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.Fall 2017 Chapel Schedule
August 24, 2017
August 31, 2017
September 7, 2017
September 14, 2017
September 21, 2017
September 28, 2017
October 5, 2017
October 12, 2017
October 19, 2017
October 26, 2017
November 2, 2017
Sunday Chapel (Holy Communion) Schedule
August 27, 2017
September 24, 2017
October 29, 2017
December 3, 2017
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 Life plans 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.
Notification for Excessive Chapel Absences
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 Baptist College 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.
Chapel Disciplinary Action
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:
Chapel Appeals Process
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.