2023-2024 Student Handbook 
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Student Handbook

Cultural Policy

The Cultural Goal of the College is to cultivate an appreciation of the fine arts, an understanding of the world, and adherence to high personal standards.

To accomplish the Cultural Goal of the College, the Dean of Students office, the Christian Ministries department, and various departments throughout the College offer Convocations, Concerts, and Chapel Programs to augment learning in the classroom.

Throughout the year, national, local, and regional guest speakers and groups are invited to campus to provide programs that foster an appreciation of fine arts and broaden students’ understanding of the world. Often there are opportunities for question and answer sessions with guest speakers while they are on campus.

The College seeks to create programming and opportunities for students, which develop broad based knowledge and understanding of culture.

Convocation and Chapel Program

College of the Ozarks is a Christian community which seeks to develop citizens of Christ-like character who are well-educated, hard-working and patriotic. In an effort to offer unique learning opportunities and community worship, students participate in extra-curricular convocations and chapel programs. All full-time students (12 hours or more per semester) with less than 91 academic college hours are required to participate in the convocation and chapel program. Each semester, students are required to attend at least 15 programs of the following:

  1. Chapel: Students are required to attend at least five services, maximum of 10 services for credit per semester.
  2. Convocation Programs: Students are required to attend at least one program each semester in each of the five Mission Emphasis of the College. Academic, Vocational, Christian, Patriotic, and Cultural. A total of five credits are needed to fulfill this part.
  3. Students have the choice to attend additional chapel services or convocation programs to complete the required 15 programs needed each semester.

Students are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that represents themselves and the College well. Students who talk, text or other phone use, cause disruptions during convocations, use unauthorized video/audio recording devices, are dressed inappropriately, show up after the program has started, or leave early will not receive credit and may be dismissed from the convocation. Most convocation programs are one hour or less in length, but some are longer. Regardless of length, students need to stay the entire time in order to receive convocation credit. All convocations and chapel programs will require business attire.

Chapel/Convocation Probation

Students who do not attend the required number of services will be in danger of being placed on chapel/ convocation probation. Students will be placed on probation when they have three deficiencies and will need to attend the deficient number of services from the prior semester, in addition to the current semester requirements, in order to get off probation. Students attempting to obtain credit for convocations other than the appropriate manner will be subject to chapel/convocation probation and/or additional disciplinary sanctions. Students on chapel/convocation probation will not be allowed to represent the College in any activity while on probation.