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Azusa Pacific University's Provost, Dr. Mark StantonThank you!

Revised Undergraduate Academic Integrity Policy

posted Oct 12, 2017, 11:22 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Oct 12, 2017, 11:22 AM ]

The Academic Integrity Policy of the Undergraduate Community has been revised and is available for your use. The policy was first developed in 2007 under the leadership of Dr. Diane Guido. Dr. Guido worked with a faculty team to develop the original document that articulates best practice standards for guiding faculty and students around issues of academic integrity.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, the Standards and Polices Committee of the Undergraduate Studies Council completed a process to review, revise, and update the policy, bringing more clarity to the types of academic violations and recommended sanctions.

Per the policy, if a faculty member verifies an academic integrity violation has occurred, and following discussions with the student and assignment of a sanction, the faculty member will record the violation with the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Programs.  An electronic form, the Undergraduate Academic Integrity Violation Reporting Form, is available and provides an easy method to report violations.

Hard copies of the policy were distributed to all undergraduate faculty during the week of October 2nd.

Details of Our LMS Transition to Canvas

posted Oct 12, 2017, 10:50 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 8:56 AM ]

Across APU, faculty and staff are anticipating our transition to the Canvas learning management system. Canvas offers an intuitive user interface, tools for promoting teaching and learning, mobile access for anytime, anywhere learning, seamless integration with other APU systems, and much more! This time of transition is also an opportunity for APU faculty to re-imagine their courses, revisit content, and ensure sound pedagogy for all learners. And CTLA is here to help.

Migration to Canvas will happen school/college-by-school/college.  In other words, an entire school/college will be moving into Canvas within a specified time-frame (see schedule below). Each school/college will have a launch date, after which, teaching will occur only in Canvas for that school/college. After the launch date, students will access the school/college’s courses only in Canvas, and have no access to Sakai.  For example, all SBM courses (online, in-person, and blended) will be taught in Canvas starting in Summer 2018. ITT will be responsible for moving all online courses, and faculty will be responsible for moving in-person and blended courses before Summer 2018.

Migration Timeline* (updated 9/22/2017)


Training & Content Transfer


(All of a school and college’s courses taught in Canvas)

Phase 1

School of Business and Management (SBM)

Spring 2018

Summer  2018

School of Behavioral and Applied Sciences (BAS)

Spring 2018

Summer  2018

School of Theology & AP Seminary (SOT/APS)

Spring 2018

Summer  2018

Phase 2

College of Music and Arts (CMA)

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

School of Nursing (SON)

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Honors College

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Phase 3

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Library (LIB)

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

Phase 4

School of Education (SOE)

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

*Timeline depends on many factors and is subject to change


  • Online Courses:

ITT will be responsible for migrating all online courses from Sakai to Canvas. After a school/college’s launch date in Canvas, none of the school’s teaching will occur in Sakai. Faculty will be able to access archived courses in Sakai through the end of Spring 2019.
  • In-Person and Blended Courses:

    • Faculty who have in-person and blended courses will be responsible for transferring their course content from Sakai to Canvas before their school/college’s launch date.  

    • After a school/college’s launch date in Canvas, none of the school/college’s teaching will occur in Sakai. Faculty will have access to material in their archived courses and companion sites in Sakai through the end of Spring 2019.    

Training and Support  

The Office of Innovative Teaching and Technology (ITT) will offer training and migration support starting in Spring 2018. More details will be available in late Fall 2017.

Suggestions for Difficult Dialogues from Dr. Kim Denu

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:45 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 3:46 PM ]

Dear Faculty,

In the aftermath of recent racist incidents on campus, many students are still processing both pain and anger. To facilitate classroom dialogue around these and other traumatic events, I have attached two resource documents below. In addition, please note that the Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence is a primary resource for faculty diversity engagement. Please feel free to contact Drs. Richard Martinez or Susan Warren anytime. For ongoing student support, please direct students to the Student Center for Reconciliation and Diversity, or have them contact Mr. Aaron Hinojosa. Finally, please note that it is within your jurisdiction as a faculty member to allow some grace, with deadlines or assignments, for students who may be directly or indirectly impacted by campus events. Thank you for your consideration and partnership.


Kimberly B.W. Denu, Ph.D.
Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer
Azusa Pacific University

International Travel: Important Points to Remember

posted Sep 29, 2017, 3:37 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 8:49 AM ]

If you are planning to travel internationally for academic or business, purposes there are few important points to remember: 

  • Academic or business purposes is defined as receiving academic credit, student financial aid assistance, or receiving financial support of university funds (operational budgets), or representing the university in an official capacity. 
  • APU maintains a master calendar of where all of our community members are around the world. Absolutely all international travel for academic or business purposes needs approval from the president, provost, or executive vice president before any travel bookings are made. A person who is not faculty, staff, or current student, but receiving a stipend, expense reimbursement, or equivalent support from the university, must also be pre-approved by the Office of the Provost. 
  • Only approved trips will receive a Travel Authorization (TA) number. This TA is required on all documentation, reimbursement requests, and reports relating to the travel approved and documented on the Travel Approval Form. 
  • No one can travel to countries listed on the US Department of State Current Travel Warnings list without approval from the Travel Safety Committee. Approval will not be granted for travel to countries listed on the U.S. Department of State Current Travel Warnings List.
  • The Office of the President has the discretion to call back any faculty, staff, student, or university representative from a country where the situation has changed since the time of travel causing the country to appear on the Current Travel Warnings list. 

