Accommodation for Religious Observances

PDAD&C #18, 2002-2003

M E M O R A N D U M

TO:   Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:   Shirley Neuman, Vice-President and Provost
DATE:   October 8, 2002
RE:   Accommodation for Religious Observances

I am writing to remind you of the University's policy concerning the scheduling of classes and examinations, and the accommodation for religious observances. The religious observances of the major Christian denominations are recognized through ordinary University scheduling and statutory holidays. It is the University's policy to make every effort to accommodate students, staff and faculty who observe other religious Holy Days.

The Governing Council resolution stipulates that no examination should be scheduled "on the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah or on Yom Kippur or on the first two days and the last two days of Passover". It also states that "the first day of classes in the fall term in all teaching divisions should not be scheduled on the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah or on Yom Kippur". This resolution is interpreted to apply to the first day of classes in any given course and not only to the first day of the autumn term. Sessional dates and schedules should be set in such a way as to avoid the necessity of canceling classes without make up.

While the Governing Council resolution makes no special provision for the Holy Days of other faiths, it is most important that no student be seriously disadvantaged because of her or his religious observances. Students may wish to be excused from classes or examinations for religious reasons on Holy Days other than those provided for in the Governing Council resolution, or on the Jewish Sabbath (one-and-a-half hours before sunset Friday to one-and-a-half hours after sunset Saturday), or on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. for Muslim community prayers. It is assumed that every effort will be made to avoid tests, examinations or other compulsory activities at these times. If compulsory activities are unavoidable, every opportunity should be given to these students to make up work that they miss, particularly in courses involving laboratory work. When the scheduling of tests or examinations cannot be avoided, students should be informed of the procedure to be followed to arrange to write at an alternate time.

The relevant dates for the remainder of this academic year and the next year follow. For more information regarding religious observances and Holy Days, you may contact the Office of Student Affairs, at 978-5536.

ACCOMMODATION FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES

 

2002-2003

2003-2004

Rosh Hashanah

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Friday September 6 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Sunday September 8, 2002.

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Friday September 26 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Sunday September 28, 2003.

Yom Kippur

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Sunday September 15 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Monday September 16, 2002.

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Sunday October 5 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Monday October 6, 2003.

Sukkot

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Friday September 20 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Sunday September 22, 2002.

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Friday October 10 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Sunday October 12, 2003.

Ramadan

From Wednesday November 6 to Friday December 6, 2002, Muslims may fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Examinations scheduled in the evening may pose a special burden.

From Monday October 27 to Wednesday November 26, 2003, Muslims may fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Examinations scheduled in the evening may pose a special burden.

Eid-ul-Fitr

Friday December 6 and Saturday December 7, 2002.

Wednesday November 26 and Thursday November 27, 2003.

Lunar New Year

Saturday February 1, 2003.

Thursday January 22, 2004.

Eid-ul-Adha

Tuesday February 11 and Wednesday February 12, 2003.

Sunday February 1 and Monday February 2, 2004.

First two days of Passover

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Wednesday April 16 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Friday April 18, 2003.

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Monday April 5 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Wednesday April 7, 2004.

Last two days of Passover

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Tuesday April 22 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Thursday April 24, 2003.

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Sunday April 11 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Tuesday April 13, 2004.

Shavuot

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Thursday June 5 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Saturday June 7, 2003.

From about one-and-a-half hours before sunset on Tuesday May 25 to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset on Thursday May 27, 2004.

Note: Some observances are based on the lunar calendar, and thus may vary by one or two days.