr.com or directly through efollett.com. The bookstore and efollett have the largest selection of used textbooks anywhere.
  • You can pick your books by course and have them shipped to your door, or save the shipping cost and pick them up in the store.
  • Then, just in case you need to, you can return the book right to this store (and not have to deal with sending anything back through the mail).

 

 

Location: Carrol Hall

Hours: Monday – Thursday from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Phone: (305) 625-5179

Fax: (305) 621-6090

Email: stu@bkstr.com

Website: www.stu.bkstr.com

 

 

 

Bobcat Shuttle and Other Transportation Services

 

TriRail Only from 7:30 AM to 9:45 AM

TriRail and WalMart Neighborhood Market from 3:00 PM to 7:15 PM

 

*** The morning loop takes about 10 minutes and the afternoon loop will take 15-20 minutes.

Shuttle Schedule

The Bobcat Shuttle provides free transportation service on a fixed route within Stu’s campus for students, faculty, and staff. Riders wishing to board can do so at anyone of our 4 campus stops, Walmart Neighborhood Market stop, or TriRail stop.

The Bobcat Shuttle bus is monitored by a GPS, called SmartTraxx. Students can access bus arrival times via their smart phone, PC, iPad or other compatible electronic devices. The SmartTraxx App makes this process very easy.

The App is available for Android and for iOS platforms.

 

TriRail/SFRTA EASY Card

The discount TriRail/SFRTA EASY Card is available to eligible discount passengers (Persons with Disability, seniors, and students). The EASY Card can be purchased online by visiting the TriRail website or in person at one of their four ticket kiosk locations.

To access additional information, please visit: www.tri-rail.com/fares/easy-card/#benefits

 

Metro-Dade Transit Pass/EASY Card

St. Thomas University’s Follett Bookstore allows students who are interested in participating in Miami-Dade Transit College Discount Program the opportunity to purchase the College EASY Card.
An EASY Card and parking permit for Miami-Dade transit system can be pre-ordered by visiting the campus bookstore located in Carroll Hall. The monthly EASY Card is $56.25 and the parking permit is $11.25. You must purchase the EASY Card and parking permit in advance (before the 20th of the month) at the bookstore. When the EASY Card and parking permit(s) are available for pickup a notification will be sent by the bookstore.

For more information regarding the EASY Card, please visit: www.miamidade.gov/transit/college-pass.asp

 

Blink CarCharging

CarCharging has a goal to ensure that drivers of electric vehicles are able to recharge their cars’ batteries wherever they live, work, and play. The company has deployed EV charging stations to reduce “range anxiety” and foster a zero emission environment that leads to oil-independence.

STU has an electric vehicle (EV) charging station available for use at a rate of $0.51/kWh. EV customers have the opportunity to register at Blink’s website to request a free Blink InCard. There are two designated spots reserved for the charging station is located in the Donnellon parking lot (lot #3, aisle A).

For more information and registration, please visit their website at: www.carcharging.com

 

 

 

 

https://www.stu.edu/students/Student-Affairs/Transportation-at-STU

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Academic Community Standards

 

 

 

 

St. Thomas University, Florida’s Archdiocesan Catholic University, adopts the fundamental vision of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Catholic faith, and values the wisdom to be found in the Bible and in other church teaching. St. Thomas seeks to establish a Judeo-Christian environment in which all may develop spiritually as well as intellectually.

The academic community places the highest value on truth, the quest for knowledge, and respect for others in an atmosphere of academic excellence. Both faculty and students are expected to maintain the highest standard of academic honesty and present work that is genuinely their own. Academic dishonesty undermines the establishment of the Judeo-Christian environment sought by St. Thomas. Therefore, faculty and students will neither commit nor tolerate cheating, plagiarism, or any other form of academic dishonesty.

How does one implement the value of Academic Honesty?

  1. Know what academic dishonesty is and avoid any occurrence of it.
  2. Prepare thoroughly for all assignments.
  3. Prepare thoroughly for all tests.
  4. Do not let other students copy from your work or tests.
  5. Discourage dishonesty among other students.
  6. Refuse to assist dishonest students who cheat, plagiarize, or are dishonest in other ways.

 

Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty is considered to be the representation of another’s work as one’s own, either directly or through complicity in falsification; cheating; plagiarism; facilitation of academic dishonesty; or infringement on the academic rights of others. Instructors show responsibility toward the prevention of academic dishonesty by explaining to students what constitutes academic dishonesty within the particular requirements of a course.

 

Areas of Academic Dishonesty

  1. Falsification is the intentional and unauthorized invention or fabrication of any information or citation in an academic exercise. An example of falsification includes but is not limited to making misrepresentations about facts in a report for a class.
  2. Cheating is intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in an academic exercise. Examples of cheating include but are not limited to:
    1. Looking at notes or another student’s examination during a test or allowing another student to do so. Tests and examinations are considered original work unless working together is expressly permitted by the instructor.
    2. Copying homework assignments from another student or source when not permitted by the instructor or giving your homework to another student to copy.
    3. Submitting as your own work any academic exercise prepared by someone else.
    4. Submitting the same paper in two or more courses without the permission of the appropriate instructors.
    5. Having another student take your examination or do/prepare your assigned work.
  3. Plagiarism is intentionally or unintentionally representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Examples of plagiarism include but are not limited to:

  1. Presenting assignments, such as course preparations, examinations, tests, projects, and term papers, which are not original work of the student. Original work of the student may include thoughts, ideas, and words of another author only if their source is acknowledged using normally accepted standards.
  2. Using information from printed/video/audio materials produced by others and presenting it as your own.
  3. Altering thoughts or writing of others to make them appear as one’s own. Purchasing, rewriting, or stealing a paper and making it look as if it were your own.
  1. Facilitating academic dishonesty is intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to commit an act of academic dishonesty. Examples of facilitating academic dishonesty include but are not limited to:
    1. Giving or selling a term paper or project to another student.
    2. Stealing a term paper or project for the purpose of giving or selling it to another student.
    3. Taking an exam or preparing work for another student.
    4. Offering money or a gift to a faculty member or anybody else in an attempt to gain an academic advantage.

 

Academic Disciplinary Committee

 

This committee is appointed at the beginning of the academic year to hear student appeals. The committee is comprised of one faculty member from each School/College appointed by the Dean of that School/College and the student body President. The decision of this committee is final and should be immediately communicated to the Dean of the School/College whose decision was appealed.

Procedures to be Followed if a Student is Accused of Academic Dishonesty

 

Offense Involving A Student’s Grade Relating to Plagiarism

In the case where the charge of academic dishonesty involves a grade for the student in a specific course or program the procedure to follow is:

  1. If there is reason to suspect that a student has violated the Academic Conduct Code, the instructor must discuss, in private, the charges and evidence with the student.
  2. If the instructor is satisfied that the charges are justified, a grade of “F” may be assigned to the work of the student, or if the instructor is convinced that the act of academic dishonesty is sufficiently serious, the student may be given the grade of “F” for the course. The instructor will notify the student of the decision. If the student does not appeal this decision, then no further action is necessary.
  3. If the incident is not resolved, the student must appeal in writing to the Chairperson or the Dean’s Designee for consideration. If the incident is unresolved, the Chairperson or the Dean’s Designee 91 will communicate the incident to the Dean of the School/College in which that course is offered, who will issue a decision within 15 days.
  4. The student will have the right to appeal the decision of the Dean in writing (within 30 days of the Dean’s decision) to the Academic Disciplinary Committee and to have a hearing with the Dean present or anyone else the Committee Chairperson deems appropriate. All parties will be afforded the opportunity to present evidence and argument on all issues involved. The decision of the Academic Disciplinary Committee is final.

 

Offense not Involving A Student’s Grade in a Course

  1. When the academic dishonesty involves more than the grade in a course, the offense is reported to the Dean of the School/College. The Dean must discuss, in private, the charges and evidence with the student. In situations where more than one School/College in involved, the offense is reported to the Associate Provost.
  2. If the Dean/Associate Provost is satisfied that the charges are justified, the appropriate administrator will notify the student of the decision and penalty within 15 days.
  3. The student will have the right to appeal the decision of the Dean/Associate Provost in writing (within 30 days of the notification of the decision) to the Academic Disciplinary Committee and to have a hearing with the academic administrator present or anyone else the Committee Chairperson deems appropriate. All parties will be afforded the opportunity to present evidence and argument on all issues involved. The decision of the Academic Disciplinary Committee is final.

If, at any stage, the student is found innocent of the accusation, no further action will be taken, and there will be no evidence of the incident recorded in the student’s record.

If the student is found to be guilty of academic dishonesty sufficient in magnitude to result in expulsion from the university, a record of the incident will be placed in the student’s academic record in the Office of Records, Registration and Academic Computing by the Dean. If the student is allowed to re-enroll in the university and completes his/her degree/certificates successfully without further violation of the Academic Code, the record of the incident will be removed from the student’s file upon degree/certificate completion.

 

 

Attendance Policy

 

Beginning July 1, 2011, any institution that requires the faculty to take attendance for any part of the semester, now is defined as an institution required to take attendance and the institution must return any unearned Title IV funds within 45 days of the student’s last actual date of attendance. In addition, we can no longer use an official withdrawal as the last date of attendance. The institution must document a student’s unofficial withdrawal (last date of attendance) and maintain that documentation.

Beginning July 1, 2011, attendance is course specific. In addition, the definition is somewhat different for regular courses which meet in a classroom and distance education courses. For regular classroom courses, the student can attend the class, turn in an assignment or engage in any interactive course related activity with the instructor. The requirement to demonstrate attendance is engaging in a current course activity.

To be counted as in attendance for an on-line course, the student must actively respond to a current activity in the course. No longer will logging on or submitting a previously assigned paper or project be considered as attending the class. The U.S. Department of Education has decided that this does not in any way identify the individual as the person who will receive the credit for the course. These changes will impact A-term courses and cohort courses where the individual courses do not span the full semester. Previously, we treated these courses like all other courses. However, beginning July 1, 2011, any student who stops attending a compressed course is not registered for and attending some other course, and does not confirm that they plan on attending another modular/compressed or regular course within 45 days, will be considered withdrawn. This change implies that institutions can no longer assume based on an earlier registration, that the student will attend a later compressed course if they stop attending a current course.

Prior to July 1, 2011, attendance for Distance Education Courses could be demonstrated simply by logging into the course or submitting an assignment electronically. However, as the next step implementing the requirement that the individual who registers for a Distance Education Course and gets the credit for the course must also do the work for the course (required by the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act), the U.S. Department of Education has changed the definition of attendance. To be counted as in attendance for an On-line Course, the student must actively respond to a current activity in the course. No longer will logging on or submitting a previously assigned paper or project be considered as attending the class. The U.S. Department of Education has decided that this does not in any way identify the individual as the person who will receive the credit for the course. See the specific requirement from the Federal Register quoted below.

“With respect to what constitutes attendance in a Distance Education context, the Department does not believe that documenting that a student has logged into an on-line class is sufficient by itself to demonstrate academic attendance by the student because a student logging in with no participation thereafter may indicate that the student is not even present at the computer past that point. Further, there is also a potential that someone other than the student may have logged into a class using the student’s information to create the appearance the student was on-line. Instead, an institution must demonstrate that a student participated in class or was otherwise engaged in an academically-related activity, such as by contributing to an on-line discussion or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question. This position is consistent with the current guidance the Department has provided to individual institutions regarding the applicability of the regulations to on-line programs.” Source: U.S. Department of Education Regulations, October 29, 2010.

 

 

Behavioral Violation and Academic Impact

 

In the case of Code of Conduct behavioral violations leading to student expulsion, the student is to be given an Administrative Withdrawal for all courses in which final grade determinations cannot be made. In courses where final grade determination can be made, students will be awarded the grade as calculated by the corresponding professors.

 

Academic Grievances

 

It is assumed that most grievances will be resolved in conversation between student and professor. Grade appeals must be initiated no later than 45 days after the end of the semester or term which the grade was received. Requests for an appeal filed after the 45 day deadline will be automatically rejected from consideration.

  1. The student must discuss the grade with the course instructor and attempt to resolve any differences.
  2. The student should present, in writing, a specific appeal to the chairperson of the academic department responsible for the course. In disciplines where there is no chairperson, the Dean will appoint an appropriate faculty member to serve in this capacity. This appeal should include the specific reasons why the grade should be reviewed. The chairperson or Dean’s designee will consult with the instructor of the course and any other appropriate parties and render a written decision within 30 days of receiving the appeal.
  3. The student may appeal the decision of the chairperson or Dean’s designee to the appropriate Dean. Such an appeal must be filed in writing no more than 30 days after the departmental decision is rendered. The decision of the Dean is final and may not be appealed. In colleges/schools where there is no Dean, the Associate Provost will serve in the Dean’s absence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

University Policies and Procedures

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Abuse/Physical Assault

 

STU has expectations of the student body to resolve differences in a mature and respectful manner. Physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, intimidations, coercion, and/or other conduct that threatens or endangers the health, safety, and/or welfare of any other member of the University community on or off campus is prohibited.

Alcohol Policy

 

The abuse of alcohol by members of STU’s community is incompatible with the mission of the institution. The University does acknowledge the problem of substance abuse in our society and perceives this problem as a series threat to our community. The University does hold students responsible for the consequences of their decisions to serve or consume alcohol. It is the intent of the University to establish and maintain a healthy community free from alcohol abuse.

STU recognizes alcoholism and drug abuse as illnesses or treatable disorders, and it is STU’s policy to work with members of the STU community to provide channels of education and assistance. However, it is the individual’s responsibility to seek help. STU also recognizes that the possession and/or use of certain substances are illegal.

STU is further obligated to comply with all local, state, and federal laws. The policy governing the use of alcohol by students at St. Thomas University is in compliance with the laws of the state of Florida prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons who are minors (under the age of 21). The policy is based on the use of alcohol in moderation and under appropriate circumstances. The university recognizes that students are adults and are expected to obey the law and take personal responsibility for their own conduct. The laws of the state of Florida prohibit the possession or consumption of alcohol by individuals less than 21 years of age.

  1. The University will not authorize the use of student activity fees or other student funds collected and administered by the university to provide alcoholic beverages for any student event.
  2. The sale, delivery, possession, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages on any property owned and controlled by STU is strictly prohibited, except as licensed by the state of Florida or otherwise permitted in these regulations. The use of alcoholic beverages on University premises shall be considered a privilege and may be allowed only if consistent with state laws and university regulations, and only when it will not interfere with the decorum and academic atmosphere of the campus. ­
  3. Exception to this prohibition is made for university housing residents of legal drinking age. The possession and use of alcoholic beverages in University housing is governed by the Residential Life Housing Contract and Residential Student Code of Conduct guide.
  4. The President, or an appropriate designee, may approve other exceptions to this prohibition, to allow possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons of legal drinking age at designated events and locations on campus.
  5. The use of alcoholic beverages off campus by students of legal drinking age is permissible. However, incidents of intoxication and/or misconduct are subject to University disciplinary action. Students are expected to comply with municipal, state, and federal laws pertaining to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. Any violation of these laws may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, probation, suspension, or expulsion from the University.

 

Guidelines for the Use of Alcohol at University Student Events

  1. Alcohol purchase and consumption is authorized only in licensed campus facilities, such as the Campus Rathskeller, or at special events/locations, which have been authorized by appropriate campus authorities.
  2. Any advertisements for the event (including leaflets, invitations, posters, letters, and all other forms of advertisements) cannot advertise alcohol. These advertisements must display the following information: Beverages will be available. Must have valid state-issued picture identification for verification of age.
  3. No organization or individual may purchase beer or wine for an event. All beer and wine must be purchased and served by the Metz Culinary Management. No other alcohol is permitted.
  4. The sponsoring organization is responsible for ensuring that all University policies are strictly obeyed. These guidelines do not override existing university policies, but rather, these guidelines should be used in conjunction with any and all other University policies.
  5. Under no circumstances should anyone be coerced to drink alcohol. All drinking games, contests, or events that encourage excessive drinking are prohibited. The sponsoring organization is responsible for ensuring that all STU policies and procedures are strictly obeyed.
  6. Violations of these guidelines during the event may result in the closing of the event. All individual violations will be referred to Judicial Affairs for review. The University can take disciplinary actions as a result of violations of these guidelines.

 

Animals and Pets

 

No pets or animals, other than fish, are permitted on campus, including all residence halls, with the exception of service animals.

 

Service Animals

Service animals are individually trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability. Service animals may do such things as guide a person who is blind; pick up or fetch things for a person with a physical impairment; act as “medic alert” animals for people with seizure disorders, heart problems, or hearing impairments; or perform a variety of functions for people with psychiatric disabilities. Service animals are not pets; they are working animals.

