What would you do Wednesday!
For the following scenario, you will be part of a seminary’s leadership. You are part of those who decide how to punitively apply the seminary’s code of conduct to students who break the rules. In this post, you think about what to do with a student who broke the moral covenant they signed when entering seminary.
A particular seminary student is set to graduate in a month with his Master of Divinity (M.Div.). He visits you in your office to talk about graduation preparation. He also wants to talk a bit about his future. You know this student to be a faithful servant who is always helping around the seminary. He even has a 3.8 GPA.
While talking about graduation, he says he needs to apologize for something. Four years ago when he began seminary, he signed the seminary’s moral covenant which is signed by students upon acceptance allowing them to enroll in classes. The covenant is in effect during the students’ entire time in school. The student basically agrees to avoid certain immoral activities ranging from sexual sins to using alcohol and tobacco to cheating to anything not becoming a minister.
The student admits he broke the moral covenant four years ago during his second month in school. He felt he needed to repent and apologize to you and the school. The highest punishment for any violation of the covenant is expulsion.
What would you do?
- Say nothing to anyone else and overlook the offense.
- Let him graduate considering the time past.
- Let him graduate considering the time and that he has been a good student.
- Have him apologize and wait a year to graduate.
- Have him apologize, go through pastoral counseling, and wait to graduate.
- Expel him.
- Bring all students to chapel and have him write “I repent of breaking the covenant” 100 times on a chalk board.
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p.s. To get an idea of how a seminary administers punishment for misconduct read Could Jesus be a student at Liberty University?