Other Information for Students

Academic Website

Many useful pages and links are found on the university's Academic Majors Page. In addition, you may find the information below useful.

Choices and Time

Dr. Young's and Dr. Henning's Advice (ppt) 
Students often find the transition from high school, academy, or home school to university to be difficult. Many are faced with types, and amounts of, academic choices that are significantly different from what they have experienced up to this point. Dr. Robert Young and Dr. Volker Henning offer first-year college students some advice in their PowerPoint presentation.  

Privacy

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 
One of your important educational rights is the right to privacy with reference to your educational records. You may review a summary of your educational privacy rights by following this link to the "FERPA General Guidance for Students" page provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

Southern Adventist University FERPA Policy
Southern Adventist University has developed a policy that outlines how the law will be applied at our institution. 

Student Information Access Matrix (pdf) 
This matrix identifies which student information Southern Adventist University automatically makes available to which parties.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is one of the important values that enable us to function as a university. The spirit of honest inquiry requires that we properly cite the sources used in our studies and writing. It is important for us to be able to trust each other as we learn from each other's presentations, written work, and visual communication in order to keep the teaching/learning enterprise functioning well. 

Academic honesty is even more critical at a university that offers a Christian education. Respect for other individuals' work means that we will give them proper credit for their thoughts and expressions whenever used as a resource for our own projects and communications.

Please be sure to study the current Catalog and your professor's course syllabus in order to ensure that you understand the meaning and application of academic honesty.

Southern Adventist University takes academic integrity so seriously that we have contracted with a company called turnitin.com. This company provides resources for students and a service for professors who may need to verify the academic integrity with which papers or projects have been prepared and submitted.

Another resource is a guide that highlights the current state of plagiarism on college campuses and advises on how to detect and prevent plagiarism:
Plagiarism Prevention and Awareness Guide: http://www.affordablecollegesonline.org/college-resource-center/plagiarism-prevention-and-awareness/