Updated September 16, 2019
The Benedictine University Student Handbook covers community-wide and individual student expectations and responsibilities. Failure to abide by these responsibilities and any University policies and procedures will be resolved through the Student Affairs Conduct Process. This process is as an educational tool required by the University to maintain a safe environment and instill individual responsibility.
In addition to the Student Handbook, the Academic Catalog and University website can be used as valuable resources to guide you through your Benedictine experience. The University reserves the right to amend this handbook at any time. Proposals to amend policies and procedures can be submitted to Dean of Students.
Benedictine University is a Catholic and an academic community dedicated to the advancement of learning and committed to a philosophy of mutual tolerance and respect. Benedictine is a community of people with distinct ethnic, racial, cultural and religious backgrounds. We are also a community with a variety of roles: faculty, staff and student. Despite these differences, we are a community with a common interest in creating an environment which encourages the growth and development of all people. We understand that such an education consists of both classroom work and the full experience that university life can provide. To promote such a learning environment, the University requires each student to accept a Statement of Responsibilities and set of policies while a member of the Benedictine community at the Lisle campus, cohort off-site locations and online, or Mesa branch campus. Community members are also expected to observe all current local and county ordinances as well as federal and state laws.
The University attempts to establish a climate which encourages the assumption of responsibility by students for their individual and collective actions with minimum regulation. It shall be the responsibility of each student to comply with the appropriate standards of conduct and decorum befitting members of an educational community. A student attending a University-sponsored function off campus is subject to the same standards of conduct as those expected on campus. Any Benedictine University student who has violated criminal laws also may be subject to University proceedings. Violations of local, state or federal laws on campus may also result in the filing of criminal charges. Scholarship recipients who are found to be in violation of student conduct guidelines may be subject to loss of institutional scholarships.
We encourage students to develop an awareness and sensitivity to their environment by formulating and accepting a personal code which is compatible with the code of the community of which you are a member; that is, the Benedictine Community. This means you must analyze your motives and impulses, discover new freedoms and understand the limitations of those freedoms as a community member. When a student becomes a member of the Benedictine University community, that student agrees to abide by all University policies and accept four main responsibilities: one’s education to self, colleagues and community, and to the University. The following sections detail responsible activities and list actions that are prohibited by University policy
To ensure a comprehensive and authentic education, the student is responsible for planning their academic program, for continuing progress in said program, and for pursuing academic excellence with honesty and integrity. Academic Advisors, Faculty Advisors and Student Service Coordinators are available to assist the student with program planning and academic achievement. The student is accountable for meeting course, degree and graduation requirements. Academic excellence cannot be achieved if one misrepresents the work of others as their own. While the University encourages students to assist one another (e.g. tutoring; group projects), the individual student is accountable for meeting the requirements of their courses and programs. Academic policies and procedures related to academic courses and programs can be found in both Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs.
One must treat oneself with respect to fully engage in the pursuit of an education. This means many things, but such self-respect is a fundamental commitment to personal integrity and individual wellness. Those who are committed to personal integrity show a willingness to be held accountable for their own actions. They conduct themselves honestly, thoughtfully and consistently within the values of the community. In addition, they strive for comprehensive personal health. In doing so, they avoid practices which harm the body and the mind such as excessive consumption of alcohol or the recreational use of drugs. They endeavor to develop self-esteem and feel called to live in ways that exhibit leadership, ethics and values. All students are required to pursue their academic studies to the best of their abilities. Students may lose privileges (on-campus housing, parking, etc.) if they do not maintain their commitment to their coursework. The following includes specific student conduct prohibited by the University:
One must treat other members of the University with respect to allow them to fully engage in the pursuit of their own education. This involves a commitment to refrain from harmful conduct, and engage in conduct that makes the community a better place for all to live and learn. Only the individual can accept the duty to act affirmatively. The University is committed to creating an environment that encourages such a duty, and has established the following prohibited conduct concerning classmates and other members of the community:
To assist the University in offering the finest education possible, one must treat the University campus and its resources with respect. Such respect involves stewardship of community assets through responsible use, as well as refraining from damaging or misusing University facilities and resources. The following is prohibited:
Abide by current local ordinances, state law and University policies. Students should be aware whether possession of alcohol occurs inside or outside the University, legal sanctions under applicable law for unlawful possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages may include fines or imprisonment.
Alcohol education programs are conducted routinely at Benedictine University. Students experiencing difficulties with alcohol or drug use are encouraged to talk with a staff member in the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, the Dean of Students, or other members of the University staff.
The use, possession or distribution of any drug, including marijuana, or drug paraphernalia on any University property or as part of a University sponsored activity, in violation of the law is strictly forbidden. Anyone violating the law may be turned over to civil authorities for prosecution and will be subject to all of the University’s disciplinary procedures. Students should not be in a room where drugs or drug paraphernalia are present. The federal law prohibits the possession and/or distribution of illicit drugs and any student suspected of breaking the law will be subject to University review and sanction. Criminal penalties include fines, imprisonment and, in certain cases, the seizure and forfeiture of the violator’s property. In addition, federal and other forms of financial aid may be forfeited.
Effective August 1, 2017, the Benedictine University Smoking/Tobacco Policy is changed in consideration of the health risks to community members, environmental impact and community member feedback with the prohibition of tobacco products, smoking and vaping use.