 

Psychiatric Service Dog

A Psychiatric Service Dog is a dog that helps its handler, who has a mental (psychiatric) disability. Examples of mental disabilities that may sometimes qualify a person for a Service Dog include, but are not limited to: Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Autism, Anxiety Disorder, and Schizophrenia. A Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) may be of any size and of any breed suited for public work.

Some Psychiatric Service Dog handlers may choose to refer to their dogs as Alert or Medical Response Dogs, depending on what the dog does for them.

In the USA, handlers of PSDs are entitled to the same rights and protections afforded to handlers of other types of service dogs, such as Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, and Mobility Dogs, under federal laws. Like all other types of Service Dogs (SDs), Psychiatric Service Dogs are individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of the disabled person. They have also been trained to act discretely in public places, such as lying quietly under the desk in a classroom, keeping tightly to the handler’s side and not sniffing anything on the shelves of grocery stores, and ignoring other people and animals.

 

Emtional Support Animals

An ESA (Emotional Support Animal) is an animal owned by a disabled person. An ESA is a therapeutic pet, but has special rights under the Federal Housing Administration to allow them to live in “no pet” housing. It however does not have any ADA protections like Title I (Work place), Title II (Transport) or Title III (Public Access in businesses). So your ESA can not go to classes with you (unless invited) or other businesses that ban pets.

The requirements to have an ESA are: 1) be legally disabled under the Federal Housing Administration or State law and/or, 2) a letter from your doctor prescribing an ESA for your mental well-being.

Please note: it is a crime, felony fraud, to claim your pet, or ESA, as a Service Dog with ADA rights.

 

Therapy Animals

Therapy animals are anyone’s pets that have been trained to behave properly in a wide variety of environments and who are exceptionally gentle and well-mannered with a wide variety of human beings. Their “job” is to bring a higher level of social functioning to people in nursing homes, schools, hospitals, hospices, etc. They cannot go into no-pets-allowed places unless they are invited.

A therapy dog is an individual’s pet which has been trained, tested, certified and insured to work in hospital, nursing home, school, and other institutional settings. The therapy dog and their handler visit to cheer patients, to educate the community, to counter grief and stress, and generally be good canine ambassadors within the community. Many therapy dog partners are volunteers. Therapy dogs are not service dogs.

Under U.S. law, persons with therapy dogs are NOT granted the right to enter businesses with their dogs which do not permit pets. They do not get to fly in the cabins of aircraft because they are therapy dogs, nor do they get to live in “no pets” housing because they are therapy dogs.

Emotional Support Animals (ESA) and Therapy Dogs (TD) are different. Many confuse the two, they are two different animals, and different laws apply to them. Neither of them are ADA Service Dogs (SD). The Therapy Dog is a working animal, owned by a non-disabled person. When working it visits hospitals, schools and nursing homes to brighten the spirits of the people it visits. It has no ADA rights and the FHA rules do not apply to it.

 

 

 

Responsibility of Students with Assistive Animals

Care and Supervision: Care and supervision of the animal are the responsibilities of the student who benefits from the animal’s use. The student is required to maintain control of the animal at all times, consistent with the capacity of the service animal user. The student is also responsible for ensuring the cleanup of the animal’s waste and, when appropriate, must toilet the animal in areas designated by the University consistent with the reasonable capacity of the owner. In the case of animals with cages, crates, or litter boxes must be cleaned daily to avoid the room becoming unsanitary. Consequently, all pet-related materials and waste must be properly bagged and disposed of in the dumpsters.

Animals cannot be tethered to buildings at any point. Throughout the school year, staff needs access to resident rooms for routine and emergency maintenance, cleaning and health and safety checks. It is the responsibility of the assistive animals’ owner to therefore crate or cage their animals when they are not present in the room to prevent harm or loss of an assistive animal.

During overnight absences or vacations from their place of residence, students must take assistive animals with them and not leave the animals on campus for any reason. This includes but is not limited to weekend travel, overnight visits, and the Thanksgiving, winter and Spring Break periods. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action (see removal policy).

Assistive animals are expected to spend the majority of their time either with the student or within the assigned room of the pet. Unless escorted by their student, animals are not permitted to walk through community spaces including other student rooms, common areas, laundry facilities, and/or classrooms.

Damages: Owners of assistive animals are solely responsible for any damage to students or university property caused by their animals and is subject to incurring charges from any damages or cleaning that is a result of their assistive animal. In the event that more than one student has an assistive animal in the room, the damage or cleaning fees may be split among roommates. Owner is financially responsible for ALL damages caused by animal.

Health: Animals housed in university housing must have an annual clean bill of health from a licensed veterinarian. Documentation can be a vaccination certificate for the animal or a veterinarian’s statement regarding the animal’s health. The university has authority to direct that the animal receive veterinary attention. (Local licensing law is followed.)

Leash: If appropriate the animal must be on a leash, unless the leash would inhibit the animal’s ability to be of service.

Licensing: Dogs must wear license tags at all times. The tags verify that the shots (rabies, etc.) required by law have been given.

Roommates: Prior to move-in, roommates will be notified by Residential Life regarding the assistive animal in the suite or apartment. The notification will include the type of animal and what services the animal performs. Roommates may request a room change if not comfortable with the presence of the assistive animal. It is highly encouraged that the student with the assistive animal discusses the presence of the animal with his/her roommates prior to move-in as well.

Vaccination: In accordance with local ordinances and regulations the animal must be immunized against diseases common to that type of animal. Dogs must have current vaccination against rabies and wear a rabies vaccination tag. Although not mandated, cats should have the normal shots and neutered required for a healthy animal. Local licensing requirements are followed.

Removal of Assistance Animals

The University has the authority to temporarily or permanently exclude an assistive animal from its grounds or facilities if the animal’s behavior is unruly or disruptive, in ill health, or habitually unclean. Health concerns and disruption issues will be addressed by Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Residence Life staff.

The University may exclude/remove an assistive animal when it poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or results in a fundamental alteration of the University’s program, or is documented that the animals living conditions are not conducive to a healthy living environment for the animal.

 

Appropriate Clothing

 

Failing to wear appropriate clothing, accessories, and head or foot coverings while utilizing any University facility is prohibited. Appropriate attire is required for formal convocations, formal receptions and other formal occasions of a ceremonial nature. Clothing with derogatory, offensive and/or lewd messages either in words or pictures is prohibited.

 

Arson

 

No student shall commit or aid in the intentional commission of an act that results in a fire being ignited, which causes damage, or is intended to cause damage, to the property of the University or the personal property of any member of the University community.

 

Bomb Threats

 

The placement of a bomb threat is an intolerable violation of University policy, which will result in expulsion from the University.

 

Breaking and Entering

 

The entering, or attempt to enter, any room, building, motor vehicle, or other form of property without proper authorization or consent is prohibited.

 

Bribery

 

To give, offer, promise, request, solicit, accept or agree to accept for oneself or another any financial or other benefit with an intent or purpose to influence the performance of any act or omission is prohibited.

 

Campus Security Report

 

St. Thomas University, through the Public Safety Department, annually publishes the Safety, Security, and Fire Safety: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, which includes security policies, procedures, practices, and statistics for offenses. Information is also available on the online at http://www.stu.edu/Portals/0/About/ECRM/docs/Annual-Security-Fire-Safety-Report.pdf.

 

Cellular Phone/Social Media Policy

 

The University recognizes the growing trend regarding student possession of cellular phones and other electronic devices with video, camera, or voice recording capabilities. In support of each individual’s reasonable expectation of privacy, the copyright and intellectual property laws, the use of these cellular phone features by STU students must be in conjunction with express consent. Students are expressly forbidden to video, use camera or voice recordings without the express consent of the subject(s) being photographed or recorded. You may not place any pictures or videos of people on a webpage without the expressed permission of the people in the pictures or videos. Any student whose use of their cellular phone violates another’s reasonable expectation of privacy or produces any media as a result of the cellular phone capabilities without express consent may be found in violation of this policy. Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary action that may result in confiscation of the cellular phone and referral to Judicial Affairs as a violation of the STU’s Community Standards. Students are instructed to refer to their center’s or school’s individual program policies regarding cellular phone use and possession, because additional restrictions may apply.

 

Children and Minors on Campus

 

St. Thomas University values its employees and students and recognizes the importance of families in the lives of employees and students. These guidelines address when it is acceptable to bring non-student, minor children to the workplace or classroom. The guidelines are intended to foster respect for the needs of all parties impacted by the presence of non-student, minor children in the workplace, the classroom, the Library or other areas on campus.

St. Thomas generally does not permit non-student, minor children to be present on a frequent or continuing basis in the workplace, classroom, library or other areas on campus even when accompanied by a supervising parent. At no time may a non-student, minor child be left unsupervised by a parent in a workplace, classroom, or library or other areas on campus.

 

 

Classroom Decorum

 

The University seeks to promote a teaching and learning environment free from material and substantial classroom disruptions. Faculty and students have a joint responsibility to develop and maintain an optimal learning environment. Faculty members and teaching staff have the authority and responsibility to effectively manage their classroom environments. Instructors may determine the time and manner for student questions and expression of points of view in the instructional setting. Accordingly, instructors should establish, communicate and enforce reasonable expectations of classroom behavior and decorum via the syllabus and classroom discussion. This policy is not intended to discourage appropriate classroom expression, discussion, or disagreement, but rather to promote respectful interactions.

Classroom rules and expectations may be established by the instructor and communicated to the students via the syllabus and classroom discussion at the outset of the course. Classroom rules and expectations must be reasonable and appropriate in light of the classroom and instructional setting, learning objectives and teaching strategies. They may vary depending upon the educational context.

Any activities or behaviors that disrupt the learning environment can be considered as interfering with the learning process and a violation of this policy.

 

Complicity

 

Students associated with, or present during, the commission of an act(s) that constitutes a violation of University policy, may also be charged if the student’s behavior constitutes permission, contributes to, or condones the violation by another student.

 

Computers

 

Violation of University Computing and Technology policies, including but not limited to use of email accounts, computer usage, and conduct in computer labs is prohibited. All students are assigned STU email account upon entering the University. All official notices are sent via STU email accounts and students are charged with the responsibility for accessing and acting upon receipt of such notices. Official notices regarding class information, attendance issues, financial aid status, scholarships, employment information, student behavior and other matters are disseminated by use of STU email only.

Misuse of computer facilities or resources, including: unauthorized entry into a file, for any purpose; unauthorized transfer of a file; use of another’s identification or password; use of computing facilities, campus network, or other resources to interfere with the work of another member of the University Community; use of computing facilities and resources to send obscene or intimidating and abusive messages; use of computing facilities and resources to interfere with normal University operations; use of computing facilities and resources in violation of copyright laws; and violation of a campus computer use policy.

 

Acceptable Use of Computing Resources

This policy provides guidelines for the appropriate and inappropriate use of the computing resources of St. Thomas University. It applies to all users of the University’s computing resources including students, faculty and staff members, alumni, and guests of the University. Computing resources include all computers, related equipment, software, data, local area networks, and listservs for which the University is responsible as well as networks throughout the world to which the university provides computer access.

The computing resources of STU are intended to be used for its programs of instruction and research and to conduct the legitimate business of the University. All users must have proper authorization for the use of the University’s computing resources. Users are responsible for seeing that these computing resources are used in an effective, ethical, and legal manner. Users must apply standards of normal academic and professional ethics and considerate conduct to their use of the University’s computing resources. Users must be aware of the legal and moral responsibility for ethical conduct in the use of computing resources. Users have a responsibility not to abuse the network and resources, and to respect the privacy, copyrights, and intellectual property rights of others.

In addition to the policy contained herein, usage must be in accordance with applicable University policies and applicable state and federal laws. Among the more important laws are the Florida Computer Crimes Act, the Federal Computer Abuse Amendment Act 1994, the Federal Electronic Communications Privacy Act, and the U.S. Copyright Act. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject the student to civil and criminal liabilities. Policy violations generally fall into five categories that involve the use of computing resources:

  1. For purposes other than the University’s programs of instruction and research and the legitimate business of the University;
  2. To harass, threaten, discriminate, stalk, intimidate, or otherwise cause harm or attempt to cause harm to specific individuals or classes of individuals;
  3. To impede, interfere with, impair, or otherwise cause harm to the activities of others;
  4. To download, post or install to University computers, or transport across University networks, material that is illegal, proprietary, in violation of license agreements, in violation of copyrights, in violation of University contracts, or otherwise damaging to the institution; and,
  5. To recklessly, willfully, negligently, or maliciously interfere with or damage STU computer or network resources or computer data, files, or other information.

 

Consensual Amorous, Romantic or Sexual Relationships for Students in Supervisory Roles

 

This policy was created in an effort to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest, favoritism, or bias in the workplace, which may be prejudicial to the interests of the University, its members, and the public interest it serves, and to help insure that each member of the STU community is treated with dignity and without regard to other factors that are not relevant to that person’s work.

Amorous, romantic or sexual relationships (“amorous relationships”) between members of the University community, where one of the parties has academic, supervisory, administrative or other authority over a subordinate party are highly problematic, even when entirely consensual. The amorous relationship may create, or be perceived as creating a conflict of interest that undermines the objectivity of evaluations.

Anyone who engages in sexual relationship with a person over whom he or she has any power or authority within the university structure must understand that the validity of the consent can and may be questioned. In the event of a charge of sexual harassment, the University will give critical scrutiny to any defense based upon consent where the facts establish that a power differential existed within the relationship.

No one on this campus is expected to tolerate harassing conduct of any sort. Should you encounter any such prohibited conduct or should you have knowledge of such prohibited conduct happening to another individual, you must report such prohibited conduct in accordance with the reporting procedures so that the University may take appropriate corrective action.

 

Dining Rules

 

  1. All St. Thomas University community members must present an ID to receive the staff, faculty and student discount price for a meal.
  2. All students must have their ID cards with them to utilize the meal plan at the Bobcat Cafe. Resident students without ID cards will have their meals charged against their Bobcat Dollars or must pay with cash or credit card unless prior permission is given by the Director of Dining Services.
  3. Proper attire must be worn at all times.
  4. ID cards and meals are not transferable. If a resident student would like to treat a guest, the resident student can utilize his/her Bobcat Dollars. The resident student must be present to verify this transaction. Any student who gives their ID to another student to use in the Café will have their ID confiscated and must go to the Office of the Dean of Students to retrieve it.
  5. The set-up of the dining facility at Carroll Hall allows for an all-you-care-to-eat atmosphere. Meals must be eaten in the dining facility or one to-go box is allowed. To-go service includes one entrée, one starch, one vegetable, one fruit or one ice cream cone, two 8-oz. drinks and plastic silverware. Once you elect to sit down to eat, you can no longer remove any food from the dining facility. Any student found violating the to-go service regulations will not be allowed to participate in the to-go program thereafter.
  6. Patrons are permitted to remove one piece of fruit or an ice cream cone (not both) when they are finished eating and are exiting the facility. No exceptions will be made.
  7. No outside containers may be brought into the dining facility to be utilized for the removal of food or beverages.
  8. Paper cups and plastic silverware are to be utilized for to-go meals only.
  9. Patrons who prefer to eat their meal on the outdoor patio must take a to-go box and must adhere to the to-go guidelines set forth in #6 above.
  10. All patrons must take their plates, flatware, and cups to the dish racks in the dining facility before leaving. Please do not take them with you as this will just create shortages for your friends, faculty, staff and guests.
  11. The dining facilities on campus do accept credit cards. Checks will only be accepted for purchase of Bobcat Dollars on your card.

 

Disabilities

 

St. Thomas University complies with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. No qualified individual with a disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination in any STU activity, service, or program of the University solely by reason of his or her disability. Each qualified individual with a disability who meets the academic and technical standards required to enroll in and participate in STU’s programs shall be provided with equal access to educational programs in the most integrated setting appropriate to that person’s needs through reasonable accommodation.

At the postsecondary level, it is the student’s responsibility to initiate the process for disability services by contact the Academic Enhancement Center. The process for obtaining a reasonable accommodation is an interactive one that begins with the student’s disclosure of disability and a request for a reasonable accommodation. The student has the responsibility to provide St. Thomas University with proper documentation of disability from a qualified physician or clinician who diagnoses disabilities and sets forth the recommended accommodations.

Student requests for accommodation will be considered on an individual basis. Each student with a disability should contact the Academic Enhancement Center prior to the commencement of classes to discuss his or her needs.

 

Academic Accommodation Guidelines

Requests for accommodation must be made in writing to the Academic Enhancement Center and must be supported by appropriate documentation of recent medical, psychological, or educational assessment data administered and evaluated by a qualified professional. If the student disagrees with the accommodation(s) proposed by the disability service representative in consultation with the appropriate chairperson and/or faculty member, he or she may appeal the decision through that department’s or school’s appellate process. If the issue cannot be satisfactorily resolved at the department or school level, the student may appeal in writing no later than 10 days after the final decision to the University’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

 

Facility and Grounds Accommodation(s)

Students requesting an accommodation involving modification to a facility or the grounds of the university must meet with the Academic Enhancement Center to discuss their specific needs. Requests for accommodation must be made in writing to the Academic Enhancement Center and be supported by the appropriate documentation of recent medical, psychological, or educational assessment data administered and evaluated by a qualified professional. Requests for an accommodation involving modification to a facility or grounds of the University will be considered on an individual basis. When considering the request, the Academic Enhancement Center will consult with the director of the specific facility (e.g., residential life and housing) involved in the request for accommodation and the director of Physical Plant. If the student disagrees with the facility or grounds accommodation proposed by the Academic Enhancement Center, he or she may appeal in writing no later than 10 days after the decision to the University’s Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

 

Disorderly Conduct

 

  • Loud, threatening or aggressive behavior or any other behavior which disrupts the orderly functioning of the University or disturbs the peace and/or impedes the rights of other person(s) is not allowed;
  • Lewd, indecent or obscene conduct or expression made by any means is prohibited; and,
  • Disruptive behavior which substantially interferes with, obstructs, or in any way negatively impacts the safety, viewing, or enjoyment of other attendees in the context of an STU event, or when travelling to or from an event, is not permitted.

 

Drug-Free Campus

 

To comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (Pub. L. No. 101-226, Title 34 C. F. R., part 86), St. Thomas University has adopted the following policies for all workplace, school, campus, and field-based programs.

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol are prohibited in and on property owned or controlled by St. Thomas University and as a part of any of its activities.

The term “illicit drugs” refers to all illegal drugs, and to legal drugs obtained or used without a physician’s order. This policy does not prohibit the use of prescribed medication under the direction of a physician. No STU student is to report to work or school while under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol. Possession of paraphernalia for illegal drug use, or taking a prescription that does not belong to you, are also prohibited.

There are serious health risks associated with the abuse of drugs and alcohol. If you or a fellow student has a problem with abuse of drugs and/or alcohol, help can be provided at the Student Health Center located in the Student Center.

When a student uses or deals in drugs, he or she also risks incarceration and/or fines. In addition to the federal sanctions, Florida state statutes provide sanctions in regard to the use, possession, and/ or sale of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol. Punishment varies depending on the amount and type of drugs and/or alcohol involved. Felony convictions range from one year to life imprisonment. Possession of not more than 20 grams of cannabis is punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree. Punishment for misdemeanors ranges from less than 60 days to one-year imprisonment.

Under Sec. 893.13, Florida Statutes: It is unlawful for any person to sell, manufacture, deliver, or possess with intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance. Violation of this statute is a felony and is punishable under Chapter 775 of the Florida Statutes. ­

Under Sec. 893.13 (1) (c), Florida Statutes: It is unlawful for any person to sell, manufacture, deliver, ­ or possess with the intent to sell, manufacture, or deliver a controlled substance in, on, or within 1,000 feet of a public or private elementary, middle, or secondary school. Punishment for a violation of this statute may include a minimum three-year imprisonment.

Under Sec. 316.1936, Florida Statutes: It is unlawful for any person to possess an open container of an alcoholic beverage or consume an alcoholic beverage while operating a vehicle in the state or while a passenger in or on a vehicle being operated in the state. Violation of this law will result in a noncriminal moving traffic violation, punishable as provided in Chapter 318 of the Florida Statutes, with fines and points on a driving record leading to driver’s license suspension.

Under Sec. 316.193, Florida Statutes: A person is guilty of driving under the influence (DUI) if such a person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within the state and the person is under the influence of alcoholic beverages or any controlled substance when affected to the extent that his or her normal faculties are impaired or the person has a blood alcohol level or breath alcohol level of .08 percent or higher. Criminal penalties for DUI include, but are not limited to, fines and incarceration.

By applying for a driver’s license and accepting and using a driver’s license, a person holding the driver’s license is deemed to have expressed consent to submit to breath, blood, and urine tests for alcohol, chemical substances, or controlled substances. Any STU student determined to have violated any of these policies will be subject to referral for prosecution by the appropriate authorities. Other sanctions include evaluation/treatment for drug-use disorder, which may include mandatory completion of a drug/alcohol abuse rehabilitation program, and/or other University sanctioning, which may include expulsion. All St. Thomas University students will, as a condition of their enrollment, abide by the terms of this policy.

 

Emergency Situations

 

To report an on-campus emergency situation from an on-campus phone, contact the police at 9-911 and Public Safety at extension 6500. If calling from off campus or cellular phone, dial the police at 911 and Public Safety at (305) 625-6500.

 

Escort Policy

 

The St. Thomas University Public Safety Department provides an escort service for students, staff and faculty whose circumstances require them to travel alone on campus, in isolated areas after dark, during times of low activity on campus or whenever there is concern for one’s own personal safety. Because of the various patrol functions required of any officer, there may sometimes be a short waiting period.

The purpose of the public safety escort is to provide a safe means of transportation on the St. Thomas University campus during evening hours. This may be done by foot or by car within campus boundaries. The boundaries include all University facilities within the gated community.

Evening escorts are available between the hours of 7:00 PM until 6:00 AM daily.

  1. Escorts are limited to only three riders at a time. After placing a call for an escort, one should proceed to the pickup location. Important to note: riders must provide the specific location for pick up and must be at the designated location within 10 minutes of the request.
  2. Escorts are provided between campus boundaries only. There will be no off-campus escorts.
  3. Escorts are provided between one campus building to another or from buildings to parking lots.
  4. Escorts are not to be utilized for the purpose of moving students’ possessions.
  5. All escorts should be provided on a timely basis. There will be times when a student will be informed that officers are in the process of their duties and students may have to wait for their escort.

 

Failure to Comply

 

All students and guests of St. Thomas University are expected to comply with the directives or reasonable requests of University officials acting in the performance of their duties. This requirement includes reasonable requests for students to meet appointments in administrative offices; to participate in administration and/ or judicial proceedings; and to comply by the stated deadline with all the terms and conditions of all disciplinary sanctions. Administrative discretion may be used to place a hold on a student’s account (registration, grades, etc.) if the student fails to comply with the directions of a University official.

 

Falsification of Records

 

Falsification of University records is prohibited. University records include, but are not limited to, admission, enrollment, registration, financial aid, student disciplinary, academic, health records, parking decals/hang tags and student employment records.

Inappropriate conduct and violations of this policy will be addressed by the appropriate procedures and agents depending on the individual’s affiliation with the University. In cases where a student violates any of the terms of this policy, the University will take appropriate disciplinary actions, up to and including expulsion.

 

Fire Safety

 

Unnecessarily setting off a fire alarm; unnecessarily tampering with fire hoses, extinguishers, exit signs, and alarm equipment; or blocking fire exits and otherwise impeding traffic may result in immediate University disciplinary action and criminal prosecution. Failure to evacuate any building on campus during a fire alarm is also prohibited.

 

 

Fraud

 

Any act or statement (written or oral) containing false, incomplete, or misleading information intended to deceive or misrepresent any agency of the University, or any person or business is prohibited.

 

 

Gambling/ Games of Chance

 

Gambling may include, but is not limited to, wagering on or promoting pools on any athletic or other event; possessing on one’s person, premises (e.g., rooms, residence unit, car), or in a computer account or electronic format, any card, book, or other device for registering bets; knowingly using or permitting the use of one’s premises or one’s telephone or other electronic communication device for illegal gambling; knowingly receiving or delivering a letter, package, or parcel or electronic or telephonic communication related to illegal gambling; or playing or engaging in any game, at any place, by any device whatever for money or other item of value. Students found in violation of the prohibition against gambling may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

 

Guests

 

Students are welcome to bring guests to the campus, but must assume responsibility for the conduct of their guests and must accompany them at all times. If a guest is asked to leave a specific area of campus, it is the responsibility of the student host to cooperate with the University official(s) making the request. The University reserves the right to exclude all guests from any area on campus in times of impending or actual crises or emergencies, such as hurricanes, campus disruptions, or bomb threats, and to exclude any guest(s) from any area of the campus for any reason the University deems appropriate.

 

Guest Guidelines

  1. To gain admittance to the campus, you must have a valid STU parking decal and student ID, be a guest or visitor of a student, faculty/staff member or be attending an approved contracted class.
  2. Students entering campus in a vehicle without a valid parking decal must utilize the ‘visitors’ lane so as to be issued a temporary parking pass for that day. When requested, visitors must produce proper identification, vehicle registration or proof of insurance prior to entering. Anytime there is a question regarding the legitimacy of the visitor or vehicle, admittance will be denied.
  3. Guests or visitors may not bring animals on campus including but not limited to warm blooded (cats, dogs, ferrets, etc.), feathered and poisonous animals.
  4. Students are responsible for the actions and behavior of their guest(s), or others they are hosting, at all times. Student hosts should accompany their guests at all times. Guest(s) or visitor(s) visiting the residence halls should be registered with Residence Life staff. If a guest(s) or visitor(s) violates STU policies, the host may be held accountable and the guest or visitor may be asked to leave. Residents are responsible for properly and accurately identifying their visitor(s) or guest(s) to University staff upon request.
  5. Residents must escort all guests in the Residence Halls at all times. A resident’s right to privacy and comfort takes precedence over the community member’s privilege to have a guest. It is important for roommates and suitemates to discuss visitation and to arrive at an acceptable agreement. As a resident you assume responsibility for the actions of your guests. If a guest is creating a disruption that affects a roommate, suitemate(s), other residents and/or the community, they may be asked to leave and the host will be held accountable for their actions. Residents are subject to sanctions for the misconduct of a guest, and are liable for any damages caused by a guest. A guest is considered to be a non-resident student utilizing the room of a resident student as a place of leisure, learning or lodging. Residents may have peer age or sibling guests of the same sex overnight (overnight guest) at no charge for a maximum period of three consecutive days and no more than five nights in a year for that guest. It is the resident’s responsibility to properly sign in guest(s) prior to the guest(s) being escorted into any residential housing facility.

 

Harassment

 

Harassment is defined as any conduct (words or acts)—whether intentional or unintentional—or a product of disregard for the safety, rights, or welfare of others, which causes physical, verbal, or emotional harm. It is any conduct that intimidates, degrades, demeans, threatens, hazes, or otherwise interferes with another person’s rights to comfort and right to be free from a hostile environment. This includes, but is not limited to, loud or aggressive behavior; behavior that disrupts the orderly functioning of the University; behavior that disturbs the peace and/or comfort of person(s) on the campus of the University; and behavior that creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. It also includes any conduct (words or acts) in which the University can determine a threat exists to the educational process or to the health or safety of a member of the STU community.

 

Hazing

 

St. Thomas University believes that true community is nurtured in an atmosphere of social and moral responsibility, respect for individuals and loyalty to the principles of higher education. This basic philosophy coupled with the University’s adherence to state, local, and federal guidelines is the basis for the adoption of this formal hazing policy. Hazing is dangerous and unnecessary and contrary to the educational goals of St. Thomas University. If a student organization is involved in a hazing incident, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.

Hazing includes, but is not limited to:

  • Pressuring or coercing a student into violating University rules or local, state or federal law;
  • Brutality of a physical nature, such as whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the elements;
  • Forced/encouraged consumption of any food, liquor, drug, or other substance, or other forced/encouraged physical activity that could adversely affect the physical or mental health or safety of the student;
  • Any activity that would subject the student to extreme mental stress, such as sleep deprivation;
  • Forced/encouraged conduct that could result in extreme embarrassment;
  • Forced/encouraged activity that could adversely affect the mental health or dignity of the student; or,
  • Any other activity which is inconsistent with the regulations and policies of the University

It is not a defense to a charge of hazing that:

  1. The consent of the alleged victim had been obtained;
  2. The conduct of activity that resulted in the death or injury of a person was not part of an official organizational event or was not otherwise sanctioned or approved by the organization; or
  3. The conduct or activity that resulted in death or injury of the person was not done as a condition of membership to an organization.
  4. The conduct or activity was not done to intentionally cause physical or emotional harm.

 

Health and Safety

 

St. Thomas University is committed to providing the best possible education for all its students and a good working environment for all its employees. In striving to achieve this goal, it is important to ensure the physical and emotional safety for all students, faculty, and staff.

The University prohibits threats and acts of violence on University property and within University facilities (owned and leased). In addition, St. Thomas prohibits threats or acts of violence at any University-sponsored event; while engaged in university business, educational or athletic activities; and while traveling in university vehicles (owned and leased). The university will also evaluate any conduct that occurs off-duty or outside the above-listed activities, when that conduct may impact an employee’s or student’s relationship with the University community.

STU will use a variety of strategies to educate members of the University community to identify, prevent and provide consequences for threats and acts of violence; and to mitigate the effects of threats and acts of violence on victims. While some threat assessment resolutions may result in disciplinary action against the student, it is the sincere hope that through the threat assessment process, resources and assistance can be provided to the student in such a way that the student can continue to receive a quality education and STU can continue to be a friendly, safe environment for all members within the University community.

In some situations, University officials may determine that it is necessary to disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education records to appropriate parties to address a health or safety emergency. FERPA’s health or safety emergency provision permits such disclosures, without the consent of the parent or eligible student, if necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

This exception to FERPA’s general consent requirement is limited to the period of the emergency and generally does not allow for a blanket release of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records. Typically, law enforcement officials, public health officials, trained medical personnel, and parents (including parents of an eligible student) are the types of appropriate parties to whom information may be disclosed under this FERPA exception. Disclosures for health or safety emergency reasons do not include disclosures to address emergencies for which the likelihood of occurrence is unknown, such as would be the case in emergency preparedness activities. Rather, disclosures made under the health or safety emergency provision must be “in connection with an emergency,” which means it must be related to an actual, impending, or imminent emergency, such as a natural disaster, a terrorist attack, a campus shooting, or the outbreak of an epidemic disease.

 

 

Hurricane and Severe Weather Procedures

 

Detailed information and procedures for hurricanes and severe weather is available online at http://web.stu.edu/Portals/0/Emergency%20Management/WeatherEmergencyGuide2015.pdf.

 

Identification Cards

 

The STU Identification (ID) card is the official STU identification card. STU students are expected to correctly identify themselves at all times and present this information courteously upon request by a University official, Resident Assistant, Public Safety or by a law enforcement officer. An STU ID card is to be used only by its owner. This card may not be loaned, sold, fabricated, altered or transferred. The possession, use, manufacture or sale of falsified government issued or altered identification cards are strictly prohibited.

The STU ID combines a multitude of features and uses, including:

  • Access to campus
  • Classroom access (School of Science)
  • Fitness Center access
  • Copier usage
  • Library privileges
  • Meal plans
  • Identification purposes
  • Use of the Bobcat Shuttle
  • Discounts at participating vendors

 

Any lost or stolen ID must be reported to the Student Success Center immediately. There is a $10 replacement fee.

 

Interference with University Investigations and Disciplinary Proceedings

 

Interference with University investigations, administrative procedures, disciplinary proceedings, or judicial proceedings, such as those conducted by the Department of Public Safety, Office of Enrollment Services and Student Affairs, Department of Residential Life, or any other University office authorized to conduct investigations or disciplinary proceedings is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of force, threat of force, coercion, or promise of reward to any person or property of persons involved in University investigations or disciplinary proceedings. No person may, without authorization, examine, take possession of, alter, or destroy University investigations or destroy University records or evidence. Interference with University investigations, disciplinary proceedings, or records may result in disciplinary action.

In an effort to foster and provide an environment free from bias or prejudice for the parties involved, publication (verbal or written communication(s)) regarding any university investigatory, administrative, disciplinary, or judicial proceeding is prohibited, if the publication is deemed by the appropriate official overseeing the proceeding to compromise the impartiality and integrity of the proceeding.

Communication related to the proceeding will be limited to identified individuals using administrative discretion on a need-to-know basis.

 

Jurisdiction of University Policies and Procedures

 

Students must adhere to STU policies and procedures on the main campus; at any other STU site; or while participating in any University-sponsored program, event, or activity.

 

Missing Student Policy and Procedure

 

St. Thomas University takes student safety very seriously. Federal law requires colleges and universities to establish a missing student notification policy. The policy states, among other things, that students must be given the option to provide confidential emergency contact information in the event that he or she is reported as missing. If that occurs, St. Thomas University will use the information on the emergency contact form for the following purposes:

  • Notify the missing student’s identified emergency contact;
  • Notify a student’s parent or guardian if the student is under 18; and/or,
  • Notify the appropriate law enforcement officials in the event no contact information is supplied.

