May 19, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Policies


Student Code of Conduct

As a Catholic University, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Avila maintains a position that its educational role is more than an exchange of knowledge and the pursuit of wisdom. Avila is committed to the educational development of the total person and seeks to develop an environment conducive to academic endeavor, social, spiritual, personal, and physical growth with an emphasis on individual self-discipline and responsibility. The Student Code of Conduct serves to create an environment in which students have the best chance to learn, to study, to grow as members of our campus community and the greater global community. This Student Code of Conduct allows members of our diverse community to live in harmony, to interact effectively, and to learn from each other.

The University operates from a value system in which caring, sharing and respect are paramount. While we value diversity and seek to serve all segments of society, we do not aspire to be only a reflection of society. We seek higher goals, with higher values, and higher standards. This is the community that you have chosen, one that expects more from itself, more from one another, and more from you.

It is the intent of this code to set forth in a clear, concise and uniform manner the expectations of students who join the University community and to set forth administrative and judicial procedures whereby those who are accused of violating the rules may be afforded due process.

A complete explanation of the Student Code of Conduct, student policies, and the discipline process is available in the Avila University Student Handbook. Handbooks are available online through the Avila University Web site at

Some key student policies are listed below with a complete listing available in the Avila University Student Handbook.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

The misuse of alcohol and other drugs pose major health problems and are potential safety and security problems, can adversely affect academic and job performance, and can generally inhibit the educational development of students. Avila University, therefore, prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol.

Identification Cards (ID)

All students are required to have an official, validated Avila University ID card. Students shall present their ID card upon request of an authorized official for services, admittance to activities, events, and the use of some facilities. ID cards are required for students on a meal plan to access food service and for resident students to access the residence halls. Some local businesses grant discounts to students who present a valid ID. ID cards must be validated each semester that a student is enrolled at Avila. Replacement ID cards are available at a cost of $20. For more information or for a schedule of times for the ID service, please contact the Campus Safety at (816) 501-2466.

Personal Property Losses

The University is not responsible for the loss or damage to property owned by students or their guests, regardless of the cause.

Residency Requirement

Avila University believes in its responsibility to ensure that each new student is given maximum opportunity to succeed academically, developmentally, and socially. This can best be accomplished through a total integration of the University’s environment and residence on campus. Therefore, all full-time, single first-year and sophomore students under the age of 21 are required to live in University residence halls if they are not residing with parents or legal guardians within a commutable distance from campus. Housing is available to part-time students pending availability and approval of the Dean of Students. Contact the Campus Life Office at (816) 501-3660 for further information or exceptions to this policy.