Advanced Bible College
This document includes details on
Code of Conduct;
Refund policy; and
Evaluation and Scoring of
Advanced Bible College” is the training division of Galilee
International Ministries (SA)
of Conduct –
Advanced Bible College (hereafter referred to as The
College) is a Bible College for born again believers!
means that all students are to behave as born-again believers and
the rest of the Code of Conduct should not even be necessary.
references to students as “him/himself” also include references
to the female gender.
student must be punctual. This also includes meeting dead-lines
for assignments and required tasks as part of his studies.
student should always dress properly. Firstly, professional,
secondly, no revealing clothing or inappropriate attire will be
allowed when attending classes, meetings, functions or any other
public occasion, regardless of gender.
student must behave in a fitting manner, as described in the Word
of God, like ‘overseers’.
student’s speech must be without scorn, friendly, no cursing, not
suggestive, without discrimination or gossiping. A student should
act like a believer and speak like one too.
student shall not abuse, harass or otherwise interfere with any
member of the College community in any manner which contributes to
the creation of an intimidating, hostile, threatening or demeaning
environment for staff or students in general. This applies
specifically in relation to the person's race, gender, beliefs or
sexual orientation as well as any actions which interferes with the
work or study of any student or member of the College staff.
a student shall not lie or bring false accusations against others
or any staff member for the benefit of their own agendas, or due to
their lack in commitment.
student must be loyal to his local congregation, regularly attend
services, be part of the fold, but also live out their servanthood.
student must be respectful to his pastors, leaders, the elders and
peers of his church as well as any College official. In short, a
student must be respectful to everybody at all times. A motivation
on behalf of the student from his local pastor will make the
difference in the final approval for ordainment.
student shall act in a respectful manner towards all fellow
students, College staff as well as staff of contracted suppliers or
providers of services to the College, or their employees, or his
employer while undergoing experiential training, and towards
members of the public. A student shall not use any language that
abuses or demeans any person what so ever.
student shall notify the College Registrar of any change in his
permanent address, new contact details within seven working days of
such a change.
Authority of Binah:
student must submit himself to the authority of the Dean, Registrar
or Teacher (Biblical Mentor) that he is receiving instruction from,
as far as any request, task or command that is within the
boundaries of the Word of God.
students are required to submit to the authority
and teachings of the lecturers even if they would not agree in
principle with specific teaching material, until they have studied
all related material thoroughly.
a student will have the right to bring any discrepancies or false
teachings according to his knowledge and understanding under the
attention of the specific lecturer, the Registrar and even the Dean
of the College per written letter, explaining the specific teaching
and the full reasoning in context.
student shall comply with all other rules and regulations
pertaining to his training division, department, and co-operative
Examinations: General Conduct
student shall acquaint himself with the relevant rules regarding
tests and examinations of the faculty in which he is registered.
This applies to both written and E-learning exams.
student sitting for an examination (at Campus or via E-Learning)
shall comply with:
Any appropriate instruction by the Assessor of an examination or
All instructions printed on the examination sheet or on the cover
of the answer book for that examination test;
All instructions of the mentor or overseer on the E-Learning
Respond to any request to verify his identity or presence.
student sitting for a test or examination at Campus shall be guilty
of an irregularity if:
He helps or tries to help another examination student, or
communicates or tries to communicate with any person other than an
Assessor, while in the test or examination venue;
He causes a disturbance in the test or examination venue, or acts
in an improper or unseemly manner and refuses to comply after a
warning has been issued by the chief Assessor to cease such
disturbance, improper or unseemly conduct.
student sitting for a test or examination during an E-Learning
session shall be guilty of an irregularity if:
The student fails to contact the examiner, supervisor, mentor or
teacher within the set time to verify his identity as and when
The student relies on sources, people or documentation that is not
permitted during the test;
The student refuses to login according to the specified time to
start the test without valid reason.
