Religious Holidays

Requesting Accommodations

  • Contact your instructor and discuss what a reasonable accommodation would represent.
  • Any appropriate make-up work will be equivalent to and intrinsically no more difficult than the original examination, assignment, or other academic exercise.
  • Accommodations that are mutually agreeable to both you and the instructor are acceptable, including opportunities to take exams at another date/time before or after the holiday in question.
  • If, after discussion, you and your instructor cannot agree on a reasonable accommodation, contact the head of the division offering the course for further counsel.

IUPUC respects the right of all students to observe their religious holidays and will make reasonable accommodation, upon request, for such observances.

You may view a calendar of frequently observed religious holidays. Those listed below are just a few of many.

Religious Holidays Observed in 2016

  • Eid Al-Adha—Sunday evening, September 11 through Wednesday evening, September 14
  • Rosh Hashanah—Monday evening, October 3 through Tuesday evening, October 4
  • Yom Kippur—Wednesday, October 12

Religious Holidays Observed in 2017

  • Passover—Tuesday evening, April 11 through Tuesday evening April 18
  • Good Friday—Friday, April 14
  • Eid al-Fitr—Monday, June 26 through Wednesday, June 28

Classes on Religious Holidays

If you are unable to attend class or take an exam on a specific date because it is a religious holiday in your faith, contact your instructor as soon as possible.

According to university policies regarding religious holidays, you will be given reasonable accommodation and an opportunity to complete work that was missed.

You must request accommodation in writing by the end of the second week of the semester by completing a request for course accommodation due to religious observance form. No additional fees or charges of any kind will be issued nor should any adverse or prejudicial effects result from your request.

While campus policy requires instructors to make reasonable accommodations if you must miss an exam, assignment, or other academic exercise because of a required religious observance, it is not campus policy to require accommodations if you wish to travel over the course of an extended period of time to share a holiday with your family. It is, however, appropriate to grant accommodations for a few hours after the holiday if the observance includes fasting.