Policy on Academic Honesty and Dishonesty (Plagiarism)

(Revised by the Tyndale Seminary Faculty, April 16, 2003)

Academic Honesty

Tyndale expects every student to conform to the highest standard of ethics in the completion of all their assignments. ACADEMIC DISHONESTY IS A SERIOUS MATTER.

1. Honesty in written and verbal assignments requires a balance between using words and ideas that are part of the common domain and careful ascription of borrowed ideas and words. Ideas and words of others may be used only with acknowledgment. Failure to do so is plagiarism — the literary version of stealing.

2. The most obvious form of plagiarism is the direct quotation of words without quotation marks, parenthetical ascription, footnote, or endnote. Less obvious forms of plagiarism consist of paraphrases of another`s words and the use of an opinion with no reference to the source.

3. Academic dishonesty also includes the submission of work for which previous credit was given, the submission of work under one`s own name which is largely the result of another person`s efforts, aiding another`s dishonesty, cheating on exams, and giving false information for purpose of gaining admission, credits, etc.

4. The submission of one paper for two courses is not permitted. Approval of faculty is required for an expanded paper, on a project common to two courses of study, to be acceptable.

5. Aiding and abetting in plagiarism will result in the same penalties as described below.

Consequences for Academic Dishonesty

1. If a student is suspected of Academic Dishonesty, the following steps will be taken:

a) The professor meets with the student to discuss the situation and will report to the Dean of Students, and confer with other faculty members regarding the incident.

b) If it is apparent that the student has deliberately been dishonest on the assignment, the student will be given a mark of "0" for the paper or exam.

c) When such a penalty has been imposed, the Dean of Students will notify the Seminary Faculty of the incident and notify the Student Development Committee to take appropriate disciplinary action. A copy of the Dean of Student’s letter to the student will be placed in the student’s file.

d) If such a penalty has been imposed for more than one assignment (in the same or in a different course), the Student Development Committee will inform the Registrar and the Academic Dean, and the student will be expelled.

2. Failure to make prior arrangements to write an expanded paper for two assignments will result in an automatic failure in one of the courses.

3. Cheating on an exam will result in a mark of "0" for the exam.

4. Other instances of academic dishonesty will be dealt with on an individual basis.

5. If dishonesty is established in more than one course, the Student Development Committee will inform the Registrar and the Academic Dean and the student will be suspended from further studies.

6. An appeal may be made by following the procedure outlined under Academic Appeals.