Unless foul play is evident or strongly indicated, a student will be determined missing if he or she is unable to be located for 24 hours or more. Once a missing student report is filed, the University will begin an immediate investigation in an attempt to locate the student. To this end, the following policy and procedure has been developed to assist in locating student(s) living in University-owned, on-campus housing. It is based on the facts and circumstances known to the University that a student is determined to be missing. This policy is in compliance with Section 488 of the Higher Education Act of 2008.

Most missing person reports in the university/college environment result from a student changing his/her routine without informing his/her roommates and/or friends of the change. Anyone who believes a student to be missing should report his/her concern to Public Safety or Student Affairs / Residence Life. Every report made to University officials will be followed up with an immediate investigation once a student has been missing for 24 hours. Depending on the circumstances presented to University officials, parents of a missing student will be notified. In the event that parental notification is necessary, the Associate VP for Student Affairs (or his/her designee) will place the call.

At the beginning of each academic year, each student will be asked to provide emergency contact information in the event she/her is reported missing while enrolled at St. Thomas University. This emergency information will be stored by the University and will be updated annually.

 

University Procedure

The University official receiving the report will collect and document the following information at the time of the report:

  1. The id and relationship of the person making the report.
  2. The date, time and location the missing student was last seen.
  3. The general routine or habits of the suspected missing student (e.g. visiting friends who live off-campus, working at a job off-campus) including any recent changes in behavior or demeanor.
  4. The missing student’s cell phone number (if known by the person making the report).

The University official receiving the report will inform the Division of Enrollment Services and Student Affairs to update the staff on the situation and to receive additional consultation. The Associate VP of Student Affairs will ascertain if/when other members of the University and the Director of Public Safety need to be informed.

Upon notification from any person that a student may be missing, the University may use any or all of the following resources to assist in locating the student.

The following actions may be used to locate the student:

  1. The Office of Information Technology staff may be asked to obtain email logs to determine the last log-in and/or access to the University’s network.
  2. Staff may call and text the student’s cell phone and call any other numbers on record.
  3. Staff may send the student an email.
  4. Stay may inform the student’s resident assistant, roommate, and/or floor mates to see if anyone can confirm the student’s whereabouts and/or confirm the date, time, and location of the student from a friend.
  5. Staff may inform local law enforcement.
  6. Staff may inform or call any other on-campus or off-campus friends or associates that are made known to the University. This could include checking a student’s social networking sites such as MySpace, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
  7. Ascertain the student’s car make, model and license plate number. A member of the Public Safety will check the University parking lots for the presence of the student’s vehicle.

 

Nondiscrimination Statement

 

Consistent with all federal and state laws, rules, regulations, and/or local ordinances (e.g., Title VII, Title VI, Title III, Title II, Rehab Act, ADA, Title IX, and the Florida Civil Rights Act), it is the policy of St. Thomas University not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any persons because of race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, non-disqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, military service, veteran status, political beliefs or affiliations, and to comply with all federal and state nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action laws, orders, and regulations. Any such acts are unacceptable and strictly prohibited by the University.

In addition, the law prohibits retaliation against an individual for opposing any practices forbidden under this policy, for bringing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, for assisting someone with such a complaint, for attempting to stop such discrimination or harassment, or for participating in any manner in any investigation or resolution of a complaint of discrimination or harassment.

This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, enrollment, scholarships, loan programs, athletics, employment, and access to, participation in, and treatment in all university centers, programs, and activities. STU admits students of any race, color, religion or creed, sex, pregnancy, national or ethnic origin, non-disqualifying disability, age, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, military service, veteran status, political beliefs or affiliations, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at STU and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

 

Parent/Legal Guardian Notification

 

University personnel may use administrative discretion in parental or legal guardian notification in writing and/or by phone of a student under 21 years of age when alcohol or drug violations of the University policy occur or when a student’s health or safety is at issue.

 

Parking, Traffic and Auto Registration Policies

 

Each student is responsible for operating his/her vehicle in a safe and courteous manner on the St. Thomas University campus. Students must adhere to all traffic and parking signs. Parking of any motor vehicle on the grass, medians, sidewalks, and places not designated as parking areas is prohibited.

All traffic control signs posted on University property are to be obeyed as stipulated in the State of Florida Driver’s Manual. St. Thomas University will adopt and implement the directives set forth in each of the Florida Statutes regarding the operation of a motor vehicle on public regulated roadways with regards to traffic control signage, and apply it to the directives set forth to regulate motor vehicles operating on University property.

A maximum speed limit of 20 MPH will be enforced on the campus at all times. Speeding, failing to stop at a stop sign, and failing to obey informational signs will be considered moving violations and citations will be issued accordingly. Motorcycles and mopeds will follow the same rules as automobiles for registration and operation on the St. Thomas University campus.

Every St. Thomas University student who operates a motor vehicle on the university campus must register his or her vehicle. Registration requirements are: a valid driver’s license, a valid STU student ID, proof of vehicle insurance and proof of vehicle registration. Students using more than one vehicle must register each vehicle. Vehicle registration must be done within the first two weeks of classes, and may be handled at the gatehouse.

 

Auto Registration

Upon registering a vehicle each student is then issued a parking decal, which is to be fully affixed to the outside of the lower left corner of the rear windshield in a manner to permit quick inspection by security officers. Failure to register a student vehicle by the 10th day of classes in any term will possibly result in a late registration fee penalty and the possibility of having the vehicle towed from the St. Thomas University campus. Students will be responsible for the towing fee as well as impound fees.

 

Vehicle Repairs and Towing

To ensure the safety and well-being of students, faculty and staff personnel, Public Safety and campus maintenance personnel are prohibited from performing any vehicle repairs, towing, or lockout procedures. However, vehicle repair accommodations have been made to assist University personnel 24 hours a day, 7 days a week through a local vehicle towing and maintenance shop. Please ask the St. Thomas University Department of Public Safety Office at ext. 6500 for assistance.

St. Thomas University assumes no liability for damages to any vehicle parked or driven on campus.

 

Publications and Student Media

 

St. Thomas University supports freedom of expression, freedom of inquiry and freedom to have intellectual or scholarly debate for its students. Student media and publication organizations offer the opportunity for the expression of divergent or opposing views and opinions. However, student media and publications must support the principles of justice as expressed in Catholic social teaching and Ex Corde Ecclesiae and not contradict the mission of the institution. St. Thomas University embraces the College.

Media Adviser statement of the College Media Association provides that, “In private institutions, media advisers should aid in developing governing documents and working with administrative guidelines which foster a free and open atmosphere for students involved in campus media work, if such freedoms do not currently exist.”

St. Thomas University supports the collegial tradition of student self-governance through the approval and recognition of the Student Government Association. The Student Government Association exerts a supervisory role and has a tradition of supporting endeavors of excellence in various student media and publications.

St. Thomas University views student media and publication organizations as co-curricular activities, supported by highly qualified faculty who serve as advisers. These advisers are selected through review of their educational credentials and current faculty assignment to assist and insure best practices; national standards and codes of ethics are developed, understood and implemented. Institutional funding for student media and publication organizations is made by St. Thomas University in two ways: 1) Academic department budgets receive dedicated salary funding for each editor; and 2) through the funding of the Student Government Association, which in turn, funds each student media and publication organization. If a student media or publication organization feels that his/her/its freedom of expression as set forth herein has been infringed, he/she/it may file a grievance in accordance with the St. Thomas University’s grievance resolution process.

 

Sexual Misconduct Policy

 

*** The entire Sexual Misconduct Policy is located at www.stu.edu/titleix

St. Thomas University, is committed to encouraging and sustaining a learning and living community that is free from harassment, violence, and prohibited discrimination. Consistent with this commitment and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex/gender in any of the institution’s programs or activities. STU has developed this comprehensive Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, applicable to all students. Further, STU conducts education and awareness programs with the goal of preventing and discouraging sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking.

As discussed more fully below, this Policy on Sexual and Discriminatory Harassment prohibits all forms of sex/gender-based harassment, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, relationship violence (domestic violence and dating violence), and stalking. Collectively, these terms are referred to in this policy as “Sexual Misconduct.” They are defined below under “Prohibited Conduct.” (Note that non-sex/gender-based harassment is also a violation of university policy, as described under the university’s Policy, available at www.stu.edu/titleix).

The Policy serves three principal purposes. First, it establishes conduct standards—idly, prohibited Sexual Misconduct—for all University faculty, staff and students. Note that a violation of this Policy may also constitute a crime, which will be independently reported to STU’s Public Safety Department, Miami Gardens Police Department, or other appropriate law enforcement agency.

Second, the Policy outlines reporting, investigation, and complaint resolution procedures in cases where it is alleged that an STU faculty, staff or student has engaged in Sexual Misconduct. In the paragraphs that follow, the Policy specifies to whom violations of this policy should be reported, the availability of confidential reporting, intermediate measures available to the complainant (i.e., the individual who was the alleged victim of the behavior[s] in question) and the respondent (i.e., the one alleged to have committed a possible violation of the policy), how the University will investigate and resolve alleged violations, possible sanctions, and appeals. The University’s Office of Administrative Affairs (restricted to the following units/sections: Administrative Affairs, Human Resources, Public Safety and Risk Management, Environmental Compliance and Emergency Management) is primarily responsible for implementing these procedures. Anyone with concerns about a possible violation of the Policy by a student, faculty or staff member is encouraged to contact Lenore Prado, Human Resources at (305) 628-6514, lprado@stu.edu, or through an online reporting system located at www.stu.edu/titleix.

Third, the Policy describes resources available to complainants of Sexual Misconduct. A variety of support resources are available on campus and in the community to assist students in dealing with the impact of Sexual Misconduct, whether it happened recently or in the past. Such services are provided in the section titled Resources to Help Survivors Cope and interim measures issued by the Office of Student Affairs and/or the Human Resources (or her/his designee).

 

Reporting

All violations of the Policy must be submitted to Lenore Prado, Title IX Coordinator/Associate Director of Human Resources at (305) 628-6514, lprado@stu.edu or online at www.stu.edu/titleix. Alternatively, reports can be submitted to Deputy Title IX Coordinators: Peter Kelly, Assistant Dean for Alumni Relations, (Law) at (305) 623- 2374/ pkelly@stu.edu or Maritza Rivera, Director of Academic Enhancement, (Main Campus) at (305) 628- 6564/ mrivera@stu.edu.

Faculty, staff and students may also contact the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR).

The OCR office for Florida is located at:

Atlanta Office

Office for Civil Rights

U.S. Department of Education

61 Forsyth St. S.W., Suite 19T10

Atlanta, GA 30303-8927

Telephone: (404) 974-9406

Fax: (404) 974-9471; TDD: (800) 877-8339

Email: OCR.Atlanta@ed.gov

 

The OCR National Headquarters is located at:

 

U.S. Department of Education

Office for Civil Rights

Lyndon Baines Johnson Department of Education Bldg.

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC 20202-1100

Telephone: (800) 421-3481

Fax: (202) 453-6012; TDD: (800) 877-8339

Email: OCR@ed.gov

Reports involving an alleged perpetrator may be filed at any time; prompt reporting can aid an investigation. A student may confidentially report a violation of this policy to those who serve in a professional role in which communication is privileged under Florida law and to those whom the University has designated as confidential reporters consistent with Title IX. Persons who may maintain strict confidentiality include:

  • Student Health Center personnel
  • Campus Ministries personnel
  • Clergy acting in their professional role at STU

Students should be aware that, with the exception of these confidential resources, all employees who become aware of conduct that might fall under this policy are expected to notify the Title IX Coordinator/ Associate Director of Human Resources with the ids of the parties involved and the details of the report. Students who serve in an ongoing peer-advising role (such as Resident Assistants) are also expected to share such reports with the Title IX Coordinator/ Associate Director of Human Resources.

Amnesty will be given for various student code of conduct violations, for example, minor alcohol or drug infractions, for students reporting incidents of sexual assault or other sexual violence. Once a report is received, an investigation and possible remedial actions may occur, including adjudication through the disciplinary process described below, interim measures (e.g., a “no contact” directive, trespass from campus, interim suspension), reasonable academic or housing modifications, or other remedies designed to reasonably minimize the recurrence of such conduct as well as mitigate the effects of the alleged behavior.

Speech

 

The University promotes speech and expression that fosters the responsible exchange of ideas and opinions that enable the pursuit of knowledge and truth. All members of the St. Thomas University community, which includes students, faculty, staff and administrators, enjoy the right to freedom of speech and expression that is consistent with the University mission and its Catholic identity. STU seeks to foster an environment of global harmony and the incorporation of diverse perspectives. As is true with the society at large, this freedom is subject to reasonable parameters of time, place and manner, and of compatibility with the mission of the University.

The right to free speech and expression does not include unlawful activity or activity that endangers or threatens to endanger the safety of any member of the University community or any of the University’s physical facilities. Also, any activity that disrupts or obstructs the functions of the University or immediately threatens such disruption or obstruction is not permitted. Expression that is indecent is obscene or is grossly offensive on matters such as race, ethnicity, religion or gender is inconsistent with accepted norms of conduct at the University.

Solicitation

 

Solicitation of students by other University students without the approval of the University authority responsible for the administration of the campus area in which the proposed solicitation will take place is prohibited. Solicitation by non-students may be done only with the approval of the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs. Solicitation is defined as any approach of one person by another person for the purpose of buying, exchanging, or selling goods or services, or distributing literature to cause a person to buy, exchange, or sell goods or services, or for the purpose of requesting funds, time membership, goods, services and/or equipment or materials to benefit either the University, its employees, outside organizations, or student organizations; or to sign petitions or collect ids/addresses/phone/e-mails or other personal information.

 

Stalking

 

STU aims to create a safe learning environment for its students, faculty, and employees. Accordingly, the University will not tolerate the stalking of any member of the University community as defined by Florida law. Violations of the Florida “stalking” law may result in disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion and/or termination.

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.

A person commits stalking when any of the following occur:

  1. Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses or cyberstalks another person commits the offense of stalking, a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in Florida Statute § 775.082 or § 775.083.
  2. Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person, and makes a credible threat with the intent to place that person in reasonable fear of death or bodily injury, commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in Florida Statute § 775.082, § 775.083, or § 775.084.
  3. Any person who, after an injunction for protection against repeat violence pursuant to Florida Statue § 784.046, or an injunction for protection against domestic violence pursuant to Florida Statue § 741.30, or after any other court-imposed prohibition of conduct toward the subject person or that person’s property, knowingly, willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses another person commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in Florida Statute § 775.082, § 775,083, or § 775,084.
  4. Any person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly follows or harasses a minor under 16 years of age commits the offense of aggravated stalking, a felony of the third degree, punishable as provided in Florida Statute § 775.082, § 775.083, or § 775.084.
  5. Any law enforcement officer may arrest, without a warrant, any person he or she has probable cause to believe has violated the provisions of the section/subsetions referenced above.

Definitions

  • “Harass” means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that causes substantial emotional distress in such person and serves no legitimate purpose.
  • “Course of conduct” means two or more acts, including, but not limited to, acts in which the 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 victim.
  • “Substantial emotional distress” means significant mental suffering or anguish that may, but does not necessarily, require medical or other professional treatment or counseling.
  • “Credible threat” means a threat made with the intent to cause the person who is the target of the threat to reasonably fear for his or her safety. The threat must be against the life of, or a threat to cause bodily injury to, a person.

 

Procedures for Reporting Stalking

Any student, faculty member, or employee who believes that he or she is a victim of stalking must immediately contact the Miami Gardens Police Department at 911. You must also notify Campus Security/Public Safety at (305) 628-6500.

 

Student Travel for Field Trips, Conferences, and/or Academic Programs

 

The University’s mission, in part, states that the University is “committed to the academic and professional success of its students who become ethical leaders in our global community.” As such, members from the University community are encouraged to enhance their academic pursuits through University approved and/or University operated study abroad programs and opportunities.

This policy is in conjunction with the policies set by the Archdiocese of Miami and applies to all domestic and international travel that is coordinated or sponsored by, funded in part or manner by, or involves the granting of degree credits by St. Thomas University.

A “University Trip” includes any that is organized, administered, or sponsored by University personnel – any department or school within the University or any other trip outside the United States in which a faculty member and/or staff member is traveling with University students in conjunction with, or as part of, an academic, community service and/or humanitarian endeavor.

All students who are traveling with or on behalf of the University must register online at: www.stu.edu/bobcattravel.

 

Theft or Unauthorized Possession

 

Students involved in the taking, sale, or possession of property without the consent of its owner or without proper remuneration may be subject to University disciplinary action and a fine, as well as arrest and prosecution by legal authorities.

 

Title IX Compliance Policy

 

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 USC Sect. 1681 et seq., prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in schools, whether in academics or athletics. In furtherance of Title IX, St. Thinas University has adopted a Title IX Compliance Policy. It is the University’s policy that no student enrolled at STU shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. In addition, the University has adopted a comprehensive sexual misconduct policy that addresses sexual harassment, discrimination, assault, and other related violations involving sex/gender. It can be found at www.stu.edu/titleix.

