Academic Honesty Policy

Students are expected to be honest in all of their academic work and are responsible for their own work for course requirements. Scholastic dishonesty is a violation of both academic standards and Biblical teachings, and is an affront to other students and the faculty. Academic dishonesty includes the following:\

  • Cheating on assignments and tests.
  • Plagiarism. When using secondary source material (both online and print) for written assignments and research papers, the student is responsible for knowing the fair and ethical treatment of these sources. Borrowed ideas, quotations, summaries, and paraphrases must be cited in accordance with APA documentation style, or another documentation style deemed appropriate by the class instructor.
  • Submitting a paper or project in which part or the entirety was done by someone else. (This does not include designated group assignments in which the student participates).
  • Providing work to another student to submit as his or her own.
  • Submitting the same (or essentially the same) paper or project in more than one course without prior consent of the current instructor involved.
  • Any act which violates the rights of other students from completing their academic assignments (e.g., deliberate withholding of necessary academic material, or willful harm to another student’s work.)

All instances of academic dishonesty must be reported to the Provost’s Office for recording in the student’s permanent file. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty will be penalized by the instructor for the first offense. The penalty may include reduced credit or no credit on the assignment or test, additional assignments, or other measures deemed appropriate by the instructor. The second offense of academic dishonesty during the student’s academic career will result in an automatic failure of the course. The third offense of academic dishonesty during the student’s academic career will result in dismissal from the University. A student who has been suspended for academic reasons may petition for readmission after a semester. Returned students receiving another academic dishonesty offense will receive permanent expulsion. A student who feels a charge of academic dishonesty is unjust or the penalty is unfair may appeal through the Academic Policy Grievance Process.