Student Responsibilities & Policies

Student Responsibilities

Behavior and Conduct
As maturing adults, prospective students must be willing to take responsibility for what they have done and what they have failed to do, and they must be willing to abide by the conduct standards and moral policies of the College, even when those conduct standards seem to limit their freedom. Moreover, applicants should have goals in alignment with the Catholic mission of Rosary College: as students, they will be obligated to participate willingly in the faith life of the College community and to exercise their academic freedom in the pursuit of the truth. Because the mission and culture are inseparable from the academic formation at Rosary College, an applicant’s commitment to the Catholic faith is considered in admissions. 

Prospective students are encouraged to read the Rosary College Student Handbook and the Academic Policy Guide before the beginning of their first semester to comprehend what they are undertaking.  

Applicants must attest that they are representing themselves truthfully in the application process by including the following paragraph with their signature: 

“By signing and submitting my application to Rosary College, I certify that all the essays and other writing samples are my own work, free from plagiarism. I did not use any external content generation software, nor did I accept significant help from any individual in editing my essays. I have been truthful in my representations of my academic and extracurricular activities and achievements.” 

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Rosary College will consider the quality of the student’s prior education, academic achievements, and demonstrated character. The Rosary College experience demands a high standard of moral living in conformity with Catholic teaching. It lists its conduct standards in the Student Handbook and employs a disciplinary conduct process when violations occur. Students are accountable for their words, actions, and omissions.  

Rosary College reserves the right to deny admission to any individual that the administration considers to be unprepared academically or otherwise for collegiate studies. All students must read the Student Handbook before starting in the program and commit themselves to living in accordance with its standards. Note that admitted students may have their admission revoked for actions in gross violation of the College’s conduct standards.

In fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, Rosary College holds that all human beings are created in the divine image and, therefore, possess inalienable dignity. Because of this foundational belief, Rosary College opposes unjust discrimination and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, sex, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, or status as a veteran, in the administration of our policies and programs, and vigorously supports these seven protected classes as written in the federal statute. This statement applies to our academic program; to all policies and procedures concerning students and student activities; and to all personnel and administrative policies. 

As an institution of higher education in the Catholic faith tradition, Rosary College is protected by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the First Amendment. Rosary College may consider religion in hiring, admissions, and other decisions. Nothing in this policy shall require Rosary College to act in a manner contrary to the beliefs and teachings of the Catholic Church or the mission of the College. Rosary College does not support individual interpretations that expand the protected classes.  

Note that all members of the College community are regarded as male or female according to their biological sex at birth and are expected to present themselves as such to their community. The College regards Catholic teaching on human sexuality as a matter of religious doctrine and reserves the right to consider issues of human sexuality in hiring, admissions, conduct policies, and other decisions under the protection of RFRA and the First Amendment.

As a matter of upholding Catholic teaching about human dignity and not as a matter of civil law, Rosary College does not discriminate with respect to admissions on the basis of family responsibilities, e.g., whether any prospective student is pregnant or has the care of young children; whether a married prospective student plans to have children; or whether a prospective student has the responsibility to care for an aged parent or disabled sibling.

All members of the Rosary College community, as well as involved third parties (including vendors, guest speakers, visitors, and independent contractors), have an obligation to abide by this non-discrimination policy.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) regulates the privacy of student education records, including your application to Rosary College. Your application and associated submitted materials will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee and several Rosary College administrators. FERPA gives you the right to review confidential letters of recommendation provided as part of that application after you enroll. If you would like to waive this right of review, please indicate that in your explanation of your choice of recommender.

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