Our community members and guests would abide by the policy in consideration of the following guidelines:
In administering its affairs, Benedictine University does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, creed, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, disability, military or veteran status, marital status, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. The laws applicable to Benedictine University include constitutional and statutory protections of the University's rights as a religiously sponsored institution.
To report discrimination or harassment contact Benedictine University’s Title IX Coordinator, Tammy Sarver (630) 829-6473, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-4544, Tel: (312) 730-1560, TDD: (877) 521-2172, Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov).
Benedictine University does not discriminate in its admissions or educational policies, programs or activities; scholarship and loan programs; athletic and other University administered programs or employment practices on the basis of age, religion, sex, disabilities, race, color, national ethnic origin, or any other legally protected characteristic. In addition to meeting non-discrimination obligations under federal and state laws, Benedictine University is committed to maintaining a community in which a diverse population can live and work in an atmosphere of tolerance, civility and mutual respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual, regardless of economic status, ethnic background, political views or other personal characteristics and beliefs.
The University is also committed to providing all of its students, faculty, staff and visitors with reasonable access to its programs, events and facilities. To this end, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University has made and continues to make modifications to its facilities and programs to provide access for individuals with disabilities. If a person believes they have been a victim of discrimination or harassment or for further information and assistance, they may contact the Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs.
Compliance with Federal Non-Discrimination Regulations Several federal regulations have been adopted for the protection of students’ rights. Of particular interest are the following:
Equal Opportunity: Benedictine University supports the principles of equal opportunity for employment to all qualified persons without regard to race, gender, religion, color, national origin, age or other legally protected characteristics. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the University’s Office of Personnel Resources or to the director of the Offices for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education.
Title IX: Benedictine University does not discriminate on the basis of gender, in accord with Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, in its educational programs, admission policies, activities or employment policies. This legislation provides that no person in the United States shall, on the basis of gender, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. This includes protection from sexual harassment. Inquiries regarding compliance may be directed to the Dean of Students in the Office of Student Affairs.
Accommodation Services: Benedictine University is dedicated to creating an accessible environment through reasonable and appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with a disability are encouraged to seek assistance with staff in the Academic and Career Enrichment Center. Special accommodation services are available for students with disabilities on a case-by-case basis, provided that documentation from a properly licensed clinician supports the accommodation. Students eligible under the Americans with Disabilities Act (1990) and/or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) and/or state law, whose disability interferes with a major life activity, are urged to self identify so that the process for receiving assistance can begin as soon as possible. Commonly granted accommodations include the following:
Students with questions or in need of special academic or housing accommodations should stop by the Academic and Career Enrichment Center to arrange proper documentation for equal access to educational and campus services.
A hate crime is classified by law as a felony offense and is in direct violation of the University’s nondiscriminatory policies. Therefore, the University, in addition to processing hate crimes in accordance with the law, may simultaneously proceed with internal investigatory and disciplinary processes as defined by the Handbook. A person commits (a) hate crime(s) when by reason of the actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability or natural origin of another individual or group of individuals, he commits assault, battery, aggravated assault, misdemeanor or criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to property, mob action or disorderly conduct, and/or harassment by telephone.
A person who has been a victim of a hate crime may report the crime to the Benedictine University Police Department (630) 829-6666, a residence hall staff member, the Dean of Students, health/counseling office or an outside community agency. Those who report a hate crime will be advised of the importance of preserving evidence which may be necessary to provide proof for prosecution. Hate crimes will be reported to Benedictine University Police. The University will provide support services for persons who have been victims of hate crimes. Staff will serve in an advocacy role and help refer individuals for appropriate medical, police, and counseling assistance.
One of Benedictine’s stated goals is to maintain an environment that is healthy and safe. Sexual misconduct is not consistent with this goal and the University is committed to providing a living and learning environment that is free of such threats. It is the University’s policy that acts of sexual misconduct will not be tolerated. For purposes of this policy, “sexual misconduct” is defined as any attempted or actual act of non-consensual or forcible sexual touching. This would include, but is not limited to, fondling, kissing, groping, attempted intercourse (whether oral, anal or genital), penetration or attempted penetration with a digit or any other object.
“Consent” requires speech or conduct indicating a freely given, uncoerced agreement to engage in sexual contact. Consent may not be inferred from silence or passivity alone and a current or previous relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent. Consent may be withdrawn at any time prior to a specific sexual act by either person.
To be valid, the person giving consent must be physically and mentally able to:
There are a number of factors which may limit or negate a person’s ability to consent to a sexual act. These include impairment due to the influence of alcohol or drugs (illegal or prescription), a person’s mental or physical impairment of which the other person is aware or should reasonably have been aware, unconsciousness, fear or coercion.
Persons accused of sexual misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with Benedictine University’s policies and procedures for student conduct. At the discretion of the University, persons accused of sexual misconduct may be immediately suspended or restricted from campus pending final disposition of any disciplinary proceedings. Individuals found to have committed sexual misconduct will be subject to sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the University.
