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2017-2018 CIU Student Handbook


In such circumstances a formal evaluation may be necessary. Should the need

arise, the dean of Student Life, in consultation with other CIU administrators, will

arrange for an evaluation by appropriate medical or mental health professionals

on or off campus. The student may also choose to obtain an independent

evaluation for consideration during this review. All costs associated with this

independent evaluation will be the responsibility of the student. A student who

does not complete this mandatory evaluation may be withdrawn involuntarily from

the university or be subject to further disciplinary action, including suspension

or dismissal. A student who has been asked to withdraw may appeal in writing

according to the published appeal process in the student handbook. Due to the

nature of this appeal, the appeal must be submitted in writing within 48 hours after

the decision of the dean of Student Life has been delivered to the student.

Students who are asked to leave the university under this provision will be

refunded tuition and room and board costs per the refund schedule in the catalog.

Student Privacy Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), with which

Columbia International University fully complies, protects the privacy of

educational records, establishes the right of students to inspect these records, and

provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through

informal hearings.

Student records include finances, academic-related ministry assignments and

evaluation, grades, veteran affairs, and Student Life files. You have the right to file

complaints concerning alleged institutional failure to comply with this Act.

CIU designates the following categories of student records as public “Directory

Information” and may use its discretion in disclosing this data:


Name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, classification


Previous institution(s) attended, major fields of study, awards, honors,

degree(s) conferred (including dates)


Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities,

physical factors (height and weight of athletes), date and place of birth.

Forms requesting the withholding of “Directory Information” may be obtained

from the Registrar’s Office and must be signed and returned prior to the first day

of the second full week of classes. Unless this form is filed, individual approval for

disclosure is assumed.

The university is permitted to notify parents concerning the following matters:

(a) health or safety emergencies, such as a medical or psychiatric crisis, when

disclosure is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student; (b) violation

of the university’s drug or alcohol policy by a student under the age of 21; and (c) a

final disciplinary decision that determines the student attempted to, or did, commit

a serious crime as defined by FERPA.

Student Appeal and Grievance Policy

It is the goal of CIU to provide services and educational opportunities without

discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, disability or

biological sex/gender at birth. Should a student have a complaint, CIU provides