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We are excited about your plans to join us for graduate classes at Cedarville University. The following information is provided to assist you in planning for a positive experience during your course work.

Cedarville Covenant, Academic Integrity Statement, and Standards of Conduct

The following Cedarville Covenant, Academic Integrity Statement, and brief outline of Standards of Conduct shape our expectations for graduate student conduct.

Cedarville Covenant

We are a community of believers accountable to one another, called to reflect the character of Jesus Christ and to be obedient to His Word. We will be faithful in our support for the local church and in our practice of the spiritual disciplines. We will practice biblical principles of encouragement, exhortation, and reconciliation. We commit ourselves to integrity, kindness, purity, and self-control; and to continual growth in scholarship, leadership, and service.

Therefore, members of the Cedarville community, we regularly affirm our commitment to the Cedarville Covenant with this pledge: We will love God and others, live with integrity and pursue excellence in all we do.

Academic Integrity Statement

Honesty and integrity are marks of Christian character. To encourage students to be honest and provide an atmosphere of accountability, Cedarville has an Academic Integrity Policy which prohibits the intentional use of false information, plagiarism, and cheating in any way on academic assignments or measurements.

Standards of Conduct

At Cedarville University, we believe that the principles found in the Bible should govern our daily lives. We recognize that our appearance, words, and actions are a manifestation of our relationship to Christ and a testimony to believers. In addition, we believe that regular attendance and involvement in a local Bible-believing church is evidence of a maturing relationship with Christ. All graduate students are expected to adhere to the guidelines below.

  • As a community of born-again believers, we believe that pleasing and glorifying God in all that we do and say is an expression of our gratitude to God’s grace and love in our lives (1 Cor. 10:31; 2 Cor. 5:9). We believe it is important to be people of integrity who are truthful in speech and honest in conduct. Therefore, all should seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere free from attitudes of distrust, dishonesty, selfishness, damaging criticism, disrespect, favoritism, unethical conduct, and irreverence (Psalm 15; Matt. 5:33–37; Prov. 15:4; Rom. 13:9–10; Col. 3:8–9; James 2:1–13; Gal. 3:26–29; Rom. 13:1–2; I Tim. 2:8).
  • The University affirms its belief that our interpersonal relationships are to reflect the biblical principle that all people are made in God’s image and are equal in value. We believe it is important to express our love for others through acts of kindness as well as wholesome and uplifting speech (I Peter 5:5; Eph. 5:21; Phil. 2:3–11; Rom. 14:1–23; I Thess. 4:9; Col. 3:12–13). Therefore, it is the expectation that all forms of harassment (which include racial/ethnic, and sexual- and gender-based harassment) are prohibited.

    In addition, we believe threatening, intimidating, coercing, using abusive or vulgar language, violence or violent threats, or interfering with the performance of other students or employees are neither God-honoring nor acceptable behaviors within or outside the work place and classroom.

  • Because of our commitment to moral purity in both thought and action (2 Cor. 7:1; 1 John 3:3), all acts of sexual immorality are viewed as unacceptable behavior (I Cor. 6:18–20; 1 Thess. 4:3–8).
  • Because of our commitment to moral purity in thought and action (2 Cor. 7:1; 1 John 3:3; Matt. 5:27–28), accessing, possessing, and distributing or downloading pornography is prohibited.
  • We believe that God has given the gift of intimacy to marriage (Hebrews 13:4). Therefore, we believe that God has commanded that no intimate sexual activity should occur outside of marriage. We believe that the only legitimate marriage is the joining of one man and one woman (Gen. 2:24; Rom. 7:2; I Cor. 7:10; Eph. 5:22–23).
  • Based on our commitment to moral purity and the gift of intimacy in marriage, we believe that all acts of sexual immorality are sinful perversions of God’s gift of sex, i.e., homosexuality, lesbianism, incest, fornication, adultery (Rom. 1:21–27; I Cor. 6:9; Gen. 2:24; Eph. 5:31). Therefore, engaging in, living a lifestyle characterized by, or promoting a lifestyle that is in contradiction to this biblical position is prohibited.

    Additional guidelines will be provided for graduate student living in campus housing. Behavior that is not in compliance with the above standards of conduct or that are a felony violation of state or federal law can result in corrective action up to and including expulsion from the University. Matters of discipline for graduate students will be handled by the Student Life Division with assistance from the Dean of the student’s academic school or college.

Student Resources

CedarNet – Take advantage of the award-winning technology available at Cedarville. Not only do you have Internet access (including WIFI across all campus), CedarNet provides you with access to more than 160 software programs.

Student Homepage – Includes links and information for current Cedarville students.

CedarInfo – Offers a variety of online services such as printing/viewing class schedules and viewing transcripts.

Email (Google Mail)

Moodle – Online course management system. Log in here with your Cedarville name and password to access all assignments and resources for online classes or courses that use Moodle.