In addition to student disciplinary action, persons accused of sexual misconduct may be subject to criminal prosecution by the law enforcement agency with appropriate jurisdiction in that case. In the course of a criminal investigation or prosecution, Benedictine may choose or may be required to provide information and records related to its disciplinary proceedings involving the same act. However, Benedictine’s student disciplinary process is independent of and not dependent upon any criminal process. The decision to prosecute or not prosecute and the ultimate outcome of any criminal proceedings do not affect or influence the University’s student conduct proceedings.
A person who has been a victim of sexual assault may report the crime to Benedictine University Police at (630) 829-6666, a residence hall staff member, the Dean of Students in Student Affairs, the health/counseling office or an outside community agency such as the DuPage Women Against Rape Hotline at (630) 971-3927. Benedictine University provides support services for persons who have been victims of sexual assault. Staff will serve in an advocacy role and help refer individuals for appropriate medical, law enforcement, judicial and counseling assistance. Upon request, assistance will be provided in changing academic schedules and living arrangements.
Even if a victim decides not to file criminal charges with the police, it is recommended that the individual contact a University or community resource for support. Victims are entitled to confidential services either on or off campus whether or not charges are pressed. Resources both on campus and in the community are:
Student Health Services
Krasa Center, Room 116
DuPage Women Against Rape (DWAR)
24-hour emergency number (630) 971-3927
Non-emergency number (630) 790-6600
DuPage County State’s Attorney Victim/Witness Advocates
505 N. County Farm Road
Wheaton, IL 60187
The Bill of Rights for Victims and Witnesses of Violent Crime is an Illinois law that ensures fair and compassionate treatment for victims and witnesses of violent crime. The law guarantees two basic rights to crime victims and witnesses—the right to obtain information from the criminal justice system, and the right to be treated in a humane way by the system.
“Domestic violence" is a crime. Any person who hits, chokes, kicks, threatens, harasses or interferes with the personal liberty of another family or household member has broken the Illinois Domestic Violence law. Under Illinois law family or household members are defined as:
(Excerpt from the Illinois Domestic Violence Act Web page, Illinois Attorney General)
Domestic violence consists of physical assault, sexual abuse and stalking. The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. If you are in an abusive situation, you are urged to seek help. For on-campus resources refer to the following resources:
Family Shelter Service
24 hours a day
We are all responsible for creating an environment where we are treated with respect and dignity. Sometimes behavior that seems acceptable to you may be offensive to others. Any harassment or false accusations of harassment, of or by employees or students, is not acceptable. Benedictine University prohibits harassment on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or membership in any other group protected by law, including the following behaviors:
Harassment of any sort is a serious breach of University policy. The University will take prompt and appropriate corrective action, up to and including termination of employment, expulsion and/or other sanctions against anyone who engages in harassment. If you believe you have been the subject of harassment (or a violation of the University’s Equal Employment Opportunity policy), report the alleged conduct immediately to the Dean of Students, Human Resource Office, the compliance officer, or any other senior University official. Benedictine University prohibits any form of retaliation against any employee or student for filing a complaint or for assisting in a complaint investigation.
Students are encouraged to report all incidents of sexual harassment. The University will conduct an appropriate and discreet investigation of all reports of sexual harassment. The details of the investigation will be kept as confidential as feasible, consistent with University policies and applicable federal, state and local laws. Students are encouraged to report all incidents of sexual harassment.
The Office of Information Technology maintains a policy Acceptable Use Policy for the responsible use of technology resources for all members of the campus community. This document provides guidance on the use of technology at the University, including your responsibility to abide by all laws in your use of technology, including copyright and other laws protecting intellectual property.
Students should be aware of the basics of Internet etiquette in communicating via text, chat room, online or email. Your behavior will be evaluated online as if you would demonstrate in person. Know that when you are in cyberspace, respect other people’s time and bandwidth, use appropriate upper and lowercase punctuation, and respect another people’s privacy.
Email is the official method of communication for students at Benedictine University. Students are expected to read and respond, when required, to all official Benedictine University email. It is recommended that students check their Benedictine University email accounts daily. Please note that some faculty may, based on course requirements, require students to check their Benedictine University email accounts at designated times.
Students who redirect (auto forward) messages sent to their official Benedictine University email accounts to another email account (such as Gmail, Hotmail, etc...) do so at their own risk. Email that is lost as a result of redirection does not absolve the student from their responsibilities associated with communications sent to their official Benedictine University email account. Benedictine University is not responsible for the handling of email by outside vendors or unofficial servers. The Benedictine University assigned email address will be the address used by Benedictine University faculty and staff to communicate with students.
In its role as an academic institution, Benedictine is committed to an environment in which a variety of ideas can be reasonably proposed and critically examined. The University community recognizes that the freedom of inquiry and expression may produce conflicts of beliefs, and proposals for action. It is the responsibility of all members of the University community to maintain channels of communication which will foster a favorable climate for the freedom of expression to thrive.
Implicit in this freedom and with regard for the common purposes of the institution is the right to dissent and demonstrate in a peaceful and non-disruptive manner without unreasonable obstruction or hindrance. The University expects those who enjoy these freedoms to also accept responsibility for order and discipline. Permissible speech does not include unlawful activity, activity that threatens or endangers the safety of any member of the community, destruction of property or obstruction of the normal operations of the University and will not be tolerated.
In the event of loss or damage to your personal property while working, residing or visiting at Benedictine University, the Business Office can issue a statement, should you wish to file a claim against your personal insurance policy. The University is not responsible for any personal property loss.
