Academic Honesty Policy

Students are expected to be honest in all 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. The student is responsible for knowing the legitimate and illegitimate use of source material in written work. Faculty members are expected to be aware of and make decisions on instances of plagiarism. As a general guideline, plagiarism is defined by Lucas (2010) as “presenting another person’s language or ideas as one’s own.” There are three types of plagiarism:
    1. Global plagiarism: “stealing a paper or speech entirely from a single source and passing it off as one’s own.”
    2. Patchwork plagiarism: “stealing ideas or language from two or three sources and passing them off as one’s own.” 
    3. Incremental plagiarism: “failing to give credit for particular parts of a paper or speech that are borrowed from other people.”
      The Art of Public Speaking, 2010, by Stephen E. Lucas, McGraw-Hill, pp. 36-39.
  • 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.)
  • Allowing another student to submit writing that is not their own.
  • Any act that violates the rights of other students from completing their academic assignments (e.g., deliberate withholding of necessary academic material, willful harm to another student’s work).

All instances of academic dishonesty must be reported by the faculty member to the Academic Office through for recording in the student’s permanent file. If faculty need assistance determining whether a paper is plagiarized according to the OCU policy, insert “Assistance Needed” in the subject line or contact the program director for assistance. The ramifications depend on whether the student is enrolled in an undergraduate or a graduate program.

  • Undergraduate: For a student’s first offense, he/she will earn a zero grade on the assignment. Failing a final or significant assignment may result in failure of the entire course. For the second offense, the student will fail the course and be placed on academic probation. For the third offense, the student will fail the course and may be suspended from Ohio Christian University.
  • Graduate: For the student's first offense, the student will fail the course and be placed on academic probation. For the second offense, the student will fail the course and be suspended from Ohio Christian University.

A student who has been suspended for academic reasons may petition for readmission after six months. Returned students receiving another academic dishonesty offense will receive permanent expulsion.

A student wishing to appeal the decision may follow the Academics Policy Grievance instructions on p. x.