It is important that you understand the values and expectations of the entire Missional University Community.
We, the trustees, administration, faculty, staff and students of Missional University embrace global service in the mission of God as an evangelical community that stands within the tradition of Christian orthodoxy and pledge our energies and resources to furthering the kingdom of God across the world.
We gladly take up the mantle of the early missionary pioneer, William Carey, a shoemaker, called to serve in the mission of God in the world, who, together with his colleagues drafted the Serampore Covenant to guide the development of their Christian mission in 1805 Serampore, India. We covenant together to embrace ways of living in keeping with the spirit and intent of this missionary document:
We are committed to a community that practices the truths revealed in the Scripture as imparted by the Holy Spirit. Thus we are committed to speaking the truth in love, sharing one another’s burdens, bearing with one another, and serving one another with kindness, mercy, forgiveness and reconciliation. We will practice speech that fosters forbearance and respect for one another and for the standards and policies of Missional University. We will affirm the breadth of views and perspectives that reflects the diversity of our Christian community while also exercising discernment guided by the law of love.
We at Missional University pledge to follow the path God has laid before us by committing to continually grow in our faith and to seek mutual relationships of accountability with fellow believers so that we may grow together in maturity and in the kind of faith, hope and love that reflect the mind and likeness of Jesus Christ. By the Spirit’s power, we will also seek to be witnesses to God’s Kingdom and to embody Scriptural ways of proclaiming and participating in God’s mission in our context and beyond.
This ethos statement orients our community life toward a common cause – preparing biblically - grounded, missional leaders who join the mission of God in diverse communities by incarnating the gospel with culturally-appropriate skills while seeking the spiritual transformation of people and communities that connects all peoples to God in worship in their own heart language.
For this reason, concerns regarding particular speech and behavior will be assessed in light of the mission, faith and ethos statements of our community. To this end, we commit ourselves to seek wisdom and discernment through the study of Scripture and participation in dialogue based on grace, common worship and biblical conversation. For the common good of the Missional University community, we offer the following guidance:
This commitment also includes the practice of Christian hospitality and an ongoing practice of learning and growing, characterized by relationships of mutual trust and respect. We acknowledge our need to be constant in respecting, encouraging, honoring each other and, when called for, speaking the truth in love to one another. We encourage repentance, confession, and correction as well as pardon and the opportunity for new beginnings when breaches of this covenant may occur.
Soli Deo Gloria!
Academic integrity is honest scholarship. Missional University expects its students to submit original work and give credit to other people’s ideas. In order to maintain academic integrity, a student is expected to:
Essentially, plagiarism is presenting someone else’s work as your own. (See https://www.plagiarism.org/article/what-is-plagiarism)
To avoid plagiarizing someone’s work, you must identify the copied text or idea, and separate that from your own text, and give accurate credit to the source.
Plagiarism applies to all ideas, text, images regardless of source, or if the authorship is known. Even if you were the author of the original text, a proper citation must be used. Plagiarism also applies regardless of intent. Therefore, one must be careful to diligently keep track of where your ideas came from and give credit where credit is due.
Figures and tables from another source must also be given a proper citation.
Falsification of a school document includes, but is not limited to:
Academic misconduct is considered conduct that undermines the academic integrity of Missional University and includes, but is not limited to, academic dishonesty, plagiarism, and falsification. Academic Dishonesty During examinations, academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
• Referring to information not specifically condoned by the instructor
• Receiving information from a fellow student
• Stealing, buying, receiving, selling or transmitting any portion of an examination outside of examinations
Any student who knowingly assists in any form of academic misconduct will be considered as equally responsible as the student who accepts such assistance.
The following violates Missional University’s expectations for academic integrity and is prohibited:
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to:
The reporting procedure is as follows:
In all cases of academic dishonesty, the instructor will initiate a conference with the student to discuss the alleged offense.
The reporting procedure is as follows:
Many students will use MU’s computing resources through courses or employment. Missional University stringently obeys copyright laws and license agreements that govern computer software. No student should ever make copies of university-owned computer software. Missional University has established a Code of Computing Ethics and an Academic Computing Policy.
