2020-2021 Main Campus Undergraduate Student Handbook 
    Oct 06, 2022  
2020-2021 Main Campus Undergraduate Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Personal Conduct

The supportive community of PLNU results from each individual consistently demonstrating respect for people and for property.

The following standards represent PLNU’s positions regarding select aspects of student behavior.  Violation of these standards may be grounds for student conduct action and/or dismissal from the University.

AIDING, ABETTING, OR CONSPIRING/COMPLICITY - Being present when another student violates PLNU policy, or enabling or assisting a student to commit a violation. If illegal substances and/or objects are present in a room, all occupants are held responsible.


  • Purpose - This policy promotes greater safety on walkways, ramps, steps, and roadways at PLNU and to prevent physical damage to exterior surfaces owned and maintained by the university.
  • Regulation - The use of bicycles, skateboards, and inline skates shall be allowed only as a means of transportation on walkways and roadways at PLNU. Hoverboards are not permitted to be used or brought onto campus.  Anyone using a bicycle, skateboard, or inline skates on PLNU property shall give right of way to any pedestrian and shall travel at a reasonable, safe, and prudent speed. Under no circumstances will bicycling, skateboarding, or inline skating be allowed on ramps, curbs, benches, steps, stairs, railings or other such structures. The use of bicycles, skateboards, or inline skates shall not be permitted inside any building.
  • Enforcement - Violators of this policy shall be subject to fines from the Department of Public Safety. Bicycles, skateboards, and inline skates may be impounded and will be returned upon completion of student conduct action.

CHEATING AND DISHONESTY - Students must be honorable in all of their academic work. Dishonesty in assignments, examinations, or any other academic work is an affront to fellow students and the faculty and will not be tolerated. (You may view the full policy here.)

DANGEROUS PRACTICES/RECKLESS BEHAVIOR - Activities that endanger the lives or safety of any student or other individual in any university building or on property. This includes, but is not limited to, students climbing on roofs or hanging from ceilings and ledges of walkways, propping doors in residence halls, throwing objects from windows or balconies or elevated walkways, and disclosing or giving residence hall door access to unauthorized persons.

DINING HALL ENTRY - During hours of food service, students may enter the Dining Hall solely through its main entrance and only after producing one’s personal PLNU student ID card or other form of payment for access to food service.

DISRUPTION, OBSTRUCTION OR INTERFERENCE - Students shall not engage in behavior or conduct that in any way disrupts, obstructs or interferes with the functions, programs or activities, services, or directives of the university, its offices, or its employees (e.g., classes, social, cultural, and athletics events, computing services, registration, housing and food services, meetings, and hearings).  

DISSENT - The University upholds and welcomes dialogue in partnership with students when considering protests.  Students who engage in protests which impede or obstruct others in the exercise of their freedom, which interferes with the orderly procedures and activities of the University or is destructive, may be subject to student conduct and/or legal action.

DISTURBING THE PEACE AND DESTRUCTION OF PROPERTY - Whenever any student, student organization, or group of students, disturbs the peace, destroys, defaces, or removes University property without permission, those involved, including any affiliated organization and its officers, will be held responsible.

DRONES - Students are prohibited from operating unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) for personal use in the airspace above campus or in any university building or facility.  Administrative approval from the Director of Public Safety is required for any other drone activity.  If approved, the drone may only be operated during the daylight and away from buildings, people and animals.  The drone must remain in the pilot’s field of vision and may not fly over sporting events or near the Greek Amphitheater.

ENTERTAINMENT - Consistent with the history of the Church of the Nazarene and the Mission of PLNU, students are expected to practice a high standard of discernment in the use of leisure time and choice of entertainment. All forms of leisure and entertainment should enhance spiritual and personal growth and should uphold proper moral boundaries and reserve.


The University’s Harassment and Nondiscrimination Policy is hereby incorporated into the Student Handbook.

For more information and the full policy, please click here .      

