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Religious holidays noted

Spectrum Volume 18 Issue 05 - September 21, 1995

(Editor's note: The following information on consideration of religious holidays in planning exams, major university events, conferences, or seminars is provided by Provost Peggy Meszaros.)

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): Sept. 25, 1995
Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement): Oct. 4, 1995
Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights): Oct. 23, 1995
First Day of Hanukkah: Dec. 18, 1995
Christmas Day: Dec. 25, 1995
First Day of Ramadan (Muslim month of fasting): Jan. 22, 1996
Ash Wednesday (Christian Lent begins): Feb. 21, 1996
Id ul-Fitr (Muslim Ramadan ends): Feb. 20, 1996
Palm Sunday: March 31, 1996
Jewish Passover (Pesah) begins: April 4, 1996
Good Friday: April 5, 1996
Easter Sunday: April 7, 1996
Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Day): April 16, 1996