Code of Conduct

  1. Courtship and Marriage
    Bethel Bible College of the Caribbean-Jamaica is a Christian theological college whose emphasis is on training for ministry in the church of Jesus Christ. Students are reminded of this and encouraged to concentrate on their preparation for their ministry calling.
    • Intimate romantic relationships tend to disrupt both the life of the individual and the community and often lead to serious hindrances in the area of studies/ministerial preparation.
    • The general experience of theological colleges worldwide has shown that serious courtship should be restricted to a student’s final year of studies. We would prefer if students choose to be married after they graduate from college. We further advise that students should seek adequate counselling before embarking on serious courtship.
  2. Dress Code
    Personal appearance reflects both the character of the individual and the College. The College sees modesty and moderation as the principles that must govern dress. The dress code of the College is in conformity with the Practical Commitments of the New Testament Church of God as set forth in the Minutes of the General Assembly.

    We will demonstrate the Scriptural principle of modesty by appearing and dressing in a manner that will enhance our Christian testimony and will avoid pride, elaborateness, or sensuality.
    • Modesty
      According to the Biblical idea, modesty is an inner spiritual grace that recoils from anything unseemly and impure, is chaste in thought and conduct, and is free of crudeness and indecency in dress and behaviour (Ephesians 4:25, 29, 31;5:1-8; I Timothy 2:9,10). Therefore, modesty includes our appearance, dress, speech and conduct and can be applied to all situations. The essential issue is, does our style of life please or displease God?
    • Appearance and Dress
      Our life, character, and self-image are reflected by our apparel and mode of dress. The admonition of Scripture, “Be not conformed to this world,” reminds us that our manner of dress must be modest and decent (Romans 12:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:22, 23). It is not displeasing to God for us to dress well and be well-groomed. However, above all, we must seek spiritual beauty, which does not come from adornment with jewellery, expensive clothes, or cosmetics but from good works, chaste conversations and meek and quiet spirit (Philippians 4:8; 1 Peter 3:3- 5.)
    • Pride, Elaborateness, and Sensuality
      As Godly people we are to abstain from lusts of the flesh and avoid dressing in a manner that encourages immoral thoughts, attitudes and lifestyles (Galatians 5: 13 – 21; 1 Peter 2:11; 2 Peter 1:4). Our beauty does not depend on elaborate, showy dress; extravagant, costly attire; or on the use of jewellery or cosmetics but on our relationship with Christ. External adornment, whether clothing or jewellery as an outward display of personal worth, is contrary to a spiritual attitude (James 2:1-4)
  3. College Offices/Administrative Block
    Students should only visit the College Offices/Administrative Block on official business. It should never be used for socializing.

  4. Disciplinary Procedures
    Students are expected to uphold the high standards of BBCC-J, and to report violations. Anonymous reports are not accepted without available evidence. If a report suggests a violation of College regulations that jeopardizes the reputation of a member of the College community, the student is interviewed by the Director of Student Services. If the charge is not deemed serious to merit a trial or a hearing of a disciplinary board, it may be disposed of by the Director of Student Services.

    Minor offences are dealt with by the Student Council President, Dorm Supervisors, and/or an appointed committee.