2017-2018 Main Campus Undergraduate Student Handbook 
    Oct 07, 2022  
2017-2018 Main Campus Undergraduate Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community Living

Common courtesy and personal responsibility are a part of community living. Each member of the PLNU community has an obligation to maintain an environment in which dignity and respect are manifested in our daily lives.

Chapel Attendance Policy 

PLNU has always had mandatory attendance at Chapel as part of its community expectations.  Chapel is a witness to this university’s desire to be a community that: is centered on the lordship of Jesus Christ, seeks after the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in our lives, and gathers to give God praise in all circumstances and all times.

We have the opportunity to gather a minimum of 4 times per week.  There are usually 40-41 morning and 13-14 Time Out Chapel services, which provide our students with approximately 54 Chapel credit opportunities per semester.  Additional Chapel credits may also be granted through special events, forums and/or special Chapels.  There are a minimum number of Chapel credits a student must acquire each semester based on enrollment status.  The flexibility of Chapel requirements creates room for students to manage the basic needs of illness, doctor appointments, and class requirements.  The reduction of Chapel requirements for Juniors and Seniors accommodates for the increase of off-campus internships.


  • Morning Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and is typically held in Brown Chapel. Time Out Chapel begins at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Brown Chapel.
  • To earn Chapel credit, students must scan in and out of Chapel using their ID card at the entrance doors. They must scan in no later than 9:55 a.m. and remain in Chapel for the entire Chapel service. A one-way scan will not be counted as a Chapel credit.
  • Manual scans are available for those students who don’t have their ID card with them, but are limited to three manual scans per semester. Manual scans recorded after three in a semester will not receive credit.
  • Chapel attendance may be viewed through a student’s portal account located on the Web site (my.pointloma.edu). On the student account screen, select BIO Information from the menu, then select Chapel Attendance.  Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report on a regular basis. Any missing chapels that are not reported to chapelattendance@pointloma.edu, within 2 weeks of the attendance discrepancy will not be eligible for retroactive credit. If you have concerns within these parameters, you can communicate concerns via email only at chapelattendance@pointloma.edu. This account information is managed by the Office of Student Development in partnership with the Office of Spiritual Development.


Students enrolled in 12 or more units and all residential students (Despite the number of units enrolled) have the following requirements:

  • Freshman & Sophomore students must acquire 30/54* Chapel credits per semester
  • Juniors & Seniors must acquire 23/54* Chapel credits per semester

Commuter Students will receive and automatic reduction to their Chapel requirements.

  • Freshman & Sophomore students without classes before 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or attending only Tuesday/Thursday classes are required to attend 20/54* Chapels per semester.
  • Junior & Senior students without classes before 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or attending only Tuesday/Thursday classes are required to attend 14/54* Chapels per semester.

For Students 26 Years of age or older there is no required attendance.  All students are welcomed and encouraged to come to all Chapels.

Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in Chapel fines:

  • 1 - 5 excessive Chapel absences will result in a fine of $5 for each absence
  • 6 or more excessive Chapel absences will result in a fine of $20 for each absence (in excess of 5).


All students are expected to attend Chapel as required.  Requirements are communicated through the student portal or via PLNU email.  Requirements are always on a per semester basis.


Misuse of an ID card when scanning in or out of Chapel (including either manual or electronic scans) will result in an automatic $75 fine for each participating party.  Each participant in violation of this policy will not receive credit for the Chapel in question, and may be subject to other discipline.

Chapel Behavior Policy

  • Each person is expected to appropriately participate in the Chapel experience. This includes, for example, refraining from conversation, standing when asked to stand, and demonstrating respect for those who are leading Chapel.
  • Each person is expected to listen attentively to the presentation. Reading magazines, notebooks or books, using digital players, smartphones, notepads or computers, and doing homework are inappropriate during Chapel.
  • Food is not to be consumed in Chapel. Beverages in non-disposable containers are allowed.
  • Abuse of the Chapel facility by putting feet on the furniture or defacing the property is not appropriate.

