University Chapel: Faith, Learning & Experience Program Attendance Policy
All full-time (12 credit hours/semester) TUG students are required to complete 32 Faith, Learning & Experience (FLEX) credits each semester. Of the 32 credits, 26 are required to be earned in Hughes Chapel at 10 a.m. M/W/F. The remaining 6 may be earned through other FLEX opportunities if desired.
Students with less than 12 credit hours but more than 6 credit hours at the end of drop/add are required to complete 16 FLEX credits (at least 12 in Hughes Chapel 10 a.m. M/W/F, 16 total).
Students with 6 or less credit hours at the end of drop/add are encouraged to attend any FLEX events but are not required to complete FLEX credits. These students will be not be assigned a chapel seat but are welcome to sit in the guest section.
iAttended App for FLEX Attendance
If a student has unavoidable commitments that overlap regularly (more than 5 times) with Hughes Chapel M/W/F 10 a.m., the student may apply for a Special Consideration Request for FLEX credit adjustment.
Examples of unavoidable commitments are:
- Work that is scheduled over M/W/F 10 a.m. regularly (more than 5 times)
- University-approved travel such as a field trip
- University-sponsored events you are required to attend
- Family responsibilities such as caring for one’s own children
- Multiple medical appointments
- Or a combination of these
Please note: Athletes and students with an internship or practicum that requires exemption from chapel do not need to complete the Special Consideration Request. Instead, the coach or professor will communicate program commitments to email@example.com. In the rare situation that the student is an athlete with additional unavoidable commitments, the student may complete the Special Consideration request if desired.
Alternate Instruction (Online Chapel)
Students who are approved for alternate instruction by Health Services and the Registrar’s Office will complete FLEX credits by viewing Hughes Chapel services online and completing a three-sentence paragraph response to the chapel. The response should demonstrate that the student listened to the entire chapel message. Paragraph responses are due 14 days after the return to campus date. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Academic Accessibility Accommodations
Students approved through the Office of Academic Accessibility Resources for online chapel will complete FLEX credits by viewing Hughes Chapel services online and completing a three-sentence paragraph response to the chapel. The response should demonstrate that the student listened to the entire chapel message. Online chapel summaries are due per the following schedule:
- Monday, October 17, 2022 for chapels occurring prior to Fall Break
- Thursday, December 8, 2022 for chapels occurring after Fall Break
- Monday, March 20, 2023 for chapels occurring prior to Spring Break
- Thursday, April 27, 2023 for chapels occurring after Spring Break
In order to receive FLEX credit for attending Chapel, you must both scan in via the iAttended app AND sit in your assigned seat. Students who scan in but are not in their assigned seat will have their credit removed. If you have a legitimate issue with your assigned seat, email email@example.com.
Student Conduct in University Chapel
Respectful, engaged University Chapel participation is expected. Inappropriate behavior (arriving late, leaving early, excessive phone use, laptop usage, studying, talking, food, disrespect) will result in a deduction of up to 1 FLEX credit. Students will be notified by email the first time they receive a deduction of a FLEX credit. Students are responsible to regularly check their iAttended app and monitor their credit totals, which may include deductions.
Unfinished FLEX Credits
Students who do not complete the required 32 FLEX credits (or adjusted equivalent) may be subject to Chapel Probation and/or Chapel Suspension. See the Chapel Probation page for additional information. Chapel Suspension means that the student will not be able to enroll in classes for a full semester.
See the detailed response for unfinished credits below. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who complete 28-31 credits have an opportunity to complete their credit requirement through community service prior to the beginning of the next semester. Students will be placed on Chapel Probation at the end of the current semester. However, if the required community service hours are received by the Office of University Chapel by the designated deadline, the student will be released from probation. See the Chapel Probation page for additional information.
Students who complete 20-27 credits are on Chapel Probation the following semester. Students may be on Chapel Probation for one semester only. More than one semester of Chapel Probation will most likely result in Chapel Suspension.
19 or less credits:
Students who complete 19 or less FLEX credits are almost certainly placed on Chapel Suspension for the following semester.
In order to graduate and receive their diploma, seniors must have a passing grade in their final semester of Chapel. Graduates who have unfinished credits will complete 500-word essays for each credit unfinished before receiving their diploma. Contact email@example.com for your specific requirements.