Office of Community Life

Be transparent. Let's build a community that allows hard questions and honest conversations so we can stir up transformation in one another.
― Germany Kent


Guided by the Lasallian core principles, the Office of Community Life will help you maximize your potential as responsible, ethical citizens and leaders. 

The Office of Community Life seeks to reduce student misconduct by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle and educating students about the importance of being engaged in their community.

Students have knowledge of campus policies and The Code of Conduct also known as the Undergraduate Student Handbook which is published and available in a variety of ways (online, disc, hard copies, through website).

Student Code of Conduct

All students at Saint Mary’s College of California are bound by the Student Code of Conduct.  The Student Code of Conduct serves to outline student rights and responsibilities as well as behavioral expectations.  If a potential violation of the Student Conduct Code is brought to our attention, you may be asked to meet with a conduct officer to address the situation.


Your student record is protected under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA does not allow us to share information regarding your disciplinary record unless you provide written consent to do so. There are few exceptions to this rule such as if there is an imminent threat or danger present or a legitimate “educational need-to-know” regarding your file.

Parent Notification

If you are under 21 years old and found responsible for an alcohol and/or drug violation, your parent(s) or guardian(s) will receive written notification regarding your incident. This letter explains that you were involved in an incident and that we encourage them to engage in a conversation with you regarding alcohol and drug expectations while you are attending school. The goal of the letter is to spark an open dialogue between you and your parent(s) or guardian(s). We hope that you use this opportunity to speak openly and honestly with your family about your personal alcohol and drug use.

Background Clearances

If you are applying to study abroad, to graduate school, to transfer to a different college or university, or for certain jobs, you may be asked to consent to a background clearance. In order for the Office of Community Life to check your record on behalf of another department or agency, you need to sign a waiver with that department or agency. No one may have access to your disciplinary record without your written consent unless there is an immediate threat or danger or a legitimate "educational need-to-know" present.

Contact Information:

Office of Community Life

Stacy Vander Velde, Director of Community Life

Victoria Gonzalez, Coordinator of Community Life

Ferroggiaro Center, Second Floor, Suite 200