2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Sep 27, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Development

Student Development at Point Loma Nazarene University is dedicated to engaging students in the active and energizing process of learning. The Office of Student Development coordinates a multitude of co-curricular programs in the areas of Athletics, Public Safety, Residential Life, Student Life and Retention, and Student Success and Wellness.

Point Loma Nazarene University believes that the most complete education prepares a person to live a full life. This quality education incorporates intelligence and reason as well as character, integrity, commitment, and faith. With this in mind, PLNU strives to educate the whole student to learn, grow, and serve.

Academic Support

Student Success and Wellness at Point Loma Nazarene University provides academic support and academic enrichment services that focus on assisting students to achieve their educational and personal goals.

Disability Resource Center

University Policy on Disabilities. PLNU is committed to providing reasonable services and accommodations to meet the needs of qualified students with disabilities to facilitate their academic goals, according to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Amended Americans with Disabilities Act of 2008. Individuals who may be eligible for services include, but are not limited to, those with disabilities such as: learning, dietary, psychological, and physical impairments. These conditions must be of a degree that they impact a major life activity.

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at PLNU is located in the Bond Academic Center (619-849-2486) and is the first point of contact for students who have documented disabilities. All accommodations and services are based on assessing the impact of the disability on life activities and academic performance; therefore students are required to provide documentation from a licensed professional to the Director of the Disability Resource Center prior to receiving accommodations.

Request for Accommodations. Students should submit current official documentation regarding their disability from their diagnosing licensed clinician. The Provider Documentation form can be found on the Forms page of the DRC webpage. Students are encouraged to self-disclose after acceptance into the university, so that the process of developing an accommodation plan may be initiated. Documentation submitted with the application for services should be recent, relevant, and comprehensive. If the original documentation is incomplete or inadequate to determine the extent of the disability or reasonable accommodations, the university has the discretion to require additional documentation.

Appeal Process. Students have the right to appeal decisions regarding accommodations. In order to provide prompt and equitable resolution, the student must submit a written or verbal statement to the Associate Dean of Student Success and Wellness who will conduct the appeal process in consultation with the Vice President for Student Development.

Tutorial Services

The Tutorial Center provides a variety of free tutoring and academic enrichment services to assist undergraduate students in managing course curriculum requirements, such as:

  • Academic coaching (time management, test-taking strategies, etc.)
  • Review sessions
  • One-on-one or small group peer tutoring (available for most courses)
  • Peer editing services

The Tutorial Center is staffed by students who have received comprehensive training and are faculty-approved. Students are encouraged to visit or call the Tutorial Center (619-849-2593) to schedule an appointment.



Point Loma Nazarene University is a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Division II and participates in intercollegiate competition in the Pacific West Conference (PacWest). Intercollegiate sports for women include basketball, volleyball, cross-country, soccer, tennis, golf and track and field. Intercollegiate sports for men include basketball, soccer, tennis, and baseball.

Mission Statement
PLNU champions a Christ-centered environment where student-athletes experience holistic growth while pursuing academic and athletic distinction.

PLNU Athletic Goals
The following goals guide the course of intercollegiate athletics at PLNU:

  1. Student-athletes will develop the individual and team skills necessary to compete at the conference and regional levels. PLNU also welcomes the opportunity to compete nationally.
  2. PLNU will clearly communicate its Christ-centered mission to all competitors and will affiliate with regional and national conferences that respect its mission and provide a reasonable level of competition.
  3. PLNU maintains high academic standards for all students, including student-athletes. Scheduling of competition and travel will minimize academic disruption.
  4. PLNU’s athletic teams and spectators will cultivate a competitive environment of good sportsmanship, reflecting fairness in competition, humility in victory, and dignity in defeat.
  5. Intercollegiate Athletics will provide opportunities for fan engagement and the cultivation of school spirit.
  6. The Athletics Department will align its fundraising and promotional efforts with the efforts of the offices of University Advancement and Admissions.
  7. Consistent with the history of the Church of the Nazarene and her affirmation of leadership by both women and men, Intercollegiate Athletics offers competitive opportunities to both women and men and fully complies with federal regulations related to gender equity.
  8. PLNU hires and develops coaches who are committed to Christ, possess university level coaching knowledge and skills, maintain a high standard of personal conduct, and are committed to the character development of their athletes.
  9. PLNU recruits student-athletes who understand and support the university mission. Each student-athlete will pursue a course of study designed to culminate in graduation from the university.
  10. Athletic Programs will be sponsored based on: adequate facilities in proximate distance of campus, adequate economic support, adequate student interest, adequate opportunities for competition within regional and national conference affiliation, and within the context of capped enrollment.


