Student Life

Student Life

When they aren’t engaged in studying or clinical work, St. Joseph’s students have many opportunities for socializing and recreation. The College sponsors frequent activities and countless other opportunities available in and around Syracuse. The College also has on-campus housing and a comprehensive support program to help students with academic and personal issues.

Student Development & Campus Life

St. Joseph’s has residence facilities for students. DDPN students are required to live on-campus at Le Moyne. Most rooms are doubles, but private rooms may be available. Each residence floor has a large lounge area, kitchen appliances, cable television, computer stations and a laundry facility.

Our new student center provides all students with a large lounge and dining area, conference room for group meetings, quiet study rooms with white board painted walls and dedicated testing space.

SJCON Housing

Students are paired with roommates based on their responses to a housing questionnaire. Assignments are made without respect to color, race, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin or handicap.

If you are going to be a St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Student and want to learn about housing options, complete the following:

Student Housing Request

If you are a student who will be doing a rotation at St. Joseph’s Health Hospital and to learn about housing options, complete the following:

Outside Housing Request

If you are a Landlord looking to advertise to St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Students about housing options, complete the following:

Outside Housing Landlord Request

Residence Rules, Policies & Guidelines

Students must pay a housing deposit and sign a contract to live in the residence hall. Students must abide by both the student code of conduct and the resident rules, policies and guidelines.

Meal Plans

Meal plan options can be used at SJH’s Journey Café (Main Hospital Cafeteria) and the Butternut Café & Bakery.

Plan A $100
Plan B $300
Plan C $500
Plan D $700
Plan E $1,150

Journey Café (Main Hospital Cafeteria): located on the second floor of the hospital across from the visitor’s elevators. Prepackaged meals are available for students with dietary restrictions.

Hours: Open Daily from 6:15 AM – 8:00 PM

Butternut Café & Bakery: located in the Emergency Services Building; fresh pastries, sandwiches (gluten free bread available), flatbreads, salads, soups, etc. are available.
Hours: Monday – Friday 6:30 AM to 7:00 PM; closed weekends and major holidays

* Refunds are not applicable. There is no expiration date; funds carry forward each semester/term

Tobacco-Free Campus

It is the policy of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and our affiliate corporations to provide an environment free of tobacco use. This policy exists as one of many methods for St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center to promote and encourage healthy lifestyles through- out our community. Individuals covered by this policy include, but are not limited to, employees, patients, visitors, volunteers, physicians, residents, students, medical staff, contractors and vendors, with the exception of behavioral health residents. Campus areas include all areas inside and outside of the College, the Medical Office Centre, the parking garages, the pedestrian bridge and all other buildings on the hospital campus as well as the parking lots and sidewalks contiguous to the property.

Drug-Free Community

As an institution of higher education receiving federal funds, St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is required by the Drug-Free Communities Act of 1986 (the “Act”) as amended by the Drug-Free Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (the “1989 Amendments”) to certify to the U.S. Secretary of Education that it has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful use, possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students. Accordingly, the College adopts the following policies: The College of Nursing prohibits the unlawful possession, use, sale or distribution of illicit drugs by its students, staff or guests on its property or as part of any College of Nursing activities. The possession, use, sale or distribution of drug paraphernalia also is strictly prohibited. Such substances and/or objects will be permanently confiscated by Administration or Security. Violation of this policy results in disciplinary action, up to and including termination, and may have legal consequences outside of the College of Nursing as well. Moreover, the College’s policy stipulates that students are required to report to the academic and/or clinical area on time and in appropriate mental and physical condition in order to meet clinical and theoretical learning objectives.

Student Drug Testing

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is committed to maintaining a drug/alcohol free community. This policy applies to all students. The College reserves the right to require students to submit to drug testing at an unannounced time while enrolled in the program. In addition, the College reserves the right to request students to submit to drug or alcohol testing should there be reasonable cause that a student is impaired while in a class or clinical, or in violation of this substance abuse policy. The purpose of these policies is to provide a drug-free, healthy, safe and secure environment for the students of St. Joseph’s College of Nursing. The College recognizes drug abuse as a health, safety and security problem. Drug dependence is recognized as an illness and major health concern. The use of illicit drugs and the unlawful possession and use of alcohol is wrong and harmful. Conviction of illegal use of these substances may result in failure of a student to be eligible for licensure under the regulations of the New York State Educational Department Division of Professional Licensing Services. Students needing help in dealing with drug abuse and/or drug dependency are encouraged to use our Employee/Student Assistance Program (EAP), by calling (315) 451-5164. Conscientious efforts to seek help are supported by the College.

