Religious Holiday Policy

Per college policy, no student is required to take an examination or fulfill any other scheduled course requirements on recognized major religious holidays or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Students are expected to declare their intention to observe religious holidays at the beginning of the semester.

Please make it clear to your students what your policy is about the potential conflicts between course requirements and religious holidays.  They should be made aware of any make-up options in your courses. Please note that Jewish holidays require the cessation of work for the entire day, not simply during the time when services are held.

The academic calendar lists some religious holidays which fall during the academic year.  The College encourages instructors to avoid scheduling examinations on these days:

2017

Eid al-Adha--begins at sunset on Thurs., Aug. 31 and concludes at sunset on Fri., Sept. 1

Rosh Hashanah--begins at sunset on Wed., Sept. 20 and concludes at sunset on Fri., Sept. 22.

Yom Kippur--begins at sunset on Fri., Sept. 29 and concludes at sunset on Sat., Sept. 30.

Diwali--Thurs., Oct. 19 - Mon., Oct. 23.


2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--Mon., Jan. 15.

Good Friday--Fri., March 30.

Passover--begins at sunset on Fri., March 30 and concludes at sunset on Sat., April 7.

Easter--Sun., April 1.

Ramadan--begins at first light on Wed., May 16 and concludes at last light on Fri., June 15.


Please be aware of the following:

As our student body becomes more diverse, it is increasingly important that we, as a multicultural community, accommodate students from a variety of religious backgrounds who wish to observe religious holidays.  While it is not feasible to schedule coursework around all religious holidays for a class as a whole, requests from individual students to reschedule assignments and to be absent from classes that conflict with observances of major religious holidays must be honored.

Other Holidays:

Thanksgiving:  Thanksgiving vacation begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wed., November 22.  For those who teach on Monday and Tuesday, please refrain from canceling classes during Thanksgiving week.