Failure to cooperate with the above guidelines may result in any of the following consequences:

  1. Warning - The person confronted may be verbally warned.
  2. Severe or Repeated Violations - Incidents may be reported to the Chapel Attendance Committee, which is responsible for administrating the Chapel attendance and behavior policies. The committee has the purview to enact appropriate consequences.
  3. Review of Enrollment - Continued disrespect in Chapel, or lack of follow through on consequences from the Chapel Attendance Committee will result in a review of the person’s continued privilege of enrollment at PLNU. Consequences may include suspension or de-enrollment.

Computer Use Policy

Point Loma Nazarene university encourages the use of technology for learning, communication, and collaboration. It is the responsibility of anyone using Point Loma Nazarene University’s (PLNU) technology resources to use them in a responsible, legal, and ethical manner. Users must respect the rights and privacy of others and act in compliance with all university policies and standards as well as federal, state, and local laws.

The university reserves the right to restrict the use of its computer facilities and limit access to its networks when faced with evidence of violations of university policies or standards, of contractual obligations, or of federal, state, or local laws. The university has the right to remove or limit access to material posted on or transmitted by its computers. By connecting to the campus network, the user agrees to the terms and conditions of this Acceptable Use Policy.

Actions which are detrimental or inappropriate when accessing university and Internet resources include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Sending harassing, intimidating and/or threatening messages through electronic mail or other means
  • Using foul or abusive language on the network or any electronic communication
  • Use of university computers, systems, and/or services for commercial purposes or unauthorized financial gain
  • Unauthorized solicitation for charity or other benefits
  • Initiating or encouraging the promulgation of chain letters, unauthorized automated or mass postings, or other types of unauthorized large-scale distributions
  • Accessing and/or disseminating pornography
  • Copying for oneself or distributing to others commercial or other copyrighted software or proprietary data which has not been placed in the public domain or been distributed as freeware
  • Installing and/or using personal wireless access points on the university network
  • Removing any computer equipment (hardware, software, data, etc.) without authorization
  • Intentionally intercepting, disclosing, or using any electronic communication to which authorized access is not explicitly provided; authorized access includes mail directed to or from an individual and those messages intended for public consumption (news groups, bulletin boards, broadcast messages)
  • Providing others with access to one’s personal computer account(s) or gaining or attempting to gain access to the personal computer accounts, files, or electronic information of others or to accounts, files, or systems to which authorized access has not been granted
  • Supplying or attempting to supply false or misleading information or identification in order to access another user’s network account or information
  • “Hacking” or related behavior attempting to compromise university computer security or the security of remote systems accessed through university equipment or systems
  • Unauthorized access to or use of data, systems, or networks, including any attempt to probe, scan or test the vulnerability of a system or network to breach security or authentication measures
  • The unauthorized manipulation of university computer systems, programs, or data
  • Tampering with or obstructing the operation of the network/computer systems owned by the university, students attending the university, or other third parties
  • Using an unauthorized IP address
  • Monitoring or sniffing of data on any network or system without express authorization of PLNU Information Technology Services
  • Creating or releasing computer viruses or engaging in other destructive or potentially destructive programming activities
  • Interference with service to any user, host, or network, including, without limitation, mail bombing, flooding, deliberate attempts to overload a system, and broadcast attacks
  • Use of university computers, systems, and/or services to perpetrate fraud, misrepresentation, or illegal activity
  • Any act chargeable as a violation of local, state, or federal law, whether or not charges are brought by civil authorities

Sanctions imposed as a result of violations of this Acceptable Use Policy may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Network resource suspension or termination
  • Suspension or termination from the university
  • Monetary reimbursement to the university or other appropriate sources
  • Prosecution under applicable civil and/or criminal laws

The Student Development Office will adjudicate student violations of this Acceptable Use Policy.

Information Technology Services maintains the PLNU networks and monitors network traffic in accord with university, local, state, and federal laws and regulations.

Leaves of Absence

Leave of Absence

Currently enrolled full time students in good academic/conduct standing may apply for a one semester Leave of Absence from their program of study. The maximum Leave of Absence allowed is one academic term (Fall or Spring), not to exceed 180 days in any 12 month period. Students receiving financial aid will continue to be considered “in-school status” only for institutional aid. Students receiving federal or state financial aid will not be considered “in-school status” for Title IV loan repayment purposes.

