Religious Holiday

Published: March 14th, 2005

Category: Memos

Joseph Glover, Interim Provost

Under UF Policy, students may not be penalized for observance of a religious holiday. Faculty should be aware that Monday April 25th is a full Jewish holiday during the Passover celebration that coincides with a final exam day. Faculty members are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University’s policy concerning religious holidays and to provide students informing them of such a religious observance with the opportunity to take the final exam at another time.

According to the University of Florida Religious Holidays Policy:

Students, upon prior notification of their instructors, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith.

Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the material or activities covered in their absence.

Students shall not be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious observances.

A student who is to be excused from class for a religious holy day is not required to provide a second party certification of the reasons for the absence.

Finally, a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.

Thank you for your cooperation with this policy.

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