FAILURE TO COMPLY WITH UNIVERSITY OFFICIALS - Students are expected to comply with all lawful requests of any University official, including requests to see Student ID, requests to meet with University officials, and to respond truthfully to any questions posed by University officials.

FILMS - All films (other than those shown in a classroom situation) shown by groups or individuals under the sponsorship of Point Loma Nazarene University must have prior approval from the event sponsor or an advisor.

FINANCIAL IRREGULARITIES - A student who deliberately writes “bad checks” (insufficient funds), commits financial fraud, or commits a forgery will be subject to student conduct and/or legal action.

FIRE EQUIPMENT- Fire-extinguishing equipment, fire alarms, smoke detectors and any other emergency equipment is only for authorized use. The law prohibits any other use.

FIREARMS, FIREWORKS/EXPLOSIVES AND WEAPONS OF ANY KIND - The possession of, sale of, or firing of fireworks, firecrackers, explosives (including, but not limited to, pipe bombs, dry ice bombs, and other such homemade devices), guns of any kind including recreational firearms, knives with a blade longer than 2.5 inches, all folding knives with locking blades and other items of similar nature (e.g. spear fishing equipment, stun guns, and/or tasers) is prohibited by PLNU and by city, county and state law.

GAMBLING - Gambling, in any form on campus or at any PLNU sponsored events, is prohibited.


Students may use hammocks and slacklines on campus, with caution. Using any hammock or slackline carries inherent risks. Be careful. Please follow these guidelines.

  • Hammocks and slacklines may only be used outdoors on secure, living trees. The trees may not be damaged in any way, including no cutting of branches, use of screws or nails, etc.
  • For hammock users, the trees should be eight inches or more in diameter (approximately the width of a volleyball). The two points on the tree at which a hammock hangs must be below the height of the user’s head.
  • For slack line users, the trees should be eighteen inches or more in diameter. The two points on the tree at which a slackline hangs may be no higher than 30 inches above the ground and no longer than 80 feet. Tree trunks must be protected with padding, blankets, or carpet placed between the tree and the anchor line.
  • The webbing used to hang the hammock or slackline must be nylon and one inch or thicker.
  • Hammocks and slacklines may not be hung in areas that would block walking, driving, or foot traffic.
  • Hammocks and slacklines may not be secured onto PLNU buildings or structures including light poles and signs.
  • Hammocks and slacklines may not be left unattended; if left behind, the hammock may be removed by PLNU staff.

HARASSMENT - click here  to read Harassment Policy. 

HAZING - Hazing is not allowed within any of the University’s clubs or groups, whether or not they are officially recognized by the University. The California Law (CA Penal Code Section 245.6) was established in memory of Matthew William Carrington who died on February 20, 2005 as a result of hazing. Prosecution under Matt’s Law does not prohibit prosecution under any other provision of law.

Hazing is any action taken or situation created intentionally:

  • that causes embarrassment, harassment or ridicule 
  • risks emotional and/or physical harm
  • to members of a group or team
  • whether new or not
  • regardless of the person’s willingness to participate

Hazing that does not result in serious bodily injury is a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of not less than $100 nor more than $5,000; imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year; or both.

Any person who personally engages in hazing that results in death or serious bodily injury is guilty of either a misdemeanor or a felony, and shall be punished by imprisonment in county jail not exceeding one year or by imprisonment in the state prison.

The person against whom the hazing is directed may commence a civil action for injury or damages. The action may be brought against any participants in the hazing or any organization to which the student is seeking membership whose agents, directors, trustees, managers, or officers authorized, requested, commanded, participated in, or ratified the hazing.

