Academic Policies & Information

Policy Statement

The information in this website, the acceptance criteria, the enrollment requirements, the courses offered, the suggested schedules of classes, and the schedule of semester charges are those approved by the Board of Directors and the President at the time this catalog went to press. The University reserves the right to amend this website as necessary.

Arlington Baptist University does not discriminate against individuals qualified for its programs, services, or employment because of race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, or handicap.

Academic Integrity Policy

Academic Integrity Policy

In accordance with Biblical principles of honesty and integrity, Arlington Baptist University views any act of cheating or plagiarism as a serious offense.  If any faculty member observes or suspects that plagiarism or cheating has occurred, he or she is obligated to address the instance and notify the Academic Affairs office of the situation. 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Turning in work done by another person as if it was your personal effort.
  • Copying another student’s homework, paper, test, or assignment.
  • Copying from a source (books, internet, etc.) and not giving credit to the source.
  • Copying and Pasting from a website or document on the Internet.
  • Working together with one or more persons on an assignment that is intended to be done by you alone.
  • Copying or attempting to copy answers from the test of another student.
  • Using notes, materials, or assistance on a test when the instructor has not given clear permission for their use.
  • Communicating with another student during a test, quiz, or exam.
  • Assisting or allowing someone to copy your work without the instructor’s clear permission to do so.
  • Submitting, without explicit permission from the current instructor(s), materials written for a previous or concurrent class.
  • Accessing another student’s online course(s) from any semester/term, with or without that student’s approval while registered for that course will be viewed as a deliberate and premeditated action and will be treated as a double offence resulting in an automatic failure of that course in accordance with step 2 below.  If the student has already received a warning or it involves more than one course, this infraction could result in dismissal from school.

The consequences for academic dishonesty may be applied at three levels:

1.When a student violates the Academic Integrity Policy, Faculty will contact the Academic Dean to see if this may be viewed as inadvertent. Only “inadvertent” violations will receive the minimum. If the student has completed English Composition I or II at ABU or has taken an online course in two semesters, the infraction will be not viewed as inadvertent. The minimum consequences are to be understood as follows:

a. An on campus student whose violation seems inadvertent may, at the discretion of the instructor, be given a variety of penalties up to and including a zero for the work submitted. If, based on their current grade, the penalty does not prevent the student from passing the course, the student will be allowed to continue. However, the student must also attend an Academic Integrity (AI) Training session. Said student should not be allowed to participate in class activities until an AI training session has been scheduled with the college librarian who will provide an admittance note.  When the AI training is completed, the student must first show the appropriate faculty member a signed certificate of completion and then submit the certificate to the Academic Affairs office before a passing grade can be submitted or posted.

b. An online only student or a student whose first inadvertent violation occurs in an online course may, at the discretion of the instructor, be allowed to continue the course. However, the student will be given a zero for the work submitted and must first retake and pass the plagiarism quiz before any further work can be submitted. The student must also submit to their instructor a one-page paper indicating why the noted action(s) violated our Academic Integrity Policy before a passing grade can be given or posted.  (The minimum penalty in the online course is more severe because the student has already taken a plagiarism quiz and affirmed an understanding of the process.)

2. An instance of intentional academic dishonesty or subsequent violation in the same course or a second course will result in the student’s dismissal from the course and a failing grade for that course. If an extreme abuse occurs, the faculty or administration may recommend that the student appear before the Academic Affairs committee to give reason why the student should not be suspended or dismissed from school.

3. A third offense, any pattern of academic dishonesty, or a clearly egregious violation (such as willfully assisting or encouraging another student to violate the Academic Integrity Policy) will result in course failure and required appearance before the Academic Affairs committee to determine if possible suspension or dismissal is appropriate.

Transfer of Credit Policy/Articulation Agreement

Transfer Out Policy:

Students can transfer credits to schools that are accredited by ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education) or that recognize ABHE accreditation. However, individual courses will be transferred based on how each course can be applied to the degree program chosen at that school.

Transferability is ultimately determined by the institution to which one hopes to transfer and should always be viewed as limited. Not only must the student earn at least a “C” for credits to transfer, but courses must be applicable to the program chosen by the student. Additionally, some schools will only accept credits from regionally accredited institutions and/or limit the percentage of courses that can be transferred in.

