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Policy on Religious Holidays

It is the policy of Barnard College to respect its members; religious beliefs. In compliance with New York State law, each student who is absent from school because of her religious beliefs will be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up examination, study, or work requirements that she may have missed because of such absence on particular day or days. No student will be penalized for absence due to religious beliefs, and alternative means will be sought for satisfying the academic requirements involved.

Those responsible for scheduling of academic activities or essential services are expected to avoid conflict with religious holidays as much as possible. If a suitable arrangement cannot be worked out between the student and the instructor involved, the instructor should consult the Associate Provost. If an additional appeal is needed, it may be taken to the Provost.

A list of all religious holidays can be found on the interfaith calendar.

For your information in planning your syllabus the major Islamic and Jewish Holidays during the school year are listed below. Please note these holidays begin on sundown of the preceding day.

Major Religious Holidays
Academic Years 2013-2014 and 2014-2015

Holiday 2013-2014 2014-2015
Jewish holy days and the weekly Sabbath begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date, as does Ramandan
RAMADAN MON JULY 8 SUN JUNE 29
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI WED AUG 28 SUN AUG 17
EID AL FITR FRI AUG 9 TUES JUL 29
ROSH HASHANAH THUR-FRI SEPT 5-6 THURS-FRI SEPT 25-26
NAVARATRI SAT OCT 5 THURS SEPT 25
DASARA MON OCT 14 SAT OCT 4
YOM KIPPUR SAT SEPT 14 SAT OCT 4
SUKKOT THUR-FRI SEPT 19-20 THURS-FRI OCT 9-10
SHEMINI ATZERET THUR SEPT 26 THURS OCT 16
SHIMCHAT TORAH FRI SEPT 27 FRI OCT 17
DIWALI SUN NOV 3 THURS OCT 23
EID AL ADHA WED OCT 16 SUN OCT 5
CHRISTMAS WED DEC 25 THURS DEC 25
GOOD FRIDAY FRI APR 20 FRI APR 5
PASSOVER TUES-WED APR 15-16 SAT-SUN APR 4-5
EASTER SUN APR 20 SUN APR 5
PASSOVER-LAST 2 DAYS MON-TUES APR 21-22 FRI-SAT APR 10-11