Point Loma Nazarene University supports only those activities that are constructive, educational and inspirational, and that contribute to the intellectual and personal development of the students. The University unequivocally opposes any situation intended to produce mental or physical discomfort, embarrassment, harassment, or ridicule. The University interprets hazing as any act, whether physical, mental, emotional or psychological, that subjects another person, voluntarily or involuntarily, to anything that may abuse, mistreat, degrade, humiliate, harass, or intimidate an individual, or which may in any fashion compromise an individual’s inherent dignity as a person. In addition, any requirements by a member or pledge which compels another member or pledge to participate in any activity that is against University policy, state or federal law, will be defined as hazing. It is the right of every student on this campus to be free from the humiliation and danger of hazing. Hazing by any individual or organization shall be viewed as incongruent with the mission and values of the University. Each organization is responsible for designing programs that recognize the moral, spiritual, and intellectual qualities of human rights. Clubs and organizations must review a detailed definition of hazing in the Office of Community Life. Compliance with this description is required.


When a student presents with behaviors of a dysregulated, disordered, or disruptive nature that may create a health or learning risk to any students, the University may require the student be removed from the campus until an assessment of the student has been completed, a plan of support/treatment is developed by University officials, resources for the support/treatment have been reviewed, and a consistent accountability plan has been established.  All conditions of the plan must be met by the student in order to remain enrolled at the University. 


PLNU affirms the view of the Church of the Nazarene that human sexuality is one expression of holiness and beauty that God the Creator intended.  Because all human beings are created in the image of God, they are of inestimable value and worth. As a result we believe that human sexuality is meant to include more than the sensual experience, and is a gift of God designed to reflect the whole of our physical and relational createdness. It is God’s intention that in the sacramental union of marriage a man and woman may experience the joy and pleasure of sexual intimacy and from this act of intimate love new life may enter the world and into a covenantal community of care.

  • Students are expected to abstain from sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage. 
  • PLNU affirms that all human life, including life developing in the womb, is created by God in His image and is, therefore, to be nurtured, supported, and protected. A student, whether single or married, who becomes pregnant will receive grace-filled care and support within the PLNU community.
  • PLNU seeks to be a community where lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons are treated with dignity, grace, and holy love in the Spirit of Christ. We recognize the complexity of current issues related to same-sex attraction, same-sex marriage, and gender identity. The university desires to faithfully care for all students while engaging these conversations with respect, care, humility, courage, and discernment.
  • A student (or potential student) who needs assistance with matters related to gender identity (such as gender dysphoria, sexually ambiguous birth, legally altered birth documentation) is invited to discuss these concerns with the Associate Dean of Student Success and Wellness, who will provide support, care, and assistance in accessing university resources.
  • Residential Life housing assignments, intercollegiate athletic team assignments, use of single gender restrooms, and locker rooms are consistent with one’s assigned sex at birth.
  • Developing a holistic Christian sexual ethic during the years of young adulthood is both challenging and rewarding.  PLNU is a vital Christian community of Wesleyan heritage committed to helping our students develop and live out a holistic Christian sexual ethic while part of this community.

LITTERING - Disposing of refuse of any kind on University property except in the appropriate receptacles provided, is prohibited.

MEAL PLAN USEAGE - All residential students are required to have a University meal plan which may be utilized solely for personal use - with the exception of a guest meal pass. 

MISREPRESENTATION/FORGERY/FALSIFICATION OF RECORDS - Providing false identification or information to any University officials with an intent to deceive. This also includes the unauthorized use of any Point Loma Nazarene University record or document (such as ID card, meal plan, parking permit, chapel attendance) or instrument of identification. Falsification of any University records or documents is also prohibited.

NONDISCRIMINATION - Click here  to read Nondiscrimination policy.

OBSCENE LANGUAGE, LITERATURE, AND MUSIC - Vulgar, foul, obscene, or profane language is not to be tolerated on campus at any time. Pornographic materials or media (i.e. music, images, video), obscene literature and pictures are also not to be tolerated.

PERSONAL APPEARANCE - The PLNU community affirms that the appearance of students should be consistent with an environment of vital Christianity. Simplicity and modesty are two values especially relevant to our campus situation. Certainly, for any dress policy to be effective, common sense and personal discretion by the members of the community are essential.

