Demerits

Administration of the demerit system is designed to help students and the University recognize potential problems and correct them before they become serious. The University has established several check points (called levels of consequences) based on a student’s accumulation of demerits each semester.

  • Maranatha reserves the right to make adjustments to the published penalties based upon individual circumstances.
  • Maranatha reserves the right to implement appropriate disciplinary action when it discovers any major infractions, whether the infractions took place during the school year or during a vacation.
  • Students will be notified of infractions electronically – primarily through email.
  • After receipt of demerit or consequence notification, students will have 5 business days to schedule a meeting with a dean to contest the student’s demerit report.
  • Students who are guilty of major infractions of university standards are not eligible for public recognition or special awards for academic or athletic achievement.
  • Unpaid fines will result in withheld exam slips and graduates may not be allowed to walk during graduation ceremonies.
  • Accumulation of demerits may result in the forfeiture of institutional scholarships. Please see the Financial Aid office.

Infractions and Demerit Penalties

Absence, unintentional (Special meeting, chapel, church or class)10
Absence, intentional (Special meeting, chapel, church, each missed Fine Arts Requirement)25
Appliances, unapproved in dorm room25
Call slip, unanswered10
Computer games, uncheckable25. 2nd offense = 50 + confiscation
Dating infraction10-Suspension
Disobedience/insubordination-disrespect in attitude or action15-Suspension
Dress infraction10-25. 2nd offense = 25 + confiscation
Dress infraction, unchecked slacks (women)25. 3rd offense = privilege revoked
Dress infraction, tattoo after enrolled or tattoo uncovered, body piercing after enrolled, or jewelry not removed50
Entertainment violation -viewing unapproved movies/DVDs or Blu-ray, TV shows, videos, etc.25. 2nd offense = 50 + confiscation of equipment or media
Emergency equipment, tampering w/ fire alarms, extinguishers, smoke detectors, etc.50-Suspension; pay expenses
Emergency exit use for non-emergencies50-Suspension
Employment, violation of Maranatha policies10
Fighting10-Suspension
Fireworks/Open flame15-Suspension
Guns/weapons not checked w/Dorm sup/Student Life Office25, confiscation and storage fees
Hair/grooming infraction5-20
Horseplay, practical jokes15-Suspension
Improper procedure5-10
Ironing in dorm room25
Late entry (dorm, chapel, special meetings, etc.)5 each 15 minutes
Lights out violation, noise/wrong room5
Library, books removed w/o checkout25-75
Misconduct in class, chapel, church, etc. (i.e. sleeping, talking, texting, no Bible, etc.)10-25
Music Infraction15-25
Off-limits areas/wrong side of campus15-25
EPass violation (failure to submit or not approved)10-25
Personal life and testimony issues50-Dismissal
Property/equipment -abuse, misuse, tampering, or unauthorized use (theft)10-Suspension; pay damages
Search, unauthorized of someone else’s property25
Technology, bypassing or attempting to bypass the network filterWarning. 2nd offense = 25
Technology, sharing/using passwords 25-50
Technology, video conferencing violation (unapproved area, another person on campus, etc.)15
Withdrawal from school w/o notificationSuspension