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Undergraduate Torah Studies: Mazer School of Talmudic Studies (MYP)

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Our Yeshiva aims to provide a positive learning environment where each student can reach his full potential in Torah study. We provide varied learning programs, reflecting the diverse interests and skills of our students, along with an outstanding array of Roshei Yeshiva, Rebbeim, faculty, mashgichim and administrators who are concerned about the Torah growth and personal welfare of each student. Our faculty and administration alike are accessible to students to discuss their individual needs and concerns.

Progress in Torah learning is achieved through consistent effort, patience, a modicum of struggle, and keeping to a set schedule. In fact, the word “Yeshiva” means to sit—in a beit midrash or a classroom; without disciplined regularity there cannot be growth. To that end, we have formulated an attendance policy to further these aims and to be of assistance to students who are having difficulty meeting these expectations.

1.    Talmidim are expected to attend all shiurim and seder and to be present on time.
2.    Three weeks into the semester the UTS office reviews attendance lists. Talmidim missing more than one day of seder/shiur per week or missing cumulatively four days will be contacted by the office.  
3.    Attendance is then reviewed two to three weeks later.
4.    If a talmid’s attendance has not improved since the initial correspondence he must meet with a UTS administrator.
5.    If the problem persists and talmid accrues 20 total absences, withstanding specific mitigating factors, he will be placed on pre-probation or probation the following semester. Extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration when the number of absences is reviewed.  
6.    Pre-probation, as stated in the catalog, requires talmidim to take shiur for credit the following semester.
7.    Probation, as stated in the catalog, requires the talmid to take shiur for credit and limited to 13.5 total college credits.
8.    If a student is absent more than 50% of the time, an automatic grade of “G” is recorded.
9.    Two semesters in a row of probation are grounds for possible dismissal from the university.

Shiur Assignments

Shiur assignments are made by the dean or administrator of MYP, in consultation with the bochen. These are based on level and progress of learning as well as on student requests. Changes may be made only with the permission of the dean or administrator.

Students not attending classes officially assigned to them may be dismissed from MYP. Students receiving notices that they have not been assigned must arrange to see the dean or administrator immediately.

Academic Standards

Students are required to maintain satisfactory standards of scholastic performance. Students who miss examinations, fail courses, have generally poor academic records or have excessive absences will be put on probation.

If a student's record does not improve sufficiently during the following semester, he may be dismissed from MYP.