Dominican Student Policies

The University has developed and adopted policies and procedures to govern students at Dominican University of California in conjunction with the Student Code of Conduct. The following provides an overview of some of the most commonly referenced policies - please see the Student Handbook for complete and detailed information on all policies and procedures.

 Animal PolicyThe University does not permit students to bring animals of any kind into campus buildings or to outdoor events unless the animal is designated as a “service animal.” Documentation for student use of a service animal on campus must be submitted to and approved by the Office of Accessibility and Disability Services or the University.

Alcohol PolicyNOTE: Please see addendum for information about alcohol/drug education and support

 Dominican University of California, in adhering to the laws of the State of California, permits the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages only by those students who are 21 years of age and older. The University does not permit the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by those students under the age of 21 at any time. Alleged violations of these policies will likely result in the immediate disposal of all alcoholic beverages and subsequent referral for conduct action.

 Violations of the Alcohol Policy may result in a fine placed on the student account (in addition to other sanctions). Fines will be assessed based on these guidelines.

Level One Violation - $100: Level One violations are disruptive to the community, but usually are not serious enough to warrant action by civil authorities. Examples of a Level One violation include the drinking and/or possession of alcoholic beverages (on their person or in their room) by a student under the age of 21, or the possession of false identification for the purpose of purchasing/supplying alcohol.

Level Two Violation - $200: Level Two violations represent health/safety risks, significant disruption to the community, and may warrant action by civil authorities. Level Two violations include, but are not limited to, threats of harm to self or others through excessive intoxication, possession or use of common source alcohol (i.e. kegs), supplying alcohol to underage individuals, rude, offensive, or abusive behavior toward others.

 Level Three Violation - $500: Level Three violations are the most serious violations and often constitute illegal actions. If pursued by civil authorities, these violations may result in civil action being taken against the student. Examples of Level Three violations include, but are not limited to, forcing or coercing others to consume dangerous amounts of alcohol, extreme physical harm to others, significant property damage, or other actions requiring the presence of law enforcement officials.

Controlled Substance/Drug PolicyDominican University of California students (and their guests) are expected to abide by all university policies, federal and state laws and mandates, and any city ordinances relative to the possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Violations of the Drug Policy will result in referral to the conduct process.

 Medical Marijuana:Whereas the State of California does permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes (and only for those with lawfully issued medical marijuana cards), federal laws and regulations prohibit the possession, use, cultivation, distribution, or sale of marijuana on the premises of educational institutions that receive federal funding. As Dominican University of California is a recipient of federal funding, and in compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Community Act, the University does not allow the possession or use of marijuana on campus property for any reason.

Violations of the Controlled Substance Policy will result in a fine placed on the student’s account in addition to any other sanctions issued. The funds will be directed to drug programming and education. Fines will be assessed based on these guidelines.

Level One Violation - $100: Level One violations present a risk to the student(s) involved and may warrant action by civil authorities. Example of a Level One Violation include, but not limited to, the possession of drug paraphernalia or objects/materials that could be used as drug paraphernalia.

Level Two Violation - $200: Level Two violations represent an egregious violation of policy and present both significant health and safety concerns. These violations are disruptive to the community and may warrant action by civil authorities. Level Two violations may include the possession and/or use of any controlled substance or illegal drug (regardless of quantity) including seeds and/or residue, and/or illegal use/sharing of prescription or other legal drugs.

Level Three Violation - $500: Level Three violations are the most serious and may be reported and pursued by civil authorities. Examples include possession of large quantity and/or the actual or attempted sale; distribution, cultivation, or manufacture of any controlled substance, illegal drug and/or drug paraphernalia. Level Three violations may lead to University Expulsion

Campus Access Policy: As a private institution, Dominican’s campus is not generally open to persons who are not members of the Dominican University of California community, meaning persons who are not currently faculty, staff, or students. Public participation in activities involving the use of University facilities and property is permissible through one of five avenues:

    • Renting Dominican facilities through a documented contract
    • Explicit invitation to activities unambiguously open to the general public (such as athletic events or public lectures)
    • Implicit invitation (ex: use of walkways/roads generally available to the public)
    • Participation in University-sponsored or sanctioned programs (such as continuing education or athletics department programs)
    • Private invitation as the guest of a specific member of the Dominican community.

While on campus, individuals and organizations are responsible for obeying Dominican’s rules of conduct, as well as local, state and federal law. The University reserves the right to restrict the general public’s access to specific buildings/areas and to determine who can and cannot use its facilities or be present on its property.

Persona Non-GrataViolation of Dominican’s stated policies, procedures, or community standards may result in an individual or organization being declared “persona non grata” and removed from the University. Persona non grata is defined as a person or organization whose behavior is such that the University cannot allow them access to University property. Considerations will include, but are not limited to, whether the individual or organization poses a threat to themselves, others, University property, or if they are considered a disruption to the regular and/or essential operations of University activities or facilities.

