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 of Arts & Sciences 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, as follows.
This procedure cannot be used during the final exam period, given the time limitations inherent in completing end-of-semester assignments or making up a missed final exam. 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. Not all holidays require students to miss class or reschedule assignments. Moreover, we recognize that observances vary by tradition and country and, in some faiths, 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 neither all-inclusive nor a formal designation of religious holidays recognized by the University; it is merely an aid for planning purposes. Students should take care to verify possible conflicts as early in the semester as possible and arrange appropriate accommodations well in advance.
Baha’i (holidays begin at sundown the previous day)
|Naw Ruz||Friday, March 20, 2020|
|Bodhi Day||Thursday, January 2, 2020|
|Losar (Tibetan New Year)||February 24-26, 2020|
|Vesak||Thursday, May 7, 2020|
|All Saints Day||Friday, November 1, 2019|
|Epiphany (Orthodox)||Monday, January 6, 2020|
|Ash Wednesday||Wednesday, February 26, 2020|
|Clean Monday (Orthodox)||Monday, March 2, 2020|
|Good Friday||April 10, 2020|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday, April 12, 2020|
|Holy Friday||Friday, April 17, 2020|
|Easter (Orthodox)||Sunday, April 19, 2020|
|Ganesh Puja||Monday, September 2, 2019|
|Navaratri||September 29-October 8, 2019|
|Diwali||Sunday, October 27, 2019|
|Maakar Sankrantri||Wednesday, January 15, 2020|
|Shivaratri||Friday, February 21, 2020|
|Holi||March 9-10, 2020|
|Ram Navami||Thursday, April 2, 2020|
|Hanuman Jayanti||Wednesday, April 8, 2020|
|Eid-Al-Adha||July 30-31, 2020|
|al Hijra||August 19-20, 2020|
|Aashoraa||Tuesday, September 10, 2019|
|Mawlid al Nabiy||Sunday, November 10, 2019|
|Ramadan||April 23 - May 23, 2020|
|Eid al-Fitr||Sunday, May 24, 2020|
|Jewish Holidays (holidays begin at sundown of the previous day)|
|Rosh Hashanah||September 29-October 1, 2019|
|Yom Kippur||Wednesday, October 9, 2019|
|Sukkot||October 14-20, 2019|
|Shemini Atzeret||October 21-22, 2019|
|Simchat Torah||Tuesday, October 22, 2019|
|Chanukah||December 23-30, 2020|
|Purim||Tuesday, March 10, 2020|
|Pesach||April 9-16, 2020|
May 29-30, 2020
|Tisha B'Av||Wednesday, July 30, 2020|
|Vaisakhi||Monday, April 13, 2020|
* 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.