Religious Holidays

This calendar lists traditional observances and major days of religious significance.  Faculty should use these dates to aid in developing class syllabus and planning for examinations during the semester. Although many of these days are not University holidays, faculty are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious purposes. 

Students are required to inform their instructors of their plans to observe a religious holiday at the beginning of the semester, so that instructor and student have plenty of time to plan for any necessary alternative arrangements. It is important for students to understand that, no matter what absences might be accommodated, they will still be responsible for all course requirements, which may include in-class participation or other assignments that will need to be made up in some alternative way.

If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the student and the instructor, they should consult the appropriate department chair, coordinator or dean.

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