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Religious Observances and Statutory Holidays

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Religious Observances

The Governing Council resolution stipulates that no examinations should be scheduled “on the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah or on Yom Kippur or on the first two days and the last two days of Passover.” It also states “the first days of classes in the Fall Term in all teaching divisions should not be scheduled on the first and second days of Rosh Hashanah or on Yom Kippur.” While the Governing Council resolution makes no special provision for other Holy Days, it is most important that no student be seriously disadvantaged because of his/her religious observances.

Those wishing to be excused from classes or examinations for religious reasons on Holy Days other than those provided for in the Governing Council resolution or on the Jewish Sabbath (about one-and-a-half hours before sunset Friday to about one-and-a-half hours after sunset Saturday) or on the Friday at 1:00 p.m. for Muslim community prayers, must inform teaching staff in a timely fashion of any anticipated absences. It is assumed that every effort will be made to avoid tests or examinations at these times and that every opportunity will be given to these students to make up missed work, particularly in courses involving laboratory work. When the scheduling of tests or examinations cannot be avoided, students are advised to submit a request for academic accommodation.

Statutory Holidays

Classes are cancelled on all statutory holidays. All rescheduling activity is handled through the Registrar’s Office.

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