Academic Conduct Policy
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Consistent with the Christian character and
values of Dallas Baptist University and in order to encourage
and preserve the honor and integrity of the academic community,
the University expects its students to maintain high Biblical
standards of personal and scholarly conduct.
integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful
destroyed by their duplicity. Proverbs 11:3
It is the purpose of Dallas Baptist
University to provide students with an educational experience
that will allow them to grow in every aspect of their lives.
Central to the success of the student is the knowledge "[t]hat
God made us in His own image ... [T]his reminds us that in the
vast universe that reflects God's glory, humans are uniquely crowned with glory and honor" (Arthur F. Holmes, The Idea
of A Christian College, Revised ed., p.15). Through the Honor Code at Dallas
Baptist University students are to uphold the integrity of
themselves, their fellow students, and God by maintaining
the highest moral and ethical character in all aspects of
their college career. Prior to beginning classes, students
will sign the following:
The Honor Pledge
As a student at Dallas Baptist
University, I pledge to uphold the honor and integrity of
myself, my fellow students, and my God to the highest moral
and ethical standard. As I grow in my understanding of servant
leadership, I promise to abide by all University policies
and procedures. I will not lie, steal, or cheat nor tolerate
this behavior in others. I pledge to confront and expose any
attempt to undermine the success of the academic or university
community at DBU.
Faculty members are encouraged to remind students
in their classes of this written statement of policies and
procedures developed by the University in regard to cheating
on examinations, plagiarism, collusion, and other academic-related
All instructors or proctors shall have the
right to examine materials in the student's possession during
quizzes, examinations, and/or laboratory sessions.
In instances of cheating during an examination
or other classroom or laboratory activity or exercise, the
instructor shall have the right to suspend the student(s)
who is (are) cheating from further work on the examination
or exercise and to deny the student(s) credit for the examination
Academic misconduct includes, but is not
limited to, the following:
shall be defined as copying from another student's test paper,
laboratory report, other written work, or computer files and
listings; using, during a test or laboratory experiment, material
and/or devices not authorized by the person in charge of the
test, including the sharing of calculator results or information
and the unauthorized use of cellular telephones, palm pilots,
blackberry devices and other electronic tools to improperly
access or share information; willfully cooperating with or
seeking aid from another student during a test or laboratory
experiment without permission; knowingly using, buying, selling,
stealing, transporting, or soliciting in its entirety or in
part, the contents of a test or other assignment unauthorized
for release; substituting for another student, or permitting
another student to substitute for oneself, to take a test
or other assignment or to make a presentation.
Plagiarism shall be defined as the
appropriation, theft, purchase, memorization, or obtaining
by any means another's work, and the unacknowledged submission
or incorporation of that work as one's own offered for credit.
(Appropriation includes the quoting or paraphrasing of another's
work, words, or ideas without appropriate citation of the source(s).)
Resubmission of assignments shall be defined as submitting any work previously submitted by the student for credit in another course. Such action is prohibited unless previously approved by the current instructor.
Collusion shall be defined as the unauthorized
collaboration with another in preparing work offered for credit.
A student is not guilty of collusion if he or she merely discusses
with another a matter relevant to the work in question.
Abuse of resource materials shall
be defined as mutilating, destroying, concealing, or stealing
Computer misuse shall be defined as
unauthorized or illegal use or destruction of computer software
or hardware through the Information Technology Department or through any
programs, terminals, or freestanding computer owned, leased,
or operated by DBU or any of its academic units.
Classroom misconduct shall be defined
as any conduct by a student during a class meeting which is
disrespectful of another person or disrupts the progress and
continuation of the class in the judgment of the instructor,
regardless of the time and location for the class meeting.
This includes texting, surfing the web, earbud/Bluetooth use, etc.