Students who wish to apply for a Leave of Absence form should obtain an application from either Student Development or the Office of Records. The application must be signed by the university officers indicated, a length of leave proposed, and the application returned as indicated. Any courses taken for credit during an approved Leave of Absence must have prior approval. Upon return, students with Junior or Senior classification must schedule an appointment for a graduation check in the Office of Records.

The completed Leave of Absence form is filed in either the Office of Student Development or the Office of Records. Failure to return following the approved Leave of Absence period initiates an administrative withdrawal from the university as of the initiating date of the Leave of Absence. This withdrawal may also have financial aid implications, such as the expiration of a loan’s grace period and may cause a student loan to immediately be in repayment.

Filing Dates: Current students must file for a Leave of Absence by the close of Priority Registration.

Notification Dates: A decision regarding a Leave of Absence application will be communicated by the end of the last week of classes via university email.

The Associate Vice President for Student Development, Jeffrey Carr, in consultation with the Enrollment Management Operations Committee, is responsible for the administration of this policy.

Medical Withdrawal or Emergency Leave of Absence

Point Loma Nazarene University cares for its students. Therefore, when medical emergencies arise that impede the ability of the student to function in relation to academics and/or community; the university will take appropriate action to attempt to protect the interests and safety of both for the student and the PLNU community. Procedures for such situations are intended to assist in developing support systems, simplify re-entry into the institution, and provide structure during a stressful event. Professional staff will work with students, medical providers, and family members if such a situation arises. Students receiving financial aid will continue to be considered “in-school status” only for institutional aid. Students receiving federal or state financial aid will not be considered “in-school status” for Title IV loan repayment purposes.

In the event of a serious physical or mental health crisis or diagnosis, the university may place a student on a voluntary or involuntary leave of absence, and/or withdraw a student from the university, if the student:

  • Engages or threatens to engage in behavior which poses a danger of causing harm to self or others.
  • Engages or threatens to engage in behavior which could cause significant damage to property or which significantly impedes other students’ study or sleep.
  • Engages in behavior that creates a health (physical or mental) risk or significant disruption in a living or study environment.
  • Experiences catastrophic illness or injury, which precludes completion of course work.
  • Appears unable to care for his/her basic Activities of Daily Living (i.e. bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, feeding, shaving, brushing teeth, preparing meals and snacks).

Examples of the above may include, but are not limited to, eating disorders, severe depression, suicide attempt or talk, self-injury, auto accident, refusal of medical treatment during life threatening events, manic episodes, and diagnosis of cancer. When a student is withdrawn, medical clearance and a plan for supportive, local follow-up care will be required prior to readmission to the university. When it becomes necessary to implement this policy, an administrator from the Office of Student Development will facilitate the following steps:

  • A student’s parent(s), guardian(s), or spouse will be contacted to provide support for the student.
  • The department of Academic Affairs and current professors will be notified of the student’s status.
  • With the approval of the professor, an “I” (Incomplete) or other appropriate grade may be recorded for the student’s grade. The student will be required to personally contact each professor to complete the requirements of each course as soon as the student is able.
  • An “AW” (Administrative Withdrawal) will be recorded.

Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedure


This policy establishes the procedure to be followed at PLNU in the event a residential student is reported or suspected to be missing. For the purpose of this policy, a student may be considered missing at any time the student’s absence is for 24 continuous hours and is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior. The following is a list of position titles of persons to which students, employees, or other individuals should report that a student has been missing or suspected to be missing for 24 hours:

  • Director of Public Safety
  • Vice President for Student Development
  • Associate Vice President for Student Development
  • Dean of Students/Residence Directors
  • Director of Community Life
  • Athletic Director
  • Coaches
  • When a student is reported missing, DPS will initiate an investigation into the welfare of the student. Normally a student will not be considered missing until s/he is gone or unaccounted for, for 24 continuous hours. If there is any indication of foul play or if the absence is contrary to the usual pattern of behavior of the student, an investigation may be implemented prior to the 24 hour period. The investigation will include a good faith effort to make contact with the student or his/her designated emergency contact.
  • If the investigation fails to locate the missing student, DPS will contact San Diego Police Department and file a missing person report. San Diego Police Department will take over the investigation.
  • If the reported missing student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, DPS will immediately make a good faith effort to contact the custodial parent or legal guardian (unless they are the reporting party).
  • Each student at PLNU will be informed and given the opportunity during each semester registration process to designate a confidential emergency contact person. This person will be contacted by PLNU in the event a residential student is determined to have been missing for over 24 hours.

