Harassment and Discrimination
PLNU prohibits any form of harassment or discrimination against any member of the university community on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, disability and/or veteran status. Such actions are prohibited not only by University policy, but also by federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence. Any type of harassment or discrimination may subject individuals or groups to disciplinary action, and may also have legal consequences.
Any student who feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed discrimination on any basis other than sexual harassment against any member of the university community should report the incident to the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Carr, available in office 306, third floor of Nicholson Commons, and at 619-849-2484.
Any student who feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed any form of harassment should report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Caye Smith, available in office 303, third floor of Nicholson Commons, and at 619.849.2479; the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Jeffrey Carr, available in office 306, third floor of Nicholson Commons, and at 619.849.2484; the American with Disabilities Act/504 Coordinator, Dr. Kim Bogan, available in office first floor of Nicholson Commons, and at 619-849-2481. Click on the following link to read the full text of PLNU’s Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual assaults should be reported to the Department of Public Safety at (619) 849-2525 and the University Title IX Coordinator at (619) 849-2479. PLNU also encourages reporting to San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000. Click on the link to read the full text of PLNU’s 2017-18 Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence and Stalking Policy or to file an online Anonymous Incident Report Form.
Jeanne Clery Act
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. PLNU is in compliance with the various provisions of the law, including the maintenance of a daily crime log, issuance of timely warnings for ongoing threats, the provision of educational information on crime prevention, and the publication of the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report each October.
More information about the Clery Act and PLNU’s campus safety can be found at the Department of Public Safety web page.
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 the Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments, Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs, activities, or employment policies. Point Loma Nazarene University also provides equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities in compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1990 and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008.
PLNU seeks to recruit students of the Christian faith and to create an institutional environment conducive to their growth in Christ, we do not require that students be confessing Christians. We welcome and value as students persons of every background and faith. As a Christian community, we expect that all of our students will respect the nature of our community, learn about our traditions and participate in our community practices. PLNU affirms that a Christian liberal arts education includes an understanding of and appreciation of the differences in faith, living, and practice.
The Director of the Disability Resource Center provides advice and support to students with disabilities (619) 849-2486.
Human Resources will provide advice and support to faculty and staff persons with disabilities (619) 849-2534.
It is the responsibility of all members of the PLNU Community to report violations or suspected violations of this Policy or applicable laws. If an employee or student becomes aware of a suspected violation, whether before or after it has occurred, they must promptly report it to university officials and as noted below. Alternately, anyone may report violations or suspected violations anonymously through the Anonymous Incident Report Form.
Inquiries and appeals regarding compliance with these federal requirements may be directed to PLNU’s Title IX compliance officer, the Vice President for Student Development, Caye Smith, Psy.D., Nicholson Commons, Office 303, (619) 849-2479, or the PLNU Chief Diversity Officer, Jeffrey Carr, Ed.D., Nicholson Commons, Office 306, (619) 849-2484.
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 IX1 and the California Equity in Higher Education Act2 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 which all community members voluntarily agree to follow. A full statement of PLNU’s mission and community expectations for undergraduate students can be found at:
Residential Life Housing Policy
1 20 U.S.C. Section 1681(a)(3).
2 Cal. Ed. Code Section 66271.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone (916) 431-6959 or fax (916)263-1897.
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:
Alleged violations of State consumer protection laws that include but are not limited to fraud and false advertising;
Alleged violations of State laws or rules relating to the licensure of postsecondary institutions; and
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.