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It is the policy of the University that all undergraduate students are expected to attend a required number of chapel/convocation services. Such attendance actively contributes to the spiritual formation of our students, reinforces the university’s mission in the lives of our community members, encourages a sense of community, and makes the student aware of issues relevant both to the student and the world outside the University.
1. Place and time of chapel/convocation services. Unless otherwise indicated by the University, chapel/convocations are held at the Swayne Auditorium in the Brandt Center and at a time set by the University. The regularly scheduled services are as follows:
2. Attendance recording. Student ID cards must be scanned as students enter and exit chapel to receive formation credits. If you forget your student ID, you are allowed to fill out a paper chapel card for MWF chapels up to three times per semester (broken or lost ID cards can be replaced at ITS in the Leah Peterson Learning Commons). Students who anticipate that they cannot comply with requirements regarding formation credits should go to the Office of University Mission and Ministry (Conrad Commons) and pick up a form to apply for a reduction.
3. Late arrivals. Students entering a chapel/convocation no less than 10 minutes late may still scan in and receive a tardy. Students in excess of three tardies per semester may not be eligible for credit for further late arrivals.
4. Standard attendance requirements for formation credits per semester:
5. Alternative chapel/convocation options. While the University is committed to the value of gathering as a whole community in MWF chapels/convocations, we also believe there is value in allowing for freedom of choice in preferences and times. The alternative formation options are intended to give students nearly a third of their formation requirement by attending alternatives. These options are approved by the Chaplain’s Office and will include Wednesday Timeouts (9PM), approved ministry clubs, approved small groups, as well as additional opportunities designated by the Chaplain. Attendance at these alternative formation options may require filling out a chapel card (including student ID #) rather than scanning student cards.
6. Exceptions to standard attendance requirements. Exceptions to standard attendance requirements may be granted by the University upon the student's timely submission of a reduction form to the Office of University Mission and Ministry in the following cases:
REDUCTION APPLICATION DEADLINE: Third Friday of the semester. Reduction applications may be requested by contacting email@example.com.
Approved reductions do not remain in effect without being renewed EACH SEMESTER. Any disputes or changes regarding chapel attendance must be resolved before the end of the semester.
7. Students not meeting formation requirements. Students who do not fulfill their formation requirements may be subject to the following actions, as determined by the Office of Mission and Ministry:
8. Attendance issues: Within 24 hours of each chapel/convocation credits are entered into the portal system. Any issues regarding attendance must be resolved by the student with the Office of Mission and Ministry by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org within two weeks of the potential discrepancy. Students are responsible for tracking their progress in meeting their formation requirement, which is available on the student portal (my.nnu.edu).