The following guidelines are helpful:

  • Bodily cleanliness and neatness of dress are essential on the part of everyone.
  • Shoes or footwear must be worn in any building, including the visitation lounges of residence halls.
  • Clothing should be appropriate to the occasion and in good taste, reflecting the atmosphere of vital Christianity, which is one of the basic principles of Point Loma Nazarene University. Personal appearance should not disrupt the mood or atmosphere of the activity being attended. Clothing with unwholesome advertising should be avoided.
  • The University employee who is designated as the official in charge of a specific building or facility may set stricter guidelines for appropriate clothing. This includes faculty in the classrooms, residence directors in the residence halls (especially during Open House hours), the Athletic Director in all athletic facilities, and the Chaplain for Chapel.

PROOF OF STUDENT STATUS -  PLNU requires that all students be able to show proof of current student status (Student ID) upon request by a University official; specifically University staff and faculty, Public Safety personnel, resident assistants and chapel scanners. The ID remains the property of the University.

SALES/ADVERTISING ON CAMPUS - No sales, solicitation, selling “parties” or advertising is permitted on campus without permission of the Student Development Office.

SETTING A FIRE/ARSON - Lighting a fire on University property without authorization is prohibited. Starting such a fire with the intent of destroying property is arson.


The University’s Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence, and Stalking Policy is hereby incorporated into the Student Handbook. 

For more information and the full policy, please click here.  

Standards of Conduct

Sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking are serious violations of law and University policy. In addition, they violate the sanctity of the human body and spirit and will not be tolerated within the Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) community.


“Sexual assault” means any offense classified as a forcible or non-forcible sex offense under the uniform crime reporting system of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, including rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, incest and statutory rape.

Force and Consent


  • Force is the use of physical violence and/or imposing on someone physically to gain sexual access. Force also includes threats, intimidation (implied threats) and coercion that overcome resistance or produce consent (“Have sex with me or I’ll hit you.” “Okay, don’t hit me, I’ll do what you want.”).   

  • Coercion is unreasonable pressure for sexual activity.  Coercive behavior differs from seductive behavior based on the type of pressure someone uses to get consent from another.  When someone makes clear to you that they do not want sex, that they want to stop, or that they do not want to go past a certain point of sexual interaction, continued pressure beyond that point can be coercive.  

  • NOTE: Silence or the absence of resistance alone is not considered to be consent. There is no requirement on a party to resist the sexual advance or request, but resistance is a clear demonstration of non-consent. The presence of consent is not demonstrated by the absence of resistance. Sexual activity that is forced is by definition non-consensual, but non-consensual sexual activity is not by definition forced.


  • Consent is knowing, voluntary, and clear permission by word or action to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. Since individuals may experience the same interaction in different ways, it is the responsibility of each party to make certain that the other has consented before engaging in the activity. For consent to be valid, there must be a clear expression in words or actions that the other individual consented to that specific sexual conduct. Consent can be withdrawn once given, as long as the withdrawal is clearly communicated.  

  • Consent to some sexual contact (such as kissing or fondling) cannot be presumed to be consent for other sexual activity (such as intercourse). A current or previous dating relationship is not sufficient to constitute consent. The existence of consent is based on the totality of the current circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incident occurred and any similar previous patterns that may be evidenced.


  • A person cannot consent if they are unable to understand what is happening or is disoriented, helpless, asleep or unconscious for any reason, including, without limitation, due to alcohol or other drugs. An individual who engages in sexual activity when the individual knows, or should know, that the other person is physically or mentally incapacitated has violated this policy.  

  • It is not an excuse that the responding party was intoxicated or impaired and, therefore, did not realize the incapacity of the reporting party.