Once an individual or organization has been declared persona non grata, they may not return to campus without express written authorization from the University Administration. If an individual or organization who has been declared persona non grata is found on Dominican’s property, they will be considered to be unlawfully trespassing and may be removed by the appropriate law enforcement officials. The University reserves the right to take any necessary legal action against a person or organization declared persona non grata and found trespassing on University property. Regardless of whether an individual or organization has been declared persona non-grata¸ anytime an individual is deemed to have violated a criminal law, the individual may be charged and referred to the criminal justice process.

Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy: Dominican University of California is firmly committed to being a community in which students, faculty, and staff are consistently treated with both consideration and respect, and are protected from unlawful discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct. In accordance with federal and state law, University Policy prohibits discrimination or harassment based on:

    • Age
    • Color
    • Ability (physical, mental, medical condition)
    • Family Status (marital, pregnancy, child-birth and/or related conditions)
    • Gender or Gender Expression
    • Genetic Information
    • National Origin or Ancestry
    • Race or Ethnicity
    • Religion or Religious Creed
    • Sex
    • Sexual Orientation
    • Veteran Status
    • Any other status protected by law

Identification Card (Penguin Pass) Policy: All Dominican University of California students are expected to obtain a Penguin Pass from the Information Technology Department. Students must carry their card with them at all times when on campus, and, when asked, should provide it to any University employee or agent (including Resident Advisors and Campus Security). Students should safeguard their Penguin Pass and should not give it to others.


Parental Notification Policy: Dominican is committed to fostering the holistic development of all students. Part of the development process entails students being autonomous in their decision-making and thinking critically about, and reflecting upon, certain choices and actions. However, there are times when choices and actions pose a significant health risk to the student or place the student in harm’s way; or worse yet, endanger the welfare of the campus community. If a student chooses to act in a way that endangers themselves and/or puts the campus community in harm’s way, the University reserves the right to contact parents/guardians to discuss concerns and explore possible resolutions.

Parking Policy: It is the responsibility of the person parking their vehicle to read and follow the instructions of all parking/traffic signage. Please note that the University and the San Rafael Police Department strictly enforce parking. Vehicles parked out of compliance will be tagged with a violation sticker AND/OR TOWED at the vehicle owner’s expense. There is no warning prior to a vehicle being towed. Repeat parking violations may also result in a referral to the conduct process, which can result in additional fines and/or sanctions including permanent loss of campus parking privileges. 

Parking is NOT PERMITTED in the following areas: 

    • In front of neighborhood homes adjacent to campus
    • At a red curb or in a loading zone (yellow curb)
    • In a time restricted zone for longer than the posted time
    • In handicapped parking spaces without displaying proper license or placard
    • In any area where a designated permit is required (includes Acacia Avenue)
    • In a numbered residence hall space
    • In a driveway, fire lane, or in front of a fire hydrant
    • In a pedestrian walkway or path
    • On a lawn or on any landscaped area
    • On any other no parking designated area

Residence Hall Parking Guidelines: Residence hall parking spaces (those with numbers painted in the stall) are assigned to resident students. Vehicles parked in any of these spaces will have specialized resident parking decals visibly posted at all times. Resident students with assigned spaces parked elsewhere on campus are essentially taking up two spaces and will be cited if not parked in their designated numbered space. Vehicles illegally parked in any residence hall space will be towed at the owner’s expense.

 Townhome Parking Guidelines: Students living in the townhomes are not assigned parking spaces; it is the responsibility of the residents to determine who will park in the garages. There is no parking in the driveways (in front of garage doors) at any time.

Poster Policy: The poster policy provides guidelines for the placement of posters, flyers, and other notices on campus. Nothing should be placed on doors or windows, either inside or outside a building; but instead should be placed on appropriate bulletin boards on campus. All posters must be hung with painter’s tape or pushpins so as not to damage property. The University reserves the right to remove any posters deemed to be offensive in nature, or those advertising events and/or products not in line with the Student Code of Conduct.



 Retaliation Policy: No individual will be subject to retaliation by any member of the University community for having reported or threatened to report any violation of procedure, policy, or non-compliance with the Student Code of Conduct, or for cooperating with or participating in any grievance investigation. Retaliation includes threats, intimidation, reprisals, and any adverse actions related to an individual’s employment or education. Further, no individual will be penalized for reporting incidents of discrimination, harassment, or sexual misconduct. Retaliation by any member of the University community against such an individual is prohibited, and will be considered a serious violation of University policy. Individuals suspected of violating the Retaliation Policy will be referred for conduct action.



 Smoking Policy: Smoking (including, but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, e-cigarettes, pipes, hookahs, or vaporizers, is not permitted on the Dominican campus (with the exception being designated smoking areas). All community members have the right and the responsibility to inform or remind violators of the policy and request compliance. If a problem arises with non-compliance, Security staff may be called. Visitors who refuse to comply will be removed from campus.


Weapons Policy: The possession, use, or sale of items such as fireworks, firearms, explosive devices, metal-tipped darts, knives, bows and arrows, BB guns, martial arts weapons, paintballs and / or paintball guns, or other potentially dangerous items are not permitted on the Dominican University of California property. Persons in violation of this policy are subject to disciplinary and/or legal action.