The Catholic University of America

Archived 7/31/07

I. Introduction

The university strongly encourages students to take advantage of the many opportunities available within our extended community. As a student, you have the right to enjoy many aspects of life at CUA, including life in the surrounding neighborhoods and in the greater Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. At the same time, you accept certain responsibilities as a member of the CUA community, including the obligation to practice responsible citizenship and to respect the rights of others.

II. Community Standards

CUA students living off campus and/or visiting the surrounding neighborhoods have a

responsibility to the local neighbors, the university and the District of Columbia to be

mindful of the behavior of themselves, their guests and/or their housemates and its effects upon the community.

Loud music, large parties, being disruptive when traveling to and from campus, littering, or not maintaining an off-campus property properly might seem trivial to you. However, what might seem inconsequential is very disruptive to our neighbors. It is incumbent upon you to respect the standards of our extended community.


You can take advantage of all the positive and rewarding aspects of CUA while

simultaneously practicing responsible citizenship and conducting yourself in a manner that is compatible with the expectations of you as an adult citizen and member of the CUA community.

III. Who Are Our Neighbors

Please remember that most of our neighbors are not students. They are professionals, retirees, families with young children, and long-term residents of the community. You may be a transitory figure in the community, but your neighbors are not. Each year the neighbors must adjust to a new group of students living in the neighborhood with them; the negative actions of just one group of students can have a lasting impact on the community as a whole.

When living in or visiting the local neighborhoods, you represent the university to people who form an impression of CUA based on your behavior. Understanding who our neighbors are might help you recognize how your behavior may be perceived and the positive (or negative) impact you can have on community members' impression of CUA students.

IV. Your Responsibilities

Expectations of you as a CUA student do not change once you leave the physical boundaries of the campus. Even when off campus, you can be held accountable for your actions - the Code of Student Conduct still applies to you. Student behavior shall be consistent with the published Code of Student Conduct, laws and regulations, and "Expectations of a CUA Student." The university reserves the right to take appropriate action to protect the health and well-being of an individual and/or the university community, including pursuing disciplinary action for any violation of university policy or district or federal law off university premises by a student that affects the university's interests and/or is inconsistent with university's expectations of students.

In addition, when off campus, you are a member of the District of Columbia community and you will be held to certain standards, just like other community members. The Metropolitan Police Department has jurisdiction to respond to incidents occurring off-campus residence if they receive complaints from neighbors and other community members about your behavior. The university, after learning of complaints, may take action as necessary.

V. Disciplined Properties

The university, through its existing jurisdiction stated in the Code of Student Conduct, may take administrative action and/or institute disciplinary action if "neighborhood properties" are the location of an event that, based on credible evidence and in the university's determination, has disrupted the neighborhood. In addition to sanctions against individual students, the university may designate a neighborhood property as a disciplined property (DP). Upon designation as a DP, all student tenants living in the property are subject to immediate administrative disciplinary sanctions by the university for any behaviors deemed to be disruptive to the community. In general, the designation of DP on a neighborhood property will remain for a minimum period of four academic months and may be removed

upon approved petition from the tenants or the landlord, or directly through the local

Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC), or by the vice president of student life or

his/her designee. However, a designation of DP may extend into future academic years, meaning that new tenants of the property will be under the same behavioral stipulations as prior tenants