Handbook Preface

Saint Mary’s College Mission Statement

Founded by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, Saint Mary’s College promotes a life of intellectual vigor, aesthetic appreciation, religious sensibility, and social responsibility. Saint Mary’s is a Catholic, residential women’s college in the liberal arts tradition offering undergraduate degrees and co-educational graduate programs.

A pioneer in the education of women, the College is an academic community where students develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world. All members of the College remain faithful to this mission and continually assess their response to the complex needs and challenges of the contemporary world.

(updated 5/2018)


Saint Mary’s College, founded and sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, an order of the Roman Catholic Church, was chartered as an institution for women as a Catholic witness in higher education. It has continued to adhere to that focus and mission. As a Catholic institution, the College reaffirms its mission and philosophy which call for a modeling of social justice and Christian principles in our personnel policies and practices.

All College policies, practices, and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with our Catholic identity. With the foregoing understanding, Saint Mary’s College will not engage in discrimination based on sex, race, color, national origin, religion (except where religion is a bona fide occupational qualification), age, disability, citizenship status, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Based on our Catholic values, the College also prohibits discrimination based on sexual or political orientation.

In the areas of undergraduate admission, academic year housing, and varsity athletics, Saint Mary’s College will remain exclusive in respect to sex, but not as to any of the other above-mentioned characteristics.


This Handbook for Faculty contains a presentation of major policies concerning College governance in addition to certain general information which may be of help especially to new faculty members.

Some pertinent material from the Governance Manual is presented here. The Governance Manual is available from the Office of the President website. Parts 1,2,4, and 5 are drawn from the Governance Manual and are considered contractual, as well as sections in Part 3.1 which are drawn from the Governance Manual. Part 3.2 has sections that are considered only informational.

The Saint Mary’s College Handbook for Faculty governs the definition and organization of the College faculty and the relationship between the College and the Faculty. Nothing in the Handbook for Faculty shall be deemed to alter, modify, or supersede any provision of the Governance Manual.

Amendments to the contractual part of the Handbook for Faculty must be made by following the procedures set forth for changes to provisions of the Governance Manual. Amendments to the informational parts of the Handbook may be made by the appropriate source for the information. The College's Handbook for Faculty is not a contract of employment. Any oral or written statements of promises to the contrary are hereby expressly disavowed and should not be relied upon by any prospective or existing employee.