2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook
values, attitudes and behavior, all other movies should be viewed only after a
biblically informed decision has been made. We ask students to refrain from
movies that diminish their concern for human suffering or decrease their
desire to live with purity in thought, word, and deed. The university reserves
the right to judge the suitability of any movie viewed in the residence halls or
on campus, and we all have a responsibility to encourage one another to live
with integrity in this area.
Words expressed in song have the power to move us in all aspects of our
lives. Our imagination can be stretched both for good and evil by the power of
these words. Therefore, our desire is that the music we listen to be pleasing to
the Lord and not have messages that violate biblical principles (I Cor. 14:7-26,
40; Phil. 4:8).
While the computer has brought much good into our lives and has given
us access to resources unavailable in the past, there are areas that require
vigilance so that we, as Christians, may avoid the temptations that coexist
with the good.
No viewing of pornography (Internet or otherwise) is acceptable.
Like movies, game ratings are unreliable and call for careful,
biblical discernment in choosing which games to play (see principles under
Technology affords us increasing opportunities for the free
flow of ideas and the expression of concerns and emotions, often in a
mistaken atmosphere of anonymity. We encourage the expression of ideas,
whether in the classroom, lunchroom, “dorm” room, or chat room. When
posting information, there is great potential and temptation to disregard
biblical principles of loving one another and respecting those in authority.
We encourage the exercise of discipline and integrity as you post and share,
just as we would in other areas of communication, written or verbal. All are
exhorted to ponder Phil. 4:8 and Eph. 4:3, 25, 29-32 before posting.
unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good
for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to
those who hear”
(Eph. 4:29; NASB).
CIU’s official “STATEMENT ON HUMAN SEXUALITY AND MARRIAGE” can be
found in Section VI of this handbook. As stated in that section, in all of CIU’s
documents the terms “male,” “female,” “man,” “woman,” etc. refer to the biological
sex of a person at birth. The biological sex of a person at birth is clear except for
an extremely small percentage of births (perhaps 1/10 of 1%) in which there is a
genuine occurrence of sexual chromosome disorder.
The Bible is clear in its teaching that God created man in His own image, and in
this creation He created male and female (Gen. 1:27; Mt. 19:4). His design from
the very beginning was that a man and a woman would be joined together and
become one flesh (Gen. 2:24). This expression of marriage is affirmed throughout
Scripture and leaves no room for same-sex unions nor sexual expressions of
intimacy between those of the same sex. Therefore, we hold that marriage is