  • Incapacitation is defined as a state where someone cannot make rational, reasonable decisions because they lack the capacity to give knowing/informed consent (e.g., to understand the “who, what, when, where, why or how” of their sexual interaction). This policy also covers a person whose incapacity results from mental disability, involuntary physical restraint and/or from the taking of incapacitating drugs.  

  • In California, a minor (meaning a person under the age of 18 years) cannot consent to sexual activity. This means that sexual contact by an adult with a person younger than 18 years old may be a crime, and a potential violation of this policy, even if the minor wanted to engage in the act.

“Dating Violence” means violence by a person who has been in a romantic or intimate relationship with the victim. Whether there was such a relationship will be gauged by its length, type, and frequency of interaction.

“Domestic Violence” includes asserted violent misdemeanor and felony offenses committed by the victim’s current or former spouse, current or former cohabitant, person similarly situated under domestic or family violence law, or anyone else protected under domestic or family violence law.

“Stalking” means a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for her, his, or others’ safety, or to suffer substantial emotional distress.

Following a Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, Domestic Violence or Stalking

If you are in danger call 911.

A victim of sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking is advised immediately to make a report as soon as possible to the Department of Public Safety at (619) 849-2525, the University Title IX Coordinator (Vice President for Student Development) at (619) 849-2479 and/or to the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000. Crimes or suspected crimes can also be reported anonymously through the Incident Report Form. University personnel are required by law to assist victims in contacting the appropriate law enforcement authorities if the victim so chooses, though the victim has a right to decline to notify such authorities. Timely reporting of sexual assaults is an important part of preventing the commission of similar crimes by the same individual in the future.

Additionally, it is important to preserve evidence as may be necessary to prove criminal sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence or stalking, or to obtain a protective order. To aid in the prompt and accurate collection of evidence following a sexual assault, it is recommended that the victim not shower, wash, or douche; use the toilet; or change clothes prior to medical examination.

All reports of sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking will be handled in such a way as to protect the identity of the victim to the extent reasonably possible.  Extent permissible by law. Disclosures of the offense in the university Daily Crime Log and/or the Annual Security Report and/or in a warning to the campus community will not contain any information readily identifying the victim.

Whether or not an individual makes an official report, he or she is urged to seek appropriate help, which may include medical evaluation, obtaining information, support, and counseling, either on or off campus.

Victim Assistance

The Wellness Center, located on the first floor of Nicholson Commons, offers health, and counseling services to students who are victims of sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. Appointments can be made in person or by phoning (619) 849-2574. The Wellness Center is also able to provide referrals for off-campus health, and counseling.

Campus Victim/Survivor Advocate: (619) 849-2574.

The Emergency Rape Crisis Hotline at (888) 385-4657 is staffed by counselors who are specifically trained to help rape victims and to offer confidential support and information about legal, medical and mental health resources.

Victims of alleged sexual assault, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking may request a change of academic schedule, work, residential living, and transportation situations. The University is legally obligated to grant such requests if the changes are reasonably available regardless of whether or not the victim chooses to report the crime to law enforcement.

The University will make a reasonable effort to accommodate orders of protection, no-contact orders, restraining orders, or similar orders issued by a criminal, civil, or tribal court obtained by victims of sexual assaults, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Once obtained, the victim should provide a copy of the order(s) to a University official.

Victims who report alleged sexual assaults, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking–whether  they occurred on or off campus–will be provided with a written explanation of their rights and options as covered by this policy.


Violation of these Standards and Protocols will result in appropriate legal and/or administrative action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Violation of these standards and protocols also may subject the offender to criminal prosecution or third party civil litigation.

A student alleged to have violated this policy may be subject to the Student Conduct Process as set forth in this Handbook, even if the violation occurred off campus.

STATEMENT OF IMPEDING - PLNU reserves the right to remove from the residence halls, classrooms, and/or campus any student whose behavior and/or action impedes the success of other students, staff, or faculty.

