Issues of morality at Asbury University are seen as those which can be delineated as right, virtuous and just and are based on Biblical mandates. Discernment in these moral issues is important in our development as individual believers, and violations in this category often result in greater disciplinary consequences. Offenses of sexual immorality, abortion and drunkenness (alcohol or drug induced) are almost certain to result in immediate dismissal from the University.
- Christ-Like Attributes Encouraged: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control are Christ-like attributes that can be demonstrated through the power of the Holy Spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23 declares these as demonstrations of the fruit of the Spirit in our lives, and we should encourage one another to practice these in our relationships.)
- Sinful Attitudes Discouraged: Hatred, discord, jealousy, uncontrolled anger, greed, quarreling and envy are condemned in Galatians 5:19-21, hinder our relationship with others and are not acceptable Asbury community attitudes.
- Idolatry and Occult Practices: Also condemned in Galatians 5 and should not be practiced.
- Human Sexuality: The University affirms the Biblical view of human sexuality as being expressed fully in the context of a marriage between a man and a woman. To view the University’s entire statement on human sexuality, click here.
- Sexual Immorality (including adultery, homosexual behavior and premarital sexual intimacy): These behaviors are expressly prohibited in Scripture. Offenses in this area could result in immediate dismissal from the University.
- Pregnancy: Because of the high value of the sanctity of life, students who become pregnant outside of marriage will receive care and support that is in the best interest of the child, mother and the community.
- Abortion: Abortion violates Biblical principles regarding the sanctity of life and should never be encouraged or condoned. Getting an elective abortion to terminate an unwanted pregnancy will lead to almost certain dismissal from the University.
- Pornography: The use of pornography in any form is demeaning and damaging to individuals and is therefore prohibited. The University feels that its use is inconsistent with Biblical principles.
- Immodesty of Dress: Scripture is clear that immodesty of dress is to be avoided. The University supports this admonition and reserves the right to determine for this community what that may include. (See also Propriety section.)
- Speech: Lying, dishonesty, gossip, slander, profanity and vulgarity (including crude language) are expressly prohibited in Scripture. Such speech is not helpful for building others up and should be avoided.
- Theft (including plagiarism): Expressly prohibited in Scripture and not acceptable behavior.
- Gambling: Scripture is clear in principles regarding the use of money, and gambling activities are inconsistent with those principles.
- Alcohol: Drunkenness is explicitly addressed in Scripture as immoral and will likely lead to dismissal. In addition, the use of any alcohol can be damaging to the individual and community (see also Honor section) and is therefore prohibited.
- Local, State, Federal Laws / Submission to Authority: Romans 13:1 is clear that we should subject ourselves to the authority of the government. Asbury University community members are expected to uphold all local, state and federal laws. Arrest on or off campus is subject to review within the University’s disciplinary procedures.
- Civil Disobedience: On rare occasions civil laws might require behavior that is contrary to God’s law as found in Scripture. In such cases, each individual would submit voluntarily to the civil penalty for his or her behavior, and said behavior would be reviewed within the University’s disciplinary procedures.