The Catholic character of CSJ shapes and is shaped by every aspect of college life including student affairs, faculty, administration and staff activities, and curricular and co-curricular programs. Composed of members of various faiths, the college community acknowledges the challenge to serve the needs of the Church and society and recognizes its role to provide a forum for dialogue between the gospel and secular culture. The College is called upon to teach and learn, and in so doing, to influence the larger society of which it is a part. In addition, the College strives to create an atmosphere that fosters the development of personal spirituality. Standards of moral and ethical behavior are integrated into the body of knowledge conveyed to students. Finally, the College community pursues a common dedication to the truth, a common vision of the dignity of the human person, and is characterized by mutual respect, sincere dialogue, freedom of conscience, and protection of the rights of individuals.