Spring 2018 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2022  
Spring 2018 Graduate and Professional Studies Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

State and Federal Policies

Notice of Non-Discrimination

In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, or national origin. Furthermore, as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies. Point Loma Nazarene University also provides equal opportunity for qualified persons with handicaps in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The Director of the Academic Support Office provides advice and support to students with disabilities. Inquiries and appeals regarding compliance with these federal requirements may be directed to the Vice President for Student Development, Nicholson Commons, Office 303, (619) 849-2313.

Reservation of Rights

Point Loma Nazarene University reserves the right to make changes in the academic catalogs regarding personnel listings, tuition and fees, majors and minors, course offerings, course sequencing, and other provisions and requirements relative to academic programs, within the student’s term of attendance.

Education Records (FERPA) and Directory Information

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These include: 1) the right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access, 2) the right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading, 3) the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, and 4) the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Point Loma to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

FERPA has specifically identified certain information called directory information that may be disclosed without student consent. Although directory information may be disclosed without student consent, PLNU is not required to release directory information.

The university has defined directory information as name, address (including electronic mail), telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees, honors and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degree candidacy, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended. This information may be provided, upon review by the Vice Provost for Academic Administration, as public information or to individuals who demonstrate a valid need to contact students.

Periodically, PLNU conducts formal and informal photo and video shoots (around the campus and at off-campus events and activities) for use in university publications, social media, promotional videos/commercials, and the PLNU Web site. Students who require that no identifiable image be used by the university must notify Marketing and Creative Services in writing prior to the second Monday of each semester. Students should email their request to photo-optout@pointloma.edu and include their full name and student ID number. In addition, PLNU may submit information about students’ participation in school activities to media outlets. Students who require that their names be excluded from such stories must notify Marketing and Creative Services in writing prior to the second Monday of each semester.

The university may disclose education records to college officials with legitimate educational interests. A college official is a person employed by the university; a member of the Board of Trustees; or an individual serving on a committee, such as disciplinary or grievance committees. A college official has a legitimate educational interest if the information aids the official in fulfilling professional functions. PLNU also includes among college officials a student appointed to an official committee or assisting another official in performing tasks and outside service providers who perform an institutional service of function such as attorneys, auditors, and the National Student Clearinghouse. The university may also disclose education records to post-secondary institutions in which a student is seeking or intending to enroll, or is already attending if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.

Questions relative to FERPA policies should be referred to the Office of the Vice Provost for Academic Administration or may be referenced at FERPA.

Student Consumer Complaint Process

The U.S. Department of Education has amended the Higher Education Act (HEA) authorizing the “Program Integrity Rule.” This amendment provides, among other things, regulations associated with the federal student financial aid program that require colleges or universities authorized to offer postsecondary education in one or more states to ensure access to a complaint process 34 CFR 668.43(b) that will permit student consumers to address the following:

  1. Alleged violations of State consumer protection laws that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising;

  2. Alleged violations of State laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions; and

  3. Complaints relating to the quality of education or other State or accreditation requirements.

To access a copy of PLNU’s student complaint process, click here.
An individual may contact the Department of Consumer Affairs of the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education for review of a complaint. The Bureau may be contacted at 2535 Capitol Oaks Drive, Suite 400, Sacramento, CA , 95833, at their website: http://www.bppe.ca.gov/enforcement/complaint, via email at bppe@dca.ca.gov, or by phone or fax at (916) 431-6959 PH, (916) 263-1897 FAX.

Religious Expression

Founded in 1902, Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) is a Christian university committed to the liberal arts and professional preparation. A combination of challenging academics, deep spirituality, and service-centered action prepares students for living purpose-filled lives and integrating knowledge with beliefs, values, and actions.

Being of Wesleyan heritage, and affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, we strive to be a learning community where grace is foundational, truth is pursued, and holiness is a way of life. We also strive to provide a learning and living environment that promotes safety, transparency, personal integrity, civility, mutual respect, and freedom from unlawful discrimination.

This integration of faith and learning is recognized by the United States and California Constitutions and many state and federal laws. For example, exemptions in Title IX(1) and the California Equity in Higher Education Act(2) recognize the right of religious educational institutions such as PLNU to incorporate religious beliefs into all aspects of university life and maintain faith-based standards of behavior to which all community members voluntarily agree to follow. A full statement of PLNU’s mission and community expectations for faculty, staff and students can be found at:

Student Standards of Conduct: Graduate and Professional Students

  1. 20 U.S.C. Section 1681(a)(3).
  2. Cal. Ed. Code Section 66271.