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Honesty and Integrity

Every member of the seminary community is expected to uphold the highest standards of academic excellence, social behavior, interpersonal relationships, moral and ethical conduct, and personal appearance.

The Seminary’s policy on academic honesty and integrity assumes that the student is honest, that all course work and examinations represent the student’s own work, and that all documents supporting the student’s admission and graduation are accurate and complete. Dishonesty in any form is a violation of both the command of God and seminary regulations. As such, it is an extremely serious offense. Violations of this standard include, but are not limited to, plagiarism, cheating, and academic fraud. 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.

Dealing with dishonesty is the responsibility of the individual faculty member and options for resolution range from forgiveness with no restitution necessary to failure on the test, assignment, or course. If a student feels he or she has been unjustly accused or treated unfairly, the student may appeal to the Dean of Student Development. Further information about this policy may be obtained from the Student Services Office.