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Discipline Students are expected to conform to the highest Christian standards of conduct; violations are cause for disciplinary action. Any use of unauthorized aids on a test, exercise, or problem is considered cheating. Plagiarism is any act of incorporating into one’s own work the work of another without indicating that source. Plagiarism is a serious matter that can result in loss of grade, failure of a class, or even dismissal. All sources, including spoken communication, and all media (e.g., print, audio, video, and computerized data bases), used by the student are to be properly acknowledged. Students should avoid extensive quoting which serves more as “filler” than as part of the essential flow of thought of the research paper. Stringing several properly-cited quotations together is technically not plagiarism but is often a poor way to write a paper. Students may not use papers from their previous classes unless prior permission is granted. Below are some forms of plagiarism to be avoided: Idea Plagiarism—reshuffling of the word order given but not citing the source. Key Term Plagiarism—using key terms or coined words of another without citing the source. Word-for-Word Plagiarism—copying the exact wording of a source and not using quotation marks or citing the source. Paraphrasing Plagiarism—taking the source’s words and bit by bit replacing them with one’s own. Disciplinary Sanctions There are five levels of discipline at ATS: Reprimand—an admonition and official warning (such action may also include repair or replacement of property when loss or damage is part of the offense). Restriction—loss of such privileges as may be consistent with the offense committed. Disciplinary Probation—placing the student in a probationary status which takes away the privilege of holding office, and which also may include social restrictions. Suspension—dismissal from the Seminary for a specified or indefinite period of time. Expulsion—permanent dismissal from the Seminary.

The Meaning of an ATS Degree or Diploma

A degree or diploma from Asian Theological Seminary indicates that the graduate has completed the required course of study. Graduates are to demonstrate evidence of sound doctrinal beliefs and a life of genuine Christian character. However, churches and church-related organizations are responsible for applying their own requirements for leadership and/or ordination and to determine the suitability and readiness for ministry of a particular graduate.


Registration is required to attend a class. At the opening session, the professor will require a class card of every student present. Attendance requirements are under the purview of the individual professor. If attendance is required, the professor must state this at the beginning of the course. A student planning to be absent should request permission from the professor beforehand. All students are strongly encouraged to attend Chapel and the ATS Student Association meetings and activities.

Course Papers

Course papers shall be in thesis form, unless otherwise designated by the professor. Course papers shall conform to the standards as outlined by William C. Campbell, Form and Style in Thesis Writing , or Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Term Papers , Theses and Dissertations . Class reports and papers that are turned in for a grade in a given class become the property of the professor, though in most cases, these are returned to students.

Issuance of Grades and Distribution of Papers

Three (3) weeks after the end of the semester, students may collect their class cards and papers (papers may become the professor’s property) from the Receptionist. Papers which are not picked up one semester after the course is offered will be disposed of.


Final examinations should be taken as scheduled, unless prior arrangements are made through the Associate Dean for Students. No student is expected to take more than two final examinations in one day. Take-home final examinations may be given by a course professor, and are due no later than the final examination scheduled for the course. Final examinations may be rescheduled in the event of an emergency by special petition to the Associate Dean for Students. Rescheduling merely for reasons of personal convenience will not be granted.

Validation Examinations

Students who believe that they have already achieved a high level of competence in a subject area (whether through formal, non-formal, or informal study and experience) may take a validation exam for the particular course. Only one attempt may be made to validate a course. A student who wishes to validate a course should register and pay for the course and file a petition with the Associate Dean of Faculty not more than two weeks after the start of the semester. The Associate Dean of Faculty will request a faculty member to prepare and administer an exam. The student will meet with the faculty member to learn what is expected as a demonstration of competence in the subject area of the course. The examiner may provide reading suggestions and describe how the validation exam will be given. At the scheduled hour, the student will present the class card to the examiner and will take the examination. The examiner will report the result of the examination to the Registrar as passed or passed with honors. In regard to validation, passed is understood as a level of competence equivalent to a grade of 1.75 or above, and honors is understood as 1.25 or above. Scores of 2.0 or below do not qualify a student for validation. Upon full payment of the tuition fee per unit validated, courses validated will be entered on the student’s transcript as Validation-Passed or Validation- Honors, and assigned the unit value indicated in the ATS curriculum. Failure to pass the exam will not be indicated in the student’s transcript. To qualify for graduation honors, at least half of the subjects validated must be honors level.