Attendance Policy

Chapel Attendance Policy

Gathering as a worship body is critical to who we are as the body of Christ universal and therefore, extremely important to our Christian university community. We value the holistic development of one another and chapel is therefore, a requirement just like a class. We desire and expect that students as part of this community participate in this area of spiritual development by attending their respective chapel requirements each semester.

There are usually 40-41 chapels and 13-14 Time Out services for a total possible 54 chapel credits per semester. Additional chapel credits may also be granted through special events, forums and/or chapels, like our Prayer Path and Riposo Retreat each year. Students have the opportunity to gather at a minimum of 4 times per week. We do encourage everyone to attend all chapel and Time Out services. And there are a minimum number of chapel credits a student must acquire each semester based on enrollment status. 

Procedure

  • Chapel begins at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and is held in Brown Chapel. Time Out begins at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Brown Chapel. 
  • To earn chapel credit, students must scan in and out of chapel using their ID card at the entrance doors. They must scan in no later than 9:55 and remain in chapel for the entire chapel service. A one-way scan will not be counted as a chapel credit.
  • Manual scans are available for those students who don’t have their ID card with them, but are limited to three manual scans per semester. Manual scans recorded after three in a semester will not receive credit.
  • Students chapel attendance may be viewed through your portal account located on the Web site (my.pointloma.edu). On your student account screen, select BIO Information from the menu, then select Chapel Attendance. If a discrepancy is noted, it is the responsibility of the student to bring this discrepancy to the attention of chapelattendance@pointloma.edu. This account information is managed by the Office of Student Development in partnership with the Office of Spiritual Development.

Attendance

Students enrolled in 12 or more units and all residential students (Despite the number of units enrolled)

  • Freshman & Sophomore students must acquire 32/54* chapel credits per semester 
  • Juniors & Seniors must acquire 25/54* chapel credits per semester
  • Students age 26 and over must acquire 12/54* chapel credits per semester. 

*Note: Totals may vary slightly each semester, yet they do include our current morning, evening and alternative chapel credit opportunities.  

Based on these requirements students should plan and manage their schedules accordingly. It is the student’s responsibility to keep track of their chapel attendance on the portal. (Students chapel attendance may be viewed through your portal account located on the Web site (my.pointloma.edu). On your student account screen, select BIO Information from the menu, then select Chapel Attendance. If a discrepancy is noted, it is the responsibility of the student to bring this discrepancy to the attention of chapelattendance@pointloma.edy. This account information is managed by the Office of Student Development in partnership with the Office of Spiritual Development. ) Failure to meet the minimum requirements will result in chapel fines:

  • 1-4 excessive chapel absences will result in a fine of $5 for each absence
  • 5 or more excessive chapel absences will result in a fine of $10 for each absence in excess of 4.

Accountability/Exemptions

Students qualifying for a chapel reduction or exemption must submit a petition per semester using the online application through the student portal (my.pointloma.edu) under Student Services as well as all necessary documentation/forms. All students are expected to attend chapel as required until their petition results are posted online on the student portal or communicated via PLNU e-mail.  Petitions must be submitted and approved each semester; exemptions will only be considered on a per semester basis. A petition received after the deadline (within the first six weeks of the semester and/or within two weeks of any reason for filing a petition) will most likely not receive the full exemption requested. Please note that if your class schedule should change before the Chapel Petition deadline affecting the total number of units enrolled, your Chapel requirements are subject to change.

Exemptions that can be petitioned are:

  1. Chronic or extended illness and/or hospitalization with verification (e.g., documentation)
  2. Verifiable PLNU course required involvement. Note: Students enrolled in PLNU classes which necessitate absence during the chapel hour to fulfill the course requirements may receive exemption with verification. PLNU students taking courses at other institutions must substantiate that the class is a graduation requirement and/or that the class is unavailable at PLNU. Prior request and approval is required via the chapel petition process for this consideration.
  3. Commuting (see Commuter section below)
  4. Employment of sorts (see Employment section below)

Commuter Students

  • Freshman & Sophomore students commuting 20 miles one way or more and without classes before 1 p.m.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday or attending only Tuesday/Thursday classes may request an exemption to lower required attendance to 17/54* chapels by submitting a chapel petition per semester.
  • Junior & Senior students without classes before 1 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday or attending only Tuesday/Thursday classes may request an exemption to lower required attendance to 11/54* chapels by submitting a chapel petition per semester.

    *Note: Totals may vary slightly each semester, yet they do include our current morning, evening and alternative chapel credit opportunities.  

Employment

Exemptions may be granted for upper-class students (57 cumulative units and above) for verifiable and necessary employment during chapel. 

  • Documented and verbal verification is required from the employer within two weeks of submission of the petition. The lack of satisfactory verification will result in a delayed petition approval or denial. 
  • On-campus employment must be certified as essential by a Cabinet Officer prior to the submission of a chapel petition. And the respective Cabinet Officer must sign the appropriate form. (Download form here.)
  • Students must make arrangements to attend a minimum of one chapel per week regardless of work commitments.

Misrepresentation

  • Dishonest petitions will automatically be denied
  • Misuse of an ID card when scanning in or out of chapel (including either manual or electronic scans) will result in an automatic $25 fine for each participating party. Each participant in violation of this policy will not receive credit for the chapel in question, and may be subject to other discipline, as deemed appropriate.