Payment of Accounts

Students are expected to settle their student accounts promptly and in accordance to the schedule set forth in the catalog and university/student communications. Failure to make satisfactory arrangements for this settlement by the due date will result in a late fee being charged on the student’s account. Any continued failure to settle the account will result in the placing of a financial hold on the student’s official records and will ultimately result in the cancellation of the student’s enrollment.  If a hold is placed on a student’s official records, the student will not be permitted to register for classes, participate in room draws for on-campus housing, obtain transcripts or receive a diploma until the account is paid in full.  The university reserves the right to withhold its degree or diploma from any student who has outstanding financial obligations to the university, student organizations, or to others in the university community (including fines and charges).

PLNU Copyright Policy

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) respects the intellectual property rights of others and makes every attempt to uphold all copyright laws.

PLNU does not tolerate the willful violation of copyright laws by any Staff, Faculty, Student, or affiliate of PLNU. Violation of copyright laws may result in disciplinary action for employees and students of PLNU and, where such violations are a crime under federal law, may be prosecuted.

All parties submitting material on PLNU premises, property, virtual property, official PLNU website, internal portal, third party portals contracted with PLNU (such as iTunes U), also known collectively as PLNU venues, are required to comply with all copyright laws.

Individuals uploading or acquiring material posted or authenticated on PLNU venues agree to hold PLNU harmless for any errors created to indemnify PLNU for any damages that result from the acquisition of said material. Material or content in third party web pages linked to official PLNU web pages are not under the control of PLNU and therefore are not governed by PLNU’s copyright policies. PLNU is not responsible for content and material on third party web pages.

The intent of this copyright policy is to provide PLNU staff, faculty, students, and affiliates of PLNU basic information regarding copyright compliance and PLNU’s position relative to copyright laws.

For more information, please consult the guide to Copyright on Campus.  For additional questions of concerns, please email copyright@pointloma.edu.

Residential Life Policy

The purpose of the residence hall is to provide a living, learning environment that enhances a student’s entire educational experience. The following policies support this effort:

AERIALS, ANTENNAS, (OUTSIDE) AND CABLE - No outside aerials for radio or television are permitted. Cable service is provided in the residence halls in the main lounges and rooms. Students may not run cables of any kind outside of the confines of their room.

AIR CONDITIONERS - The wiring in the halls is not adequate for air conditioning units. However, electric fans that are less than 5 years old are permitted. Keep in mind that overloaded circuits present the danger of fire.

BABYSITTING - Babysitting is not permitted in the residence halls, including the common areas.

BUILDING DECORATIONS - Due to the increased fire hazards/risks that they present, hay, leaves, sticks, live Christmas trees, large posters, lava lamps, halogen lamps, or flammable items are not permitted anywhere in University buildings. The use of fire retardant decorations is desired in decorating residence halls or other buildings.

CANDLES AND INCENSE - The possession and/or burning of candles, incense and items of similar nature in residence halls is prohibited by both University regulations and California ordinance.

CHANGES TO ROOMS - No changes to rooms are allowed. (e.g., painting, hardware, fixtures, etc.) In addition, students are not permitted to build lofts of any kind in the residence halls. Furniture may not be modified.

CHRISTMAS TREES - Cut Christmas and/or live trees are not permitted in the residence halls. This includes Flex Housing apartments.

COURTESY HOURS POLICY - 24/7 Courtesy Hours have been designated in the residence halls because people study, work, play and think at varying times of the day or night. Residents have the right to expect others to maintain an environment conducive to growth and learning.