Online Courses – Provides an overview of distance education and helpful tips for succeeding in online courses at Cedarville.

Information Technology – Provides computer-related resources to faculty, staff, and students to ensure a reliable network infrastructure, a dependable computing environment, essential help-desk services, and comprehensive information delivery.

Bookstore – A convenient one-stop for textbooks and school supplies. It also has a great selection of Bibles, gifts and cards, University logo items and sportswear, CDs, trade books, candy, and a small selection of toiletries.

Campus Services

Centennial Library – Provides an effective gateway to the world of information access and use for students.

Academic Enrichment Center – Cultivates academic scholarship among all Cedarville students.

Writing Center – Exists to help writers at all levels of proficiency from all academic disciplines develop effective writing skills.

Career Services – Provides materials for job-search techniques, resumé writing, and interviewing.

Counseling Services – Enhances student success by providing individual counseling, support groups, referrals, and education.

Chapel – Join with the Cedarville family in corporate worship and hearing from top Bible teachers, leaders, and authors from around the country. Chapel is held each weekday at 10 a.m. in the Dixon Ministry Center, and can be heard daily via cyberradio on The PATH.

CedarNet – Take advantage of the award-winning technology available at Cedarville. Not only do you have Internet access (including WIFI across all campus), CedarNet provides you with access to more than 160 software programs.

Center for Teaching and Learning – Provides support for distance learning and instructional design services for professors.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Campus housing is only available during the summer for graduate students. Students staying in campus housing are required to complete the housing request form at least two weeks prior to the start of class. Campus housing is air conditioned residence hall rooms. All rooms are single occupancy and furnished with a bed, dresser, chair, closet, phone, and overhead light. Students may bring a microwave oven and dormitory-sized refrigerator for their room. Students are responsible to provide their own linens for a standard twin bed, towels, and personal items.

The cost for housing is $125 per week and will be added to your student account. The Student Life office assigns housing, coordinates check-in, and distributes room keys upon arrival. Any questions can be directed to Kirsten Gibbs, Dean of Students, at gibbsk@cedarville.edu or 937-766-7872.

For off-campus housing options, visit the Area Accommodations site.

Summer Residential Health Insurance

All graduate students staying in campus housing must provide proof of health insurance. International students staying in campus housing and attending class at Cedarville University are required to purchase health insurance valid for services in the United States. Both International students and US citizens who do not have health insurance may purchase insurance through Cedarville University. Any questions can be directed to Kirsten Gibbs, Dean of Students, at gibbsk@cedarville.edu or 937-766-7872.

For information about general health insurance, visit the Graduate Student Health Insurance Plan site.

Meals

Most students enjoy buffet style meals in the university dining hall located in the Stevens Student Center. As a graduate student, you will receive faculty/staff meal rates of $2.75 to $3.75 per meal. Students who prefer to dine off-campus enjoy several local restaurants within easy walking distance of the Cedarville campus.

For off-campus dining options, visit the Area Restaurants site.

Computer Access and CedarNet

Each residence hall room is equipped with a networked computer enabling students to use CedarNet, the University's intranet. CedarNet provides access to over 150 commercial software packages, extensive online library resources, and high-speed internet. Please familiarize yourself with the CedarNet Acceptable Use Policy.

Laundry

Coin-operated washers and dryers are available. The Cedarville Laundry (downtown) is available for use as well.

Class Attire

Modest casual dress (including jeans and capris) is acceptable for classes. Shorts may be worn outside of the classroom.

Health and Fitness

University Medical Services (UMS) provides student health care and a full-service ambulatory care facility with health care services similar to a family practice office. Cedarville’s Recreation Center offers full access to campus recreation programs and facilities at no additional charge. Both facilities are located adjacent to the Doden Field House.

Student IDs, Security, and Vehicle Registration

Campus safety and security staff are on duty 24 hours a day and can be reached at (937) 239-6491 or 999 from a campus phone. Call 911 in case of emergency. All students must have a student photo I.D. made upon arrival to campus. This is normally done on the first day of classes at the Campus Safety office.

Register your vehicle with Campus Safety.

Church

Several churches are located within a short distance of the University, as well as in Xenia or Springfield.

Recreation, Leisure and Area Attractions

Equipment for indoor and outdoor activities (e.g. ping pong, pool, softball, and volleyball) may be obtained through the Student Life Division. An extensive state-wide bike trail connecting Cedarville to trails leading south and west is located just a half mile south of campus. Hikers can enjoy Massie's Creek Gorge, a quarter mile from campus, and the popular Clifton Gorge, just four miles north of Cedarville. Enjoy these recreational opportunities as time permits!

Still have questions?
Please contact the graduate admissions office by phone at 1-888-CEDARVILLE (233-2784) or by email.