Insitutional Agreement & Code of Conduct Affirmation

As a new student (or Guardian of same) at Southern California Seminary you are required to affirm you have read the Institutional Agreement and Code of Conduct. If you have questions about anything covered in either of these documents SCS will be happy to provide clarification upon request, simply ask your Dean or the Director of Admissions.

Institutional Agreement

The candidate and his/her parent or guardian (if applicable) must read and agree to the statements below before the Admissions Committee can consider the application. The Signee (Certification of Truthfulness in Application) agrees that:

  • The Seminary may make such investigatioN as it deems proper in connection with this APPLICATION and will treat as confidential all information submitted herein or received by the Seminary from any source including without limitation the applicant or his/her family. An applicant may review any information gathered.
  • The provision concerning fixing the amount, adjustment on withdrawal or late arrival, and other terms of comprehensive fees payment as set forth in the Seminary’s annual catalog are incorporated herein and are hereby accepted.
  • An applicant applying for admission shall pay an application fee, This application fee is nonrefundable and non-transferable. This fee cannot be applied towards other Seminary charges. The application and its fee may be deferred for one academic year.
  • I am applying for admission to Southern California Seminary. I am familiar with the doctrine, standards, and programs of the Seminary as stated in the Statement of Faith, INSTITUTIONAL Agreement, the Student Code of Conduct and Academic Catalog. I am prepared to abide by the codes of conduct and rules and regulations of the Seminary set forth.

Code of Conduct

Southern California Seminary is a Christian-based, Bible-centered educational institution. Whether or not a student claims to be a Christian, born again, spiritual or religious, it is understood that students must conduct themselves in keeping with a biblical lifestyle.

Believers are to glorify God in their bodies and are to live holy lives (1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Peter 1:13-16). Love toward God is evidenced by love for those without Christ—note Paul’s example in 2 Corinthians 5:14 and Acts 18:5—and by love for fellow believers (1 John 3:16; 4:7-8). Students are expected to be modestly and neatly dressed on campus and at all SCS sponsored events.

Living by God’s grace, believers are to avoid even the appearance—every form—of wrongdoing (1 Thessalonians 5:22). Believers are called to freedom in Christ, but this is not to be an opportunity for the works of the flesh (Galatians 5:13).

Individuals who, after spiritual instruction, continue to dishonor the Lord by persisting in non-Christian behavior or unruly conduct may, after due process, be dismissed from SCS (1 Thessalonians 5:14).

Grounds for Disciplinary Action

Student conduct must conform to Seminary rules and regulations. If a Student Code of Conduct violation occurs while a student is enrolled, he or she may be disciplined for one or more of the following causes that are Seminary related. These categories of behavior are not exhaustive, but are examples of sufficient grounds for discipline, including but not limited to the removal, suspension, or expulsion of the student. Other misconduct not listed may also result in discipline if good cause exists.

  • Academic dishonesty, such as cheating or plagiarism or knowingly furnishing false information to the Seminary.
  • Forgery, alteration, or misuse of Seminary documents, records, or identification.
  • Obstruction or disruption of instructional, counseling, administrative, or other authorized Seminary activities.
  • Assault or battery, abuse or any threat of force or violence or hazing directed toward any person on Seminary owned property, or Seminary sponsored or supervised functions, or conduct which threatens or endangers the health or safety of any person.
  • Theft of or willful damage to Seminary property or theft of or willful damage to property of a member of the Seminary community, such as visitors, students or employees of the Seminary on Seminary property or at an authorized Seminary activity.
  • Unauthorized entry onto or use of Seminary facilities.
  • Violation of Seminary rules or regulations including Seminary policies concerning student organization, use of Seminary facilities, or the time, place, and manner of student expression.
  • Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, narcotics, or controlled substances on campus (except as expressly permitted by law) or presence on Seminary property or at a Seminary authorized event while under the influence thereof.
  • Willful failure to comply with directions of Seminary officials, including faculty and staff action in the performance of their duties.
  • Disorderly, lewd, indecent, or obscene conduct, expression, or language on Seminary owned or controlled property or at Seminary sponsored or supervised functions.
  • Verbal abuse in any way that causes defamation or character assassination.
  • Possession or use of any item used to threaten bodily harm to any person on Seminary property or at a Seminary function.
  • Misrepresentation of oneself or an organization to be an agent of the Seminary.
  • Conduct that is in violation of federal, state, or local laws or ordinances while on Seminary premises or at Seminary sponsored activities.
  • Abuse of computer facilities or use of computers for anything other than authorized course related work.
  • Failure to return school properties such as projectors, screens, books, teaching materials and any such things that had been loaned for the purpose of teaching or other use after receiving three notices of such failure to return such items.
  • Students in the MACP or PsyD program are expected to comply with all of the ethical standards of the CAMFT [California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists] and BBS [Board of Behavior Sciences] for the State of California and other applicable ethical standards.

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