Academic Integrity

As DMiss students and faculty, we affirm our commitment to be beyond reproach in our academic work as a reflection of Christian character. We commit to honesty in all aspects of our work. We seek to establish a community that values serious intellectual engagement and personal faithfulness more highly than graded, degrees, or publications.

Each student is required to complete the online tutorial, You Quote It, You Note It, which is part of the New Student Class/Orientation. Completing this tutorial one time meets this requirement for all courses. Students are also expected to review and understand the commitments to academic integrity as printed in the Student Handbook and the Seminary catalog. Some infractions can be addressed by personal confrontation and corrective counsel. Turnitin is a useful tool to help prevent plagiarism.

Fuller's Academic Integrity Policy
Fuller's Community Standards

Grading Threshold

In our continued efforts to improve the doctoral experience, to provide healthy and forthright evaluation, and to ensure both academic and spiritual integrity within the DMiss program, the following grading thresholds have been established:

MB769: Research Design [Module 1]

  • A student who receives a grade of B or lower in the Module 1 course MB769: Research Design, will be reviewed by the DMiss Committee and considered for dismissal from the program.

Courses Throughout the DMiss Program

  • A student who receives a grade of B or lower in any DMiss course will be placed on Academic Probation.
  • A student who receives a second grade of B or lower will be reviewed by the DMiss Committee and considered for dismissal from the program.

These grading thresholds will take effect with all cohorts launching in the winter 2012 quarter and beyond.

Dissertation Continuation

Policy:

  • DMiss students who find that they are not finished with their dissertations after their Module 4 will register for MX794 Full-Time Dissertation Continuation (0 units) in the next such term after their Module 4 ends for a fee of $250. Students may register for MX794 only one time.

Students in this term will be considered full-time students.

  • DMiss students who are unable to successfully defend and complete their dissertation beyond the end of the MX794 37-week term will be required to register for MX796 DMiss Continuation (0 units) in each successive non-overlapping 37-week continuation term, for a fee of $250, as long as they are still in the program, are not finished, and have not gone beyond the seven-year limit for degree completion.

Students inMX796 will be considered less than half-time enrollment students.

  • Students will be allowed to register for these DMiss Continuation terms until they complete their dissertation, or until they have reached the 7-year limit for degree completion, whichever is reached first.

Implications:

  • During the Full-Time Dissertation Continuation term, students with qualifying federal student loans are eligible to receive an in-school deferment. Fuller, if required, will report full-time enrollment status and, if the student meets all the other federal requirements, their loans can be deferred. In addition, because students will retain full-time enrollment status during the Full-Time Dissertation Continuation, they remain qualified to live in Fuller student housing.
  • Students who have not completed their dissertation after this first continuation term must continuously register for MX796, DMiss Continuation (non-overlapping terms) until they either complete the degree or reach the 7-year limit for degree completion.
  • Students registered for DMiss Continuation (MX796) will be reported as less-than-half-time, which will not allow for an in-school deferment of their federal student loans. While they may be able to qualify for a different deferment option; that matter shall be between the student and their lender/government. In other words, a student could potentially get a deferment, but enrollment at Fuller would not be the warrant for such.

Defense Attendance Policy

DMiss students are expected to be present on campus for the defense of their Contextualized Applied Research Dissertation (CARD). Only in extenuating circumstances, and in close consultation with their professor, should a student be allowed to defend their dissertation from afar via video conference. In such cases, the student will be fully responsible for ensuring successful participation in the defense.

Rationale:

Given that the DMiss is a collaborative program done in the midst of a cohort community, with peer critiques of the dissertation being integral to the process, students should be present for DMiss dissertation defenses.