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, regardless of the environment in which they occur (face-to-face, online, or blended classrooms). These practices include, but are not limited to:

  1. Cheating in its various forms, whether copying another student's work, allowing one's own to be copied, completing work, in whole or in part, for another student, using unauthorized aids including internet resources on an assessment, having someone else take an exam for you (in class, take-home, or online), submitting another person's work as your own,  rescheduling an examination relying on a false excuse;
  2. Plagiarizing, e.g., presenting the words or ideas of another person as your own, 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 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 student's work to impede academic progress;
  9. Obtaining course materials and/or problem solutions from a professor, student, or online source without professor authorization;
  10. Falsely reporting completion of reading or other 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.

At the instructor's discretion, depending on the nature of the offense, the student's 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.