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.