The following terms are used throughout this handbook and policies and serve as a reference to help you understand the terminology.

Student Living Staff Member: This refers to professional, graduate, and administrative staff within Student Living. Professional staff members may have titles such as residence hall operations coordinator, residence director, coordinator, assistant/associate director, director, or senior director. Administrative staff members may have titles such as administrative assistant or administrative specialist. Graduate staff members may have titles such as graduate assistant or graduate practicum student.

Resident Advisor: This refers to a student leader in the residence halls who has specific roles in helping to develop community, provide support and on-call coverage, facilitate co-curricular experiences, and complete various administrative tasks.

This refers to a student employee who works at the residence hall main desks assisting students with general information, mail and packages, and lockouts/spare key needs.

This refers to a student employee whose focus is either on the South Campus residential community or the off-campus communities. Community Ambassadors help students in their communities get to know each other and are involved in their community’s initiatives.

University Housing. This refers to students living in Syracuse University provided housing. This includes the residence halls on North Campus, South Campus Skyhalls, and the South Campus apartments. This also includes 206 Walnut Place, the residential housing in Marley Center, and the Sheraton.

This refers to the temporary or permanent change in a student’s University Housing assignment when safety or maintenance concerns are present, for issues of student conduct/discipline, or for significant and detrimental impacts on the community.

This refers to a set of behavioral expectations each on-campus living community (e.g., residence hall wing, floor, and/or building) determines for itself. Community Standards articulate the expectations students have of others living in their community and may not conflict with University policy. Community Standards is also the name of an office located at Syracuse University that has responsibility for investigating and resolving complaints involved alleged violations of the Student Conduct Code.

Guest: An individual affiliated with Syracuse University as a student, faculty, or staff that is visiting another Syracuse University student who lives in University Housing.

An individual not affiliated with Syracuse University that is visiting another Syracuse University student who lives in University Housing.

A student living in University Housing who has a guest or visitor in the residence hall or South Campus apartment.

This refers to the On-Campus Living Policies and Off-Campus Living expectations. The On-Campus Living Policies also incorporates parts of the Terms and Conditions of Undergraduate/Graduate Housing where indicated.

This refers to the part of Student Living Policies that contain expectations and requirements of students living in University Housing.

This refers to the experience living away from campus housing facilities.

This refers to the set of minimum expectations Syracuse University has for all students. The Student Conduct Code can be found on the Community Standards website.


This refers to any reporting individual or office that submits a complaint to Student Living regarding alleged violations of Student Living Policies.

This refers to the student or student organization about whom a complaint is filed.

This refers to a meeting with a Student Living staff member where a student alleged to have violated Student Living Policies has an opportunity to respond to the alleged charges and discuss the circumstances of the incident. At the conclusion of the meeting, or following a review of information if a student does not participate in the meeting.

A defined expectation or consequence for having violated Student Living Policies. Sanctions are generally educational in nature and are designed to foster student learning.

This refers to a temporary directive from the University to cease all forms of contact between two (2) or more parties. Temporary NCOs are mutual between parties. There does not need to be a violation of policy for a Temporary No Contact Order to be issued, and they do not appear on a student conduct record unless they are assigned as a sanction. Temporary NCOs may be issued by the Department of Public Safety, Student Living, or the Title IX Coordinator. All Temporary NCOs are subject to review by Community Standards, which may uphold or rescind Temporary NCOs.