Truett Ethical Conduct Policies

As part of its mission and its academic program, Truett Seminary is entitled to prescribe appropriate standards of conduct in addition to, and independent of, those prescribed by the University. Accordingly, Seminary students are expected to conduct themselves in an ethical and moral manner becoming of a minister as that role has been understood historically within Baptist tradition.

The Seminary reserves the right to place a student on probation from the Seminary, to suspend or expel a student from the Seminary, to withhold a degree from the student, or to take other action appropriate for the Seminary (including the revocation of denominational tuition funding or scholarships), if the conduct of the student prevents, or will prevent, acceptable representation of Truett Seminary in light of the standards of Baptist tradition, Truett Seminary, or Baylor University.

Seminary students, as students enrolled in Baylor University, are subject also to general University regulations, including, but not limited to, the Student Disciplinary Policy, Honor Code, Academic Probation, Policy for Information Systems Usage, Home Web Page Policies, Electronic Mail List Policies, Policy Statement on Alcohol or Other Drugs, Policy on Sexual Misconduct, and the Policy on Sexual Harassment. No student may be admitted to or retained in the Seminary who is excluded for disciplinary or other reasons from the University.

General Provisions

1. Truett Seminary is a Christian institution whose primary purpose is to train men and women for ministry and theological education.

2. Students who have given evidence of a divine call, have been certified by a local church to prepare for the Christian ministry, and seek entrance into this institution shall conduct themselves in a manner deemed by the seminary as conduct becoming of a Baptist minister as it has been understood historically. Non-Baptist students are held to this level of conduct as well.

3. Students who commit any form of academic misconduct, which includes but is not limited to, plagiarism or cheating, will be subject to the Baylor University Honor Code. Incidents will be reported to the Office of Academic Integrity and students will be sanctioned in accordance with the Honor Code. The process for student appeal is outlined in the Honor Code.

4. The Seminary may take disciplinary action as it deems necessary should the standard of personal and ethical conduct be violated. Violation of this standard shall include, but is not limited to:

a. Academic misconduct including, but not limited to, plagiarism or cheating;

b. Public or private alcohol intoxication;

c. Use of illegal drugs;

d. Abuse of any drugs;

e. Heterosexual misconduct or homosexual behavior;

f. Sexual harassment;

g. Involvement with pornography;

h. Giving false statements to the seminary orally or in writing including, but not limited to, one's application for admission or registration or altering records;

i. Financial malfeasance;

j. Fighting; abusive or vulgar language;

k. Theft of seminary or personal property;

l. Violation of seminary academic regulations and policies; and

m. Disrespect toward a Seminary or University employee.

5. Students involved in a criminal infraction are accountable to civil authorities but may also be subject to discipline by the Seminary.

Seminary Ethical Conduct Committee Organization and Procedures

1. Students who have violated the ethical conduct code listed above, or who have committed any act that is not congruent with their calling as a minister will have to appear before the Seminary Ethical Conduct Committee.

2. The Seminary Ethical Conduct Committee, comprised of the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs (or designee), Assistant Dean of Student Services, two faculty or staff representatives, and as ex officio, Baylor general counsel, shall administer this Seminary policy.

3. The Committee will exercise Christian concern in its dealings with students, and its actions will be intended to be occasions for learning, personal growth, and professional development. The welfare of the student, of the seminary community, and of the churches are its primary concerns (Gal. 6:1-2). The Committee, or any member thereof, shall provide written notice of the allegations, and of supporting information, to the student of a violation of the requirements of Ethical Conduct. The Committee shall provide the student an opportunity to be heard in person and in writing.

4. The Committee will decide if the student has demonstrated ethical misconduct that would indicate that the student is not prepared to serve in Christian ministry. If the Committee so finds, the Committee shall also determine an appropriate sanction. The Committee shall notify the student in writing of the results.

5. The range of sanctions available to the Committee include, but are not limited to:

a. Reprimand and disciplinary probation;

b. Temporary suspension with time and terms of re-admission indicated;

c. Indefinite suspension with time and terms of re-admission not indicated;

d. Removal of scholarship assistance; and

e. Permanent dismissal.

**Any of the above may be noted on the student’s transcript and may be removed at the discretion of the committee.


A student may seek a review of the decision of the Ethical Conduct Committee through the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. It will be the Associate Dean's decision to overturn or support the decision of the committee. Upon a review of the decision of the Ethical Conduct Committee and the Associate Dean, the Dean will render a final decision from which there will be no further review or appeal.

Style Guide for Seminary Community

In preparing papers, reviews, and other written materials, students are required to follow the style guide developed by the Society of Biblical Literature (P.H. Alexander, et al., eds., The SBL Handbook of Style, Peabody, MA; Hendrickson, 1999). Students may access a truncated version at This style guide provides the necessary information related to formatting a paper and also provides helpful examples for proper citation of various sources.

Baylor University Honor Code

All Seminary students, as students enrolled in Baylor University, are subject also to general University regulations, including the Honor Code. Seminary students are advised to familiarize themselves with the provisions of the Honor Code.

One of the most commonly encountered Honor Code violations is plagiarism. Baylor University has defined plagiarism as "incorporating into one's work offered for course credit passages taken either word for word or in substance from a work of another, unless the student credits the original author and identifies the original author's work with quotation marks, footnotes, or another appropriate written explanation."

Students may claim that they did not mean to plagiarize or that it was unintentional. Intent, however, cannot be judged in such matters. If you submit a document that plagiarizes another source, then you have committed plagiarism. It is the responsibility of the student to check and recheck sources to ensure that proper citations have been included. If in doubt, consult with your professor about proper procedure. Baylor identifies plagiarism in academic work submitted by students with the use of an online service, All students must submit papers, exams, and other written materials to This will scan your document for evidence of plagiarism, and provide a citation of the source from which you have taken the text in question. Please be advised of the following statement taken from seminary syllabi:

"Students agree that by taking this course, all required papers, exams, class projects or other assignments submitted for credit may be submitted to or similar third parties to review and evaluate for originality and intellectual integrity. A description of the services, terms and conditions of use, and privacy policy of is available on its web site: Students understand all work submitted to will be added to its database of papers. Students further understand that if the results of such a review support an allegation of academic dishonesty, the course work in question as well as any supporting materials will be submitted to the Honor Council for investigation and further action."

Consequences of Academic Dishonesty

Students suspected of submitting plagiarized work will face the following consequences:

1. The professor is required to report all forms of academic misconduct to the Office of Academic Integrity. All matters of academic dishonesty, including student appeal, will be handled according to the University’s Honor Code.

2. Possible sanctions under the Baylor University Honor Code include, but are not limited to, failure/grade penalty on the assignment, rewriting the assignment, failure/grade penalty on the test, and failure/grade penalty in the course.

3. If a student commits plagiarism a second time, the Office of Academic Integrity will refer the student’s file to the Honor Council. The Honor Council will consider additional sanctions for repeat violations. Possible sanctions include, but are not limited to, probation, suspension, and expulsion.

Policy on Access and Learning Accommodation

Any student who needs learning accommodation should inform the professor immediately at the beginning of the semester. The student is responsible for obtaining appropriate documentation and information regarding needed accommodations from the Baylor University Office of Access and Learning Accommodation (OALA) and providing it to the professor early in the semester. The application for accomodation services can be found here. The OALA phone number is (254) 710-3605 and the office is in the Sid Richardson Building which houses the Paul L. Foster Success Center.