 

Tobacco and Smoke-Free Zone

 

St. Thomas University is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire campus community. To that end, smoking areas have been designated throughout the campus. The policy will reduce harm from secondhand smoke, provide an environment that encourages persons to become tobacco free, reduce health insurance and health care costs, and promote a campus culture of wellness.

Effective implementation of this policy depends on the courtesy, respect, and cooperation of all members of the St. Thomas University community. Infractions to this policy will result in the following for enforcement.

  1. First-time offenders will receive a warning. The warning will provide individuals with information on resources available to help manage tobacco use and/or quit if so desired.
  2. Individuals violating the policy a second time will be required to attend a smoking/tobacco management/ dependence consultation at the Student Health Center. These classes are intended to help individuals manage their tobacco use. Individuals must register for these classes within 15 days of receiving the violation and complete all classes within 45 calendar days of the notice. Failure to comply will result in the second violation automatically becoming a third violation.
  3. For the third violation, students will be referred to Student Affairs for appropriate discipline.

 

Trespass Policy

 

St. Thomas University reserves the right to prohibit trespass onto its property. University employees whose duties include building or property supervision or the general safety and protection of persons or property may issue a trespass warning. A trespass warning may be issued to students or nonstudents and may apply to an individual’s vehicle, as well. The revocation of a person’s privilege to be on the lands, within the buildings, or on the premises of the University may be restricted to time and place by the agent of the University issuing the trespass warning.

 

Unauthorized Possession of University Property

 

Students in possession of property owned or controlled STU without authorization for such property will be subject to University disciplinary action and/or restitution. In addition, students may be referred to legal authorities for prosecution.

 

University Userid, Password and Email

 

Students are not allowed to: share accounts or passwords with friends or relatives, run password checkers on system password files, run network sniffers, break into other accounts, disrupt service, abuse system resources, misuse email, examine other users files unless asked to do so by the file owner, download PC binaries, copy unlicensed software or allow other users to copy unlicensed software.

 

Password Policy

It is vitally important that all students connected to the network understand the importance of keeping their password secret. If a password needs to be written down, it must be placed in a sealed envelope and placed in a safe place with an access list.

Passwords should not be or contain any of the following:

  • Dictionary words (including foreign and technical dictionaries)
  • Anyone’s or anything’s id
  • A place
  • A proper noun
  • A phone number
  • Passwords of the same character
  • Simple pattern of letters on keyboards
  • Any of the above reversed or concatenated
  • Any or the above with digits prep ended or appended

Students must choose their passwords according to the following:

  • Mixture of numbers, capital letters, small letters, punctuation
  • Easy to remember (don’t need to write it down)
  • Easy to type quickly (difficult for an observer)

Password Guidelines

  • Password must not be written down, or disclosed via email.
  • Default passwords should not be used.
  • If a password is disclosed, it must be immediately changed.
  • Students will be informed in detail of cracking dangers/successes.
  • All vendor-defined default passwords must be changed before the system is used.
  • Passwords should be stored in encrypted form and the encryption should be strong, resisting brute force decryption for weeks on a powerful workstation.
  • A user should not be able to read other users (encrypted) passwords (from the password file).
  • Embedding of clear-text passwords into software should be avoided at all costs and embedded encrypted passwords are also to be avoided where possible.
  • A password minimum age, maximum age, minimum length & history list will be specified as follows:

minimum age = 60 days, Maximum age = 90 days, Minimum length = 6 characters.

  • Password history: the use of the last two passwords should be prohibited.
  • The allowed password content is to be specified and the system will check the password content according to the above rules, before accepting the password.
  • Students should not be able to change other user’s passwords, but the account operator can change user passwords.
  • Change of password will be forced on first login after the password has expired.

If any University faculty, staff member or student types or misspells his/her STU account’s password incorrectly three (3) consecutive times, his/her account will be locked out for a 10 minute period. This counter for invalid attempts will then be reset after another 10-minute duration period.

 

Email

Students should be aware that conventional email systems often guarantee neither privacy nor proof of origin or receipt. Class 2 data may be sent internally within the University without encryption. Class 3 should be encrypted. Class 4 data may not be transmitted via email. Only Class 1 data and information specifically allowed for projects with external entities may be emailed outside the University.

Users should be aware of the risks of opening documents with macros, postscript files, and installing programs received via email.

 

 

Vandalism or Destruction of University Property

 

Defacing, littering, or damaging property of the University is prohibited.

 

Weapons and Firearms

 

All types of guns (including paintball guns, airsoft guns, pellet guns, etc.), bows and arrows, tasers, and all other weapons are prohibited in residence halls. Any device that has the appearance and/or function of a serviceable weapon or is being used in a manner of a real weapon is also prohibited.

A “weapon” can be defined as any object or substance designed to inflict a wound, cause injury or incapacitate, or create a reasonable fear of harm, including, but not limited to, all firearms, air rifles and pellet guns; bow and arrows; ammunition; knives (other than kitchen knives); martial arts weapons; brass knuckles; explosives; and dangerous chemicals or poisons that are possessed with the intent to injure another or to cause damage to property.

Section 790.25(5), Florida Statutes, authorizes people 18 years of age or older to possess a concealed firearm or other weapon in a private conveyance for self defense if the weapon is securely encased and not readily accessible for immediate use. Section 790.115(2)(a), Florida Statutes prohibits possessing weapons or firearms on school property. Although Section 790.115(2)(a)3, Florida Statutes, provides that a person may carry a firearm in a vehicle pursuant to Statute 790.25(5), it provides that schools may provide policies prohibiting this exception.

St. Thomas University is a “school,” as defined under Section 790.115(2)(a), Florida Statutes. This policy is intended to prohibit the exception for carrying firearms in a vehicle on University property pursuant to Sections 790.115(2)(a) and 790.25(5), Florida Statutes. In summary, St. Thomas University prohibits any person from carrying a concealed firearm in a vehicle on the University campus.

 

Worthless Checks

 

  1. Students who make and/or deliver checks to St. Thomas University or any of its affiliates that are not honored by a bank for proper cause shall be subject to a charge for administrative costs, restitution, and disciplinary action.
  2. Students who make and/or deliver worthless checks in payment of tuition and fees shall be subject to cancellation of their registration and denial of admission to classes until full restitution is made.
  3. In addition, students who make and/or deliver worthless checks to the University or any of its agents may be subject to criminal prosecution by legal authorities.

 

 

 

 

 

University Discplinary Procedures

 

 

 

 

The process through which students are held accountable to University policies and procedures is intended to promote a better understanding of the University community and acceptable behavior for students who are a part of that community. With that in mind, it should be noted that the following processes occur only between the University and each individual student involved in an investigation into possible policy violations.

Violation of University Community Standards

 

The University Community Standards describes behaviors that are inconsistent with the essential values of the University community. The University retains the right to modify the University Community Standards at any time without advanced notice. The University reserves the right to discipline any student and/or a guest who engages in misconduct that adversely affects the pursuit of the University’s educational purposes and objectives or otherwise violates University rules. Students are held accountable for their guest’s actions and may be subject to disciplinary action for their guest’s infractions of the University Community Standards. Intentionally attempting or assisting in violation of the Student Code of Conduct may be considered as serious as engaging in the behavior. A person commits an attempt when, with intent to commit a specific violation of the University Community Standards, he/she performs any act that constitutes a substantial step toward the commission of that violation.

 

Application of University Community Standards

Sanctions for the conduct listed below can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the University whether it occurs on or off campus, including all online social media sites, such as MySpace, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter is a violation of the University Community Standards. In cases where the School of Law students have allegedly violated the University Community Standards, the Associate VP for Student Affairs (or designee) and/or the Dean of the School of Law will determine if the student will be held accountable to the University Community Standards or the School of Law Code of Conduct. In addition, other misconduct is described in the University Student Handbook.

 

Good Samaritan

 

Students or members of the community who observe a medical or other emergency are obligated to call for help. If the “Good Samaritan” who places a call for help is found to be in violation of the University Community Standards, the fact that they placed the call will be considered when sanctions are imposed on an individual or student organization. If you feel a community member is in need of medical assistance, please inform Public Safety at (305) 628-6500.

 

Disciplinary Process

 

The disciplinary function of the University is an integral part of its educational mission. The discipline system emphasizes the acceptance of each individual’s personal and social responsibilities. All breaches of the University rules and regulations are of equal seriousness. The University, however, recognizes its responsibility to all members of the academic community, and the protection of personal and institutional rights and property is a primary focus of the disciplinary process.

Three possible adjudication processes exist depending on the violation, 1) Administrative Hearings; 2) Student Judicial Hearing Committee; or 3) Immediate Administrative Action. The Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee will determine the applicable adjudication process. Upon receipt of a Community Incident Report, the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee will send a “Hearing Notification Letter” via email to the student’s St. Thomas University email account. The hearing will take place within ten (10) business days of the Community Incident. Please note that all disciplinary communication will be sent via the St. Thomas University email system and it is the student’s responsibility to check his or her St. Thomas University email account.

 

Summary of Judicial Process

 

Administrative Hearing

When a Community Incident Report is received, the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee may select a representative from the Department of Student Affairs to serve as a hearing officer. The Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or hearing officers may choose to include/consult with other staff or faculty whose job expertise or experience may provide additional insight into an incident. Notification of the date, time and location of the hearing will be sent to the student via email to the student’s St. Thomas University email account requesting his/her presence. The letter requesting appearance will be sent via email to the student’s St. Thomas University email account, three (3) University business days prior to the scheduled hearing.

 

Student Judicial Hearing

When a Community Incident Report is received, the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee may forward the incident report to the Student Judicial Committee. The Student Judicial Committee will include three student representatives appointed by the Student Government Association, and will be advised by the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee and/or the Graduate Student Judicial Coordinator. Notification of the date, time and location of the hearing will be sent to the student requesting his/her presence. The letter requesting appearance will be sent via email to the student’s St. Thomas University email account three (3) University business days prior to the scheduled hearing.

 

Immediate Administrive Action

In cases where the student poses a danger to the community or potential further disruption of normal operations of the University, the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer, or designee may exclude (ban) the student from University property/events. The student will be given specific instructions by Public Safety/on-duty administrator, which may include vacating their on-campus residence for a period of time. When a student is excluded (banned) from University property/events, they may not re-enter University property or take part in University events, unless the exclusion is terminated.

 

 

 

Standard of Proof

 

The hearing officer or Student Judicial Committee makes decisions only on information presented at the hearing. After the hearing, the hearing officer or judicial committee makes findings of fact and conclusions about whether the information presented constitutes a violation of a University Community Standard. The standard for the hearing officer’s or judicial committee’s decision is whether the violation is sustained by a preponderance of the evidence. It is the University’s burden to show that it is “more likely than not” that the student violated a University Community Standard.

The hearing officer or Student Judicial Committee submits a written report of his or her findings and conclusions to the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer, or designee, along with any appropriate sanctions. This report is submitted within ten working days after the hearing. The report will be added to the student’s judicial file and will be maintained by the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer.

 

Possible Sanctions

 

While it is reasonable to expect all students to cooperate in observing rules and standards of conduct which contribute to orderly and harmonious community living, it is necessary to specify sanctions which may be imposed on those who choose to violate the regulations as set forth by the University. The Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee, the Student Judicial Committee and the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs have a positive understanding of discipline as directed and controlled behavior, which leads to more desirable behavior. Accordingly, there may be a wide variety of disciplinary measures taken. Generally, these measures may be grouped under seven (7) categories. All levels of assigned violations may include a single or combination of sanctions.

Below are examples of sanctions that may be imposed:

  1. Warning: Oral or written notice to the student that communicates that their behavior violates a University Community Standard and that continuation or repetition of misconduct may result in a more severe sanctioning.
  2. Administrative Charge: Any violations of a University Community Standard may have an assessed monetary administrative charge. Payment of these charges are due within ten (10) business days of the decision. Make checks payable to St. Thomas University.
  3. Financial Restitution: Violations involving damage to personal, University, or private property, may require monetary restitution. In such cases where compensation for loss, damage or injury is determined to be appropriate the administrative hearing officer will make such determination as well the amount of restitution.
  4. Social Probation: Social probation is a stated period of time during which the student is on notice that any further infraction of a University Community Standard will result in a more severe punishment. Social probation may include a designated period of time when certain privileges are denied, which may include, for example, visitation privileges, the right to hold office in a campus organization, participation in intramural or varsity sports, participation in campus activities, etc.
  5. Strict Probation: The term “strict probation” is a flexible concept that may be implemented as the hearing officer or the Student Judicial Committee deems appropriate. Strict probation may:
  • Designate a period of time when certain privileges are denied (for example, visitation privileges, the right to hold office in a campus organization, participation in intramural or varsity sports, living in the residence halls, participation in campus activities, etc.)
  • Designate a period of time when certain requirements are placed upon the one being disciplined (for example, referral for counseling assessment, volunteer work for community agencies, campus clean-ups, etc.)
  • Involve paying an administrative charge, contributing to a charity, writing a reflective paper, constructing a written apology, or some other assignment.

Failure to comply with the conditions of strict probation in the timeframe specified might result in an additional violation of a University Community Standard and further sanctions imposed by the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer or designee or the Student Judicial Committee.

  1. Community Development: The University recognizes that violations of the University Community Standard have an adverse impact on the entire community. At times, it may be deemed appropriate to assign community development service as a method of giving back to the community and of giving the student a better understanding of civic responsibility and how their positive and negative contributions may impact the community.
  2. Change in Residency: When a resident student’s actions have the potential to continually disrupt the normal order of the community or for other appropriate reasons, the student may be relocated to another living assignment or required to remove themselves from campus housing. If a student is required to vacate on-campus housing they will be excluded (banned) from the residence halls. Violations of this sanction will be considered trespassing and result in notification of the Miami Gardens Police for prosecution.
  3. Suspension: Is a separation from the University for a specified period of time. During the suspension, a student is excluded (banned) from classes and all other University privileges or activities, including prohibition from entering any University property or sponsored event. Violations of this sanction will be considered trespassing and result in notification of the Miami Gardens Police for prosecution.*
  4. Expulsion: When it is deemed that a student has violated the community standards and that their association with the University should not be continued the University may permanently separate a student from the University. When a student is expelled they are excluded (banned) from classes and all other University privileges or activities, including prohibition from entering any University property or sponsored event. Violations of this sanction will be considered trespassing and result in notification of the Miami Gardens Police for prosecution.*

 

*When a student is found in violation of a University Community Standard and it is deemed necessary to separate the student from the University community through the sanction of suspension or expulsion, the student will be given an Administrative Withdrawal for all courses in which there is not enough significant course work completed to award a grade. The faculty member for each course will decide if enough course work has been complete to award a grade.

 

Appealing a Judicial Committee Sanction

 

A student may appeal a Student Judicial Committee sanction within two (2) University business days after receipt of the letter of findings. The appeal must be in the form of a written letter to the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer. The letter of appeal must be based on one or more of the following reasons:

  1. The administrative hearing process was not followed according to published hearing procedures;
  2. New supporting evidence or other relevant facts not available at the original hearing has surfaced sufficient to alter a decision, because such information and/or facts were not known to the person appealing at the time of the original hearing; and/or
  3. He or she was treated unfairly.

 

Not Hear the Appeal

The Chief Judicial Affairs Officer may determine that an appeal is not warranted, and will notify in writing the student, via email to the student’s St. Thomas University email account of his/her decision within twenty (20) University business days after receipt of the request for appeal. This is the final appeal. The Community Incident Report and appropriate correspondence will be maintained in the student’s judicial file for one year after the student has left the University.

 

Hear the Appeal

At the hearing of an appeal, the student shall have the right to: a. be present; b. present new evidence/witnesses; c. be assisted or represented during the proceedings by an advisor of his/her choice from within the University community (current student or University employee).

It is the student’s responsibility to inform and provide written valid excuse to the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer at least two (2) University business days prior to the hearing if they are unable to attend. If, after proper notice of the hearing, the charged student fails to appear, without a valid excuse for his/her non-appearance, the hearing may be held without the student. Documentation may be required to gain exception for a missed appearance.

After hearing the appeal, the Chief Judicial Affairs Officer will send a letter of findings to the student, via email to the student’s St. Thomas University email account within twenty (20) University business days after the conclusion of the hearing. This is the final appeal. The Community Incident Report and appropriate correspondence will be maintained in the student’s judicial file for one year after the student has left the University.

 

Student Grievence Policy

 

Students at St. Thomas University have the right to pursue resolution of their grievance(s) against any member or office of the St. Thomas University community when they feel unjustly or improperly treated. This complaint and grievance process is for non-academic grievances.

