Academic Policies

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Alcohol and Drug Policy

Drug Free Campus/Workplace Policy Statement

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act mandates that institutions of higher education adopt and implement a policy designed to prevent the unlawful possession, use, dispensation or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by faculty, staff and students and, provide certification to the Department of Education that such a policy is in place. The university has developed this policy not only in response to this federal anti-drug legislation, but also to provide a healthy environment by preventing the use of drugs or the abuse of alcohol within the university community.

Any faculty, staff or student who violates this policy or does not cooperate with the university in its attempts to maintain a drug-free environment will face disciplinary action up to and including termination/expulsion from the university. Such persons also may be required, as a condition of continuing their relationship with the university, to enroll in substance-abuse counseling and/or a treatment program at their own expense.

Individuals violating any town ordinances, state criminal laws or federal laws relating to alcohol or drug use may risk fines and imprisonment.  In the event prosecution occurs outside the University, students may also be subject to the University’s Student Conduct process. 

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with resources available in the area for substance-abuse counseling and treatment. In addition, the counseling services in the Wellness Center are available to assist students with substance-related problems. The Wellness Center respects the confidential nature of information shared by participants in its programs. Faculty and staff may utilize the resources in the Employee Assistance Program available through Human Resources to receive referrals.  If questions arise related to any of these guidelines or policies, please direct them to the appropriate university department.

This policy applies to all Dominican University faculty, staff and students.

  1. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, Dominican University is committed to the maintenance of a drug-free workplace and is committed to rigorous enforcement of applicable laws and policies to support those trying to cope with drug-related problems.
  2. Dominican University is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in compliance with applicable laws. The use, possession, distribution, dispensation, sale or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on university property or as any part of it activities. Violation of this policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment and or expulsion from the university.
  3. The illegal or improper use of controlled substances can: seriously injure the health of others: adversely impair the performance of responsibilities: and endanger the safety and well-being of fellow employees, students and members of the general public. It is therefore the policy of Dominican University to discourage the use of controlled substances by its faculty, staff and students at any time. Faculty and staff seeking resources for substance abuse issues may confidentially contact Human Resources. Students can contact the Wellness Center for confidential support and resources.
  4. An employee of Dominican University will notify their supervisor if they are convicted of a criminal drug offense involving the workplace within five days of conviction (this includes student workers). Such conviction will be grounds for mandatory evaluation and possible treatment for a substance abuse disorder, and for disciplinary action up to and including termination. In the event any such conviction involves an employee working on a federal contract or grant, the University will notify the granting or contracting federal agency within 10 days of receiving notice of a conviction.
  5. This statement and its requirements are promulgated in accordance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 enacted by the U.S. Congress. The university will continue its effort to maintain a drug-free environment by adhering to the above policy and by providing on-going drug awareness programs.
  6. Failure to comply with the foregoing rules will be grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination. The terms of this policy statement are conditions of employment at the university.


Dominican University’s alcohol policy, written in accordance with the Drug-Free Campus Act and Illinois State law, supports the mission of the institution and its academic goals. 

  • Alcohol is not allowed in public areas of the university. This includes, but is not limited to, classrooms, lounges, parking lots, library, hallways, etc.
  • No one under the age of 21 is allowed to possess or consume alcohol.
  • Any alcohol that is possessed by a minor, and/or is present during any policy violation, may be confiscated and/or emptied.
  • The manufacturing, brewing, purchasing or selling of alcohol is never allowed.
  • Excessive drinking and intoxication will not be tolerated and is a violation of the policy.
  • Members of the community who choose to drink will be held fully responsible for their behavior while under the influence of alcohol. Loss of control due to intoxication in no way excuses or justifies violation of state law, university regulations or the rights of others.
  • Any violation of state laws regarding alcohol will be considered grounds for university disciplinary action.

Any event sponsored by a university department, organization or group at which alcohol will be served or consumed must be approved by the Dean of Students. A checklist assuring all liability and risk management standards have been adhered to will be completed by the hosting/sponsoring department or division.  Student organizations or groups are encouraged to meet with the Dean of Students early in the event planning process to determine if approval will be granted.

