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:

2015

Ramadan--begins at first light on Thurs., June 18 and ends at last light on Fri., July 17.

Rosh Hashanah--begins at sunset on Sun., Sept. 13 and concludes at sunset on Tues., Sept. 15.

Yom Kippur--begins at sunset on Tues., Sept. 22 and concludes at sunset on Wed., Sept. 23.

Diwali--Wed., Nov. 11.


2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day--Mon., Jan. 18.

Good Friday--Fri., March 25.

Easter--Sun., March 27.

Passover--begins at sunset on Fri., April 22 and concludes at sunset Sat., April 30.

Ramadan--begins at first light on Mon., June 6 and ends at last light on Tues., July 5.


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, please honor requests from individual students to reschedule assignments and to be absent from classes that conflict with observances of major religious holidays, and to inform students that this is an option.

Other Holidays:

Thanksgiving:  Thanksgiving vacation begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wed., November 25. 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.