 

Grievence Procedures

  1. Informal Grievance: The Grievant shall attempt to informally resolve the matter with the person(s) directly involved. The Grievant should attempt to settle the matter informally through good faith discussion, dialogue and/or mediation. Every attempt shall be made to resolve the matter at the lowest possible administrative level.
  2. Formal Grievance: If the parties fail to settle the dispute through the informal process, a formal grievance should be filed in writing with the Office of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs if the dispute is of a non-academic nature but it involves faculty or staff, or the Law School Office of the Dean of Student Services if the Grievant is a law student. The written complaint should incorporate as much detail as possible and must be signed and dated by the aggrieved party.

The complaint should contain the following:

  • The id of the party (faculty/staff member, department, etc.) with whom the student has a grievance;
  • A detailed narrative describing the circumstances and if applicable a list of corroborating witnesses; and,
  • Any relevant or supporting documentation; and
  • The proposed remedy or action requested.

Upon completion of the investigation and when a decision has been rendered, copies should be forwarded to the following as required: a.) corresponding Vice President, Associate Provost or Provost; b.) the respondent; and c.) the student file.

 

Grievance Appeals

The Dean, Department Chair or Director shall respond in writing to the student within ten University business days from the receipt of the written complaint. If the Dean, Chair or Director does not respond within the given time frame or fails to adequately resolve the complaint, the student may appeal in writing to the appropriate Vice President or the Provost of the University/Chief Academic Officer. Should the complaint be against a Vice President or the Provost, the President of the University shall designate an alternate Vice President to handle the complaint. The Vice President or Provost of the University/Chief Academic Officer or their designee shall respond in writing to the student within ten University business days. All decisions of the Vice Presidents and Provost of the University/Chief Academic Officer shall be final and non-appealable.

 

 

 

 

 

Department of Athletics

 

 

Mission

 

Intercollegiate athletics at St. Thomas University is a program built on the rich cultural and international diversity in the Catholic tradition and committed to the academic and professional success of its student athletes stressing the values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership in building Champions of Character and global leaders for life.

 

 

 

Overview

 

St. Thomas University offers athletics programs through the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and is a member of The Sun Conference (TSC). Men’s teams compete in baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis and cross-country; while women’s teams compete in basketball, softball, volleyball, soccer, tennis and cross-country. The University also has co-ed Cheer and Dance. Students who wish to participate in athletics at a NAIA member institution will need to be certified by the NAIA Eligibility Center in order to qualify academically and be cleared as an eligible student-athlete for competition. For more information and to register, log onto the NAIA Eligibility Center website – www.PlayNAIA.org.

 

Department of Athletics Philosophy Statement

 

The President of St. Thomas University and the Department of Athletics firmly believe in supporting the academic progress of student-athletes and encouraging the values of respect for others, quality sportsmanship, and ethical conduct in amateur intercollegiate athletics. These are key values in achieving our mission of developing leaders for life. The President of St. Thomas University in cooperation with the Department of Athletics ensures that all student-athletes, athletic staff, and institutional personnel understand and practice the highest ethical conduct on and off the field or court and comply fully with all the rules of our Division. These values are the standards for all our fans, alumni, boosters, and the members of our immediate collegiate community at all events throughout the athletics program.

The Department of Athletics places a high priority on the health, safety, well-being and academic success of its student-athletes, and encourages the growth of well-balanced student-athletes in the student centered environment established by the University mission and its Catholic tradition. Participation in athletics facilitates the learning of values which improve the mental, social, physical, emotional, moral and spiritual development of student-athletes. These lifelong values teach teamwork, sportsmanship, and leadership. The Department of Athletics fully supports student-athletes and their efforts to meet their educational objectives and to maintain good academic progress toward their degrees.

In addition, the athletic programs afford student-athletes high-level, amateur athletic competition where they can challenge themselves on the field or court through equitable participation. Excellence in competition is always approached within the framework created by our Division’s constitution, bylaws, policies, and principles of sportsmanship. The Department of Athletics schedules the majority of its competitions with other members in its Division, within the University’s regional and geographical location. An equal opportunity to participate in intercollegiate athletics is provided for all students regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, religion, national origin and sexual orientation. Furthermore, the Catholic tradition and mission of the University ensures that all students have opportunities for volunteer service and community engagement in order to develop leaders who contribute in the region in which they reside.

 

 

Eligibility

 

Student-athletes will follow all eligibility guidelines that are set forth by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Sun Conference (TSC), in addition to the University’s admissions requirements. Whichever the most stringent rule will be the guideline to follow. Graduate students that are interested in participating in athletics at St. Thomas University must have completed and received an undergraduate degree from St. Thomas University and be enrolled full-time in a graduate program according to the graduate admissions standards.

In order to participate in athletics, student-athletes must maintain a minimum 2.0 overall GPA and pass at least 24 credit hours within the last 2 full-time terms of attendance. For specific NAIA rules, studentathletes and other interested parties should review the NAIA rules and procedures regarding athletics participation requirements at: http://www.playnaia.org/

 

Entering Freshman

An entering freshman student must be a graduate of an accredited high school or be fully accepted as a regular student in good academic standing as defined by St. Thomas University. An entering freshman is defined as a student who upon becoming identified with an institution has not been previously identified with an institution(s) of higher learning for two semesters or three quarters (or equivalent). An entering freshman must meet two of the three entry level requirements to participate in athletics at St. Thomas University:

  1. Achieve a minimum of 18 on the Enhanced ACT or 880 on the SAT. The ACT/SAT test must be taken on a national or international testing date and certified to the institution prior to the beginning of each term in which the student initially participates (residual tests are not acceptable). The SAT score of 880 or higher must be achieved on the Critical Reading and Math sections of the SAT. The SAT score of 880 or higher must be achieved on the CRITICAL READING and MATH sections of the SAT. Scores must be achieved on a single test, and the test score must be sent directly from the testing center to the University and the NAIA Eligibility Center.
  2. Achieve a minimum overall high school grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (the NAIA requires a 2.0 GPA)
  3. Graduate in the top half of your high school graduating class

Please Note: St. Thomas university admission standards must be met in order for student-athletes to be eligible for participation.

 

Four –Year Completion

Student-athletes have 10 semesters (or terms of attendance) in which to complete four (4) athletic seasons in a sport, whichever comes first. Student-athletes will be charged a term of attendance upon enrollment in 12 or more institutional credit hours. Summer sessions are not included, but night school, extension or correspondence courses are applicable to this ruling. Student-athletes’ eligibility begins when a student first registers for 12 or more credits or when a student athlete first competes (practices, scrimmages or contests) at any two or four year collegiate institution. These years are continuous. A student-athlete may be granted an extra year of competition if they are ill or injured and meet the criteria of the NAIA medical hardship, only if the student-athlete has the eligible semesters and/or seasons remaining.

Twelve Credit Rule

The NAIA and St. Thomas University require that a student-athlete must be a full-time student in order to participate. It must also be verified that the student-athlete is registered and fees are paid for at least 12 credits. Under University policy a student-athlete is ineligible to practice or compete during any time if:

  1. He/she is registered for less than 12 credit classes;
  2. Registration or admission is canceled; or
  3. Change in enrollment occurs.

Changes in enrollment (e.g., petitions to add/drop courses, late enrollment, instructor drops, etc.) should be submitted prior to the published deadlines to ensure that records are accurate and complete. If a student-athlete drops a course, it costs credits toward graduation. A student-athlete is not permitted to drop a class without a signature from the Director of Athletics or Faculty Athletics Representative. This policy is designed to prevent a student-athlete from making changes in their academic schedule that may jeopardize their academic and/or eligibility status.

 

Progress Reports and Mandatory Bobcat Roundtables (Study Halls)

 

To ensure that student-athletes are making normal progress towards graduation, the Department of Athletics administers progress reports throughout the semester as part of the University’s F.I.R.S.T. alert system. Upon receipt of this report, coaches meet with student-athletes individually. Reports are also generated throughout the semester via professors who deem students at risk. From these various reports coaches will mandate study hall. In addition, all freshmen must attend a 2-hour supervised Bobcat Roundtable once per week for a full year. This is outside of what the coaches provide. Transfer students must complete one semester of roundtables while all student-athletes with a 2.5 GPA and below must continue the roundtables until their GPA is above 2.5. These roundtables will provide an opportunity for advisement and orientation to college life.

 

Financial Aid/Grants/Scholarships

 

Athletic teams are provided with a specific number of one-year renewable grants-in-aid (athletic scholarships) in accordance with budgetary restrictions and regulations. Athletic grants are awarded by the Office of Financial Aid upon the recommendation of the Head Coach and the approval of the Director of Athletics. Grant-in-aids are not reimbursements for services performed, but to help student-athletes with their educational expenses. An athletic and/or academic grant is restricted to covering educational expenses such as tuition, room/board and fees. All grants cover only a portion of the current academic year and do not include additional funding for summer or mini-mester term classes. All grants have a minimum GPA and full-time status requirement to receive such grants. For more information, see the staff in the Student Success Center. Athletic grants require certification of eligibility. If deemed ineligible, a student athlete may lose their athletic grant (scholarship).

Athletics Missed Class Policy

 

Student-athletes are not permitted to miss class time for sports practice at any point during the academic year. Student-athletes are not permitted to miss class time for competition or practice outside of the championship segment (the off season). A schedule of games/competitions from the Faculty Athletics Representative will be emailed to all faculty for the fall, winter and spring sports indicating when student-athletes should be excused from class for games/competitions. It is still the responsibility of the student-athlete to communicate with each faculty member, in advance, regarding missed class time and the class work that should be completed.

 

Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Policy

 

The Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug (ATOD) policy of STU is designed to promote healthy lifestyles. The ATOD policy is intended to protect the health and welfare of the studentathletes through education, monitoring, intervention, and when appropriate, punitive and rehabilitative measures. It is the goal of St. Thomas University’s Athletic Department to deter underage use of alcohol and discourage student-athletes from using illegal or performance enhancing drugs and/or controlled substances.

The Athletic Department is responsible for the protection of the health and safety of its student-athletes through prevention, intervention, and pertinent education on the abuse of substances that adversely affect their academic performance, athletic achievement, and/or well-being. The use of controlled substances, tobacco and alcohol can adversely affect their skills achievement, and poses a risk of serious injury to both themselves and others in the course of practice and competition.

It is the policy of the Athletic Department of St. Thomas University to create a drug-free environment in keeping with the spirit and intent of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. The use of controlled substances is inconsistent with the behavior expected of employees, subjects all employees, students, studentathletes, and visitors to the athletics department to unacceptable safety risks, and undermines the University’s ability to operate effectively and efficiently. In this connection, a student-athlete found with the unlawful presence of alcohol or a controlled substance in his/her system, unlawfully in possession of, using, selling, trading, or offering for sale controlled substances or alcohol while on St. Thomas University’spremises or during events associated with the Athletic Department, will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge as set forth by the policies of the Athletic Department at St Thomas University.

The Athletic Department will develop and provide education seminars and programs in drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse and the dangers of addiction in line with this responsibility for the athletes’ well-being. The seminars and programs will help identify those student-athletes requiring assistance. If necessary they will be referred to the appropriate counseling and treatment sources.

 

Tobacco Use

As a member of the NAIA, STU enforces the NAIA tobacco policy. The use of tobacco products is prohibited by all student-athletes and game personnel (e.g. coaches, athletic trainers, managers and game officials) in all sports during practice or competition. A student-athlete who violates this tobacco policy will be sanctioned as outlined by this STUAD Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug policy.

First Offense

  1. An official warning issued by any STU staff member and/or game personnel.
  2. The staff member who issued the warning will alert the student-athlete’s Head Coach and the Director of Athletics of the warning.

Second Offense

  1. Expulsion from practice, game, touridnts and events.

 

Alcohol Abuse

The Athletic Department recognizes that student-athletes who are cited for a Residence Hall/Campus Alcohol Violation or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) place themselves in danger and put the community at risk. The Athletic Department will take a proactive approach in discipline as well as seeking the proper medical and other professional assistance for these student-athletes. Any coach or athletics personnel that are alerted to the violation of a student-athlete for alcohol on campus, DUI or DWI is required to immediately alert the Director of Athletics. The Director of Athletics will then seek through the appropriate athletics personnel a plan of sanctions.

NAIA Student-Athlete Substance Abuse Education

To prepare for drug testing in 2017-18 at NAIA national championships, annual education will begin this academic year to promote student-athlete welfare and understanding of the NAIA policies. The education also includes Sexual Assault Prevention to assist in compliance with the federal SaVe Act requirements.

The NAIA performance enhancing substances education is designed to introduce and reinforce not only what substances are banned by the NAIA and their health impacts, but what can be expected with drug testing at national championships.

The program will be delivered through the existing NAIA Academy and comprise four progressive course that correspond with a student’s previous season of competition. Beginning in 2016-17, completion of the courses according to the student-athlete’s previous season of competition will be criteria for eligibility.

 

 

 

 

Residential Life

 

 

 

Villanova Hall § Cascia Hall § University Inn

 

 

St. Thomas University Office of Residential Life provides the opportunity for community living based upon the Catholic philosophy of mutual respect for the rights of each individual. Our residence hall arrangements encourage autonomy, the development of interpersonal relationships, along with the convenience of residing on campus.

 

 

Residential Hall Policies, Rights, and Responsibilities

 

The following regulations are enacted to protect the general welfare and functioning of the residential community. The residential community is intended to support student in their education pursuits. Disrupting the educational mission of residence life or infractions of any regulations may result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, fines, loss of privileges, change of residency, or dismissal from the residence halls. Student conduct, that is inconsistent with the goals and objectives of St. Thomas University mission, will not be tolerated. Residents are required to become familiar with, and abide by the provisions outlined and set forth in the Housing Contract, the University Community Standards and any housing publications.

Community Respect Statement

 

Each resident shares the responsibility of creating an environment in which all residents are respected and valued – regardless of one’s age, weight, gender, orientation, disability, race, ethnicity, color, creed, national origin, cultural, background, socio-economic status, or religious affiliation or conviction. Each resident shares the responsibility for: getting to know people from different groups.

 

Sustainability Statement

Residence Life fosters a culture of environmental sustainability and civic responsibility by educating individuals about their impact on the campus, local, and global communities. We seek to initiate actions and awareness to create sustainable environments and healthy social systems.

Sustainability refers to a pattern of resource use that aims to meet human needs while preserving the environment without degrading the economic, ecologic, or social systems that future generations will rely on for meeting their needs. Sustainability is also a process of continuous improvement where slight changes in habits and lifestyles along with new technologies can yield tremendous benefits for the community, the economy, and the environment.

Residence Life Sustainability programs are designed to help STU students make responsible and sustainable lifestyle choices that reduce the use of energy, water and limit waste; ultimately lessening the overall ecological footprint of our residence halls.

 

Hall Government

 

You have the opportunity to become involved with hall government in the Residence Hall Association Council (RHAC), which is the on-campus residence hall government. The RHAC functions as the programming and governing body for the residence hall. This also offers you an opportunity to get involved, to have a voice in how your residence hall operates, and to plan hall activities. Halls elect or select an executive board consisting of interested students who want to lead their hall. Meetings are open to all residents. Responsibilities of the hall council include: planning social, educational, recreational, cultural, and academic events; promoting and assisting in special campus events; and reviewing and supporting the hall policies in addition to those policies maintained by the University. Benefits from participating in hall council are numerous:

  • Opportunities to develop interpersonal skills;
  • To enhance leadership skills;
  • Planning student activities;
  • To voice concerns about hall policies and procedures; and,
  • Provide an experience base that can be highlighted on your resume and can be utilized throughout your life.

 

General Guidelines for Successful Residence Life

 

College means different things to each person, but the one thing it means for most people is more freedom. You will be responsible for going to class, navigating around campus, and finding help where you need it. Adjusting to college life can be difficult, which is why STU offers a strong network of people, organizations, and services that will help you get involved and make the most of your college experience.

Even though you have attended school for most of your life, college differs greatly from what you have experienced. It is your responsibility to attend class and turn in assignments. Learning is a shared process between you and the professor. Professors create a syllabus for their class so that you know what assignments are due and what is expected of you. However, you are responsible for attending class, doing assignments, and meeting your potential.