The intramural program is designed to enhance and extend the student’s opportunities for wholesome and beneficial physical activities through recreational and competitive on-campus programs.

A vigorous intramural sports program is under the guidance of the intramural coordinator through the Department of Athletics. On-campus leagues are scheduled each semester and include: basketball, volleyball, softball, tennis, soccer, ultimate frisbee and others. Activities such as group aerobics are also offered.

Residential Life

Approximately two-thirds of undergraduates live in university provided residence halls. The primary goal of The Office of Residential Life is to foster an environment in which vital Christianity is encouraged, experienced, and modeled. Residential life is an integral part of the co-curricular experience and encourages the academic, spiritual, and social growth of students. In addition, residential living provides students with an opportunity to meet students from a diverse variety of backgrounds.

Application for admission to the university and application for on-campus housing are two separate steps. Students may refer to admission procedures for further information regarding housing. Residential housing options include eight traditional residence halls and two apartment buildings. The university does not guarantee housing for all four years.

Off-Campus Housing

All single undergraduate students under the age of twenty-three (23) years of age are required to live in university housing. Exceptions to this policy are married students, students living with parents, or students residing in a live-in work situation. Seniors can choose to live on or off campus, and do so during the spring housing selection. The choice to live on campus is for the full academic year. Occasionally, due to high housing demand, some junior students are permitted to live off campus.

Students requesting to live off campus must indicate their desire to do so on the housing application within established deadlines, through the Office of Residential Life. Each petition is carefully verified.

Any change of residence or phone number must be changed on the student portal immediately.

Residential Housing

Application for Housing. Students planning to live in a residence hall must file a Residence Hall Application and Contract as well as a housing deposit. For returning students, once registration for the fall semester is completed (which constitutes a reservation for the fall semester), the housing deposit is non-refundable. For new students, the deposit is refunded consistent with the dates published in admission materials. Refunds of board charges are made for any student who moves out of the residence hall during the course of a semester according to the schedule printed in the Catalog. Residence halls are officially closed during Christmas Recess and Spring Break. The right of occupancy does not include these periods.

Residential Housing Assignments. Residential housing assignments for new students are made after the housing staff considers such factors as classification and date of a paid housing contract. An attempt is made to make roommate assignments that are compatible and beneficial to all concerned. Specific roommate requests must be mutual and accompany the paid housing contract. New and transferring students receive their residence hall assignments as they become available through the on-line student portal. The university does not consider roommate change requests based upon actual or perceived race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, or perceptions based on personal profiles and/or information found on the Internet.

Furnishings. Residence hall rooms are furnished with window coverings, and each student is provided with an extra-long single bed, dresser, study table and chair. Students must provide their own bed linens and towels. While most cooking appliances are prohibited, a compact refrigerator (maximum 4.4 cu. ft.) and a small microwave (maximum of 800 watts) are allowed.

Student Lifestyle

A major purpose of the university is to assist students in their preparation for daily living. The totality of the university environment is intended to be a learning experience. Some of the most significant learning occurs in the context of everyday experiences.

