Sign the Code of Conduct


As previously noted, the purpose of this course is to explore the history polity theology and practices of the United Church of Christ, and to be introduced to its predecessor denominations. Successful completion of this course fulfills the history and polity requirements for authorized ministry in most associations and conferences of the United Church of Christ.

The classes are typically composed of a diversity of students of wide ranging backgrounds in education, theological orientations and knowledge, gender, age, race, sexual orientation, and geographic location. Some students are seminary trained, and others are seeking authorization for lay licensed ministry, commissioned ministry and ordained ministry through other paths of preparation for ministry.

Because this course is designed to develop an online learning community among the participants in the class, there are many opportunities for online interaction among the students and with the facilitators. The foundations for the successful accomplishment of this community are spirits of collaboration, trust, and respect. Students are reminded that they are preparing for Christian ministry which is marked by ethical and loving behavior toward others.

To these ends participants affirm this Code of Conduct:

  • All interactions among students are to be characterized by respect. Students are expected to listen to one another carefully, speak thoughtfully and engage differences with others without judgment. Students are to respect the dignity and rights of all in the course.
  • All submitted work should be produced by the student, reflect the thoughts of the student, and be produced specifically for this course. Students are prohibited from submitting the same work in this course as they have in any other course, without the knowledge and consent of the lead facilitator.
  • Plagiarism is strictly prohibited. Students must acknowledge and cite another author’s language, thoughts, and ideas as being those of that author. For purposes of the discussion threads, citation of course material only need include the author and page number.   For written assignments and the final paper, full citation must be used.
  • Click here for more information on plagiarism, what it is and how to avoid it.
  • Click here for more information on correct citation practices from the Chicago Manual of Style’s Guidebook.
  • When using the information learned or materials shared within this course for purposes outside this course, proper attribution and citation must be used. Failure by the student to do so is plagiarism. This includes information from the video lectures, written resources, assignment prompts, facilitator feedback, in addition to the sources named above. False statements to the facilitators or other participants in the course are considered a breach of this Code.
  • The facilitator will discuss any incident which appears to be a breach of the code with the student and will notify the Director of Online Learning that there a possible breach has occurred. The facilitator and Director of Online Learning will determine a remediation or penalty. The student may request an appeal to the Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal if it is felt that the response is unjust.