The Residence Hall staff expects the cooperation of all residents in maintaining Courtesy Hours. Please do not play your stereo, radio or television so loudly that it disturbs others (during Courtesy Hours) or so that it can be heard outside your rooms. Residential Life staff have the right to confiscate stereos, radios, televisions, or any other noise-producing device, which is played above acceptable noise levels.

If the offending noise is the result of a gathering of people, one verbal warning will be given. If the noise persists, the group will be asked to disperse. Students who violate the Courtesy Hours Policy may face disciplinary action.

DART BOARDS - Dart boards may not be installed in rooms or lounges; their installation and use damages walls and doors.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES - Approved: Students may use the following electrical devices in their rooms: clocks, electric fans, floor lamps, shavers, microwaves, stereo equipment (300 watt maximum), hair dryers, curling irons, television sets, and computer equipment.  Approved small kitchen appliances include: microwaves (800 watt maximum), refrigerators (4.4 cubic feet maximum), microfridges, coffee pots, and electric tea kettles.

Not Approved: Personally owned lava lamps, space heaters, halogen lamps, room air conditioners and any small kitchen appliance not listed on the approved list above.  These items are NOT permitted because of the possibility of power failures, overloaded electrical circuits, and fire hazards.

Electrical appliances as well as all extension cords must be UL approved, and must not be older than 10 years old.

Too many appliances attached to an extension cord can create a fire hazard. Heavy-duty extension cords are required for distances of more than six feet. A power strip is required when using more than two appliances at any wall receptacle.

Electrical appliances may not be mounted to University property. Christmas lights must be UL approved, fused, and in-line style. Christmas lights may not be placed on metal Christmas trees.

ENTRY INTO STUDENT ROOMS - PLNU has enacted the following procedural guidelines as to the entry into and searches of university-owned and managed student rooms and student vehicles parked on campus.

Reasonable entry and search situations (including in some situations viewing the contents of a student’s photographs and/or electronic devices) in which PLNU personnel will enter student rooms or vehicles parked on campus include, but are not limited to, instances in which there is reasonable cause to believe that:

  1. a university policy is being violated
  2. a student or other individual is a threat to themselves or others
  3. an emergency situation exists that requires the identification of a particular object to be located in the room or vehicle
  4. or safety inspection.

Confiscated items that are contrary to the Student Handbook will not be returned or reimbursed.

EXETERIOR/EXTERIOR FACING DECORATIONS - All exterior decorations should be in accordance with the PLNU Student Handbook as well as the mission of PLNU.  Decorations, including but not limited to banners, flags, pictures, etc. should be used on the interior of the student room.  Decorative items cannot be displayed in the hallway or outside the living space, including the exterior surface of the doorways, the walls, outward facing windows or balconies.

FURNITURE/DECOR - Every resident will be responsible for his or her room furniture, window and walls, for other than normal wear. Ornamental use of items identifiable as alcoholic beverage bottles/containers is not permitted. Posters, pictures and magazines that conflict with the goals and objectives of the university are not acceptable. All residence hall furniture must remain in student rooms at all times. Residence hall lounge furniture may not be moved into residence hall student rooms. Only outdoor furniture is allowed on Flex apartment balconies.

FURNITURE - Residence Hall Furniture Policy

During the previous school years, a number of PLNU residential students experienced disruption and dislocation due to the existence of bed bugs in several residence halls. The primary method of infestation was the transmission of bugs to campus on used furniture. PLNU responded comprehensively and has developed one of the leading bed bug prevention programs.

Therefore, students are not allowed to bring the following items to campus:

  • Any upholstered furniture, which includes but not limited to: couches, chairs, bean bags, and upholstered storage bins
  • Any furniture with upholstered attachments that cannot fit into a university dryer which includes: futons and “papason” chairs
  • Any pillows or cushions that are too large to fit in a dryer

Before bringing items that can fit into a university dryer, however, students must:

  • Visually inspect all items prior to moving them into a residence hall
  • Pre-treat items prior to arrival to PLNU by placing them in a large capacity dryer on the highest setting for a minimum of 30 minutes
  • Items must never be stored outside or in a garage prior to arrival at PLNU or while at PLNU

We also ask that suitcases used previously for foreign travel be left at home as well as all used backpacks, duffel bags, and bedding be pretreated prior to arrival at PLNU.

