Chapel Attendance Policy

Attendance at chapel is required for all degree-seeking students. Full-time undergraduate students and all housing students are expected to attend 16 out of 22 chapels (this allows for 1 discretionary absence every two weeks). Part-time undergraduate students and all graduate students are expected to attend 10 out of 22 chapels (this allows for 1 discretionary absence every week).

Undergraduates

Undergraduate students with extenuating circumstances may file a petition with the Student Services Office to complete an approved number of their chapel requirements by listening to chapel sermons online. If approved, students must complete a brief listener guide with a signed statement that the sermon has been listened to in its entirety to receive credit.

Reasons for petition may include:

  • Full-time work circumstances. Petition must include a signed statement from your supervisor on company letterhead.
  • Commuters who do not have class adjacent to chapel (Tuesday/Thursday classes beginning at 8 a.m. or 1:30 p.m.)

Petitions will not be accepted after the first week of class. No petition will be automatically approved and petitions are valid for one semester only. Students are encouraged to attend chapel until they are notified of their petition status. If you have any questions regarding the policy or petition process, contact the Student Services Office.

Graduates

Graduate students may choose to fulfill all or some of their requirements by listening to chapel sermons online. Petitions and listener guides are not necessary for graduate students.

Contact Information

Email: banderson@criswell.edu

Phone: 214-818-1398