Western Seminary is a Christian institution and every student is expected to conform to the highest standard of Christian conduct. This applies to the academic area as well as things such as appearance and social behavior. Cheating in any form is a violation of both the command of God and seminary regulations. Of particular concern is the problem of plagiarism. Plagiarism is defined as taking another’s ideas or words and presenting them as one’s own. The student must give proper credit to the source of ideas as well as direct quotations. (For further guidance, please see your professor.) All forms of cheating, including plagiarism, are considered extremely serious offenses. By faculty action, the handling of an instance of cheating is the responsibility of the individual professor and his or her options range from forgiveness with no restitution necessary to failure on the test, assignment or course. As a student, if you feel that you have been unjustly accused or treated unfairly, please schedule a meeting with the course instructor. If needed, an appeal may be made to the Dean of Student Development. Repeated or flagrant cheating may result in dismissal.