Academic and Behavioral Standards

Academic Standing

Any undergraduate student failing to maintain the minimum grade point average required by their academic program after the completion of 6 or more credits in a regular term, or any graduate student failing to maintain the minimum cumulative grade point average required by their program after the completion of 4 or more credits in a regular term will be placed on Academic Probation (for the purposes of tracking program GPA requirements). All students on Academic Probation must adhere to the stipulations of their probation as outlined in their notice of Academic Standing. These limitations can include restrictions on the number of credits they may take per term (generally a limit of 13 credits for undergraduate students and 9 credits for graduate students). Undergraduate students on Academic Probation must register for and successfully complete GNST 001. Undergraduate students on first semester probation are required to meet with the Office of Academic Advising. The academic record and transcript of all students on Academic Probation will be notated accordingly.

A student on Academic Probation (for the purposes of tracking program GPA requirements) who does not successfully remove himself/herself from Academic Probation at the end of two consecutive semesters of Academic Probation will be academically disqualified. Any undergraduate student taking 6 semester hours or more in a regular term who receives less than a 1.0 term GPA will be academically disqualified. Any graduate student carrying 4 semester hours or more in a regular term who receives less than a 1.0 term GPA will be academically disqualified.

Probation Removed

When an undergraduate student taking 6 or more credits in a regular term, or a graduate student taking 4 or more credits in a regular term, raises both his or her term and cumulative GPA to the minimum program required GPA or higher, the student is removed from Academic Probation (for the purposes of tracking program GPA requirements). "Probation Removed" is noted on the transcript, and all Academic Probation restrictions are lifted.

Academic Disqualification Appeals

Academic Disqualification Appeals must be submitted in writing to the Office of the Registrar and must include explanation of why minimum academic requirements were not met and why an exception is warranted. A disqualified student who does not appeal, or whose appeal was denied, may apply for re-admission after a full year has elapsed. After one year he or she may apply for re-admission only if evidence is given which indicates that chances for scholastic success are good. A student who has been disqualified twice may not be readmitted.

Good Academic Standing

Any student not on Academic Probation (for the purposes of tracking program GPA requirements) or Academic Disqualification is considered to be in Good Academic Standing (for the purposes of tracking program GPA requirements).

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility

Although Satisfactory Academic Progress (for the purposes of financial aid) is independent from Academic Standing as defined above, poor academic performance may also result in financial aid suspension. For additional information on Financial Aid's Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy see the Financial Aid Information section.

Athletic Eligibility

Although athletic eligibility is independent from Academic Standing as defined above, poor academic performance may also result in ineligibility. For additional information see the Student Activities section.

Extracurricular Activities

Students on Academic Probation are required to curtail their extracurricular activities in order to concentrate on their studies. Some activities may prohibit students on Academic Probation from applying or participating.

Academic Integrity

As a Christian institution, Biola University is especially concerned that sound moral values are practiced in all areas of university life. Honesty in academic work is essential for personal growth and an ethical life pleasing to God.

Academic dishonesty is considered a serious offense and will be handled by individual faculty in various ways including lowered grades or possible loss of course credit. The faculty member will work with the Dean for Students to consider further disciplinary action, including dismissal. A full statement concerning academic dishonesty can be found in the Undergraduate Student Handbook.

Fraudulent Records

The submission, alteration or falsification of transcript(s), record(s), or document(s) may result in denial of admission, disciplinary action or possible dismissal from the institution. In the event that such unethical acts are discovered after the student has discontinued attendance or has graduated from the University, the following procedure will be followed:

  1. The former student will be notified that a fraudulent item or alteration has been discovered. This notification may be made in person or sent by mail, posted to the address currently on file in the Office of the Registrar.
  2. The student's file will be suspended during the investigation, and documents will not be released during this time.
  3. The student will be given 30 days to present evidence that may assist the University in determining whether there was fraud and/or alteration.
  4. The University will review the evidence and determine whether the documents in question were fraudulent and/or altered.
  5. The student will be notified of the University's decision and may appeal it to the Provost Office within 30 days of the written notice. This notice may be made in person or sent by mail, posted to the address currently on file in the Office of the Registrar. If the evidence indicates that fraudulent or altered transcript(s), record(s) or document(s) were submitted and a degree was granted, such a degree will be rescinded and the student placed on a "dismissed without possibility of re-admittance" status. When possible, any person, employer or agency who was provided a transcript before the fraud or alteration was discovered will be notified that the transcript submitted was erroneous. Even if no degree was granted to the student, this individual will be placed on a "dismissed without possibility of re-admittance" status. In the event the student attended the University on a student visa, the appropriate embassy will be notified.

Biola University Community Standards

The Biola Community

Biola University is a unique environment committed to following Christ's example of loving others. We believe that community is born of other-centered practices, strengthened when members

  • live with integrity
  • practice confession and forgiveness
  • attempt to live in reconciled relationships
  • accept responsibility for their actions and words
  • submit to biblical instruction

As men and women of Biola, we do not ask each other to be perfect people, but rather to be people in active pursuit of integrity and growth, in dynamic relationships with the living God and with others in community. Those in leadership at Biola are eager to serve by coming alongside you and offering support, accountability, and, when necessary, loving discipline, in order to help you grow. We affirm our commitment to serve you with your best in mind.

The Standards

We at Biola uphold integrity as a core value of our community. Members are expected to demonstrate a commitment to the value of integrity in word and deed and to take responsibility for their own violations of behavioral guidelines.

We at Biola recognize that Scripture condemns sins of the heart, such as covetousness, selfishness, ambition, envy, greed, lust and pride. By their very nature, these sins are more difficult to discern, but because they lie at the heart of relationships, they are of central concern to the Biola community. We confess and repent of these sins as we become aware.

Furthermore, students at Biola commit to refrain from practices that Scripture forbids, such as, sexual relations outside of marriage, homosexual behavior, theft and dishonesty.

Finally, for the purpose of character development and the creation of a healthy, vibrant Christian community, students at Biola commit to abstain from the use of tobacco products, the use of alcoholic beverages, and the activity of gambling.

Biola students have chosen, freely and willingly, to abide by these standards. We regard any violation of these standards to be a breach of integrity, since each member has voluntarily chosen to associate with the Biola community and to accept, uphold, and live by these standards. The University reserves the right to refuse admittance and/or dismiss any person who does not conform either to the stated guidelines and regulations governing student conduct, or to the expressed principles, policies, and expectations of the University. The University also reserves the right to take action against an individual for violating the standards regardless of how much time has passed since the violation.

When The Standards Apply

The Biola Community Standards apply to all students:

  1. While enrolled in classes for the Fall Semester (including Thanksgiving), Spring Semester (including Spring Break), and Summer Session.
  2. Who are representing the Biola Community in any off-campus events, such as mission trips, internships, study abroad, and athletic or academic activities.
  3. Who are not enrolled in classes but are living on campus.

A complete published statement of the standards can be found in the Biola Student Handbook.