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Grading & Academic Honesty


Faculty members are responsible for grading. They take this responsibility seriously and strive to act in a fair and conscientious manner. There is no standard grading scale for the College or Seminary. Course Project submissions shall be graded within a reasonable time, accompanied by constructive comments if necessary. Changes may be made after a grade is reported to the Registrar’s Office only if the faculty member involved certifies that a clerical error was made. The faculty and the Dean have affirmed that the faculty is the final evaluator and grader of all course Project submissions and the Ph.D. thesis.

Grading System

Grades (marks) assigned in the “conventional” system are:

A = 4.000

A- = 3.700

B+ = 3.300

B= 3.000

B- = 2.700

C+ = 2.300

C = 2.000

C- = 1.700

F = 0.000

Academic Warning System

Master’s and Combined B.A./M.A. Programs:

A cumulative grade average of “C+” (2.30) is required for graduation with the B.A., M.A., or M.Div. degree. Any grade below “C+” is a warning that a student is not showing promise of successfully completing degree work. A student with three courses below 2.3, will be placed on academic probation, and monitored until the GPA for the first six courses is 2.3 or higher. Any course grade of “F” will result in an academic performance review.

Based on the review, a student will either receive an academic warning or be placed on academic probation. Any bachelor’s or master’s level student who accumulates as many as twelve credits of “F” will be automatically separated from the College or Seminary. Students separated from the College or Seminary under these conditions may apply for readmission after one calendar year has passed. No tuition refund is made under these conditions.

Doctoral Programs:

No credit is granted for courses with a grade below “B-,” and an overall average of “B” (3.00) or higher must be maintained for graduation. Doctor of Ministry students who are unable to complete the program may be awarded a “Certificate of Course Completion in Postgraduate Theological Studies,” provided they have completed eight courses in the degree program curriculum with at least a GPA of 2.0.

Academic Standards and Disciplinary Actions
Academic Standards

Students are expected to comply with all academic regulations and requirements, both of the College or Seminary and of the courses in which they are enrolled. Academic honesty is expected and required. Plagiarism is regarded as a serious offense and will result in substantial penalties, including the possibility of academic dismissal.

The Faculty regards the following a form of plagiarism or dishonesty:

Borrowing and presenting as one’s own (i.e., without proper attribution) the composition or ideas of another.

Disciplinary Actions

In cases of academic dishonesty or personal or professional misconduct, it may prove necessary to dismiss the student from the College or Seminary, or delay completion of their degree program until satisfactory progress can be made in dealing with academic, professional, or personal problems.

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