Services and Support

Academic Appeals

Your instructors are in the best position to help you succeed in your courses, so you seek their feedback as you track your grades on assignments throughout the semester. Students wishing to appeal a final course grade should begin by consulting with the course instructor. If the student and instructor are not able to reach an agreement, the student may appeal in writing to the Academic Cabinet within 30 days from the date that the grade was assigned, by sending a letter and all relevant documentation to the Director of Instructional Support. The appeal process is fully outlined in the current Academic Catalog. Submitting an appeal provides no guarantee of approval.

Academic Honesty/Plagiarism

Academic dishonesty includes plagiarism, cheating, and any attempt to acquire course credit for academic work through false or dishonest means. Plagiarism is the act of presenting someone else’s ideas or work as one’s own, whether intentionally or not. Students must be sure their written work is original, or that it properly cites the work of others. Any form of academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. For more information on plagiarism click here.


Information on student academic advising may be found here. Each student is assigned an academic advisor. Students may set up appointments with advisors or stop by their offices during office hours to learn better how to navigate their academic careers most effectively.

Student Information Technology

Students use several computer programs to receive and send information to faculty and staff and to manage their courses. Information about these programs can be found here.

If you have any questions about these programs or need help accessing any of your student accounts, please call 214.818.1358 or email the Campus Software Manager.


Criswell offers various Institutes on campus. The Criswell Institute for Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and the Hope for the Heart Counseling Institute offer students even more opportunities to learn about these subjects and chances to apply what they are learning in the classroom through fellowship, reading, and travel experiences.

Prospectus/Thesis Guidelines

A thesis option is available in most of the Masters programs at Criswell College. The pursuit of a thesis is a multi-step process, which is outlined in the Thesis Guidelines and requires submission of the Prospectus/Thesis Approval Form.


Textbook requirements are available in the SONIS Student Portal. Textbooks must be purchased online, directly from the publisher, or from the professor. For special purchasing requirements, contact the professor.

Tutoring Center

The tutoring practices offered in the Center integrate both what and how to study, fostering independent learning and the development of academic skills that span all courses. Detailed information on the Tutoring Center may be found here.

Writing Styles

The default writing style for written assignments in Criswell College courses is the latest edition of A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate Turabian. However, instructors are free to require alternative writing styles in their courses. These styles include but are not limited to the American Psychological Association (APA), Chicago Manual of Style, Modern Language Association (MLA), and Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) writing guides. Program directors may, in consultation and with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, adopt a default style for their particular programs, or for disciplines within their programs.

Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.