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In contrast to encouraging these positive attributes of the heart, Scripture condemns attitudes such as greed, jealousy, pride, lust,

and hatred. Although these attitudes are sometimes difficult to discern, they can hinder relationships with God and others and

lead to unacceptable behavior. Certain behaviors are expressly prohibited in Scripture and therefore are to be avoided by

members of the university community. These actions include theft, gambling,

lying, dishonesty, gossip, slander, backbiting,

profanity, vulgarity (including crude language), sexual promiscuity (including adultery, homosexual behavior, premarital sex, and

pornography), drunkenness, immodest attire, and occult practice.

Scriptural Principles Contextually Applied at CIU

Within the context of our educational mission and cultural circumstances, certain responsibilities represent our attempt to

apply clear scriptural principles at CIU. These responsibilities include, but are

not limited to:

1. The responsibility to actively participate in the university’s life of prayer and faith:

To observe Sunday as a special day of rest, worship, and service to the Lord, including involvement in a local


To have a time of daily communion with the Lord in prayer and meditation on the Word with a focus on personal

godliness, spiritual growth, right relationships with others, and God’s direction for life

To attend chapel services for worship, inspiration, fellowship, spiritual growth, and the dissemination of

community information

To attend Prayer Days each semester for corporate prayer

2. The responsibility to practice complete honesty in connection with coursework, interpersonal relationships, and daily

activity in every setting:

To acknowledge the source of words, sentences, ideas, conclusions, examples, and/or organization of an

assignment that are borrowed from a book, an article, another student's paper, tapes, etcetera

To use only legally authorized duplication and/or distribution sources for music and movies

3. The responsibility to uphold a level of behavior consistent with the university’s model of training for Christian

servanthood and leadership:

To take care of body, mind, and soul through proper nutrition, adequate sleep, regular exercise, and abstention

from harmful practices such as the use of tobacco and illegal drugs

To maintain biblical principles of truth, honor, and purity with regard to visual and listening choices such as

movies, music, internet, computer games, and blogging

To limit behaviors that may cause offense or moral failure, such as restricting expressions of physical affection

to what is appropriate for the level of commitment of the relationship and refraining from drinking of alcoholic


For further explanation of the implications of these responsibilities, please refer to the Student Handbook.

The University and the Law

In keeping with scriptural admonitions to bring ourselves under the authority of government, members of the university

community are expected to uphold the laws of the local community, the state of South Carolina, and the nation. Any alleged

violations of federal, state, or local laws may be referred to the appropriate law enforcement officials and/or to the appropriate

university or judicial body.

University Practices

In addition to subscribing to biblical expectations, members of the university community intentionally commit themselves to

follow the university’s institutional standards of behavior. This commitment reflects the conviction that these standards serve

the good of the individual, the community, and the institution.

Student Academic Responsibilities

The faculty has the responsibility to educate students from a biblical worldview to impact the nations with the message of

Christ. Students have the responsibility to embrace, inquire, and refine their knowledge, critical thinking processes, skills,

and talents for service to God and others. Most importantly, we expect God to participate in the learning process. His role

is to transform and illumine the minds of both students and teachers and to empower all for a life of godliness and service.

Academic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

The responsibility to share with the faculty in the maintenance of the integrity of scholarship, grades, and academic


The responsibility to learn the content of a course of study according to standards of academic performance established

by the university and the faculty member for each course taken.

The responsibility to promote by words, attitude, and actions a classroom atmosphere that is conducive to the teaching

and learning process for all concerned and to respect the standards of conduct established by the university and each

faculty member.