GTU Affiliation

Doctoral Students

Purpose: Students admitted to the doctoral programs (Ph.D. and Th.D.) offered by the GTU may be affiliated with the school. This affiliation is in keeping with CDSP's objective to encourage and nurture graduate studies in theology, and it recognizes that this nurture includes not only the provision of graduate faculty members, a common library, and administrative offices (to all of which the school contributes substantially), but also a community whose environment and spirit will enable and enhance graduate studies. Affiliation recognizes that such studies are facilitated not only by the many other currents of life and thought in Berkeley and the GTU, but also by the stability and coherence of smaller communities of life and faith such as this school. Thus our policy aims to provide a congenial setting for graduate faculty and students to work, pray, and talk together with their peers and other members of the CDSP community as well.

Participants: Doctoral students may indicate their wish to affiliate with CDSP by writing a letter to the Dean of Academic Affairs stating the reason for requesting the affiliation. This constitutes application for affiliation. The faculty will normally accept as affiliates those doctoral students who have good reason to apply as evidenced by such application. Reasons acceptable to the faculty may include being an Episcopalian, or a member of any religious community, who desires to share in the worship here, or being a student whose principal or other advisor is a CDSP faculty member, and the committee may deem still other reasons acceptable. Affiliation may be terminated by the faculty when in its judgment continuation is not in the best interest of the community or the student, and may be terminated by the student by timely written notice addressed to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Responsibilities and Privileges: Affiliated doctoral students are to be considered as students of CDSP, as well as of the GTU. They are encouraged to meet together at least once each year to become acquainted with one another; each student, upon entering affiliate status, should arrange through the office of the Dean of the school to meet informally with the Dean, and to meet with a designated faculty member and be informed of the opportunities for community life and worship in the School. It will be the policy of the school to encourage the voluntary participation of these students, according to the ability and need of each, in the common worship and its leadership. Affiliated doctoral students will have access, in accordance with published priorities, to parking, meal tickets, housing, study carrels or lockers, and the like. It will be the policy of the school to show pastoral concern for each such student and to offer equal access for all to the administrative staff and its services. Students are encouraged to seek out faculty members in their area of study and become acquainted with them. Affiliated students are eligible for membership on student/faculty committees, and may, like other CDSP students, use the facilities provided for extra-curricular activities. Doctoral students may seek whatever student employment is available, and are especially encouraged, since teaching makes teachers, to seek teaching assistantships and the office of Teaching Fellow according to its terms. They are encouraged to contribute formally and informally to the ongoing dialogue in the life of the school, to make available to other students and to the school, for publication in the directory, information concerning their area and interests in study, and to share, with their families, if any, in the common concerns of life together here. They can be invited, upon recommendation of the faculty and vote of the trustees of the school, to receive their degrees from the GTU at the school's annual commencement, and they will thereafter be treated as regular alumni/ae, with all the pertaining rights and privileges.

MA Students

Purpose: The purpose, requirements and policies for admission, continuance, and graduation in the M.A. program of the GTU are stated in the GTU catalog and the M.A. handbook. Applicants to the M.A. program must indicate, as part of the admission process, a school of affiliation. CDSP welcomes M.A. affiliates and can provide faculty resources for the majority of the areas of concentration available in the GTU M.A. program. As well as filling academic purposes, affiliation provides colleagues interested theological study and a community of faith. We welcome members of the Episcopal Church as well as members of other faith tradition.

Responsibilities and Privileges: M.A. students are members of the CDSP community as well as of the GTU. They are included within the group of Master's level candidates at CDSP, and are encouraged to work out their particular interests and goals within this context. M.A. students should plan to attend the M.A. orientation provided by the GTU since it includes information on how to navigate through the M.A. program. CDSP encourages M.A. students to also attend CDSP’s orientation activities in order to become acquainted with the CDSP community. M.A. students have access to all support services of CDSP, including housing, meal tickets, parking, etc. in accordance with published rules. It is the policy of CDSP to show pastoral concern for each student and to offer equal access for all to administrative staff, its services, and to faculty. Voluntary participation in common worship and its leadership according to the Worship Customary is encouraged. M.A. students are eligible for membership on student/faculty committees, and may seek whatever student employment is available. They are encouraged to participate fully in the social activities and special events of the school. Affiliated students are reviewed by this faculty also upon completion of their work prior to recommendation for the degree and are encouraged to participate in the CDSP commencement activities as well as those of the GTU.

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