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2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook



General Philosophy

A. The Student Life Disciplinary Process is designed to assist individual and

community spiritual formation and to aid the university in maintaining

a grace-filled environment conducive to Christian living and learning.

Personal growth and maturity are encouraged most when each member

of the CIU community practices self-responsibility and shares the

responsibility of creating a community of caring involvement to support

and confront one another when appropriate.

B. The responsibility to confront one another in a loving manner should flow

out of natural and intentional relationships with friends, peers, faculty,

and staff. This approach, if functioning properly, should enable spiritual

formation with confrontation and accountability as needed to take place on

a personal, informal level.

C. The Scriptures do not describe a precise model for discipline. However,

they do prescribe that when necessary we are to confront one another in

love. The university’s model has been adopted from Matthew 18:12-22.


Attitude – Matt. 18:12-13, 21-22: “‘What do you think? If any man has

a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave

the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that

is straying? If it turns out that he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices

over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray....’

Then Peter came and said to Him, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother

sin against me and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to

him, ‘I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times

seven’” (NASB).


Process – Matt. 18:15-17: “‘If your brother sins, go and show him his

fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. But if he

does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the

mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. If he

refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen

even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.’”


D. This biblical model suggests a redemptive attitude and a progression with

confrontation. Members of the CIU community are expected to apply these

biblical principles in supporting and holding one another accountable.


This model assumes that students will conduct themselves

appropriately by implementing self-responsibility. 1 Cor. 11:31-32:

“But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when

we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be

condemned along with the world” (NASB).


If that fails, individuals of the CIU community — friends, other

students, resident assistants, faculty/staff, director of Residence Life,

Student Life deans, etc. — should assume the responsibility for caring

involvement to support and confront each other when needed.