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Chapel Policies & Frequently Asked Questions

University chapels and conferences are intended to bring the Biola community together regularly for worship, spiritual nurture and education regarding relevant issues facing us in our lives. The overall program brings a unique distinction to the ethos of Biola as a Christian university. Due to the central and significant nature of that ethos, attendance at chapel is required of all students.

Spiritual Development Requirement Revision

General Chapel Policies:

Chapel Schedules

Chapel & Spiritual Direction Credit

Possible Penalties

What is my chapel/conference requirement each semester?

Full Time Student (12+ units)
20 Spiritual Development Chapels + 5 Conference sessions

Part Time (7-11 units)
15 Spiritual Development Chapels + 3 Conference sessions

6 units or less
Encouraged, but not required to attend.

Remember, “Chapels” are not the only way to fulfill the 20 required Spiritual Development credits. Spiritual Direction, is another option for students to receive up to 6 credits towards their Spiritual Development requirement.

Do I have to go to chapel if I am a senior?

If you are a graduating senior, you do not have any chapel or conference requirements your graduating semester. However, if you are not graduating that semester, you will have a chapel and conference requirement.

Do commuters have a chapel/conference requirement?

Yes, all Biola students have a chapel and conference requirement.

What if I have an extreme medical or mental health situation?

Students with extreme circumstances should be connected to the Learning Center to receive academic accommodations for classes. Please contact the Learning Center to ensure you are getting the support you need to complete the semester at Biola.

What are the options for post-traditional students?

If you are an undergraduate student working full time (35+ hours a week) or a parent with dependents, please contact us at to discuss the options for your Spiritual Development requirement.

Where can I find the chapel schedule?

On the main Chapel page.

How can I get a list of the Departmental Chapels around campus?

On the main Chapel page.

Can I check the number of chapels and conferences I have attended?

The most up-to-date number of chapels/conferences you have attended can be found on your MyAccount page: Please note that credits are uploaded the next business day if it is an evening chapel.

What if I don’t get credit for a chapel I attended?

All chapels are uploaded by the Office of Chapel Accountability within 24 hours of the chapel (weekend chapels are uploaded on Monday mornings). Students are responsible for checking their chapel attendance report (found on the Student tab of My.Biola) on a regular basis.

If a chapel is missing from a student’s chapel report, that student must contact the Office Chapel Accountability ( within 1 week of the missing chapel they attended. In order for the credit to be applied, they must include a three sentence summary in the email describing:

  • The chapel’s date, time, and location
  • The speaker’s name
  • Summary of the chapel and the topic that was discussed

Any missing chapels that are not reported within 1 week of the missing chapel will not receive credit. In that case, the student would need to attend another chapel for credit.

What if I come late to chapel after the scanners are gone?

Scanners will be present to give credit up to 5 minutes after the chapel has started. If you arrive after the scanners have left, you will not be able to receive credit for that chapel and will need to choose another chapel to attend for credit.

What if I have to leave chapel early?

In order to receive credit for chapel you must be present until dismissed. If you leave early, you will lose your credit.

Does Spiritual Direction count for credit?

If you are not receiving Spiritual Direction credit for a class, then Spiritual Direction can count for up to 6 credits for each time you meet with your spiritual director.

How do I get credit for Spiritual Direction?

Please visit the Spiritual Development office, located in the Student Services building, to pick up the form needed to receive credit for direction. You will need to have it signed by your Spiritual Director and must return it to Spiritual Development before the last day of chapel for the semester.

What happens if I don't go to all my chapels and conferences?

Your student account will be automatically fined $375 if you do not complete your requirement for the semester.

Note: Student loans or grants usually do not cover the chapel requirement fine.

Can I be charged the $375 fine twice in a semester if I should fail my my chapels and my conferences?

No, just one $375 fine per semester.

Is it really right to fine people for not going to chapel?

All university educational requirements have some form of accountability. If you don’t meet the minimum requirement of courses, for instance, you are get a non-passing grade. This in some ways, means you have to pay more (like a fine) to make up those classes, and in some cases costs students another semester.