Going Off Campus
As a PCC student you will enjoy Pensacola area dining, shopping, and beaches, and you may even have the opportunity to stay off campus. Procedures for leaving campus provide accountability and are helpful in an emergency. Discretion and common sense should be exercised when planning off-campus activities. Certain locations are prohibited for reasons of safety or testimony. 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 and dress.
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.
- Students under 18 years of age must be off campus in groups of two or more.
- It is recommended that all students go off campus in groups of two or more, especially when taking a taxi.
- Cooperate with local, state, and federal law enforcement.
You are responsible to tap your card when you leave and tap back in by the return time shown. At each residence hall lobby desk, there are touch-screen computers for tapping out to general local locations or checking out on an approved pass. Use your PCC Card to tap out by answering the questions that appear on the screen.
Requests for a day pass, overnight pass, or class cuts 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 when you leave and 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 the shuttle service.) Tap N Go will not allow a student to check out if age or location requirements are not met. Example: minors need 2 or more people to scan off; when going to the beach, a group of 3 or more is required.
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, when going to a local college, or when going to a staff/GA home or apartment. While not all mixed groups may require a chaperone, a pass is always required.
Unchaperoned Mixed Group Guidelines:
- One or more students of the same gender may go off campus with alumni in good standing, staff, faculty, graduate assistants, or graduate students of the opposite gender without a chaperone. However, do not go in mixed groups to the beach, to the home or hotel of an unmarried person of the opposite gender, or to parks after dark.
- One or more same-gender students under 23 may also go off campus with opposite-gender students who are 23 and older, provided they have parental permission. Permission may be sent via fax (850-494-6741) or e-mail (email@example.com) and is considered permanent.
Chaperoned Mixed Group Guidelines:
- All other mixed groups must have a chaperone (i.e., a student’s parent, grandparent, a PCC-approved chaperone). One chaperone is needed for every three couples in the group (a couple is considered a dating or nondating male and female). A list of approved off-campus chaperones is provided on Eagle’s Nest.
- A student’s pastor/youth pastor or high school administrator may chaperone a group of students provided all are from their church or school.
- College guidelines are expected to be followed by all students who are off campus in a mixed group.
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.
Overnight passes are required for overnight stays, 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). To prevent delayed pass approval, permissions should be sent 24 hours or more in advance, and prior to submission of the pass. 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).
- 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. These announcements are posted on your residence hall floor bulletin board.
- Passes are not granted to miss these events:
Opening Convocation Aug. 25–28 Sunday Reflections (if a participant) Sept. 22, Oct. 20 Fine Arts Oct. 5 Midterms Oct. 9–15 White Glove Nov. 1 Final Exams Dec. 9–12 Semester ends at 1 p.m. Dec. 12
Opening Convocation Jan. 19–22 Fine Arts Feb. 8 Bible Conference Feb. 17–19 Sunday Reflections (if a participant) Mar. 1, Apr. 5 White Glove Mar. 13 Midterms Mar. 6–12 Final Exams May 4–7 Commencement Activities May 6–8 Commencement (semester ends after Commencement) May 8
- Students are required to stay on campus the last official night of the semester.
- There will be no classes on the following dates:
Midterm Study Break Oct. 8 Veteran’s Day Observance Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Holiday Nov. 28–29
Midterm Study Break Mar. 5 Easter Holiday Apr. 10–Apr. 13
If you are employed off campus or intern at a local church, you will need a work pass. Submit a Permanent Work Pass request in advance to be approved by Student Life. Work passes will be processed during normal business hours Monday through Friday.
Note: A work pass will not excuse students from classes or required college events.