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, and community by fostering a spirit of honest intellectual inquiry. The University has identified the following as 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 your own to be copied, completing work, in whole or in part, for another student, using unauthorized aids on an assessment, having someone else take an exam for you (in-class, take-home, or online), 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, by using 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 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, including 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, the library (by hiding books, for example), or a 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 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 engage in any of the above violations.

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 of 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.