Religious Holidays


  • Religious Holidays

    1. At the beginning of each academic semester, the Provost’s Office issues a message entitled “Statement on Class Activities During Religious Holidays”, to all faculty and staff which provides that “Instructors are strongly encouraged to make reasonable accommodations in response to student requests to complete work missed by absence resulting from observation of religious holidays.  Such accommodations should be made in ways that do not dilute or preclude the requirements or learning outcomes
      for the course.
    2. Students anticipating such a conflict must inform their instructor in writing within the first three weeks of the semester, and prior to the anticipated absence, and must take the initiative to work out with the instructor a schedule for making up missed work.”
    3. While faculty are encouraged not to schedule significant course assessments on major religious holidays as listed in the Academic Calendar and on the Interfaith Calendar web site , they are also encouraged to inform students whose religious holidays are not recognized by the University’s calendar that they should provide the instructor with the dates they will be absent as early in the semester as possible.
    4. In keeping with the University’s commitment to building and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive learning and working environment, the University encourages flexibility in considering requests for accommodations of those observing religious holidays.
  • LINK: Academic Calendar
  • LINK: Interfaith Calendar (non-UConn site)
  • Connecticut General Statute Sec. 10a-50. Absence of students due to religious beliefs.
    1. No person shall be expelled from or refused admission as a student to an institution of higher education for the reason that he is unable, because the tenets of his religion forbid secular activity on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirements on such particular day or days or at such time of day. Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of such reason, to attend classes on a particular day or days or at a particular time of day shall be excused from any examination or any study or work assignments on such particular day or days or at such particular time of day. It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school because of such reason an equivalent opportunity to make up any examination, study or work requirements which he has missed because of such absence on any particular day or days or at any particular time of day. No special fees of any kind shall be charged to the student for making available to such student such equivalent opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his availing himself of the provisions of this section. For the purposes of this section, “institution of higher education” shall mean any of the schools comprising the state system of higher education, as defined in section 10a-1.