Additional resources: 

Copyright Policy and Compliance Checklist

posted Sep 29, 2017, 10:03 AM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Sep 29, 2017, 4:37 PM ]

According to Azusa Pacific University’s Copyright Compliance Policy (see attached), all members of the APU community, including faculty, staff, students, administrators, and volunteers are required to avoid actions that constitute an infringement of a third party’s copyright. The university agrees to defend legal actions brought against members for alleged copyright violations which occur in the course of carrying out their responsibilities for the university, provided that such members acted in good faith by following the guidelines referenced below, the legal advice of the Office of General Counsel, and the direction provided by university officials regarding their department procedures, including the University Libraries’ guidance concerning the use of its copyrighted resources and the Copyright Compliance Checklist (see attached). Members who disregard the foregoing place themselves individually at risk of liability and, in such cases, the university may decline to defend the individual.

Good faith is presumed when, prior to making use of any copyrighted work, the member
  1. reviews the policy and the attached checklist and, in cases where the faculty member is not sure if the contemplated use of copyrighted material comports with copyright requirements, 
  2. completes the attached Copyright Compliance Checklist, submits it to the University Libraries, and follows the suggestions of the University Libraries and any legal advice provided by the Office of the General Counsel.
  1. Please, fill out the attached form, checking all boxes that apply, 
  2. retain a copy for your records, and 
  3. provide a copy to the University Libraries at copyright@apu.edu at least three weeks prior to the time you intend to use the copyrighted work.

Confident Pluralism—Chapter 1 Response from Adam Green, PhD

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:46 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Sep 28, 2017, 2:55 PM ]

Modest Unity: A Cloak or a Calling?

Adam Green

In chapter one of John Inazu’s book Confident Pluralism, Inazu impresses on the reader the importance of “a modest unity” both as an ideal enshrined in the Constitution and as a realistic telos for a pluralistic society. Inazu sets the agenda for his chapter as follows.

This chapter locates part of our modest unity in a constitutional tradition that gives us a common vocabulary, history, and set of norms. We share a tradition that recognizes the wisdom of limiting state power, of encouraging persuasion over coercion, and of supporting a robust civil society. We share this constitutional heritage, even absent a shared religious or ethnic heritage.

Our modest unity includes two important premises: inclusion and dissent. The inclusion premise is that we are continually reshaping the boundaries of our political community. The dissent premise is that even as we work to extend and renegotiate these boundaries, we recognize the freedom of citizens in the voluntary groups of civil society to differ from established norms. Neither premise is absolute. (15-16).

The cynic might say, “What an appeal to modest unity really amounts to is that religious people want the rest of society to leave them alone. Christians want to ensure that the common good is defined so thinly that they don’t have to give up any of their power, possessions, or privileges. We’re being asked to freeze everyone’s social capital now because the Christians don’t like their bargaining position moving forward.”

What would it take to allay the concerns of the cynic? On the flipside, is it really possible for the Church to preserve a countercultural witness while at the same time being whole-hearted in its commitment to the common good as construed by a pluralistic society? Though impolite, is the cynic basically right about us? Maybe we need a book entitled not Confident Pluralism but Calculated Coexistence.

Here are three thoughts on these questions based on Inazu’s text.

First, in order to achieve substantive unity with others, our concern with the “inclusion premise” has to extend beyond whether Christians are included amongst the protected groups of our society and whether we are being heard by the power-brokers of the world. As Inazu points out, there are many ways in which a group of people can fail to be included in the political community. When Inazu’s grandparents were sent to an internment camp during WWII, they were thereby excluded. For many others, however, physically relocating them is unnecessary. It is enough that we don’t think we have anything to learn from them. There is no hope of even modest unity with others without the willingness to experience the epistemic friction caused by taking the perspectives of diverse others seriously. There is no real move towards unity unless the uptake of the other person’s perspective into the conversation matters to you.

Second, in order for our commitment to a modest unity to mean something, we have to self-regulate our expressions of dissent. As Inazu points out with reference to collective action, norms of free speech and assembly inherently have the capacity to undermine themselves. Too much dissent precludes a functional unity. If, however, we are committed to not squashing dissent through the use of coercive power, the functioning of society becomes dependent on the judicious internal regulation of dissent since a limit on dissent has to come from somewhere. I think one thing Inazu’s discussion challenges the Church to do is to have a thicker skin and turn the other cheek more often. After all, if we are invested in our cultural neighbors, then dissent must be informed by more than the desire we may have not to be interfered with. Rather, dissent must be calibrated to express our concerns to people we care for and are committed to doing life in dialogue with.

