As part of the response to COVID-19, Pensacola Christian College will take all appropriate actions necessary to protect the health and safety of its students, faculty, and staff. Our intent is to maintain a normal campus life as much as possible; however, all students taking classes on campus must be willing to adjust to changing conditions. If at any time you are unable or unwilling to abide by the prescribed health precautions, you will be asked to transition home.
Church and chapel services reflect the heart of PCC and show respect for God and His Word. In keeping with the reverent spirit of church services, Sunday school, and chapel, remember to bring your Bible and be attentive. Engaging in other activities that may draw attention from the service is not appropriate. Tablets and digital Bibles may be used for note taking; however, keep your cell phone on silent and out of sight once the service begins. Talking, sleeping, or studying is not appropriate. Food and beverages are not allowed in the Crowne Centre. Water containers should be kept in a bag. Coat rooms may be used to store personal items during services.
Students attend Campus Church meetings including Sun. morning, Sun. evening, and Wed. evening services. Students will be assigned a time to attend each church service. Attendance is recorded by tapping your PCC Card at the tap stations prior to the service. Additional information including full social distancing options is available on Eagle’s Nest.
Residents of the area who have already been established for at least 2 years in another church previous to enrollment may request an exception through the Student Life Office.
Students will register for a time to attend two live and two recorded chapel services per week. Live chapel services will be held in the Crowne Centre and the Dale Horton Auditorium with assigned seating. Late students should go to their assigned seat to have their attendance recorded. Students will log in to watch the recorded 10:05 a.m. chapel service on Eagle’s Nest. Recorded services must be watched by 11:59 p.m. on the same day it is scheduled. An incomplete viewing of the service will result in an absence or tardy, determined by the number of minutes viewed. Scheduling conflicts for both live and online chapel services may be resolved during registration and Drop/Add.
Students may sit with visiting parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, siblings, current school administrators, and current pastors in the Crowne Centre for their assigned live service. For attendance purposes, sign in at the main atrium desk with your guest.
To help preserve and maintain what the Lord has given us, follow these campus guidelines:
- Do not chew gum in academic buildings or auditoriums.
- When entering all buildings on rainy days, please leave your umbrella in one of the racks positioned near each building entrance; to help us keep the carpets looking nice, do not take them into any building.
- Since the Florida tropical climate necessitates the use of preventative measures to combat insects inside buildings, be aware that you may see white insect tablets, which resemble aspirin tablets. It is important that these be left in place and not discarded.
- Please help by picking up trash, and do not litter. Use trash cans available on campus.
- Please stay off the grass except on the campus athletic fields.
If you are assigned a key for academic purposes, you are accountable for any use of that key. Misuse of keys, including duplication, is prohibited, and lost keys may incur a fee.
Students are individually responsible for any damage to or loss of college property, whether the damage is intentional or accidental.
In the college environment, certain individuals are authorized to give direction and enforce policies. Students are to treat those in positions of authority with proper respect and follow instructions willingly. This includes faculty and staff as well as students who are serving in an official capacity (Safety and Security, Residence Assistants, desk attendants, chaperones, etc.)
Reasonable directions given from authorized individuals should be observed, and prompt response to communication and scheduled appointments from College personnel is expected. Disrespect, display of bad attitude, disobedience, dishonesty, and lying are not acceptable. Students may not provide College officials with false identification or false information.
Out of respect, students address faculty and staff by their titles (Dr., Dean, Mr., Mrs., or Miss), and the use of first names is not appropriate.
Classroom proceedings, meetings, and official college activities are to be free from distraction and disruption. Students are not permitted to participate in unauthorized petitions, demonstrations, protests, or riots of any kind. Disruption of any campus event is considered a serious offense.
To protect public safety, no student is permitted to possess fireworks, explosives, firearms, or other weapons on the campus. Any questions regarding weapons are to be directed to the Student Life office.
Students may not participate in selling products or solicitation on campus, including chain letters, petitions, or pyramid schemes. This does not include selling personal items or PCA boarding students selling candy for the PCA candy sale. Students who choose to sell items on sites such as Craigslist may not meet buyers or sellers on campus, unless the buyer or seller is related to the PCC ministry. Students may not sell licensed, commercial, or bulk products on PCC campus.
Room sale signs need to first be approved by your Residence Manager and then may be posted on residence hall bulletin boards only. Room sales should remain in the room and not extend to the hallways or dayroom.
Delivery of food and groceries from off-campus vendors (e.g. Walmart delivery, Postmates, Grubhub, Door Dash, Uber Eats, etc.) is not allowed. The Grille and our on-campus Papa John’s provides convenient room service to residence hall rooms.
Keep in mind that we represent Christ, and our conduct should always glorify the Lord. To help maintain our testimony within the community, college standards should always be upheld, even when students are off campus with guests. PCC students may not go to bars, clubs, casinos, movie theaters, or other locations that may harm one’s personal testimony.
Students are expected to use academic and recreational facilities on the PCC campus and should not go to other college campuses to use their facilities or equipment.
To enrich your student experience, there are various required events on campus outside of classes. For yearbook photos, Sunday Reflections, Fine Arts, Commencement, and required academic forums/seminars, tap your PCC Card to record your attendance. You will have an assigned seat for chapel.
Class Meetings, Collegian Meetings, and Student Body programs may be viewed voluntarily on social media.
The production page on Eagle’s Nest provides dates and times for these events. Plan to arrive and be seated at least five minutes prior to productions. Cameras and recording equipment are not to be brought into any college program. Unless otherwise specified, cell phones should remain silent and out of sight during all required events.
For Fine Arts, you may bring flowers into the auditoriums, but leave cameras, electronic equipment, and gifts in the coat room.
For sporting events, exhibit a positive attitude as a player or spectator. Booing or reacting negatively to players or referees is not acceptable. Wearing bandanas is not permitted.
Many students enjoy visiting Pensacola’s white beaches and beautiful water. To spend your time at the beach in safety, please keep these things in mind:
- Stay together in a group of at least three and leave the beach no later than sunset.
- Men should go to Park East Beach; women should go to Park West Beach.
- The sun’s rays reflecting off the white sand can cause extreme burning—use plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water.
- Be familiar with the beach flag warning system. We recommend swimming on the sound side rather than in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf is famous for riptides that can prove fatal for the best of swimmers.
- For current surf conditions, check myescambia.com or call (850) 932-SURF.
Riptide and undertow are caused when strong surf washes a narrow trench through a sandbar. A band of water a few feet wide can get caught in this trough as it rushes from shore, creating a turbulent, fast-flowing current that pulls you into deep water and away from the beach.
Don’t panic, try to fight the current, or attempt to swim straight to shore. Riptide and undertow are narrow bands of water, usually only a few feet wide, and the outward pull diminishes the farther you get from shore. Remain calm. When the current’s pull weakens a little, swim parallel to the beach until you break free from the current; then swim to shore.
Playing in rough surf with its huge rolling waves may look like an adventure, but currents created from these conditions can turn a day of fun into a day of tragedy. Not even the strongest swimmer is a match for the power of water. If you see someone struggling in the water, call 911 immediately. For the best safeguard against beach drownings, watch for posted flag warnings for surf conditions.