Academic Integrity

The mission of Azusa Pacific University includes cultivating in each student not only the academic skills that are required for a university degree, but also the characteristics of academic integrity that are integral to a sound Christian education. It is, therefore, part of the mission of the university to nurture in each student a sense of moral responsibility consistent with the biblical teachings of honesty and accountability. Furthermore, a breach of academic integrity is viewed not merely as a private matter between the student and a professor, but rather as an act that is fundamentally inconsistent with the purpose and mission of the entire university.

The maintenance of academic integrity is the responsibility of each student at Azusa Pacific, and each student is responsible for understanding and upholding the Academic Integrity Policy. Students should also familiarize themselves with the expectations specified by the professor in each course concerning what is and is not permitted, especially in matters of group projects, reports, and the attribution of research to sources (e.g., footnoting).

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:

a) giving or receiving unauthorized aid as described by the professor in each course

b) listing false reasons for taking a make-up examination

c) falsifying data

d) falsely representing oneself as another student or using another student’s identifying information to complete academic work or academic assessment tests, attend university events, or gain access to the internet or interact online

e) falsifying grade information or course completion information

f) participating in activities that permit another student to engage in an academic integrity violation

g) purposefully concealing information about a known violation

h) misrepresenting oneself as being cleared to participate in commencement

By virtue of their registration at Azusa Pacific, students agree to uphold the following pledge:

“As a student at this Christ-centered university, I will uphold the highest standards of academic integrity. I will not lie, cheat, or steal in my academic endeavors, nor will I accept the actions of those who do. I will conduct myself responsibly and honorably in all my academic activities as an Azusa Pacific University student.”

Sanctions for violations are determined by the professor of record or by a review committee at the professor’s discretion, and may include expulsion, suspension, or a less-severe disciplinary action based upon the nature of the violation and the course syllabus. The standard sanction for a repeated offense is suspension or dismissal from the university. View the full Academic Integrity Policy (PDF).