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RCC 2001:  Chapel/Convocation


Each semester, students participate in RCC by being enrolled without charge in “RCC 2001: Chapel/Convocation.” Every full-time traditional student participates in the Rochester College Chapel/Convocation series (RCC). It is the opportunity for students, staff and faculty to connect, be made aware of what is going within the campus community, take a breath as well as learn about life. It is something so important to us that it is mandatory. The RCC series offers specific opportunities for students to participate in events and activities aimed at building Christian faith and community, affirming Christian values, and developing the whole person.

Chapel is assigned a grade because we have been convinced of its value over our fifty-year history. RCC options include regularly scheduled Chapel and Convocation events, as well as opportunities and service initiatives such as Career Services Seminars, Theatre Productions with talk backs and a Wellness Seminar Series. RCC 2001 carries one academic credit and is assigned a letter grade at the end of the semester based on the following 25 point scale:

  • A 25 points or more
  • B 23-24
  • C 21-22
  • D 19-20
  • F 18 or fewer

There will be no tuition charged for RCC 2001. If a student drops below full-time, the credit is dropped unless they petition to remain in the course. The most RCC credits that can be earned during the course of a degree are eight credits. These credits do not count toward the overall credits required for the completion of a degree, but they will be calculated as part of a student’s overall GPA and graduation honors. A schedule of RCC events will be published every semester, but will always include Chapel and Convocation events which occur every Tuesday and Thursday morning throughout the fall and spring semesters. Attendance at these events is recorded by card readers which require students to have their student ID cards. Credit will only be given to those students who have their ID cards scanned. Lost, stolen, or damaged cards should be replaced within a week of the loss at the Student Development Office. Graduate, part-time, non-traditional, and non-degree-seeking students will not be enrolled in the RCC program. Otherwise, there are only three exemptions that will be considered:

  1. Students who can demonstrate through the presentation of birth certificates and IDs that they are parents dealing with childcare issues;
  2. Education majors during the semester of student teaching, Business majors completing internships and Nursing students involved with clinicals that may conflict with Chapel time;
  3. Mass Communication majors during the semester(s) of Specs Howard attendance requirements.

All such inquiries should be directed to the Chapel Coordinator or Assistant Dean of Spiritual Formation.


Commuter Service Points for Chapel/Convocation RCC 2001

Commuters are able to gain up to nineteen attendance points by attending one Chapel each week so even if a student cannot attend Tuesday and Thursdays, attending one day a week is helpful. Commuter students enrolled in the RCC 2001 Chapel/Convocation Series are eligible to earn up to seven attendance points by engaging in community service at the location of their choice.
How do I participate?

  1. Go to
  2. Log in
  3. Click on “Chapel”
  4.  Click on “Community Service Sign Up”
  5. Complete and submit web form

You do not need to have all the details of your service worked out prior to signing up. If you have an idea for service…great! Describe it on the web form. If you need some ideas for service, indicate that on the form and we can give you suggestions. You will ultimately schedule your own service opportunities with legitimate social service, non-profit, or religious organizations. You will also be responsible to track your hours and report them after you have worked them on another web form (“Service Hours Tracking Form”). Once you sign up you may only receive communication from Student Development if your service is not considered community service. Please proceed with your service and follow the series of steps to log your experience.

To receive Commuter Service Points you must follow through with all of the steps.

  1. Sign up for the Commuter Service Track by the deadline of 12 o’clock midnight by the Friday of the eighth week of class by completing the appropriate web form.
  2. Engage in service with an appropriate organization during the semester up to seven hours.
  3. Report those hours on the Service Hours Tracking web form found on the “Chapel” link at (which will ask for specific dates, contact information for your organization’s supervisor, and a short reflection of your experience) by the last day of classes before Finals Week.