STUDENT-ATHLETES - Students who are members of a PLNU Intercollegiate athletic team should refer to the Student-Athlete Handbook for guidelines in addition to those published in the Student Handbook.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS - The University has a legitimate interest in being assured that all University organizations identify their goals and objectives. All such goals and objectives must be compatible with the mission statement and policies of the University and consistent with the tenets of the Church of the Nazarene, as expressed in the Manual  - Church of the Nazarene. Each organization, whether local or of outside affiliation, must obtain official recognition by whatever method is currently in operation at the University. Contact the Associated Student Body Director for Student Relations via email: asbstudentrelations@pointloma.edu.

STUDENT PUBLICATIONS - Student publications at Point Loma Nazarene University are under direction of the Media Board. Such publications are a part of the total campus life, and in the finest tradition of journalism, they must present an objective point of view, accuracy in facts, opposing views or a variety of views on controversial issues. All campus publications are subject to approval of the President of the University as a condition of authority to operate.

STUDENT SUBSTANCE USE/POSSESSION POLICY - One of the major impediments to student success in higher education is alcohol. (See Harvard study). Students who drink alcohol have been found to have lower grades, lower rates of retention to the institution, and are less likely to graduate than students who do not drink. These current studies emphasize the wisdom of our founders in holding a position of abstinence for the PLNU community. The resulting policy places our students in an advantageous position.

  • The University requires that students abstain from the use or possession of marijuana 
  • The University requires that students abstain from the use or possession of other illegal drugs or THC products in any form
  • The University requires that students abstain from the use or possession of alcoholic beverages
  • The University requires that students abstain from the use or possession of smoking products, vaping products, and tobacco products
  • The University requires that students refrain from sharing or selling any personal, prescribed medications
  • The University requires that students refrain from the use or possession of prescription drugs without a prescription

A student’s refusal to test for alcohol or illegal drugs will be interpreted as an admission of guilt.

A medical marijuana card and/or legalization of marijuana in the state of California does not supersede the stated PLNU policy.

The substance policy applies during any session of the academic year that a student is enrolled or employed by the University.


Students are encouraged to avail themselves of drug and alcohol prevention resources. The university’s Wellness Center, located on the first floor of Nicholson Commons, 619-849-2574, provides prevention, referral, and supportive resources to PLNU students.

Student Conduct Response

While Point Loma Nazarene University reserves the right to expel a student for any student conduct substance use violation. The following circumstances are likely to result in immediate dismissal:

  • The on campus possession of illegal drugs and/or the possession of any drug paraphernalia. This policy includes but is not limited to marijuana - in any form, regardless of possession of a medical marijuana card.
  • Any profane, aggressive or abusive behavior by a student.
  • Students who provide alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication to other students.
  • Other extenuating circumstances including, but not limited to, selling or trafficking of alcohol, illegal drugs, or prescription medication.

Note: Students choosing not to be tested for these substances will receive consequences for the offense in question.

The university reserves the right to refer drug or illegal behavior to appropriate civil authorities.

Local, State, and Federal Sanctions

Some local, state and federal laws establish severe penalties for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions, upon conviction, range from a fine and probation to lengthy imprisonment. The following websites provide more information regarding state and federal codes related to unlawful use and possession of drugs and alcohol.

California Codes

Federal Code


Title 21, Chapter 13 Lists Laws Pertaining to Possession of Controlled Substances and Illegal Trafficking

THEFT AND BURGLARY - Breaking and entering, petty larceny, thefts, embezzlement of funds, and similar activities are considered to be major offenses against the university community and will be subject to disciplinary action by the university in addition to possible civil prosecution.

THREATS AND VIOLENCE AGAINST PERSONS OR PROPERTY - A supportive community cannot exist where threats occur or where people fear injury or harm. Therefore, threats of violence or violence against persons will result in immediate removal from the university and from university property.