The hosting/sponsoring department or division of the event is responsible for all aspects of the event including, but not limited to, the following standards:

  • Registering and purchasing all liquor licenses in compliance with local, state and federal laws.
  • Providing proof of liability insurance and liquor license, if the venue is off-campus.
  • Hiring of sufficient security personnel.
  • Hiring approved bartenders that are trained and certified in TIPS or other equivalent training program.  If the venue is off-campus, proof of training and certification is required for the bartenders.
  • Supervision of underage persons to ensure there is not underage consumption of alcohol (i.e., carding). No one under the age of 21 is allowed to serve, possess or consume alcohol.
  • Removal and disposal of all unused alcohol.
  • Any and all costs for insurance or damage to university property.
  • No kegs, beer bongs, party balls or other common containers of alcohol are allowed, unless advance written notice is made by the appropriate university official and approved by the Dean of Students. 


  • Only those 21 or older may possess or consume alcohol in the residence halls room of those that are 21 or over. Both residents and guests in the room where alcohol is being consumed must be 21 or over.
  • Those who are 21 or older are prohibited from giving alcohol to minors.
  • No one under 21 may be present in a residence hall room where alcohol is being consumed, unless it is a host student’s roommate.
  • Anyone of legal drinking age bringing alcohol into the residence hall must cover it.
  • Common-source containers (kegs, etc.) are not allowed and will be confiscated and not returned.
  • Students may not display empty containers, including but not limited to, shot glasses, bottles, etc in their rooms or in their windows.
  • Students are not allowed to display alcohol promotions or advertisements in their room, on their doors, or in their windows. 


The unlawful use, possession, manufacturing, selling, and/or distribution of illicit drugs are strictly prohibited at Dominican University. Students, who use, sell, create, possess, distribute or provide controlled substances will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the student code of conduct.

Although Illinois has passed laws allowing the use of medical cannabis and recreational cannabis in certain circumstances, federal laws classify cannabis as a controlled substance and prohibit cannabis use, possession, and distribution on property owned by institutions of higher education or in any activities operated by such institutions.   In addition, the applicable Illinois laws indicate that colleges and universities are not prevented from prohibiting cannabis consistent with federal law.   As such, the use, possession, and distribution of cannabis on DU’s campus (or other DU property) or as any part of its activities remains prohibited, notwithstanding Illinois laws legalizing the use of medical and recreational cannabis. 

Any drug or drug paraphernalia will be confiscated from the student and not returned. This includes, but is not limited to, lighters, roach clips, scales, bowls, baggies, hookahs, bongs, pipes, e-cigarettes, etc. 

When adjudicating any case involving drugs, physical evidence of drug use is not required for a finding of responsibility in a case.  Scent or smell of drug use, or other behaviors and/or observations made by students and/or university officials and personnel, may be used in determining the outcome. 


Return Policy

  • Non-textbook items in resalable condition may be refunded or exchanged within 30 days of purchase with original receipt. Clothing must have original tag attached.
  • Electronics, except Apple products, may be returned if in original unopened condition.
  • Course materials in resalable condition may be refunded with receipt by date listed in the bookstore, after the date within two business days of purchase thereafter.
  • Course materials purchased during or after mid-term exams are non-returnable, but may be sold back to the bookstore at any time.
  • Upon proof of dropping a course or course cancellation, Stepan Bookstore will accept course material returns until the end of the official drop/add period. Rental textbooks must be checked-in by the last day of finals.

Please note:

  • Original receipt and photo ID are required for all refunds/exchanges.
  • All shrink-wrapped books must remain unopened, all supplemental materials must be present and unopened, and all materials must be in original condition.
  • Coursepacks, exam review books and magazines are non-returnable.
  • Students are not allowed to use parents’ credit cards unless the parent is present. Parents may purchase course materials or gift cards for their students online at

Dance Policy

This policy has been created through the collaboration of departments and students in order to preserve the safety of the Dominican University community and to support successful planning of dances by student organizations or campus groups.