In order to have the statement prepared, the damage or loss should be reported to University Police as soon as possible. A copy of the University Police report should be brought to the Business Office with a note indicating the name and address of your insurance carrier and your address. Our statement will be prepared and mailed to you for attachment to your claim.
The Benedictine University Housing Agreement is contained within the online housing application. By completing an application for housing, a student is made aware of the terms and conditions associated with residential living, and the student provides consent to the terms and conditions as part of that process. The following terms regarding residents and their rooms should be emphasized:
Since a residence hall is made up of a group of individuals in a “living-learning environment,” each person possesses certain rights that must be held in high regard. Mutual respect and consideration coupled with an awareness of and a sensitivity to the needs of other individuals must be the standard for group living. This statement is intended to suggest minimal expectations of rights of hall residents, in actualizing their freedom, without placing constraints upon such rights of other residents. The following is offered as a framework for discussion and consideration:
In line with any other system of rights is the responsibility, then, to not infringe and violate others’ rights. Thus, in accordance with the aforementioned rights, come the following responsibilities:
Balance of housing and meal plan fees per semester, upon withdrawal from housing:
Other Housing Charges:
The BenCard plays an integral role in the safety and security of students who live on-campus. Each BenCard allows students access to their residence hall only. Students are responsible for their BenCard. Loaning a BenCard out to another student is strictly prohibited as this may compromise the safety of other students. Students who share their BenCard with others may face severe sanctions. If a student loses their BenCard, they are responsible for contacting University Police to deactivate their BenCard and purchasing a new one for $50.
Residence Life staff members are available to check residents into their rooms. Along with receiving keys, residents are required to complete a Room Condition Form. (This involves reviewing the room and noting on the form any details regarding the condition of the room. It is important to fill out the form thoroughly, as the resident may be held responsible for any damage other than normal wear and tear not recorded on the check-in portion of the form.) Failure to do so will result in a $50 fine and the resident will be financially responsible for any damages discovered in their room at the time of check-out. The resident is responsible for the room and its contents. Signing the Room Condition Form indicates that the resident agrees with the information recorded. This responsibility for the room extends to any damage resulting from a guest or carelessness on the part of the resident; such as leaving the room unlocked and unattended.
When a student moves out of a room in Founders’ Woods or one of the residence halls, (either at the end or in the middle of a term) a check-out appointment must be made with your Resident Assistant to complete the check-out section of the room condition report. Again, the resident indicates agreement with the information listed on the form by signing the check-out line. Keys should not be left with another student. At the end of the academic year, each student must check-out within 24 hours of their last final exam. Students must have all of their belongings removed from the room prior to the scheduled check-out appointment with the resident assistant. Failure to observe check-out procedures will result in a $150 fine. Students who have withdrawn from the University or who have been asked to leave for disciplinary reasons must follow proper check-out procedures and leave within 48 hours (or earlier, if specified).
Only Founders’ Woods residents are permitted to stay in their assigned apartments during Thanksgiving, holidays and winter and spring breaks. Residents are expected to abide by all University and residence hall policies, as well as state and federal laws.
Although the Office of Residence Life will work to accommodate students’ requests for specific rooms, only an approved housing contract can assure a student’s space in a residence hall. The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to move any student (if needed) to a different, but comparable space.
Role of Residence Life and Facilities Management
When maintenance, repairs and/or health and safety issues require the temporary relocation of a student, the University, through the Offices of Residence Life and Facilities Management, will make every effort to do the following:
If the University is able to provide a substantially similar space on campus for circumstances covered by the Temporary Housing Agreement, no form of compensation, billing adjustment, inconvenience fee or other benefit will be provided to the student.
When Substantially Similar Housing is Not Available:
If the University is unable to identify substantially similar space that is available at the time of the necessary repair, one or more of the following courses of action will be discussed with the resident:
Note: The University reserves the right to identify options other than those listed above as circumstances merit.
Student Refusal of Housing Options:
The duty of the University is to provide a substantially similar housing arrangement or provide an alternative option in the event that substantially similar housing is not available. If a student is offered a temporary housing accommodation, but either denies the options offered or states a preference to commute from home or make an alternative housing arrangement, the student may not request and will not be provided any form of compensation in exchange for denying the temporary housing assignment.
Only students who have been directly impacted by the provisions of this policy may submit an appeal of any term or condition specified herein. Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Financial Appeals Committee at FinancialAppealsCommittee@ben.edu. The University will proceed with completing required maintenance or repairs regardless of the student’s intention to appeal.
Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities During Temporary Housing Assignment
The University maintains the right to temporarily relocate residents for the purpose of conducting maintenance, repairs or in instances where health and safety issues require temporary relocation. When a temporary relocation is necessary, however, the University is committed to minimizing the impact of the relocation.
Students who feel that a University staff member or someone performing work under supervision of a staff member has unnecessarily or inappropriately entered or accessed their assigned space should notify their Resident Assistant or a member of the Residence Life staff or they may complete an official Student Complaint Form.
Only full-time students (at least 12 credit hours for undergraduates and 6 credit hours for graduates) at Benedictine University may live in campus housing. Students may be denied housing for appropriate reasons as determined by the Office of Residence Life.
