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Holy Days

The University of Chicago is home to students of all the world’s major religious traditions and, though firmly a secular institution, values the rich diversity of spiritual expression and practice to be found on campus.

It is therefore the policy of the University that students who miss class, assignments, or exams to observe a religious holiday must be accommodated as follows: (i) absences may not be counted as a missed class in any course in which attendance is a measure of academic performance; (ii) reasonable extensions of time must be given, without academic penalty, for missed assignments; and (iii) exams must be reasonably rescheduled without academic penalty. Where a religious holiday occurs during the first week of the quarter, students who miss the first meeting of a class due to religious observance may not be dropped from the course roster, provided that they have given advance notice to the instructor of record of the need to miss the class due to a religious holiday.

Students must inform their instructors in writing of their need to observe a religious holiday reasonably well in advance of the absence, preferably at the beginning of the quarter. It is incumbent on the student who misses a class to catch up on any material discussed and assignments given during that class period. As a guide to students and to instructors in planning their courses and assignments, a list of religious holidays where observance may compete with the demands of the academic calendar can be found here. This list is not a designation of religious holidays recognized by the University; it is simply an aid for planning purposes.

Any instructor with concerns regarding either a given holiday or the academic implications of a particular student’s religious observance of holidays may seek guidance from the chair of their department; dean of their school; the Vice Provost for Academic Leadership, Advancement, and Diversity; or the Dean of Rockefeller Chapel. Additional resources include the area Dean of Students and the director of Spiritual Life.

Online Holy Day Resources

The 10 Plagues of Covid-19
10 Resources for 2020 'Pandemic Passover'
A Seder Made to Order
Building Your Mental Health Passover Seder Plate
How to Do a Pre-Seder Zoom Gathering
How to Hold a Passover Seder in the Year of Coronavirus
How to Passover in Quarantine
Passover Resource Guides
Seder Plate Substitions During Caronavirus Quarantine
Seder Readings for Passover 5780
Spiritual Care Resources for Religious Holidays
Virtual Minyan Guide

A Mostly Offline Lent Retreat
A New Kind of Holy Week
Alleluia Poster Download
Celebrating Maundy Thursday at Home
Holy Week 2020 Readings and Reflection Questions
Kindered Now We Meet to Worship Hymn to Joy
Maundy Thursday at Home
Reimaginig the Easter Season
Spiritual Care Resources for Religious Holidays
Stations of the Cross
Stations of the Cross in the Midst of Covid-19
The Liturgical Patterens of Holy Week

Catch The Blessings
Coronavirus and Ramadan: How the Muslim Month of Fasting Will Differ This Year
Coronavirus Won't Ruin Ramadan - It Will Remind Us What It's All About
Faith in the Time of Corona Virus
Following the Prophet's Example this Ramadan
Ramadan Reflections w/ Seher
Spiritual Care Resources for Religious Holidays
Staying Centered and Healthy During a Shelter in Place Ramadan
The FYI Ramadan Readiness Toolkit
The FYI Covid-19 Ramadan Toolkit
Tackling Ramadan with a Mental Health Condition

Buddha Day
Your Virutal Hanamido