Student Life Presents New Integrity Pledge

by Kaitlyn Coughlin, Public Relations Writer

Cedarville University’s Student Life division has revised the University’s student handbook, emphasizing core values and a commitment to integrity.

Kirsten Gibbs, associate vice president for student life and dean of students,  said that student life yearly evaluates policies for needed updates and changes. This year the handbook was reformatted and now focuses on the University’s core values: love for God, love for others, integrity in conduct and excellence in effort.

“We want students to internalize a set of values instead of just show them how not to get in trouble,” Gibbs said. “Values have the power to shape the rest of your life and your choices.”

Student expectations for behavior have primarily remained the same with the new handbook, but some of the ways students are held accountable have been adjusted. Resident assistants and resident directors have the primary responsibility for holding students accountable to handbook expectations, and more emphasis is being placed on balancing the four functions of discipline: protective, redemptive, punitive and restorative.

A significant addition to the revised handbook is the adoption of an academic integrity pledge.

“The pledge serves as a reminder and a source of accountability to students,” Gibbs said. “It makes the correlation that integrity is not compartmentalized but that there is a consistency in academics and every other part of life.”

Thomas Cornman, Ph.D., academic vice president and chief academic officer, said that the pledge reminds students that academic integrity is a part of what it means to love God and love others.

“We expect our students to live congruent lives,” Cornman said. “We expect them to be the same people in all aspects of their lives, whether that is in the dorm or in the classroom.”

William Brown, Ph.D., president of Cedarville University, said that the major reason for implementing the plan is to provide a biblical and specific set of values that demonstrate the Christ-centered life.

“These are values that have always been a part of the Cedarville University community,” Brown said, “but articulating them in this way provides greater focus and accountability for all of us in the University community.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University attracts 3,400 undergraduate, graduate and online students to more than 100 areas of study. Celebrating 125 years of inspiring greatness, Cedarville is a Christ-centered learning community recognized nationally for rigorous academic programs, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and leading student satisfaction ratings. Visit the University online at