2022-2023 Traditional Undergraduate Student Handbook 
    Nov 30, 2022  
2022-2023 Traditional Undergraduate Student Handbook

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 Educational Access Center (EAC) is the point of contact regarding disability issues for all PLNU students including those enrolled in programs at any of our campuses or satellite sites.  The EAC assists current and prospective students, by facilitating access and opportunity for participation in all activities at PLNU. For more information, visit the EAC website.

Reasonable Accommodations 

Current and prospective students seeking an accommodation must follow the reasonable accommodation procedures. Refer to the EAC website for more information.

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 Educational Access Center may file a grievance by contacting the ADA Coordinator at ADA@pointloma.edu.

The Educational Access 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.


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

Harassment and Discrimination

Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to providing a work, learning, and living environment that provides equal opportunity for all and that is free from harassment and discrimination. Accordingly, harassment, discrimination or retaliation based upon race, color, age, national origin, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, and related conditions), physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law is strictly prohibited. Additionally, other inappropriate conduct of a harassing or offensive nature may be considered a violation of this policy.

Harassment may take many forms, but most commonly includes the following:

  • Verbal conduct such as epithets; derogatory jokes or comments; slurs; insulting sounds; unwanted sexual innuendos, advances, or propositions; and/or graphic, suggestive, or obscene comments, letters, notes, e-mails, internet posting or blogging, unwelcome invitations;
  • Visual conduct such as derogatory and/or sexually suggestive images, posters, pictures, photography, cartoons, drawings, or gestures;
  • Physical conduct such as assault, unwanted physical contact or touching, blocking normal movement;
  • Threats or demands to submit to sexual requests; and
  • Retaliation for having reported or threatened to report harassment.

Sexually harassing conduct does not necessarily need to be motivated by sexual desire. Sexual harassment can also include harassment of any kind on the basis of sex or gender.

PLNU’s anti-harassment policy applies to all persons involved in the University, including supervisors, managers, and administrators, as well as co-employees, students, vendors and visitors to the University.

Point Loma Nazarene University also prohibits and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment in any of its programs or activities. Such actions are prohibited not only by University policy, as provided above, but also by applicable federal law, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 as well as California law SB 493. Under Title IX, discrimination on the basis of sex can include sexual harassment or sexual violence. Under California SB 493, sexual harrassment includes sexual battery, sexual violence, and sexual exploitation.

Any type of harassment or discrimination may subject individuals or groups to disciplinary action and may also have legal consequences. Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to preventing and stopping discrimination or harassment whenever it may occur at the University or in its programs.

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. Alternatively, anyone may report violations or suspected violations anonymously through the online Incident Report Form.

Inquiries may be made externally to:

Office for Civil Rights (OCR)
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C.  20202-1100
Customer Service Hotline #: (800) 421-3481
Facsimile: (202) 453-6012
TDD#: (877) 521-2172
Email: OCR@ed.gov
Web: http://www.ed.gov/ocr

For complaints involving employees:
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
555 West Beech Street, Suite 504
San Diego, CA 92101
Phone: 1-800-669-4000

California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
2218 Kausen Drive, Suite 100
Elk Grove, CA 95758
Phone: 800-884-1684

Point Loma Nazarene University also prohibits retaliation against any person because they have resisted or complained in good faith about illegal harassment or discrimination prohibited by law and by this policy.  Likewise, those who participate in investigations of such conduct or aid others in bringing forward concerns are protected from retaliation.

TITLE IX, CALIFORNIA SB 493, and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act)

Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to maintaining work, learning, and living environment that is free  from  sex  discrimination and prohibits  discrimination on the basis of sex  in  its  education  programs  and  activities,  including  retaliation  for  asserting  or  otherwise  participating in claims of sex discrimination.

The university is also committed to providing a work, learning, and living environment that is free of sexual harassment, including retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in claims of sex discrimination.

In support of these commitments, Point Loma Nazarene University responds to allegations of discrimination on the basis of sex and sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct and relationship violence, through one of two processes:

  1. Allegations that meet the threshold of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., as updated in May 2020 (“Title IX”), specifically allegations of sexual harassment and sexual misconduct that occurred on Point Loma Nazarene University owned or managed property or at a Point Loma Nazarene University sponsored event, in the United States of America will follow the protocols outlined in the Title IX Policy. For more information, please visit www.pointloma.edu/title-ix.
  2. Allegations that do not meet the Title IX threshold, but nevertheless may meet California SB 493 threshold or violate the University policy, are responded to using the procedures outlined in the Student Conduct Process.

