When living off-campus, consider the following:
- Become active in your community. Not only is community participation a great way to meet neighbors and make new friends, it can also provide new insights, lead to new opportunities, and offer new adventures. Participation raises the quality of life in the community for all residents!
- Keep organized. In addition to coursework and extra-curricular activities, living off-campus adds even more responsibilities to your plate. Trash, bills, roommates, and landlords will all demand your attention; stay on top of what needs to be done for each person or service and when it needs to be completed.
- Stay connected to CUA. Just because you moved off-campus does not mean that you are no longer a member of the university community. You are still a part of CUA and should continue to take advantage of all that CUA has to offer. Stop by the Pryz, attend Mass, continue your academic pursuits, stay active in student organizations - the campus is still yours to enjoy!
- Be aware of your surroundings. The Washington metropolitan area offers many of the benefits and drawbacks of urban living, including crime. That said, it is very important to practice good safety habits and remain vigilant against any suspicious persons or activities.
As a student, you are free to enjoy all aspects of life at CUA and to take advantage of the many opportunities available to you. At the same time, you accept certain responsibilities as a member of the CUA community, including the successful pursuit of your academic endeavors and conducting yourself in a civil manner towards other community members.
Who are your Neighbors?
Please remember that most of your neighbors are not students. They are professionals, retirees, families with young children, and long-term residents of the community. You may be a transitory figure in the community, but your neighbors are not. CUA students rotate in and out of the community frequently; the actions of just one group of students can have a lasting impact on the community as a whole. The university's image in the public is determined by the actions of our students; you have a unique opportunity to craft that image positively. Your behavior impacts you, your roommates, your neighbors, and your community.
What is a "Good Neighbor"?
As members of the Brookland community, the University and its students have a responsibility to act as good neighbors, guided by common interest and goodwill. A good neighbor improves the quality of their neighborhood and increases the values of their properties and those surrounding them. A good neighbor ensures that trash does not litter their lawn and surrounding property, that no excessive noise is generated from their parties, and that their property is well-kept and aesthetically pleasing. It is your responsibility to be a good neighbor and to comply with all expectations expressed by the University and the District.
The university reserves the right to take appropriate action to protect the health and well-being of an individual and/or the university community. This includes pursuing disciplinary action for any violation of university policy or district or federal law off university premises by a student that affects the university's interests and/or inconsistent with university's expectations of students. In addition, when living off-campus, you are a member of the District of Columbia community and you will be held to certain standards, just like other community members. The Metropolitan Police Department has jurisdiction to respond to your off-campus residence if they receive complaints from neighbors and other community members about your behavior. The university, after learning of such complaints, may take action as necessary.
It is your responsibility, as a student, to read, understand and follow the Code of Student Conduct.