Helpful information about what to bring and what not to bring can be found in the Student Handbook or on the Residential Website.

Note: A student whose property introduces a bed bug infestation may be financially liable for all or part of the cost of mitigating measures, and their property may be confiscated.

HANGING ITEMS FROM CEILING OR PIPES - Due to fire safety reasons, nothing is allowed to be attached to the ceiling, or hung over the ceiling or lights. Additionally, nothing may be hung from the automatic fire sprinkler system pipes or other pipes in rooms.

HEALTH AND LIVING ENVIRONMENT - Upon the discovery of any disorder or illness that may create a health or learning risk to any student, the student’s family must remove the student from the residence hall until an assessment of the student has been completed, a plan of support/treatment is developed by University officials, resources for the support/treatment have been reviewed, and a consistent accountability plan has been established. All conditions of the plan must be met by the student in order to remain enrolled at the University.

HOUSEKEEPING -Each residence hall (except for Flex and Colony Housing) has a housekeeping staff that is responsible for the cleaning of public lounges, hallways, and bathrooms. They are only expected to clean that which is a result of normal everyday residential living. Additional cleaning beyond the norm, such as the results of pranks or carelessness, will be the responsibility of these residents in that living area. Please note that all hair following haircuts should be cleaned up immediately. Flex and Colony Housing apartments are to be cleaned by the occupants.

IMPEDIMENT TO THE GROWTH OF OTHERS - PLNU reserves the right to remove students from housing and/or the institution if they are an impediment to the growth, health or safety of other students, faculty or staff.

MANDATORY HALL MEETINGS - Students are expected to participate in any mandatory hall meeting called by a Residential Life staff member - RDs and/or RAs. Mandatory meetings are primarily called to discuss, promote and educate residents about safety and other important community issues. Failure to attend these meetings can endanger the resident, as well as other hall members in the event of an emergency. These meetings are extremely important to each student, and failure to attend may result n a follow up meeting with the RD or a fine.  Each student is responsible to report any scheduling conflicts to his or her Residential Life staff member in advance of the meeting, and to schedule an alternate meeting.

NO PETS OR ANIMALS ARE PERMITTED - The only exceptions: a) are fish in a tank that is no larger than ten gallons (Keep in mind that tanks must be unplugged over Christmas and Spring breaks.); b) service or therapy animals, approved in advance according to the university’s Disability Resource Center policy.  

OBJECTS THROWN FROM WINDOWS - Do not throw, shoot, bat, sling, or hang any objects from residence hall windows. This includes items such as water balloons, water, debris, bottles, or cans. Such objects may seriously injure someone. A damage fee will also be assessed for removal of screens and any damage to public spaces.

OCCUPANCY - Residence halls are closed during Christmas and Spring breaks. The right of occupancy does not include these periods.

RESIDENCE HALL DAMAGE - Damage of PLNU property will result in a charge to the individual, as well as possible disciplinary action.

RESIDENCE HALL OVERNIGHT GUESTS - The residence halls are designed and provided for the accommodation of registered students at Point Loma Nazarene University, and only at the residence hall to which they are assigned.  Visitors will be permitted to stay overnight in a residence hall for a maximum of three nights per semester.  In all cases, the Resident Director of the residence hall must be advised in advance, and register the guest.  

RESIDENCE HALL VISITING HOURS - On campus residential assignment is made according to one’s assigned sex at birth. Visiting Hours in the residence hall rooms or units by persons of the opposite sex is permitted only in designated areas and during specified hours.

Visiting Hours are:

Nease Hall 6 - 8

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday  Friday Saturday
Visiting 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.

7th North, 7th South

8th North Lounges

12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.
8th South Lounge 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day

Young, Finch, Wiley, and Goodwin Halls

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Visiting 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m. 12 p.m. - 12 a.m.

All Lobbies, Lounges, 

and Kitchens

24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day 24 Hours/Day

Flex Housing and Colony Apartments

  Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
Visiting 9 a.m. - Midnight 9 a.m. - Midnight 9 a.m. - Midnight 9 a.m. - Midnight 9 a.m. - Midnight 9 a.m. - 1 a.m. 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.

