Clothing & Appearance

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. On matters pertaining to gender distinction, students will be identified according to whether they are genetically male or genetically female and are expected to follow any associated standards.

Men’s Guidelines

Grooming

The purpose of this policy is to promote conservative styles and professional appearance. Hair must be neatly combed and tapered and may not come over the ears, eyebrows, or collar; sideburns may not extend beyond the bottom of the ear. Men may choose to be clean shaven or maintain neatly trimmed facial hair.

All facial hair must be groomed to remain defined and of uniform length at all points of growth. Mustaches, goatees, and beards must be fully grown in (between ¼ and ½ inch in length) with clean lines and trimmed an inch above the Adam’s apple. Mustaches may not extend below the upper lip or below the corners of the mouth. Goatees and beards should be fully grown in under the bottom lip, symmetrical on both sides, and connected to an appropriately grown mustache. If you plan to start growing facial hair, it should be done only during Christmas or summer vacations. Facial hair must meet the guidelines listed in this policy when checking in and throughout the semester. Students not in compliance will be asked to modify their beard or hair accordingly. Those who cannot meet the standard will be asked to remain clean shaven.

Fads and extreme styles are not acceptable including lines and artwork shaven into hair and cuts such as thin lines along the cheekbones and around the chin or lip. Any hairstyle (including high tops) should be neatly combed and managed, and may not exceed 1 ½ inches above the scalp. Avoid braids, buns/ponytail, patches, stubble, unnatural hair colors, or undefined facial hair (scruffy, unkempt, patchy, or thin).

The following are examples of mustaches, goatees, and beards as permitted in the policy.

Clothing

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 hair styles, apparel, or cosmetics such as makeup and nail polish.

Appropriateness in dress is related to the setting and activity. In this Christian college setting, care must be taken to avoid association with companies, lifestyles, and trends that oppose Christian values, including gothic dress styles, body piercings, and unnatural hair colors. Students are not permitted to get a tattoo (permanent or temporary) while enrolled at PCC and may be asked to keep existing tattoos covered. Except for active military service dog tags and medical alert chains, necklaces should not be worn.

Shirts must be tucked in for Formal, Professional/Church, and Smart Casual dress. Pants that come to the top of the shoe are to be worn for all activities unless designated.

Dress Categories

Formal—Traditional formalwear or best suit, with belt or suspenders, dress shoes, and dress socks are suitable for formal banquets and Fine Arts performances.

Professional/Church—Suit or sport coat, dress shirt, tie (top button fastened and tie pulled tight; no cartoon or theme ties), dress pants with belt or suspenders, and appropriate dress shoes and socks should be worn. To show reverence and respect, Professional/Church dress is required for Sunday services, semiformal banquets, forums, seminars, and Opening Convocation.

Smart Casual—Casual pants (no cargo style, denim, drawstrings, or athletic materials) with belt or suspenders, collared shirt (tucked in; may not be worn as outerwear), semiprofessional shoes, and socks are appropriate. Smart Casual is required on and off campus weekdays until 4:45 p.m and for all classes, concerts, recitals, Wednesday evening services, and all day Sunday outside of services.

  • Other than pocket-sized logos, clothing may not have pictures (i.e. graphic tee style) or writing.
  • On Home Game Days, PCC and Eagles T-shirts are permitted for class.
  • On those Wednesdays that collegian meetings are held, collegian shirts are permitted for class.

Casual—Active attire that may be worn on and off campus Mon.–Fri. after 4:45 p.m., and all day Saturday

  • Jeans, athletic pants, shorts (i.e. basketball/cargo styles rather than runner styles), T-shirts (may be untucked), ball caps, and athletic shoes/flip flops are permitted.

Appropriate attire for specific athletic events and locations is listed below:

  • Swim trunks for beach, water park, and Swim Center (shorts/shirt worn to and from these locations)
  • Tank tops and muscle shirts to be worn only in the Field House, on East Field, and in residence halls (a T-shirt or other form of outerwear must be worn over a tank top/muscle shirt to and from these locations)
  • Shirts must be worn in residence hall lobbies.

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.

Women’s Guidelines

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 revealing or tightfitting. Men and women should be distinctive in their appearance.

Dresses and skirts are acceptable for all categories unless otherwise stated and must cover to the level of the kneecap at all times. Tops are to cover the shoulder, back, midriff, and cleavage; undergarments should be worn but not seen. Sheer material alone is not considered adequate for coverage. Shoes must be worn outside the residence hall.

In this Christian college setting, care must be taken to avoid association with companies, lifestyles, and trends that oppose Christian values, including gothic dress/makeup styles, unnatural hair colors, and masculine hair styles (i.e. shaved/close cropped). Two piercings may be worn only in the earlobe but no ear cuffs, plugs/gauges, or other body piercings. Students are not permitted to get a tattoo (permanent or temporary) while enrolled at PCC and may be asked to keep existing tattoos covered.

Dress Categories

Formal—Traditional formalwear or best dress (must meet PCC dress standards) and dress shoes are suitable for formal banquets and Fine Arts performances.

Professional/Church—Styles that show appropriate reverence and respect are to be worn for Sunday church services, semiformal banquets, forums, seminars, and Opening Convocation.

Smart Casual—Relaxed, semiprofessional attire/shoes are required on and off campus weekdays until 4:45 p.m. and for all classes, concerts, recitals, Wednesday evening services, and all day Sunday outside of services. Prior to 4:45 p.m., shorts may be worn to bike off campus; however, attire appropriate for the destination must be changed into upon arrival.

  • Other than pocket-sized logos, clothing may not have pictures (i.e. graphic tee style) or writing.
  • Denim skirts/dresses are not permitted.
  • On Home Game Days, students are allowed to wear PCC and Eagles T-shirts to class.
  • On those Wednesdays that collegian meetings are held, Collegian shirts are permitted for class.

Casual—Active attire that may be worn on and off campus Mon.–Fri. after 4:45 p.m., and all day Saturday

  • Shorts must extend to at least the top of the kneecap and hang loose in a relaxed fit so as not to cling or conform to the body. T-shirts, ball caps, and athletic shoes/flip flops are appropriate.

Appropriate attire for specific recreational events and locations is listed below:

  • In the residence halls, short shorts and revealing tops should not be worn outside your residence hall room; pants are not permitted in the lobby.
  • Loose-fitting wind/athletic pants required for rock climbing wall and optional for ice skating and paintball (must change in locker room/bathroom provided in each area)
  • Conservative swimsuit that covers the midriff at the beach, pool, sun deck, and waterpark (T-shirt should be worn in the water park; shirt and shorts worn to and from these locations)
  • Shirt and shorts required for all activities at West Campus including sunbathing and water activities

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.