  1. These policies apply to ALL dances that take place on- or off-campus.
  2. Only registered student organizations in good standing with Student Life or campus groups with support of a department/office may sponsor a dance. All groups must follow the Dance Policy.    
  3. A Dance Request Form must be submitted to Student Life at least 30 days prior to the event through the event request process on engageDU.
  4. The total number of attendees that a group would like host must be indicated on the event request form and be reflected by the number of tickets the organization sells. This number and location of the event will be used in determining the amount of security staff necessary for the dance.
  5. Security staff must be coordinated by the group(s) requesting the dance at least 30 days prior to the date of the dance by working with Campus Safety. A final count of security staff needed will be due at least 15 days prior to the date of the dance. Campus Safety can provide security at dances at no cost; however, if deadlines and procedures are not followed there could be a charge for security.
  6. At minimum, the following staff will be required for the event. If these individuals are not present at their designated times your event may be delayed or canceled.
  1. There may be different needs of security, but generally the expectation is one (1) security staff person will need to be hired for each 50 individuals attending the dance (50:1). All security staff will be hired or subcontracted through Campus Safety.
  2. Three (3) students representing the sponsoring organization(s) will need to be present at the dance for its entirety. These students will also be required to have an organization meeting with Student Life and any other requested meetings with Student Life leading up to the dance. These students may not have consumed alcoholic beverages and/ or drugs, excluding prescription, 12 hours prior of the event start and may not do so during their dance responsibilities.
  3. Two (2) faculty/staff members are required to be present at the dance for its entirety. The responsibilities of these individuals will begin at set up for the dance and concludes upon completion of clean-up of the event. These staff members may not have consumed alcoholic beverages and/or drugs, excluding prescription, 12 hours prior of the event start and may not do so during their dance responsibilities.
        1. One (1) faculty/staff member must be an advisor from the sponsoring organization(s) or a designee approved by Student Life
  1. One (1) in person mandatory meeting with Student Life will be required for the student leaders and the advisor of group three (3) weeks prior to the dance.  The week of the dance Student Life will confirm all student and faculty/staff chaperones via email that chaperones must respond to.
  2. When marketing and selling tickets, all dance policies must be communicated to those attending the dance before the date of the dance (ie. no alcohol, guest policy, no bags, etc.)
  3. No off-campus publicity will be allowed for dances.
  4. ALL tickets printed for the event must be numbered.
  5. Wristbands or other identifying markers must be worn by all student event staff and attendees. Wristbands are available through Student Life in the SIRC. The sponsoring organization(s)’ account may be charged for the costs of all wristbands.
  6. No entry to dance without ticket.
  7. No machine or device, including but not limited to, fog machines, dry ice, etc. which can obscure vision or create artificial smoke, may be used. 
  8. No backpacks or large purses will be permitted in the dance.  All bags and purses are subject to search.
  9. No outside food or beverages may be brought into the dance by attendees.
  10. All Dominican University students and guests will need to show a current photo ID at the door. Dominican University students must have their student ID.
  11. The number of guests per Dominican student will be limited to three (3). In accordance with the Code of Conduct, the Dominican student hosting these guests will need to check in their guests to enter the dance and will be held responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) throughout the event. If a guest is removed from the event, their Dominican host, and any other guests attributed to the Dominican student, will be removed as well.  Any guests removed from the dance will be removed from campus.
  12. Age restrictions: Minimum age for entry to the dance is 18. The only exceptions will be for Dominican University students who can show a current Dominican University ID.
  13. Any students/guests that appear to be intoxicated, under the influence of illegal drugs, or who demonstrate inappropriate behavior will be removed from the dance and will be referred to/documented by campus safety and security and/or professional staff members as appropriate.
  14. All dances must conclude by 1:00 a.m.


Drones and Hover Boards

Due to safety concerns hover boards and drones are banned from all Dominican University properties and buildings.  Hover boards include but are not limited to self-balancing scooters, hands free segways & electric powered skateboards. Drones are unmanned aerial vehicles, similar to remote controlled model airplanes, many with camera/video capabilities.

Emergency Contact Information

All students are required to provide the University with the name of an emergency contact person.  Emergency contact information can be completed, reviewed and updated through myDU.  If the student is under the age of 18, the emergency contact person must be a parent or legal guardian. 


The emergency contact person may be contacted during medical emergencies, depending on the severity of the situation.  Students are also able to identify different contact information if there is a missing student report or a mental health emergency.


