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.
General Chapel Policies
What is my chapel/conference requirement each semester?
Full Time Undergraduate Student (12+ credits)
- 20 Spiritual Development Chapels + 5 Conference sessions
Part Time (7–11 credits)
- 15 Spiritual Development Chapels + 3 Conference sessions
6 credits or less
- Encouraged, but not required to attend
- No requirement for graduate students
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 graduate student?
No, you do not. There is no requirement for graduate students. However, given both the caliber of speakers in our teaching chapels, and the space provided for prayer in our short services of guided prayer, we encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to integrate your faith and learning in worship.
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.
Why do I have to attend chapel?
Learn more about our chapel programs on our "About Chapel" page.
What if I have an extreme medical or mental health situation?
How do I plan a Department Chapel?
Learn more about planning for a Department Chapel on our Department Chapel information page.
Where can I find the chapel schedule?
You can find the chapel schedule on the main Chapel event page.
How can I get a list of the Departmental Chapels around campus?
Find details for departmental chapels on the main chapel event page.
Chapel & Spiritual Direction Credit
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 My Account page: myaccount.biola.edu. 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 in your My Account profile) on a regular basis.
If a chapel is missing from a student’s chapel report, that student must contact the Office Chapel Accountability (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 chapel credit. You can receive 1 credit for each time you meet with your Director, up to a maximum of 6 credits.
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 fail both 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.