For students who are looking to get involved outside of the classroom, the best place to start may be in your resident hall. Your resident assistant (RA) organizes hall events to create a sense of community and introduce you to different events and opportunities on campus. Sharing a room, possibly for the first time, can be tricky. Your RA can help you adjust to college residence life as well. If you have a roommate issue and need a moderator, your RA will help. Additional tips for a successful Residential Life experience at STU are:

  1. Avoid leaving fruits in your room – this will attract fruit flies and gnats; once they are in the room, they are very hard to remove. Throw the fruit away in the trash chute or outside.
  2. Toilet and sink overflow – if there is a problem with overflow, the handles behind and below the toilet and sink will allow you to stop the water pressure. Residents will be responsible for all water damage.
  3. Candy and food – do not leave food on the ground as this will also attract insects like ants. Once they are part of your room, they are very difficult to eliminate. Avoid this and do not leave food lying on the ground or under furniture.
  4. Wall damage – do not put anything on the walls that sticks permanently or with double-sided tape; this will cause damage and you are responsible for the paint repair – e.g. bulletin boards, dry erase boards, etc.
  5. Open windows and Air Conditioner (AC) – leave the windows closed when the AC is on!!! Failure to do so results in condensation near the vent of the air conditioning and may cause possible mold issues. Additionally, any damage caused is the responsibilities of the residents and may interfere with someone’s allergies. Generally, it is a good idea to keep the windows closed at all times to keep insects out and moisture reduced.

 

Residence Life Agreement

  1. When a student signs a Housing Contract (academic year-Long, both fall and spring semesters with the exception of Winter Break and any portions of the academic year remaining at the time this Contract is signed), the student agrees to respect and adhere to all policies and procedures pertaining to St. Thomas University housing and food service as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, the Contract and other residence halls or University publications.
  2. Each student is responsible for knowing these regulations and conducting themselves accordingly. Students who do not adhere to the University policies and regulations, as specified in the aforementioned publications, are subject to disciplinary action that may include the termination of their residence on campus.
  3. Resident students are responsible for rule violations occurring in their respective rooms, whether they are present or not, or in common areas and may be subject to disciplinary action for such violations.
  4. The University reserves the right to refuse to enter into any agreement for residence hall accommodations with any student.
  5. Where the health, safety or academic environment may be impaired, the University reserves the right to make room changes which may include reassignment(s), to other residence areas or termination of residency. Students who are charged with a violation of regulations may be temporarily removed pending adjudication of charges.

 

Occupancy

  1. Occupancy begins when the student signs for the University room key(s) thus becoming a resident. Failure to return a University-issued room key within 2-hours after termination of room occupancy will result in a re-keying charge of the room(s). All withdrawals from the residence halls must be initiated in writing with the Office of Residence Life.
  2. Occupancy of a room is limited to the assigned resident, the assigned space and to the period for which the housing fee has been paid. Questions regarding occupancy should be directed to the Office of Residence Life. Residents are not permitted to sublease space to another person. NO student is permitted to enter another student’s room without permission from an occupant. No student may sign out a key for another person’s room. University keys may not be duplicated, copied or transferred at any time except through the Office of Residence Life.
  3. Students may not change or exchange rooms without prior approval from the Office of Residence Life.
  4. Room keys are the property of the University and must be produced when requested by a University officer. All students are required to return the issued key(s) to residence life staff, when the occupancy period ends, during scheduled University residential housing closing periods (ex. Winter break) and are to leave their residences in a reasonably clean and orderly condition, and to follow the proper checkout procedures set forth by the Office of Residence Life. Failure to do so will result in an administrative fine in addition to damage fines, removal of items left in the room and the re-keying charge if necessary.
  5. Upon entering at the beginning of the occupancy period each resident must complete a Room Condition Report with a Resident Assistant to indicate the condition of the room. At the end of the occupancy period the condition of the room will be assessed. If there is any damage to the room and its furnishings the students account will be charged accordingly.
  6. When a residence hall room becomes half-vacant, the remaining resident may be required to consolidate into another half-vacant room. Failure to move by the required deadline may result in disciplinary action and/or fines.
  7. Students who do not claim their room assignment by 5:00 PM on the second day of classes, or who do not notify the Office of Residence Life prior to the first day of classes regarding their late arrival, will forfeit their room assignment. If the room has been forfeited, the Office of Residence Life will make a new assignment on a space available basis.
  8. Damages to public areas of the residence halls, e.g. lavatories, hallways, lobbies, etc., are the responsibility of every resident on the floor and/or building. When individual responsibility cannot be determined, charges to the deposit will be assessed to all occupants of the floor and/or building.
  9. Residents billed for residence hall damage during the academic year will have ten (10) business days to submit payment to the Business Office. Any student failing to complete payment in the prescribed time, or those who are continuous offenders, may be subject to immediate suspension from the residence hall.
  10. Alterations of the physical structure, property, appliances or furnishings of the residence halls are not permitted without the written authorization of the Office of Residence Life. Draperies, tapestries, blankets, flags, towels or posters which are displayed on walls, ceilings, windows and doors in a manner which could facilitate ignition, block exits or fire detection units or present overhead fire hazards are not permitted. Draperies may not hang suspended from the doorway. Tapestries may not touch light fixtures, block a ceiling sprinkler or hang more than 16 inch from the ceiling. Draperies (non-housing issued) must be made of fire resistant materials.
  11. Residents must vacate the residence halls within 24 hours of their last final examination or by the end of the occupancy period, depending on which comes first. During scheduled breaks students must leave their residence hall rooms by the posted date (ex. Winter break) and may not return before posted move-in dates. Residents who do not check out properly will be assessed fines for improper checkout, damages and removal of any remaining items or property.
  12. Residents may not engage in any sport or sport related activities within the residence hall rooms, lounges, hallways, stairwells, or other public areas. Sports or sports related activities including, but are not limited to, Frisbee, floor hockey, golf, bowling, football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. Also, students may not use water pistols, super-soakers, or any other mechanism that emits projectiles, which includes, but is not limited to, paint guns and other similar items.
  13. Before vacating the residence halls, whether at the end of the academic year, semester end, or for other reasons, residents must complete a proper check out with a resident assistant. Failure to check out properly will result in a $250.00 fine as well as any charges for damages or removing items left in the room. The Office of Residence Life will be responsible for assessing damages to a room and making the necessary charges to the student’s account. In the event that individual charges cannot be determined, the charges will be split between the roommates. Proper check-out procedures information will be distributed towards the end of the academic year and is always available from the Office of Residence Life. Any items left in the room after checkout or the occupancy date(s) will be discarded.

 

Roommate Agreement

We highly recommend that you sit down with your roommate(s) to discuss the Roommate Agreement within two days of moving into your residence hall. The questions on the form will prove very helpful in generating discussion about the details of living together. If any disagreements should arise, you will be able to consult your roommate agreement form and make modifications if necessary to solve and avoid future problems.

  • Each roommate should make his/her individual response. Being honest will save time and minimize hurt feelings later.
  • If responses to questions are different, discuss that difference and try to reach an understanding that all roommates can live with.
  • Write down your agreements. If there are things not listed in the contract that you feel may be important to you, write them down and discuss them too.
  • After the document has been signed, return it to your RA for safekeeping. You can request its return as needed and always renegotiate items by mutual agreement as necessary.
  • If problems arise, start with discussion. If you want a mediator, utilize your RA, the Head RA or the Director of Residential Life.

 

Lockout Procedures

 

Lockout Schedule
Midnight to 5:00 PM: Call Public Safety at (305) 628–6500

5:00 PM to Midnight – Call the RA on duty at (786) 298–0741

If a resident is locked out of their room they will be allowed one free “key in” provided an appropriate ID is validated. Failure to present an ID will result in denied room entry. Each time, including the first, a ticket will be given to the resident for the lockout. The second time and each time thereafter a fine will be charged; $15 fine for the second unlock; $20 fine for the third unlock and subsequent unlocks. As a last resort, if no ID is available, go to the RA in charge of your floor for assistance. The loss of a key could result in the change of a lock, the cost of which will be charged to the student account.

Room Entry

 

The University reserves the right to conduct administrative checks or to enter any residents rooms for the purpose of health and safety inspections and to make improvements or repairs. Such checks include but are not limited to those made to inspect for the presence of unauthorized persons, to inspect for damages, to verify residency, to repair facilities, to inventory room appliances and furnishings, and to inspect for health and safety purposes. This may occur in cases of emergency or where there is a possible threat to life or property, where contraband or prohibited items are/were in view or where the general welfare of hall residents or the university community is concerned. However, there are circumstances in which authorized persons using the approved procedures outlined below may enter a room or suite. These special cases include law enforcement, custodial services, safety inspections, room repair and maintenance, emergency situations, and probable cause searches.

  • Any law enforcement agency having jurisdiction may, in performing its statutory duties, conduct a search in accordance with legally defined procedures governing search and seizure.
  • Authorized university custodial personnel may enter residents’ rooms or suites to perform the routine custodial services provided as a part of a housing contract.
  • Authorized university personnel performing safety inspections may enter a room or apartment to ensure that health, fire, and safety regulations are being maintained. Whenever possible, residents will be given at least 24-hour notice of these inspections.
  • Authorized university maintenance personnel may enter a room to make improvements or repairs, to provide routine maintenance services, and to recover university-owned property.
  • Whenever possible, residents will be given at least 24-hour notice.
  • Authorized university personnel responding to an emergency may enter a room or apartment to protect a resident’s health and welfare or to make emergency repairs to prevent property damage.
  • Authorized university officials may enter a room or apartment when there is probable cause to believe that violations of university or civil regulations are being committed and that a delay to procure a search warrant would endanger the health and safety of the residents, or result in the probable destruction of evidence. Probable cause means having reasonable grounds for suspicion, supported by circumstances sufficiently strong to justify a cautious person’s belief that a party is committing an illegal act.

 

Room Entry Procedures

When the room(s) to be searched is occupied, probable cause searches will follow these guidelines:

  1. No student room or suite shall be entered without knocking, whether the door is locked, unlocked, or ajar.
  2. The university official will identify himself or herself and state why entry is desired. If the door is closed, the official will then request that the door be opened.
  3. If the door is not opened or the official is refused entry, the official will: knock again and restate personal identification and the reason entry is desired; b. state the intention to use a master key to enter if the door is not opened; c. wait at least two minutes to allow the occupant(s) sufficient time to awaken, dress, or decide rationally whether to allow entrance to the room or suite and then, if necessary, use a master key to enter; and d. state again, upon entering the room or suite, the purpose of the entry or search, the fact that it is being conducted on the basis of probable cause, and the identity of the specific objects being sought. Numbers 4 and 5 below apply whether or not the room or suite to be searched is occupied at the time of the search.
  4. Only items that are specifically prohibited or that pose an immediate danger to the health and safety of the residents will be removed from a student’s room without the express permission of the owner.
  5. The university official conducting the search is free to seize illegal materials in “plain view,” but the extent of the search must be in keeping with the factual information upon which the probable cause for the search is founded. If an extensive search is required (i.e., opening all drawers, luggage, and locked boxes) and the student has not given permission, the university should contact the Miami Gardens Police Department for a search warrant.

 

All evidence seized during searches complying with the above regulations may be used in university disciplinary hearings for violations of the University Community Standards, Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct; evidence seized in violation of the search standards may not be used. A student who believes this policy has been violated should report the incident to the Office of Student Affairs.

Other members of the university staff may enter student rooms under the conditions described in the St. Thomas University Residence Hall Housing Contract. When authorized university personnel or their agents must enter a student’s room or suite when no occupants are present, two staff members should be present, if possible. Students will be notified of such entries and the reasons for them upon their return. In all instances, such entries shall be made only for purposes listed above and in the contract.

 

Villanova Hall and University Inn Cleaning Schedule

 

The rooms of Villanova Hall and University Inn are cleaned on a rotational basis. Excessive amounts of garbage should not be left in the hallways, room or common areas. Please dispose of this excess using the trash chute located at the end of the hallway, or the garbage can outside your room.

 

Laundry Facilities

 

Washers and dryers are located in each residential complex. These are operated using MacGray Digital laundry. The facilities may be used only by residents. Laundry machines use credit card, debit cards or coins.

Health and Safety Inspections

 

In order to ensure clean, healthy, and safe living environments for both current and future residents, health and safety inspections are conducted once per month. All residential students are issued a mandatory 24-hour notice so that they can coordinate cleaning, health, and safety efforts within their bedrooms and/or suite areas. The Resident Life staff is authorized to enter bedrooms even if the resident(s) are not present, given that there was prior notification. Staff members will only inspect in pairs.

 

Maintenance and Repairs

 

If you find something in your room or residence hall that needs to be repaired go directly to the Residence Life Office to submit a work order. This work order will then be submitted to the Physical Plant who is responsible for making the repairs. For emergency situations, please call the RA on duty at (786) 298–0741. Remember the Physical Plant is responsible for the upkeep and repair of the entire campus and will sometimes have priority issues where the repair is not an emergency. Please be patient as the Residence Life Office is not responsible for the timeliness of a repair.

 

Guests

 

Residents must escort all guests in the Residence Halls at all times. A resident’s right to privacy and comfort takes precedence over the community member’s privilege to have a guest. It is important for roommates and suitemates to discuss visitation and to arrive at an acceptable agreement. As a resident you assume responsibility for the actions of your guests. If a guest is creating a disruption that affects a roommate, suitemate(s), other residents and/or the community, they may be asked to leave and you will be held accountable for their actions. Residents are subject to sanctions for the misconduct of a guest, and are liable for any damages caused by a guest. A guest is considered to be a non-resident student utilizing the room of a resident student as a place of leisure, learning or lodging. Residents may have peer age or sibling guests of the same sex overnight (overnight guest) at no charge for a maximum period of three consecutive days and no more than five nights in a year. It is the resident’s responsibility to properly sign in guest(s) prior to the guest(s) being escorted into any residential housing facility.

 

Procedures to Check in a Guest

There are two procedures that must be followed in order to properly check-in a guest with Residential Life. If a guest is not properly checked in then they will be deemed to be on campus without permission and subject to immediate removal. Repeated violations will result in a ban from the campus. In addition, failure to observe these procedures by a resident will result in loss of guest privileges, possible sanctions, or other penalties. It is critical to the safety and welfare of the overall Resident Life community that these procedures be followed.

 

  1. Prior to the arrival of your guest send an email from your STU account, with the full id of the guest, and your hall with room number in the “Subject Line” of the email to Public Safety at publicsafety@stu.edu and The RA on Duty at raonduty@stu.edu. For example, John Carter of Villanova Hall Room 232 wants to check-in Jane Garcia, a guest. The email subject line sent from John Carter to Public Safety and RA on Duty would read: Guest Check-in Jane Garcia Villanova 232.
  2. Call the RA on duty and inform them of the id of the guest and hall number. The phone number for the RA on duty is: (786) 298–0741.

 

Guest Policies

  1. A host or hostess shall be permitted to entertain guests only with the express permission of his/her roommate(s).
  2. All guests must leave their IDs at the gate house and may retrieve them prior to leaving campus. St. Thomas University is not responsible for unclaimed IDs after guests/overnight guests leave the campus.
  3. Residents are not permitted to have guests/overnight guests during vacation periods (including, but not limited to, summer and winter breaks), registration periods, exam periods, or other periods when formal classes are not in session.
  4. The curfew for non overnight guests is 12 midnight Sunday through Thursday and 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays.
  5. All guests/overnight guests must be registered with the Resident Assistant on Duty and Public Safety.
  6. Guests/overnight guests found without proper registration will be asked to leave campus immediately and the host may face disciplinary action.
  7. The number of overnight guests permitted in any residence will be equal to the number of University beds in the room or apartment.
  8. The host or hostess accepts full responsibility for his/her guest(s)/overnight guest(s).
  9. The residence hall staff reserves the right to ask any guest/overnight guest to leave at any time. Failure to leave upon request will result in being escorted off campus by Public Safety and disciplinary action for the host/hostess.
  10. In order to ensure adequate security in the residence halls, any member of the campus community or their guest(s)/overnight guest(s), must present proper identification to University staff members. Students are required to carry their St. Thomas University identification card with them at all times. Failure to present proper identification of oneself or one’s guest(s)/overnight guest(s), or knowingly furnishing false information, is a violation of University regulation.
  11. The Office of Residence Life is authorized to impose an administrative charge upon the assigned occupant(s) of a residence for each illegal overnight guest when it is determined that overnight guests or sponsors are in violation of this policy. The illegal overnight guest charge may be appealed, in writing to the Residential Life Office.
  12. The University reserves the right to exclude visitors from any area on campus in time of impending or actual crises or emergencies, such as hurricanes, campus disruptions, and bomb threats, and to exclude any visitor(s) from any area of the campus for any reason the University deems appropriate.
  13. A person who has been suspended or expelled from the University and/or University Housing for financial or disciplinary reasons or whose record prohibits admission without special clearance to the University does not have guest privileges on the University campus. Violators of this policy may jeopardize their re-admission status and/or may be subject to legal or disciplinary action by the University.
  14. Thomas University residence halls are not public facilities.

Only STU students and their guests/overnight guests, and University officials, faculty and staff are permitted in these buildings. All others are forbidden from entering without authorization from residence hall staff. Violators may be subject to arrest.

