Student Rights and Academic Freedom

The International House of Prayer University believes that each faculty member should encourage free but respectful discussion, inquiry, and expression in the classroom. It believes further that student academic performance should be evaluated solely on an academic basis, not on the students’ opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards.

Protection of Freedom of Expression

Students at IHOPU are free to take reasoned exception to the data or views offered in any course and to reserve personal judgment about matters of opinion without fear of penalty or reprisal. However, students are responsible for learning the content of any course of study in which they are enrolled and completing all course assignments according to standards of performance established by the faculty.

Protection against Improper Academic Evaluation

Students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled. If they believe that they have been subject to prejudice or unfair academic evaluation (not a simple grading mistake, see academic concerns), they have the right to appeal to the school director, the vice president of Training, or the president. In such cases, the student must demonstrate that an evaluation was based entirely or in part upon factors that are irrelevant to academic performance.

Protection against Improper Disclosure

IHOPU believes that protection against improper disclosure of private information concerning students is a serious professional obligation. Hence, the faculty endeavors to be constantly alert and sensitive to this issue.

Private information, including student views, beliefs, and political associations, that faculty members acquire in the course of their work as instructors, advisors, and counselors is considered confidential. Nevertheless, faculty judgments concerning a student’s ability and character may be provided to IHOPU leadership under appropriate circumstances.