Violation of Visiting Hours

First Offense: Fined $50.

Second Offense: Student will lose their Visiting Hours privileges and be fine $100. 

RESIDENTIAL LIFE HEALTH AND SAFETY INSPECTIONS - Residential Life Health and Safety inspections may be conducted two or more times each semester in the residence halls and apartments. Additional inspections may be conducted at the discretion of the Resident Director.

A Residential Life Inspection is principally to discover and eliminate health and fire hazards in order to ensure the well-being of the resident. However, the staff may also take note of, and follow up on, violations of the student conduct code. It is also an opportunity to communicate any room or building concerns directly to the Resident Director and Resident Assistant. Residents are encouraged to be present during the inspection. However, if a resident is absent, the inspection will still proceed at the scheduled inspection time.

Residential Life Inspections are generally preceded by at least a twenty-four hour posted notice. However, such notice is not required.

Any health and safety violations found in an inspection will be re-addressed within twenty-four hours in a follow-up inspection.

ROOM REASSIGNMENT - The university reserves the right to move students at any time. The reasons for changing a student’s room include, but are not limited to:

  • Consolidating space following the withdrawal of other students
  • Resolving conflicts that could not be mediated
  • Improving a student’s chance of success at PLNU
  • Improving the health of a resident area
  • Creating space for on-going housing improvement or construction

ROOMMATE CONFLICT - In order to best support the development of students at PLNU, we do not regularly facilitate room changes.  Students gain real life skills and perspective by working through conflicts with roommates.  In the rare case that a room change is necessary due to a student conduct violation, medical condition, or roommate conflict that has gone through the mediation process and is irreconcilable, an RD may facilitate a room change in collaboration with the Housing Coordinator.

SPORTS AND RECREATION - With the many intramural and other informal recreational opportunities provided by the Athletic Department, it is not permissible for students to participate in these activities in the residence halls and apartments. All damages that occur as a result of hockey, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, etc. in the residence hall will result in punitive, as well as compensatory, fines.

WINDOW SCREENS - Most residence halls/houses are equipped with window screens. For reasons of health, safety, and security–DO NOT remove them. You and your roommate are solely responsible for damage to screens in your room. A fine will be assessed for any screen that is removed.

Residential Life Housing Policy

PLNU houses unmarried, undergraduate students 22 years old or younger.

Since Point Loma Nazarene University is a residential campus, all freshmen, sophomore and junior students are required to live on campus. Exceptions to this policy are:

  • A student who lives at home with his/her parents
  • A student who is 23 years of age or older
  • Students who are married
  • Students working in a live-in work arrangement (not applicable for freshmen and sophomore students)
  • In some housing cycles, juniors are permitted to live off campus.  This is conditional on the demand for on campus housing for the other three classes.  Juniors can apply for off campus living, and will be notified by the PLNU Office of Residential Life.

Any requests for an exception must be filed with the Office of Residential Life.

Students who would like to apply to move off campus must:

  • Be a junior or senior in the year in which they are applying for off campus approval.
  • Not have had disciplinary sanctions in the previous two semesters - especially for drugs, alcohol, or tobacco violations.
  • PLNU Student-Athletes should refer to additional information found in the Student-Athlete Handbook.
  • A student who will be a graduating senior in the following academic year and who elects to live off campus must do so within the designated window of opportunity set forth by the Office of Residential Life.
  • Juniors or seniors with financial difficulties will be referred to the PLNU Office of Student Financial Services for the purpose of a financial evaluation.

A student should take no action to move off campus until written permission to the student’s official PLNU email account from the Office of Residential Life is granted. Signing a lease for an off campus living arrangement or making other arrangements does not break or terminate the contract that a student has with Point Loma Nazarene University.

Once a student moves off campus s/he must change his or her address and phone in the student portal within 10 days in order to avoid room and board charges.

Statement of Parental Notification and Involvement

One of our goals at PLNU is to help students realize their full potential as independent adults who are well equipped to make wise choices. Since our primary relationship is with the student, PLNU’s policy is to encourage students to tackle problem-solving as much as possible and to take responsibility for their choices.