Failure to submit emergency contact information may result in a fine.

Emergency Notifications

DU provides an Emergency Notification System that will send you a text to a cell phone number that you designate. The intent of this system is to send you a text when an Emergency exists on our campus. You cannot opt out of getting messages to your Dominican email, but you can choose to get email messages and texts to other email address and phone numbers. 

To enroll in the Emergency Notification System, login to MyDU ( and click on the Emergency Notification System link on the left hand side of the page.

Events with Food

Student groups that require food at their meetings/events must follow the guidelines established by Dining Services.  Dining Services is the contracted catering provider for Dominican University and menus are available to groups upon request.  Any outside food, either catered, purchased, or homemade, must be approved by Student Life for events and meetings. The only exceptions to this policy are individually wrapped and sealed items that do not require heat or refrigeration. Requests for approval must be received one week prior to your event or meeting.

For any food being distributed by student organizations, information must be posted and available regarding where the food was purchased as well as ingredients contained in the food.

A food vendor may donate food items to an event or organization in exchange for publicity or marketing purposes. However, such donations must be approved through Student Life.

If food is being provided by a third party vendor, student organizations must first complete the waiver process with Dining Services. Food Handling Licenses must be on site at any event with food from outside restaurants.

Student organization events sponsored with food are subject to further review by Student Life.

Food Guidelines                                                                                                      

  1. All food must be at a temperature as set out by FDA or recommended guidelines
  2. Any food reheated must be reheated to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees (within two hours of cooking).  Take temperature in various places.  Stir where applicable prior to taking temperature.
  3. Individual condiment packages are recommended.  Condiments must be covered.
  4. Keep raw products separate from ready-to-eat foods.
  5. Raw foods, including fruits and vegetables, must be washed thoroughly in a proper sink and held in a sealed container.
  6. Obtain food and other supplies from reputable, licensed sources.
  7. Plastic and wooden utensils are not to be reused.
  8. Do not reuse opened foods (such as bread); they can easily become contaminated by customers or servers.
  9. Plastic gloves are MANDATORY for all ready-to-eat food.  Washing hands frequently is the most effective means of sanitation.  When using gloves, they must be changed if anything other than food is touched.
  10. Food and money must be handled separately. A food server should handle food and a cashier should handle the money.

Facilities Use

Students must abide by the posted hours and purpose for facilities and buildings.

Only recognized student organizations and groups may reserve university facilities for approved events and activities.  All facilities reservation processes must be followed.

Film Policy

The Federal Copyright Act (Title 17, United States code, Public Law 94-553, 90 Stat. 2541) governs how copyright materials, such as movies, may be utilized publicly. Neither the rental, nor the purchase or lending of a videocassette or DVD, carries with it the rights to exhibit a movie publicly outside of the home unless the site where the video is used is properly licensed for copyright compliant exhibition.

Furthermore, copyrighted movies borrowed from other sources such as colleges, public libraries, personal collections, etc. cannot be used legally for showings in colleges and universities or in any other site which is not properly licensed.

Things to note regarding copyrighted movies:

·         Any film shown that is not part of an academic class must have a license

·         Any film shown in an individual’s residence hall room is considered private viewing and does not require a license

·         Any film shown in a common area of a residence hall is considered public viewing and requires a license

·         A license is required for a film viewing regardless of whether the event is open to the public or not

·         A license is required for a film regardless of the size of the  audience

·         A license is required for a film regardless of whether admission is charged

·         A license is required for a film regardless of the year of the film’s production

·         Rented films, regardless of source, require a license for public viewing

·         Purchased or personally owned films require a license for public viewing

Under the “Educational Exemption,” copyrighted movies may be exhibited in a college without a license only if the movie exhibition is:

·         An “integral part of a class session” and is of “material assistance to the teaching content”

·         Supervised by a teacher in a classroom

·         Attended only by students enrolled in a registered class of an accredited nonprofit educational institution

·         Using a movie that has been legally produced and obtained through lawful rental or purchase

Student Life will work with registered student organizations to acquire licenses (organizations will be responsible for covering any fees). Once obtained, licenses are designed for a specific, designated time frame for an individual film.

