Academic Integrity, Ethics, and Conduct

Code of Student Conduct

The university code of student conduct and policies relating to all Gardner-Webb students can be found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook Community Standards and Policies.

Honor Code and Academic Integrity

Gardner-Webb University students are pledged to uphold honesty, integrity, and truthfulness in all realms of university life: “Students are not to lie, cheat, or steal nor tolerate those who do.” As students willingly accept the benefits of membership in the Gardner-Webb academic community, which was founded on the ideals of Christianity, they acquire obligations to observe and uphold honesty, integrity, and truthfulness. Gardner-Webb University expects its graduate students and faculty to display academic integrity. As in any community, this institution must be governed by regulations, which function best when they are fully understood, accepted, and cherished by every member of the academic community. (For the full Academic Integrity policy, see the School of Graduate Studies section of the Academic Catalog.)

Removal from Class

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not distract from or disrupt the educational pursuits of others. Should an instructor determine that a student’s conduct is distracting or disruptive to the educational environment in the classroom, the instructor may request the disruptive student to leave the class immediately. Such students may not return to the classroom until they have met with the instructor and offered assurances that they can conduct themselves in an appropriate manner. The instructor reserves the right to inform the Dean of the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies as soon as possible. If the student is dismissed from the class permanently because of disruptive behavior or other violations of the Code of Student Conduct, the student’s final grade will follow the grading period for a “W” or a “WP/WF,” depending on the date of dismissal.

In the event a student refuses to remove him/herself upon request, the instructor should contact University Police immediately, or in the case of an offsite facility, local law enforcement.

Student Guidelines, Expectations, and Rights

Gardner-Webb University is a community of students, faculty, and staff who are dedicated to learning and personal development in a Christian environment. As in any community, certain standards of conduct are necessary to protect the safety, rights, health and general well-being of all members of the community. The University strives to promote concern for the good of the entire group as opposed to selfish individualism. Each person, whether student, faculty, or staff, voluntarily joins the University community and thus is expected to abide by rules and regulations that have been adopted to ensure reasonable standards of conduct. The Code of Student Conduct describes conduct which the University does not tolerate. By enrolling in the University, each student agrees to abide by university rules, regulations, and expectations. The Board of Trustees has approved minimum penalties for certain of the prohibited behaviors. The University assures fundamental fairness to any student accused of involvement in prohibited behavior.

Gardner-Webb University supports and is fully committed to the concept of a drug-, tobacco-, and alcohol-free campus community. In order to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Gardner-Webb publishes the following and makes it available to each student.

  1. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of controlled substances is prohibited by students on Gardner-Webb University’s property or as any part of the University’s activities. As a condition of enrollment, Gardner-Webb University students will abide by these terms. The following is a partial list of controlled substances.
    • Narcotics (heroin, morphine, etc.)
    • Cannabis (marijuana, hashish, etc.)
    • Stimulants (cocaine, diet pills, etc.)
    • Depressants (tranquilizers, etc.)
    • Hallucinogens (PCP, LSD, designer drugs, etc.)
    • Designer (MDA—known as ecstasy, ice, etc.)
    • Tobacco
    • Alcohol
  2. Gardner-Webb will impose disciplinary sanctions on students who violate the terms of paragraph 1. If found responsible, the appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University and/or satisfactory participation in a drug and alcohol abuse assistance or rehabilitation program approved for such purposes by a federal, state, or local health, law enforcement, or other appropriate agency, will be taken. More specific penalties are outlined in the Code of Student Conduct. Violations may also be referred to the appropriate civil authorities for prosecution under local, state, and federal law.
  3. Local, state, and federal laws prohibit the possession and distribution of illicit drugs, alcohol and weapons. The applicable legal sanctions for various offenses are listed in the North Carolina Criminal Law and Procedure book, a reference copy of which is maintained by the University Police.
  4. Information describing the health risks associated with the illicit drugs and abuse of alcohol is made available to all students. Additional information and individual counseling is available through the University’s Counseling Center. If necessary and at the student’s expense, referral can be made to an outside agency.
  5. Gardner-Webb University prohibits the possession of firearms or weapons on campus.