Attendance and Chapel
CLASS ATTENDANCE AND OFFICIAL ABSENCE EXCUSES
In order to assure maximum benefit from class instruction, it is important for students to attend class and complete readings and assignments. Instructors will explain to students at the beginning of each course their attendance expectations and grading policies with respect to absences from class sessions. Students are personally responsible for class attendance, including punctuality, participation, collegiality, etc. Instructors will report excessive absences to the registrar’s office to allow the university time to determine if the school can render any assistance that can aid the student’s academic success.
In the case of: (a) hospitalization or serious illness (as determined by a physician), (b) Asbury University approved group event or travel, (c) death or serious illness of family member, or (d) other unusual circumstance, a student may request prior to the last class date and within 3 weeks of the absence for the registrar to issue an excused absence (with permission to make up work) to be presented to the instructor. Students may not be penalized for any absence approved by the registrar’s office, but it is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor of the absence, to arrange make-up work, and submit missed assignments and/or exams .
Decisions regarding absences resulting from such circumstances as travel difficulties, bad weather, issues with technology, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities will be left to the discretion of the instructor.
CHAPEL ATTENDANCE & REQUIREMENTS [TUG]
For Traditional Undergraduates
In the Traditional Undergraduate program 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 by 10 AM for the duration of chapel.
2. 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 their absences for such unexpected or unforeseen situations as travel difficulties, bad weather, conflicting schedules, oversleeping, minor sickness, doctor or dentist appointments, job interviews & graduate school interviews, discretionary trips (such as weddings), and family responsibilities.
3. 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.)
4. Disruptive behavior such as being tardy, studying in chapel, sleeping, use of any electronic device, etc. – can result in a mark against your attendance – from 1/3 to a full absence. This includes breaking the standards for appropriate dress in chapel – no baseball caps and no shorts are permitted.
5. 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 Chapel Attendance to have such absences excused.
6. 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 Chapel Attendance. 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. A special area is designated for students with family guests or visitors.
7. All students who are required to attend will be registered for chapel (CH 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 semester chapel attendance requirement. You must have a passing grade in your final chapel registration in order to graduate. Any seniors who do not meet this requirement must petition the Academic Policies and Curriculum Committee concerning the right to graduate. Additional requirements (such as papers or reviews) may be placed upon a student by the Campus Chaplain 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, which would change a full-time student from 8 absences to 15 absences (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.
2015-16 BULLETIN 08/17/2015