Personal and Professional Conduct
THE GRACE EXPERIENCE
Grace Christian University is committed to biblical higher education. First and foremost, this involves seeking to engage the entire campus intentionally and pervasively in the study and application of the text of God’s eternal Word, the Bible. As an institution of higher learning, Grace is also committed to the pursuit of knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and skills, not as an end entirely unto themselves, but as the means by which community members can become better equipped to more effectively meet the needs of the church and society, both now and in the future.
The mission of Grace Christian University is Graduating Godly Individuals Prepared to Serve Christ in Church and Society. As students work toward this end, it is expected that they will be people with character in who they are, competence in what they do, compassion as they relate to others and commitment to the gaining of knowledge and wisdom.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE UNIVERSITY COMMUNITY
Grace Christian University is a community with a purpose. Members of the community include faculty, staff, and students. The broader Grace community includes alumni, constituents, churches, and the University Board. In order to fulfill the mission of the University, members of the community need to understand their responsibilities. If responsibilities are not met, the University will preserve the harmony of the community through redemptive discipline, in order to create an environment of warmth in which confrontation and discipline, done with empathy and forgiveness, can be an effective part of the growth process. In order to achieve institutional aims and objectives, Grace believes it necessary to ask faculty, staff, and student body members to observe limitations on conduct and to commit themselves firmly to these principles.
With the guidance and enabling of the Holy Spirit, the Administration and Faculty are responsible to:
1. Work toward the maximum attainment of institutional objectives, so as to make them steadily relevant to the lives of individual students.
2. Demonstrate in administration, instruction, and other activities Christian standards of competence, leadership, and encouragement for Christian maturity.
3. Demonstrate in their own personal lives a commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.
4. Provide maximum educational opportunities for the student in keeping with the aims and objectives of the university.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, each student is responsible to:
1. Cooperate actively and constructively in the achievement of the aims and objectives of the university.
2. Practice Christian conduct based on biblical principles, extending the Lordship of Christ to every aspect of life.
3. Make full use of their God-given abilities so as to achieve maximum personal development by active participation in as many activities and learning experiences as is reasonable.
4. Respect with consideration the personal freedom, standards, and decisions of others.
The University recognizes that certain aspects of culture are offensive to the Christian conscience and has therefore developed the following standard of conduct for the University family: Practices known to be morally wrong by biblical teaching (i.e., drunkenness, stealing, occult practices, adultery, gossip, pride, lust, bitterness, etc.) are not acceptable for members of the Grace Christian University community.
By virtue of enrollment, the student agrees to accept the responsibilities outlined above. The student who is found to be out of harmony with the aims and objectives of the University may be asked to withdraw from the Community whenever the general welfare to the University demands it even though there may be no serious special breach of conduct.
ON CAMPUS STUDENT HANDBOOK
Grace Christian University is a private institution. Attendance at Grace Christian University is a privilege. Grace Christian University reserves the right to revoke the attendance privilege of any student if at any time the student is believed to not be fulfilling the purpose and objectives of the institution as set forth by the Board of Directors and/or the Administration of Grace Christian University. The Undergraduate On Campus Student Handbook clarifies the expectations and general sequence of response but does not supersede the overall right of the institution to revoke attendance privilege.