Academic Dishonesty

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. 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).
  • Submitting the same (or essentially the same) paper or project in more than one course without prior consent of the instructors 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.)

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. A student who feels the charge is unjust or the penalty is unfair may appeal to the Academic Committee. The second offense of academic dishonesty will result in an automatic failure of the course. The third offense of academic dishonesty will result in dismissal from the University.