Occasionally, there are instances when roommates come in conflict with one another. When this occurs, Residence Life staff members will help students work through their difficulties and explore solutions such as mediation, compromise or roommate agreements. Students must first approach their resident assistant to mediate the conflict before any other option is considered. If no solution is reached after extensive effort on the part of the roommates and staff, a room change may be considered. All room changes are handled by the Office of Residence Life.
Room changes cannot take place until after the two-week freeze period at the beginning of the semester. Unauthorized room changes (for any reason) will result in a fine of $100 (for Founders' Woods residents) or $50 (for residence hall residents) and will require students to move back into their original rooms. Room changes based upon race, color, age, religion, sexual orientation, national origin or disability will not be approved. Room changes after the fourth week of the semester are subject to a fee of $100 (for Founders' Woods residents) and a $50 (for residence hall residents).
Any accidents occurring in the residence halls resulting in injury should be reported to the Resident Assistant who, depending on the circumstances, may help the injured person(s) obtain medical treatment and notify appropriate family and/or University personnel. An accident report will be filled out by the University. Any medical emergencies or extended illnesses should also be reported to the Office of Residence Life. Arrangements for students who are confined to their room to receive a sick tray may be made with the Director of Dining Services. Residents are ultimately responsible for their own health care.
Upon check-in, all residents are issued room keys which lock the resident’s main door and bedroom door. They will also receive a mailbox key. A charge will be assessed if the keys are lost or not returned at the announced deadline. Residents must notify Residence Life staff within 48 hours of losing their keys. A resident’s check-out will not be considered complete until the key is returned. Duplicate keys are not permitted and will result in disciplinary action. Legal action may also be taken against the vendor who provides the duplicate key.
If a student is locked out of their room, Benedictine University Police can access a master key to open the room. Resident identification is required and there will be a charge for this service. Unauthorized locks may not be placed on room doors. Any change or addition of locks must be performed by Facilities Management and Planning and have prior authorization by the appropriate University personnel.
Students must comply with orders from University staff at all times. Failure to do so will result in the violation of the noncompliance policy and any suspected violations involved with noncompliance.
Always lock your room and apartment door before sleeping or whenever you leave your room or apartment (even for a brief period of time) to keep your personal belongings safe and protected.
Any theft (even minor theft) should be reported promptly to a Residence Life staff member and/or Benedictine University Police.
All room furnishings (furniture including, but not limited to, beds, tables, desks, chairs and couches) provided by the University must remain in the residents’ assigned room. Beds are provided by the University. Lofts are not permitted. Pressure system bunk beds may not be used. Waterbeds are not permitted in resident rooms due to the possibility of damage from leaks or flooding. If any furniture is removed from the apartment or is missing, damaged or placed out on apartment balconies, the resident will be charged for the entire piece of furniture.
Other than aquarium fish, pets are not allowed to visit or reside in University residence halls or Founders’ Woods apartments because of health and nuisance problems. Fish aquariums may not exceed 10 gallons. If any unauthorized pets are found and/or are not removed, a resident may be subject to a fine and/or disciplinary action.
If students require a Emotional Support Animal they will need to abide by the Service and Emotional Support Animal Housing Policy and complete the Service and Emotional Support Animal Agreement.
Halogen lamps, toasters, hot plates and any other open-coil appliances are not permitted in any of the residence halls.
Only halogen lamps are not permitted in Founders’ Woods apartments due to the high risk of room fires.
These items are not permitted in any of the residence halls or Founders’ Woods apartments. Open flames are fire hazards. Many students have allergic reactions to incense.
Window screens may not be removed and must cover the windows at all times. For safety reasons, residents may not lean out of the windows or sit on window ledges. Students may not use windows to exit or access their rooms.
Displays in windows which are deemed inappropriate and not removed by the resident(s) will be removed by Residence Life staff.
Throwing objects from windows may result in the termination of a student’s housing contract.
Residents may not leave personal belongings during the summer months. The University does not have facilities to store student property. Please make the necessary arrangements to remove all of your belongings before check-out time. Personal belongings left behind will be discarded after 72 hours of the official check-out date.
Decorations to help personalize your living space are encouraged as long as they are in good taste and are not considered a safety hazard. Residence Life reserves the right to ask students to remove decorations deemed offensive, unsafe or as viewed as damaging to University property.
Adhesives may be used to attach decorations as long as they can be fully removed without damaging walls when the resident moves out. Students should be cautious when placing items on room and apartment main doors and ceilings because they might present a fire hazard or remove the finish. No device which penetrates or damages the door, walls or furniture may be used in any way.
Decorations on room doors and windows should also be in good taste (i.e., not lewd, indecent or obscene). Holiday decorations are permitted so long as they do not present a fire hazard. Real trees are not permitted in the halls.
Guests are permitted so long as they conform to the visitation policy and roommates agree that the frequency and duration of the visits is acceptable.
A resident may host an infrequent and occasional overnight guest (The Office of Residence Life reserves the right to define “infrequent and occasional”), provided that such does not interfere with the rights of the roommate and does not violate the visitation policy (i.e., Jaeger and Ondrak Halls cannot have overnight guests of the opposite sex). Residents must walk their guest over to the University Police Department and register their guest for purposes of campus and guest safety. Guests may not stay longer than two nights in a row. Guest registrations must be completed before 10:00 p.m. of the guest’s first overnight visit. The host is responsible for the observance of University housing policies and the behavior of their guest at all times. The guest must be in the presence of the host at all times.
