2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Mar 07, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic 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, Residential Life, Student Life, 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

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.

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) at PLNU is located in the Bond Academic Center (619-849-2533) and is the first point of contact for students who have documented disabilities. The DRC (https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/disability-resource-center) determines, provides, and coordinates disability-related accommodations to ensure access for all PLNU students with disabilities. Students with varying disabilities - including those with mobility, visual, hearing, learning, and chronic and mental health conditions - may be eligible for disability-related accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary services through this resource center.

Students with disabilities may qualify for reasonable accommodations based on disability-related needs. Staff assists students from the point of their admission to PLNU through graduation. Services may include testing accommodations, priority registration, document conversion, adaptive equipment, assistive technology, notes, interpreters, real time captioning, liaisons with faculty and campus departments, and information regarding disability advocacy in the university setting. The DRC provides assistive/adaptive computer technology and training. There is no cost to the student for the services or accommodations provided by the DRC. Students are responsible for acquainting themselves with the procedures for use of accommodations. These procedures are available on the Disability Resource Center website (https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/disability-resource-center).

Students must provide appropriate documentation about their disabilities to the Disability Resource Center. Documentation provided to the DRC is confidential. It is the responsibility of the applicant or student to provide this documentation and, if necessary, to cover the cost for such documentation. This includes the cost for learning disability and attention deficit disorder assessments and mental health evaluations. Contact the DRC or visit the website for more information about disability documentation requirements or to download documentation forms. In most cases there is need for recent documentation about the disability and/or periodic documentation updates. PLNU reserves the right to determine the most effective and timely accommodations after consultation with the student about the disability and previous use of accommodations. The provision or use of a disability accommodation does not guarantee or ensure a certain level of achievement for the student. Students with disabilities must meet the same academic standards as all other students.

Accommodation Appeals. Point Loma Nazarene University prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. PLNU has adopted an internal grievance procedure providing for prompt and equitable resolution of complaints by any member of the PLNU community alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (§29 U.S.C. 794) of the U.S. Department of Education regulations implementing the Act, and the Americans With Disabilities Act, 1990 Title II & III (§42 U.S.C. 126). Section 504 and the ADA, Sections Title II & Title III prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.

Any participant who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination on the basis of disability, or is unsatisfied with accommodation/academic adjustment plans provided by the Disability Resource Center may file a grievance under the Grievance and Appeal Procedures subsection of the Disability and Reasonable Accommodation Policy for Current and Prospective Students.

Tutorial Services

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

  • Academic coaching (time management, test-taking strategies, etc.)
  • Review sessions
  • Individual or small group tutoring (available for most courses)
  • Paper editing services

Students are encouraged to visit or contact the Tutorial Center (619-849-2593 or https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/tutorial-services) 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. Campus housing is guaranteed to freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. PLNU cannot guarantee housing for senior students but works to facilitate as many students who desire to live on-campus as possible.

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 that the student acknowledges and will abide by all expectations laid out in the Student Handbook.

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), Student Leadership and Outdoor Recreation, and Transfer Student Services. In addition to these services, Student Life, 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 electronically 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 while providing ample space for students to relax and gather while on campus. Many of our commuters are veterans or military and a unique space has been designed and dedicated for these students to have a place of their own on campus. The Commuter and Veterans Commons (CVC) is located on the first floor of Nicholson Commons adjacent to the bookstore and is a central location for Commuter Student Services. We are here 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, multiethnic, bi-racial students, multi-racial students, and international students, and 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.

Multicultural Student Services

The department provides multicultural activity programming, supervises ethnic/culturally diverse student leadership groups, and helps coordinate interaction among alumni, 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 Asian Student Union (ASU), Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Black Student Union (BSU), B.R.E.A.K. (Beauty, Revival, Equity, Action, and Knowledge), Delta Alpha Phi (DAPi), Hui O’ Hawai’i, Middle Eastern Student Union (MESU), U.N.I.T.E. (Uniting National and International students Through Education), and the Team Barnabas Mentoring Program. These clubs and services are also supported by the student led MOSAIC Activities Council. http://www.pointloma.edu/Multicultural

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 department 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 Leadership & Outdoor Recreation

The office of Student Leadership and Outdoor Recreation, located on the first floor of Nicholson Commons, exists to provide Point Loma Nazarene students with opportunities to develop and enhance a personal philosophy of leadership that includes a deeper understanding of self, others, community, and creation through adventure-based, experiential education. Our program develops and delivers fully customizable leadership training offerings for individuals and various groups across campus throughout the year. For more information, visit: http://www.pointloma.edu/offices/outdoor-leadership.

