Frequently Asked Questions

This is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions in the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office. If your question is not answered here, please email chapel@acu.edu OR call the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office at 325-674-2867.

1. What “counts” for SFE credit?
The most important criterion for Quest (spiritual formation event) credit is an event or activity or which the primary purpose is spiritual formation. This spiritual formation event or activity can be something that connects participants in worship, in some kind of community-building experience, in the practice of spiritual disciplines, in service, in career/calling or in a combination of these “connections”. However, adding a prayer or Scripture reading to a regular meeting that occurs for some other purpose than spiritual formation does NOT count for Quest credit. For more specific details, see the Spiritual Formation website.

2. How do I find approved Spiritual Formation Events to earn my credits?
All approved-for-credit Spiritual Formation events are added to the Quest Calendar on a daily basis. (Exception: if an event is “closed” to a confidential or limited group of students).

3. How can I get an event approved for SFE credit?
At this time, only ACU faculty or staff members may complete the application for Quest credit. Students may not request Quest credit, but are encouraged to partner with an ACU faculty or staff member (organization sponsor, etc) to have a new event submitted for approval. An ACU faculty or staff member must serve as sponsor for any student group requesting credit for a Quest event or activity. The faculty or staff member should familiarize him/herself with the Quest Event criteria to determine if the event to be requested fits prior to submitting the application. All submissions must be received at least 5 business days prior to the scheduled event in order to allow for the processing of the application. If the event fits the Quest criteria and is approved, the faculty/staff member receives an email confirming the event is approved. If the event does not fit the stated criteria and is denied, the faculty/staff member requesting the event will be emailed regarding the denial.

4. What is “slide and glide”?
When a students “swipes in” (or checks in) to daily Chapel and then leaves, this violation of academic integrity is called a “slide and glide” offense. The automated and time-stamped Chapel attendance system can identify when a student checks in to Chapel and then uses his/her ID card somewhere else on campus. In addition, staff and student employees provide “slide and glide” reports from time to time each semester. Students who “slide and glide” will be reported to the Dean of Students for disciplinary action.

5. What online forms are available in the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office?

6. What is a Chapel Exemption?
A Chapel Exemption is a reduction of part or all of a student’s Quest credit requirement due to a verified 11 AM conflict with employment or some other unique reason (determined by the SF/Chapel office) that warrants an exemption. A student may apply for an exemption through the SF/Chapel Office in the first two weeks of the semester. Requests are reviewed and students are notified if their request is approved or denied. Late requests may be granted for those who start a new job during the semester, but any approved late requests will result in a reduced (pro-rated) number of credit exemptions.

7. What qualifies as a Chapel Exemption?

  • Chapel Exemptions are primarily to accommodate students who work off campus jobs that make it impossible for them to attend daily Chapel at 11 AM on one or more days each week. Within the Quest Spiritual Formation Event credit system, there are numerous opportunities to earn credits each week besides the 11 AM time, so exemptions may not be as necessary.
  • If a student lives off campus and does not have any classes before 11 am on one or more days per week, he/she may apply for a Chapel Exemption for those days.
  • If a student thinks he/she has a unique challenge or particular hardship that makes it difficult to attend Chapel regularly, he/she may apply for Chapel Exemption. Exemptions that are not related to employment are rare. Chapel Exemptions are not approved for busy schedules or failure to prioritize Quest credits. Spiritual formation is a part of the ACU experience, and we are committed to honoring this expectation in the SF/Chapel Office.


8. What is Chapel Probation?
Chapel Probation is a disciplinary status conferred by the Dean of Students office that results from failure of a student to attain the required number of Spiritual Formation Event credits during a semester. Chapel Probation is typically for one full semester, during which the student is not eligible to participate in some extracurricular activities (Sing Song, Intramurals, etc.). Once the student successfully completes a semester in which he/she reaches his/her required Quest credits, probation is lifted. Failure to attain the required number of Quest credits while on Chapel Probation may result in increased consequences. For more information, please see the Spiritual Formation/Quest Policy.

9. What is Deferred Probation?
Deferred Probation is a disciplinary status offered to eligible students by the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office (instead of submitting their names and attendance records to the Dean of Students for Chapel Probation). Eligible students include those not already on Chapel or Deferred Probation who failed to earn at least 80% of their required Quest credit requirement.

During a semester of Deferred Probation, the student accepts the credits he/she failed to earn for the previous semester in addition to the credits required for the new semester.

