Standards of Conduct

Biblical Principles

The Bible is the final authority for all things and the means by which God provides principles for living in a way that protects from harmful thinking and behavior. Scripture clearly teaches how Christians are to live. In light of the wonderful gift of salvation, we are to live our lives in active pursuit of a lifestyle that keeps us pure and clean before God with careful attention to avoiding anything that detracts from our relationship with Christ (Titus 2:11–14, Rom. 12:1–2, Phil. 4:8).

In light of these principles, PCC has adopted standards to promote an environment that is conducive to academic, social, and spiritual growth. Where the Bible directly addresses a matter, standards are set accordingly. However, since God’s Word does not mention every aspect of college life, biblical principles are followed and conservative expectations have been established to encourage right Christian living.

Personal Character

Each student is expected to act in a manner that reflects biblical values and to develop personal character traits that show maturity. Further, as a community of Christians, students should encourage and support others to live in a manner that pleases God. Characteristics that are representative of Scriptural standards and should be emulated include love for God’s Word; respect for God, other people, and property; kindness and consideration for others; compassion and Christian love; honesty and integrity; discipline and self-control; modesty and purity, diligence; responsibility; thankfulness; and etiquette and manners.

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 are expected to abstain from any illegal or prohibited activities including use, possession, or association with alcohol, illicit drugs, narcotics, any marijuana products, and tobacco and related products (such as e-cigarettes and vaporizers); pornography or sexual immorality; profanity or obscenity; harassment, abuse, and discrimination; gambling; stealing; and satanic practices.

College Standards

Formulated to give direction in matters that require discernment, college standards for clothing, music, entertainment, social life, and other general responsibilities are applied in an effort to align with the spirit and intention of biblical principles and to reflect conservative values.

Additional information is available in the Pathway: Student Resource Guide.

Prospective students are welcome to call the Admissions Department for answers to specific questions regarding student life (1-800-PCC-INFO) or visit overnight in the College residence halls to experience typical student life on campus.