Academic Integrity Policy

Abilene Christian University is a community of learners that supports the quest for knowledge and truth through intellectual and personal integrity and honesty in learning, instruction, research and service. Its educational programs, faculty and staff, administration, and student environment all exist to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. Academic integrity is essential to the most effective development of a person's intellectual skills and abilities.  Academic dishonesty is not insignificant in its impact on student development.  Violations of academic integrity and other forms of cheating, as defined below, involve the intention to deceive or mislead or misrepresent, and therefore are a form of lying.

As people of God, the norms for our behavior flow from the nature of God (Deuteronomy 6:4-5).  God does not lie (1 Samuel 15:29, Titus 1:2); therefore, those who claim His name should not lie.  God is described as the one whose Son is “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6) and as one whose Spirit is “the Spirit of truth” who guides “into all truth” (John 16:13).  If we, as people of God, strive to be like Him, then we will be about truth and truthfulness (Ephesians 4:20-25). The most powerful motive for integrity and truthfulness comes from one‟s desire to imitate God's nature in our lives. As a community of Christian students and scholars, we are each responsible to expect behaviors from each other consistent with the nature of God, to respect the community, and to respect ourselves.

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