Coronavirus Response FAQs

Is the PCC campus open?

Pensacola Christian College is open and operational, assuring needed support for essential services that provide for education and childcare. Summer events scheduled on campus will meet with appropriately adjusted capacities, social distancing, and health screenings.

Guests are permitted on a limited basis. Upon arrival to campus, guests are screened at the gate for illness, potential exposure, and travel in areas restricted by the state of Florida. Only those staying on campus are permitted in residence halls, and they will undergo health screening prior to move-in.

Those in the following categories should not come to campus:

  • Guests experiencing symptoms of fever or respiratory illness
  • Guests who have had recent exposure to someone with COVID-19
  • Guests traveling from high-risk areas identified by Florida guidelines (CT, NJ, NY, and international countries)

PCC students may come to campus from CT, NJ, and NY for academic work, internships, sports training, and other programs conducted by PCC without a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival. Any individual traveling from Louisiana is no longer restricted or quarantined upon arrival into Florida.

Proactive measures promote health on campus and are responsive to current conditions and state/local health department advisement. These include

  • Appropriate social distancing
  • Residence hall capacity adjusted appropriately based on current conditions
  • Health screening as needed
  • Increased cleaning frequency
  • Disinfecting high-touch surfaces
  • Personal protective equipment encouraged
  • Availability of isolation and quarantine facilities
How can individuals prevent the spread of illness?

Preventing the spread of any communicable illness includes practicing simple but important personal health routines.

  • Wash hands frequently for 20 seconds with soapy water.
  • Use alcohol-based sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Wear a face mask (i.e., cloth face coverings) in public settings to avoid virus transmission while continuing to maintain 6-foot distance from others.
  • Get adequate sleep and eat well-balanced meals to ensure a healthy immune system.
What should I do if I suspect I may have COVID-19?

The symptoms of COVID-19 are respiratory illness with fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms are similar to seasonal influenza and may be mild to severe. More information is available at the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) page on the CDC website.

If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, notify your healthcare provider immediately by phone. You should avoid arriving at your healthcare provider location without calling ahead since there may be strict protocol for those experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms. PCC students may call the Graf Clinic (850-969-1636) or contact off-campus medical facilities associated with area hospitals.

What about travel to or from Pensacola?

Until the Florida governor’s order stating “all persons in Florida should avoid non-essential travel” is relaxed, residence hall students are not permitted to travel outside the Pensacola area. Exceptions are made when traveling home for the standard scheduled vacation. Florida has imposed travel advisories, border screening, and quarantine guidelines. Current travel advisories are posted on the Florida COVID-19 Response website.

PCC’s Response Taskforce meets frequently and has planned for a range of operational scenarios based on changing conditions. We are prepared to adapt and respond as needed.

Are there any changes for official college trips overseas?

PCC and its affiliates have canceled international travel through summer 2020.

Will campus be open after the semester ends?

No; campus will not be open after December 20.

How do you sign up for PCC Cares?

You do not have to sign up for PCC Cares. As a PCC student, you will automatically be eligible for the PCC Cares initiative. If you want to opt into the 12-month payment plan, you may choose to do so at the time of your first payment.

What are the specific payments if I were to choose the 12-month payment plan?

The first fall and spring semester payments are a fixed rate of $500. The remaining semester payments are approximately $960. This does not include fees and additional charges. Prices will vary based on degree options.

Is the $200 textbook credit transferable to another student?

No; textbook credits are not transferable to another account. However, the $200 is yours to spend on any books and supplies (including any you wish to purchase for another student) in the Textbook Sale and Campus Store during the opening of the semester.

Which students are eligible for the $200 textbook credit?

All students are eligible for the $200 textbook credit, including undergraduate, graduate, international, and part-time students.

Can the $200 textbook credit be used to purchase supplies?

Yes; you can use the $200 textbook credit on books and supplies at the Textbook Sale or the Campus Store.

Will taking online classes affect my Fourth-Year-Free scholarship?

No; as long as you remain a full-time student for three consecutive years, you will still receive the Fourth-Year-Free scholarship.

As a new incoming student, will PCC Cares affect my eligibility for scholarships?

No; students can still receive scholarships and Fourth Year Tuition-Free in conjunction with PCC Cares.

Do international students qualify for financial benefits other than the international payment plan?

