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2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook


o 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 to the relationship, and drinking of

alcoholic beverages. (Please refer to Section V for the faculty’s

statement on students’ physical expression of affection.)

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


Academic responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

o The responsibility to share with the faculty in the maintenance of the

integrity of scholarship, grades, and academic standards;

o 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;

o 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;

o The responsibility for class attendance and to submit all class

assignments (e.g., examinations, tests, projects, reports), by scheduled

due dates or accept penalties. If any problem arises regarding course

work or attendance, the student will be responsible for initiating contact

with the instructor;

o The responsibility for meeting degree requirements as provided in the