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does not complete this mandatory evaluation may be withdrawn involuntarily from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
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