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Academic Standards and Policies

Every student, regardless of date of admission to the College, is subject to compliance with new policies and procedures. Changes in policies and procedures are posted on the College website and are updated each year in the College Catalog.

Students are subject to degree program requirements in effect at the time of their admission or readmission to the College.  However, upon the recommendation of his/her/their faculty advisor, a student may choose to complete more recent program requirements, should these be better suited to the student’s professional and career goals. Additions and/or changes to the curriculum are published in the catalog that is printed subsequent to the approved change, and additionally on the College website.


Student and Advisor Responsibilities

At Marymount Manhattan College (MMC), each student is assigned a faculty advisor from their major/field of study. The student-advisor relationship is a mutual process in which the student and the faculty advisor assume responsibilities for degree completion and successful academic experience at MMC.

Responsibilities include:

Faculty Advisor

  • Being knowledgeable about graduation requirements
  • Providing academic advice pertaining to field of study/concentration, graduate study, and career plans
  • Maintaining adequate office hours throughout the semester
  • Being familiar with student’s interests, goals, & capabilities
  • Being familiar with the college’s resources/support services and make appropriate referrals
  • Serving as a sounding board
  • Recommending courses to register for the upcoming semester (your advisor’s signature is required on your course registration form)
  • Encouraging students to take part in opportunities beyond the classroom such as internships/study abroad
  • Serving as a mentor and helping students learn about MMC


  • Be familiar with degree programs and requirements at the college
  • Discuss any problems that affect your academic performance
  • Discuss academic policies and procedures for which requires clarification
  • Explore opportunities for academic and intellectual growth
  • Follow through on advisor recommendations
  • Accept ultimate responsibility for their decisions
  • Discuss changes in major and/or the addition of a minor
  • Make use of all resources on campus
  • Develop self-awareness of your academic progress

Academic Honesty

Approved by Academic Policy Committee 10/26/20

Academic Progress and Pace

General Attendance Policy

Approved by APC, 12/2006; Amended by APC, 5/2016

The College will support the attendance policy of an instructor, provided that policy is clearly explained on the instructor’s syllabus. However, a student may not be permitted to begin attending a course after s/he has been reported as non-attending in the Dept. of Education Non-Attendance Report (EDNAR).

Credit Hour Policy

Revised and approved by APC, 12/16

Marymount Manhattan College degree programs are approved by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). The College’s method for awarding credit for courses in undergraduate and graduate degree programs follows NYSED guidelines, which are based on the U.S. Department of Education’s definition of credit hour.

The faculty of the College are responsible for all aspects of the curriculum and degree program requirements. The College has a curriculum committee that reviews proposed new and revised courses and degree programs, including the credit hours associated with each.



Today there are many types of educational experiences with which credit hour assignments may properly be associated.

In the interest of accurate academic measurement, the following definitions and practices pertaining to the relationship between contact and credit hours apply to all courses, disciplines, programs, degree levels, formats, and modalities of instruction. Courses may be composed of any combination of elements described, such as a lecture course that also has required laboratory periods or a lecture course having an additional requirement for supervised independent study or tutorial activity.

A credit hour is normally granted for satisfactory completion of 12.5 hours of classroom instruction with a normal expectation of 25 hours of outside study per credit over the course of the term. The standard academic period is a 14-week semester with a standard instructional time of two 81-minute sessions or one 171-minute session per week.

Credit hours are granted for various types of instruction as follows:

Grading Policies

Leave of Absence

Maintenance of Matriculation



Policy on the Verification of Student Identity in Distance Education

Approved by APC 12/16

Procedures for Protecting the Privacy of Students Enrolled in Online and Hybrid Courses

Approved by APC, 12/16

Faculty members teaching online and hybrid courses are responsible for creating and maintaining an online teaching and learning environment that provides for the privacy and security of students’ personal data and coursework. Accordingly, online and hybrid instructors will enforce the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, which is designated to protect the privacy of students’ educational records. The College’s policies and procedures are used to ensure that students’ FERPA rights are protected. Relevant policies are outlined in the College Catalogue and apply to online, hybrid, and traditional on-campus courses alike.

To further ensure student privacy in online and hybrid courses, these procedures shall be followed:


  • Protection of student information, course data, and student participation is required by all Marymount Manhattan College faculty and staff involved in the design, development, delivery, and administration of online and hybrid courses. Faculty members teaching online and hybrid courses may utilize the Brightspace, learning management system, which requires all users to have a unique log-in ID and password.
  • Student postings to discussion boards, chat rooms, and class forums shall be accessible only to members of the class, the course instructor(s), the program coordinator, and anyone specifically authorized and responsible for student learning assessment or oversight of the academic quality and integrity of the course.
  • Instructors may use the grade book provided by the Brightspace, learning management system, which prohibits students from accessing other students’ grades. Posting of class-wide grade reports in any form is prohibited, as is sending a student his/her grade through an e-mail message that could be intercepted by someone other than the student.
  • Grades for discussion board participation, online student examinations, and written assignments are confidential and are only accessible by the individual student, the course instructor(s), the program coordinator, and anyone specifically authorized and responsible for student learning assessment or oversight of the academic quality and integrity of the course.
  • Material from online and hybrid courses provided by course instructors to be used in program assessment reports will not include the identity of individual students; program coordinators will be responsible to ensure that no information specific to identified students will be included in such reports.
  • Instructors shall ask students never to reveal their log-in names and passwords to anyone.

Transfer Credit Policy

Degree Credit For Previous Work
Approved by APC 3/2/2017