It is University policy (University Regulation on Attendance, Book 2, 2.47B, formerly 60.14f) to excuse, without penalty, students who are absent from class because of religious observance and to allow the make-up of work missed because of such absence. Examinations and special required out-of-class activities shall ordinarily not be scheduled on those days when religiously observant students refrain from participating in secular activities. Absences for reasons of religious obligation shall not be counted for purposes of reporting.
Students are advised to provide timely notification to instructors about necessary absences for religious observances and are responsible for making up the work or exams according to an agreed-upon schedule.
*Note that Jewish and Muslim holy days begin at sundown on the first day indicated.
For our Muslim students who observe Ramadan, this may be your first time navigating Ramadan during college and during the academic year. Chaplain Kaiser Aslam has put together some information to help support Muslim students at this time.
2023 – 2024 Academic Year
|Eid al-Ghadeer **||Islam||July 6|
|1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **||Islam||July 19|
|10 th of Muharram (Ashura) **||Islam||July 28|
|Tisha B’Av**||Jewish||August 12-13|
|Paryushan **||Jain||September 11-18|
|Rosh Hashanah **||Jewish||September 15-17|
|Yom Kippur **||Jewish||September 24-25|
|Sukkot *||Jewish||September 29 - October. 6|
|Simchat Torah **||Jewish||October 6-8|
|Shemini Atzeret**||Jewish||October 7|
|# Navrati/Dussehra**||Hindu||October 16-24|
|Holy Day of Obligation||Catholic||November 1|
|Diwali **||Hindu||November 12|
|Hanukkah *||Jewish||December 7-15|
|Eastern Orthodox Christmas Orthodox||Christian||January 7|
|Ash Wednesday||Christian||February 14|
|Lent Begins||Christian||February 14|
|# Ramadan **||Islam||March 10 - April 9|
|Purim **||Jewish||March 23-24|
|Good Friday||Christian||March 29|
|23rd Night of Ramadan **||Islam||April 2|
|27th Night of Ramadan **||Islam||April 6|
|# Eid al-Fitr **||Islam||April 10|
|Passover (Pesach) **||Jewish||April 22-30|
|Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox||Christian||May 3|
|Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox||Christian||May 5|
|Vesak (Theravada)||Buddhism||May 5|
|Vesak (Mahayana)||Buddhism||June 4|
|Shavuot **||Jewish||June 11-13|
|# Eid-al-Adha**||Islam||June 17|
|Juneteenth||Interfaith/African American||June 19|
|# Eid al-Ghadeer **||Islam||June 25|
|1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **||Islam||July 7|
|10th of Muharram (Ashura) **||Islam||July 16|
* These holidays (or dates within holidays) are designated non-work (observance) days.
# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but based on the actual sighting of the moon and therefore there may be some variance by day.
**All Jewish, Islamic, and Bahá’í holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.