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 familiarize themselves with the expectations specified by the professor in each class 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:

Plagiarism: Representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one’s own in any academic exercise.

Cheating: Using or attempting to use unauthorized material, information, or study aids in any academic exercise, including unauthorized collaboration.

Fabrication: Falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.

Facilitating academic dishonesty: Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.

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), which is also available in the Office of Student Life and the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs.