On Jan. 12, 2021, an email was sent out to the Southern student body announcing the return of enrichment credits and other updates for the Winter 2021 semester. The email explained how “student participation in spiritual, cultural, and educational programming outside the classroom is an important part of having a well rounded experience at Southern,” hence the creation of a modified enrichment credit program.
“I think it’s good that [they] have returned,” said sophomore nursing major Siosiua Telefoni. “Tons of students come to this school for [the] spiritual experience. Without the enrichment credits, Southern wouldn’t be doing their job of fulfilling that experience.”
Due to COVID-19, the updates to the enrichment credit policy have been put in place according to the email. This includes a reduction in the number of required credits, mandatory in-person attendance and elimination of “cultural credits.”
According to an email sent by Vice President for Spiritual Life and Chaplain Joseph Khabbaz, an online attendance option is available for students who do not feel comfortable attending in-person. Streamed over Zoom, online attendees will be required to keep their cameras on for the duration of the program and must be present to document online attendance via a QR code both at the beginning and at the end of the program.For more information about enrichment credits, check out the Student Development website.