Pathway

Student Responsibilities and Rights

College Standards

Group of students walking from class

The following positions have been formulated to give direction in matters that require discernment. While not trying to be unkind to those who have adopted different standards, the College has applied these guidelines in an effort to align with the spirit and intention of biblical principles and to reflect conservative values.

Men’s Clothing and Appearance

The expectations for student dress are designed to reflect the principles of modesty, distinction, and appropriateness. All students are expected to dress modestly, in conservative fashions, and with a level of propriety that encourages purity. It is considered immodest to wear clothing that is tight-fitting. Men and women should be distinctive in their appearance. For this reason, men are not to wear effeminate hairstyles or apparel.

Appropriateness in dress is related to the setting and activity. In this Christian college setting, care must be taken to avoid association with companies (Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, etc.), lifestyles, and trends that oppose Christian values, including gothic dress styles, body piercings or ear piercings, unnatural hair colors (e.g., pink, green, blue), and tattoos. Students are prohibited from getting a tattoo while enrolled at PCC. Students arriving with existing tattoos must keep them covered.

Shirts must be tucked in for Formal, Professional/Church, and Smart Casual dress. Long pants (not capris) are to be worn for all activities unless designated. Men are to be clean shaven (no beards/mustaches), with sideburns no lower than the middle of the ear. Hair must be neatly combed and tapered (no braids, extreme fads, or designs cut into the hair) and may not come over the ears, eyebrows, or collar. Do rags may not be worn. Examples of appropriate shoes for corresponding dress are available on Eagle’s Nest.

Except for active military service dog tags and medical alert chains, necklaces should not be worn. Earrings are not acceptable.

Appropriate Attire for Men

Formal

Elegant attire suitable for formal banquets and Fine Arts performances, traditional formalwear or best suit should be worn.

  • Tuxedo or dark suit, white shirt, and conservative tie (no cartoon or theme ties)
  • Dress shoes and dress socks

Professional/Church

Sharp, conservative styles that show appropriate reverence and respect are to be worn for all church services, Sun. noon meals, semi-formal banquets, forums, seminars, and Opening Meetings.

  • Suit or sport coat
  • Complementary long dress pants and belt or suspenders
  • Dress shirt and conservative tie (top shirt button buttoned and tie pulled tight)
  • Dress shoes and dress socks

Smart Casual

Apparel that is relaxed with a neat, conservative appearance. Required until 5 p.m. and for meals Mon.–Fri., for all classes, concerts, and recitals, and can be worn on Sun. except for at church and for the noon meal (professional/church attire).

  • Long (pants that meet the top of the shoe) casual pants (no denim, cargo style, drawstrings, or athletic materials) or dress pants and belt or suspenders
  • Collared shirt (no denim or denim like material such as chambray)
  • Shoes and dress socks (no athletic shoes/flip-flops)
  • Other than pocket-sized logos, clothing may not have pictures or writing.

On Home Game Days: Students are allowed to wear PCC and Eagles shirts to class. If a specific uniform or attire is required for work areas or academic responsibility, students should dress as they have been instructed by their supervisor or instructor.

Casual

Active clothing that is comfortable and generally neat for weekday evenings (Mon.–Fri. after 5 p.m.) and Sat. (includes off campus, sporting events, Commons, Library, Sat. meals).

  • Jeans/long casual pants (no holes) with belt
  • Athletic pants (no sweatpants)
  • Casual shirt
  • Ball caps worn properly, not backward or sideways
  • Comfortable shoes, including athletic shoes and flip flops

Clothing may not have writing or pictures that are offensive, divisive, inappropriate, suggestive, or contrary to Biblical Principles and the Code of Conduct. Any clothing related to contemporary music, derogatory statements, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, dancing, etc., may not be worn.

Recreational

Casual clothing (as defined above) is acceptable for general Sports Center attendance, watching games, and Eagle Field activities. Attire for specific events and locations should be appropriate for the activity. Shorts when appropriate should be longer styles such as basketball styles or cargo styles rather than runner styles.

  • Swim trunks for beach, water park, and Swim Center
  • Shorts/shirt to and from Swim Center and beach
  • Shorts/shirt on main tennis courts
  • Long pants to and from the water park
  • Ball caps worn properly, not backward or sideways
  • Activity-appropriate shoes
  • Tank tops and muscle shirts are to be worn only in the Field House, on East Field, and in residence halls. They are not to be worn as outerwear anywhere else. A t-shirt should be worn over these types of shirts to and from these locations.

