Chapel Credit


Purpose

The purpose of our Spiritual Life program is to partner with you in your journey toward spiritual maturity, preparing you to live for Christ wherever your path may take you. George Fox offers a Spiritual Life Program with an emphasis in three areas: events on the Spiritual Life calendar (like chapel service), small-group studies, and ministry and service opportunities.

Our main priority is that each student will come into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and grow in that relationship toward a mature faith. While we believe strongly in the value of our Spiritual Life Program, we strongly believe it does not replace the life and ministry of the local church and should not be considered a substitute for church attendance or involvement. Instead, the Spiritual Life Program is an integral part of the total faith-learning experience you receive at George Fox University.

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Who is required to earn SpiL Credit?

  • If you have fewer than 93 academic credits before the beginning of the current academic semester
  • If you are younger than 23 before the beginning of the current academic semester

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What is a SpiL credit, and how many do I need each semester?

A SpiL credit is earned by attending (either online or in person) a SpiL event. You must obtain at least 15 SpiL credits each semester (Fall and Spring semesters). This year (2020) students are not allowed to roll surplus credits over to the spring. 

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How do I keep track of my SpiL Credits?

  • To check your credit progress, login to your iAttended account to track your progress and to see all upcoming SpiL credit opportunities. 
  • You are responsible to keep track of your chapel credit and must let us know within 24 hours if your credit is not showing up from an event. To let us know, send and email to spirituallife@georgefox.edu
  • All SpiL Credit is due on the last Friday of classes (the Friday before exam week). 

How to get SpiL Credit

Chapel Attendance

Chapel is a time of learning, praise and worship. Chapel services are held on Tuesday mornings from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. streamed from Bauman to various locations (including Stoffer Family Stadium). This year (2020) we will NOT be having Vespers on Wednesday evenings. Shalom Chapel is held on Tuesday evenings at 9 pm in the Canyon Commons Dining Rooms. Chapels are held each week of the semester.

Chapel Elective Attendance

Throughout the year there are many events that qualify for Chapel Elective Credit. We have a running list of events and groups we have approved to count toward your SpiL Credit total. Find information on upcoming opportunities through your iAttended app and The Daily BruinView a list of our current chapel electives.  

All SpiL Credits are due by the last Friday of classes (the Friday before exams). 

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What do I do if I don’t/can’t attend 15 SpiL credit opportunities?

This year we are providing many more options to achieve your 15 required SpiL credits, including many options that are on-demand. Because of the increased access and removal of the in-person requirement, very few waivers will be approved. The main reason for a waiver will be due to health reasons. if you believe you have a health condition that does not allow you to complete your requirement, please contact us via email at spirituallife@georgefox.edu

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Absences and Waivers

Absences due to Illness

Prolonged and confining illnesses are evaluated on an individual basis at the end of the semester. Prolonged and confining illness excuses are issued only by the school nurse for illnesses of three or more consecutive days.

 

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When do I need to have my chapel credit requirements completed?

All 30 Chapel credits must be completed by midnight on the last day of classes (the Friday before finals).

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If I don't complete my credits, what happens?

Chapel Credit Deficiency Policy

All students must fulfill their chapel credit requirement by the last day of classes at midnight. This is the Friday before Exam week. All undergraduate students with a spiritual life credit requirement will receive an email one month before the last day of classes as well as one week before that deadline. Students who do not fulfill their required credits by the deadline will have a fee placed on their student financial account.

Policy Guidelines

  • If granted the option to do Podcast forms for chapel credit, they are due by midnight on the last day of classes. This is the Friday before exam week.
  • All students who have not resolved their credit deficiency by midnight on the last day of classes will have a fee of $20/deficient credit (not to surpass $300) placed on their student account.
  • Students are required to apply for a "chapel credit waiver" if they are a fourth-year student, but do not have senior status according to MyGeorgeFox. No student "automatically" is exempt unless he or she has 93 academic credits or above, or is 23 years of age by the beginning the current academic semester.
  • All fees will be going toward spiritual life programming and the Summer Serve ministry.
  • There will be an appeal process for students who have a discrepancy with an applied fee.

We would prefer that you complete the Spiritual Life credits instead of paying a fee. However, we need to find a way of managing this process that does not require extensive time and effort in the Office of Spiritual Life.

Memorize Scripture Instead of Paying a Chapel Fine

In lieu of a fine, we are offering students an opportunity to memorize scripture instead. Here is how it will work: for every chapel you miss ($20/chapel) you can memorize any 7 verses from the New Testament book of James (any translation). You will need to schedule a time during finals week to recite your memorized verses to a campus pastor. Students will be allowed three mistakes for every 7 verses memorized. Questions? Contact our office at spirituallife@georgefox.edu

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How do I appeal a fee placed on my account?

Appeal Process

If a student has a discrepancy with an applied fee, he or she may appeal it. To appeal the fee, please complete the appeal form.

The following are appropriate reasons to appeal the fee:

  • Inaccurate spiritual life credit/attendance records
  • Dropping out of the university within the first two months of the semester
  • Incomplete in classes due to extenuating circumstances or lengthy illness

Appeals will be reviewed by a committee. Students who were "not aware" that they were required to attend chapel and assumed they were exempt may file an appeal as well, however, it is not encouraged as students are responsible to be informed of their own chapel requirement.

Students who continue to not meet the spiritual life chapel credit requirement or attempt to defraud the spiritual life chapel attendance process in any manner (including "sliding and gliding") may be required to meet with the dean of students and may be subject to further disciplinary action, which could include a semester suspension from the university.

Chapel Credit Exemption Information

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