Chapel Attendance

It is your responsibility to make yourself familiar with the Chapel Attendance Policy.

Seating Assignments

If you have a legitimate issue with your assigned seat, send an email to chapelattendance@asbury.edu.

Attendance Requirement Waiver

Use this form if you have family responsibilities that are irreconcilable to chapel (work, children, etc) and you want to request special consideration to be excused: Special Consideration Request.
Please Note: If you will be missing chapel due to a practicum, you do not need to fill out the Special Consideration Request.  Instead, the professor who is over your practicum will need to send the information as to which chapels you will be unable to attend.

Chapel Excuse

As stated in the attendance policy, Chapel excuses will not be approved for circumstances such as travel difficulties, bad weather, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities. These situations are to be covered by your allotted absences.

If you think your absence merits an excuse, or if you were marked absent in error, simply send an email to chapelattendance@asbury.edu.

 

Chapel Attendance

Asbury University operates on a policy of required chapel attendance. Attendance records are kept from the first chapel with punctual and regular attendance expected. Students are expected to keep track of their own chapel attendance and to be familiar with the attendance policy.

 1. Chapel meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10:00 a.m. in Hughes Auditorium. Students are counted present only when sitting in their assigned seats.

2. Permission to sit out of an assigned seat, for any reason, is reserved for students in good standing and will only be granted at the discretion of the Chaplain’s office. Permission must be secured in the Chaplain’s office before the chapel period. Students should not approach the chapel checker or the Chaplain at the beginning of chapel for permission to sit elsewhere.

3. Eight chapel absences per semester are permitted for full-time students. (Full-time status is set by student’s registered hours at the end of Drop/Add. Any later course withdrawal or change in registered hours will not change the chapel attendance requirement for the remainder of the semester.) Students are advised to save these for such unexpected or unforeseen situations as travel difficulties, bad weather, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities.

4. Part-time students will have a reduced requirement based on their number of academic hours. (This will be based on the registered academic hours at the close of Drop/Add. Any later course withdrawal or change in registered hours will not change the chapel attendance requirement for the remainder of the semester.)

5. Disruptive behavior such as being tardy, studying in chapel, whispering, sleeping, use of any electronic device, etc, will be counted as a one‐third absence.

6. In the case of: (a) hospitalization or serious illness (as determined by a physician), (b) institutionally approved group event or travel, (c) death or serious illness of family member, or other unusual circumstances, a student may petition the Chaplain’s office to have such absences excused.

7. All students who are required to attend will be registered for chapel (GEN 021) for zero credit hours. Students will receive a P (passing) by attending the appropriate number of chapel services and an N (not passing) if they do not. This will appear on a student’s transcript as a part of their permanent record.

8. Any student who earns an “N” will be placed on chapel probation for the following semester. Any student who earns a grade of “N” for two semesters may be suspended from the University for one semester.

9. A student who flagrantly violates the chapel attendance policy with more than 14 unexcused absences may be suspended without a period of probation. (“Flagrantly” is defined here not only in terms of total absences, but also in failure to respond to requests to address the problem.)

10. Last‐semester seniors are expected to satisfy their final chapel attendance requirement. You must have a passing grade in your final chapel registration in order to graduate. Any seniors who do not must petition the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee concerning the right to graduate. Additional requirements (such as papers or reviews) may be placed upon a student in order to meet the chapel attendance requirement prior to graduation.

11. Students who are parents of young children living at home will be granted a reduction of one chapel per week. Forms for this purpose are available at www.asbury.edu/chapel and must be submitted prior to the start of the semester.

12. A student may appeal chapel suspension to the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee. These written appeals should be addressed to the Campus Chaplain, who will refer them to the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee. The decision of the Academic Petitions Sub‐Committee will be considered final.

13. Students with unique circumstances (e.g., student teaching, internship, work) may request special chapel consideration. Forms for this purpose are available at www.asbury.edu/chapel and must be submitted prior to the start of the semester.

 

Summer Chapel Attendance

1. Students who are living on campus and commuter students who attend morning classes on campus are required to attend chapel during the weeks that they are attending class.

2. You will receive a P (passing) if you attend the appropriate number of chapel services and an N (not passing) if you do not. This will appear on your transcript as a part of your permanent record.

3. Probation: Any student who earns an “N” in summer chapel will be placed on chapel probation for the following semester.

4. Graduating seniors who have a summer chapel before finishing must meet the attendance requirement to graduate.