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The best education results from the collaboration of teachers with students, and students with other students. In the pursuit of the best education, the faculty and students of Atlantic Union College are expected to be academically responsible.
In order to encourage the best education, maximize academic success for each student and support a classroom learning environment free from distractions, the following points should be noted:


Class attendance is required. The maximum number of absences (excused or unexcused) allowed at any given class is equal to twice the number of times the class meets per week. When a student has exceeded the number of absences allowed, the instructor will have the right to drop the student from the class and to assign a grade of “W”.


Class appointments must be met on time. A student is liable for specific penalties that may include course failure if tardiness exceeds a limit specified in the syllabus.


Walking in and out of class distracts from class activities and should be avoided except in emergencies. Refreshment and restroom needs should be satisfied between classes. Other activities that cause distraction, such as texting, sending and/or receiving cellular phone calls, should be avoided.


Food should not be brought into the classroom. Neither food nor beverages should be brought to laboratory sessions.


Talking, using cellular phones, and loud noises are distracting to other students and to the teacher. Out of respect to fellow students and the teacher, avoid all unnecessary talking and noise. Questions or comments directed to the instructor or class as part of the class discussion are quite appropriate.


Courtesy should characterize classroom behavior. Appropriate classroom decorum is primarily a matter of exercising courtesy to fellow students and to the instructor.

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The audio recording of class lectures may be assigned as an accommodation. Recordings are for the student’s academic use only and are not to be shared with other students. Students sign an agreement with the office of Counseling and Disability services and are instructed to erase the recordings after the end of the semester. Students must obtain a written permission from the instructor if he or she wishes to keep the recordings for future review. Instructors are encouraged to contact the office of Counseling and Disability services if there are concerns about recording of specific class content.

Each instructor will detail in a printed course syllabus specific requirements regarding attendance, tests, written and oral work, and classroom behavior. Penalties for violation of class policies will be explicitly stated in the syllabus. Class policies and any associated penalties detailed in the printed course syllabus will constitute official college policy for the class and will be supported as such by the College administration.

We respect and value the diversity of our learners and focus our efforts on promoting the academic success of each individual.  This includes providing reasonable accommodations to students who have documented disabilities.  

Counseling And Disability Services

For course adaptations or accommodations, call the director of Counseling and Disability services, Dorothy Wainwright by telephone at (978) 368 2415 to schedule an appointment.

Atlantic Union College, a Seventh-day Adventist institution, exists primarily to prepare its students for lives of service within the church and in the wider community by providing them with an education founded upon the historic tenets of the Christian faith. Among our objectives are:

  • To equip individuals with the ability to think logically and creatively, and with advanced knowledge of a particular field of study, preparing them to enter the work force or to pursue further study in graduate or professional school.
  • To produce ethically and morally responsible individuals who have the ability to live with and respond to other human beings with respect, integrity, and compassion.
  • To provide an educational environment in which the historic claims of the Christian faith and the pursuit of current academic knowledge are integrated across the curriculum; where attitudes, values and goals can be examined in the light of Christian faith and expanded knowledge.

Therefore, adherence to the Code of Moral and Academic Integrity ensures that fairness, justice, and truth will shape all our academic endeavors.

Joint Obligation to Report Academic Dishonesty

Although the primary responsibility for maintaining moral and academic integrity in their work rests with students, these standards can only be achieved if all members of the College community work effectively together. Academic dishonesty diminishes the individual's character, the worth of a grade, and the credibility of a diploma. Ultimately, this erodes the reputation of the academic institution.

Definitions (with Clarifications) of Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty may range from an incident which appears minor (e.g. copying a onepoint answer on a quiz) to a major act of plagiarism (e.g. downloading a research paper from the Internet). Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following acts:


: Intentional use of material or information not your own.

  • copying answers from another student's work
  • using any form of “cheat sheet” (e.g. written notes, memory calculators)
  • submission of papers written by another, purchased or procured from any source
  • turning in another's work as your own on homework or lab assignments
  • submitting work done for prior courses without instructor's permission



: Intentional invention of material for purposes of deception.

  • creating false data for surveys, lab experiments, etc.
  • inventing sources for citations in research


: Intentionally or knowingly collaborating with another to violate any provision of this Code.

  • allowing another student to copy homework or answers on quizzes or exams
  • passing test information or answers to another student who will take the same test


: Intentionally or knowingly presenting as your own the concepts, ideas, creations, designs, or words of another.

  • improper use of or omission of quotation marks and citations
  • failure to provide citations for any borrowed materials, including paraphrased material

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Any student caught engaged in intentional academic dishonesty will receive an F in the course involved. Students may appeal to the Academic Integrity Review Board.

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