Student Responsibilities and Rights
The following rights are those privileges afforded to all PCC students who are actively enrolled, whether on campus or through online learning. These rights do not supersede any responsibility of each student to abide by the laws and regulations applicable to any other citizen. Any action or conduct that meets the definition of a crime under any state, federal, or local law is prohibited.
Health and Safety
Students have the right to expect the College to take reasonable care to provide services that contribute to their health and safety. It is the responsibility of students to make themselves familiar with those services and to utilize them as needed, including the Graf Clinic and Security services; to make nutrition choices based on health as well as preferences; to contribute to a residence hall environment that is conducive to relaxed enjoyment, study, and rest; and to actively protect the College community through awareness and communication regarding safety matters.
Students have the right to expect the College to provide reasonable opportunity for spiritual growth and well-being. Students are responsible for personal engagement in individual devotional life, chapel, church services, prayer meetings, and Christian service opportunities.
All students, whether learning on campus or through online learning, have the right to academic instruction, facilities, and classroom/lab equipment that will provide reasonable opportunity for success in their field of study. It is the responsibility of students to invest adequate time and effort in their studies, to avail themselves of library and academic facilities, and to engage with faculty in academic pursuits.
Students have the right to expect reasonable opportunities for growth and development in social, athletic, and fine arts settings. It is the responsibility of students to participate in opportunities for social engagement, to consider participating in athletics where there may be opportunity at the student’s level of ability, to personally practice and encourage in others good sportsmanship, and to participate in or attend events which may stimulate growth and encourage appreciation of the arts.
Students wanting to organize campus-wide activities—whether by word of mouth or through social media—must first get permission from Student Activities. All student groups must have a faculty/staff sponsor and have approval from the Student Activities Office. The Student Activities Office will inform you of where you can meet.
Students have the right to be treated with dignity, free from harassment in any form. Students are responsible to demonstrate Christian kindness and charity in all their relationships. It is the responsibility of any student who believes that he has been the subject of legitimate harassment (not frivolous or groundless allegations) to report the incident immediately to a representative of the Student Life Office who will follow the College’s due process in the investigation of the alleged harassment. Any student who is responsible for harassment will be subject to disciplinary action.
Students have the right to access PCC educational programs and activities without discrimination, based upon the College discrimination policy as follows:
Pensacola Christian College offers access to its educational programs and activities based upon biblical standards and applicable laws that permit its right to act in furtherance of its religious objective. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, or national origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and scholarship or loan programs.
Should a student feel that discrimination has taken place in violation of this policy, it is the student’s responsibility to report the matter immediately to the Student Care Office.
Appeals and Grievances
Students have the right to expect the College to uphold its policies and to administer them accurately and equitably. If a student wishes to contest an academic or disciplinary decision, he may file an appeal or grievance without fear of retaliation or recrimination.
Students may request that a decision affecting their academic standing be reconsidered by submitting a written appeal of the decision to their division dean, department chair, or the registrar. Decisions that may be appealed include issues affecting program status, application of academic policy, the determination of a grade, and allegations of cheating or plagiarism.
An Academic Appeal Committee consisting of division deans, department chairs, and the Academic Vice President will review the facts related to the case and determine whether the decision in question should stand. The decision of the Academic Appeal Committee is final.
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.
An 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.
A grievance may be filed regarding any situation or action personally affecting the student that was caused by the violation, mishandling, or misapplication of a specific provision of a policy, rule, statute, or regulation of the college. Requests for reconsideration of decisions that affect a student’s status in keeping with standing policies are not grievances and should be handled through the appeals process.
Grievances should be resolved at the lowest level possible. Most matters of student concern can be resolved informally and would not result in a formal grievance being filed. A student is expected to first discuss the problem with the direct supervisor of the given area and allow a reasonable opportunity for the problem to be resolved. Having done that without satisfactory results, it would then be appropriate to proceed with the grievance report procedure, if the student desires, without fear of retribution.
The student may obtain a Student Grievance Report from the Student Care Office. The student will return the form explaining the problem to the Student Care Office within two weeks of the occurrence in question. Failure by the student to comply with this time limit will constitute a waiver of the grievance. The committee will meet with the student and a response will be given within two weeks of the grievance being submitted, with the exception of winter and summer breaks. The Student Care Office maintains all records regarding grievances. Work grievances may be filed with Employee Services.
Inquiries regarding compliance with accreditation policies and standards may be directed to TRACS [15935 Forest Road, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone (434) 525-9539; email: info*tracs|org].