Academic Affairs

Religious Holiday Policy

Per college policy, no student is required to take an examination or fulfill other scheduled course requirements on recognized major religious holidays and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

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 just during the time the services are being held.

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

2013

Rosh Hashanah--begins at sunset on Wed., Sept. 4 and concludes at sunset on Fri., Sept. 6.

Yom Kippur--begins at sunset on Fri., Sept. 13 and concludes at sunset on Sat.,Sept. 14.


2014

Passover--begins at sunset on Mon., April 14 and concludes at sunset Tues., April 22.

Good Friday--Fri., April 18.

Easter--Sun., April 20.


Please be aware of the following:

Ramadan begins at first light on Wed., July 10 and ends at last light on Wed., Aug. 7.

Diwali is on Sun., Nov. 3.


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, please try to honor requests from individual students to reschedule assignments and to be absent from classes that conflict with observances of a major religious holiday, and to let students know that this is an option.

Other Holidays:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--Mon., Jan. 20
Thanksgiving:  Thanksgiving vacation begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wed., November 27. The policy adopted by the faculty includes a provision for rescheduling the "lost" Wednesday classes. Classes will be rescheduled on a class-by-class basis by the course instructor.  Reading period may be used to make up this regular class period. For those who teach on Monday and Tuesday, please refrain from canceling classes during Thanksgiving week.