Attendance on Religious Holy Days

On those religious holy days when members of a faith observe the expectation of their place of worship that they be absent from school or work, individual students will be excused from class without penalty if expressly requested. If such a requested absence results in a student’s inability to fulfill the academic requirement of a course scheduled on that particular day, the instructor should provide an opportunity for the student to make up the requirement without penalty.

If classes, examinations, study, or work requirements are held on Friday after 4:00 p.m., or anytime on Saturday, similar or make up classes, examinations, study, or work requirements shall be made available on other days whenever it is possible and practicable to do so. Students shall not be charged any fees or experience any adverse or prejudicial effects due to absence from coursework due to religious observance.

In the event that a student absence situation cannot be resolved between the student and the class instructor, or either party is aggrieved by the process, appeal shall proceed sequentially to the department chair, unit dean, and finally the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education.

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