Religious Holiday Policy
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:
Eid al-Adha--begins at sunset on Tues., Aug. 21 and concludes at sunset on Sat., Aug. 25.
Rosh Hashanah--begins at sunset on Sun., Sept. 9 and concludes at sunset on Tues., Sept. 11.
Yom Kippur--begins at sunset on Tues., Sept. 18 and concludes at sunset on Wed., Sept. 19.
Diwali--Mon., Nov. 5 - Fri., Nov. 9.
Good Friday--Fri., April 19.
Passover--begins at sunset on Fri., April 19 and concludes at sunset on Sat., April 27.
Easter--Sun., April 21.
Ramadan--begins at first light on Mon., May 6 and concludes at last light on Tues., June 4.
Please be aware of the following:
As a multicultural community, our diverse student body comes from a variety of religious backgrounds who wish to observe important 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.
Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving vacation begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wed., November 21. For those who teach on Monday and Tuesday, please refrain from canceling classes during Thanksgiving week.