Spiritual Life Policies

Because our mission is to transform lives, York University hosts regular gatherings to seek Christ-centered transformation. These opportunities are intentional spiritual experiences where our campus can listen to God together and grow through community. A credit system has been established to ensure regular participation.

Credit Requirements

Undergraduate students are required to earn sixty (60) Spiritual Life Credits each semester of full-time enrollment. Credits are recorded via the iAttended app available through the app store or the Google Play store.

Ways to Earn Spiritual Life Credits

Students have a variety of opportunities to earn Spiritual Life Credits via regularly scheduled events, as described below, as well additional approved credit opportunities that may be offered throughout the semester.

Chapel at The Well

The Well is our daily gathering for the entire campus to seek God as the foundation for our mission of transformation. Chapel meets in the Campbell Center Monday through Thursday, and in both the Campbell Center and the Prayer Chapel each Friday, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters, except on university-approved holidays and during final exams. Students will be notified via York University email if chapel will be held elsewhere.
The student must be seated by 10:00 a.m. Students may not receive a Spiritual Life Credit if the speaker has begun.

Weekly Devotionals

Each Wednesday night students meet to worship and to hear a spiritual message. These gatherings normally occur at 9:00 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel. Students will be notified via York University email if the devotional will occur elsewhere and at another time.

Worship Night

Occasionally students will gather in the Prayer Chapel for special worship experiences. The details for these opportunities will be shared via York University email.

Appropriate Behavior during Spiritual Life Events

Students are expected to be attentive and respectful participants in the Spiritual Life experience. During Spiritual Life events, students should refrain from talking, using electronic devices, including headphones and earbuds, leaving early, doing homework or any activity that is reflective of a lack of engagement and respect. Failure to comply with the above guidelines may result in losing the Spiritual Life Credit for that event. Repetitive misconduct may result in disciplinary action. Individuals are asked to remove hats and caps as a sign of respect during prayers.

Monitoring Spiritual Life Credits Accrued

Students are responsible for monitoring their Spiritual Life Credit record via the iAttended app. Students must download the free app onto their mobile device via the app store or the Google Play store and log in with their york.edu email. After students scan themselves in, they will receive confirmation that their attendance has been recorded. Students’ progress in the program is typically updated instantly on their mobile device. However, it may take up to 48 hours for updates to be reflected. Students should continuously monitor their progress
and let the Office of Student Life know if they have any concerns.

Probation for Insufficient Spiritual Life Credits

In the event that a student does not fulfill their Spiritual Life Credits for a semester, they will be placed on probation and/or be subject to a consequence as deemed appropriate by the dean of students. A Student Life representative will make contact with you about your lack of attendance. Probation will be in effect for the following year after a student fails to earn the required number of Spiritual Life Credits. During the probationary period, a student may be restricted from participation in certain extracurricular activities and/or leadership positions, as well as additional requirements or sanctions including mandatory bible study classes and community service.