QUEST (Spiritual Formation) Event Credit Requirement
The University desires that students engage in Spiritual Formation experiences as a significant mission-focused aspect of their education while attending ACU. An approved menu of spiritual formation opportunities is offered at acu.edu/spiritual-formation to guide students in meeting ACU’s required QUEST Credits. Student Life, and specifically the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office are charged with the responsibility to honor and maintain the integrity of this requirement.
Undergraduate students under the age of 25 are required to earn 55 QUEST (spiritual formation event) credits each semester of fulltime enrollment (12 or more hours). Exemptions may be granted for student teaching or for some work-related reasons. However, with multiple opportunities to earn credits at various times during each week of the semester, exemptions are not common.
A typical student would need to earn an average of 4 credits per week for 14 weeks of the semester to complete his/her QUEST requirement.
Events that Qualify for Credit
Students are required to earn 55 credits through attendance at approved spiritual formation (QUEST) events each semester. Each regularly-scheduled QUEST event counts toward the 55 credits.
QUEST credit can be earned through these scheduled events:
Approved events may be found on the QUEST app at acu.edu/quest
QUEST (spiritual formation) event credits are offered each semester at many different times and locations, so the minimum number of credits can be earned even if a student is required to work during the 11:00 a.m. hour each day of the week. Exemption requests are handled on an individual basis.
Daily Spiritual Formation Events at ACU
The university desires that students engage in regular spiritual formation events as a significant experience in their education while attending ACU. ACU’s Board of Trustees has prioritized daily opportunities for students: "Because chapel is important to the institutional identity and Christ-centered focus of the university, the President will not operate without required daily chapel activities for full-time undergraduate students. (Board Policy Manual 2.8)
QUEST (Spiritual Formation) Event Schedule and Attendance Procedures
Moody Chapel meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters, except on university-approved holidays (Fall Break, Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Spring Break, and Good Friday). Chapel on the first day of classes during the fall semester is the official Opening Assembly for the university.
Small Group Chapels of all sizes and interests meet on Tuesday and Thursdays from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. A detailed list of these QUEST events can be found at acu.edu/quest.
One-time QUEST events (special presentations, spiritual formation series’, etc.)
Guidelines for Registering Your Attendance at Spiritual Formation Events
All other QUEST Events locations
Consequences for Failure to Fulfill QUEST (spiritual formation) Event Credit Requirements
Students are responsible for monitoring their QUEST credits online on their QUEST app. Moody Chapel credits will be uploaded into the QUEST app on a weekly basis.
The Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office strongly recommends that students check their QUEST credit balance on a weekly basis.
Students who have questions or concerns regarding their credit balance are encouraged to contact the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office by phone (325-674-2867), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or in person. The office is located in the lower level of the Campus Center.
Upon the completion of any semester, students who did not attain sufficient QUEST credits will be placed on Chapel probation and notified by email to their ACU email account during finals week. Students placed on Chapel probation may contact the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office with any questions. This process is outlined in the email and also on the Spiritual Formation website at acu.edu/spiritual-formation.
Chapel Attendance Probation
Failure to meet the QUEST credit requirement may result in Chapel Probation. When a student is placed on Chapel probation, this status is in effect for the following full semester. During the semester of probation a student will be restricted from participation in certain extracurricular activities, including but not limited to all student productions, intramurals, leadership positions, and/or award nominations.
Deferred Chapel Probation
Failure to meet the QUEST credit requirement may result in Deferred Chapel Probation. Deferred Probation may be offered to a student who (1) has earned at least 80% of his/her required QUEST credits and (2) is not already on Chapel Probation or Deferred Chapel Probation.
Chapel Integrity Violations
Students are not permitted to slide someone else’s card to indicate QUEST attendance, slide their own cards and not attend all of Chapel, check-in on the QUEST app and leave the chapel, or check-in for someone else who is not in attendance. A “slide and glide” first offense will result in a mandatory meeting with the Spiritual Formation/Chapel Office and may result in being placed on conduct probation. Upon a second occurrence a student will be placed on conduct probation and required to meet with the Dean of Students.
Special Requests for QUEST (spiritual formation) Event Credit
Any curriculum-based, special, or non-small group requests for QUEST Event credit must be submitted online by a faculty or staff member using the QUEST Event Credit application form found at acu.edu/spiritual-formation.