Rutgers University Policy on Absence for Religious Reasons states the following: 


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. 


2019  Day of the Week  Holiday  Religion 
12-Aug  Monday-Thursday(15)  Eid al Adha  Islam 
23-Aug  Friday  Krishna Janmashtami  Hindu 
31-Aug  Saturday  10th of Muharram Islam 
9-Sep  Monday-Tuesday(10)  Ashura  Islam 
30-Sep  Monday-Tuesday(1)  Rosh Hashanah Jewish 
2-Oct  Wednesday  Fast of Gedaliah  Jewish 
8-Oct  Tuesday Dussehra (Vijaya Dashami) Hindu
8-Oct Tuesday-Wednesday(9) Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Jewish
14-Oct  Monday-Sunday(20)  Sukkot Jewish 
20-Oct  Sunday  Birth of the Báb Baha’i 
20-Oct  Sunday-Monday(21) Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Jewish 
27-Oct  Sunday-Thursday(31)  Diwali  Sikh/Hindu/Jain 
27-Oct  Sunday  Bandi Chhor Diwas  Sikh 
9-Nov  Saturday-Sunday(10)  Birth of the Prophet Muhammad Islam 
12-Nov  Tuesday  Birthday of Baha’u’llah Baha’i 
12-Nov  Tuesday  Birth of Guru Nanak Sikh 
28-Nov  Thursday  Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Baha   Baha’i 
25-Dec  Wednesday  Christmas Christian 
26-Dec Thursday-Wednesday(1) Kwanzaa Interfaith/African-American



2020  Day of the Week  Holiday  Religion 
6-Jan Monday Feast of the Epiphany Christian
7-Jan Tuesday East Orthodox Christmas Orthodox Christian
15-Jan Wednesday Makar Sankranti/Pongal Hindu
25-Jan Saturday Lunar New Year & Tet Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism
21-Feb Friday Mahashivaratri Hindu
26-Feb Wednesday Ash Wednesday Christian
2-Mar Monday East Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian
9-Mar Monday Fast of Esther (Purim) Jewish
10-Mar Tuesday Holi Hindu
21-Mar Saturday Nowruz Bahá’í / Zoroastrianism
25-Mar Wednesday Gudi Padwa/Ugadi Hindu
2-Apr Thursday Ram Navami Hindu
8-Apr Wednesday Fast of Bechorot Jewish
8-Apr Friday-Thursday(16) Passover (Pesach) Jewish
10-Apr Friday Good Friday Christian
12-Apr Sunday Easter Christian
14-Apr Tuesday Baisakhi (Vaisakhi) Sikh
17-Apr Friday Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian
19-Apr Sunday Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian
21-Apr Tuesday Ridvan Bahá’í
23-Apr Thursday-Saturday(23) Ramadan Islam
29-Apr Wednesday 9th Day of Ridvan Bahá’í
2-May Saturday 12th Day of Ridvan Bahá’í
7-May Thursday Vesak (Visakha Puja) – Buddha Day Buddhism
Odd nights of
last ten days
of Ramadan
Thursday(14)-Saturday(23) Laylat Al-Qadr Islam
21-May Thursday Ascension Day Christian
22-May Friday-Saturday(23) Declaration of the Báb Bahá’í
28-May Thursday-Friday(29) Ascension of Baha’u’lláh Bahá’í
29-May Friday-Saturday(30) Shavuot Jewish
31-May Sunday Pentecost Christianity (RC, P, O)
5-June Friday-Sunday(7) Eid al-Fitr (date can vary by a day) Islam