If a student is planning to attend ABU for only a limited time, it would be wise to check the “Transfer In” policy of the school to which one hopes to transfer. The registrar can also provide a list of some of the schools that readily accept credits from ABU. Currently, these include Criswell College, Dallas Baptist University, Texas State University – San Marcos, and Texas A&M – Commerce. (ABU entered into an Articulation Agreement with Texas A&M – Commerce beginning in fall 2016. http://www.tamuc.edu/admissions/oneStopShop/undergraduateAdmissions/transferAdmissions/articulationAgreements.aspx )

Transfer In Policy:

Any student who attended any other institution of higher learning must present an official transcript with his/her application. Credits earned at an accredited institution will be considered for transfer where programs and courses are compatible. Grades earned in courses must be at least "C" level or equivalent and the courses must be applicable to the program chosen by the student before credits can be transferred. Students on academic probation at another college or university will be interviewed before being considered for admission. Transfer students must meet all other admission requirements listed above.

Students applying for admission to the university who are planning to use VA benefits must submit a military transcript. Even if no credits are accepted, a military transcript must be included with the application for admission.

At this time, Arlington Baptist University’s only established articulation agreement is with Texas A&M – Commerce, however, the college has instituted scholarships for any student who completes a two-year program at either Jacksonville College (Jacksonville, TX) or any of the Word of Life Institutes (college). (See SCHOLARSHIPS)

Policy for Validating Credits from Unaccredited Institutions. (The following criteria are also applicable to students in online programs.)

The following criteria must be met:

1) A validation process which includes the following: a review of syllabi, faculty credentials, grading standards, and other relevant learning resources from the sending institution. (If not available online, the student must provide a catalog and course syllabi for courses being considered.) This process must be completed prior to the student’s enrollment in any course even if the student has received an unofficial transcript evaluation from the ABU Registrar’s office. Once the courses are validated then criteria 2) will be applied.

2) During the first semester at ABU, the student must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours with a 2.0 (or above) grade point average. The transfer hours will not be added to the student’s ABU transcript until all criteria are met.

3) Only credits with a grade of “C” or above that are applicable toward the degree program being pursued will be validated for transfer purposes.

4) Because of a long-standing history with Norris Bible Baptist Seminary (Fort Worth TX) and Louisiana Baptist University and Seminary (Shreveport LA), ABU will accept Bible/Theology and church ministry-related credits with a grade of “C” or above that are applicable toward the degree program being pursued. For other courses from these two institutions, the criteria in 1) will apply.

Unofficial Withdrawal

Once a student has exceeded the number of allowed absences (unexcused + excused) in a course, an unofficial withdrawal will be processed by the Registrar.  Anytime an unofficial withdrawal occurs, the result is a reduction of semester hours which can result in a change of status for financial aid (full-time to part-time, etc.).  **THE STUDENT MAY RECEIVE A WITHDRAW PASSING (WP) GRADE, after he/she exceeds the absences allowed, if the student is indeed passing the course.  When the student has exceeded the allowed absences and is not passing the course, he/she will receive a withdraw failing (WF) grade.

The procedure for unofficial withdrawals will be as follows:  the professor of the course will notify the Registrar of the student who has exceeded the number of allowed absences, the Registrar will complete the unofficial withdrawal form, and the Registrar will submit the form to the financial aid office.  IF at the time of the unofficial withdrawal, we have not reached the 60% mark, the financial aid officer will process a Return to Title IV form and return the required portion of the student’s financial aid to the Federal Government.  If a required portion of the student’s financial aid is returned to the Federal Government, the student will then become responsible for this amount in addition to any amount not originally covered by financial aid funds.

Professors will monitor excused and unexcused absences and will inform the student and the administration when the student is within 2 absences of being withdrawn from the 

Absentee Policy

Students must attend 75% of the classes for each course unless otherwise approved by administrative review.                                                 

*Classes that meet only 8 times per semester are allowed 2 unexcused absences.

*Classes that meet 16 times per semester are allowed 4 unexcused absences.

*Classes that meet 32 times per semester are allowed 8 unexcused absences.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Excused absences (school-sponsored activities) do not count toward the 25% of absences allowed.  However, students who participate in school-sponsored (ABU) extracurricular activities and have excused absences (athletics, traveling groups, etc.) must attend 80% of the classes not affected by school-sponsored extracurricular activities.*   

Disability Policy

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Arlington Baptist University respects the individual physical and cognitive needs of all students. Any student in need of disability services should contact the Academic Affairs office upon enrollment to establish appropriate accommodations for any documented disabilities.

Disability Services


ABU Administration Building

3001 W Division St.

Arlington, TX 76012

Official Withdrawal

An OFFICIAL withdrawal is generally initiated by the student when he/she no longer wishes to complete the semester.  An official withdrawal can also be initiated by the Student Affairs office if a student has an infraction requiring dismissal from the university.

Open Carry Policy

"Pursuant to Section 30.07, Penal Code of the State of Texas (Trespass by by License Holder with an openly carried handgun), a person licensed under Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code of the State of Texas (Handgun Licensing Law), may not enter this property with a handgun that is carried openly."

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