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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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