Absences for Religious Obligations

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 **IslamJuly 6
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **IslamJuly 19
10 th of Muharram (Ashura) **IslamJuly 28
Tisha B’Av**JewishAugust 12-13
Arbaʽeen**IslamSeptember 6
Paryushan **JainSeptember 11-18
Rosh Hashanah **JewishSeptember 15-17
Yom Kippur **JewishSeptember 24-25
Sukkot *JewishSeptember 29 - October. 6
Simchat Torah **JewishOctober 6-8
Shemini Atzeret**JewishOctober 7
# Navrati/Dussehra**HinduOctober 16-24
Holy Day of ObligationCatholicNovember 1
Diwali **HinduNovember 12
Hanukkah *JewishDecember 7-15
Eastern Orthodox ChristmasOrthodox ChristianJanuary 7
SankrantiHinduJanuary 15
Ash WednesdayChristianFebruary 14
Lent BeginsChristianFebruary 14
# Ramadan **IslamMarch 10 - April 9
Purim **JewishMarch 23-24
HoliHinduMarch 25
Good FridayChristianMarch 29
EasterChristianMarch 31
23rd Night of Ramadan **IslamApril 2
27th Night of Ramadan **IslamApril 6
# Eid al-Fitr **IslamApril 10
VaisakhiSikhApril 13
Passover (Pesach) **JewishApril 22-30
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox ChristianMay 3
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox ChristianMay 5
Vesak (Theravada)BuddhismMay 5
Vesak (Mahayana)BuddhismJune 4
Shavuot **JewishJune 11-13
# Eid-al-Adha**IslamJune 17
JuneteenthInterfaith/African AmericanJune 19
# Eid al-Ghadeer **IslamJune 25
1st of Muharram (Islamic New Year) **IslamJuly 7
10th of Muharram (Ashura) **IslamJuly 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.