Failure to obtain licenses may result in legal action. The Motion Picture Association of America and its member companies are dedicated to stopping film and video piracy in all its forms, including unauthorized public performances. The motion picture companies will go to court to ensure their copyrights are not violated. Fines can range from $750 to as high as $150,000 for each work illegally shown. 

Fire Pit & Other Fire Safety Policies

River Forest ordinances prohibit any person from using, selling, delivering, exploding or possessing fireworks in the village.

2003 International Fire Code

IFC 307.2.2 Prohibited open burning.  Open burning that will be offensive or objectionable because of smoke or odor emissions when atmospheric conditions or local circumstances make such fire hazardous shall be prohibited.  The fire code official is authorized to order the extinguishment by the permit holder or the fire department of open burning which creates or adds to a hazardous or objectionable situation.

 307.3.1 Bonfires.  A bonfire shall not be conducted within 50 feet of a structure or combustible materials unless the fire is contained in a barbecue pit.  Conditions which could cause a fire to spread within 50 feet of a structure shall be eliminated prior to ignition.

 307.4 Attendance. Open burning, bonfires, or recreational fires shall be constantly attended until the fire is extinguished.  A minimum of one portable fire extinguisher complying with Section 906 with a minimum 4-A rating or other approved on-site fire-extinguishing equipment, such as dirt, sand, water barrel, garden hose or water truck, shall be available for immediate utilization.

Fire Pit Guidelines:

If any DU registered student org., faculty or staff member is looking to plan a fire pit for an event, they must follow these policies and checklist to ensure that all steps are followed correctly. In accordance to the safety guidelines and local law, these are the policies:

·         The only fire pit that can be used is the one checked out by the Student Involvement Resource Center (Coughlin 040)

·         The fire pit should only be placed at the designated area in the front circle or another area approved by the River Forest Fire Marshall.

·         The fire must be constantly attended until extinguished.

·         Liquid starting agents shall not be used for safety reasons.

·         A Dominican faculty/staff member must present for the entire duration (including setup and clean up) of the fire pit and will be considered the onsite event coordinator.

·         Fire Pit events can be reserved mid-March through mid-November depending on weather and departments availability.

·         The event shall be cancelled for wind gusts greater than 25 mph or if extremely dry conditions exist.

·         Contact numbers of the staff member/s and student leaders need to be provided in the Astra reservation in the case of emergencies or complaints.

·         The garden hose provided by Physical Plant shall be functional before, during, and after the event until the fire is completely extinguished, while fire extinguisher must be present in order to extinguish an accidental spread of fire. The garden hose should be used to extinguish the fire at the end of the event and to clean the fire pit.

·         The bonfire material shall be seasoned firewood ignited with kindling, paper; solid starter fuel blocks, dried pinecones or unprocessed solid lumber pieces. Landscaping and waste materials are not approved.

Fire Pit Check List

*      Reach out to Student Life via to see the availability and reservation of the bonfire/fire pit

o   Fire pit will come with metal picnic roasters; confirm this with Student Life when requesting fire pit

o   Make sure to coordinate pick up and return of the equipment based on SIRC office hours

*      Host of event must submit their event request at least 2 weeks prior to event

o   Registered Student Organizations: submit their request into engageDU (this includes their Astra reservation) to be approved by Student Life

o   Non-DU Student Organizations must submit their event request to Astra (campus scheduling system)

*      After event is approved in engageDU and/or Astra,

o   Contact Campus Safety at to inform them of the event, confirm the acknowledgement of the above policies and share the cell numbers of event staff, one of which has to be the faculty/staff member

o   Submit a Physical Plant ticket via DU’s online Support Center request for garden hose, fire extinguisher and compost bag for leftover ashes; supplies will be set out at the circle drive prior to the event

*      Event hosts are responsible for purchasing all necessary materials for the bonfire

o   Purchase starter log for an easier start to the bonfire; remember that liquid starting agents are prohibited

*      Bonfire must be completely put out with use of the garden hose before the onsite event coordinator leaves

*      Post event,

o   All left over ashes must be taken in the compost bag to behind the DU kitchen and placed in the compost containers (green and brown containers with wheels)

o   The fire pit can be stored overnight in the parking garage or left out for pick up the next day.

o   Garden hose should be wrapped up and left near the front of Lewis


The University strives to have clear messaging and outreach when seeking donations and contributions. All fundraising aspects that a student organization plans to facilitate regardless of location or size must be submitted into engageDU.  Other fundraising requests must be approved.  University Advancement staff will review the submission and will approve or deny the request. Monetary donations directly to student organizations are not considered charitable donations to Dominican University. Therefore, donors will not receive a receipt from the institution.

