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University Policy on Religious Holidays

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Memorandum To: Faculty
From: Daniel A. Wubah, Provost
Date: August 8, 2013
Subject: Religious Holidays

Students on our campus this academic year associate with a variety of religious traditions. We should do all we can to allow our students to celebrate their religious holidays appropriately. The catalog states the following university policy:

"The University recognizes the importance of religious holidays and encourages all faculty to make reasonable accommodations necessary for students' observances. Students should provide faculty reasonable prior notice of religious holidays on which they will be absent."

A list of holy days for the 2013-14 academic year from several major traditions follows:

Buddhist Calendar
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) December 8, 2013
Mahayana Buddhist New Year January 16 - 19, 2014
Nirvana Day
February 15, 2014
Magha Puja Day
March 16, 2014
Buddha Day (Visakha Puja) May 14, 2014
Theravadin Buddhist New Year May 15 - 18, 2014
Christian Calendar
Christmas December 25, 2013
Feast of the Epiphany (Orthodox) January 6, 2014
Holy Week (Orthodox) April 13 - 19, 2014
Good Friday April 18, 2014
Easter April 20, 2014
Easter (Orthodox) April 20, 2014
Ascension Day May 29, 2014
Additional Roman Catholic Holy Days of Obligation
Feast of All Saints November 1, 2013
Feast of the Immaculate Conception December 8, 2013
Solemnity of Mary January 1, 2014
Hindu Calendar
Dusserah October 14, 2013
Deepavali November 3, 2013
Islamic Calendar
Ramadan begins July 9, 2013
Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan ends) August 8-11, 2013
Hajj day October 14, 2013
Jewish Calendar
In the Jewish calendar, all Sabbaths and holidays begin at sundown the day prior to the holiday and end at nightfall the last day of the holiday.
Rosh Hashanah September 5 - 6, 2013
Yom Kippur September 14, 2013
Sukkot September 19 - 25, 2013
Simchat Torah September 27, 2013
Hanukkah November 28 - December 5, 2013
Passover April 15 - 22, 2014
Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) April 27, 2014
Shavuot June 4 - 5, 2014
By date:
Ramadan begins July 9, 2013
Eid-al-Fitr (Ramadan ends) August 8 - 11, 2013
Rosh Hashanah September 5 - 6, 2013
Yom Kippur September 14, 2013
Sukkot September 19 - 25, 2013
Simchat Torah September 27, 2013
Dusserah October 14, 2013
Hajj day October 14, 2013
Eid-a-Adha October 15 - 18, 2013
Birth of the Bab October 20, 2013
Feast of All Saints November 1, 2013
Deepavali November 3, 2013
Hanukkah November 28 - December 5, 2013
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) December 8, 2013
Feast of the Immaculate Conception December 8, 2013
Christmas December 25, 2013
Solemnity of Mary January 1, 2014
Feast of the Epiphany (Orthodox) January 6, 2014
Mahayana Buddhist New Year January 16 - 19, 2014
Nirvana Day
February 15, 2014
Magha Puja Day
March 16, 2014
Holy Week (Orthodox) April 13 - 19, 2014
Passover April 15 - 22, 2014
Good Friday April 18, 2014
Easter April 20, 2014
Easter (Orthodox) April 20, 2014
Festival of Ridvan April 21, 2014
Yom Ha Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) April 27, 2014
Buddha Day (Visakha Puja) May 14, 2014
Theravadin Buddhist New Year May 15 - 18, 2014
Ascension Day May 29, 2014
Ascension of Bahá-u'lláh May 29, 2014
The Declaration of the Bab May 23, 2014
Shavuot June 4 - 5, 2014