Students who qualify for Deferred Probation will receive an email (with a link to an online application) from the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office at the end of the semester. The student has the option to apply for Deferred Probation status. All Deferred Probation application must be received by 5 pm on the deadline provided in the email.

If a student who is invited to apply for Deferred Probation does not apply by the date communicated in the email to the student, he/she will automatically be placed on Chapel Probation by the Dean of Students.

10. I’m behind on earning my Quest credits. What can I do?
The answer to this question depends on how many credits you are missing, and how late it is in the semester. Most students need to earn 3-4 Quest credits each week in order to successfully attain their 55 credits required for each semester. If you have not been earning 3-4 credits a week for most weeks of the semester, there may not be much you can do. You need to figure out how many credits you are behind, and look at the Quest calendar to see if it is possible to earn enough to meet your requirement. Something it might help you to know: There is always a Spiritual Formation Reflection and Feedback (online survey/reflection) at the end of each semester that earns 2 credits.

11. Why aren’t my credits showing up?
Students with a Quest credit requirement will be view their earned credits via smartphone or iPAD on the Quest app or Quest website at acu.edu/quest.

All card swipe entries from Moody, Cullen, Chapel on the Hill are automatically processed within 24 hours. Paperless attendance using the Quest app or website is updated as soon as the student enters his/her Banner ID.

Sponsors of approved Quest events are responsible for the accurate and timely attendance records at the events they sponsor.

On rare occasions, credit is promised by a sponsor or student leader without prior approval of the event for Quest credit; those submissions may be denied and the credits will not be processed.

12. I am very busy and don’t have time to go to daily Chapel and/or any Quest events.
All full-time ACU students are required to earn Quest credits. Failure to do so will result in Chapel Probation, which limits your eligibility for some extracurricular activities on campus. Spiritual Formation is a priority of this university; as such, it is your responsibility to prioritize your schedule so that you can earn your required SFE credits. Involvement in leadership roles, extracurricular activities, or other responsibilities do not take the place of your Spiritual Formation expectations. If you have questions about obtaining a Chapel Exemption, you should contact the SF/Chapel Office in the first two weeks of the semester.

13. I’ve heard that if I don’t have classes before Chapel that I can get a Chapel Exemption. Is this true?
If you are a junior or senior student living off campus AND you do not have any classes before 11am on one or more days of the week you may qualify for a Chapel Exemption for this day/these days. In order to determine if you are eligible for this Exemption you must complete and submit the Chapel Exemption Form in the first two weeks of the semester.

14. What do I do if I’m sick or have an appointment that I cannot miss during daily Chapel?
The Quest (spiritual formation) event requirement is set to 55 credits for all full-time students; students have 15 weeks during the semester to earn their required credits. This means the typical student only needs to earn between 3-4 credits per week to successfully meet their Quest requirement. The 55 credit requirement allows for the unexpected illness or appointment that might occur during the 11 AM hour. However, since there are multiple Quest opportunities at other times than the 11am daily Chapel, students who have to miss a day or two of Chapel at 11AM can earn a credit later in the day/week to keep them on track to meet their attendance requirement.

Students may provide a signed Doctor’s note for any absence that is related to a medical appointment.

15. I heard that I can count community service for Quest credit. Is that true?
There are two ways in which service may count for SFE credit.

  • Regular service by an individual student

    If you serve regularly (weekly) for one hour or more in a local non-profit or church you may complete the Faith in Action Credit Request and apply for credit for this service commitment. One (1) Quest credit per week is given for approved Faith in Action applications.
  • One-time service event

    Faculty or staff-sponsored groups (student organizations, academic departments, sports teams) may apply for Quest credit for one-time service events. Some of these service opportunities are open to any student, while some are only open to students who are members of the sponsoring groups. To find one-time service events, look on the Quest Calendar. Any credit to be given for community service must be approved in advance using the Quest application process.
     

16. What happens if I have an injury, surgery, or long-term illness/recovery during the semester? Can I be excused from Chapel?
From time to time students have injuries, surgery, medical issues or other serious life complications that make it extremely difficult to attend daily Chapel and/or continue to make positive progress toward earning their required number of Quest credits for a semester. Students who need this type of consideration should schedule a visit with one of the staff members in the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office.

17. I forgot my ACU ID, but I was in Moody Chapel today. Can I get my credit?
No. It is the responsibility of each student to carry and present their ACU ID for attendance purposes in Moody Chapel. If you do not have your ID card and you are unable to “swipe in” using a card reader, you will not receive credit for that day. We are not able to process pictures or any other attempt to verify your presence. Only a valid card swipe will register your attendance at Chapel in Moody Coliseum.