Student Policies

Personal Habits
With the submission of the Student Application, TBC Students are committing to live in accordance with Christian Lifestyle ideals congruent with the character values of Theos Bible School which models a good testimony forJesus Christ. In keeping with this commitment, students agree to abstain from the use of all addictive substances. (Students who are walking out recovery from addictions should acknowledge that to the Dean ahead of time so we can provide grace-filled, life-giving accountability to them as the they walk into the victory Jesus paid for in full.) Students also commit to maintain a behavior that is above reproach in relationship and the Biblical guidelines of sexuality, avoiding even the appearance of evil (1 Thess. 5:22).

Academic Honesty
TBC will not tolerate academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.). Exams, papers or other work of this nature will receive an “F”, requiring the student to pay a $150 fine, retake the course, write a different paper, retest, etc. Repeat offenders will be dismissed from TBC with no refund of fees paid.

Dress Code
While TBC does not have an “Official Dress Code”, students are reminded that they are in an environment and course of study commensurate with the Ministry of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As such (and at the Instructor’s discretion), students are expected to dress in a manner that reflects an effort towards being modest, well-groomed, clean, and otherwise congruent with environment of higher learning.

Course Requirements
Students are expected to listen to all of the course lectures, read through the course textbooks, take all quizzes, tests and exams, and submit all required research papers.
• NOTE: TBC has provided a guide for preparing acceptable research papers (see Appendix B of the handbook).

Course Completion
Students are expected to attend all classes on the campus as scheduled. We recognize that occasionally, life-circumstances preclude a student’s ability to attend a class. If a class is missed, the student will have the ability to make that class up by purchasing an audio file of the class ($5 per class night) and listening through the class before the conclusion of that course (unless other arrangements are made with the instructor at the Instructor’s discretion).
• NOTE: All “make-up sessions/work/papers/exams” must be completed within 3 weeks of conclusion of that course (unless other arrangements are made with the instructor at the Instructor’s discretion).

Failing Grade
Grades will be entered into a student’s transcript as earned. In order for a student to receive credit for a failed course, the student must pay for and retake the course. Once completed, the failing grade will be replaced by the grade earned by the student on their course re-take.

Ministry Practicum
The purpose for providing education through TBC is, in part, to fulfill the mandate Jesus gave those with the Ascension Gifts listed in Ephesians 4:11-12. In other words, the instruction and training is not for knowledge alone, but for the “equipping of the Saints for the ‘work of the ministry.’” In keeping with this, TBC sees Ministry Practicum as an essential component of Biblical Training.

As such, TBC includes and requires Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors to serve in a ministry team in their local church for a minimum of 72 hours during each 9-course program of study. This Ministry Practicum must be documented by a ministry leader within the student’s local church and may be served as a volunteer within the ministry of helps (e.g. Kids Ministry, Student Ministry, Worship Ministry, Usher, Greeter, etc.) or as part of a student’s paid ministry employment if that time fits within those categories of ministry.
• See Appendix A for a Ministry Practicum Summary Log used by students to properly document their MP hours.

Congruently, Seniors working toward a Bachelor’s degree must spend at least 50% (36) of their MP hours in an area of ministry aligned with their degree. E.g. A senior working toward a Bachelor’s of Theology should spend at least 36 of their 72 MP hours teaching/leading a class or small group sanctioned by their local church.
• See the Ministry Practicum Form for details.
NOTE: Credit for Ministry Practicum will only be granted after a student has completed 9 courses at TBC within each program year.