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Academic Integrity

Academic Integrity
 
Academic Integrity

The faculty and administration of Torch Trinity take academic integrity very seriously and will not tolerate cheating (on exams and quizzes) or plagiarism. All cases of cheating or plagiarism must be reported to the Dean of Chapel and Student Life and to the Dean of Academic Programs. If deemed necessary, any incidents will be investigated further. The Student Life & Scholarship Committee determines guilt or innocence according to a rigorous procedure. The following are the administrative actions prescribed by the faculty for those caught cheating or plagiarizing:

 

1. Administrative Actions for Cheating

A. For the first offense of cheating during a student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the following procedures are applied:

1) An automatic "F" letter grade for the class.
2) Student should re-read Dr. Chang's article on plagiarism Chang, Steven S. H. “The Problem of Plagiarism: A guide for Students and Educators of Theology” TTJ 8, no. 1 (Nov. 2005): 201-218 [download able], and write a paper on “Plagiarism and Christian Ministry” of about 750 words or 3 pages double-spaced.

B. For the second offense of plagiarism during a student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the following procedures are applied: A permanent “F” letter grade for the entire course. Retaking the course will not replace the “F” grade. The "F" grade for the course and the grade received for retaking the course will both be calculated in the student’s cumulative grade point average.
[PhD program: For the second offense of plagiarism during a student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the offending student is permanently dismissed from the school.]

 

 

2. Administrative Actions for Plagiarism

A. For the first offense of plagiarism during the student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the following procedures are applied:

1) An automatic "F" letter grade for the paper. Rewriting is not permitted.
2) Student should re-read the article (Chang, Steven S. H. “The Problem of Plagiarism: A guide for Students and Educators of Theology” TTJ 8, no. 1 (Nov. 2005): 201-218 [downloadable from TTGU website], and write a paper on “Plagiarism and Christian Ministry” of about 750 words or 3 pages double-spaced.

B. For the second offense of plagiarism during the student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the following procedures are applied: A permanent “F” letter grade for the entire course. Retaking the course will not replace the “F” grade. The failed course and the retaken course grades will both be calculated in the student’s cumulative grade point average. [PhD program: For the second offense of plagiarism during the student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the offending student is permanently dismissed from the school.]

C. For the third offense of plagiarism during a student's enrollment at Torch Trinity, the offending student is permanently dismissed from the school.

 

For each offense mentioned above, a copy of the Acknowledgement of Integrity Infraction form signed by the offender will be placed in the student's permanent file and the record will be kept at the Office of Chapel and Student Life.
Students guilty of first-time cheating or second-time plagiarism may not be eligible for recognition of merit at graduation.
Student offenders will be automatically removed from any official position, such as student council leadership, chapel worship team, etc. for at least one semester.

 

Note : The faculty and administration have decided to require that all student papers be submitted to www.turnitin.com as of Fall 2007