Religious Holiday Policy

It is University policy (University Regulation on Attendance, Book 2, 2.47B, formerly 60.14f) to excuse without penalty students who are absent from class because of religious observance, and to allow the make-up of work missed because of such absence. Examinations and special required out-of-class activities shall ordinarily not be scheduled on those days when religiously observant students refrain from participating in secular activities. Absences for reasons of religious obligation shall not be counted for purposes of reporting.

Students are advised to provide timely notification to instructors about necessary absences for religious observances and are responsible for making up the work or exams according to an agreed-upon schedule.

For examples of language to include on syllabi regarding religious holidays, please see the Syllabus Design page (under Basic Information, Religious Holiday Policy) managed by the Office of Teaching Evaluation and Assessment Research.

For additional information, please see the Respect Faith Practices page managed by University Equity and Inclusion.