4.06-2 Religious Holidays Attendance Policy

University System policy prohibits the institution from scheduling registration periods or the first day of class on a religious holiday.

In addition, the university asks faculty members for understanding of recognized religious holidays. For example, the university asks faculty members for understanding of Jewish students missing classes and other academic commitments on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and to allow students in this situation to make up the work that is missed.

Similarly, faculty members should also be cognizant of other major religious holidays, including but not limited to Diwali (Hindu), Eid al Adha (Islam), Eid al Fitr (Islam), Good Friday (Christian) and Passover (Jewish). Please consult a resource such as http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/ for a more comprehensive list of religious observances as well as for specific dates of each holiday.

Implementation
The calendar of the university is recommended by the Registrar to the Educational Affairs Committee and must be approved by the University Council. It is the responsibility of those constructing the calendar to avoid scheduling registration periods or the first day of class on religious holidays.

It is the responsibility of the instructor and student to determine the conditions under which work will be made up when a student misses class or other academic obligations because of a religious holiday. The Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Instruction will remind the faculty each year near the beginning of the fall term of university policy in this area.

Sources:
  • Board of Regents Academic Affairs Handbook, § 2.1
  • Office of the Vice President for Instruction
  • Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs