Community Code of Conduct

Introduction

All students and faculty are expected to conform to the highest standards of Christian ethical conduct. It is, then, in the interest of promoting common understanding, mutual confidence, fairness, and clear expectations that we set down the following commitments and procedures, toward the shaping of a strong Christian community. These Community Standards constitute an essential guideline to conduct, but are not an exhaustive list of the forms Christ-like living should take among us.

 Students agree to follow this Community Code of Conduct by signing the Course Registration form for each registration period.

Community Standards—Respect for People and Property

Dishonesty: EGST regards as unacceptable any lying, misrepresentation, or deception in representations an individual makes about oneself or others.

Injurious or offensive actions: Bringing a weapon to the EGST compound, physical assault or abuse, infliction of psychological injury, profane or obscene language, disrespectful behaviour, and prejudicial treatment based on gender, race, age, physical ability, or ethnicity are all unacceptable.

Third-party communication: Speaking in negative ways about others, malicious rumours or gossip, or the airing of grievances to third-parties rather than directly to the person(s) involved is not acceptable, e.g. instructors airing grievances about EGST administration to other persons, students complaining about an instructor to other persons, etc.  Grievances should be taken first directly to the person involved.  (Matt 18:15-18)

Disruption: Disruptive activities that substantially interfere with the rights of others or the running of the school or harm the peace of the school are unacceptable, including calling in an outside body (e.g., press or police) without the approval of the EGST administration. Any person who engages in writing of a derogatory or defamatory nature in relation to an individual or the school will face disciplinary consequences.

Stealing or destruction of property: Theft or damage to the property of another person or of the school is unacceptable, including school furniture, facilities and equipment, library materials, etc. Unauthorized possession or use of school materials or equipment is a form of stealing.

Personal behavior: EGST expects its community members to refrain from violating accepted ethical standards, such as premarital and/or extramarital sexual activities, intoxication, use of illegal drugs, and use of pornographic material.

 

Sexual Harassment: Sexual harassment is conduct based on sex or of a sexual nature directed toward another person. It may include explicit sexual propositions, sexual innuendos, suggestive comments, sexually oriented "kidding" or "teasing," or displaying sexually explicit printed or visual material in the absence of a valid educational purpose, unwelcome physical contact or stalking. All forms of sexual harassment are unacceptable. It is every person’s responsibility to be aware of how his or her actions impact others.

 

Improper relationships:  Any forms of improper faculty/student or student/student relationships are unacceptable.

 

Unhealthy promotion of personal views: Any activities that hinder the relational peace of the EGST community, especially persistent and unhealthy attempts to impose one’s own views on others, whether by faculty toward students or students toward their fellow students, are all unacceptable.

 

 

Community Standards—Academic Integrity

Academic integrity requires that as students, students must:

· rigorously follow the EGST Style and Form Guide for Written Assignments when producing any course assignments

· Produce all the work assigned in every course themselves unless collaboration is required or expressly permitted by the instructor

· obtain prior permission from the instructor(s) involved in order to submit the same piece of work in more than one course or to use work (in whole or in part) submitted in another course

· consult with the instructor prior to the completion of assigned work if they have any question about what constitutes dishonesty or inappropriate collaboration

· adhere to all the Academic policies of the institution

· report known violations of these standards of academic integrity to the faculty of the course involved

· not submit as their own work papers obtained from another person (with or without that person’s knowledge) or from other sources such as term paper companies or the Internet

· not report work as completed that has not actually been done

 

 

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