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General Information

Office Hours and Telephone Numbers
The Ecumenical Institute offices are located on the second floor of the "B" wing of the seminary building, with reception in room 223B. The offices are regularly open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9 a.m. to 12 noon in summer). Consultations outside these times may sometimes be made by appointment.

The Ecumenical Institute may be reached by phone at 410/864-4200. Voice mail is available. The email address is: St. Mary's main number is 410/864-4000.

An orientation session is required of all new students during their first year (preferably in their first term of enrollment). It is held on a Saturday morning at the beginning of each semester. The session consists of information about the nature of theological inquiry, an overview of the programs and policies of the Ecumenical Institute, and a brief introduction to the library.

Policies and Guidelines
All Ecumenical Institute of Theology students are expected to know and abide by the policies and guidelines articulated in the Academic Catalog and in the annual Student Handbook and its supplements. Of particular importance in the Student Handbook are the "Community-Life Agreement" and the "Community-Life Policies," articulating responsibilities and rights. The Student Handbook contains additional policies and procedures regarding the following important topics: attendance, academic honesty, substance abuse, smoking, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

Security and Parking
St. Mary's Seminary & University considers the safety of its students and staff a top priority and has an ongoing program of security enhancement. A security guard is on duty during afternoon and evening class times and for special events. All students and faculty are required to wear identification badges issued by St. Mary's to gain entrance to, and while in, the building.

All students who drive are issued a parking permit when student fees are paid. Cars should be parked in the lot in front of the building, using all but the first two rows nearest the building before 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. After 5:00 p.m. and on weekends, students may park in all rows except the front row of reserved spaces nearest the building, which are assigned to resident faculty and staff 24 hours per day, year-round.

Housing (Permanent and Temporary)
St. Mary's Seminary & University does not offer housing, or a housing placement service, to students of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, most of whom are local residents. Students in need of housing are urged to consult advertisements in local papers. St. Mary's Seminary & University does not maintain overnight facilities for visitors or non-resident students. In the event that a person becomes ill while in the building, every effort will be made to secure a comfortable and safe area for the individual to rest while awaiting medical aid or transport.

Right-To-Know Act
The U.S. Department of Education requires that St. Mary's Seminary & University (1) maintain records of criminal offenses occurring on campus, and (2) publish and distribute this information to students and employees. Students are to report to the Vice President for Finance all known or suspected crimes that occur on campus. In a written report, students are to include the following information: name of the person reporting the crime, nature of the crime, time and place of its occurrence, and the victim(s) (if any) of the crime. They should also indicate whether administrators or police were contacted at the time the crime was reported.

The Knott Library
St. Mary's Seminary and University's Marion Burk Knott Library is the largest theological library in Baltimore. The collection numbers more than 132,000 volumes. The library receives over 390 periodicals and maintains a collection of 20,000 volumes of bound periodicals. Other holdings include newspapers, microfilm, and audio-visual materials.

All registered Ecumenical Institute students enjoy privileges at the Knott Library. Library cards may be obtained at the circulation desk after a student's registration has been processed. There is a fee for certificate or degree candidates to apply for borrower's privileges when they are not registered for a term. St. Mary's has a mutual-borrowing agreement with the Loyola/Notre Dame Library. The Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University or the Meyerhoff Library at Baltimore Hebrew University do not permit borrowing but allow use of materials on the premises. In addition, interlibrary loan services are available for a fee.

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The Student Lounge
A non-resident student lounge, primarily for E.I. students, is located on the main level near the Forum. It has an area for studying and eating, as well as a kitchen equipped with refrigerator, microwave, coffee service, and vending machines.

The St. Mary's Dining Hall
St. Mary's dining hall, the dining room for resident students and faculty, is available for E.I. student use during the academic year for lunch, and on most weeknights for a lite dinner at 5:00 p.m. E.I. students are asked to purchase their meals by 5:30, when the  seminarians come to dinner after evening prayer, and to leave the dining room by 6 pm when classes begin. The dining hall is closed to E.I. students for certain special events, on weekends, and during the summer. Meal tickets for lunch and the lite dinner are available at the library.

St. Mary's Chapel and Liturgies
The Chapel is the center, both architecturally and spiritually, of St. Mary's Seminary. Each weekday, seminarians attend morning prayer, daily mass, and evening prayer in the Chapel. Ecumenical Institute students are invited to attend evening prayer (at about 5:15 p.m.), where they will be welcomed and assisted by seminarians. Although the Ecumenical Institute does not generally sponsor services of worship, it does encourage its students and faculty to participate in St. Mary's annual Holocaust Remembrance Service.

The Center for Continuing Formation
St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation offers non-credit day and residential programs to support Roman Catholic priests, other clergy, lay ministers, and other leaders in church and society in their vocations. In its programs, which include residential weeks for priests, seminars on Scripture, and shorter programs for Church ministers, as well as its undergraduate-credited Youth Theological Studies program for area high school students, the Center provides and hosts opportunities for theological updating, spiritual formation, and the enhancement of pastoral skills. The Center's premier conference facilities are also available for hosting meetings. The Center may be contacted at 410/864-4100.

Generous gifts make it possible for the Ecumenical Institute of Theology to sponsor many lectureships.