Holidays and Classes
In some cases, religious holidays and the academic calendar may come into conflict with one another. To be respectful of the beliefs of everyone in the Colgate community, a policy for these situations is outlined in the student handbook
Read the policyIn order that no student at Colgate suffer academic penalty because of his or her conscientious observance of a major religious holiday, it is important that faculty members follow a uniform policy regarding such observance. For scheduling purposes involving the student body, Colgate considers major religious holidays to be the following: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover, Good Friday, and Easter.
Quizzes or exams should not be scheduled, and papers should not become due, on any of these holidays or on the subsequent two weekdays. In addition, every effort will be made not to schedule major college events on these days.
Please also note that students observing the festival of Ramadan may need accommodation for their fasting arrangements. Please consult the University Chaplain for details. Students whose conscientious religious observance requires that they observe religious holidays in addition to those named above, for example Orthodox Good Friday, and Orthodox Easter, should inform their instructors well in advance. In such cases, each instructor and student shall arrange an accommodation consistent with the policy described for the major religious holidays listed above.
Students whose conscientious religious practices require that they observe religious holidays in addition to those named above can make use of the following procedure: prior to the holiday, they may obtain a letter from the appropriate religious adviser affirming their intention to observe the holiday. If such notification is delivered to the course instructor before the holiday, the student's absence on the holiday will be regarded as an authorized one; and the student will be excused from quizzes and exams both for that day and for the next class session (at which his or her attendance may again be expected). Under these circumstances, the student will be permitted to take a make-up exam without penalty.
A similar option exists with respect to papers: if proper notification is delivered to the course instructor before the holiday, the student will be excused from submitting a paper due on that holiday, and from submitting it at the next class session after the holiday (at which his or her attendance may again be expected).
Want to learn more about any of the holidays below? Consider enrolling in a course with the religion department
. Or check out a collection of religion encyclopedias available to students, faculty, and staff on campus through the library's website. LEARN MORE