1996-97 Academic Year Religious and Ethnic Holidays
Spectrum Volume 19 Issue 02 - September 5, 1996
(Editor's note: The following information on consideration of religious and ethnic 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 or ethnic holidays.
I would appreciate it if you would be mindful of the special needs of students and avoid scheduling exams on major religious or ethnic holidays and I encourage you to make arrangements to enable students to observe such holidays.
It is equally important to be sensitive to religious and ethnic 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.
First Day of Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) - Sept. 14, 1996
Yom Kippur (Jewish Day of Atonement) - Sept. 23, 1996
Diwali (Hindu Festival of Lights) - Nov. 10, 1996
First Day of Ramadan (Islam month of fasting) - Jan. 10, 1997
Martin Luther King Day - Jan. 20, 1997
id al-Fitr (Islam Ramadan ends) - Feb. 9, 1997
Ash Wednesday (Christian Lent begins) - Feb. 12, 1997
Palm Sunday - March 23, 1997
Pesah (Jewish Passover begins) - April 21, 1997
Good Friday - April 25, 1997
Yom haShoah (Holocaust Day) - May 4, 1997