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Requirements and Instructions


Community Life and Worship Program

Requirements and Instructions



The Community Life and Worship Program provides student-focused events which integrate faith, learning and community for students, faculty and staff.  The events will consist of chapel on Tuesday mornings (Community Worship) and other specified co-curricular programming (Community Life) open to the entire campus community.  


Core Values  

  • Develop a personal, maturing relationship with God the Creator, Redeemer, Sustainer  
  • Worship and glorify God corporately and individually  
  • Embrace community while valuing diversity 
  • Gain awareness of different Christian worship styles and faith traditions 
  • Engage global issues from a Christian perspective 
  • Live responsibly as Christ’s servants in the world 
  • Cultivate an understanding and appreciation of the fine arts 
  • Understand the mission, Baptist heritage, and traditions of Carson-Newman University 
  • Think critically about matters of faith 
  • Pursue wholeness in mind, body and soul 



All full-time undergraduate students are required to attend at least ten (10) Community Life and Worship (CLW) events per semester for a total of seven (7) semesters.  A student may bank CLW credits by attending more than 10 events in a semester.   Participation in the CLW program is required for graduation from Carson-Newman.  

Attendance at CLW will be monitored through the Campus Ministries OfficeTo receive CLW credit for an event a student is required to bring her/his valid C-N ID card to each event attended.  IDs will be scanned at the conclusion of the event.  A student must remain for the duration of the event, which will vary according to the event. 



The student’s attendance record for an event will be available for review on C-N Connect within 24 hours.  The student is responsible for checking his/her attendance and reporting in person with C-N ID any discrepancy to the Campus Ministries Office within seven (7) days of the event.  After seven days, credit will not be earned. 

The CLW Schedule is located at; CLW Schedule and the EagleNet Announcement Board.  A monthly calendar is also available online at the university site (click on Events, CLW, and individual listings of CLW events for more details).  Students should check regularly for updates to the schedule, which is subject to change periodically.

Deficiency System

Students MUST obtain 10 CLW credits per semester or they will be placed on a deficiency level.

Lacking < 10 = WARNING

Lacking < 20 = PROBATION


If a student fails to attend 10 CLWs each semester, the student is placed on CLW warning at the end of the semester of the deficiency.  To be removed from CLW warning, a student must make up the shortage of CLWs plus the current semester’s requirement.  For example, if 7 CLWs were attended in the first semester, 3 plus 10, or 13 would have to be attended during the next semester enrolled to be removed from CLW warning

If, during the next semester of enrollment, the student fails to attend 10 CLWs plus the shortage of CLWS from the first semester, the student is placed on CLW probation.  If the probationary student fails to attend a total of 30 CLWs (a minimum of 10 per semester) by the end of the third semester of deficient CLW attendance, the student will be suspended from the university. 

Semester of graduation: If the student has attended 10 CLWs for each semester of full-time enrollment, CLW attendance will not be required during the student’s semester of graduation as indicated on an approved degree plan.  

A transfer student is required to attend every semester while enrolled as a full-time student, except during the student’s semester of graduation.   



Under special circumstances, or in extreme cases, a student may apply for a CLW Waiver.  CLW Waivers may be provided to students who have a conflict and cannot attend CLW events and who complete the appropriate request form ( [under forms]) and submit within three weeks of the first day of classes.  Various circumstances will be considered but not limited to: commuting, medical issues, children, and work scheduling.  Student work schedules will be considered, but do not guarantee a waiver of the CLW requirement. 

Students with extenuating circumstances must apply for a CLW Waiver each semester. The director of Campus Ministries will render a decision regarding the waiver request and notify the student and academic adviser.

You do not need to fill out a waiver if:

  • Student Teaching (not practicum)
  • Nursing Clinicals
  • Non-Traditional Student (25 years or older by the last day of the semester) 
  • Obtained 120+ credit hours
  • Previously obtained a bachelor's or advanced degree


Conduct and Dress 

All events--Please arrive on time and know that tardiness can result in a student not being admitted to an event. Common courtesy and respect for others should be observed. Sleeping and studying are not acceptable. Use of cell phones, laptops, ear buds, and other electronic devices is prohibited. Drinking and eating during events are also prohibited unless permitted by the sponsoring department, organization or group. Appropriate dress is determined by the nature of an event and should be taken into consideration. If there is a question regarding attire, the student should contact the sponsoring organization in advance. Failure to comply to these instructions may result in denial of CLW credit for the event.

During formal recitals/concerts the audience generally applauds after a set or a group of pieces (not after each selection). The best suggestion is to wait until the experienced concertgoers begin their applause and then join with them.

Community Worship (Tuesday Chapels -- 9:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.)-- First Baptist Church sanctuary doors will be locked at 9:35 a.m. for Tuesday morning chapel services to avoid disruption of worship and for the safety of our worshiping community. Head gear (examples-- baseball and knit caps) is not acceptable for male or female students out of respect and reverence in worship during university chapel and should be removed upon entering. Food and beverages are not permitted in the sanctuary. Inappropriate conduct and/or dress may result in denial of CLW credit for the service.


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