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. PCC’s 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 a student is unable or unwilling to abide by the prescribed health precautions, he 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, Campus Church Bible Study Groups, and chapel, students should remember to bring their 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, cell phones must be kept 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 Bible Study Groups and Sun. morning, Sun. evening, and Wed. evening services. Bible Study Groups are divided by academic classification and gender until junior and senior years, when students may choose a coed class to attend.
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.
Seating for chapel is assigned. Students wanting to sit with their own visiting immediate family or current pastor/youth pastor should sign in with their guest with the host at the main atrium desk. Ushers will direct students and their guests to guest seating on the main floor or the balcony.
Students who are assigned to work or have class during chapel must allow time in their schedules to attend video chapel the same day. Video chapel is held at 12:05 p.m. in the Multimedia Auditorium and at 4:05 p.m. and 5:05 p.m. in the Lyceum.
To help preserve and maintain what the Lord has given PCC, students should follow these campus guidelines:
- Gum should not be chewed in academic buildings or auditoriums.
- When entering all buildings on rainy days, umbrellas should be left in one of the racks positioned near each building entrance. Students should not take them into any building.
- Since the Florida tropical climate necessitates the use of preventative measures to combat insects inside buildings, white insect tablets (which resemble aspirin tablets) may be seen. It is important that these be left in place and not discarded.
- Students should help by picking up trash and should not litter. Trash cans are available around campus.
- Students should stay off the grass except on the campus athletic fields.
- To protect furniture, students should not put their feet on couches or chairs.
If a student is assigned a key for academic purposes, he is 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 must be taken to the Residence Manager for stamped approval, 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 the on-campus Papa John’s provides convenient room service to residence hall rooms.
PCC represents Christ as a Christian ministry, and the conduct of students, staff, and faculty should always glorify the Lord. To help maintain this 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 the 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, students tap their PCC card to record attendance. Seating for chapel is assigned.
The production page on Eagle’s Nest provides dates and times for these events. Students should 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, students may bring flowers into the auditoriums, but cameras, electronic equipment, and gifts should be left in the coat room.
For sporting events, students should 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 time at the beach in safety, students should keep these things in mind:
- Students should 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—students should use plenty of sunscreen and drink lots of water.
- Students should be familiar with the beach flag warning system. Swimming on the sound side is recommended 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, students can 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 a swimmer into deep water and away from the beach.
Swimmers caught in riptide or undertow should not 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 one gets from shore. One should remain calm. When the current’s pull weakens a little, one should swim parallel to the beach until he breaks free from the current; he should 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 one sees someone struggling in the water, he should call 911 immediately. For the best safeguard against beach drownings, one should watch for posted flag warnings for surf conditions.