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Academic Honesty Policy

As part of our mission to equip Christian leaders, we expect godly integrity in the academic work done at Thirdmill Seminary.  At the heart of this integrity is a commitment from a student to accurately represent themself and their work to others. 


First, we expect members of our learning community to follow the rules under which quizzes, exams, papers, and projects are to be completed and submitted for academic credit. This includes a commitment to do your own work. Second, we expect students to give credit to others for their ideas by documenting them appropriately in written and oral presentations. Both cheating and plagiarism are violations of the ninth commandment, which forbids bearing false witness. According to Miriam-Webster’s dictionary, plagiarism is, “to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own: use (another's production) without crediting the source [… or] to commit literary theft: present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.”

The first violation of this academic honesty standard may result in failure of the assignment or test in question and could, depending on the assignment, result in failure of the class.  A second violation of this standard may result in a review by the Curriculum committee of the faculty and possible dismissal from the institution. The student has the right to appeal a decision via a letter submitted to the Academic Dean of their program. 

In addition, students are expected to submit original work for each assignment. Therefore, duplicate submission, or using the same assignment from one course to fulfill the objectives of another assignment in another course, is not acceptable. 

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