Members of student organizations may not independently profit from events or fundraisers held at Dominican University.  Money collected at any event must be deposited into the organization account by the end of the next business day.  Failure to deposit money raised at an event or fundraiser may result in loss of recognition for the organization or other sanctions.

The following policy pertains to all fundraisers, ticket sales, free raffles, information tables and solicitations. All fundraisers that work with food must adhere to the food sale guidelines.

1.       General guidelines on fundraisers

a.       All fundraiser regardless of location or online must be submitted into engageDU for review by Student Life with consultation from University Advancement.

b.       Organizations must list the purpose of fundraisers and recipient of funding on advertisements, event submission form and at site of fundraiser.

c.       All fundraisers must adhere to the policies and expectations listed in the Dominican University Student Handbook.

2.       Facilities:

a.       All registered student organizations must submit an Event Request through engageDU to Student Life for any fundraiser, ticket sale, free raffles or solicitation they are planning.

b.       Any schedulable campus location is available for fundraising, with approval through the Astra platform linked in the Event Request through engageDU.

3.       Pre-order sales tables:

a.       Groups pre-selling items at a table location are considered fundraisers and must adhere to the guidelines listed above.

4.       Event ticket sales:

a.       Groups selling tickets to an event (dance, dinner, etc.) are not considered fundraisers and may be scheduled during a day and in a space that has a fundraiser occurring. The organization may not sell any items beyond the tickets or else it is considered a fundraiser.

5.       Raffles:

a.       No student groups will be allowed to do “chance” raffles where others pay for a chance to win as a fundraiser.

b.       Free raffle drawings for participation at an event are allowed.

6.       Bake Sales:

a.       Should consist of selling pre-packaged  foods obtained from reputable sources

b.       Ingredients and product information should be made viewable and available at distribution table.

c.       Recognized groups and advisors may NOT cook, prepare, bake, etc., any food for sale

7.       ON CAMPUS: Solicitations for items or donations:

a.       Student organizations asking for donations of items or money from the campus community are considered fundraisers and must adhere to the guidelines listed above.

b.       Solicitation drives that include boxed collections, such as food and clothing drives, must have the box locations approved by Student Life and the specific location staff. Solicitation drives are limited to three box locations. Locations where boxes may be placed once receiving permission include: WID Library, WID Coughlin Commons, SIRC, Underground, University Ministry, Center for Cultural Liberation, SSE Suite

c.       All box fronts should be stamped by Student Life and contain the name of the sponsoring group, a contact phone number or email for the organization, name of the drive, and name of the charity receiving the items. It is the responsibility of the group to check the boxes frequently for items.

8.       Scholarships: Before student organizations move forward with starting or planning to raise funds for student scholarships, student leaders must contact University Advancement. University Advancement will approval or deny request. To explore student organization ideas, contact Sara Miller Acosta, Vice President of University Advancement, at  and Financial Aid.

9.       Solicitations for items or donations from local businesses, corporate companies, individuals or other agencies for funds or tangible items:

a.       Prior to coordinating for donations or a fundraiser, students must reach out to Student Life via email with specific details of desired plan. Student Life will then consult with University Advancement and the Business Office for approval.

b.       Students should not move forward with planning or accepting outside donations prior to approval. Groups who violate this policy run the risk of having their event canceled and potential sanctions for the group.

10.  Vendors:
No group may sponsor an outside vendor (i.e. banks, credit card companies, cell phone sales, or other companies selling to or soliciting from students) without the permission of Student Life.


