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 outcomes of Christlike Character and Academic Excellence by fostering a spirit of honest intellectual inquiry.  The University has identified as unacceptable practices including, but not limited to:

  1. Cheating in its various forms, whether copying another student's work, allowing your own to be copied, using unauthorized aids on an examination, having someone else take an exam for you (in class or take-home), submitting as your own another person's work, rescheduling an exam relying on a false excuse;
  2. Plagiarizing, e.g. presenting as your 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 for more than one course or assignment without prior written approval from the professor;
  4. Using copyrighted material without appropriate citation or copying software or media files (such as music, movies, etc.) without permission;
  5. Checking into 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 student's work to impede academic progress;
  9. Stealing problem solutions from a professor or computer file;
  10. Falsely reporting completion of reading assignments;
  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.

Any student who is identified in violation of the academic integrity policies outlined above during his/her college matriculation, is subject to the following discipline by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, in addition to actions taken by the respective professor:

  1. First reported violation - professor's discretion (see below)
  2. Second reported violation - failure in the course (if the student has not already failed the course)
  3. Third reported violation - dismissal from the university

Faculty members must notify the student of her/his violation of the academic integrity policy and give the student an opportunity to respond. Because violations of academic integrity cumulatively lead to dismissal, faculty members are required to report each case to their Dean and to the Academic Affairs Office.