2023-2024 Catalog 
    May 20, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog

This Catalog: Your Guide to Olivet

The Education With a Christian Purpose  to Course Descriptions - Residential Undergraduate  sections of this Catalog serve as your guide to the traditional undergraduate courses of study, activities, and opportunities at Olivet Nazarene University. For information concerning graduate and adult degree completion programs, refer to Graduate and Continuing Studies  and Course Descriptions .

As you read through Education With a Christian Purpose , you will understand the reasons for our course plans, majors offered, student life policies and regulations, and our personal interest in helping students who come to Olivet to achieve their maximum potential for Christian living.

Some career choices, and college majors to prepare for them, have a large number of specific course requirements. Most programs start with general foundational studies and advance to more difficult and technical levels of understanding. The intention of the Olivet faculty is to design each major to meet the career plans and interests of students. In addition, through the interdisciplinary or General Studies majors, students may combine courses to match their personal career goals that may be outside of the stated departmental plans for majors.

The usual advice to students is to take basic required courses as early as possible, conserving electives to be studied later toward achieving personal goals for advanced study and career options. Basic courses and general education requirements also aid students in selecting a major or confirming their choice of a career.

Electives from a broad range of subject matter are available, even within general education requirements, which form the foundation of liberal arts understanding.

Details of requirements for majors and minors are listed at the beginning of each department. Faculty members are listed with the department in which they teach, along with a description of their educational backgrounds. An alphabetical listing of faculty is also given in the index at the back of the Catalog.

Olivet is supported by the Church of the Nazarene, with close ties to the more than 700 congregations in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin. At the same time, we are ecumenical in spirit, open to serve all who seek an “Education With a Christian Purpose.”

The University Catalog is intended to remain in force for the period for which it is issued. However, the University reserves the right to revise information, requirements, or regulations at any time. Whenever changes occur, an effort will be made to notify persons who may be affected.

The material contained in the Catalog is for information only and does not constitute a contract between the student and the University. The University reserves the right to revise policies, amend rules, alter regulations, and change financial charges at any time in accordance with the best interests of the institution. The effective date for the policies, regulations, and information of the Catalog is the beginning of the fall semester of the school year stated.

The University publishes special bulletins about semester course offerings, time of classes, faculty, and other matters prior to each term or semester. The University reserves the right to determine the number of students in each class or section. If an insufficient number of students enroll for a course, the University reserves the right to cancel the course, to change the time, or to provide a different teacher of any course in a given semester’s class schedule. The University reserves the right to drop a major or minor field for lack of sufficient enrollment of students to guarantee a class size of 10 or more in upper-division classes.

Candidates for graduation are expected to meet the requirements for graduation of the Catalog in force at the time of entry. In cases of hardship caused by curricular changes during a student’s successive years of enrollment at Olivet, an appeal may be made to the Academic Standards Committee.

A University Life Handbook is published annually by the Vice President for Student Development. This gives more details about campus activities, regulations, and personnel policies that are pertinent to the students enrolled that year.

In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1989 and Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Amendment of 1989, Olivet Nazarene University clearly prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of drugs, alcohol, and unlawful substances by students and employees on University property or as any part of University activities.

Olivet Nazarene University is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is designed to protect the privacy of educational records. Details about the policy and procedures are available at the Office of the Registrar.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Olivet Nazarene University policy prohibits discrimination and harassment on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other legally protected status in employment or in the recruitment and admission of students and in the operation of all University programs, activities and services. University policy prohibits retaliation against anyone for reporting a suspected violation of this policy or participating in any investigation or resolution of a suspected violation of this policy. Any concerns regarding discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of the foregoing protected categories or retaliation should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, who serves as the University’s equal employment opportunity coordinator and Title IX Coordinator in the Human Resources Office, Miller Business Center, (815) 939-5240. Suspected violations of this policy will be investigated in a manner that preserves confidentiality to the greatest extent possible.

The intent of this policy is to prohibit unlawful discrimination, discriminatory harassment, and sexual misconduct (i.e., sexual harassment, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking), and to promote the full realization of equal opportunity while preserving the religious nature of the University as a Nazarene institution as prescribed in the University’s Statement of Mission, Faith, and Lifestyle Covenant. It is understood that nothing in this policy will undermine the integrity of the University as a Nazarene University. Therefore, no oral or written statement that is in conformity with the teaching of the Church of the Nazarene shall be deemed as violating this policy.

Discrimination means material, adverse treatment of a person or group on the basis of race, sex, age, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, marital status, veteran status, disability or other legally protected status. Discrimination occurs when persons are excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any University program or activity on the basis of a protected status. Notwithstanding the foregoing, this definition of discrimination does not include differential treatment explicitly permitted by law (such as the law’s allowance for sex-segregated dormitories). Furthermore, this definition shall not, in any way, limit the University’s right to maintain its Nazarene character and to implement programs, policies, and practices in furtherance of its religious identity and objectives as specifically allowed by federal law, including the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

The University qualifies as an educational institution controlled by a religious organization as specified in 34 C.F.R. § 106.12. No provision of this policy, or of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 or its implementing regulations, shall be applied in such a way as to conflict with the University’s Nazarene and Christian beliefs, including, but not limited to those points specified in the University’s Mission, Vision, and Values, and the teachings of the Church of the Nazarene.


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