Women’s Clothing and Appearance

Friends sitting outside of the Commons

The expectations for student dress are designed to reflect the principles of modesty, distinction, and appropriateness. All students are expected to dress modestly, in conservative fashions, and with a level of propriety that encourages purity. It is considered immodest to wear clothing that is revealing or tightfitting. Men and women should be distinctive in their appearance. For this reason, women are not to wear masculine hairstyles or pants.

Appropriateness in dress is related to the setting and activity. In this Christian college setting, care must be taken to avoid association with companies (Hollister, Abercrombie and Fitch, etc.), lifestyles, and trends that oppose Christian values, including gothic dress styles/nail polish, body piercings, unnatural hair colors (e.g., pink, green, blue), and tattoos. Students are prohibited from getting a tattoo while enrolled at PCC. Students arriving with existing tattoos must keep them covered.

Hemlines and slits should be no higher than the top of the kneecap at all times. Tops must cover the shoulders, and necklines should not reveal any hint of cleavage. Allow enough ease so that clothing is not tight. Undergarments are not to be seen. (Avoid oversized armholes, sheer material, and figure-hugging apparel.) Garments that are backless or revealing in any position are immodest. When outside your residence hall room, underclothing, short shorts, and revealing tops are not appropriate.

Earrings/ear cuffs in the cartilage are not permitted, and no more than two piercings in an earlobe are allowed. Plugs/gauges are not allowed. Do rags may not be worn. Examples of appropriate shoes for corresponding dress are available on Eagle’s Nest.

Appropriate Attire for Women

Formal

Elegant attire suitable for formal banquets and Fine Arts performances, traditional formalwear or best dress should be worn.

  • Formal dress or gown (must meet PCC dress standards and be checked by Residence Manager at announced times)
  • Dress shoes

Professional/Church

Sharp, conservative styles that show appropriate reverence and respect are to be worn for all church services, Sun. noon meals, semi-formal banquets, forums, seminars, and Opening Meetings.

  • Sun. dress or skirt with coordinating top
  • Dress shoes

Smart Casual

Apparel that is relaxed with a neat, conservative appearance. Required until 5 p.m. and for meals Mon.–Fri., for all classes, concerts, and recitals, and can be worn on Sun. except for at church and for the noon meal (professional/church attire).

  • Dress or skirt with coordinating top (no denim or denim like material such as chambray)
  • Shoes (no flip-flops or athletic-looking shoes)
  • Other than pocket-sized logos, clothing may not have pictures or writing.

On Home Game Days: Students are allowed to wear PCC and Eagles shirts to class. If a specific uniform or attire is required for work areas or academic responsibility, students should dress as they have been instructed by their supervisor or instructor.

Casual

Active clothing that is comfortable and generally neat for weekday evenings (Mon.–Fri. after 5 p.m.) and Sat. (includes off campus, sporting events, Commons, Library, Sat. meals).

  • Denim or casual skirt
  • Casual shirt
  • Comfortable shoes, including athletic shoes and flip flops
  • Ball caps worn properly, not backward or sideways

Clothing may not have writing or pictures that are offensive, divisive, inappropriate, suggestive, or contrary to Biblical Principles and the Code of Conduct. Any clothing related to contemporary music, derogatory statements, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, dancing, etc., may not be worn.

Recreational

Casual clothing (as defined above) is acceptable for general Sports Center attendance, watching games, and Eagle Field activities. Attire for specific events and locations should be appropriate for the activity.

  • Walking /athletic shorts when participating in activities in Sports Center or on athletic fields
  • Wind/athletic pants required for rock climbing wall and optional for ice skating and paintball (must change in locker room/bathroom provided in the area)
  • Conservative swimsuit must fully cover the midriff (also wear T-shirt in water park)
  • Walking shorts and shirt over conservative swimsuit to and from beach, pool, West Campus, and sundeck
  • Ball caps worn properly, not backward or sideways
  • Activity-appropriate shoes
  • Shirt and shorts are required for all activities including sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, etc. at West Campus
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