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, class on a No Cut Day) 10
Absence, intentional(Special meeting, chapel, church, each missed Fine Arts Requirement) 25
Appliances, unapproved in dorm room 25
Call slip, unanswered 10
Computer games, uncheckable 25. 2nd offense = 50 + confiscation
Dating infraction 10-suspension
Disobedience/insubordination-disrespect in attitude or action 15-suspension
Dress infraction 10-25. 2nd offense = 25 + confiscation
Dress infraction, unchecked slacks (women) 25. 3rd offense = privilege revoked
Dress infraction
Dress infraction, tattoo after enrolled or tattoo uncovered 50
Dress infraction, body piercing after enrolled or jewelry not removed 50
Entertainment violation -viewing 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-emergencies 50-suspension
Employment, violation of Maranatha policies 10
Fighting 10-suspension
Fireworks/Open flame 15-suspension
Guns/weapons not checked w/Dorm sup/Student Life Office 25, confiscation and storage fees
Hair/grooming infraction 5-20
Headphone and Earbud infraction (not a music infraction) 10. 2nd offense = 25. 3rd offense = loss of privilege
Horseplay, practical jokes 15-suspension
Improper procedure 5-10
Ironing in dorm room 25
Late entry 5 each 15 minutes
Lights out violation, noise/wrong room 5
Library, books removed w/o checkout 25-suspension
Misconduct in class, chapel, church, etc.(i.e. sleeping, talking, texting, etc.) 10-25
Music Infraction 15*. 2nd offense = 25*. 3rd offense = 25* + confiscation of device, headphones, etc.,
*remove electronic copies
No Bible (paper or electronic version) in chapel or church services 5  doubled for each violation
EPass violation, did not submit EPass when missing your permanent church 10
EPass violation, EPass incorrectly filled out 15
EPass violation, incorrect information or failure to submit 5-25
EPass violation, mixed group off-campus 25-suspension
Personal life and testimony issues 50-dismissal
Property/equipment, abuse or misuse 10-suspension; pay damages
Property/equipment, unauthorized use 25-suspension; pay damages
Room duties not done 2, fines
Search, unauthorized of someone else’s property 25
Sign in or sign out of chapel, special meetings, recitals, etc. 5
Tardiness 5
Technology, bypassing or attempting to bypass the network filter Warning. 2nd offense = 25
Technology, sharing/using passwords 25-50
Technology, tampering with college hardware or software programs 25-suspension
Technology, video conferencing violation (unapproved area, another person on campus, etc.) 15
Off-limits areas/wrong side of campus 15-25
Vehicle, misuse Demerits, fines to loss of driving privilege
Vehicle, use of someone else’s w/o permission 50-suspension
Violation of levels I-IV Consequences 25-suspension
Withdrawal from school w/o notification Suspension