Students are expected to exercise self-discipline and sound judgment and to manage their conduct both on and off the main campus in a manner consistent with agreements made upon application and with the university Catalog and the Student Handbook. In addition, an accepted application for admission and subsequent registration is considered an agreement between the university and the student for the following:

  • to demonstrate responsible citizenship by showing concern and respect for the freedom and rights of others;
  • to give thoughtful attention to the development of personal values as a basis for wholesome Christian conduct;
  • to practice a traditional Christian sexual ethic, which honors that sexual intimacy is reserved for the covenant of heterosexual marriage; and
  • to abstain from the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, illegal drugs, the use of profane language, gambling, pornography, and from entertainment which diminishes moral perceptivity and judgment.

Point Loma Nazarene University has a strict policy regarding any use of alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco or smoking products. The university reserves the right to require a test for alcohol or drugs upon probable cause. The expense for tests with positive results is the student’s responsibility. Participation in such activities is cause for disciplinary action, suspension, or termination from the university.

Student Life

The offices within Student Life strive to provide place, voice, and connection for each PLNU student. A PLACE…to belong, to grow; a place safe enough to take risks, try new ways of doing and being; a VOICE…to question and explore, to declare oneself; a voice for the present and the future; a CONNECTION…of faith, of reason, of friendship, of community. These opportunities exist through the numerous resources and co-curricular programs provided by the offices within Student Life. Student Life includes the following offices and services: Offices of Strengths and Vocation (career / vocational counseling, student employment, internships, strengths utilization), Community Life (student leadership, student government, student organizations, student activities, student media), Commuter Student Services, Multicultural and International Student Services, Nicholson Commons (student center, student activities), Outdoor Leadership and Recreation, and Transfer Student Services. In addition to these services, Student Life and Retention, through the Offices of Strengths and Vocation, utilizes a strengths development program for college students that provides opportunities to develop strengths by building on their  greatest talents. Finally, Student Life provides Chapel Attendance operational assistance for students.

Community Life

The Office of Community Life seeks to assist students in their personal growth and in leadership development. Experiential leadership opportunities are designed as a developmental offering and range from leadership in a club, serving on the Board of Directors, and planning student activities. Student activity programs offered through Student Government provide quality and affordable activities throughout the academic year.

Student Government (ASB)

The Associated Student Body of Point Loma Nazarene University (ASB) is a constitutional organization of the entire student body created for the purpose of (a) providing meaningful, student-sponsored educational, social, cultural, religious, and service opportunities for member students; (b) fostering constructive communication and interaction between the members and the administration and faculty; (c) fostering good relations between ASB members and the university’s surrounding community; (d) establishing rapport with other student associations with similar objectives; and (e) providing opportunities for members to develop leadership qualities. The affairs of the ASB are managed by a student board of directors elected and appointed by the student body. The Director of Community Life serves as advisor to the student government program.

Student Organizations

Students may join or affiliate with many student led organizations that are chartered or recognized by PLNU. A student may contact the ASB Director of Student Relations, 619-849-2406, for more information.

Phi Delta Lambda is the national honor society for all educational institutions of the Church of the Nazarene, for undergraduate students who are academically ranked in the upper-fifteen percent of the graduating class; these students are recognized during the undergraduate commencement ceremonies.

Student Media

Student Newspaper. The official publication of the student body is The Point. The editor is appointed by the Media Board, subject to certain scholastic and residence requirements. The staff, recommended by the editor and approved by the Media Board, affords interested students an opportunity for practical training in journalism. The subscription price for the paper is included in the general fee.

Other Publications. The Student Handbook is published electornically each year; it clarifies community standards that guide the conduct of students and contains PLNU’s student conduct processes. It is available on the PLNU website by searching “Student Handbook.” The Driftwood is the annual student literary magazine published by the Department of Literature, Journalism, and Modern Languages. Students from all majors, faculty, and staff are encouraged to submit features, photographs, designs, and business ideas. Students from all majors may join the staff.

Radio Station. KPLR, the university radio station, provides professional training for students developing a career in broadcasting. The station serves the main campus and Internet listeners with a contemporary Christian format.

