Lifestyle Expectations

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Institution-Wide Standards

The University expects its students to meet certain Lifestyle Expectations, regardless of whether they are on campus or off campus.  These Lifestyle Expectations are also expected of guests or invitees or other parties while they are on the campus of the University.   As an institution of the Church of the Nazarene, the University follows the directives and guidelines established by the General Assemblies of the Church and published in the Church Manual, which serve as a guide for the Lifestyle Expectations of the University.

The following are categories of behavior which are not permissible or acceptable for an NNU student and may result in action by the University:

1. Tobacco, alcohol, and illegal or non-authorized prescription drugs.  Using, possessing, displaying, being in the presence of, or procuring tobacco, alcohol or illegal or non-authorized prescription drugs (or containers for the same—“TAD”), is prohibited by the University.  If the University determines in its sole discretion that a student may be using TAD,  the University may immediately demand that the student (at the student’s expense) undertake any appropriate test regarding TAD use; refusal by the student to complete such test will be considered a violation of the University’s Lifestyle Expectations.  The outcome of any TAD test may be utilized for any purpose by the University related to its Lifestyle Expectations.

The University’s policy regarding use of TAD is a part of its policy to maintain a drug-free campus as to all members of its community.  Other provisions of the NNU web site (identified below) reflect that drug-free policy as follows:              

2. Sexual immorality and pornography.  The University accepts the Biblical standards that prohibit all sexual immorality. Because there are many social and emotional forces that challenge this standard, the University believes that the power of God and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit combine to provide the means to live victoriously with respect to sexual purity. Examples of unacceptable behavior by students include the following:

  • Student commission of or attempt to commit a sexual act that, if proven in court, would be a criminal act. 
  • Student involvement in the use or distribution of pornography (whether web-based or otherwise). 
  • Unmarried student involvement in a sexually active heterosexual, incestuous, or homosexual relationship. 
  • Married student involvement in a sexually active adulterous, incestuous, or homosexual relationship. 
  • Student cohabitation with a member of the opposite sex, including but not limited to spending the night together and/or living together.
  • Students of the opposite sex meeting in residence halls, other than places and times  set aside by the University for such activities. 
  • Inappropriate public displays of affection not in keeping with the Christian Life Perspective and Lifestyle Expectations.

3. Harassment based upon sex, sexual orientation, race, or religion; vulgarities and obscenities; disruptive or offensive actions.  The University prohibits harassment or hazing or malicious activities undertaken against others based upon sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed or religion.  The University further prohibits taking the name of God in vain and the use of other language regarded as vulgar or obscene, and prohibits disruptive or offensive actions by any student at the University whether written or oral.

4. Criminal activities.  Any criminal activities by a student constitute a violation of the University’s Christian Life Perspective and Lifestyle Expectations.

5. Inappropriate entertainment.  A student’s engagement in music, literature, internet activities or other means of entertainment not in keeping with the University’s Christian Life Perspective or Lifestyle Expectations is unacceptable to the University.  The University will not authorize, endorse, sponsor, or advertise any such entertainment activity, event or form of entertainment inconsistent with the University’s Christian Life Perspective or Lifestyle Expectations. 

The decision by individual students to participate in various forms of entertainment off-campus, and without expectation of institutional sponsorship, authorization, endorsement or advertisement, shall be considered as a matter of personal choice for the student. 

6. Computer usage.  Any student’s use of a computer which (a) violates any state or federal law, or (b) which is contrary to the University’s Christian Life Perspective of Lifestyle Expectations, is prohibited, and may result in the loss of internet privileges on the University campus.  The University reserves the right to monitor internet use by any of its students. 

7. Unauthorized entry.  The University prohibits any student from making any unauthorized entry into any building or area of the Campus, including the rooftops of Campus buildings.  

8. Dress code; personal cleanliness. Students are expected to dress in accordance with the Christian Life Perspective and Lifestyle Expectations of the University:

  • Bodily cleanliness and neatness of dress are necessary. 
  • Bare feet are not allowed inside campus buildings (excluding residence halls). 
  • Clothing with printed material which is contrary to the University’s Christian Life Perspective and Lifestyle Expectations is not acceptable attire. 
  • Except as to outdoor activities or designated sunbathing areas, male students are expected to wear shirts.
  • Women students are to cover sports bras, bathing suits and bikinis when not sunbathing.  Bikinis may not be worn on campus in any co-ed area.

9. Personal weapons, firearms, ammunition, and explosive devices; candles or incense burners; hazardous activities; fire safety equipment.  Items potentially hazardous to members of the campus community are prohibited on the University campus.  These include but are not limited to guns, weapons, live ammunition, fireworks or other explosives, swords, slingshots, pellet guns, BB guns, flammable materials, candles and incense burners.  Hazardous activities, hazing and pranks which create safety and health concerns are also prohibited.  Disabling any safety device, such as fire extinguisher, fire or smoke alarms, exit lights, emergency lights, and fire doors is prohibited by the University.  Every student is expected to participate in fire drills. 

10. Keys.  Keys to Campus buildings or residential halls are the property of the University, are provided to the Student as an accommodation, and are the sole responsibility of the student.  Keys are not to be duplicated, loaned or transferred at any time.

11. Employment.  No student should take part in a job or employment which is contrary to the University’s Christian Life Perspective and Lifestyle Expectations.  

12. Fines.  Some of the activities identified in the Lifestyle Expectations may result in fines to be paid by the student.

13. Guests and Invitees.  All guests, invitees and other visitors to the University’s campus are expected to comply with the University’s Christian Life Perspective and Lifestyle Expectations.