Student Responsibilities

Student Responsibilities

To remain eligible for the St. Mary’s Four-year Pledge, you must fulfill the following responsibilities. Your failure to fulfill these responsibilities will void the Pledge.

  • You must sign and turn in the Four-year Pledge to the Office of Academic Advising during your first semester of study. Deadline to submit the signed Pledge is the end of the first week of the fall semester.
  • You must choose your major within the required time frame.
  • You must fulfill any mathematics, foreign language or information technology proficiency requirements for your program of study by the time recommended for the degree plan for your eligible major. (If mathematics and foreign language requirements are not prerequisites for courses in your major, you must fulfill them by the end of your junior year. The information technology proficiency requirement varies by major. If a test is required, you must fulfill this requirement by end of your sophomore year.)
  • You must priority register each semester. Prompt registration helps ensure that needed courses will be available. Registration for your first term will occur during New Student Orientation. For each subsequent term, you must register during priority registration, a special block of time designated for current students, and must meet relevant academic program deadlines. Failure to meet these conditions may adversely affect your ability to graduate in four years. If you are unable to register for a course, contact your academic adviser for further guidance, if necessary.
  • You must meet with your academic adviser during the Priority Advising period each semester. You must follow the recommended degree plan and the documented guidance provided by your academic adviser.
  • You must be willing to take classes you need for your major at the times that the classes are offered even if classes are not offered at your preferred time.
  • You must not fail or withdraw from a sequenced course required for your major. A sequenced course is any course that is a prerequisite to another course where failure to pass the course will prevent you from progressing satisfactorily in your degree plan.
  • You must make satisfactory academic progress. During each academic year you should earn an average of one fourth of the total credits required to graduate in your chosen major (including credit earned during the summer) for all four years. As an example, if a major requires 128 hours to graduate, you would need to earn 32 hours per academic year on average. Majors requiring more or fewer hours mean that the academic progress requirements are adjusted appropriately. Approved college credits that you bring in upon matriculation and approved summer school credit may be included in these averages.
  • You must avoid academic or disciplinary suspension and maintain the required minimum grade point average for your major.
  • You must maintain continuous full-time (minimum 12 hours) enrollment at the University for four years.
  • You must meet your financial obligations to the University in a timely manner. Failure to pay your bills when due will result in financial holds on your registration. Staff in the Business Office and Office of Financial Assistance can help you assess your options for payment.
  • You must clear any business, registrar, library and dean of students holds that prohibit registration prior to your scheduled priority registration period. These holds could prevent you from enrolling in the classes that you need to stay on track.