The Honor Code is designed to establish a set of honorable standards for engaging in the online community. This set of standards is based on the residential community Honor Code, adapted for our online community.
All members of the online community are responsible to maintain all aspects of the Honor Code, both individually and as they interact with one another. Students are asked to acknowledge and pledge their commitment to the Honor Code during orientation, prior to the beginning of any coursework. By affirming the Honor Code, students are committing to the policies and procedures for the duration of their life as a student. Westminster reserves the right to dismiss any student for misconduct or offense against this code. Please review this article for further explanation of the grievance process or read below for the dismissal policy.
Commitment to integrity in course completion
The Westminster online community will operate honestly and with integrity, both in its dealings with one another and with coursework. Students are expected to complete all coursework on their own, in their own voice and with their own research. Students, by signing the Honor Code, are agreeing that any assignment is completed in line with the Seminary’s position on plagiarism and does not include any information that has been taken or copied from another resource. To plagiarize is to represent another person’s academic work as your own. If you need further clarification on plagiarism in the Westminster community, please review this explanation. By signing this, the student is agreeing to completing all coursework with integrity.
Commitment to honorable conduct in online platforms
Westminster seeks to develop students in academics and character in a deeper love and understanding in the Lord. This code is designed to inspire and anchor students to the ways in which we can, as a community, support this development.
Students are held to ethical and moral behavior standards. Ethical behavior is based on the principles of scripture, dealing honestly in all things. As students interact with one another and in their communities, they are representing the seminary.
We expect students to affirm and respect the differences displayed across students, staff, and faculty in all communication and collaboration. Bias, prejudice, and disrespect have no place in our learning community.
We expect students to pause, listen, learn to ask great questions, promote others' perspectives, practice challenging our own conclusions, and promote dialogue rather than monologue in all mediums.
We expect students to maintain the highest integrity with sensitive or confidential information in every platform of the program. We have intentionally designed all tools with security in mind, but students must do their part in guarding information.
Students and those in the online community are held to all values as outlined here and in the Online Community Values statement.
Online Violations and Remediation
Westminster holds the right to dismiss any student from its online courses or program for any violation of The Honor Code and or Values statement. This right protects the goal and purpose of the seminary to encourage academic growth and character development of its students. Our dismissal policy seeks to remedy any infraction with respect, humility, stewardship, and a commitment to one another.
We recognize that violations are considered on a scale between Insensitive [a violation in which the student acted unintentionally and without care which resulted in a violation] to Severe [a violation intentionally committed, with purpose to act unethically and immorally].
This scale will be used to assess the plan for remediation and/or consequence.
Consequences for any violation will take into account the scale of the initial infraction, the result of the investigation, and the number of violations committed by the student during their time as a student. The violation review team will determine and outline the remediation plan with determined consequences. The violation review team has the right to determine the consequence according to the scale of the violation and student in review. Examples of potential consequences include but are not limited to: receiving a failing grade on an assignment, suspension for a determined amount of time, withdrawal from the online course, or dismissal from a degree program. The student will have the right to appeal any consequence, which will be reviewed by a senior administrator. For further information, please see the grievance policy.
Violation Investigation and Remediation Process
The Online Learning Team, along with key members of the WTS administration will complete the following steps when a violation is identified.
- Violation reporting
- Any member of the online community can make a report of unethical or unbecoming behavior of students.
- Community members should report in kindness by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org, which will be submitted to the Associate Dean of Students.
- Violation discussion
- The Associate Dean of Students will discuss the report with the student directly. The student has the right to provide context for the violation and seek additional counsel, if desired.
- The Associate Dean of Students will discuss the report with any other witnesses. The witness has the right to provide context of the violation and seek additional counsel.
- The Associate Dean of Students has the right to investigate as needed in line with the Honor Code and Values statement.
- Violation assessment
- The Associate Dean of Students will review the details of the report with any or all of the following: The Online Learning Team, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, the student’s Advisor, and/or a member of the senior administration.
- The assessment will discuss and determine the consequence of the violation, seeking to care for the student and the wider WTS community.
- Violation consequence
- The Associate Dean of Students will outline the consequence with the student once determined.
- The student has the right to appeal the decision within 72 business hours.
The Student Success Team should be regarded as the umbrella for addressing all complaints.
For information regarding the process of filing a grievance or to file a grievance, please email email@example.com. Read here for more information on the grievance policy.