Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Student Behavior

As a Christian liberal arts university, MVNU is committed to moral and spiritual values. Where these values imply restrictions of conduct, they are in the interest of a richer experience of community life. Each member of the MVNU community is expected to behave honorably, considerately, and peacefully while enrolled at MVNU. The standards of behavior are those of the Church of the Nazarene, which is the sponsoring church and which provides substantial financial and moral support.

GPS students are expected to assume responsibility for unquestioned honesty and for choosing morally-enhancing forms of recreation, entertainment, and interpersonal relationships. GPS students are also encouraged to refrain from the use of alcoholic beverages, tobacco, and other habituating drugs.

The Christian value system espoused by GPS does not condone offensive pictures or literature, or other inappropriate materials; expressing lack of self-respect and respect for others in public display of affections, swearing and profane or obscene language; and all forms of gambling.

MVNU affirms the biblical teaching that sexual intimacies are to be shared as God’s gift within the context of a committed marriage relationship between a man and a woman, and to do otherwise is to distort the holiness and beauty that God intended. As members of a Christian community, we are admonished to avoid certain sexual activities held to be incompatible with God’s will for our sexual integrity, including, but not limited to, fornication, sexual promiscuity, adultery, homosexual acts, homosexual behavior, public expression and/or promotion of a homosexual lifestyle, and viewing/ participating in pornography.

Students who are admitted and who continue to be enrolled must give evidence of the ability to function in the total university environment, meeting financial, emotional, academic, and behavioral criteria. Inability to so function will call for review at various official levels for continuation of enrollment.

In the event of a behavioral offense, MVNU has various responses, including, but not limited to the following: withdrawal, suspension, dismissal, or expulsion. In each of these cases, the student is not permitted on any MVNU campus.