All full-time undergraduate students (including residents and commuters) are required to attend chapel three times a week. You may choose from any of the seven experiences listed below. No student is automatically excused from chapel for any reason without petitioning through the Office of Judicial Affairs.
Chapel credit is offered for these seven experiences only:
- 10:30-11:20 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday in Upper Turner Campus Center (UTCC) or the Felix Event Center
- 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights in UTCC (Kalɘo)
- 9 p.m. on select Thursday nights (Liturgical Chapel)
- 6 p.m. on select Thursday nights (Evening Prayers Chapel)
- 9 p.m. on select Monday nights in UTCC (Senior Chapel)
Note: Not all chapel experiences are offered every week. The available chapel experiences for any given week will be communicated in our weekly email, “Next Week in Chapel,” and you can plan ahead by visiting the chapel calendar.
Personal absences are granted each semester, and students must use these absences to cover any and all unforeseen personal circumstances that would cause them to miss chapel throughout the semester. Brief illnesses, personal travel days, employment or graduate school interviews, studying, tardiness, etc. are all classified as personal absences.
Regular chapel attendees (those who must attend three chapels a week) are allowed 10 personal absences per semester. If you are regularly excused from one chapel per week, you will be allowed seven personal absences per semester. If you are regularly excused from two chapels per week, you will be allowed four personal absences per semester. If excused on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday, that specific day of the week will not be eligible for chapel attendance credit. Once you have reached your limit of personal absences, any further unexcused absences will immediately result in Chapel Non-Compliance.
Excusable absences may be granted for severe conditions or special situations which temporarily affect chapel attendance. Written verification is required for excusal. Examples of absences which may be excused include hospitalization, family funeral, extended illness, or mandatory court appearances. Excusal for other circumstances of a similar nature will be granted at the discretion of the Office of Judicial Affairs. Class trips or faculty-sponsored activities are excusable absences. It is the student’s responsibility to follow up with the professor/coach (prior to the event). An approved field trip/off campus activity notice from the provost must include the time and date of the event, and the name and ID number of each student attending.
Chapel attendance is the student’s responsibility. Students are expected to keep track of their own absences. As a convenience, students may check their attendance on their home.apu.edu account. Home.apu.edu is updated daily at midnight, so attendance for a specific chapel may not be reflected until 24-36 hours after that chapel. Students have two weeks from the date of the absence to provide verification for any excused absence or to address any attendance discrepancies.
Student Heath Center Excusable Absences
An excusable absence may be granted by the Student Health Center only if there is an extended or contagious illness diagnosed. Such an absence begins the day of the student’s visit to the Student Health Center and consultation with the medical doctor or lead nurse practitioner. Only the medical doctor or the lead nurse practitioner may grant excusable absences.
Note: Confirmation of Visit notices from the Student Health Center are NOT acceptable forms of excusal.
The Office of Judicial Affairs requires documentation from the Student Health Center's medical doctor/lead nurse practitioner that specifies the exact days the student is required to miss class and/or chapel. This must be submitted within two weeks of the student’s visit to the Student Health Center. The student is responsible for submitting this paperwork on time and must request documentation at the time of his/her visit. Excusable absences are not retroactive.
Students must call the Student Health Center for any health-related questions. Students must call the Office of Judicial Affairs at (626) 812-3088 for any attendance-related questions.