Property & other resources:
student shall make, distribute, reproduce, copy or make use of any
material in which copyright resides, without the permission of the
author or owner thereof, for a purpose other than for his private,
personal study. Included in this definition of material in which
copyright resides are teaching materials, computer software,
printed materials and audio or video recordings.
students acknowledge that the use of electronic and online
resources is made available to them for academic and College
related purposes only. Private and personal use is prohibited,
unless approved in writing by the Dean or Registrar.
College & Ministry Partners:
student shall not maliciously or wrongfully destroy damage,
appropriate, abuse or remove property of the College, or from a
fellow student or staff member.
student shall not, without prior written permission from the Dean
or Registrar, utilize any College property (including intellectual
property), facility, amenity or equipment for any other use or
purpose than the intended Bible College.
student shall not commit acts of theft or damage to the College
property. For the purposes of this rule, the possession of stolen
property shall be deemed to constitute an act of theft.
E-Learning platform & Social Media
any action or omission of any part of this Policy will be deemed in
a very serious light, the following actions or omissions shall
constitute to be direct and wilful misconduct. The College
may initiate the appropriate investigation and apply disciplinary
actions against such students, which could include immediate
expulsion from the course or even complete study program:
Sharing network log-on usernames with or disclosing passwords to
any third person(s);
Intentionally bypassing the security mechanisms of the mail system
or any other secure website or network (e.g. creating bogus
Modifying the internal mail transport mechanism to forge a routing
path that a message takes through the Internet;
Storing, downloading and propagating, printing, distributing,
sending or accessing racist, sexist, politically or religiously
derogatory content or material, or pornographic material as
contemplated in Schedule 1, 2, 6, 7 & 11 of the Films and
Publications Act 65/1996, as read with the Films and Publications
Amendment Act No. 34/1999.
Knowingly sending or forwarding messages and attachments that
could be infected with malicious codes such as viruses, as well as
spam. If in doubt, please contact the Registrar.
Any destructive and disruptive practices either via e-mail, social
pages of the College and Ministry, as well as the Internet;
Sending, replying to or forwarding e-mail messages or other
electronic communications which hides the identity of the sender
or represents the sender as someone else;
Users of the institution's electronic mail systems who obtain
access to materials of other organisations may not copy, modify or
forward copyrighted materials, except under the specific copyright
terms and conditions; and
Using information, e-mails, files, downloads or data to commit
fraud or any other criminal offence(s);
student convicted of any criminal offence by a South African Court
with criminal jurisdiction in terms of the Criminal Procedure Act
51/1977, shall be guilty of an offence in terms of this Code of
Conduct, and shall therefore be subject to disciplinary action by
student shall bring on to any College campus or class any firearm
or gun or mock replica or toy weapon, nor any dangerous weapon or
explosives. The definition of dangerous weapons includes, but is
not limited to, knives, daggers, or switchblades and martial arts
student shall not commit any act of sale, distribution, use or
possession of any illegal drug, as defined by the Drug and Drug
Trafficking Act 140/1992.
relating to the work of the College:
A student shall not commit acts of forgery, falsification, nor
shall he alter any document, record or instrument of
identification, or any medical certificate, or any document he is
submitting in support of his application for registration or other
types of verification or agreement with the College.
A student shall not disobey a suspension order made in terms of
the College Rules on Disciplinary Procedure.
rules relating to consumption of alcohol:
A student shall at all times refrain from drunken or disorderly
behaviour that disturbs the peace of other students.
No student shall sell, serve or assist any other person to sell or
serve liquor on any College campus or property.
in respect of the College’s disciplinary structures and
A student present at any disciplinary hearing shall not, in any
circumstances, interfere with or in any manner disrupt or disturb
student of Binah Advanced Bible College who deliberately and
unlawfully transgress the stipulations of the Word of God and any
Policy document of the College, or those who distort, undermine,
ignore and do not comply with the decisions/instructions being made
by the College Executive Board and also being duly notified of,
will be subjected to disciplinary action.