Although families may be separated by distance, they are still a major influence on students’ lives and their success.

Each semester students notify the university of the names of individuals with whom their personal information may be shared and the scope of the information (financial, grades, health, other).  Parents should discuss these important decisions with their students. 

PLNU follows all applicable federal and state regulations on information sharing about students. Family members may view the full text of the FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) policy.  Additional information about this federal law may be found at the United States Department of Education web site

PLNU reserves the right to notify parents/guardians regarding any health or safety risk, change in student status or conduct situation, particularly alcohol and other drug violations.  The university may also notify parents/guardians of non-dependent students who are under age 21 of alcohol and/or drug policy violations. Where a student is non-dependent, PLNU reserves the right to contact parents/guardians to inform them of situations in which there is a significant and articulable health and/or safety risk.   PLNU also reserves the right to designate which university officials have a need to know about incidents that fall within this policy, pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. 

Parents will find various sources of information about how they can support their students’ goals at PLNU from these sources:

* Parent and Family Network
* Campus Events Calendar
* NSO Parents Info 

Student Health Insurance Policy

PLNU is committed to creating an environment where students are safe and healthy. For the safety of the community and the well-being of our students, it is vital that individuals living on campus have access to quality health care in the event of illness or accident.

Considering this commitment to a healthy community, undergraduate students that are registered for classes on the main campus need to have valid comprehensive health insurance coverage for illness and injury. Each year, enrolled students need to provide proof of active health insurance, even if they are studying abroad and regardless of the number of units enrolled.

If you are a new or readmitted student, please use the portal to upload a copy of the front and back of your current insurance card. If you are a continuing student and your card or coverage changes, you can upload a new card to the portal during fall and spring semester.

To assist undergraduate international students and international student-athletes with health insurance coverage that meets the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, the University provides a competitive, affordable international student health insurance plan. International students are automatically enrolled into the program for each year of academic enrollment at PLNU.

We ask students to validate their health insurance on the portal prior to New Student Orientation and the start of fall classes. Access to quality health care can have a direct impact on your academic and personal success. Health insurance helps to secure your future as you work toward the completion of your college degree.

Any time individuals move to new communities, it is important to establish relationships with new medical, dental, and vision providers. We highly recommended that students and their families thoroughly review their health insurance coverage and discuss access to local health care providers while in the San Diego area. Planning ahead for possible future needs lowers student stress and eases family concerns should emergency or preventative care be needed.

For more information, please visit the Wellness Center website.

Student Information Policy

At the beginning of each school year, as part of the new and returning student check-in process, students will be asked to verify cell phone, emergency contact information, and other important contact information on their Student Web Portal. Commuter students will also need to verify their local address. A student’s failure to do so within the first two weeks of school may result in a hold being placed on the student’s university account until the information is provided. Changes of address, or any other personal information, that occur during the semester must be reported through the Student Web Portal within 10 days of the change.

Student Vehicle and Parking Policy

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for the enforcement of all parking and traffic regulations on campus and has the authority to issue citations. Regulations are contained in full in the University Vehicle Code (UVC), which is maintained by DPS and made available in its office and on its web site.

The UVC requires that all vehicles operated by students be registered with DPS and that all drivers obey posted road signs and traffic rules, in accordance with both the UVC.

As outlined in the Freshman Vehicle Policy, first-year residential students are NOT PERMITTED to bring vehicles to campus, nor may they park in the surrounding neighborhood. The full text of this policy, including definitions, can be found in the UVC.

Owners who wish to leave a vehicle on the campus during Academic Recesses, including during periods of university-sponsored travel, must get approval from the DPS in advance. All vehicles, bicycles, trailers, etc. left on campus without written approval from the DPS will be subject to being towed at the owner’s expense.

Citations issued by DPS must be paid online by the due date at plnu.thepermitstore.com. Unpaid fines are doubled and placed on the student’s account. Repeat offenses may result in referral to the Traffic Review Board, which may issue further sanctions, including community service and/or the revocation of on-campus vehicle privileges.