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Statement on Religious Accommodation for Students

The College of Charleston community is enriched by students of many faiths that have various religious observances, practices and beliefs. We value student rights and freedoms, including the right of each student to adhere to individual systems of religion.

The College prohibits discrimination against any student because of such student’s religious belief or any absence thereof. The College acknowledges that religious practices differ from tradition to tradition and that the demands of religious observance in some traditions may cause conflicts with student schedules. In affirming this diversity, like many other colleges and universities, the College supports the concept of "reasonable accommodation for religious observance" in regard to class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and other academic work requirements, unless the accommodation would create an undue hardship on the College. Faculty are required, as part of their responsibility to students and the College, to ascribe to this policy and to ensure its fair and full implementation.

The accommodation request imposes responsibilities and obligations on both the individual requesting the accommodation and the College. Faculty members are expected to reasonably accommodate individual religious practices. Examples of reasonable accommodations for student absences might include: rescheduling of an exam or giving a make-up exam for the student in question; altering the time of a student’s presentation; allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work or arranging for an increased flexibility in assignment dates. Regardless of any accommodation that may be granted, students are responsible for satisfying all academic objectives, requirements and prerequisites as defined by the instructor and by the College.


Below is a partial list of the religious holidays that might pose conflicts with the 2016 - 2017 academic calendar.

2016-2017 Religious Holidays

Date

Holiday

Religion

August 25, 2016

Janmashtami

Hindu

September 11, 2016

Eid al-Adha*

Islamic

October 1-October 9, 2016

Navaratri / Dassehra

Hindu

October 2, 2016

Muharram (Al Hijrah - New Year)

Islamic

October 3-October 4, 2016

Rosh Hashanah *

Jewish

October 12, 2016

Yom Kippur *

Jewish

October 17, 2016

Sukkoth *

Jewish

October 24, 2016

Sh’mini Atzeret *

Jewish

October 25, 2016

Simchat Torah *

Jewish

December 11, 2016

Maulid al-Nabi

Islamic

January 7, 2017

Christmas (Orthodox) **

Orthodox Christian

February 25, 2017

Maha Shivaratri

Hindu

February 27, 2017

Beginning of Lent (Clean Monday) **

Orthodox Christian

March 1, 2017

Ash Wednesday (Beginning of Lent)

Christian

March 12, 2017

Purim *

Jewish

March 13-14, 2017

Holi

Hindu

April 5, 2017

Ramanavami

Hindu

April 11-April 18, 2017

Passover *

Jewish

April 14, 2017

Good Friday**

Christian & Orthodox Christian