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Rules and Rights

Academic Integrity

The maintenance of academic integrity for a quality education is the responsibility of each student at Azusa Pacific University. Cheating or plagiarism, in connection with an academic program, is an offense for which a student may be expelled, suspended, or disciplined. Academic dishonesty is a serious offense that diminishes the quality of scholarship and defrauds those who depend upon the integrity of the educational system.

Academic dishonesty includes:

  1. Cheating – Intentionally using or attempting to use, unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in any academic exercise.
    • Students completing any examination should assume that external assistance (e.g., books, notes, calculators, conversations with others) is prohibited unless specifically authorized by the instructor.
    • Students may not allow others to conduct research or prepare any work for them without advance authorization from the instructor.
    • Substantial portions of the same academic work may not be submitted for credit in more than one course without authorization.
  2. Fabrication – Intentional falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise.
  3. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty – Intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  4. Plagiarism – Intentionally or knowingly representing the words, ideas, or work of another as one's own in any academic exercise.

Student Records Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, better known as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA, generally provides that: students shall have the right of access to their educational records, and with limited exceptions, educational institutions shall not release educational records to third parties without consent of the student unless specifically permitted by law.

Except in certain narrowly defined circumstances, “students” as used in this notice includes former students.

“Education records” as used in this notice are records that are directly related to “students” and maintained by the university. “Education records” do not include peer-graded papers before they are maintained by the university (i.e., collected and recorded by a teacher).

Right of Access

With a few exceptions provided by law, students at Azusa Pacific University may see any of their educational records upon request. In general, access will be granted immediately upon request to the record custodian, but if a delay is necessary, access must be granted no later than 45 days after the request.

A student also has the right, under established procedures, to insert a statement in the file if he or she believes that the record is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of his or her privacy rights.

Students may waive their right of access to recommendations and evaluations in the cases of admissions, application for employment, and nomination for awards. Azusa Pacific University may not require students to sign a waiver of their right of access to these records, but students should be aware that recommendations and evaluations may not be helpful or candid without a signed waiver.

Reservation of Rights

Azusa Pacific University reserves the right to change any of its policies without prior notice, including, but not limited to, tuition, fees, unit-value per course, course offerings, curricula, grading policies, graduation and program requirements, and admission standards and policies. The university further reserves the right to refuse admission to any applicant and to disqualify, discontinue, or exclude any student at the discretion of the deans, faculty, administration, or Ethical Standards Committee.

All classes are offered subject to instructor availability and sufficient enrollment.