Prohibited Activities

Each student accepts the responsibility to actively uphold the Code of Conduct and to refrain from any action that would be detrimental to spiritual growth, the safety or well-being of others, or that would impair the ability of others to follow the Code of Conduct. (1 Pet. 2:11, Rom. 14:13) For this reason, students who participate in illegal or prohibited activities or who build a reputation for involvement in these activities will be subject to discipline including but not limited to demerits, referral, restitution, suspension, or dismissal.

Use, possession, or association with alcohol, illicit drugs and/or narcotics, marijuana, tobacco and related products such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers; misuse or abuse of a legal drug, substance, or chemical—as a protection against harmful effects and the controlling nature of these substances, Scripture teaches us to avoid them. In addition, state and federal law prohibits the unlawful sale, use, or possession of drugs and alcohol. (Prov. 23:31; Rom. 12:1; Prov. 20:1; 1 Cor. 6:19–20)

Pornography or sexual immorality—The Bible indicates that all sexual activity outside of marriage is sin. Therefore, the following is considered to be sexually immoral: fornication, adultery, homosexual behavior, or any other sexual perversion. Also, any involvement in pornography or sexual communications, including verbal, written, or electronic, are prohibited. (1 Cor. 6:9–10, 18–20, Matt. 5:28, Heb. 13:4, Rom. 1:26–27, Psalm 119:37, 1 John 2:16)

Profanity or obscenity—Inappropriate language is not permitted whether it be verbal, written, or electronic. (Eph. 4:29, Col. 3:8, James 5:12)

Harassment, abuse, and discrimination—The safety and well-being of students is of utmost importance. PCC does not tolerate hazing, physical or verbal abuse, coercion, stalking, intimidation, harassment (verbal or sexual), discrimination, or any other behavior that places the health and safety of other students in jeopardy. Students must avoid the use of divisive or inflammatory comments, symbols, or actions of any kind, even in jest. (Col. 3:8; 4:6; Eph. 4:29–32)

Gambling (including the lottery)—Christians are called to be good stewards of that which God has given. Gambling is rooted in greed and materialism and is against the principles found in the Word of God. Therefore, students should not participate in any form of gambling. Using playing cards generally associated with gambling should be avoided, and visiting casinos can cause one’s testimony to be tarnished. (Prov. 13:11; Prov. 28:22)

Stealing—the Bible clearly teaches that stealing is wrong. Taking, possessing, or using what does not belong to you without the owner’s consent is considered stealing. (Rom. 13:8–10)

Witchcraft, séances, astrology, or any other satanic practices—Anything associated with these activities is in direct contradiction to biblical principles. (Gal. 5:19–21)

Mysticism and Transcendental Meditation—As Christians, we enjoy a personal relationship with God and are exhorted to think about His Word. Rituals of Eastern Mysticism (such as yoga and transcendental meditation) deny these truths and should not be practiced by students. (Psalm 1:2, Joshua 1:8)