Graduate Student Handbook 2023-24

CORE VALUES Love for God. Love for others. Integrity in conduct. Excellence in effort. CEDARVILLE COVENANT We are a community of believers accountable to one another, called to reflect the character of Jesus Christ and to be obedient to His Word. We will be faithful in our support for the local church and in our practice of spiritual disciplines. We will practice biblical principles of encouragement, exhortation, and reconciliation. We commit ourselves to integrity, kindness, purity, and self-control and to continual growth in scholarship, leadership, and service. Therefore, as members of the Cedarville community, we regularly affirm our commitment to the Cedarville Covenant with this pledge: We will love God and others, live with integrity, and pursue excellence in all we do. COMMUNITY LIFESTYLE GUIDELINES The core values and Cedarville Covenant shape each student’s experience at Cedarville University. The Cedarville Covenant and our pledge to “love God and others, live with integrity, and pursue excellence in all we do” begin when students enroll and are in effect until they graduate or discontinue enrollment at the University, including the regular semesters, semester breaks, and breaks between semesters. We hope that the principles of this covenant will be such a meaningful part of our students’ experience that they will choose to honor these values for the rest of their lives. Some of the sections in this handbook provide specific expectations of conduct. On some occasions, the guidelines of this handbook are rooted in biblical teaching based on the authority of Scripture as God’s Word, such as our commitment to purity or the avoidance of drug and alcohol abuse. Other expectations are institutional preferences that in one way or another reflect our educational mission. In all areas, we expect students to live with integrity and to honor their commitment to abide by the rules and guidelines of this community. In addition to specific expectations, other sections present a biblical vision for the character we seek to embody as a community when there is room for various expressions of faithfulness. Cedarville University carries an educational tradition marked by spiritual depth and academic rigor. The priority of equipping each student with a deep love for God along with providing academic preparation at the highest level of scholarship characterizes graduate-level education at Cedarville. Our mission statement uses the phrase “submission to biblical authority” to identify our commitment to a strong educational experience that strives to center all that we do, including our scholarship and our life together, on the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. We call our graduate student handbook The Cedarville Experience because it includes many of the biblical principles and institutional guidelines that will shape your time at Cedarville. The Cedarville Experience is based on a set of core values and the Cedarville Covenant. This handbook should be viewed in light of Cedarville University’s educational mission and theological distinctives. All applications of this policy are governed by the University’s Bylaws, Doctrinal Statement, and Statements of Standards of Conduct, as adopted and amended by the University’s Board of Trustees, as the final interpretive authority on these matters. Any discrepancies should be resolved in favor of these controlling documents of the University, which reserves the right to make decisions that permit it to carry out its mission consistent with biblical principles. INTRODUCTION 5