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. Unless otherwise noted, graduate students are expected to adhere to the guidelines below. These guidelines apply during the regular semesters, semester breaks, and breaks between semesters.
- 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). Consistent with our commitment to God’s design for gender identity, the public advocacy for or act of altering one’s original gender identity through medical transition or transgender expression is prohibited. Therefore, engaging in, living a lifestyle characterized by, or promoting a lifestyle that is in contradiction to this biblical position is prohibited.
- Both Testaments contain warnings concerning the use and specific instruction regarding the sinful abuse of alcohol. As a Christian university community, Cedarville is concerned about the potential risk to one’s individual wellbeing and the reality that use of alcoholic beverages has a significant negative impact on university culture (Prov. 20:1; Prov. 31:4; Rom. 14; 1 Cor. 8; Eph. 5:18; 1 Tim. 3:3; Titus 1:7). Abuse of alcohol is not consistent with a spiritually mature lifestyle (1 Cor. 6:9-10; 1 Pet. 4:3). Alcohol use can reduce a person’s ability to make good decisions about sex and is commonly associated with various forms of sexual immorality, including sexual and physical assault (Rom. 13:13; Gal. 5:19–21). Alcohol makes a person less alert and diminishes self-control (Prov. 23:31-35).
Because of our commitment to sobriety and wisdom in the use of alcohol, graduate students enrolled in degree programs on-campus—including those students who do not live in campus housing—are not allowed to use, purchase, share, or possess alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, or any illegal drug on or off campus. Students are also prohibited from recreational drug use, misusing legally prescribed medications, medical marijuana or using synthetic street drugs.
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.