Point Loma Nazarene University is committed to supporting the rights of a person reporting an incident of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual misconduct or relationship violence to make an informed choice among options and services available. More information is available at www.pointloma.edu/title-ix. If you have experienced an incident of discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual misconduct or relationship violence you may report the incident at any time, regardless of how much time has elapsed since the incident occurred through one of the following methods:

  • Report the incident to the Title IX Coordinator

Office Location: Nicholson Commons 326A

All PLNU employees, except those deemed confidential, are “responsible employees” and have a duty to report sexual harrassment to the Title IX Coordinator. For a list of confidential resources at PLNU, please visit www.pointloma.edu/title-ix.

The university strongly encourages students to also report sexual assaults to the Department of Public Safety at (619) 849-2525 and the San Diego Police Department at (619) 531-2000. 

Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Policy

Point Loma Nazarene University 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, no matter their marital status, who becomes pregnant will receive grace-filled care and support. Point Loma Nazarene University does not discriminate against any student, or exclude any student from its education program or activity, including any class or extracurricular activity, on the basis of such student’s pregnancy or childbirth-related conditions or recovery. Students are encouraged to work with their faculty members and the Title IX Office to devise a plan for how to best address the conditions as pregnancy progresses, anticipate the need for leaves, minimize the academic impact of their absence and stay on track as efficiently and comfortably as possible. The Title IX Coordinator will assist with plan development and implementation as needed.

Title IX Coordinator

Accommodations: Pregnant students are able to access accommodations and support in the same way as someone who has a temporary condition. The Title IX Coordinator has the authority to determine that such accommodations are necessary and appropriate. As with other Title IX and EAC accommodations, information about pregnant students’ requests for accommodations will be shared with faculty and staff only to the extent necessary in order to provide the reasonable accommodations. Faculty and staff will regard all information associated with such requests as private and will not disclose this information unless necessary. Administrative responsibility for these accommodations lies with the Title IX Coordinator, who will maintain all appropriate documentation related to accommodations.

Leave of Absence: The University can also grant pregnant students a medical leave of absence at the students’ request for one semester and then effectively will reinstate the student to the same status as was held when the leave began. The leave term may be extended in the case of extenuating circumstances or medical necessity.

As long as a student can maintain appropriate academic progress, faculty, staff, or other University employees cannot require a student to take a leave of absence, or withdraw from or limit their studies as the result of pregnancy, childbirth, or related conditions, but nothing in this policy requires modification of the essential elements of any academic program.

Continuation of a student’s scholarship, fellowship, or similar University-sponsored funding during the leave term will depend on the student’s registration status and the policies of the funding program regarding registration status. Students will not be negatively impacted by or forfeit their future eligibility for their scholarship, fellowship, or similar University-supported funding by exercising their rights under this Policy.

Breastfeeding: Breastfeeding students will be granted reasonable time and space to pump breast milk in a location that is private, clean, and reasonably accessible. Bathroom stalls do not satisfy this requirement. PLNU also provides students and employees with access to designated lactation spaces on campus. To access use of this space, please contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Parental Accommodations for All Parents

This policy provides at least six weeks of “Parental Accommodation” for students who become parents through birth, adoption, guardianship or fostering. This policy can also be applied to a student who has a child who is hospitalized.

During this time the student is entitled to a reasonable extension of deadlines and academic expectations to accommodate the student’s new parental responsibilities including assignments, exams and other requirements, as determined in consultation with student’s professors. These accommodations may suspend requirements for class attendance, exams, other course-related requirements, lab work, or work toward a degree. The accommodation period preserves student status, funding, health insurance, and housing eligibility.

In addition to the accommodation period, students are permitted to take a leave of absence.  This leave can be in the form of personal or medical leave for one semester, with a possibility of extension.

For more information, contact the Title IX Coordinator.

Title IX Coordinator

Disability Discrimination and Harassment

Point Loma Nazarene University 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. 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 at ADA@pointloma.edu. For more information on reasonable accommodation procedures, please refer to the EAC website.

Other forms of discrimination and harassment

Any student who feels that he or she has experienced or witnessed any other form of prohibited discrimination or harassment should report it to a university official or use the online Incident Report Form.

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.

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:


Personal Conduct  

Residential Life Housing Policy  

PLNU seeks to recruit students of the Christian faith and to create an institutional environment conducive to their growth in Christ; however, we do not require that students be confessing Christians. We welcome and value students 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.

  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.