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In keeping with the philosophy of campus community and the importance of Christian values, chapel meets twice weekly. Chapel is required each fall and spring semester for all full-time students. Students must successfully complete the chapel requirement for each semester of full-time enrollment in order to graduate at North Greenville University. In addition, part-time students must pass a minimum of two semesters of chapel to earn a bachelor’s degree from the university, even if they never meet the requirements for full-time enrollment. After the successful completion of eight semesters of chapel attendance, students are exempt from further chapel requirements.

Chapel services address the imperatives of the Christian message related to worship, evangelism, discipleship, fellowship, and ministry. Some sessions may be utilized for special university emphases. There are generally two meetings per week. One half-hour earned credit. The schedule is available on the NGU website at chapel-schedule.php.

To enroll in the online Chapel class students must meet the following requirements:

                Be a full-time online student (or)

                Be a commuter with no classes on Monday and Wednesday (or)

                Be a commuter with classes after 1:15pm on Monday and Wednesday

If you meet the criteria, you may request enrollment in the Online Chapel Class. Schedules are confirmed at the end of the add/drop period each semester. If your schedule does not meet the criteria, you will not be approved to continue in the online class.

By the end of the semester, the student will

  • Know how to receive Jesus Christ as personal Savior.
  • Explore the basic beliefs of the Christian faith.
  • Examine various traditions of Southern Baptists.
  • Address areas of Christian social concerns.
  • Scrutinize contemporary issues from a Christian perspective.
  • Identify various biblical principles of morality.
  • Explore ways to support the missionary endeavors of the Southern Baptist Convention and other Great
  • Commission agencies.
  • Examine examples of how to grow in the Christian faith.

Chapel meets twice weekly: Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 am. A variety of methods including preaching, audio-visuals, music, and drama may be used to achieve chapel objectives. Chapel operates within the framework of academic affairs; grades, based on attendance, will be determined according to the following grade scale:

A = 1 to 2 absences

B = 3 to 4 absences

C = 5 to 6 absences

D = 7 to 8 absences

F = 9 or more absences

Chapel attendance is posted in the Student Portal of the ngu.edu website. In Student Portal go to “My Courses” and select Chapel. Then go to “Course Options“ and click on “Student Attendance.” Use the red buttons to view the following:

Absent – No credit given

Excused – Absent, credit given (see “Excused Absences” below)

Late – No credit given

Left Early – Not Applicable (N/A)

Other – Bonus Chapels

Present – Credit given

Tardy – N/A

All – Shows all attendance activity to date


Attendance Requirements

Attendance is required for all full-time students and will be checked during each service. Students must have their ID cards with them to receive credit for chapel. ID cards will be scanned as students exit chapel. Attendance will also be checked by seat assignments. Students will be assigned seats at the beginning of the semester and must remain in the assigned seat throughout the term.

Students will not be allowed to go to their assigned seats after 10:00 am or after the service begins. Tardiness will result in an absence for that particular service.

Concerned students, resident assistants, faculty, staff, and administrators will monitor chapel. Students guilty of misconduct will at the minimum receive a notice by email informing them of no credit for that particular service. Depending on the nature of the misconduct, the student may fail chapel for the semester. Misconduct includes, but is not limited to, sleeping, studying, talking, texting, wearing caps, and any generally disturbing actions.

Attendance records will be maintained by the office of the Vice President for Campus Ministries.

Appeals concerning attendance are made to the office of the Vice President of Campus Ministries.

Excused Absences

  • An academic requirement during chapel such as student teaching
  • Representing the university in a scheduled official capacity (athletic or ministry teams)
  • Hospitalization, if proper documentation is provided to the office of the Vice President for Campus Ministries within ten (10) days of the absence.  
  • Death of a parent or sibling

There are no other excused absences from chapel. Bonus chapels (see chapel-schedule.php) are offered each semester. Students must attend the entire service in order to receive credit. It is wise for students to attend a few bonus chapels each semester to cover the possibility of sickness or other challenges late in the semester.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Dr. Steve Crouse, Vice President for Campus Ministries or Beth Ross, Administrative Assistant for Campus Ministries, at 864-977-7022 or email Beth.Ross@ngu.edu.

Students who fail chapel will be charged a fee (the cost of ½ credit hour) for each semester they failed chapel in order to have the opportunity to make-up failing grades.
  • Students who failed one semester of chapel will receive a make-up assignment.
  • Students who failed two semesters of chapel will receive a more difficult assignment requiring more research and writing. Other stipulations such as a requirement to make an “A” for the current semester may apply. 
  • Students who failed three semesters of chapel must successfully complete no. 1 and no. 2 above.
  • Students failing more than three semesters of chapel, must do all of the above and register, attend, and successfully earn an “A” for each additional semester of chapel that they failed.
  • Students who failed chapel may take an additional semester beyond the normal requirement (eight semesters) with the grade for the additional semester replacing the failing grade. There is no additional fee for this opportunity.

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