Professional Performance

As a Christian liberal arts university, Trevecca Nazarene University encourages each student to develop his or her abilities fully in the area in which God provided them. Developing these abilities in a Christian environment is marked by a warm, supportive relationship with others, which encourages being and doing what will contribute to those positive ends. For this reason, each class begins with a devotional/inspirational thought and/or prayer. A life style that is positive, considerate of the rights and privileges of others and based upon other ethical concepts will lead to achieving the most that life has to offer.

It is expected that whenever class is in session, all attention is directed toward whoever is leading the class. Any activity that disrupts or distracts the instructor or classmates is unacceptable. This includes hallway noise. Please move conversations away from any classes or testing in progress. In keeping with the desire to create an environment that is conducive to learning, please do not bring children to class.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is expected of all students at Trevecca Nazarene University. It is an integral part of the educational process where learning takes place in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Each student is responsible to maintain high standards of academic ethics, personal honesty, and moral integrity. Dishonest academic behavior will be dealt with fairly and firmly.

The following types of infractions may result in course failure and/or program termination:

  1. Plagiarism, using another's statements or thoughts without giving the source appropriate credit.
  2. Cheating on an exam.
  3. Unauthorized multiple submissions of the same paper or major parts of a paper for another assignment.
  4. Submitting a borrowed or purchased paper for course credit.
  5. Defacing or unauthorized removal of course materials either from the classroom or library.
  6. Signing the roll for someone who is not present in class.
  7. Falsifying documentation including logs, reading lists and other self- reported items.

Attendance

The rationale for a strict attendance policy is best understood when viewed in the light of the unique program design. Class attendance is an important student obligation, and each student is responsible for all work conducted in class meetings. Many of Trevecca's graduate programs are accelerated, and a great deal of material is covered in a relatively short time. As a result, attendance and participation are crucial to the success of the learner in the course. It is essential and expected that learners attend all class sessions. Making up missed class time is nearly impossible; therefore, maintaining the integrity of the course dictates a strict attendance policy. Class attendance is an important student obligation, and each student is responsible for all work conducted in the class meetings. Please refer to the academic program for specific attendance policies.

Class Cancellation

A decision to cancel class due to inclement weather, faculty illness, or other reasons will be made by the program director. Announcement of cancellation will be sent to appropriate faculty and class members by 4:30 PM. If inclement weather conditions arise after 6:00 PM, the class and faculty member will jointly decide appropriate action. All cancelled classes must be made up during the remaining weeks of the course. Faculty members will schedule a make-up session through the program office.

Any variation from the class schedule outlined in the program calendar must receive prior approval from the program director.

Inclement Weather Policy

A decision to postpone classes due to inclement weather will be made as early as seems appropriate and will be communicated to Nashville-area radio and television stations. Contact will also be made through the e-mail distribution lists maintained by the director of the graduate programs. The posted Saturday schedule may be interrupted in order to make up a postponed class. Students should maintain enough flexibility to accommodate calendar changes.

Emergency Alert System

Trevecca offers a free emergency alert system that will warn subscribers by phone or e-mail when the potential for a campus emergency exists. This service has the capability to send both voice and text to your cell phone.

To sign up, visit http://emergency.trevecca.edu, complete the required information, then click SUBMIT. If you have any technical problems registering your information, please notify the ITS HelpDesk (ext 1223, 248-1223, or HelpDesk@trevecca.edu.

Cellular Phone Usage

As a courtesy to the professor and other students, personal cellular phone calls should not be taken during class. In rare situations, it may be appropriate for a student to take a personal call, but arrangements for those calls should be made in advance with the instructor.

Please keep in mind the following policies:

  1. Cell phones should be set to vibrate. If a student receives a call, he or she must leave the room and close the door before answering the call.
  2. Students who do not have a vibrate feature on their phones must turn off their phones.
  3. During break times students may make calls as necessary or respond to messages if accomplished within the time allotted for breaks. Students are expected to be present for class once breaks are completed.

Dress Code

The Trevecca Nazarene University community recognizes that there is a positive correlation between the appearance of students and the development of self discipline and self respect. Personal appearance should be appropriate to the occasion, neat, clean and modest. Dress and grooming should be consistent with and contribute to a vital Christian witness. Students not observing the personal appearance policies of the university should expect to be approached by faculty, staff, or administrative personnel. Those refusing to comply with university policies will be referred to the appropriate adult program director. If students are uncertain about the dress code, they should ask the appropriate adult program director for clarification.

