Academic Integrity

Cincinnati Christian University students are expected to be scrupulously honest.  As Christians, we have no other choice.  Our God is a God who searches the heart for integrity (I Chr. 29:17), forbids lying and stealing (Mk. 10:19), detests dishonesty (Deut. 25:16), and delights in those who are truthful (Pr. 12:22).  Those who belong to Him strive to live with a clear conscience and to be honorable in every way (Heb. 13:18).

CCU exists to prepare men and women to do Kingdom work and to lead the Lord’s church.  For us to permit or overlook dishonesty in any form would be to fail both God and the purpose for which we were established.

Any student found guilty of Academic Dishonesty will be disciplined by the professor of that class in conjunction with the Committee on Academic Integrity.

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Plagiarism: Submitting any paper or portion of a paper, project or other academic assignment as your own work, when it is not. It is stealing the ideas or words of another, whether another student, a published source, or an Internet source-without documentation, and passing them off as your own.


  • Reporting an assignment as fully completed when it is only partially completed;
  • Group production of an assignment, unless specifically permitted by the professor;
  • Giving or receiving confidential information on an assignment or test;
  • Turning in a single assignment for two courses without the permission of the instructors of both courses.

Dishonesty in Attendance:

  • Asking another student to call/sign your name on a class roll in your absence, or calling/signing for another student who is absent;
  • Calling/signing the class roll sheet with the intent of leaving immediately;
  • Leaving a class without properly notifying the professor. Proper notification can be made prior to the class session or before the next class session.

Illegal Use or Removal of Library Materials:

  • Taking materials from the library without checking them out properly;
  • Destroying or defacing library materials;
  • Illegally reproducing copyrighted materials from the library, such as software or videotapes.

All professors in all classes will enforce the following standard penalties:

Penalties for Plagiarism, Cheating and Dishonesty in Attendance

    • First Offense at CCU: Automatic failure for the assignment.  In the case of dishonesty in attendance, the student will be counted absent and charged with a first offense.
    • Second Offense at CCU: Automatic failure for the course(s).
    • Third Offense at CCU: Automatic expulsion and loss of all academic credit for that semester.

Penalties for Illegal Use or Removal of Library Materials

    • The student will make restitution for any damaged or lost materials plus any usual fees.
    • Illegal removal of materials in conjunction with a class assignment will result in automatic failure of the assignment.
    • Illegal reproduction of copyrighted library materials (such as copying videotapes or pirating software) will result in the confiscation of the material, failure in the assignment for which the materials were used, and possible civil litigation by the owner of the copyright.


  • The professor/library representative who suspects Academic Dishonesty will collect evidence of the wrongdoing.
  • The professor/library representative will submit this evidence to the Committee on Academic Integrity (CAI).  The CAI is made up of a faculty representative, the College Academic Dean, and the Director of Student Life.  The CAI reviews the evidence and determines the viability of the case.
  • If the CAI agrees that the evidence is sufficient, it meets with the suspected student(s) to hear the case, determine innocence or guilt, and administer penalties where applicable.
  • If the CAI does not agree that the evidence is sufficient, it meets with the professor/library representative to explain its reasoning.
  • The student may appeal the decision of the CAI to the Review and Appeals Committee, whose decision is final.  The Review and Appeals Committee is made up of three faculty members, the Senior Class President, and a representative of the Student Government Association, selected by the Director of Student Life.
  • Students who confess Academic Dishonesty to a professor will be required to sign a statement of confession.  This statement will be placed in the student’s file, the offense will be noted (first, second, etc.), and the appropriate penalty will be administered.  In such cases the CAI will not need to meet.