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Enrollment and Student Academic Information Bulletin

Accommodations for Religious Observances

Bloomington Faculty Council Action (Approved February 15, 2000; last amended April 21, 2009) link

Introduction

It is the policy of Indiana University that instructors must reasonably accommodate students who want to observe their religious holidays at times when academic requirements conflict with those observances. This policy is intended to ensure that both faculty and students are fully aware of their rights and responsibilities in the accommodation of students' religious observances.

Policy

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

Procedures

  • The Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs will prepare, for guidance, a list of dates of the major religious holidays. This list, policy, and a note to the effect that students wanting accommodations for observance of religious holidays must contact their instructors, will be brought to the attention of both students and faculty. The Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs will write regularly to the various deans and chairs, indicating that they, in turn, are to inform the faculty (including associate instructors under their supervision) concerning this policy and of the importance of observing it.
  • If a conflict with a religious observance exists, a student must make a request for a reasonable accommodation for that observance by the end of the second week of the course. Any relevant change to the course calendar affords a new opportunity to make such a request in a timely manner. The request is to be in writing on a standardized form to be used for this purpose, and copies of that form will be made widely available.
  • The instructor and the student should discuss what a reasonable accommodation should include in a given case. Generally, it is insufficient to require a student to forego taking an exam or doing some other major assignment even if the instructor agrees to average the remaining exams or other assignments. The student must be given the opportunity to do appropriate make-up work that is intrinsically no more difficult than the original exam or assignment.
  • If the instructor and student agree on the accommodation, the plan should be carried out.
  • If after discussion there is no consensus on the accommodation, either party or both may ask the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs to mediate. The VPFAA will confer with both the instructor and the student, and may seek advice from anyone else who could provide helpful information. If the instructor and student still cannot reach consensus over the accommodation, the VPFAA will then make a determination about the appropriate accommodation.
  • Either the instructor or the student may appeal the VPFAA's decision to the Office of Affirmative Action. Final authority for determining the outcome rests with the Provost.

Recommendations

  • The policy and procedure above are to be printed in Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct: Procedures for Bloomington Campus.
  • All instructors are encouraged to include on the syllabus and to announce at the beginning of the semester the policy and procedure as it applies to religious holidays.
  • Orientation programs for new students will inform incoming students about this policy and urge them to check for conflicts before the deadline for informing their instructors. Particular attention should be paid, in this matter, to the orientation of international students.

Religious Holidays

A five-year calendar of selected major religious holidays can be found on the web site for the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs (see PDF). The site also provides access to the campus religious observations policy in the Academic Guide and to the student form for Request for Accommodations.

Note: Students wanting accommodations for observance of other religious holidays should contact their instructors as indicated in the procedures outlined by the Office of the vice Provost for Faculty and Academic Affairs.

Fall 2019

Al-Hijra (Muharram) [New Year]IslamicAug. 31*#Saturday
Ashura (10th day of Muharram)IslamicSept. 9*#Monday
Autumn Equinox (EDT) Equinox/SolsticeSept. 23Monday
Rosh Hashanah [New Year]JewishSept. 30-Oct. 1*Mon.-Tues.
Yom Kippur [Day of Atonement] JewishOct. 9*Wednesday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles]JewishOct. 14-15*Mon. Tues.
Birth of the BábBahá'iOct. 20*Sunday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat TorahJewishOct. 21-22*Mon. Tues
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's Birthday)IslamicNov. 9*#Saturday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláhBahá'iNov. 12*Tuesday
Day of the CovenantBahá'iNov. 26*Tuesday
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-BaháBahá'iNov. 28*Thursday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhistDec. 8Sunday
Winter Solstice (EST)Dec. 21Saturday
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast]JewishDec. 23-30*Mon.-Mon.
ChristmasWestern ChristianDec. 25Wednesday
KwanzaaInterfaith/ African-AmericanDec. 26-Jan. 1Thurs.-Wed.

*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

#All dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar. For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with "#" will be the next day from these dates.

Spring 2020

Gantan-sai (New Year)ShintoJan. 1Wednesday
Feast of the NativityEastern OrthodoxJan. 7Tuesday
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Boar] Click here  Click here
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Jan. 25Saturday
PurimJewishMar. 10*Tuesday
Vernal Equinox (EST)Mar. 19Thursday
Naw-Ruz (Bahá'i new Year)Bahá'iMar. 21*Saturday
Palm SundayWestern ChristianApr. 5Sunday
Passover (Pesach), 1st two daysJewishApr. 9-10*Thurs.-Fri.
Good FridayWestern ChristianApr. 10Friday
EasterWestern ChristianApr. 12Sunday
Palm Sunday Eastern OrthodoxApr. 12Sunday
Passover (Pesach), concluding daysJewishApr. 15-16*Wed.-Thurs.
Holy FridayEastern OrthodoxApr. 17Friday
PaschaEastern OrthodoxApr. 19Sunday
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 daysBaha'iApr. 21*Tuesday
Beginning of RamadanIslamicApr. 24*#Friday
9th Day of RidvanBahá'iApr. 29*Wednesday
12th Day of RidvanBahá'iMay 2*Saturday

*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

#All dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar. For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with "#" will be the next day from these dates.

Summer 2020

Declaration of the BábBahá'iMay 23*Saturday
Eid al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr)
(first day of Shawwal)
IslamicMay 24*Saturday
Ascension of Baha'u'llahBahá'iMay 29*Friday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks)JewishMay 29-30*Fri.-Sat.
Summer Solstice (EST) June 20Saturday
Martyrdom of the BábBahá'iJuly 9*Thursday
Eid al-AdhaIslamicJuly 31*#Friday

*Holy days start at sundown on evening preceding first day and end at sundown or nightfall of concluding date.

#All dates are from Fiqh Council of North America (FCNA) and European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) adopted Islamic Calendar. For events based on sightability of the moon in North America, those denoted with "#" will be the next day from these dates.