“Arkansas Baptist College prepares students for a life of service grounded in academic scholarship, the liberal arts tradition, social responsibility, Christian development and preparation for employment in a global community.”
Arkansas Baptist College Chapel (Empowerment Hour) provides regularly scheduled empowerment hour assemblies during the academic school year (except during summer terms). Chapel is scheduled weekly, and is an institutional requirement for all students. These assemblies provide a variety of experiences that are educational, developmental, and spiritual in form and content. All students are required to attend, unless granted an excuse. Instructor and staff are expected to attend these assemblies not only to derive the benefits from them, but also to exhibit support and endorsement for the college. Disregard of the attendance policy will lead to disciplinary action.
The course meets fifty minutes, once weekly 12 weeks per semester. Satisfactory completion of Chapel requires a minimum of 75% or better attendance, which is at least 9 Chapel services. Attendance of less than 9 Chapel services will result in a No Credit (NC) grade. Student progress will be reported as ‘P’ (Pass) for 75% or better attendance, or ‘NC’ (No Credit) for less than 75% attendance.
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The College specifies that chapel services be held with attendance mandatory for all students. Each semester, students are registered for Chapel and are required to attend the entire service. Students living in a residence hall, including privileged housing, must attend chapel. Services include a devotional period and announcements of general interest. The planned programs are designed to stimulate intellectual, religious, and social development.
Chapel is under the direction of the president of the College. The Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services/Director of Religious Lifeplans and recommends programs for his approval. Many programs are presented by students and student organizations.
In addition to the spiritual emphasis and the varied programs, chapel provides a coming together experience for the entire student body, faculty, and staff.
The College is committed to a continuing analysis and evaluation of chapel to make it a most worthwhile experience. Appropriate attitudes and behaviors for the foundation of the Chapel experience are expected.
There are two scheduled chapel services. Students must choose between 11 a.m. or 6p.m. chapel.
a. Be on time.
b. Students who are tardy will need to walk in as quiet as possible and find the first available seat.
c. Students who are more than 10 minutes late will be counted absent.
d. Students are allowed three (3) unexcused absences per semester, as well as (3) written excuses for illness. The written excuses must be turned in within seven days of the absence. After these absences, any other absence from chapel must have the Dean of Student’s approval or a note from a medical professional.
e. No food or drink is permitted in the auditorium.
f. Men should remove caps during chapel.
g. Laptops, tablets, cell phones and headphones may not be used during chapel.
h. Appropriate respect for speakers and others is expected.
In order to assist your success in chapel, please give special attention to the following items:
1.Attendance. Attendance is checked. Students are required to sign-in weekly in order to be marked present for Chapel. STUDENTS MUST PRESENT THEIR ID when signing in.Failure to attend is recorded and posted in CAMS. Tardies and excused absences are also recorded. Three tardies equal one absence. Each student should check CAMS periodically in order to ensure an accurate record.
2. Announcements. Students who are absent from chapel must check chapel announcements on CAMS. As with academic classes, students are responsible for the informational content of missed announcements.
3. Excuses. Accepted absences from chapel include official representation of the College, illness, death in the immediate family, or other reasons approved by the Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services.
4. Permanent Excuse. A student who has a work schedule that conflicts with chapel on given days should make application for a permanent chapel excuse in the Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services. This must be done on a per-semester basis.
As attendance is recorded in the Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services each Chapel, the attendance record is recorded by the Director of Religious Life. In this way, the student’s record is available for review. The attendance record will not only record attendance and tardies, but also present warning signals on the student’s Arkansas BaptistCollege email account at certain intervals to help the student in making decisions about attendance throughout the semester.
Courtesy Warning (within two of the allotted remaining chapel absences): This reminder informs the student that he/she has only two remaining chapel absences allowed for the semester.
If the student feels there is a mistake, he/she should clear this with the Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services as soon as possible.
Warning (after the maximum allotted chapel absences): This is a reminder that the student has missed the maximum number of chapel absences for the semester. If the student feels there is a mistake, he/she should clear this with the Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services. Any further absences will result in chapel probation.
Warning (after exceeding the maximum absences): This serves as a notification that the student has exceeded the maximum number of chapel absences for the semester. If the student feels there is a mistake, he/she should clear this with the Office of Enrollment Management/Student Services.
Warning (after excessive chapel absences): This serves as notification that the student will be on chapel probation.
The accumulation of more than the 3 allotted unexcused absences will result in Chapel Disciplinary Action. This may include one or more of the following:
1. A decreased number of allowed absences for the next semester.
2. Chapel probation: The number of allowed absences for the next semester is decreased, and the student is not allowed to apply for/participate in student organization, student activities, athletics, live in off campus housing, or be an active member of a social club, etc.
When a student has been disciplined for excessive chapel absences by the Director of Religious Life, he/she has the right to appeal this decision. The request for appeal shall be filed through the Office of Enrollment Management/Services, who in turn will arrange a meeting a Chapel Attendance Committee. This committee will be composed of faculty, staff, and student who will hear the case and make a decision based on the information presented to them.