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.

2020-2021 Academic Year

July 30* – 31  Eid al-Adha  Muslim 
August 28* – 29  Ashura  Muslim 
September 18* – 20  Rosh HaShanah  Jewish 
September 27* – 28  Yom Kippur  Jewish 
October 2* – 9  Sukkot  Jewish 
Evening of October 9 – 10 Shemini Atzeret Jewish 
Evening of October 10 – 11 Simchat Torah  Jewish 
Various dates in October  Kathin  Theravada Buddhist 
November 14  Diwali begins (5 days)  Hindu/Jain 
December 10* – 18  Hanukkah  Jewish 
December 25  Christmas  Christian 
January 6  Epiphany  Christian 
January 7  Feast of the Nativity  Christian 
February 12  Lunar New year  Asian 
February 17  Ash Wednesday  Christian 
March 29  Holi  Hindu/Jain 
March 27* – April 4  Pesach/Passover  Jewish 
April 2  Good Friday  Christian 
April 4  Easter  Christian 
April 8  Buddha Day  Buddhist 
April 8* – 9  Yom HaShoah  Jewish 
April 12* – May 11  Ramadan  Muslim 
May 2  Pascha  Orthodox Christian 
May 12* – 13  Eid al-Fitr  Muslim 
May 16* – 17  Shavuot  Jewish