Behavioral Standards

The University requires that Adult and Graduate Students maintain professional standards of behavior. We expect all members of the community both onsite and online to behave in a civil and respectful manner appropriate to a Christian environment. As such, the following behavioral expectations are based on the standards of civil and Christian behavior and common professional codes of conduct and apply to all students while they are on the University premises, including the virtual campus, or representing AGS program in an official capacity.

The College of Adult and Graduate Studies seeks to utilize disciplinary actions that are reconciling and educative. The following behavior expectations and policies (generally) apply while College of Adult and Graduate Studies students are at University sites or in the virtual classroom environment. The University reserves the right, however, to discipline students for conduct off the University premises if such conduct is detrimental to the reputation of the University or its mission.

Professional Behavior in the Classroom

Students are expected to act with professionalism and respect in the face-to-face or virtual classroom context, both toward peers and instructors. Behavior such as yelling or screaming, threats, crude remarks, uncooperative actions or attitudes, and hateful or demeaning language in written or verbal form will not be tolerated. Actions or words that can reasonably be interpreted as physical threats will likely be reported to local authorities and may lead to the immediate dismissal from the program.

Profile Photographs and Pictures Shared in Class

Photographs shared in E-360 (electronic classroom), OCU e-mail, or other OCU sponsored or for OCU classes or activities must be professional in character or non-provocative. 

Standard of Dress

The reasonable standard AGS desires to maintain for its adult students is a neat and modest appearance that projects self-confidence, professionalism, and high standards. Students in onsite classes should dress appropriately, within the limits of their work schedule. Students should not wear tank tops to class. Dirty or ragged clothing intended as undergarments are not to be worn externally.  Profile photos uploaded to the learning management system must adhere to the same dress standards as onsite classes.

Firearms and Explosives

There will be no discharging of firearms, weapons, or explosives of any kind on University property. “Firearms/ weapons” includes rifles, shotguns, air rifles, BB/pellet guns, slingshots, paintball, and bow and arrows. The University may confiscate firearms, if necessary, to maintain the safety of the campus and its residents.


The university will not tolerate harassment or abuse of any member of the university community against any other. Students who are deemed a serious risk of imminent harm to themselves or others may be dismissed immediately. A student should report any incident via telephone or email to the AGS Director of Student Services. Questions regarding the Harassment Policy may be directed to the AGS Director of Student Services.

Personal Property

Personal property is the sole responsibility of the individual student.  The University assumes no responsibility for the loss of money, valuables, or other personal property.

Theft/Unlawful Entry

Attempted or actual theft of and/or damage to property of the University or property of a member of the University community or other personal or public property is strictly prohibited, violators may be prosecuted. Unauthorized or improper use of any University property, equipment, facilities, or resources, including unauthorized entry into any University room, building, or premises is strictly prohibited.

Possession and Use of Controlled Substances and Tobacco

The possession and use of alcoholic beverages of any description, non-medical narcotics, or hallucinogenic drugs, including marijuana, is completely and strictly prohibited on the campus of Ohio Christian University and denominational grounds at all times. Students should adhere to the policy at additional University sites. Those in violation risk immediate dismissal and will be subject to civil penalty as well.

All tobacco is prohibited on the University campus and denominational grounds at all times. It is expected that any student that has a habit of tobacco use will make every effort to quit. Counseling and other assistance is available. The use of e-Cigarettes is also prohibited inside any site owned or rented by the University.

The University reserves the right to enforce accountability guidelines when deemed necessary. Ohio Christian University is a drug, alcohol, and tobacco free environment. For further information, access the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention Handbook at

Felony Arrests

Students indicted on felony charges by a local, state, or by the federal government may be suspended pending the outcome of a trial.  Students convicted of a felony will be dismissed from the program.

Copyright Infringement

Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material, including unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, may subject students to civil and criminal liabilities. Students, faculty, staff or employees who engage in illegal or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using the school's information technology system will incur penalties for violation of Federal copyright laws.  OCU's copyright policy web page includes a description of the school's policies, including disciplinary actions that are taken against offenders, and may be viewed at


OCU expects students to treat one another with dignity and respect. This applies to the etiquette used to communication via the Internet, also known as Netiquette. Shea (1994) created ten basic core rules of Netiquette, listed below:

  • Rule 1: Remember the human
  • Rule 2: Adhere to the same standards of behavior online that you follow in real life
  • Rule 3: Know where you are in cyberspace
  • Rule 4: Respect other people's time and bandwidth
  • Rule 5: Make yourself look good online
  • Rule 6: Share expert knowledge
  • Rule 7: Help keep flame wars under control
  • Rule 8: Respect other people's privacy
  • Rule 9: Don't abuse your power
  • Rule 10: Be forgiving of other people's mistakes

V. Shea. (1994). Netiquette. San Rafael, CA: Albion Books.