Students are expected to abide by the federal laws and the laws of the State of Illinois prohibiting illegal gambling. Though gambling is permitted under the law in some contexts, students should familiarize themselves with Illinois’ criminal statute on gambling found at 720 ILCS 5/28-1.   For example, this statute allows gambling on sports consistent with the Sports Wagering Act, but the Sports Wagering Act requires that a person placing a wager on sports must be at least 21 years of age.  In addition, note that Dominican University prohibits all forms of gambling on its property or as any part of its activities, as well as the use of the University’s computers or network for gambling purposes.

Guest Responsibility and Visitation

Students and student organizations are responsible for the behavior of their guest(s) while they are on property owned or controlled by the university or in attendance at its sponsored events. The host student or student organization assumes full responsibility for the guest compliance with all prescribed university policies and procedures, including those specific to residence hall visitation.

Residence Hall Visitation

The visitation policy allows for 24-hour visitation on all floors in the residence halls. Residence hall students are allowed to have guests under the following policy:

  1. All guests must check-in and comply with the guest policy and university policies.
  2. All residents must complete the online guest registration form; one for each guest.
  3. Residents will be held responsible for the actions of their guests and/or anyone checked in under their name.
  4. All non-DU guests must present a government issued picture ID. Dominican University commuter students must present their Student IDs.
  5. No one under the age of 12 is allowed in the residence halls after 8 p.m. and before 8 a.m.
  6. Guests under 16 years of age are exempt from showing ID, but must be checked-in and checked out.
  7. The host student must escort their guest(s) at all times, including when a guest is leaving the residence halls and checking out. Guests who are not escorted by their hosts will be asked to leave the hall.
  8. The resident student host and guest must be present at the time of check-in and check-out.
  9. No cohabitation is allowed. Individuals not assigned to the room may not live in the room.
  10. A resident student may have no more than three guests at one time. A resident must have the agreement of their roommate in order to host a guest.
  11. Non-Dominican Daytime Guests may visit the residence halls for a maximum of three separate days per seven-day week.  Dominican Commuter Students will not be limited but must be checked-in and checked-out.
  12. Overnight Guests may stay in the residence halls for a maximum of three nights per month.  An overnight guest is one that is staying in the halls during Quiet Hours - 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. Sunday through Thursday and midnight to 7:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday. 
  13. University officials, members of law enforcement and/or other approved personnel are allowed in the residence halls without checking in or having a host.
  14. The University reserves the right to require guests to leave immediately upon request.
  15. Violations of the Guest Policy, including failure to check in and/or out guest(s), include, but are not limited to, a possible loss of visitation privileges, fines, or other student conduct sanction. 


All acts of hazing by any individual student, athletic team and university registered student club or organization and any of its members or alumni are prohibited. Students are entitled to be treated with consideration and respect, and no individual may perform an act that is intended to cause ridicule or humiliation, physical or psychological harm or social ostracism to any other person within the university community. Individuals will be held accountable for their own actions, and neither citing the activity as a “tradition” nor being coerced by current or former student leaders of such groups or organizations will suffice as a justifiable reason for participation in such activity. Examples of prohibited behavior under the hazing category include but are not limited to: 

  • Physical abuse, including but not limited to paddling, slapping, kicking, choking, scratching and exposure to extreme (i.e. cold or hot) water temperatures, the consumption of disgusting and/or dangerous concoctions or requiring another to engage in any form of forced physical activity or exercise;
  • Causing excessive mental stress, including but not limited to placing prospective members of an organization or group in ambiguous situations which lead to confusion and emotional stress, sleep deprivation;
  • Verbal abuse, including but not limited to shouting, screaming or use of derogatory, profane or obscene language; or
  • Subservience, including but not limited to any activity which promotes a class system within organizations or activities which facilitate inappropriate levels of authority over students.  Misuse of authority by virtue of one’s leadership position, preventing an individual from attending class, and failing to report any of the foregoing behavior to the appropriate University officials. 

This list is not exhaustive and any student or organization found to be involved in any hazing activity will face conduct action. Violation of this policy exists irrespective of the voluntary or consensual participation in the hazing activity by the person being hazed.

Health Insurance

All F1 or J1 Visa holders must be covered by health insurance that meets University guidelines.  Students with an F1 or J1 Visa must present qualified coverage to the Wellness Center by the first day of class or they will be enrolled in health insurance at the student’s expense.