Academic Policies

 The current edition of the John Carroll University Undergraduate Bulletin should be consulted for a full explanation of financial aid, academic guidelines, registration procedures, grading, and courses of instruction. Borromeo seminarians must fulfill all the requirements of John Carroll University and the Borromeo Institute in order to graduate.

The following academic policies have been adopted by the seminary faculty and are specific to Borromeo seminarians.  For a complete list of policies and procedures, see the Student Handbook.


Seminarians are expected to attend all classes, to arrive on time for class, and to turn in all papers and assignments on time. Coming late for class, missing class, and turning in papers or assignments late will result in a reduction of the final grade. Exceptions will be granted only in extreme cases and are at the discretion of the instructor.


Seminarians are encouraged to develop competence in Latin, the biblical languages, and Spanish.

Course Selection

The Borromeo Director of Intellectual Formation must give prior approval for all course selections before a seminarian may register at John Carroll University. The general policy is to take courses offered on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at John Carroll. Courses on the Borromeo campus are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Changing and Dropping Courses

Borromeo seminarians are expected to take a minimum of 15 credit hours each semester. If a student would like to drop or change a course, he must receive the permission of the Director of Intellectual Formation before doing so. The student is expected to communicate with the Director of Intellectual Formation and his Formation Advisor to discuss the reasons for dropping or changing a course.

Any student making a course change or dropping a course without proper permission will be subject to possible disciplinary action as well as possibly losing the diocesan room and board scholarship.

Students who must retake courses that they have failed or from which they have withdrawn may be required to do so at their own expense. This decision is made in consultation with the Rector.

List of Approved Majors for Borromeo Seminary Seminarians

It is expected that Borromeo Seminarians will pursue the Philosophy major. Students are strongly encouraged to choose from other appropriate academic fields for a second major or minor.

The following academic fields, listed in the John Carroll University Undergraduate Bulletin, are recommended for Borromeo Seminarians who choose second majors or minors, as the best academic preparation for those considering positions of leadership in church ministry. This list is not exclusive; however the choice of a different field of study requires the permission of the Director of Intellectual Formation.

Bachelor of Arts Majors/Minors:

Art History
Classical Languages
Creative Writing
Modern Languages
Political Science
Theology and Religious Studies

Interdisciplinary B.A. Minors:
Catholic Studies
Leadership Development
Peace, Justice, and Human Rights

Bachelor of Science Major/Minor:


Note on Minor: Seminarians are free to pursue any minor that interests them, as long as completing the minor does not conflict with the Borromeo Institute formation courses, the John Carroll core requirements and the requirements of their majors. Minors are listed in the John Carroll University Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic Integrity

A student who is involved in unethical practices such as cheating, plagiarism, etc., in connection with any work for the course is subject to a grade of F (Failure) for the course. For more information, see the 2015-2017 Undergraduate Bulletin. Any instance of academic dishonesty concerning seminarians is also considered a formation issue and may subject the student to dismissal from the seminary.

Extracurricular Activities

Borromeo seminarians may take advantage of the cultural, intellectual, social, and athletic activities sponsored by the university. However, only scheduled classes at John Carroll University excuse a seminarian from a community exercise scheduled at Borromeo. Participation in extracurricular activities does not take precedence over the formation program at Borromeo. In the event of a conflict, permission must be obtained ahead of time to be absent from a community exercise. Each seminarian must strike a healthy balance between his involvement here in the seminary community and in campus life at the university.

Disciplinary Sanctions

If a seminarian is suspended from Borromeo Seminary for a specified period of time, he is expected to commute from his home to John Carroll University or any other college he may be attending. The suspension pertains only to his relationship to the seminary. He may not attend classes taught on the Borromeo campus until the time of the suspension has elapsed. If a seminarian is asked to withdraw from Borromeo Seminary, he has the option of remaining at John Carroll University as a full-time student. However, he must pay the full tuition rate established by the university.

Voluntary Withdrawal

If a seminarian decides to permanently withdraw from Borromeo Seminary on his own accord, he has the option of remaining at John Carroll University as a full-time student. However, he must pay the full tuition rate established by the university. Borromeo Seminary will notify John Carroll University when a seminarian withdraws from the seminary program for whatever reason.

Other Colleges and Universities

Depending on the circumstances, and sometimes at the recommendation of John Carroll University, the Vocation Director, or the Admissions Committee, a seminarian admitted into Borromeo Seminary may enroll at another college or university in the greater Cleveland area for as long as two years. He will be expected to follow the Transfer Guide published by John Carroll University. He may transfer into John Carroll University as soon as he meets the academic requirements of the university. A seminarian attending another college or university is expected to submit his course grades to the Borromeo Registrar’s Office at the end of each quarter or semester.