Resources and Forms
Policies and Procedures
Statement on the On-Campus Marketing of Credit Cards to Students
Pursuant to Article 129-A Section 6437 of the New York State Education Law, St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry prohibits the advertising, marketing, or merchandising of credit cards on campus to students. This includes advertising or solicitation at vendor tables, as well as posting or distribution of applications, fliers, posters, handbills and signage (electronic and otherwise) on school premises. The institution’s e-mail system or website may not be used for advertising or solicitation of credit cards to students. Vendors approved to be present at student orientations and other school activities may not provide credit card applications to students during those events. In addition, no employee or student of the institution may accept financial support or other goods and services from credit card issuers or vendors in exchange for allowing them to market credit cards to students.
Academic Contingency Plan for Catastrophic Events
Students, faculty, and staff will be notified through automated emails and Populi text messages in the case of a catastrophic event.
NC-SARA Student Grievance Reporting
The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a nonprofit organization that helps expand students’ access to educational opportunities and ensure more efficient, consistent, and effective regulation of distance education programs. In conjunction with NYSED (New York State Department of Education), NC-SARA provides St. Bernard’s with the reciprocity needed to award degrees to students located outside of New York State. Every student deserves a positive distance learning experience. Sometimes a student’s experience may not be what they anticipate, and the student may have a concern or a complaint. To that end, St. Bernard’s agrees to ensure that all concerns and complaints of students are addressed fairly and are resolved promptly. Student complaints relating to consumer protection laws offered under the terms and conditions of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), must first be filed with the institution to seek resolution.
A complaint related to distance learning can be made to the Registrar who will guide the student to the proper procedures for making his/her complaint. If the nature of the complaint is related to an academic issue or to matters governing the quality of education received through St. Bernard's distance education program, the details for this process will be found on pages 40 through 41 of the Student Handbook. If the nature of the complaint is related to a non-academic issue, then the details for this process will be found on pages 59-66 of the Student Handbook (for Title IX violations), or pages 66-70 (for issues falling outside Title IX coverage). Further reporting protocols can be found on SARA’s website by clicking here, and on NYSED’s complaint procedures website by clicking here.