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Academic Policies

Seminarians must become familiar with all of the policies of Mount St. Mary's Seminary. In addition to the materials below, the Academic Norms, as well as the other pertinent information, are available as part of the Seminarian Handbook.

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to exhibit due respect in their attitudes and activities for matters of faith and morals, for civil and church authority, and for the rights and dignity of others. A student’s life must manifest personal integrity and discipline.

The seminary reserves the right to take appropriate action regarding students whose conduct is not in accord with expected levels of integrity or is detrimental to the students’ or the seminary’s best interest. Students are expected to work under an honor system in taking examinations and in preparing papers, reports or other class assignments. Violation of this honor system is considered a serious offense. Source materials and citations used in the preparation of papers are to be clearly indicated by proper notations and credits. Plagiarism is a serious offense that may result in loss of academic credit and dismissal. Additional details of this policy as well as other academic norms are published in the Seminarian Handbook.


The grade point average (GPA) for each semester is obtained by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of semester credit hours attempted. For further information see the Academic Norms.

Pass/Fail, Audits, Withdrawals and Probation

Pastoral Field Education (PFED), the Homiletics courses, the Holy Eucharist practicum, and the Penance and Anointing practicum are graded pass/fail. All other courses taken for credit are awarded a letter grade.

No course may be taken for “audit” (AU) without the approval of the seminary academic dean.

Details regarding withdrawals, incompletes, failures and probation are all given in the Seminarian Handbook.

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Transcripts/Grade Reports

Effictive summer 2014, the Seminary is now able to offer the service of securely delivered electronic transcripts through Parchment. No transcripts will be issued to students with outstanding accounts. Students who attended the Seminary prior to 1997 must complete the traditional Transcript Request Form (which must bear the actual "ink" signature of the student/not electronic). See the Transcript Request Procedures page for further information.

At the end of each semester, grade reports or unofficial transcripts are issued (in the case of seminarians) to the sponsoring diocese or religious community. Seminary students and their formation advisor may access this academic information on

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