Academic Rules

A. Class attendance

Regular attendance at class lectures and seminars is required.

B. Examinations

Final examinations are required in all core courses; these examinations are normally given during the exam period on the day assigned by the Director of Admissions and Records for the Theology and Pre-Theology programs. Adequate notice will be given students concerning examinations, quizzes, and other requirements of the courses.

C. Term Papers

The student is expected to prepare term papers in accord with an approved system of notation and bibliography. The Seminary suggests the method and format found in the most recent Chicago Manual of Style, which is otherwise known as Turabian. Refer to Kate Turabian, ed. Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013).

D. Academic Honesty

The Seminary and the MAM/MTS Programs take the matter of cheating, plagiarism, improper use of material, failure to give credit for work cited or used in a term paper (or other assignment), and other forms of academic dishonesty very seriously, viewing them as grave offenses which call for the most serious sanctions.

The Merriam-Webster online dictionary ( defines plagiarism as the act of plagiarizing, which is:

"to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own : use (another's production) without crediting the source, or to commit literary theft : present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source".

In case of suspected dishonesty, the faculty member will speak to the student first. If the faculty member is unconvinced by the student’s explanation, he or she will report the incident to the Academic Dean. A Disciplinary Board may be convened by the Rector to address the issue.

E. Audiotaping Policy

Audiotaping of classes at St. John’s Seminary is not permitted without express permission from the instructor, and instructors reserve the right to prohibit such recordings. In the event that the instructor grants such permission, the instructor will announce to the class, or audience, that the session is being audiotaped. Unless expressly stated otherwise by the instructor, participants obtaining permission to record classes must implicitly agree (1) that the recordings will be used only for academic review and preparation related to the class, (2) that such recordings will not be distributed to, or shared with, persons who are not members of that course of a particular term, (3) that such recordings will not be placed on the Internet, and (4) that all such recordings will be destroyed at the completion of the course by those participants in possession of them. Failure to abide by these conditions will result in the loss of permission to audiotape classes and disciplinary action.