Policy - Students are permitted by University policy to be absent from class to observe a religious holiday. This policy reflects the University’s commitment to being responsive to our increasing diversity and to enabling students’ spiritual development. Accordingly, Trinity College and the Pratt School of Engineering have established procedures to be followed by students for notifying their instructors of an absence necessitated by the observance of a religious holiday.
Students who miss class to observe a specified religious holiday are expected to make prior arrangements with their instructor to make up any work missed (see below). If an instructor is unable or unwilling to grant the request, the student should consult his or her academic dean.
Note: it is strongly recommended that, as a courtesy, you notify each of your instructors at the beginning of the semester of any religious holiday(s) that will necessitate your absence from classes that semester.
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Given the time limitations inherent in completing end-of-semester assignments or making up a missed final exam, this procedure cannot be used during the final exam period. You are expected to take final examinations at the scheduled times and to complete end-of-semester work by the deadlines set by the instructor. In the event that a religious holiday should fall during exam week, contact your academic dean well before the scheduled assignment or exam.
The University recognizes that the various religious traditions observed by our diverse student body include more holidays than can easily be included on a list. Moreover, we recognize that in some faiths observances vary by tradition and country and in accordance with the lunar calendar. However, as a guide to faculty and students in the planning of their courses and assignments, members of the campus ministry have identified the dates of major religious holidays that occur when classes are being held during the academic year. This list is not a designation of religious holidays recognized by the University; nor is it meant to be all inclusive. The list is merely an aid for planning purposes.
|Chinese New Year||January 31, 2014|
|Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Catholic)||December 8, 2013|
|Good Friday||April 18, 2014|
|Janmashtami||August 28, 2013|
|Ganesh Puja||September 9, 2013|
|Dashera||October 14, 2013|
|Maakar Sankrantri||January 14, 2014|
|Shivaratri||February 24, 2014|
|Holi||March 18, 2014|
|Ram Navami||April 18, 2014|
|Islamic Holidays||See note**|
|Eid al Adha||October 15, 2013|
|Al Hijira||November 5, 2013|
|Ramadan||June 28, 2014|
|Eid al Fitr||July 29, 2014|
Sundown September 4-5, 2013
Sundown September 13, 2013
|Sukkot||Sundown September 18-19, 2013|
|Shemini Atzeret||Sundown September 25-26, 2013|
|Simchat Torah||Sundown September 26-27, 2013|
|Pesach||Sundown April 14-16, 2014|
|Shavuot||Sundown June 3-5, 2014|
**All Islamic and certain Hindu and Buddhist holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.
Traditional Jews also observe a work-free Sabbath, beginning every Friday night shortly before sundown, and lasting for 25 hours.
Absence from class due to observance of a religious holiday is excused according to University policy, so no dean's excuse is required. If an instructor is unwilling or unable to excuse your absence from class, you should consult your academic dean. It is the responsibility of each instructor to communicate the University policy to his or her students and to accommodate reasonable requests.