Welcome to our Judson University’s Chapel program! CRP-098 (chapel class) is required for all full-time students (i.e., those taking 12 or more credit hours), both residents and commuters. All students are automatically added to the CRP-098 course.

The hub for all things Chapel related is available at We will be offering both digital and in-person services. Here we will have the Chapel calendar, tally page, exemption request and appeal forms. The Chapel calendar will also be available around campus.


Earning Points and Grades

For in-person services, students will need to bring their ID to chapel to scan in and out of the service. The Chapel Hospitality Team members will be the ones to scan in/out. Students who swipe/scan in after 10:06 or before chapel dismisses do not receive credit.  Please bring your ID card to chapel every day. If you come to chapel without an ID card, you will not receive credit.

For virtual services (zoom or groupwatch) the staff facilitator will put a link in the comments/note section. Complete the form with your name and ID to check in and out of the service.

If there is an issue with your ID card, speak with a Chapel Hospitality Team Member.  If an ID card is defective, they can be replaced by Campus Safety for free with a signature from a Chapel Hospitality Team Member.

To access the Chapel calendar through Presence, we recommend downloading the app seen on the landing page.

Chapel Grading System

Students receive a grade corresponding to his/her accumulation of credits throughout the semester. For example, if a student earns 25 credits s/he earns a B for the course. The grade carries the weight of a one-credit course but does not count towards the total credits required for graduation. If a student earns less than 18 credits, s/he earns a failing grade for chapel, equivalent to failing a one-credit course.

The semester will have over 50+ opportunities to earn credit. Each service is worth one credit unless otherwise specified.

  • 28+ = A
  • 25 = B
  • 22 = C
  • 19 = D
  • 18 = F

Chapel Exemptions

There are select ways for students to qualify for a chapel exemption. An exemption excuses the student from all chapel requirements, earning a WV (waived) on your transcript. Exemption possibilities include:

  • Student teaching
  • Study abroad
  • Parental responsibilities*
  • Working 40+ hours*

For student teaching or study abroad, your professors will indicate your exemption status through our internal process.  For those with parental responsibilities or working 40+ hours, students will apply for an exemption status through Presence (>Chapel organization--> forms--> chapel exemption application). You will need to be signed in to Presence to access and complete the form.

For school internships or shorter student teaching posts, this process is handled through your faculty advisor.  Exemptions are not considered for on campus jobs.

If you wish to appeal a denied exemption application, you will have the opportunity to fill out an appeal form. This online form will be presented to the Chapel Exemption Committee and the committee will render a final decision. The turnaround time for an appeal will be no more than three weeks. You will need to be signed in to Presence to access and complete the form.

*Must submit online application before October 1, 2021 (>Chapel organization-->forms-->chapel exemption application)

Credit Opportunities

The University Ministries Office recognizes the value of varied worship experiences. 

Hence, students can receive chapel credit for a handful of regularly scheduled activities throughout the semester including Reel Conversations film screenings, Spiritual Enrichment Week evening sessions, Chapel sponsored activities, among others.  All credit earning opportunities will be posted on Presence (

Each semester will feature somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 credit earning opportunities.

Plagiarism in Chapel Responses

There may be some opportunities for students to complete a form for credit. The content must be written in their own words and every response will be checked for plagiarism.


(From the University Policy for Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism): [A]ny form of academic dishonesty, which includes cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of documents constitutes a serious breach of trust. No form of academic dishonesty will be tolerated.


Plagiarism is the use of another’s words, information or ideas without giving credit to that person.  This includes copying, quoting, paraphrasing, or taking an idea from published or broadcast material or from another individual.  Plagiarism is dishonest and can be illegal.  It is the student’s responsibility to be careful and meticulous when taking notes and documenting sources.  Unintentional plagiarism may still be considered stealing someone else’s work or misrepresenting it as one’s own. 

Chapel Etiquitte

Since we are treating chapel like a class, with the ability to earn a grade, students who are being disruptive or listening to music/watching videos will not receive credit for that day.  We will have staff or faculty members enforcing this rule. As a community, we want to respect the speaker/artist.

Note: if a student scans in or out of chapel without having attended, s/he will automatically fail chapel for the semester. Further, each student must be physically present when their ID is scanned.

There may be instances where we ask students to wear masks while scanning in/out and during the service. Students who do not comply will not receive credit for that day. The Chapel COVID protocols will be set by Judson Campus Safety policies who are in consistent contact with the Kane County Health Department.

Purpose of Chapel

Chapel is an integral part of the Judson University experience, and, hence, is required of all students. Typical chapel content ranges from Scripture studies to issue-oriented presentations to mini-concerts by guest artists to student-led praise and worship services—all done so that the name of Jesus would be magnified and so that the body of Christ as represented by the students, faculty, staff, and administration of Judson University might be inspired to love Jesus more passionately, encouraged to trust Him more completely, and challenged to serve Him more faithfully.

Judson University’s Chapel program provides for the Judson community the opportunity to fortify the fusion of reason (as defined by academics) and revelation (as defined by Christianity) throughout the week by affording opportunities for worship.  We meet for chapel in order to nourish the spiritual lives of (primarily) students amidst academic pursuits. 

Chapel Exemption Form

Click here to be directed to the Chapel Exemption Request Form (you will need to sign in through Presence to complete the form): Request Form Link

Presence Shortcuts

A total list of all the Chapel services: Here

A direct link to your updated Chapel points (there’s also some FAQ’s): Here

Having Trouble with Presence?

Sometimes there are issues with any platform. Here is how Presence suggests you address any page glitches you may have:

  1. The hard logout function so that you can log back in. Can you log in after you’ve tried the hard logout?
  2. They recommend trying on a different browser (try incognito)
  3. And then trying it on a different device.

If this does not fix the issue, take a screenshot and send Chris Lash an email describing your issue.

First Time on Presence?

Access: In order to gain access, you’ll need to create a password to claim your account; you can do that here (copy/paste this into your browser: Put in your student email. 

Read through the Chapel Rules and Regulations. This is an updated document that tells you everything you need to know about how chapel will run this semester. Read through this, as you are responsible for this information. Here is the url.


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Chapel Podcast via Spotify

Chapel Podcast via iTunes

The Guided Prayer Project via Spotify

The Guided Prayer Project via iTunes