Religious Holy Days Observance

Sept. 18, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I just want to remind all about the University's policy with respect to religious holy days observance.  In constructing the academic calendar, religious holy days will not be the sole factor in determining days on which classes will be held or suspended.  It is the policy of the University, however, that students be encouraged to observe their appropriate religious holy days; that instructors strive to facilitate this by allowing absence from classes for such purposes and by trying to insure that no examinations, written reports, oral reports or other mandatory class assignments are scheduled for or due on such holy days; and that instructors provide ample opportunities for such students to make up work missed on such occasions without penalty.  Jewish holidays begin at sundown of the previous evening and end at nightfall of the day listed.

Best regards,

Lisa M. Lynch
Provost and Maurice B. Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy
Brandeis University