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Pursuant to the direction of the Board of Trustees the following Teach-Out Plan has been developed as the Seminary transitions towards the suspension of all academic programs in May 2021.
A. Effective August 2020, all but fourth/final year Buffalo Diocese Master of Divinity students will attend St. Mary's Seminary and University (Baltimore, Maryland), an institution accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and the Association of Theological Schools: Commission on Accrediting. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo will pay tuition, room, board, and ancillary costs.
B. Fourth/final year Master of Divinity students will continue enrollment in the Seminary's Master of Divinity degree/program through May 2021. Academic study and formation will occur, and students will reside, within the Administration building located on its current campus. Appropriate library resources will be retained out of the Seminary's extensive collection. They will also be housed within this same building. Tuition and fees, paid by the Diocese of Buffalo, will cover the cost of expenses for the academic year. Budgetary information was provided with the May 01, 2020 SIR. If there are any unexpected expenses or shortfalls, the Diocese of Buffalo will provide any additional financial resources the Seminary may require in order to operate in accord with its mission through May 2021.
C. In accord with a Teach-Out Agreement between the Christ the King Seminary and St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry (Rochester, New York), Master of Arts in Theology and Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry students are being encouraged to transfer into the latter. Student-relevant provisions in that Agreement include:
i. All currently matriculated students (provisional and full), whether active or inactive, will be afforded the opportunity to transition to St. Bernard's through the end of the next academic year.
ii. All credits recorded on a CKS transcript (inclusive of any transferred in from other schools) will be accepted by St. Bernard's.
iii. In general, if a student is approximately halfway through with their CKS degree, there will be no changes to the number of credits that must be earned in order to receive a corresponding degree from St. Bernard's.
iv. The tuition rate will be maintained at the CKS level, subject to the standard annual percentage increases.
v. Efforts will be made to match student financial aid.
vi. Courses of instruction for Buffalo Diocese students will be accomplished through distance learning and/or in person at a satellite location within the Buffalo Metropolitan area, excluding independent and directed studies.
D. MAT and MAPM students able to complete their respective Seminary degree requirements (at either school) during the May 2020 - May 2021 academic year will be afforded the opportunity to receive either a Christ the King Seminary or St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry degree.