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Official policies of St. Mary's University

Academic Affairs

Grade Appeal Policy and Procedure

This policy is currently available as a downloadable PDF. Grade Appeal Policy

Research Integrity

1.0 Introduction Based upon its philosophy of education and ethical standards, St. Mary’s University expects a commitment not only to the pursuit of academic excellence, but honesty, truth, integrity and…

Faculty Tenure Application

The Faculty Tenure Application is available as a PDF. Faculty Tenure Application (PDF)

Faculty Promotion Application

The Faculty Promotion Application is available as a PDF. Faculty Promotion Application (PDF)

Political Campaigns and Political Activities

St. Mary’s, as a Catholic and Marianist University, is responsible for engaging people in dialogue around difficult questions of faith and culture. St. Mary’s encourages students, faculty, and staff to…

English Proficiency

Overview All international students applicants, whose first language is not English, must demonstrate sufficient proficiency in English by submitting the results of one of the following tests with the indicated…

Honor Cords and Sashes at Commencement

The wearing of cords and sashes during commencement is reserved for academic honor societies, university honors, distinguished graduates, Presidential Awards recipients and those who have participated in study abroad experiences….

Voluntary Phased Retirement (Faculty)

Introduction Eligibility. Tenured faculty members who are in a full-time teaching status, who (1) have completed at least ten (10) years of full time teaching service at St. Mary’s University…

Tenure Clock Pause (Faculty)

2.7.2.3 Tenure Clock Extension Extensions of the six year deadline for obtaining tenure (see section 2.7.1.3) for full-time faculty are subject to the following conditions: 2.7.2.3.1. Automatic Extensions Upon notice…

Substantive Change (Required by SACS-COC)

It is the policy of St. Mary’s University to comply with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools- Commission on Colleges (SACS-COC) policy on substantive change by reporting substantive changes…

Sale of Employee-created Materials (to Students)

Staff members often create materials in which they hold commercial interests and which might be used in courses or programs that the staff member is teaching or administering for the…

Research: Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board)

St. Mary’s policy on Research involving Human Subjects is currently only available as a PDF. Research involving Human Subjects – PDF

Research: External Researcher Guidelines (Institutional Review Board)

13.01 Applicability These External Researcher Guidelines apply to all individuals not currently affiliated with the St. Mary’s University who are interested in conducting research involving St. Mary’s, its students, faculty,…

Research: Class Research Projects with Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board)

Class assignments intended to engage students with people and problems outside the classroom do not require Institutional Review Board (IRB) review and approval if they meet all the following criteria:…

Online Courses and Programs Standards

The following proposal establishes standards and policies relevant for online courses and online programs.  It is divided into three sections: the first section clarifies and defines what is meant by…

Memoranda of Understanding (MOU)

The development of any new MOU involving St. Mary’s University will follow the attached procedures to assure that all MOUs are consistent with the mission of St. Mary’s and accreditation…

Maintaining a Record of Complaints

Maintaining a Record of Complaints – SACS-COC Federal Requirement 4.5 The institution has adequate procedures for addressing written student complaints and is responsible for demonstrating that it follows those procedures…

Academic Credit Hour

Purpose The academic credit provides the basis for measuring the amount of engaged learning time expected of a student enrolled not only in the traditional classroom settings but also in…

Academic Misconduct

St. Mary’s University, an independent Catholic Marianist institution, is unique in that it emphasizes the importance of growth, community and Christian values. St. Mary’s is strongly committed to the development…

Certificate Programs (Academic Certificate Programs)

These guidelines are intended to increase uniformity at St. Mary’s University in the use of the terms for certificate programs and related non-degree programs, and to set guidelines for the…

Change of Courses

During the first week of Fall and Spring semesters, changes to course schedules can be processed online via Gateway without incurring any charges. After the first week of classes, signatures…

Commencement Early Walk Requirements

Overview Students who have completed or who are registered to complete all degree requirements by the end of the semester are permitted to participate in the commencement ceremony that follows…

Examination and Grades Documents Retention

Retention of Materials Relating to Examination and Grades Faculty members shall retain for a period of one year following submission of a grade: written materials authored by the student that…

Intellectual Property

St. Mary’s Intellectual Property Policy is currently only available as a PDF. Intellectual Property Policy – PDF

Honorary Doctorates (Nomination Process)

Process and Procedures for Recommending Nominees Members of the broader St. Mary’s University community (faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and other interested members of the community) may make nominations for Honorary…

Faculty Handbook

St. Mary’s Faculty Handbook is currently only available as a PDF. Faculty Handbook – PDF

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