If students are looking for a weekend adventure, Loma Outside outfits multiple student-led trips across the Southwestern States throughout the year, including LOMAD, a first-year orientation trip for all incoming students. For those who are looking to adventure out on their own, Loma Rentals provides access to an expansive supply of rental gear. Whether a student is looking to surf the jetty or summit Mt. Whitney, we’ve got them covered. For more information and to see what gear we have available for rent and purchase, visit: https://lomaoutside.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 Wellness Center, located in Nicholson Commons on the first floor, is home to the student health clinic, counseling center, and health outreach. The Wellness Center is staffed with a physician, registered nurse, consulting psychiatrist, licensed therapists, and registered dietitian. Working as a team, the wellness staff provides a seamless continuum of programs and services for assisting students toward academic achievement and holistic growth.

The Wellness Center provides free, confidential, limited primary medical care, nutritional consultation, and counseling services for main campus undergraduate students. https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/wellness-center/medical-services. Our health and medical services include: free self-care, over-the-counter medications assessment and treatment of injuries and illnesses, TB testing, immunizations, travel and prescription medications, consultation on health and nutrition issues, physicals, and assistance with student health insurance processes and insurance-based referrals to local healthcare providers. There are charges for medications, injections, strep and other tests, labs, and physicals. Fees for labs or other tests are billed to the student’s account and the student receives a copy of the charges at the time of visit. Our counseling services are provided at no charge, for main campus undergraduate students. Confidential individual counseling is offered at no charge and is based on a brief therapy model, designed to help students manage immediate problems and provide short-term therapy for 6 to 8 sessions. For ongoing difficulties, it is likely that recommendations will be provided for establishing a relationship with a therapist in the community to ensure access to mental health treatment that is not limited. Visit the counseling services webpage for more information: https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/wellness-center/counseling-services.

The Wellness Center is located in Nicholson Commons, 1st floor. https://www.pointloma.edu/offices/wellness-center. Hours of operation are Monday-Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm; evening appointments are available for counseling. Visit the Wellness Center for walk-in medical appointments, or call the Wellness Center (619-849-2574) to schedule a medical, counseling, or nutritional consultation appointment.

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

PLNU is committed to maintaining 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, main campus undergraduate students must have valid comprehensive health insurance coverage. For each year of enrollment, students must have proof of active health insurance on the student portal, even if they are studying abroad and regardless of the number of units enrolled.

The University highly recommends that students validate their health insurance on the portal prior to New Student Orientation and the start of classes. If you are a new or readmitted student, you can send a copy of the front and back of your insurance card in PDF form to sdwellnesscenter@pointloma.edu.

International Student Health Insurance

To assist with health insurance coverage that satisfies the requirements of the Affordable Care Act for all international students, the University provides a competitive, affordable international student health insurance plan. International students (undergraduate, graduates, and student-athletes) are automatically enrolled into the program for each semester of study at PLNU.

Mandatory Student Accident (MSA) Plan

Point Loma Nazarene University is pleased to provide a Mandatory Student Accident plan (MSA). MSA insurance is supplemental coverage for medical expenses incurred for accidental injury for all main campus undergraduate students and graduate student-athletes. The plan provides annual coverage whether or not college is in session, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The mandatory annual cost of the plan is included in the tuition billing statement. The MSA does not provide coverage for general health, preventative services, or sickness-related costs. To download a plan brochure, benefit snapshot, claims form and more, visit https://4studenthealth.relationinsurance.com/plan/mandatory-student-accident-plan-2018-2019-866/.