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Vice President for Student Affairs Letter on Off-Campus Behavior

Dear Howard University Students,

Please remember that at all times you are "the face" of Howard University with the responsibility of representing the name of Howard in the local community. For this reason it is your duty to conduct yourself in a civil manner in your off campus neighborhood, remembering that wherever you are, you are a Howard University student—subject to the policies and guidelines outlined under the "Student Code of Conduct."

Your off-campus community is your new neighborhood with specific community codes and standards. The houses in and around the university are home to families with children, young professionals, retired couples and a variety of other types of neighbors. All of these people make up the rich fabric of the neighborhood. As a Howard University student, we expect you to be a good neighbor who participates in the life of the community by having positive interactions with your neighbors and working through differences with diplomacy and tact. Howard has been a good neighbor for more than a century and a half, and, with your help, we will continue to be good neighbors.

HU students, we need you to remember that moving off campus does not mean you are no longer a member of the university community. You are still a part of Howard University and should continue to take advantage of all that Howard has to offer. But you must also know that students who "disrupt" the peace and welfare of the community will be held in violation of the Student Code of Conduct as outlined in section, "Policies & Regulations" of the Howard University Student Handbook 2012 – 2013. Depending on the judicial findings, students may be subject to "suspension" or "expulsion."

The campus is yours to enjoy! You are a BISON! However, please note that we share the community with our neighbors. Because we want to continue to do our part to enhance our local communities, Howard must be vigilant in safeguarding all matters related to community harmony. Should you have questions or concerns, please call the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at 202-806-2100. Have a successful and productive year.
Sincerely,

Barbara L.J. Griffin, Ph.D.
Vice President for Student Affairs
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