Student Responsibilities and Rights
By virtue of enrollment at Pensacola Christian College, each student commits to honor the Code of Conduct. In addition to personally upholding these guidelines, students should support and encourage each other to act according to biblical principles. Any student who becomes aware of a serious offense should report it to a representative of the Student Life Office. A student's vehicle or room may be searched (with an occupant present) if there is reason to believe that College standards have been violated. All searches must be approved by the Student Life. If needed, the goal of corrective measures is to encourage the student to make necessary changes in behavior, limit future misconduct, and/or to protect other students. In an effort to promote cooperative accountability for a student, the College reserves the ability to communicate with a student’s parents or refer the student to his pastor for counsel.
It is common among colleges and universities to impose sanctions in response to violations of policy/procedure and misconduct. At PCC, the Office of Student Life is authorized to employ the following responses to support and enforce expectations.
Notices—verbal or written communication to the student related to specific actions that are inappropriate and must be corrected; or communication with a student’s parents in an effort to provide cooperative accountability.
- Failure to meet a standard (dress, hair, etc.)
- Procedure infraction (disregarding call slip or message, attendance card misuse)
- Failure to tap in/out properly
- Residence hall infraction (lights out, room job, room appearance)
- Failure to follow a guideline (chewing gum, littering)
- Late or absent (collegian/class meeting, recital, late out of building)
Charges—fines given for failure to fulfill responsibilities or for violation of regulations; or restitution for damage, loss, theft, or vandalism of personal or college property.
- Traffic/vehicle violation
- Residence hall violations (excessive room job infractions, appliances left on)
- White glove/White glove re-check
- Damage, theft, vandalism
- Miscellaneous fees
Demerits—points recorded on a student's record to limit continued misconduct, given for neglect of responsibilities or for more serious offenses. Students who hold leadership positions need to keep demerits below 75. Students accumulating 75 demerits two semesters in a row or 100 demerits within one semester may be suspended.
- Irresponsibility (excessive class absence, lack of attention, causing distraction)
- Disrespect, lack of cooperation, failure to follow directive
- Immodest or unacceptable dress
- Violation of policy (misuse of cell phone, borrowing vehicle, having prohibited items)
- Social misconduct (inappropriate physical contact, suggestive language or content)
- Unexcused absence from event (church, Fine Arts, etc.)
- Late to church or chapel
- Obscene or abusive language or behavior
- Possession of harmful devices
- Cheating on midterm or final
- Disruption of college event
- Fighting or malicious horseplay
- Violation of off-campus mixed group policy
- Involvement in prohibited activities
Separation—suspension or dismissal from all college functions and college-owned property. Conditions for readmission or continued academic work may be indicated. The Student Life Office will attempt to address minor infractions with minimal disciplinary actions; however, repeated misconduct and serious offenses will require an increased level of response that may ultimately impact the student’s enrollment status. Consideration will be given to the seriousness of the misconduct, any previous discipline problems, the level of responsibility and cooperation shown, and potential effects on the safety and well-being of others. More than one of the responses listed above may be enacted for any single violation; and other interventions to assist the student in making wise choices may be employed, including loss of privilege, referral for counsel, or probation.
Accumulation of disciplinary actions will not carry over to subsequent semesters; other than probation, suspension, and dismissal, such actions will not be made part of the student’s permanent file.
Any time an infraction or misconduct occurs, the student will be notified of the alleged violation. Minor infractions or misconduct are typically conveyed to the student directly or through the Student Court Status page on Eagle’s Nest. Major offenses will be addressed directly with the student by a representative of the Student Life Office.
Student Court is a designated time for a student to be given appropriate disciplinary response to minor infractions and misconduct. At Student Court, the student is given opportunity to present explanation for reported violations.
Student Court meets weekly at a time that fits into each student’s schedule, and students must check their Student Court status on Eagle’s Nest each weekend to determine if attendance is required.
If attendance is not required, a student may voluntarily attend to contest an alleged violation; however, if the student does not attend, demerits will be assessed. Violations contested in the Student Life Office may result in a demerit penalty for not attending Student Court. After two weeks, demerits are permanent and will not be removed.
A student may contest room inspection infractions by completing a residence hall discrepancy form available at each residence hall desk. A signed form needs to be turned in to your Residence Manager, who will make the final approval and send it to the appropriate office for the infraction to be canceled.
Disciplinary Appeal Committee
Students may request that a decision affecting their disciplinary record be considered by submitting a written appeal of the decision to the Dean of Men or Dean of Women. The written request must be submitted within two weeks of the disciplinary decision.
A Disciplinary Appeal Committee consisting of a student representative, a faculty member, and a representative from Student Life will meet, hear the appeal, and determine if the penalties are warranted. The decision of the Appeal Committee is final.
Judicial Review Committee
Involvement in prohibited activities and extreme violations of the Code of Conduct can affect a student’s enrollment status. To make a determination in such cases, a Judicial Review Committee, consisting of staff members from various departments, will review the student’s behavior. The student may choose to meet with the committee and give an explanation for his conduct. The decision of the Judicial Review Committee is final.
If the student is suspended or dismissed from the College, arrangements will be made with the student to leave campus within 24 hours. Future enrollment consideration requires a letter from the student, the student’s parents, and the student’s pastor.