In the case of a disciplinary issue, action will be taken against the host if the guest is a non-Benedictine student. The University discourages guest during the week because it can become an inconvenience to roommates and other residents.
Residence hall guests are expected to sign in at the University Police Department. Guests who have not signed in and/or are unescorted in the building will be subject to detainment and identification. Consideration for the privacy and the rights of roommates and other residents must be respected. A resident may have up to three guests visit their assigned room at any one time.
Cohabitation is defined as two un-married persons of opposite gender physically living together. It does not matter whether either party is a student or a nonstudent. Benedictine University does not support cohabitation and thus it is not allowed within the residence halls or Founders’ Woods apartments.
Ondrak and Jaeger residents are permitted to have guests Sunday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to Midnight and Friday through Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m. Founders’ Woods residents have the privilege of 24-hour visitation rights, so long as courtesy is used with respect to roommates and other residents. Resident guests must also abide all University policies and state and federal laws.
The University has established specific minimum quiet hours in an effort to reduce noise in the residence halls and Founders’ Woods during early and late hours.
10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. on weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) and 12:00 - 8:00 a.m. on weekends (Friday and Saturday).
In effect at all times.
Stereos, radios, televisions, musical instruments and conversations should be kept at levels that will not interfere with other residents. Amplifiers and loud musical instruments may not be used in student rooms.
Excessive noise at any time of the day in a building where others might require quiet for study or sleep is a serious offense. If you encounter a noise problem, ask the responsible parties to be quiet. If they persist and/or are unresponsive to your requests, contact your resident assistant or University Police.
Any games or sports (including but not limited to bouncing basketballs, throwing Frisbees or balls, golfing, using skateboards, roller blades, bicycles or skates) are prohibited in the residence halls and Founder’s Woods because they may pose a safety hazard and/or cause excessive noise. Recreational activities should be done outside at a distance far enough to eliminate the possibility of breaking windows or in appropriate areas where there will be no damage done to any other University property (ex: golfing will leave divots in the grass).
Bicycles may not be stored in common areas (sidewalks, under stairs, etc.) of the apartments. Students are encouraged to take bicycles home during winter. Under no circumstances may bicycles be chained to stairwells or be stored in hallways, stairwells, etc. Such violations will lead to immediate impounding of the bicycle and possible disciplinary action.
Motorbikes or motorcycles may not be brought into or stored near the apartment buildings. Motorcycles are considered motor vehicles and may be operated only on-campus roads, not on sidewalks or other areas normally used by pedestrians. Motor vehicles need to be registered with the University Police Department and parked in parking lot areas only.
Littering from, in or around the apartments will not be tolerated as it destroys the appearance of our campus and can create a health hazard.
Common area (including but not limited to hallways, laundry rooms, residence hall lounges, living rooms, kitchens, bathrooms and balconies) damage is the responsibility of all residents in the apartment or residence hall. Prevention is the first step and all residents are urged to be aware of happenings within their apartment or residence hall. Be alert to intruders or residents who may damage your apartment or residence hall. When damage occurs in common areas of your apartment or residence hall, the individual responsible will be billed for the cost of repairs. If the damage is the result of an act of vandalism, the person responsible might also be assessed a fine and/or be subject to additional disciplinary action, including removal from on-campus housing. If the University is unable to determine who is responsible for the damage, the residents sharing the common area will be billed for the repairs.
The procedure will be as follows:
Solicitation is not permitted. Sales people and representatives of religious or political groups are not allowed without specific permission from the person who they are coming to see. No resident may use a room as a base for any personal business, including serving as an agent for any line of products. Any advertisement for a product or event outside the University must be sent though U.S. mail and be addressed individually to each resident.
While it is highly desirable to obtain maximum publicity for campus events, materials should be posted in appropriate locations and in a manner that is pleasing and effective as a communication item. All announcements should be submitted to the Residence Life office for approval before being posted and may only be placed on authorized bulletin boards.
The University shall not be held liable (directly or indirectly) for any loss of personal property by theft, vandalism or mischief to students or their guests, or for the damage or destruction of such property by fire, water or any other cause. All incidents of personal loss should be reported to Benedictine University Police. Theft does occur. Valuables and large sums of money should be protected by the owner. Residents are encouraged to keep their apartment door and bedroom door locked at all times when there is no one present.
*Under no circumstances can Benedictine University reimburse students for any losses or damages of personal property. Therefore, residents are strongly urged to obtain personal property insurance. Students are encouraged to review family or personal homeowners/renters’ insurance and health insurance options and obtain adequate coverage.
Possession of stolen property will result in disciplinary action through the University and possible referral to the Lisle Police Department.
Signs removed from University, city, county or state property are not permitted in resident apartments.
Benedictine University prohibits the possession or storage of a deadly weapon* or destructive device. The University also prohibits any carbon dioxide (CO2) and spring-propelled guns. Individuals found in possession of such will be subject to disciplinary action, including dismissal from the University and possible criminal prosecution.