THROWING FOOD OR OTHER ITEMS IN THE NICHOLSON COMMONS - The Nicholson Commons is a central meeting place designed to foster relationships and the PLNU spirit. It was designed to be the campus living room.  Throwing food or other items and writing on walls is not permitted.

UNAUTHORIZED ENTRY - Entering into any University building, facility or area without authorization is prohibited.

UNAUTHORIZED POSSESSION OF KEYS - The possession of keys by students, or the making of duplicate keys to campus properties without being specifically issued by authorized campus personnel, is prohibited.

UNAUTHORIZED PRESENCE, IMPROPER USE - Unauthorized presence on or improper use of, any Point Loma Nazarene University property is prohibited. This includes the unauthorized use of university facilities (i.e. private parties, misuse of the Nicholson Commons, unauthorized solicitation or distribution of advertising materials on University property). It also includes an individual’s presence in an area from which he or she has previously been banned.

UNIVERSITY E-MAIL - The University’s official mode of communicating with students is the student’s personal pointloma.edu e-mail address and must be checked frequently. 

VISITORS TO THE CAMPUS - The campuses of Point Loma Nazarene University are provided primarily to accommodate the immediate university community, (i.e. students, faculty and staff). As a private, independent university, the campuses are private property. The University reserves the right to regulate admission of visitors and to require visitors to obtain a permit under controlled conditions.  Individuals who are approved to stay overnight in a Residence Hall should obtain an overnight parking pass from the Welcome Center. 

ADDITIONAL REGULATIONS - The University may, from time to time, enact and publish additional policies and regulations. These will be added online to the Student Handbook.

ENFORCEMENT -Violation of these Standards and Protocols will result in appropriate legal and/or administrative action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Violation of these standards and protocols also may subject the offender to criminal prosecution or third party civil litigation.

A student alleged to have violated this policy may be subject to the Student Conduct Process as set forth in this Handbook even if the violation occurred off campus.

PROCESS AND RESPONSE FOR CONDUCT VIOLATIONS - A first student conduct violation will result in prompt parental notification, followed by a meeting with the Student Conduct Committee for the purpose of developing a Growth Plan with the student. This committee meets with the student and may include all or some of the following: a Resident Director, the student’s faculty advisor (or a member of the faculty), a member of the staff, the student’s Resident Assistant, and the Dean of Students. Other PLNU personnel may be utilized when the Student Conduct Committee deems it necessary and in the best interest of the student and the process.  This group works together with the student to create a Growth Plan which may include participation in campus programs, community service, a fine, written reflection and response, mentoring, and other growth responses relevant to the holistic development of the student.  In violations involving drugs and/or alcohol, the Growth Plan response may also include a substance use assessment.

A second student conduct violation is cause for an increase in concern and will result in prompt parental notification followed by a meeting with the Student Conduct Committee for the purpose of developing a Growth Plan with the student. This committee meets with the student and may include all or some of the following: a Resident Director, the student’s faculty advisor (or a member of the faculty), a member of the staff, the student’s Resident Assistant, and the Dean of Students.  Response may also include an additional or more extensive substance use assessment.  Other PLNU personnel may be utilized when the Student Conduct Committee deems it necessary and in the best interest of the student and the process.

A third violation will likely result in the suspension or expulsion of a student from Point Loma Nazarene University.

PLNU Student Development administrators may place a “hold” on a student’s account as part of the response to a student conduct incident.  The hold means that for the duration of the hold, the student cannot conduct any university business, including but not limited to registration, housing and the request of transcripts.  The hold is removed once the responsible administrator deems the student is in compliance with university policies.  

Student conduct incidents involving the use or possession of alcohol, or use of narcotics including marijuana during the summer sessions will result in loss of summer housing, tasks assigned over the remainder of the summer, and a meeting upon returning to PLNU.  Students will be given 24 hours to move out of the residence hall.  Drug possession (including marijuana) on campus will still result in a two semester suspension.  Normal appeal processes apply to summer student conduct.