Television Station. PointTV, the university’s cable broadcast medium, allows students to write and produce original programming that is aimed at educating and entertaining the on-campus community. PointTV strives to follow current industry standards in all areas of station operation. Staff positions are filled annually, and students from all majors are encouraged to participate.

Commuter Student Services

Commuter Student Services is committed to providing services and programs for students who do not live in university residential housing. The current programmed activities are designed to stimulate social interaction among commuters. The Commuter Student Services office is located on the first floor of Nicholson Commons to serve as a primary point of contact for commuters and as an on-campus advocate for their unique needs. For more information about the kinds of events and services offered, students may visit www.pointloma.edu/Commuter.

Multicultural and International Student Services

The Office of Multicultural & International Student Services is committed to value all as individuals-first! Much of what the office does is created in the spirit of building a community among all multicultural, bi-racial, international and multi-racial students, in order to secure academic and social GROUP success. This office seeks to build cross-cultural understanding, appreciation, and unity in the university community, accomplished by supporting students of multi-ethnic backgrounds as individuals and as part of student organizations.The university offers multicultural and international student services, as well as a diversity leadership scholarship.

Multicultural Student Services

The director provides multicultural activity programming, supervises ethnic/cultural diverse student leadership groups, and helps coordinate interaction among alumni (MOSAIC Alumni Auxiliary), current students and prospective students of color. Connections are built primarily under the banner of MOSAIC (Multicultural Opportunities for Students Actively Involved in Community). This includes the Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Black Student Union (BSU), Hui O’ Hawai’i, International Club, Asian Student Union (ASU), Mu Kappa International, and Team Barnabas Mentoring Program. http://www.pointloma.edu/Multicultural_Students.htm

International Student Services

International Student Services provides and organizes professional services for international students in the areas of admissions counseling, advising, encouragement, transition and assistance in complying with U.S. government regulations. The director serves as the university liaison to United States Citizenship Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security, assisting with visa procurement and I-20 documentation, and advises F-1 visa students effectively, assuring institutional adherence to those immigration regulations and procedures-interpreting U.S. immigration policy to the university community. http://www.pointloma.edu/InternationalStudents.htm

Nicholson Commons

Nicholson Commons provides activities and programs that enrich the university community academically, socially, physically, emotionally and spiritually. This social center for the university supports faculty, staff, and students in their desire to stimulate learning through positive, informal, collegial contact. The facility houses study areas, lounges, the ARC (Activity and Recreation Center), Common Knowledge Bookstore, Re-store Market, dining rooms, conference rooms, MOSAIC/Commuter Lounge, Commuter Student Services, Point Break Cafe, Bobby B’s Coffee Co., Outdoor Leadership Programs and offices for ASB, Nicholson Commons staff, clubs, organizations, the offices of Spiritual Development and Student Development, and the Wellness Center. www.pointloma.edu/nicholsoncommons.

Meals are served regularly in the Dining Room of Nicholson Commons and conform to regulations of the City and County of San Diego and the State of California. Residential students are required to subscribe to a meal plan. Other students, faculty, staff, and guests may purchase meals on an individual basis. A snack bar, Point Break Cafe, is available for short orders.

Offices of Strengths and Vocation (OSV)

The OSV is home to Strengths Coaching, Corporate and Business External Relations, Career Counseling Services, Student Employment, and Student Internships. Its mission is to assist each PLNU undergraduate student in developing a deep understanding of individual strengths and to holistically apply this knowledge to discover a student’s purpose or calling in life.

The office has a wide variety of resources available to students including: career and strengths counseling, resume helps, student employment, internship opportunities, assessment testing, and events such as dinners, expos, and professional networking opportunities. For more information, visit the Office of Strengths and Vocation on the third floor of the Ryan Learning Center or online at www.pointloma.edu/life/offices-strengths-vocation.