*A deadly weapon is defined as an instrument of offensive or defensive combat, something to fight with, and is any device capable of projecting a ball, pellet, arrow, bullet, missile, shell or other material.
Ammunition: Any material capable of being projected by a weapon and makes the weapon operational.
Deadly weapons include but are not limited to:
This policy does not apply to the possession and/or use of disabling chemical sprays when used for self-defense. These include such items as mace and pepper spray. (Training in the use of defensive sprays is strongly encouraged. Vendors should be able to provide this training as well as Material Safety Data Sheets.)
Weapons and Ammunition Prohibition:
No weapon or ammunition shall be worn, displayed, used or possessed in or outside of the residence halls.
Any non-resident invited to campus with an instructional purpose must obtain permission for weapon possession in writing from the University’s Chief of Police while on-campus.
The University recognizes that there may be activities related to education or research that may appear to be in violation of this policy (e.g., physical fitness activities and theatrical productions). In these cases, the department or organization coordinating the activity is then responsible for obtaining written approval (annually) from the University’s Chief of Police or designees in advance before following through with the activity.
Any person found in possession of deadly weapons on-campus in violation of this policy will be required to remove the weapon and/or themselves from University property. Any University student shall be subject to further disciplinary action in accordance with the University’s disciplinary policies and procedures.
Any possession of a deadly weapon in direct violation of federal, state or local laws will be referred to University Police (or any other appropriate law enforcement authority) and may result in legal sanctions.
Call University Police for any violation or suspected violations of this policy at ext. 6122 (emergency: ext. 6666).
Drugs are strictly prohibited in University residence halls and apartments. The possession, use, sale or distribution of illegal drugs is a violation of state and federal law as well as the regulations of the University. Students who are found to be involved with illegal drugs will face an immediate two-week suspension, severe disciplinary action and the possibility of removal from on-campus housing and/or expulsion from the University. In some cases, information and evidence may be turned over to local law enforcement agencies.
In consideration of the health risks to community members, environmental impact and community member feedback, all smoking, vaping and tobacco product use is prohibited on Benedictine University grounds effective August 1, 2017. Individuals desiring to smoke may do so in private vehicles only. Cessation programs for employees and students will be announced regularly.
A noxious odor is any aroma of such intensity that it becomes apparent and/or offensive to others. Some examples are perfumes, air fresheners, dirty laundry, etc. When a noxious odor can be localized to a particular apartment and/or bedroom, the resident(s) and/or guests of that room may be in violation of this policy and will be asked to improve the situation. If the situation is not improved, disciplinary actions may result.
Benedictine University will make every attempt to provide eligible students with reasonable accommodations based on individual learning needs and recommendations. In order to provide accommodations in a timely manner, the University requires reasonable notice of specific needs and requested accommodations.
Students needing accommodations should first complete the Disability Services Request Form. In addition, documentation of the disability from a licensed clinical professional should also be included. Students should provide these documents to the coordinator of Special Services to begin the process for receiving accommodations.
When accommodations are approved, the coordinator of Special Services contacts students and provides them with the Student Academic Accommodations Approval (SAAA) form, which notifies the instructors of the approved accommodations. Each semester students are responsible for obtaining their SAAA forms from the coordinator.
All inquiries about referrals to clinical professionals, who administer testing, modifications to accommodations, and temporary accommodations, should be directed to the staff at the Academic and Career Enrichment Center.
Please read the Benedictine University Accommodations Handbook for additional details https://www.ben.edu/academic-career-enrichment-center/accommodation-services/upload/StudentAccommodationsHandbook_upated-Spring-19.pdf
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
FERPA permits the release of directory information to third parties outside the institution without written consent of the student, provided that the student has been given the opportunity to withhold such disclosure. Benedictine University defines directory information as follows:
A student may withhold disclosure of their directory information by completing the FERPA Non-Disclosure of Designated Directory Information” form available in the Office of the Registrar, within ten (10) calendar days of the first scheduled class day of each fall term. A request to withhold disclosure of directory information is effective for one academic year only and must be renewed each year.
In compliance with the Solomon Amendment, directory information is provided to the United States Department of Defense, upon request.
A student may authorize the release of confidential information (including personally identifiable information from education records protected by FERPA, and other types of confidential information as well) to a third party by signing an Authorization for Release of Confidential Information to a Third-Party form.
The University may also disclose student account and financial aid information without the student’s consent to the student’s parents if the parent requests the information in writing; completes the Parent Certification section of the Authorization for Release of Confidential Information to Parents; and provides evidence that the student is his or her dependent for federal income tax purposes. The University may also disclose their son or daughter, or if their son or daughter is under the age of 21 and has violated a federal, state or local law or any University rule or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.
FERPA permits the disclosure of students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions of the FERPA regulations. Benedictine University may disclose from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student the following:
Information from student disciplinary or counseling files is considered a confidential, educational record and is not available to unauthorized persons on campus. To comply with federal law, as well as for reasons of confidentiality, disciplinary records/files may not be released to anyone off-campus unless under legal compulsion or in cases where the safety of persons or property is involved. A student’s disciplinary record/file may only be reviewed by the student within the confines of the Benedictine University campus and the guidelines designated by the appropriate University administrator, generally the Dean of Students. Only the student and authorized persons may have access to such records. The University will take all reasonable steps to ensure that the confidentiality of student educational records is maintained. Any questions concerning the student’s rights and responsibilities under FERPA should be referred to the Office of the Registrar or the compliance officer.
