Residence Hall Life
Going Off Campus
As a PCC student you will enjoy Pensacola area dining, shopping, and beaches, and you may even fly or drive home occasionally. Procedures for leaving campus provide accountability and are helpful in an emergency. The method used to check out to leave campus will vary depending on the time you will be gone, your destination, and who will be accompanying you.
Whether on or off campus, you are required to uphold the standards of conduct.
You are responsible to tap your card when you leave and tap back in on time when you return (by 10:25 p.m.). At each residence hall lobby desk, there are touch-screen computers for tapping out to general local locations or checking out after obtaining an approved pass. Use your PCC Card to tap out, answering the questions that appear on the screen.
Requests for a day pass, overnight pass, or work pass should be submitted on Eagle’s Nest at least 2 hours prior to departure.
Tap N Go
Tap N Go is for local day trips such as going out to restaurants, shopping, going to the beach, Christian Service, etc., and does not require approval. Simply remember to tap your card out when you leave and in when you return. For Tap N Go, you may not be off campus in a mixed group (except for approved Christian Services activities) or miss any required activities. (You may use Tap N Go when taking advantage of shuttle service.)
You will need a day pass when you are missing a required activity, are off campus in a mixed group, are driving further than 50 miles, going to a local college, or taking class cuts.
Note: Mixed groups must have a chaperone (i.e., student’s parent, grandparent, pastor/youth pastor, high school administrator, approved faculty/staff member). A list of approved off-campus chaperones is provided on Eagle’s Nest.
Students who are off campus in a mixed group without approval, without an authorized chaperone, or in a residence or hotel room of a person of the opposite gender, are subject to being dismissed from the College. This policy includes being off campus with someone of the opposite gender who is not a student.
You will need an overnight pass when you will be staying off campus one or more nights, as well as for overnight class cuts, senior cuts, or military drills.
- You may stay overnight with your family (parent, grandparent, married brother/sister, or married aunt/uncle).
- You may accompany another same-gender student visiting their family. If you are under 21 years of age, both sets of parents must send permission via fax (850-494-6741) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org). The fax or e-mail must be received at least 48 hours before departure. The number of students and length of stay are at the discretion of Student Life.
- If you are leaving the Pensacola area in a mixed group, there must be at least three people in the vehicle.
- If you are driving, you need to plan to arrive at your destination by midnight and not travel further than 500 miles.
- Return to campus by 10:25 p.m. if your destination is over 100 miles from Pensacola and you are returning by car. If you are traveling by plane or staying within 100 miles of Pensacola, you may return by your first responsibility the next day (e.g., class or chapel).
- You may not miss Sunday services at Campus Church more than once per month. Requests for exceptions should be submitted to Student Life.
- When away overnight, you will still be responsible for your room job and for any hall meeting announcements that apply to you.
- Passes are not granted to miss these events:
Opening Meetings Sept. 5–6 Sunday Reflections (if a participant) Oct. 2, Nov. 6 Fine Arts Oct. 8 Midterms Oct. 19–25 White Glove Nov. 11 Thanksgiving (see below) Nov. 23–25 Final Exams Dec. 12–15
Opening Meetings Jan. 22–23 Sunday Reflections (if a participant) Feb. 26, Apr. 2 Fine Arts Feb. 11 Midterms Mar. 8–15 Bible Conference Mar. 15–17 White Glove Mar. 3 Final Exams May 2–8 Commencement Week Activities May 8–10
- Students are required to stay on campus the first and last official day of the semester.
If you are employed off campus or intern at a local church, you will need a work pass. Approval from Student Life is required prior to accepting any offer of employment.
Note: A work pass will not excuse students from classes or required college events.
Exercise caution when walking, running, or biking off campus, and obey all posted speed limits and traffic signs when driving off campus. Following the additional guidelines below will also help to ensure your safety.
- When walking west toward PCA, use Brent Lane or St. John Street, abide by all railroad signals, and only cross the tracks at the designated railroad crossing.
- Do not walk, run, or bike under the Brent Lane overpass or on the dirt road by the railroad tracks.
- Women under 21 years of age must be off campus in groups of two or more.
- Women who walk or run off campus should return by sunset.
- Women must be in groups of two when taking a taxi.
- Cooperate with local, state, and federal law enforcement.
Thanksgiving Information for Residence Hall Students
Thanksgiving is a special day for our students, with events including the Praise Service, Turkey Bowl, Thanksgiving dinner, Fine Arts production, and the annual alumni Eagles basketball game. Family and friends are welcome.
The following information will be helpful as you make plans for the day:
- Residence hall students are to attend the Praise Service and Thanksgiving Dinner on campus, and all full-time students are to attend one Fine Arts performance (Thur., Fri., or Sat.).
- Students may obtain a pass through normal pass procedures, which allow them to leave campus after their last responsibility on Wed. in order to visit parents, grandparents, married siblings, or married aunt/uncle; but must return on time for class/chapel on Fri. (Students visiting family are not required to attend the Praise Service and Thanksgiving Dinner, but must attend one Fine Arts performance.)
- Regular classes meet on Wednesday and Friday. Class cuts are not permitted.
- Work students must obtain permission from their supervisor before finalizing travel plans.
End of Semester
No student may leave early at the close of either semester. Do not request, or have your parents request, an exception to this policy. Semesters will end at approximately 10:30 a.m. (fall) and 11:30 a.m. (spring). Flights should not be booked until after 12:30 p.m. (fall) and 1:30 p.m. (spring).