Code of Conduct

Shiloh University is a Christian school. As such, faculty, staff, and students are expected to uphold the University’s statement of faith and to behave in a manner reflective of the Gospel of Christ.

Harassment or Discrimination

Shiloh University is a multicultural community sharing the Christian affirmation of the absolute God-given worth and dignity of each individual. The affirmation is expressed in the policy of the University to forbid harassment or discrimination based on gender, race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental handicap, disability, or military status.

The University affirms that racially motivated acts of discrimination are contrary to the Christian faith. The University affirms that all forms of discrimination and harassment diminish the dignity and impede the academic freedom of members of the University community. The University is committed to providing and maintaining a positive learning and working environment, free of discrimination and harassment for all students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University community.

Sexual Harassment

It is Shiloh University’s policy to provide students and employees with an environment for learning and working that is free of sexual harassment. All students and employees are entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.

University administrators are responsible for assuring that effective measures are taken to implement this policy’s procedures. It is a violation of this policy for any member of the University to engage in verbal or physical sexual harassment. It is a violation of this policy for any member of the University community to make an intentionally false accusation of sexual harassment. Any person who has been accused of sexual harassment pursuant to the terms of this policy who retaliates against his or her accuser in any manner will be charged with violating this policy as well.

Course Conduct and Etiquette

Academic engagement requires a commitment to respecting the opinions of others, remaining open minded to new perspectives, and consistently using personal values to guide decisions. This is not to say that all views are equal—nor that they are all valid. Nevertheless, the ability to thoughtfully and respectfully engage in differing viewpoints is an important aspect of academic growth.

The following netiquettes apply in discussion forum participation and all papers written for Shiloh University:

  • If you feel the need to agree or disagree with the instructor, your classmates, or the course materials, do so respectfully by acknowledging the valid points in their arguments.
  • Acknowledge that everyone is entitled to have his/her own perspective on the issue.
  • Refrain from using the online classroom as your platform to advocate special causes.
  • Avoid angry, sarcastic, or defensive tones. Instead, use a polite and indirect approach when addressing confronting remarks.
  • Avoid judging people or their work, even if you strongly disagree with their position – remember that “with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you” (Matt. 7:2).

In order to ensure that Shiloh University courses provide a safe and positive learning environment, students and faculty are expected to be respectful of each other. Any of the following may be grounds for formal warning and possible dismissal:

  • Failure to maintain a respectful attitude in University courses and communications
  • Engaging in conduct that is deemed disruptive to the learning of others
  • Making defamatory statements that deliberately misrepresent others
  • Promotion of an attitude or lifestyle that is contrary to the Scriptures and the University’s Statement of Faith.

Non-Academic Dismissal

Individuals who violate the University’s stated Code of Conduct will be disciplined and potentially subjected to further corrective action up to and including termination or expulsion. Therefore, Shiloh University expects that all relationships among students, staff, faculty, and other members of the University community will be free of discrimination and harassment.