Persons planning a demonstration should meet with the Dean of Students or their designee to discuss arrangements for the event.
The Chief of University Police, in consultation with University officials, will determine the point at which the normal operations of a specific building or area are disrupted. The demonstrators will be informed specifically how they may continue their demonstration in a manner which is not disruptive. If the above described internal measures fail to achieve the desired results, the University reserves the right to ask for the assistance of civil authorities. Any student in a disruptive demonstration may be arrested and may be suspended pending formal action consistent with the University conduct system. Any person not officially associated with the University who is participating in a disruptive demonstration will be arrested and may be prosecuted. Just as Benedictine University expects the members of its community to abide by the above regulations, it likewise expects that any action taken to enforce compliance with regulations or prevent prohibited activity should be appropriate. The University expects all persons to comply with the directions of an authorized official.
Failure to abide by your responsibilities and any University policies and procedures will be resolved through the Student Life Conduct Process. Many times, misconduct can be resolved informally, but situations may require a more formal procedure. The procedure is grounded in the concept of fairness and impartiality, thereby supporting the values of our community by addressing misconduct in a constructive and positive way. If University action is warranted, a student will receive a phone call and/or email to their student email account notifying them that a conversation is required. The following options will be considered by the Office of Student Affairs:
Incidents may be resolved through mediation – a voluntary, private and informal process.
Two kinds of hearings are possible: an administrative hearing (appointed University officials) and panel hearing (representatives of the student body, faculty and administration act as panel hearing members). The purpose of the hearings is to come to an understanding of the misconduct by the student(s), determine responsibility and remedies. Hearings can be used to resolve minor disciplinary matters or more serious matters (not limited to theft, dangerous weapon possession, misuse of fire protection equipment, sexual assault, illicit use of drugs and repetitious misconduct) that may result in a student being suspended or dismissed from the University or residence halls. Hearings may be conducting by a designated hearing officer or board depending on the incident as determined by the Office of Student Life.
Students are expected to obtain further details if they attend a hearing. The hearings will follow appropriate procedures to ensure a fair process, and parties will have the opportunity to present any facts to substantiate the claim, including witnesses.
Hearings will proceed in the absence of a respondent who was given proper notice, who does not request a postponement and who does not attend the hearing. No parent, guardian, legal counsel or person outside of the University community is allowed to appear at the hearing, except if criminal proceedings are occurring simultaneously.
To ensure a fair process, parties may request that community members assist and participate in the investigation and hearing process. Students, faculty or staff who agree to assist and/or attend the hearing with the party but do not speak at the hearing shall provide such assistance. In the event a party is unable to locate someone to act in this capacity, they may request the assistance from the Office of Student Affairs. The administrator or Hearing Panel will be responsible for assigning a remedy in the event it finds that a violation of the Statement of Responsibilities or University policy has taken place. Consideration of a student’s entire disciplinary record at Benedictine University will be taken into account when designing an appropriate sanction.
A student may appeal a decision made by a hearing concerning the finding of a violation or the remedy imposed within five days of notification of a decision. To do so, the student must deliver a written explanation on the grounds upon which the appeal is made to the Office of Student Affairs. The burden of demonstrating an inequity in the hearing or remedy shall lie with the student. The responsibility of making a final decision will rest with the Office of Student Affairs.
This does not and cannot include all information that may lead to sanctions. Sanctions are defined and imposed as follows:
Interim Intervention: The University reserves the right to suspend a student on an interim basis when circumstances and facts indicate that the student’s continued presence on the campus constitutes an unreasonable danger of harm or injury to institutional property, the student involved or others. Students may also be suspended on an interim basis while undergoing resolution by University or civil authorities.
Involuntary Withdrawal: A student may be subject to involuntary withdrawal from the University or from the residence halls if it is determined that the student is suffering from a mental illness and/or engages (or threatens to engage) in behavior which poses a danger of causing physical harm to self or others; engages in behavior which would cause property damage; impedes the lawful activities of others; or disrupts the community.
Your concerns are important to us. If you encounter a problem with a Benedictine University policy or procedure or have any other dispute with the University that you cannot resolve informally, you may file a complaint in writing.
For the purpose of this process, a "Complaint" is an expression of dissatisfaction concerning, a University employee, department, service, or process, or a University administrative action, that requires clarification, investigation and/or resolution.
A complaint must occur in writing and within 15 business days from the action or occurrence by using the Student Complaint Process below. The Student Complaint Process assists in defining the relevant information and facts needed to address the resolution process.
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the Student Complaint Process, the student may file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education using their Institutional Complaint System located at http://complaints.ibhe.org/
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's grievance procedure, the student may file a complaint with the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary education. The student must contact the state board for further details. Contact:
Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education
1740 West Adams Street, Suite 3008
Phoenix, AZ 85007
If the complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's Student Complaint Process, the student may file a complaint by contacting the Illinois Board of Higher Education using their Institutional Complaint System located at http://complaints.ibhe.org/
If your complaint cannot be resolved after exhausting the institution's Student Complaint Process, the student must file a complaint by contacting:
California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education
2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400
Sacramento, CA 95833