Frequently Asked Questions

Petitions

I don’t receive mail where I live, so how can I submit proof of address with my petition?

If you do not receive official mail at your place of residence, you must submit a rental agreement or lease document that indicates you reside at the address. If the latter is not applicable, please submit a utility bill and a letter from the person you are renting from for verification of residency. (Please be sure the letter has contact information for verification.)

Can I be excused if I do volunteer work or a volunteer internship?

Students may not be excused from chapel for volunteer work or a volunteer internship. For chapel excuse, internships must be course-required.

How long is my petition valid for?

Approved petitions are valid for one semester only. If needed, submit new chapel petitions by the drop date of each semester.

I have submitted my petition but still need to turn in additional documentation. How long do I have?

Petitions that require additional documentation needed to process are considered incomplete. Incomplete petitions expire within 30 days of the date received by the Office of Chapel Programs.

When is the last day to turn in a petition without having to pay a fine?

Petitions must be turned in by the drop date of each semester to avoid a late-petition fine. For newly acquired jobs after the drop date, petitions must be submitted within two weeks of the date of hire. Documentation/verification will be required.

I just got a job and need to petition but don’t want to pay the late fine, what can I do?

If a student acquires employment after the drop date, he or she may submit a petition along with a work letter on company letterhead within two weeks of the date of hire. The work letter must specify date of hire and work schedule.

What if my employer doesn’t have company letterhead?

Under certain circumstances, a letter from the employer along with a wet signature and contact information may be acceptable. Income verification may also be required. The employer will be contacted for work verification.

My job hours vary, so my work letter cannot be specific. What can I do?

Students must follow the petition process for work-related excusal. In addition, students with varying work hours must submit an official work schedule on a biweekly basis in order to be excused for the specific days worked.

I turned in my petition at the beginning of the semester and I still haven’t heard back. How long is it going to take?

All petitions are processed after the drop date (until class schedules have been confirmed); this process takes 3-4 weeks from the drop date. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up on the status of their petition if they have not been notified via campus mail or US mail. Students may contact the office at (626) 812-3088 to verify status at any time after the drop date.

Do I need to attend chapel while my petition is being processed?

Ultimately, chapel attendance is each student’s responsibility. Upon approval of petition, absences will be retroactively excused. If the petition is denied, the student will be responsible for absences accrued.

Absences

There is a discrepancy in the number of absences the home account reflects. What should I do?

Keep in mind that home.apu.edu takes 24-48 hours to update. You may, however, contact the Office of Chapel Programs at (626) 812-3088 or chapel@apu.edu to verify your attendance record at any time.

Chapel

What time do evening chapels end?

Evening chapels are optional chapels and therefore do not have a specific end time.

I missed chapel because I got sick but didn’t go to the doctor. What can I do?

This would be a time in which you may attend an optional chapel to make up the absence (must attend within the same week). You may also choose to use one of your allowable absences.

How many units do I need to attend senior chapel?

You must have 84+ completed units to attend senior chapel. You may contact One Stop regarding any questions related to completed units.

How do I suggest a chapel speaker?

Chapel speakers are selected by the Chapel Executive Committee. You may email chapel@apu.edu to submit chapel speaker suggestions.

I am upset over what a chapel speaker said. Whom do I talk to?

Chapel speakers are selected by the Chapel Executive Committee, and each chapel speaker signs a statement of agreement affirming APU’s doctrinal statement. Concerns about specific chapel speakers should be sent to the Chapel Programs director at chapel@apu.edu.

How can I join Chapel Band?

Auditions for interested worship leaders, vocalists, and instrumentalists are held each spring semester for the Chapel Band teams serving in the following academic year. Students may apply to audition for Chapel Band at the beginning of each spring semester. Our office always makes several announcements in chapel with the specific dates to sign up, so be on the lookout!

Any additional questions related to Chapel Band can be directed to James Brooks (Chapel Programs worship coordinator) at jbrooks@apu.edu or Raquel Vega (music and gospel coordinator) at rvega@apu.edu.

Chapel Cards

I arrived to chapel at 10:41 a.m., why didn’t I receive a chapel card?

Chapel begins at 10:30 a.m. There is a grace period for students to arrive until 10:40 a.m. Anyone arriving after that time is welcome to attend but will not receive a chapel card for chapel credit.

My card was taken away during chapel by a card monitor and I didn’t get a warning! Why?

Chapel cards are taken away during chapel due to noncompliance of chapel etiquette. Unfortunately, warnings are not required. All students are expected to be aware of chapel etiquette.

I stayed after chapel to talk to the speaker, but when I looked for a card monitor to turn in my chapel card, there weren’t any around. Can I turn in my chapel card at the Office of Chapel Programs?

It is the student’s responsibility to turn in chapel cards to a card monitor in the chapel venue immediately after chapel ends. In order to keep the integrity of chapel attendance tracking, cards will not be accepted in the Office of Chapel Programs.

Chapel Requirement

Do I have to go to chapel if I am a part-time student?

If you have 11 or less units, you are considered part-time and do not have a chapel requirement. You do not have to attend chapel, but are always welcome. If you decide to attend, no chapel attendance card is required.

Can my chapel attendances roll over to the following week for credit?

Attending more than the required chapels in a given week cannot be rolled over for additional chapel credit. The three-chapel requirement must be met within the same week.

Special Circumstances

Can I be excused for a job interview or an audition?

Job interviews and auditions are not reasons for an excusable absence. Students must attend an optional chapel to make up for an absence or use one of their allowable absences for events such as these.

I am an older student; do I need to go to chapel?

All full-time undergraduate students must attend chapel regardless of age. Please review criteria for chapel petitions. Nontraditional undergraduate students enrolled in APU’s professional programs are not required to attend chapel.

A close relative passed away and I need to miss chapel to be with my family and attend the funeral services. What can I do?

The death of a family member is considered a reason for chapel excusal. You will need to provide documentation within two weeks of the date of the absence(s) for the absence(s) to be excused. Accepted forms of documentation would be a memorial card or funeral program.

My car broke down on my way to chapel and I had to miss; can I be excused?

Each student has allowable absences to use each semester. This would be a time in which allowable absences would be used. You may also choose an alternate chapel to make up for the absence (must attend within the same week).

My parents surprised me with a trip during the school semester and have purchased flight tickets. Can I be excused if I bring in the itinerary?

Each student has allowable absences to use each semester. This would be a time in which allowable absences would be used. You may also choose an alternate chapel to make up for the absence (must be attended in the same week). Evening chapels are optional and do not qualify for excusal.

I was in a car accident on my way to chapel. Can I be excused?

With medical documentation, an absence for a morning chapel may be excused (evening chapels are optional and do not qualify for excusal).

I missed chapel because I am on an APU sports team. Why haven’t I been excused yet?

These types of excusals must be submitted for processing to the Office of Chapel Programs by the athletics director. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with his or her coach regarding any delays.