Unprofessional, Unethical, and Dangerous Behavior
Missional University has a professional and ethical responsibility to evaluate students based on their ability to successfully carry out the tasks associated with their degree and/or required licensure (if applicable). As such, the faculty of Missional University will not approve program completion for students who demonstrate behaviors that may interfere with future professional competence and Missional University reserves the right to require a plan of remediation if any of the following apply:
Missional University is committed to providing students and employees with an environment free of harassment. Any person or group who commits acts of harassment or discrimination based upon race, ethnicity, gender, or disability, on or off e-campus, will be subject to disciplinary action, which could result in dismissal from the university. Any act of harassment (i.e., physical, psychological, verbal, or sexual) that is threatening, is considered a serious offense and will not be tolerated.
Missional University is committed to providing students and employees with an environment free from all forms of sex-based discrimination, which can include acts of sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, and disrespect for one another. All members of the Missional University community are expected to treat everyone with a spirit of Christian love, mutual respect, and individual dignity. Missional University provides educational and spiritual programming to promote our commitment to biblical principles of abstinence and purity. Our programming also promotes the awareness of any type of sexual discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act.
Sex-based misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:
Reporting and Process
Any student who believes that he or she has been the subject of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault in any form should immediately report the incident to Missional University’s Office of Student Services.
To report incidents of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault to the Office of Student Services unless designated as a confidential reporting option. The university will provide prompt, compassionate, and discreet support to victims. When a student contacts the Office of Student Services, he or she will be given the opportunity to make a formal complaint. The office will take immediate steps to inquire or investigate a complaint, stop the occurrence of the harassment/violence, protect and prevent reoccurrence, provide support and resources to those affected or involved, and ensure the safety of the community. Interim measures and reasonable accommodations are available to affected parties. Regardless of the location of the incident, all reports will be investigated. Any reporting party may request confidentiality; however, requests for confidentiality are considered by the Office of Student Services on a case-by-case basis and the decision to approve or deny is based on student/community safety concerns.
In a situation involving sexual violence, a student’s request for confidentiality will be granted at the discretion of the Threat Assessment Team. In order to encourage reports of conduct prohibited under this policy, an alleged victim or cooperating witness that may have been involved in a community standards violation who makes a voluntary report or gives evidence to the Office of Student Services will be treated similarly to a self-report for community standards purposes. For example, if an alleged victim or cooperating witness reports a community standards violation or gives truthful testimony in support of a community standards investigation and that report or testimony implicates a student as having been involved with another community standards violation (e.g. immorality), the cooperating witness will not be sanctioned for that conduct. Under this provision, a cooperating witness may be asked to participate in development opportunities or educational services. Missional University strongly encourages that all forms of sexual harassment, discrimination, or assault be reported. If the student is not sure whether an incident qualifies as a violation of the Policy on Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, or Assault, he or she should contact the Director of Student Services
Any act of sexual harassment, discrimination, assault or any other sex-based misconduct that interferes with the student-learning environment (as determined by the Office of Student Services), is a serious offense, and will not be tolerated. Any Missional University student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may result in dismissal for a minimum of three academic terms.
Missional University insists that all members of the university community are entitled to and shall be afforded an environment free of racism—whether overt or subtle. Therefore, members of the university community will not tolerate racial discrimination or harassment of any kind. Behavior that constitutes racial discrimination or harassment is prohibited by Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act and is a violation of Missional University’s community standards. This includes, but is not limited to, racial/ethnic slurs, coarse jesting with racial/ethnic overtones, and other forms of communication resulting in disparagement or intimidation based on race or ethnicity.
Reporting and Process
Any Missional University student who engages in racial discrimination or harassment is subject to disciplinary action, and/or possible administrative withdrawal. In addition, since the university takes such charges seriously, where the results of an investigation reveal a complaint of racial discrimination or harassment to be frivolous or groundless, the individual having made such a complaint may be subject to disciplinary action.
While studying at Missional University, students should be free of unfair and improper action by any member of the academic community. A grievance may be initiated by a student when he/she believes that he/she has been subject to unjust action. When a student believes that an injustice has been done, he/she may seek redress through the following procedures:
A student who feels he or she has been awarded an incorrect grade should first attempt to resolve the matter with the instructor concerned. If this fails to reach a satisfactory resolution, the student may submit a letter of appeal to the Dean of the school where the course is offered, on or before the last day of classes of the following term. The student should attach a copy of the course syllabus, copies of all graded work, and any other relevant documentation. If the Dean believes the student has made sufficient argument to have the grade examined, the Dean will assign another faculty member within the same department to review the student’s case. This faculty member will recommend a grade for all the course work to the dean. The Dean will then inform all parties (all faculty members involved, student, and registrar) of the final grade.
Missional University’s policy is outlined in the university’s policy on Harassment & Discrimination above.