While the University attempts to allow for individual freedom and personal choice, there are times when these must give way to group conscience and practice. Whether on or off campus students are encouraged to remember that they represent Trevecca Nazarene University. The following guidelines are listed to provide a framework for interpreting the dress standards. Individual programs may have more detailed dress requirements.

  1. Short shorts/skirts and form fitting items are not permissible. Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer.
  2. Clothing giving the appearance of being undergarments and/or sleepwear is not permissible as outerwear.
  3. Revealing clothing is inappropriate.
  4. Footwear must be worn in all campus buildings.
  5. Men's tank tops, half-shirts, and cut-away shirts are not permissible.

While these guidelines are provided to aid in defining what is modest, one should realize some clothing that meets these guidelines may still appear immodest. For example, clothing which appears modest while standing may be quite immodest in some seated positions. All student members of the community are subject to the stated dress policies, including degree completion and graduate level students.

The Office of Student Development is responsible for the interpretation of the dress policies of the University. Any questions may be directed to the appropriate adult program director.

Obscene Language and Literature

Vulgar, foul, or profane language will not be tolerated on campus. Pornographic materials, literature, or pictures are not allowed. The Trevecca computer network is not to be used to transmit threatening, obscene, harassing, or pornographic materials. Violations will result in disciplinary action.

Alcohol

The University recognizes the danger to the safety of others and one's ethical responsibilities resulting from the use of or possession of alcoholic beverages and therefore insists that all members of the University community abstain from possessing or using them on campus property. When attending a school sponsored or any professional event or requirement, it is expected that the student will conduct herself/himself in an appropriate manner consistent with all University and program behavioral standards.

Tobacco

The University recognizes the danger to health in the use of tobacco products and thus prohibits the use or possession of tobacco on campus property. When attending a school sponsored or any professional event or requirement, it is expected that the student will conduct herself/himself in an appropriate manner consistent with all University and program behavioral standards.

Drugs

Trevecca Nazarene University forbids the use, possession, and or/distribution of marijuana, narcotics, or other dangerous drugs. The medical use of drugs may be permitted when prescribed by a licensed health care provider.

Firearms, Fireworks, Smoke Bombs, Fire Alarms, and Fire Extinguishers

Firearms are forbidden on campus. The possession, sale, or firing of fireworks, fire crackers, explosives, guns, and other items of similar nature is prohibited by University regulations and by the Metro ordinances. Regulations prohibit setting false fire alarms or discharging of fire extinguishers. Violators will be subject to a $500 fine and/or suspension by the University as deemed necessary, and may be fined by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Sexual Harassment

Trevecca Nazarene University is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty and other members of the University's community, free of discrimination and all forms of sexual and gender harassment, which diminish the dignity or impede the academic freedom of any member of the University community. In accordance with Trevecca Nazarene University's Wesleyan values, its role as an educational institution, and both federal and state law, the University condemns any form of sexual [or gender] harassment [or assault] and is committed to taking action to prevent and eliminate all forms of them, including coercive sexual behavior. Further, the University condemns any acts in violation of this policy involving any third parties, including visitors, guests and agents, representatives and employees of suppliers or contractors, and will take violations of this policy by such parties into consideration in the awarding of contracts and the future conduct of business.

Sexual and gender harassment are not only repugnant to the Trevecca community and a violation of this policy, but may be criminal offenses according to Tennessee or federal law. Members of the University's community who have been found in violation of statutes related to sexual harassment and/or assault may be subject to additional University disciplinary action. Trevecca's full policy regarding sexual harassment, including procedures for filing a complaint, can be accessed on the Intranet MyTNU page.

Sexual Ethics

Recognizing that true maturity involves a deep respect for the moral integrity of the individual, we expect men and women attending this University to refrain from engaging in acts of sexual immorality, such as premarital and extramarital relations, heterosexual and homosexual advances, and sexual perversion of any form.

Sexual relationships outside marriage are inconsistent with Trevecca's Wesleyan values. Any employee or student found to have engaged in such conduct is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination and/or expulsion.