Residents are permitted to visit other residents past visitation hours. The privilege of a visitor is dependent on the permission of all roommates. A visitor is defined as a current STU student that lives on campus at the time of the visit. Only one visitor is allowed per resident per room. Remember, a resident’s right to privacy and comfort takes precedence over the community member’s privilege to have a visitor. It is important for roommates and suitemates to discuss visitation and to arrive at an acceptable agreement. As a resident you assume responsibility for the actions of your visitor. If a visitor is creating a disruption that affects a roommate, suitemate(s), other residents and/or the community, they may be asked to leave and you will be held accountable for their actions. Residents are subject to sanctions for the misconduct of a visitor, and are liable for any damages caused by a visitor.

 

Noise Policy

 

In order to create an environment where a student’s right to sleep and study is given priority, general courtesy should be exercised at all times so noise does not interfere with the rights of others. Each student should expect to be able to sleep, study, converse, listen to the music of her/his choice, etc. within the privacy of her/his own room, reasonably free from disruption resulting from the activities of others. No time of day or day of the week may curtail these rights.

A uniform noise policy has been adopted by Residence Life and is summarized here:

  • Noise, particularly sustained, must not be readily audible within the private living quarters of other students or the hallways.
  • Instruments or amplification devices producing excessive volume, including, but not limited to subwoofers, are prohibited in the residence halls outside of designated practice rooms.
  • The general noise level within the hall must be such that it does not interfere with the abovementioned rights.
  • Sustained, loud noise originating outdoors but audible within residence halls or other University buildings will not be allowed.
  • Noise emanating from within one hall must not be audible within any other hall or University building.

Courtesy hours are in effect 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

In all residential areas both inside and surrounding the residence halls, reasonable quiet is expected at all times.

Quiet hours in all residence areas are:
Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 PM to 9:00 AM

Friday and Saturday from 1:00AM to 10:00 AM

 

During periods designated as quiet hours, noise should not be heard outside a resident’s room in any direction (through doors, ceiling, walls, windows or floor). In the common areas of buildings, there should be no activity that would create a general disturbance to the community.

During the final exam period of each semester (beginning the night of the last day of class and lasting until the end of exams), a 24-hour quiet hour policy will be in effect in all halls.

Violations of the noise policy will result in a $20 fine for the first offense; second offense $30; third offense and subsequent $50 and possible disciplinary action. Students who repeatedly violate the noise policy may be removed from the residence halls, suspended from the University and subject to other disciplinary action per University Community Standard.

 

Posting Policy

General Statement

The objective of the policy is to ensure that St. Thomas University maintains an orderly appearance appropriate to a university campus while providing members of the greater university community with a maximum of publicity outlets. Cooperation is essential to creating an attractive and pleasant environment for students, faculty, staff, alumni and visitors.

Policy

Student Afffairs must authorize all student organization materials before they may be posted on campus. Student Affairs is the official registration point for posters, signs, notices, flyers, banners and announcements. Permission is given if the materials comply with established university policies.

Poster Removal:

Materials posted must be removed no later than two (2) days after the conclusion of the event. The sponsoring group or organization is responsible for the removal of posted material. Undated material may remain posted for a maximum of two (2) weeks.

Sponsorship:

Materials to be distributed or posted must list all of the sponsoring organizations.

Identification of Publicity:

All advertisements, announcements and signs must be identified with the id and phone number of the person or organization responsible.

Language:

Publicity written in any language other than Standard American English must contain and English translation.

Alcohol:

Events sponsored by STU that includes the availability of alcohol may NOT be advertised. No off-campus alcohol event may be posted.

Other Promotion Methods (Handbills, Circulars, Flyers and Table Tents):

Distribution of flyers and circulars not in violation of campus regulations is permitted on campus. The campus retains the ability to exercise its right to regulate the time, manner and place of the distribution. Student organizations wishing to distribute any materials must obtain permission from Student Affairs. Distribution is not allowed in buildings, other than the Student Center. Interference with the normal flow of motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic is not permitted. The disposal of discarded handbills, circulars or flyers is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization. Generally the placement of table tents in the dining hall and food court is allowed with prior approval from the VP of Student Affairs.

Student Government Elections:

During student government elections, exceptions to this policy may be established by Student Affairs and in consort with the student government. This information is distributed with the election materials to all candidates.

Mass Mailings:

Registered student organizations may distribute information through resident student mailboxes if the material is approved by the Student Affairs, and all pieces are folded, addressed, bundled according to residence hall and delivered to the Mail and Copy Center for distribution.

Chalking:

Chalking is not allowed on the pedestrian walks, patios and stone surfaces on campus.

Room Distribution:

Placing material under residents’ room doors is prohibited. Special permission may be granted by Residence Life for major campus programs.

Noncompliance:

Materials are not to be posted in areas other than designated posting areas. If Student Affairs becomes aware of any violation of this policy, it notifies the sponsor in writing. If a second violation occurs, the sponsor loses all posting privileges for a time period equivalent to one semester and may be assessed a fine. If violations continue to occur after this sanction is assessed and the sponsor is a registered student organization, Student Affairs has the option to revoke the organization’s registration for a time period equivalent to one semester. The loss of registration status results in the loss of scheduling facilities and events and the possible loss of using funds. If a student violates this policy by posting or distributing handbills for an unrecognized organization, the student may be subject to disciplinary procedures.

Reasonable Accommodations:

In addition to reviewing the University Policy on Reasonable Accommodations at University Events, all student organization flyers must include the following accommodations statement:

“To request accommodations please contact [event organizer] at [phone or e-mail]” Only recognized student organizations and University departments are permitted to post flyers/posters in the Residence Halls.

 

 

Solicitation

 

Organizations, groups, and individuals, including commercial sales persons, may not conduct sales promotions, sales, or solicit funds on campus. This includes fliers or promotional materials. No Door-to-Door solicitation will be permitted at any time by any group or individual. Students who observe any sales person from off-campus soliciting on campus or in any University buildings should report this to a Residence Life Staff member.

 

Health and Safety

 

  1. Tampering with or misuse of fire hoses or extinguishers, alarm equipment, smoke/heat detectors, sprinkler systems, emergency exits, windows, doors, and fire exit signs is prohibited.
  2. Residents and their guests are required to evacuate any campus residence building when an alarm sounds, or when instructed to do so by a University staff member. Residents are not permitted to return to the residence hall until police, the fire department, campus security, or a University staff member gives authorization.
  3. No student shall commit or aid in the intentional commission of an act which results in a fire being ignited which causes damage, or is intended to cause damage, to the property of the University or another student. This violation may result in disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution.
  4. Constructing, storing, possessing or detonating fireworks, combustibles, firearms, firearm parts, weapons, weapon parts, ammunition, gasoline, canisters, and other explosives are prohibited in the residence halls.
  5. The use of sporting equipment, including bicycles, roller blades, and water guns are also prohibited.
  6. Residents are required to comply with reasonable request or orders on behalf of the University. This requirement includes reasonable requests for students to meet with administrative offices and to participate in disciplinary investigations and hearings.
  7. Residents may not throw objects from their residence halls or windows, or litter on University property. Trash must be discarded in designated receptacles. Littering may result in disciplinary action. 8. Gambling is not permitted in the residence halls.

 

Weapons and Firearms

All types of guns (including paintball guns, airsoft guns, pellet guns, etc.), bows and arrows, tasers, and all other weapons are prohibited in residence halls. Any device that has the appearance and/or function of a serviceable weapon or is being used in a manner of a real weapon is also prohibited in the residence halls.

 

Appliances and Furnishings

  1. Cooking is prohibited in student rooms. Hot plates, George Forman grills, electric furnaces, toaster ovens and other open-coiled appliances, or those without an automatic shut-off feature, are not permitted.
  2. Refrigerators larger than 4 cubic feet are prohibited.
  3. Space heaters and air conditioners, which are not installed by the University, are prohibited.
  4. Waterbeds and beds other than those provided by the University are prohibited.
  5. No pets, other than non-poisonous fish, are permitted in the residence halls. Aquariums may not exceed 10 gallons.
  6. Motorized vehicles are not permitted inside the residence halls, nor may they be secured or attached to the outside of any building.
  7. Residents may not remove any furnishings from their rooms without permission from the Office of Residence Life. Lounge furniture is not permitted in student rooms.
  8. Residents may not paint, wallpaper, or otherwise alter their rooms without prior permission from the Office of Residence Life.
  9. Residents are not to make any repairs to damage in their rooms, hallways, or University facilities. Students may not drill holes, or affix items to walls or ceilings.

 

Alcohol Policy

State law indicates that it is unlawful for any student under the age of 21 to have in his/her possession any alcoholic beverages either on or off campus. Students of legal age are permitted to use/possess alcoholic beverages within their own rooms, or the rooms of other residents who are of legal age. There are to be no bulk containers in the residence halls.

Bulk containers in excess of 1 liter, in addition:

  1. If you are not yet 21 years of age, you may not be present in a room or shared common area – unless you reside in that particular area – when alcohol is present.
  2. Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages by those 21 years of age or older is permitted in resident rooms with the room door closed – and common areas with the suite door closed – provided that students are not in public view and minors are not present.
  3. Students may not possess or consume alcohol outside of their rooms to include, but not limited to, the common area, stairwell, parking lot, hallway, or study lounge.
  4. Exhibiting aggressive or offensive behavior while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can result in judicial action.
  5. Gross intoxication (e.g. vomiting or passing out due to excessive consumption) will also result in judicial action.
  6. Possession/consumption of alcoholic beverages or possession of empty alcohol containers, by those under the age of 21 (Note: empty containers of alcohol may be considered evidence of prior consumption).
  7. Being under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs in public areas.
  8. Disrupting the residence hall community while under the influence of alcohol.
  9. Providing alcohol to minors or the production of alcohol.
  10. Kegs of beer or bulk alcohol in any form or container (including partially full or empty kegs, party balls, or multiple cases of alcohol) regardless of age.
  11. Beer bongs, funnels and similar devices (due to the abusive nature of intended use) regardless of age.
  12. Alcoholic beverages, drugs and open house parties: No adult having control of any residence shall allow an open house party to take place in said residence if any alcoholic beverages or drugs are possessed or consumed, etc. in said residence by any minor where the adult knew or reasonably should have known that an alcoholic beverage or drug was in the possession of or being consumed by a minor at said residence.

 

Smoke and tobacco-free Policy

  1. Purpose

St. Thomas University (hereinafter STU or University) is committed to providing a healthy working and learning environment for the entire campus community. The University recognizes that smoking is a major cause of preventable disease. Research findings confirm, and the U.S. Surgeon General affirms, that tobacco use and exposures to secondhand smoke by non-users constitute a significant health hazard.

 

Overwhelmingly, STU’s students and employees support a policy change that protects them from exposure to tobacco and secondhand smoke. The University has concluded that a smoke-free campus is consistent with the University’s mission and purpose and will promote a campus culture of wellness.

 

  1. Scope/Applicability

This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors, and visitors. The University

prohibits the smoking of tobacco products, including electronic cigarettes (vaping), the carrying of

lighted tobacco products, or chewing tobacco. The use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana for

medical purposes is not allowed University property; nor is it allowed at any University sponsored

event or activity.

 

  • Definitions/Key Terms
    • Electronic Cigarette – An electronic cigarette is a battery-operated device that emits doses of

vaporized nicotine, or non-nicotine solutions, for the user to inhale. It aims to provide a similar sensation to haling tobacco smoke, without the smoke. Also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigs, electronic nicotine delivery systems, vaporizer cigarettes, and vape pens.

  • Marijuana – All parts of any plant of the genus Cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant or its seeds or resin, including low-THC cannabis, which are dispensed from a medical marijuana treatment center for medical use by a qualified patient.
  • Secondhand Smoke – Known as environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), means smoke emitted from lighted, smoldering, or burning tobacco when the smoker is not inhaling, smoke emitted at the mouthpiece during puff drawing; and smoke exhaled by the smoker.
  • Smoking – Inhaling, exhaling, burning, carrying, or possessing any lighted tobacco product, including cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, and any other lighted tobacco product.
  • University Property – includes all property owned by the University including the interiors and exteriors of all buildings, land, parking lots, university leased vehicles (regardless of location), golf carts, and athletic facilities.

 

  1. Guidelines

St. Thomas University is a smoke- and tobacco-free campus and smoking, including e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited. This prohibition includes but is not limited to the interior of University facilities, outdoor areas, and undeveloped property, as well as in any vehicle or golf cart owned, leased, or operated by the University. Also, the sale, distribution, and advertisement of, or sponsorship by tobacco products is prohibited anywhere on campus, at University-sponsored events, or in publications produced by the University. Organizers and attendees at public events, such as conferences, meetings, public lectures, social events, and cultural events, using St. Thomas University facilities will be required to abide by this policy. Organizers of such events are responsible for communicating and for enforcing this policy. Students’ use of marijuana (or any other drug) on college premises is strictly forbidden and subject to action under the Student Handbook. Students’ use of marijuana (and or any other drug) on campus premises is strictly forbidden and subject to disciplinary action. Students may also face criminal sanctions for the unlawful possession, use or sale of marijuana under Florida Statutes. Florida Statutes §381.986 permits the use of medical marijuana. However, even students with medical marijuana prescriptions will not be able to possess or use marijuana anywhere on St. Thomas University property. The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act amendments of 1989 (amendments to the Higher Education Act) tie large portions of university funding to a drug-free environment. For example, institutions will lose federal funding for financial aid if they allow the use of illicit drugs on campus. Marijuana is considered an illicit drug (Schedule I according to the Controlled Substances Act).

 

  1. Communication

Persons will be informed of this policy via signs posted in appropriate areas throughout the campus, e-mail communication to all employees and students, in all employee and student handbooks, and in contracts for use of University facilities by outside parties. As a community, we are all responsible for providing a healthy, smoke- and tobacco-free environment on our campus. This is not solely the responsibility of Public Safety. We do not expect our security staff to be the only individuals who will be part of the informational campaign. We should all be part of the effort to educate individuals about this new policy. Meanwhile, for now, here are some suggestions for faculty, staff and students.

 

  • When discussing the policy with smokers, please be friendly and positive. Do not forget, you are talking to a fellow employee or student. Please be respectful at all times.
  • Please do not be confrontational if you see someone smoking. Instead, simply and politely remind the individual of the policy.
  • Do not request that a smoker put out his/her cigarette, e-cigarette, or other smoking device. Simply and politely remind smokers about the new policy and ask for their cooperation in observing it. Do not approach individuals smoking in their cars.
  • If you are a smoker interested in quitting, you can get assistance at Tobacco Free Florida, http://tobaccofreeflorida.com/

 

  1. Enforcement

All members of the University community share in the responsibility of adhering to and enforcing this policy. The success of this policy depends upon the thoughtfulness, consideration, and cooperation of everyone. Anyone in violation of the policy should be informed of the University’s Tobacco and Smoke-Free Policy and asked to comply by discarding the item. Conflicts among employees related to smoking should be brought to the attention of the employee’s supervisor and, if necessary, referred to the Human Resources. Conflicts among students should be referred to Student Affairs or if the conflict occurs outside of business hours, the conflict should be referred to Public Safety. Members of the STU community alleged to be smoking in University facilities or on University property in violation of this policy may be subject to disciplinary action through the applicable process. Students alleged to be violating the policy are subject to disciplinary action through the appropriate student judicial process. Visitors, including vendors, contractors and any service providers, will be subject to whatever remedies are available to the University. In accordance with the applicable law and STU policy, any individual can voice objections to smoke that gathers in any smoke-free area without fear of retaliation.

 

 

  • Applicable Legal Requirements This policy is designed to comply with applicable legal requirements, including:
    • Controlled Substances Act, 21 U.S.C. §13 (Drug Abuse Prevention and Control)
    • The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, 20 U.S.C. § 1011i; 34 C.F.R. § 86.1 et seq.; 55 Fed. Reg. 33,580 (Aug. 16, 1990)
    • Drug Abuse Prevention and Control, Florida Statutes §893.135
    • Medical Use of Marijuana, Florida Statutes §381.986

 

  • Sunset Review This policy shall be reviewed in five (5) years from its effective date to determine its effectiveness and appropriateness. This policy may be reviewed before that time as necessary to reflect substantial organizational, physical, or academic change(s) at STU or any change required by law.

 

Accidential Damage

 

Students are prohibited from damaging, defacing and/or destroying, intentionally or accidentally, University property or the property of another resident or guest. Students will be held responsible for the restitution of any damages they, or their guests, cause. Students may also face disciplinary actions.

Students may be held accountable for damages associated with the property of other students or University property. Students may be held responsible for damages they cause intentionally or accidentally. For example: this could include damages resulting from paint damage from bulletin boards put up in the room, hooks glue in the bathroom, or dry erase boards on the walls.

If your negligence results in damage to the property of others or to the University, you may be held responsible for the subsequent damages.