Community Life + Worship (CLW)

A requirement for graduation from RU is involvement on a regular basis in Community Life + Worship (CLW) events. All traditional (full & part time) students seeking an undergraduate degree must complete the 175 CLW credit requirement before graduation.* A minimum of 90 CLW credits must be earned through attendance at campus wide chapel. Students are highly encouraged to garner a minimum of 25 credits per semester (for seven semesters).  Students may earn as many CLW credits per semester as their schedule allows until the full requirement is met before graduation. Approximately 40 CLW credits can be earned in campus wide chapel in any given semester.

* Traditional undergraduate students exclude Early College, Dual-Enrolled, Accelerated Learning, guest, and audit students.

Current Students

Students who were enrolled at RU during and prior to the 19/20 academic year will automatically receive CLW credits towards the requirement of 175 CLW credits.  The following chart outlines the number of credits a current student will be required to complete based on their current academic status.

Current Academic Status

(Students enrolled during and prior to 19/20)

Number of Credits to

Complete for Graduation

Number of CLW Credits required to be earned by campus wide chapels

0-30 credits earned

(Freshman Status)

175

90

30-59  credits earned

(Sophomore Status)

125

65

60-89 credits earned

(Junior Status)

75

40

90 or more credits earned

(Senior Status)

25

12

 

Transfer Students

Transfer students will automatically receive CLW credits towards the requirement of 175 CLW credits.  The following chart outlines the number points a transfer student will be required to complete based on their transfer status.

Transfer Status

Number of Credits to

Complete for Graduation

Number of CLW Credits required to be earned by campus wide chapels

30-59 credits transferred

(Sophomore Status)

     125

65

60-89 credits transferred

(Junior Status)

      75

40

90 or more transferred

(Senior Status)

      25

12

 

Early College Students

Early College students are exempt from the Community Life + Worship graduation requirement. Early College students who transition to bachelor degree seeking students will follow the requirements outlined above for current and transfer students. However, Early College students who are in their fifth year in the program and plan on continuing their education at Rochester University are welcome to begin earning CLW credits towards the graduation requirement.  Please see the course catalog for more information about fifth year status in the Early College program.

Deadline for Completion

A student will receive a conditional graduation letter if the CLW requirement is not met at the point the student applies for graduation. The student is permitted to participate in commencement, but will not graduate if 175 credits are not accrued by the end of their graduating semester.  Reminder a minimum of 90 CLW credits must be earned through attendance at campus wide chapel (this number is reduced based on hours transferred in).

CSL 2001 Chapel/Convocation

All traditional students will be enrolled in CSL 2001 during Fall and Spring semesters. CSL 2001 is a graduation requirement that is met by earning the required 175 Community Life + Worship (CWL) credits by attending the following offerings: chapel, chapel electives (campus ministry initiatives), and approved service learning opportunities. See the Student Handbook for a complete overview on attendance tracking, and expectations.