Section 1: Mission/Philosophy Statement

University of Saint Francis Mission

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan traditions of Faith and Reason, the University of Saint Francis engages a diverse community in learning, leadership, and service.

The University of Saint Francis community is committed to fostering a campus environment that is conducive to academic inquiry and that is focused on the holistic development of the person as a reflection of our Franciscan values. The Code of Student Conduct within the Division of Student Affairs is committed to an educational and developmental process that balances the interests of individual students with the interests of the University of Saint Francis community.

Our community exists on the basis of shared values and principles as exemplified in our Franciscan Values. These values are:

  • Reverence the unique dignity of each person
  • Encourage a trustful, prayerful community of learners
  • Serve one another, society, and the Church
  • Foster peace and justice
  • Respect creation

At the University of Saint Francis, student members of the community are expected to foster these values. Consistent with the Franciscan value of reverence for the unique dignity of each person, each member of the University of Saint Francis community bears personal responsibility for their conduct and assumes reasonable responsibility for the behavior of others.

At minimum, students must uphold and abide by the standards of conduct that form the basis of the Code of Student Conduct. These standards are embodied within a set of core values that include integrity, social justice, respect, community, and responsibility. When members of the community fail to exemplify these values by violating our community expectations, campus conduct proceedings are used to assert and uphold our Code of Student Conduct.

The student conduct procedures, identified in the Code of Student Conduct, at the University of Saint Francis are not intended to punish students; rather, exists to protect the interests of the community and to challenge those whose behavior is not in harmony with our policies. Sanctions are intended to reframe students’ moral and ethical decision-making so future behavior is congruent with our community expectations and is conducive to students’ future success. When a student is unable to conform to community expectations, the conduct process may determine that the student should no longer share in the privilege of participating in our community. Certain behavior is so harmful and tears the very fabric of our community that such behavior typically results in either suspension or expulsion. Such behavior includes but is not limited to:

  • Physical Violence (including Sexual Misconduct)
  • Possession of weapons (especially firearms)
  • Sale/distribution of drugs
  • Behavior that would reasonably create high levels of fear among, or presents a high level of threat to, the campus community

Students should be aware that the conduct process is quite different from criminal and civil court proceedings. Procedures and rights in student conduct procedures are conducted with fairness to all, but do not include the same protections of due process afforded by the courts. Our process, as defined within these procedures, is meant to promote a “trustful, prayerful, community of learners” and is grounded in fundamental fairness to all members of our campus community. No student will be found in violation of University of Saint Francis policy without reasonable information indicating that it is more likely than not that a policy violation occurred. If found responsible for a violation of policy, any sanctions will be proportionate to the severity of the violation and to the cumulative conduct history of the student.