College may initiate the appropriate investigation and disciplinary
action against students and staff who fail or refuse to abide by
these rules. Such disciplinary action may vary from a verbal
reprimand to expulsion from the College depending on the
seriousness of the offence and described in the Disciplinary
the case of deliberate error in regard with doctrine, living a holy
life and neglect of duty, the following process will be applicable:
Any complaint or accusation in a student or staff member, must be
received in writing with a clear description of the complaint as
well as the full details of the plaintiff. The student or staff
member will be suspended from all classes, duties and authority in
the College, until a final decision has been reached in this
The Registrar will inform the relevant student or staff member of
the complaint as well as the subsequent investigation.
The complaint will be investigated thoroughly by gathering all
evidence and facts in order to make a sound decision in this
The Dean or his delegate will act as the presiding officer of the
disciplinary board and the delegate(s) who investigated the matter
will then testify before the Board.
If the student or staff member is found not guilty
of the complaint, he will be restored to full status as student or
staff member. Steps will then be taken to restore unity and
resolve any conflict between the student, staff member and the
If a student or staff member is found guilty, the
first steps of disciplinary action according to Matt 18:15-17;
2Thes 3:6 & 14; Rom 16:17 and other scriptures could then be
applied as necessary. Depending on the severity of the
allegations, the case could also be handed to the local
authorities for further investigation and prosecution if
found guilty of misconduct, procedures and processes will be put in
place with the student or staff member to support and guide him in
correcting the mistake according to the Word of God. I
no acceptable change or resolution could be affected, the following
procedures shall apply:
The Executive Board of the College will then make the necessary
decisions to terminate the relationship;
The respective student will be expelled from the College with
immediate effect, and he shall be held liable for the full payment
of the study program for the year;
The status of a staff member as Biblical Mentor, will be withdrawn
for a minimum period of 3 months or longer, until the required
change is evident to the Board.
If no change in the staff member’s behaviour or teaching could
be affected after the 3 month period, his status and even
ordination and membership with Galilee International Ministries
can be terminated upon a proposal to the President and Executive
Board (of Galilee International Ministries) for the final
any student’s or staff member’s marriage disintegrates in such
a manner that irreconcilable differences are evident, where a
separation from bed-and-table exists or even concerns of a possible
divorce is obvious, or where their relationship has become an
embarrassment to the College and/or Organisation, then one or more
of the following guidelines will be applicable:
The relevant student or staff member will be suspended from all
classes, E-Learning facilities, duties and authority in the
College, for a maximum period of one year in order to provide the
couple enough time to reconcile their differences and rescue their
Alternative arrangements will be taken for the College to continue
at the local campus and the staff member will not be allowed to
minister or teach in any capacity.
It is also further expected from the relevant student or couple to
attend counselling sessions at a recognised marriage councillor
for a specific period of time. The commitment and cooperation of
both parties in this regard is an important requirement.
Upon the achievement of full reconciliation between the student or
couple, he could be reinstated in his capacity as a student or
staff member after a healing period of at least 3 months.
no reconciliation in the marriage could be achieved, The College’s
Executive Council will take one of the following decisions:
If the student or staff member is unquestionably innocent in this
case, his status as student or Biblical Mentor will continue with
the College after a healing period as advised by the Dean;
If enough evidence exists that the student or staff member does
not live a holy life and is largely also to blame for the breakup
of his marriage, his status as student or staff member will then
also be terminated. The staff member will also face a full
disciplinary hearing of the Organisation.
This stipulation is based upon the first point of this Policy,
that we believe we are working with and providing Biblical
Education to born-again believers. If that is not the case, then
we see no other option than to terminate the relationship with any
such student. We will not see our way clear to provide any
further education to someone who should then not be in the
ministry or be involved with any aspect of the ministry at all.
following appeal procedure will apply with all disciplinary
hearings and actions:
The relevant student or staff member can apply in writing to the
Dean of his intention to appeal to the decisions that were passed
during a disciplinary hearing.
The application for appeal must be registered with the Dean or
Registrar within 14 working days after the disciplinary
The application for appeal is to contain all the relevant reasons
and evidence why the decisions of the disciplinary hearing are not
Once the request to appeal is approved on valid grounds, the Dean
will then conduct a new hearing and may invite other senior
Biblical Mentors or Professors from Therapon to the appeal
The Dean might also invite an independent Professor or Doctor of
Therapon as chairman of the appeal procedure. The decisions taken
at such an appeal procedure will then be final.
note that Binah Advanced Bible College is the training division of
Galilee International Ministries which is registered in South Africa
as a non-profit, Tax exempted ministry organization. Galilee
International Ministries or Binah Advanced Bible College therefore
cannot issue refunds under any circumstances.
