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Religious holidays noted

Spectrum Volume 17 Issue 2 - September 1, 1994

(Editors's note: The following information on consideration of religious holidays in planning exams, major university events, conferences or seminars was contained in a memo from Provost E. Fred Carlisle)

Normally, we expect students to attend class regularly and satisfy all course requirements. However, some students may be placed in a difficult position when exams or significant assignments are scheduled on certain religious holidays. I would appreciate it if you would be mindful of the special needs of students and avoid scheduling exams on major religious holidays, and I encourage you to make arrangements to enable students to observe such holidays.

It is equally important to be sensitive to religious holidays when we plan major university events, conferences, or seminars. As some of you have requested, an abbreviated list of major religious holidays is provided. This list is also available upon request from the University Registrar's Office.

Abbreviated List of Major Religious Holidays (Some dates are not class days)

First Day of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year): September 6.

Yom Kippur: September 15.

Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights): November 3.

First Day of Hanukkah: November 28.

Christmas Day: December 25.

First Day of Ramadan (Muslim month of fasting): January 31, 1995.

Ash Wednesday: March 1.

Eid ul-Fitr (Muslim Ramadan ends): March 2.

Palm Sunday and Jewish Passover begins:

April 9.

Good Friday: April 14.

Easter Sunday: April 16.

Yom HaShoah: April 27.