Yes; international students will also receive the $200 textbook credit.

How does PCC Cares affect contract workers?

Contract workers can benefit from all of these provisions, and they are not excluded in any way; however, the payment plan may affect them because their earnings go directly to their school bill.

What classes are offered online?

A combination of online, on-campus, and hybrid courses will be offered for the fall 2020 semester. The list of fall 2020 course offerings is now available.

Can a student living on campus take all courses online?

No; students living on campus are able to take up to 3 online courses per semester.

Is the number of students per class section going to be limited?

Yes; we are planning to have appropriate section sizes per federal regulations and regular guidance from state and local authorities. We are also providing select online classes to accommodate federal regulations.

Will the limited classroom sizes affect my graduation date?

No; if needed, we will look at each student’s schedule and make sure that it will not affect the student’s anticipated graduation date.

Can I finish my degree online?

Online class options will depend on specific course offerings to be determined at a later date. We will work with each student to meet his specific graduation requirements.

How does the waived SAT/ACT score affect freshmen entering the nursing program?

The SAT/ACT scores are used to determine student entry into a 1- or 2-year pre-nursing program. This year, we are allowing students to choose the option that best fits them and their academic background.

Is the start date for the fall 2020 semester changing?

No; the fall semester will begin on September 1 and end on December 17 as previously scheduled; however, no face-to-face instruction will be held after the Thanksgiving break, with final exams offered in an online format. (Students choosing not to return to campus after Thanksgiving break will not be charged room and board.)

How will practicums, internships, clinicals, and preceptorships that need to be finished in order to graduate be affected?
  • Practicums and Internships: Our Career Services team is actively helping students find alternative ways to meet practicum and internship requirements.
  • PCA Internships: PCA internships will continue as normal as we monitor federal regulations and receive guidance from state and local authorities.
  • Clinicals and Preceptorships: We are planning to work with local hospitals to determine availability. If availability is limited, we will have alternative plans to meet degree requirements.
Will students with clinical and lab requirements be able to go home at Thanksgiving?

We are designing these courses so that the work that requires access to campus resources (including clinicals) will be completed by Thanksgiving.

How will these changes affect international students?

SEVIS or ICE regulations will apply to all international students for the fall 2020 semester.

When do I have to decide to take my classes online?

You should make your decision to take online courses as soon as possible. We are making decisions about which courses will be available online based on the number of students that have registered for online courses this summer.

If your plans have changed, you need to let us know as soon as possible. Otherwise, some courses may no longer be available online.

Also, the payment due on August 1 is based on the residency you have currently indicated.

Will face masks be required?

Masks are required where social distancing is not possible and are available upon arrival. Additional masks may be purchased. Individuals with a medical condition that would prevent them from wearing a face mask and young children may receive an exemption.

Students with an exemption request may email a physician's note to StudentCovidSupport@pcci.edu.

How many students will be in a residence hall room?

Residential room occupancy will be limited to 50–75%, with two or three students per room.

Can students still request roommates for the fall 2020 semester?

Yes; room occupants will be determined by eRez student submissions.

Will parents be allowed to help their student move onto campus for the fall 2020 semester?

We hope to let parents assist with move in at the start of the semester but anticipate a requirement of health screening, temperature checks, and required masks. Make sure to check again before arriving to campus for current conditions.

Will church and chapel be in person or livestreamed?

Students will not attend in-person Sunday school but will participate in a Campus Church class via livestream.

All church and chapel services will be offered in person with socially distanced seating. For more details, see Return to Campus plan.

What will you do if you run out of residence hall rooms?

It is possible that we will have to cap enrollment due to health and occupant restrictions per federal regulations and guidance from state and local authorities. New incoming students should work with their admissions advisor to secure their spot for the fall.

If a student is from a hotspot location and unable to return to campus, how will this affect the student’s classes and enrollment?

Students from hotspot locations who are unable to return to campus can still be enrolled at PCC for the fall. To continue their education, these students will be given priority for online classes. Due to the limited number of online classes offered, we cannot guarantee that every course you will need to take will be available online.

How is PCC going to handle students arriving from states that require a 14-day quarantine?

Students may now travel from CT, NJ, and NY for academic work, internships, sports training, and other programs conducted by PCC without a mandatory 14-day quarantine upon arrival.