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2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook



Authority of the University

Although Columbia International University exists for students, the board of

trustees, by charter and bylaws, is ultimately responsible for the educational

programs and campus life. The president of the university reports to the board of

trustees and is responsible for the organization and administration of the school.

Scriptural Commands and Clear Teaching

The God revealed in the Bible desires to transform, illumine, and empower faculty,

staff, and students. He is the source of all authority and has power to transform

His children into the image of Jesus Christ; He is the one who changes our lives in


Scripture teaches that certain attributes are available to individuals through

the Holy Spirit. These attributes include

“love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law”

(Galatians 5:22-23; NASB). This “fruit of the Spirit” is to be sought, encouraged, and

demonstrated in our relationships.

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 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:

o 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. This includes involvement in a local church;

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.

o The responsibility to practice complete honesty in connection with course

work, 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 is borrowed

from a book, an article, another student’s paper, tapes, etc.;

To use only legally authorized duplication and/or distribution sources

for music and movies.