Chapel is an important part of student life at HPU and is a required element for graduation. Four semesters of Chapel credits are required to graduate from the university.
Chapel services are held on Wednesdays during the fall and spring semesters and are structured to provide students with the opportunity to hear inspirational speakers/programs that will encourage them in their spiritual journey of faith and present the gospel to those who might not otherwise have that opportunity.
The mission of Chapel is to promote a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ in a praise and worship format. Occasionally, a Student Assembly will be held for the purpose of promoting cultural awareness, academic life, student activities and world events in a student-friendly setting that integrates faith and life.
Chapel and Student Assembly are directed by a team of university administrators in conjunction with the Office of Student Life.
Chapel Attendance Policy
Four semesters of Chapel credits are required to graduate from the university. Students must accumulate fourteen Chapel/Student Assembly credits each semester.
While attendance in Chapel and Student Assembly is the most widely utilized method of obtaining credit toward graduation, there are other avenues whereby students may satisfy this requirement.
HPU believes in developing a lifestyle of servant leadership within the heart, mind and body of every student. Therefore, the university awards Chapel/Student Assembly credits to students who choose to give of themselves through approved Servant Leadership Opportunities. Servant Leadership Opportunities are hours of volunteer service in the community (e.g., reading programs, clean-up or restoration projects, mentoring at the Texas Youth Commission facility, etc.).
The director of the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM) maintains a listing of approved opportunities available to students and coordinates the Servant Leadership option for Chapel credit.
At the beginning of each semester, the BSM director will hold an orientation session that will further explain the Servant Leadership Opportunities as well as provide several ideas for volunteering in the community.
At the end of the semester, a reflection and learning experience will be required for all students who volunteer through Servant Leadership Opportunities for Chapel/Student Assembly credit. Students will also receive credit for attending these essential and mandatory orientation and reflection sessions.
Chapel Guidelines and Policies
In order to help make Chapel and Student Assembly programs more meaningful to those present and to receive credit for attending, the following guidelines should be followed:
▪ To receive Chapel and Student Assembly credit, students must arrive on time, have their student ID cards scanned and remain for the entire program.
• Students should conduct themselves in the same respectful and appropriate manner that they would if they were attending their home church. This includes being respectful to those on the program, not bringing food or drinks and not doing anything that would be distracting to others.
Attendance at Chapel is electronically monitored through the bar code attached to the official University Student ID card. Cards will be scanned as students enter the designated meeting location. Students will not receive credit for Chapel attendance if they do not have their ID card. Students arriving to Chapel after the doors have been closed will not receive credit for attending. Students leaving early will be subject to failure for the entire semester. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that her/his ID card is scanning properly. Damaged ID cards can be replaced in the Office of Student Life.
Requirements for Chapel
1. Each student must pass four semesters of Chapel attendance.
2. Each student will receive a Pass/Fail grade based on her/his attendance. The grade has no bearing on the student’s grade point average.
3. There will be no “extra credit” opportunities for Chapel credit. You must earn your 14 attendance credits by attending Chapel or through the Servant Leadership Option highlighted on the “Chapel Attendance Policy” page.
4. All full-time HPU students are required to attend Chapel unless they are 24 years of age or older. Students who turn 24 years old after the first class day of the fall or spring semesters will be required to complete that semester’s Chapel attendance requirements.
5. Should a student fail to accumulate the required number of semester credits to pass Chapel, she/he will not be permitted to graduate. There are no make-ups for missed semesters of Chapel.