Advanced Bible College and Galilee International Ministries has a
REFUND POLICY on
all fees. That means that all fees paid to us remain NON-REFUNDABLE
the student, even if the student should decide not to continue with
his or her studies. This includes any and all fees or deposits paid
in respect of:
or any other fees paid upfront or in advance, regardless of the
nature or intended purpose of the fee.
a student abscond from their studies after paying any fees, they have
a 12-month period from the last payment received in which to bring
their fees up to date and continue with their studies where they left
off. Should they not continue or come to an agreement with us within
the 12 months after absconding their studies, they will be removed
and no longer be registered as a legitimate student with Binah
Advanced Bible College. Any application to make an agreement as well
as the mutual agreement must be in written form and be confirmed by
the appointed Registrar of Binah Advanced Bible College. The same
principle also applies from the international University in the USA
Virgin Islands who confers the necessary certificates and degrees
after successful completion of a course.
students are urged to count the cost before they enrol.
and Scoring of Assignments
The following terminology is used in
this document with specific relevance.
Assignment: a task or piece of work allocated to someone as
part of a study.
Evaluate: to judge or calculate the quality, or score of an
Accredit: to officially recognize, accept, or approve a
subject or course as ‘passed’.
Application: the way theory is applied in practise for a
Biblical Perspective: in context with Scriptures so that it
can be deemed as being supported by the whole of the Bible.
Score: the number of points achieved for an assignment, exam
or combination of both.
Pass Mark: the minimum mark needed to be receive a pass on a
Score Weighting: a level
given to a part of the requirements required to achieve a Total
Score for a subject or course.
Re-write: repeating an exam to allow a better Score.
Re-examination: repeating the exams and re-submitting all
assignments to pass a subject or course.
Evaluation of Assignments
Submitted assignments will be
evaluated and accredited according to the following criteria:
is from a Biblical perspective
relevant scripture references and proof
interpretation of Scripture
be relevant to the assignment and Biblical references
of core questions
research of subject matter
analysis of source material
between sources and material used
research parallel where required to level of study
Application to ministry
between theory and practical
of ministerial issues in context
and application in spiritual life and service
Structure, Style and Format
presentation (index, paragraphs, titles, numbering, spacing)
(length of assignment, introduction, summary, bridging between
and Bibliography (Style, accuracy, references)
expression of communication (style, language proficiency, clarity)
Pass Mark and Score weighting
Scoring on Assignments
average score on all assignments is relative to 50% of Total Score -
which will provide a “Subject Assessment Score - SAS” to the
student. If this average score is 20% and below, the student will
not be allowed to write the exam and the failed assignments must be
repeated first to achieve a pass mark.
ILIAS system allows three types of deadlines:
Normal deadline: Standard
Grace period: A
period allowed for late submissions (includes penalties)
deadline: A period set for an individual under certain
needs to be submitted on or before their respective due dates.
Failure to submit an assignment without notification to the
lecturer/Registrar or Dean at least 2 days before due date will
result in the following penalties on the assignment score:
deadline but before grace period end) 10% penalty
period: 0% score for Assignment (100% penalty)
submission after Individual deadline: 0% score for Assignment
Re-writes, re-examination and failing of a subject or course.
failing an exam, re-writing an exam will be charged at the fee as
stipulated by the board from time to time for each subject. This will
only be allowed if it is possible to determine that passing the exam
will also constitute a ‘pass’ on the subject. The student must
apply for a re-write and agree to the date on the re-write as
determined by the lecturer.
a student fail a subject completely the Student will be accountable
for full curriculum fees (all outstanding fees for subject). The
student will need to apply for a re-examination, which means the
student will need to pay the FULL curriculum fee for the subject,
re-submit all assignments and re-write all exams.