Chapel / Convocation

Chapel/Convocation FAQ

Who must attend Chapel?
All full-time undergraduate students (12 hours or more) must attend chapel.


How many attended chapels are required?
The Chapel-Convocation attendance policy is based on the attending 2/3 of the regularly scheduled Chapel-Convocations each semester. There are no less than 27 regular opportunities and therefore the requirement is 18 credits. If you have a legitimate reason for not being able to earn the required 18 chapel credits, you may consider pursuing a Chapel-Convocation Exemption.

What happens when a student doesn’t make the required number?
A student will be placed on Chapel Probation for a first offense and receive a fine ranging from $75 to $150. For a second consecutive offense, a student will be suspended for up to one semester unless an appeal is pursued and granted.

What happens if a student drops to part time during the semester? Does the required number of chapels change?
For any student dropping to part-time while living in a residence hall the attendance requirement remains 18 credits.  or students commuting or living off-campus the requirement of 18 will be calculated to two-thirds of those chapels the student was eligible to attend prior to dropping to part-time. The date of the change in the registrar’s date will be basis for recalculating the attendance requirement.

What should a student do who has a legitimate, ongoing reason to miss chapel?
There are two ways to fulfill the chapel attendance requirement, either attend 18 or more chapels or file a chapel exemption form in a timely manner and receive an exemption if appropriate. Common reasons for pursuing a chapel exemption are working 30 or more hours per week, working during the chapel hours, commuting from outside the city limits of Anderson with no classes on Tuesday or Thursday before 1 p.m., or an internship/practicum.

What happens if a student  forgets to turn in a Chapel-Convocation Exemption form on time?
Since exemptions are only recognized for future dates and not applied retroactively, you will be required to earn the adjusted chapel credits or you will face Probation or possibly Suspension.

What if a student has a job that effects Chapel?
Students who document and submit the proper paperwork regarding their employment can be exempt based on:

  • Consistently working 30 hours or more per week.
  • Working during the Chapel Hour on either a Tuesday and/or Thursday.


Do commuter students need to attend?
Exceptions are made for students who commute from home (living with parents) who:

  • Live outside the city limit, and
  • Have no classes on either Tuesday and/or Thursday before 1 p.m.


What if a student has a practicum or is student teaching during the Chapel hour?
The School of Education will provide the Chapel Attendance office a list of those students who are Student Teaching. Those students who participate in a practicum will need to provide the Chapel Attendance Office a copy of their practicum schedule signed by the co-operating teacher that accompanies the Chapel-Convocation Exemption form.

What if a student has an appointment off-campus during the chapel hour?
The chapel attendance policy has a generous number of at least nine allowable misses each semester, as well as extra credit opportunities for attending evening services.  Chapel exemptions are only considered for on-going situations.  Incidental misses are to be used for all other types of misses including extra-curricular activities.  Credit or an excused absence is not granted on an individual basis.

What happens if a student arrives late, past 11 a.m.?
Chapel-Convocation begins promptly at 11 a.m.  Students arriving after 11 a.m. will not receive a chapel attendance card.

What happens if a student forgets to turn in their chapel attendance card?
No chapel credit is given for students turning in cards outside of the card collection process at the door following chapel.

Can a student turn in a card for someone else?
It is expected that chapel cards will be turned individually and only for the person submitting the card.

What happens  if a student gets caught trying to “scam” the Chapel-Convocation Attendance Policy?
Conduct related to chapel attendance is considered by the university judicial code as one of the following:

  • 4.11  Violation of Published Rules
  • 4.22  Misuse of University Documents
  • 4.43  Furnishing False Information
  • 4.44  Contempt
  • 4.46  Other Misconduct

Sanctions will apply to those found in violation.