University Policies & Procedures

To provide for the public safety of those using Holy Family facilities, certain policies have been put into place. Of particular importance are the following:

Building Access
All University buildings and residences are the private property of Holy Family University and are posted as such. These buildings are opened at a designated time each morning and secured at a designated time each evening by assigned personnel. Any unauthorized person entering a University building is considered to be trespassing. After-hours access to University-owned or University-managed buildings is determined by the needs of each department. Once a building has been secured for the evening, only authorized individuals are permitted to enter.

Firearms Policy
No student, staff member, faculty member or visitor shall keep, use, possess, display or transport any rifles, shotguns, handguns, pellet or BB guns, dangerous knives, billy clubs, makeshift weapons, martial arts weapons, or any other lethal or dangerous devices capable of casting a projectile by air, gas, explosion, or mechanical means on any property or in any building owned or operated by the university or in any vehicle on campus. Realistic facsimiles of weapons are also specifically not allowed. The exceptions are sworn law enforcement officers in uniform and sworn law enforcement officers not in uniform who need to carry their weapons in a concealed manner.

Alcohol and Drug Policy
The possession, use, distribution, or sale of narcotics or drugs, other than those medically prescribed, properly used, and stored in the original container, by students, faculty, staff, or visitors on University property or while on University business is prohibited.

Off-campus possession, use, distribution, or sale of narcotics or drugs by students, faculty, or staff is inconsistent with the University's policies and goals and is therefore prohibited. Any and all types of drug paraphernalia, including but not limited to bongs, pipes, and any items modified or adapted so that they can be used to consume drugs, are not permitted on University property.

Holy Family policy regarding alcohol is consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania Liquor and Crimes Code, which defines the lawful consumption and service of alcohol and prescribes sanctions for violations.

These policies are further addressed in the Alcohol and Drug Prevention brochure, which is distributed to all students. Copies of this brochure are available in the Office of Student Services and the Human Resources Department.

Criminal Records
Known criminal records of students and employees are considered during the admission or hiring process. Employees with known criminal records are not permitted to work in security or in security assignments.

Sexual Assault
Holy Family University seeks to foster a safe and healthy environment built on mutual respect and trust. At the very basis of the University's mission is the recognition of the essential dignity and worth of each member of our community. Sexual assault is a very serious violation of these principles and will not be tolerated in any form. The University encourages all members of its community to be aware of the trauma caused by sexual assault and challenges its members to work together to prevent its occurrence.

Holy Family provides support for victims and urges victims to seek assistance using any appropriate resources. The University handles complaints of sexual assault with due regard for the parties' concern for confidentiality. If occurrences of sexual assault pose a general threat to the University community, Holy Family will take affirmative steps to notify students, faculty, and staff of the potential danger.

The University will pursue disciplinary action in the case of sexual assault, taking into account the wishes of the victim. The procedures for student disciplinary proceedings in cases of an alleged sex offense are fully described in the University Student Judicial Policy and the University Sexual Assault Policy, located in the Student Handbook.

Stalking Policy