Student Employment Opportunities

The Clinical Services Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center provides students matriculated in a nursing program employment opportunities as student nurse assistants. The student must have completed the required amount of clinical hours to become a student nurse assistant. Conditions of employment are explained further during an information session scheduled near the time of eligibility. There are also other opportunities to gain employment at the hospital. Students are welcome to view employment opportunities on the hospital website at

Services for Students with Disabilities

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing does not discriminate against the physically or emotionally disabled. The College of Nursing provides a wheelchair ramp at the front entrance to provide easy entry and exit, an elevator with access to all areas of the building, a lift in the lobby for access to administrative offices, and easily accessible, comfortable facilities within the residence hall.

The College has committed itself to providing fair and appropriate education to all students. Reasonable instructional accommodations are made for students who have been evaluated and have self-reported to the College as having a disability. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the institution with an up-to-date (within three years) evaluation outlining his/her specific disability. The College reserves the right to request that the student be reevaluated by a trained evaluator from an approved list if the documentation is not sufficient for a proper analysis of academic needs. This process should be determined prior to admission to the College. It is suggested that a student self-report three months prior to entering the College if alternative texts, readers or physical enhancements of any type are needed. To be eligible for accommodations, new students must submit documentation by the end of the orientation week. This information can be given to the Associate Dean for Students who acts as the compliance coordinator for the College.

In addition, students are required to fill out a request for accommodations form. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the Dean of Students each semester/term to review accommodations. This confidential form will be placed in the student’s permanent file.

If testing is completed during the semester, students will be provided accommodations once the evaluation is received. They will not be allowed to retake exams, re-validate skills or re-submit assignments.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, all accepted candidates must be otherwise qualified for program acceptance and must fulfill program requirements.

To receive accommodations in any liberal arts or science course offered through Le Moyne College, students must contact the Academic Support Center at Le Moyne College.

Counseling & Guidance

St. Joseph’s is one of the few nursing programs to offer a planned program for guidance and student development. Our full-time Dean of Students helps students with study skills, time management and other academic and personal issues. The Dean is available daily and can provide referrals to outside services as necessary. Students are entitled to free, confidential counseling services through the Employee/Student Assistance Program (EAP) provided through St. Joseph’s by calling 1-800-437-0911. Academic advisors and peer advisors are also available for guidance and support. Additionally, a full-time Residence Life Coordinator supervises the residential living community.

Health Care & Insurance

All students are encouraged to enroll in a health insurance plan if they are not already covered. Please note that being an affiliate of St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center does not entitle students to free health care. In an emergency situation, students may use St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center’s emergency department, but they will be billed for any services rendered.

Social & Cultural Opportunities

The Student Body Organization and the Student Development and Campus Life Committee plan group social and cultural
activities throughout the academic year. Common events include special interest support groups, wellness programs, and the Monday Luncheon Speaker Series. Students may also purchase discount tickets to local events, such as Famous Artists Series, Syracuse Chiefs and Syracuse University sporting events. Students may also take part in social and cultural opportunities at Le Moyne College.

Recreational Facilities

St. Joseph’s students taking Le Moyne courses may use the Anthony A. Henninger Athletic Center at Le Moyne College for athletic and recreational activities. The facility contains a competition-size swimming pool, whirlpool, fitness center, weight room, elevated jogging track and racquetball courts.

Spiritual Opportunities

Students of all religious denominations are encouraged to develop their personal spiritual lives. Services are held in the hospital chapel and at area houses of worship. Informal group discussions and prayer services are often organized according to the desires of the students.

Title IX Safety & Security

St. Joseph’s College of Nursing is committed to fostering a campus community where individuals are treated with dignity and where allegations of sexual violence, domestic or dating violence, sexual harassment, and stalking are treated seriously and timely resolved. The College offers options, resource referral, support, and assistance to students and campus community members targeted by these acts so that they may continue to participate in campus programs and activities. The College also offers assistance with referral to public law enforcement and campus conduct processes. Consistent with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, St. Joseph’s College of Nursing does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities.

Any questions concerning Title IX may be referred to the College’s Title IX Coordinator:

Katherine Dixon, BS, RN, CMSRN
Manager for Students/Affiliates and New Hire Nursing Support
206 Prospect Ave.
Office 102, Syracuse, NY 13203
(315) 448-5784

For more information, you can also contact: St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Dean of Students at (315) 448-5040, or St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center Manager for Security Services at (315) 448-5227.

Student Groups

Student Government – All enrolled students are members of the Student Body Organization (SBO), which functions through the Student Development and Campus Life Committee. This committee protects students’ rights, proposes policy changes and manages student fees and spending through the leadership of elected class representatives. The groups also plan and manage cultural and social activities on campus.

National Organizations – Students are encouraged to join the National Professional Student Organization which offers workshops, conferences, scholarships, publications, product discounts and other programs and services.

College Committees – Students are members of select college committees of the College of Nursing, which develop the College’s objectives as well as plans, implements and evaluates the curriculum. Student members serve as liaisons between the faculty and the student body.

Alumni Association – All graduates are encouraged to maintain ties with classmates and with the College by joining the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Alumni Association. Through annual dues and fundraising events, the association funds special projects for the College of Nursing and provides scholarships for students and graduates

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