Third, I think Inazu points inadvertently to the need to temper our expectations on how protected Christians will be in the new order and on where the friction points will come in the future. On the one hand, Inazu stresses the way that the freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion have historically been intertwined with one another. One might think then that if others in our pluralistic society act in good faith they will allow the scope of our freedoms to be as friendly to us now as they have always been. That seems naïve to me. Inazu, in passing, alludes to Alasdair MacIntyre’s view that moral and political ideals can’t do their work outside of an over-arching view of the world. Justice is, in a sense, in the eye of the beholder (or at least the beholder’s worldview). Though this country began its career being pluralistic in a sense, that pluralism has deepened and evolved in ways hardly imaginable by the founders. It should be little wonder, then, if the proper boundaries on acceptable speech and assembly are interpreted in a different and less friendly manner as we move into a post-Christian age. Living into the “messy middle” of a pluralistic society has to come with an acceptance of the fact that friction is a part of cultural engagement and that it will start closer and closer to home the farther we get from the pseudo-Christian consensus of a bygone era.

Some discussion questions:

1)      Is the pursuit of “modest unity” in our pluralistic society something we’re prepared to do in good faith? What are the temptations to compromise latent within the pursuit of even a modest unity? Is working towards modest unity rather an avenue through which we can “love our neighbor as ourselves”?

2)      Who are we most tempted to silence for the sake of cultural gains, and do we really see a value in making space for honest dialogue across robust cultural-spiritual-moral differences?

3)      How can we voice dissent in a way that is both more shrewd and more loving than we have hitherto been wont to do?

Look for the faculty responses and discussion questions in these Provost's Newsletters:
  • October 30 — Chapter 2, Jennifer Walsh
  • November 27 — Chapter 3, Bob Mullins
  • January 8 — Chapter 4, Steven Wilkens
  • February 5 — Chapter 5, Regina Trammel
  • March 12 — Chapter 6, Chinaka DomNwachukwu
  • April 9 — Chapter 7, Rukshan Fernando
  • May 7 — Chapter 8, Benjamin Marsh

Career and Calling Workshops

posted Sep 28, 2017, 2:16 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Oct 2, 2017, 11:29 AM ]

The Center for Career and Calling strives to provide opportunities for our students to be prepared for life after graduation. Career workshops facilitated by our center are engaging, relevant, and interactive. 
Workshops are available on a variety of topics including:

Resumes/Cover Letters
Internship/Job Search
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
Strong Interest Inventory

Workshops can be facilitated for classes, programs/departments, or student groups at the undergraduate and 
graduate level. For our regional campuses, we can conduct live or online workshops.

The Center for Career and Calling can also assist faculty and staff in requiring
students to explore career services as a course assignment.

Use this link to request a workshop or course assignment for this coming Fall (also found on our website).

We look forward to working with you!

​​Sent on behalf of Phil Brazell, Executive Director, Career and Alumni Relations

Center for Academic Service-Learning 2017-2016 Report

posted Sep 15, 2017, 2:01 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 2:02 PM ]

Winter Commencement 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 1:16 PM by Rebecca Cantor   [ updated Sep 15, 2017, 1:17 PM ]

Winter Commencement Ceremonies will be held on December 16, 2017 in the Felix Event Center.

Traditional and Professional Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony (9:30am)

8:30am Event Center Doors Open

8:45am Faculty Check-in Begins

8:45am CMA Performance Group Concert Begins

9:15am National Anthem and Color Guard Presentation

9:30am Ceremony (Processional) Begins


Graduate Commencement Ceremony (Masters and Doctorate) (1:30pm)

12:30pm Event Center Doors Open

12:45pm Faculty Check-in Begins

12:45pm CMA Performance Group Concert Begins

1:15pm National Anthem and Color Guard Presentation

1:30pm Ceremony (Processional) Begins


University College Commencement Ceremony (5:00pm)

4:00pm Event Center Doors Open

4:15am Faculty Check-in Begins (UC faculty only)

4:15pm CMA Performance Group Concert Begins

4:45pm National Anthem and Color Guard Presentation

5:00pm Ceremony (Processional) Begins

Key Information:

  • Per the 2016-2017 Faculty Handbook, faculty duties and responsibilities include attending two (2) commencement ceremonies each academic year. 
  • Tickets for all faculty, graduates and guests are required for attendance and parking at all commencement events. Online ticketing will begin December 1, 2017. 
  • If Faculty need caps/gowns please contact Heather Snyder (hsnyder@apu.edu) in the APU Bookstore to make arrangements to rent or buy regalia. The rental and purchasing forms are attached below.
  • Department/School based events are scheduled for the week of December 11th, including Undergraduate Baccalaureate and Alumni Initiation (December 15th). More information will be posted in the coming weeks at http://www.apu.edu/graduation/commencement/

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