Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity

Northwest Nazarene University seeks to establish academic integrity within the University community. Such integrity is fundamental to the principles of the Judeo-Christian tradition and is consistent with the nature and culture of Northwest Nazarene University. This serves to promote the desired values of truth, transformation, service and community by fostering a spirit of honest intellectual inquiry. The University has identified the following unacceptable practices, including but not limited to:

  1. Cheating in its various forms, whether copying another studentís work, allowing oneís own to be copied, using unauthorized aids on an examination, having someone else take an examination for you (in class or take-home), submitting as oneís own another personís work, rescheduling an examination relying on a false excuse;
  2. Plagiarizing, e.g., presenting as oneís own the words or ideas of another person, including inadequate documentation of sources (electronic, Internet, or print) and excessive dependence on the language of sources even when documented, relying on a similar order of sentences while altering a few words or word order;
  3. Submitting the same work from a current or previous course or assignment without prior written approval from the current grading professor/s;
  4. Using copyrighted material without appropriate citation or copying software or media files (such as music, movies, etc.) without permission;
  5. Checking in to class for another student who is tardy or absent;
  6. Fabricating data: This includes falsifying or manipulating data to achieve desired results, reporting results for experiments not done (dry labbing), or falsifying citations in research reports;
  7. Denying other students access to academic information whether in the classroom, library (by hiding books, for example), or computer lab;
  8. Destroying, altering, or tampering with another studentís work to impede academic progress;
  9. Stealing problem solutions from a professor or computer file;
  10. Falsely reporting completion of course requirements;
  11. Altering, falsifying or misrepresenting an academic document;
  12. Communicating false information whether oral, written, electronic or nonverbal;
  13. Forging signatures; and/or
  14. Aiding others to violate any of the above practices.

Students who either witness or have knowledge of violations are responsible for informing the instructor or appropriate university personnel.

At the instructorís discretion, depending on the nature of the offense, the studentís grade or ability to earn credit for the course may be affected. Instructors shall report all academic integrity violations to the appropriate dean/s and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Violations may also lead to further disciplinary action through the Academic School Dean in cooperation with the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. This report shall include a brief description of the offense. In serious cases, or cases that constitute repeat offenses, the student may be suspended or expelled.

More specific disciplinary policies may be enforced by academic programs as noted in their respective catalog areas.