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Spiritual life office reminds students of ethos requirements

As the end of the semester approaches, students at Oklahoma Christian University may be asking how they will meet their Ethos requirement, and if they do not, what will happen?

According to the Oklahoma Christian Student Handbook, if a student does not reach their required number of Kudos, Dean of Students Neil Arter will “make every effort to show grace and help get the student into compliance as soon as possible. If this effort isn’t successful, then one of three options can be selected, based on what will be most helpful to get the student back on the right track.”

The last major change to the Ethos policy came prior to the start of the Fall 2017 semester, when administration instituted a plan allowing students to pay $20 per missed chapel, up to $350. The plan was later revised to allow this option just once per semester.

“If a student doesn’t meet their Ethos goal, then however many Kudos they are behind gets added to their requirement for next semester,” Spiritual Life Office Assistant Ruth LeFan said.  “There are two weeks at the beginning of the semester where you can pay a fine to have those Kudos removed from your requirement. The payment is $20 per Kudo with a maximum of fine of $350.”

If a student pays the fine or meets the added requirement within the first two weeks of the following semester, no further consequences will occur. If they fail to meet the added requirement and decide not to pay the fine, after those two weeks they will be put on probation until the added requirement is met.

“If they pay that fine within the first two weeks, then those Kudos are removed and they’re not going to be on probation,” LeFan said. “You can do that one time during your college career. If you choose to not pay the fine, after those two weeks you will be on probation until you meet the requirement. So, for instance, if you only got 50 out of 65 then you will be 15 behind. So, you can either pay the fine or have 15 added to your requirement.”

However, Oklahoma Christian cannot take action against a student who has already graduated from the university and did not receive all their Kudos in their last semester, according to LeFan.

“There could be difficulties with them getting their transcript from the registrar, because there might be a hold on their account,” LeFan said. “But, we can’t keep them from graduating or withhold their diploma.”

Below is a list of some remaining Ethos events this semester:

Dec. 4:

Girls Devotional 4-5 p.m.

Starlight Devo 9-10 p.m.

Women of His Story 9-10 p.m.


Dec. 5:

Weekly Ladies Bible Study 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Hands and Feet of Jesus 6-7 p.m.

Bible and Boba 10:30-11:30 p.m.


Dec. 6:

Capitol Hill Volunteering 6-7:30 p.m.

Bible Kickback 9-10 p.m.


Dec. 7:

United in Prayer 7:30-9 p.m.


Dec. 9:

Capitol Hill Volunteering 3-5 p.m.

Capitol Hill Volunteering 5-7 p.m.


Dec. 13:

Capitol Hill Volunteering 6-7:30 p.m.

Capitol Hill Volunteering 7:30-9 p.m.


Correction: On Tuesday afternoon, this article was updated to address a major change to the Ethos policy that occurred in August 2017.

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