Career Counseling Services

The Career Counseling Services furnishes one-on-one counseling in assessments, career planning, job search techniques, resume development, and arrangements for off-campus job interviews. In addition, seminars are coordinated with professional speakers on current career trend subjects, employment readiness, and networking techniques. Along with Internship Networking Connecting (INC) events, Expos Days, Networking with Nurses, and summer camps fair, students are also able to attend a Graduate School Fair and a Seminary/Religious Studies Fair to help them choose an appropriate graduate experience. More information is available at Office of Strengths and Vocation.


The co-curricular Strengths Programs works collaboratively with the university community to incorporate a strengths approach to virtually all areas of campus life. Strengths-based programs offered by the Office of Strengths and Vocation include:

  • StrengthsQuest Leaders are students who volunteer to undergo in-depth strengths training and take their strengths knowledge into the residence halls.
  • Strengths Coaching by a Gallup certified coach, available at no charge to any student, faculty, or staff member.
  • Strengths Training sessions offered annually for faculty and staff More information is available at Office of Strengths and Vocation.

Student Employment

The mission of the Office of Student Employment is to help students discern and/or confirm their individual callings through their university employment experiences. Student Employment offers a variety of services including: online postings of both on- and off-campus jobs, support and advice for students who encounter challenges with their employment, and job search assistance. For more information, visit www.pointloma.edu/work.

Outdoor Leadership Programs

Outdoor Leadership Programs, located in the ARC on the first floor of Nicholson Commons, provides unique leadership opportunities for engaging students in the enjoyment of and connection to the outdoors. Our programs create shared experiences that help students establish relationships, give affordable access to equipment for personal adventures, and provide training to learn new leadership skills.
If students are looking for a weekend adventure, Great Escapes provides student-led outings of Southern California and beyond. When students have a personal adventure planned, they can take advantage of our expansive rental gear, which can be viewed and reserved online. Students who desire to gain wilderness living, survival, and group development skills can join our Guide Development Program. Check out Outdoor Leadership at www.pointlomaoutdoors.com.

Transfer Student Services

Transfer Student Services serves as a central point of information for resources, services, and opportunities designed specifically for transfer students. The office provides students with assistance, support and connections to campus resources to facilitate a smooth transition to the PLNU community. Transfer Student Services is located within the Commuter Student Services office on the first floor of Nicholson Commons. For more information, students may visit www.pointloma.edu/transferstudentservices.

Wellness Center

The Student Success and Wellness - WELLNESS CENTER offers programs and services that enables students to participate and be educated in all aspects of wellness. The center’s mission is to assist students in maintaining a high level of wellness so they are able to achieve their academic goals.

The Wellness Center is home to the student health center, counseling center, and wellness outreach. A physician, nurse practitioners, mental health counselors, and health educators work as a team to provide a comprehensive program. The staff has developed ties with a number of practitioners in the San Diego area including physicians, urgent care facilities, counselors, and dentists.

The center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and closes from 12:30 to 1:30 for lunch. Health services and counseling appointments may be made by calling 619-849-2574 or on a walk-in basis. Counseling and most medical services are free to all registered undergraduate main campus students. There are charges for medications, injections, and other tests, labs, and physicals. Additional services include: immunizations, tuberculosis skin testing, travel medications, and special presentations. For more information, students may visit the Student Success and Wellness - WELLNESS CENTER website.

Emergency Services

Professional staff is on-call for emergencies after hours and can be accessed through the Department of Public Safety. In case of any emergency, PLNU Public Safety are to be notified at extension 2525 (on campus) or 619-849-2525 (if utilizing a cell or off-campus phone).

PLNU Public Safety personnel will coordinate with emergency personnel and assist as needed. All Community Service Officers and Public Safety Staff Officers are trained in First-Aid, CPR and AED and can render first response until emergency services arrive. No one should attempt to move an injured person until Public Safety personnel arrive.

For additional information on emergency situations, students may visit the website at Public Safety Information.

Health Insurance

Health insurance is an important part of health care. All undergraduate students regardless of course load or study abroad status are required to maintain a current health insurance policy and to provide proof of health insurance coverage.