2020-2021 Main Campus Undergraduate Student Handbook 
    
    Dec 09, 2022  
2020-2021 Main Campus Undergraduate Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

State and Federal Policies


 

Access to Books

Federal Student Aid requires that students be able to use available funds to purchase books by the 7th day of the payment period.  To accomplish this, Student Financial Services offers “Book Advances” of up to $600 during the first two weeks of classes. 

Disability Accommodations at PLNU

Accessing Accommodations at PLNU

Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) provides individuals with disabilities access to the programs, services, and activities of the University.  Pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and other applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations, PLNU prohibits discrimination and harassment against a qualified individual with a disability.  As stated in Section 504: “No otherwise qualified individual shall, solely by his or her disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

The PLNU Disability Resource Center (DRC) is the point of contact regarding disability issues for all PLNU undergraduate and graduate students including: students enrolled at the Mission Valley campus and College of Extended Learning, and students enrolled in courses at Community College satellites.  The DRC assists current and prospective students, by facilitating access and opportunity for participation in all activities at PLNU.

Reasonable Reasonable Accommodations 

Current and prospective students seeking an accommodation must follow the reasonable accommodation procedures described in the Disability and Reasonable Accommodations Policy for Current and Prospective Students.

Disability Accommodations/Academic Adjustment Grievance and Appeal Process

Any current or prospective student who believes she or he has been subjected to discrimination or harassment on the basis of disability or is unsatisfied with accommodation/academic adjustment plans provided by the Disability Resource Center may file a grievance using the Grievance and Appeal Procedures contained in the Disability and Reasonable Accommodations Policy for Current and Prospective Students.

The Disability Resource Center provides advice and support to students with disabilities, (619) 849-2533.

Human Resources will provide advice and support to faculty and staff persons with disabilities, (619) 849-2534.

 

FERPA

Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) & Directory Information

Harassment and Discrimination

PLNU affirms its commitment to promote the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational enterprise.  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 any form of disability discrimination or harassment should report the incident to the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, Dr. Holly Irwin, available in the Vice Provost office, and at 619-849-2706. Click on the following link to read the full text of the Disability and Reasonable Accommodations Policy for Current and Prospective Students.

Any student who feels that he or she has experienced any form of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment or sexual violence 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.  Click on the following link to read the full text of PLNU’s Sexual Misconduct Policy .  The university strongly encourages students to report sexual assaults to the Department of Public Safety at (619) 849-2525 and the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000.  Click on the link to file an online Incident Report Form.

Any student who feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed any other form of prohibited discrimination or harassment 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. Click on the following link to read the full text of PLNU’s Harassment and Nondiscrimination .

Jeanne Clery Act

In 1990, Congress enacted The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act as part of an amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1965. Later renamed The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in memory of Jeanne Clery, a university student murdered in her dorm room, it requires all postsecondary institutions participating in federal student financial assistance programs to disclose certain information on campus crime and various safety and security-related policies. Further amendments in recent years have expanded the requirements to include information on fire safety, sexual assault, and missing students.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Reports and other information about campus safety are located on 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.

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, options for filing reports outside of PLNU are noted below. Alternately, anyone may report violations or suspected violations anonymously through the online Incident Report Form.

Inquiries and appeals regarding compliance with these federal requirements may be directed to PLNU’s Title IX Coordinator, Danielle Brown Friberg, M.A. Ed., Nicholson Commons, Office 326-A, (619) 849-2313.

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 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:

Why PLNU

Personal Conduct  

Residential Life Housing Policy   

 

1  20 U.S.C. Section 1681(a)(3).

2  Cal. Ed. Code Section 66271.

State Authorization Complaint Process

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 (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:

  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, (619) 263-1897 FAX.