Religious Holidays

Published: January 13th, 2011

Category: Memos

Joseph Glover, Provost

Please assure that every faculty member in your college is familiar with the policy specified below and complies with its provisions as they relate to accommodating students’ religious observances.

Students and faculty must work together to allow students the opportunity to observe the holy days of his or her faith. A student needs to inform the faculty member of the religious observances of his or her faith that will conflict with class attendance, with tests or examinations, or with other class activities prior to the class or occurrence of that test or activity. The faculty member is then obligated to accommodate that particular student’s religious observances. Because our students represent a myriad of cultures and many faiths, the University of Florida is not able to assure that scheduled academic activities do not conflict with the holy days of all religious groups. We, therefore, rely on individual students to make their need for an excused absence known in advance of the scheduled activities. (Please note, in particular, that Passover this year is at the end of the semester, and April 18, 19, and 20 are the three most important days of this religious period. The last day of spring semester classes is April 20.)

The UF Religious Holidays Policy is available at:

For University of Florida Students, the following guidelines apply:
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.

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