2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 17, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Student Life (SJNY Brooklyn)

The student who is admitted to St. Joseph’s University accepts the requirements and regulations stated in the University Catalog and the Student Handbook, including the statement on Rights and Responsibilities, the Student Code of Conduct, and the Student Grievance Procedures.

Student Life (SJNY Brooklyn)

In support of the mission of St. Joseph’s University, the Student Life Department is committed to fostering a vibrant and diverse campus community.  Students have many opportunities for dialogue, inquiry, service and leadership.   Programs, activities and services are designed to further student development as part of a balanced educational experience.

Office of the Vice President for Student Life

The Vice President is responsible for the planning, development, coordination and supervision of programs and services in the following areas:

Student Leadership and Involvement, Off-Campus Housing, Campus Ministry, Career Development, Counseling and Health Services, Multicultural Student Life, Judicial Affairs, Co-curricular Programs, Orientation Programs, First Year Experience,  the Student Government Association, and the Council for the Arts. 

Office of Student Involvement and Leadership

Under the direction of the Executive Director of Student Life, this office is the center for leadership development and co-curricular activities.  A wide range of educational, cultural, social, spiritual, wellness, and multicultural programs are offered, both on and off campus. 

New Student Orientation

Prior to the beginning of each semester, orientation activities are held to familiarize new students with the University’s resources and to assist in the transition from high school or University to St. Joseph’s University.  The orientation program includes conferences, academic advisement, peer mentoring, student services information, and social activities. Orientation continues during the fall semester through the First Year Experience Program or SJC 200 Transfer Seminar, and the Faculty Advisement Program.

Student Government

The Student Government Association (SGA) is composed of all students who pay the prescribed student activities fee. It is vested with the powers granted by the faculty to the student body. The Senate, the legislative body, approves the annual budget drawn up by the Budget Committee and authorizes the expenditure of funds; it admits new organizations to the SGA and approves the constitutions of all clubs and committees under its jurisdiction.

Student Activities

Students at St. Joseph’s enjoy the benefits of a small University and the advantages of the many cultural and recreational facilities of a large metropolitan city. Within the University, clubs and social events are initiated by the students according to their interests. Some of the more popular organizations are the Athletic Association, Dramatics, and Campus Activities Board.

Credit for Co-Curricular Activities

Students may earn 1/2 academic credit per semester for a total of two credits toward the degree for participation in co-curricular activities approved for credit by the faculty: Chapel Players (Dramatics), Choral Society,  and the Spirit Publishing Co.. For Varsity Athletics, students may earn 1/2 credit per season for a total of two credits. The Moderator of each activity will provide details.

Office of Campus Ministry

The Office of Campus Ministry seeks to instill in the life of the University its core values, which are integrity, service, social responsibility, intellectual and spiritual values. Through our community outreach and reverence for the sacred, Campus Ministry participates in the creation of a world with respect and dignity for all. Faculty, staff, and students are invited to participate in ecumenical services, celebrations, film discussions, lectures, as well as outreach services to local and global communities in need, and fund raising activities for charitable organizations. Participation in all religious services is optional. The services of campus ministers of different faiths are available.

Office of Counseling Services

The Office of Counseling Services provides free and confidential services including individual and group counseling, workshops, and wellness events that address the needs of the student population.  During their University years, students sometimes encounter obstacles in their lives that may impede their academic progress.  Counselors provide a supportive environment to discuss issues ranging from personal concerns to planning for the future.

Health Services

The Health Services Office meets the health-related needs of St. Joseph’s University students and prepares them for lifelong wellness through educational workshops and outreach.

In compliance with New York State law and the regulations of the New York State Department of Health, all students born after January 1, 1957, must submit documentation of immunization against measles, rubella, and mumps before they may attend class. The medical health form which students receive from the Admissions Office must be filled out by a doctor/health care provider and returned to Admissions. We further request that students make known any serious disability they may have so that, in the event of their sudden illness on campus, we may summon the proper care. This information will not be placed in their permanent records file. The information will be kept on file. Failure to register this information frees the University from any responsibility for special treatment in the event of illness.

St. Joseph’s University requires all full-time undergraduate students to carry medical insurance. Students are covered under a basic accident plan which carries a small mandated fee. Information is available in the Office of Student Life. If a student does not have health coverage, they may go to the health care marketplace for information.

Office of Career Development and Engagement

Career Advisement is available to all students and alumni at St. Joseph’s University. Current students are encouraged to visit the career office early and often during their SJC University experience. Individual appointments, workshops, career fairs and other related events are held throughout the year.  Services include career exploration and major selection, resume and cover letter assistance, interview preparation, internship and employment search, and graduate school admissions information. Our on line Career Services Platform, Handshake, provides a wealth of information and opportunities regarding internships and employment from a diverse group of organizations connected with St. Joseph’s University.


The Office of Career Development and Engagement is the first step to obtaining information about internship opportunities. Handshake provides access to a wide array of employers and opportunities. Students seeking internships for academic credit must receive approval for their internship experience from their department chairperson.

Campus Security

Information on campus security procedures is provided in a brochure distributed to all members of the University community. The U.S. Department of Education maintains a crime statistics web site: http://ope.ed.gov/security. To access data, go to the web site and click on “Get data for one institution/campus.”  Type in name of institution as: Saint Joseph’s University-New York.