Exceptions and Alternatives to the International Cross Cultural Requirement: If serious medical or familial issues prevent participation in the scheduled cross-cultural seminar, a seminarian may discuss the problem with the student's advisor and propose an alternative means for accomplishing the above-stated objectives. The alternative experience is to be the student's responsibility and is to be equivalent to a seminary-sponsored seminar in scope, objectives and components.
A written proposal should be submitted to the Dean of Students
The proposal should include:
After approval by the International Cross Cultural Committee, a more detailed plan may be requested. Financing the seminar is a common burden and not normally considered grounds for an exception.
NOTE: Approval of one seminarian's proposal for a specific alternative does not constitute precedent for another seminarian to obtain approval for the same alternative. Each proposal is treated as unique, and each alternative is re-evaluated after the fact. In rare cases, upon recommendation by one's faculty advisor, an opportunity within the USA may be considered, provided that all of the other qualities and components, including 'otherness,' can be assured in ample measure.