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Chapel Attendance Requirement

Time

Chapel convenes from 11 AM to 11:45 AM every Thursday and on the first Tuesday of the month in Pillsbury Chapel. See the printed Chapel Schedule, available at the beginning of each semester, for the exact dates. The schedule is also available here.

Attendance and Expectations

The chapel convocation is considered to be an integral part of the student’s overall educational experience. The following attendance requirements and provisions reflect this attitude:

  1. Undergraduate Students enrolled for twelve credit hours or more on the Main campus are expected to attend all chapel convocation programs. Those enrolled for eleven hours or less are encouraged to attend whenever possible.
  2. Students who are enrolled in online or evening classes only are exempt from chapel.
  3. A student attending 80% or more of the programs printed in the Chapel Schedule is awarded one additional quality point for the semester.
  4. Those attending 60%-79% of the programs are considered to be following the minimum acceptable attendance pattern, and there is no change in quality point status.
  5. One quality point is removed from the record of a student who attends only 50%-59% of the programs.
  6. A student who attends less than 50% of chapel convocation programs in any one semester loses one quality point and is in danger of being placed on disciplinary probation, during which time the student is restricted from certain leadership and extracurricular activities, and all institutional financial aid the student has been receiving is at risk of being discontinued.
  7. If unable to attend the chapel services there are optional school events the student can choose to receive chapel credit up to 3 credits. These events are available here.
  8. A student who consistently disregards responsible chapel attendance may be asked to withdraw from the University.
  9. Attendance will be taken from 10:45 AM until 11:05 AM after which time attendance will not be taken for credit. In addition, students leaving chapel before dismissal will have chapel attendance cancelled for that day. It is the responsibility of the student to follow this procedure. If habitual infractions are observed, the student may receive disciplinary action by the Senior Vice President for Student Development.
  10. Students are able to receive credit for chapel attendance by attending other approved school sponsored events. See the website for approved events.

Exemptions

  1. If unable to attend chapel during the semester due to uncontrollable circumstances, a letter must be submitted to the Senior Vice President for Student Development requesting an excuse. This may include, but is not limited to, employment conflicts and educational conflicts.
  2. If you have a job that requires you to miss chapel, you must have your employer submit the letter on company letterhead with contact numbers with your exemption request.
  3. Off campus students may request an exemption if they do not have classes on main campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. A copy of your schedule is required for approval.
  4. Requests for chapel excuses must be submitted by October 1 & February 1 of each semester.
  5. Any appeals concerning chapel credit must be submitted in writing to the Senior Vice President for Student Development within three months of the semester in question.

To submit a Chapel Exemption request, click here.

Additional Chapel Credit

  1. Double credit for attendance may be given on specific chapel dates. See the chapel schedule for details.
  2. Chapel credit may be received for attending approved university events, including Fine Arts Performances, Ministry Group Concerts, and Academic Lectures (e.g., Media Talk, Theology Nights).