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2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook


evidence of the universal human rejection of God’s supreme glory and, like all

forms of sexual behavior that violate God’s original design, it is sin.

The New Testament further states:

Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit

the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters

nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders nor thieves nor the

greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God

(1 Cor. 6:9–10).

The same passage of Scripture strongly affirms the liberating power of the Christian

gospel. Sinful men and women may be freed from all former sinful patterns of life,

including sexual sin, whether heterosexual or homosexual:

And that is what some of

you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of

the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God

(1 Cor. 6:11).

Like all other sins, the corruption of sexual sin can be fully forgiven through

repentance and faith in Christ’s atoning work even though physical and

psychological scars caused by sexual sin cannot always be erased in this life. We

grieve with those who suffer hardships caused by sexual immorality, even if it is

caused by their sinful acts. We strive to give aid in ways that do not deny personal

responsibility for sexual behavior and that demonstrate the love of God for all

people, remembering that “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans

5:8). We believe Christ set an example of loving ministry to those who suffer from

the results of their own acts of sin (e.g. Christ’s interaction with the Samaritan

woman [John 4:4-26] and with the thief on the cross [Luke 23:39-43]).


This statement does not exhaust the extent of our beliefs. The Bible itself, as the

inspired, infallible, and inerrant Word of God speaks with final authority concerning

truth, morality, and the proper conduct of human beings. It is the sole and final

source of all that we believe. For purposes of CIU’s faith, doctrine, practice, policy,

and discipline, our Board of Trustees is the final interpretive authority on the Bible’s

meaning and application.

Student Life Disciplinary Process

CIU desires to assist and guide students in the midst of dealing with personal

issues, relationship problems, even issues that may ordinarily be handled through

the disciplinary process. In the eyes of the faculty and staff, it is a welcome

testimony to the work of the Holy Spirit when students openly acknowledge and

seek to address personal failures or problems. Our desire is to come alongside

any student dealing with such issues. When a student takes initiative to disclose a

personal failure or problem to a resident assistant, a member of the Student Life

Division, a faculty or staff member, or an administrator, every effort will be made to

address and resolve the issue through mediation, discipleship, counseling, or other

means of intervention. CIU’s expectation is that any student disclosing a problem

or failure should also be willing to enter into a plan to address the problem. In such

cases, the student will demonstrate ongoing commitment to CIU’s mission and

educational goals by submitting to guidance and conscientious follow-through

with any measures prescribed to overcome the issue.