University description (as per official university website)
Freedom of inquiry and freedom of expression define St. Mary's University College. The rights and obligations of academic freedom derive from the nature of academic life, and are consistent with the objectives of the University College as a community of scholars that pursues the highest academic standards; promotes intellectual and spiritual growth; recognizes ethical and moral implications both of methods and discoveries; maintains respect for the inherent dignity of individuals as persons; and lives in the tradition of Catholic belief and its rich scholarly heritage.
Specific principles of academic freedom include freedom to teach and learn according to one's obligation and vision, and in accordance with the methods proper to each academic discipline; freedom to disseminate the fruits of study and research inspired by the scholarly obligation to pursue truth vigorously and honestly; and freedom to speak and write on issues in fulfillment of the obligations and legal rights of citizenship.
Correlative obligations include respectful allowance for the exercise of these freedoms by others; proper acknowledgement of the contributions made by others to one's work; preservation of the confidentiality necessary in personal, academic, and administrative deliberations; and adherence in the course of one's conduct, utterances and work, to the by-laws, mission, educational philosophy and educational objectives of the University College.
Members have the freedom to exercise professional judgment in the acquisition of materials, and in ensuring these materials are freely accessible to all for bona fide teaching and research purposes, no matter how controversial these materials may be.
St. Mary's University College is a beacon of learning, civility and hope, inspiring students to lead with integrity, to meet the future with confidence, intellectual acuity, moral conviction and a passion for social justice and the common good.
St. Mary's University College is a Catholic, post-secondary, student-focused liberal arts and sciences teaching and research institution. Through the synthesis of faith and reason, the College invites and challenges all individuals of the community to become compassionate, thoughtful, resourceful members of society.
St. Mary's University College is a member of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities of Canada (ACCUC) and the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU).
St. Mary's University College, a post-secondary institution firmly in the tradition of Catholic scholarship in this country, values this rich heritage of academic freedom, rigorous intellectual inquiry, respect for diversity of opinion and belief, and social responsibility. The University College welcomes students of diverse traditions and cultures; it recognizes that the intellectual interchange essential to a vibrant university-level education requires and is enriched by the presence and voices of diverse scholars and students in a community of critical thinkers. St. Mary's University College proceeds on the assumption that individuals are not merely consumers or producers; we are spiritual beings, and there are ethical and moral dimensions to all we do. The examination of these dimensions is an integral part of the entire educative process. While each discipline is taught systematically and according to its own methods, interdisciplinary studies assisted through the study of philosophy and theology enable students to acquire an organic vision of life and a continuing desire for intellectual progress. In promoting this integration of knowledge, St. Mary's promotes dialogue between faith and reason so it can be seen more profoundly that faith and reason bear harmonious witness to the unity of all truth.
St. Mary's provides an environment for the development of the whole person intellectually, emotionally, spiritually, and physically in his or her social context, and presents a learning ethos that attempts to ensure advances in scholarship and technology are attuned to the authentic good of individuals and of society as a whole. It is an institution that inspires students to undertake responsible intellectual inquiry and accept the challenge of providing leadership for the creation of a socially just world based on sound moral principles. St. Mary's promotes understanding of and respect for the uniqueness and inherent dignity that defines each one of us, made as we are in the image and likeness of God. It is an academic community that, in a rigorous and critical fashion, assists in the protection and advancement of human dignity and of a cultural heritage through research, teaching, and various services offered to the local, national, and international communities. A Catholic institution recognizes human culture is open to revelation and transcendence; the University College should be a primary place for fruitful dialogue between the Gospel and culture.