Student Religious Observances

Effective Date

Monday, August 25, 2014

Office of Primary Responsibility

Affected Parties

All Students, All Faculty

Policy Statement

Please provide students in your classes with written information regarding the ways in which you may accommodate students’ religious observances that conflict with participation in your course. You are also encouraged to discuss such matters in a class meeting near the beginning of the term.

The Committee on Organization and Policy reviewed and recommended the following language for adoption on course syllabi:

“Some students may wish to take part in religious observances that occur during this academic term. If you have a religious observance that conflicts with your participation in the course, please meet with me before the end of the second week of the term to discuss appropriate accommodations.”

This calendar of religious holidays was prepared by The William Jewett Tucker Center. This information may help faculty avoid, if at all possible, scheduling midterms, presentations, or other major class events on religious holidays that could affect the attendance of many students.