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 a 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 the 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 that many of these holidays begin on sundown of the preceding day.

Major Religious Holidays
Academic Years 2015-2016 and 2016-2017

Holiday 2015-2016 2016-2017
Jewish holy days and the weekly Sabbath begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date, as does Ramadan.
RAMADAN THURS JUN 18 MON JUN 6
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI SAT SEPT 5 THURS AUG 25
EID AL FITR SAT-TUES JUL 18-21 THURS-SAT JUL 7-9
ROSH HASHANAH MON-TUES SEPT 14-15 MON-TUES OCT 3-4
NAVARATRI TUES-WED OCT 13-21 SAT-MON OCT 1-10
DASARA THURS OCT 22 TUES OCT 11
YOM KIPPUR WED SEPT 23 WED OCT 12
SUKKOT MON-SUN SEPT 28-OCT 4 MON-SUN OCT 17-23
SHEMINI ATZERET MON OCT 5 MON OCT 24
SIMCHAT TORAH TUES OCT 6 TUES OCT 25
DIWALI WED NOV 11 SUN OCT 30
EID AL ADHA WED-SAT SEPT 23-26 SUN-WED SEPT 11-14
CHRISTMAS THURS DEC 25 SUN DEC 25
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GOOD FRIDAY FRI MAR 25 FRI APR 14
PASSOVER SAT APR 23 TUES APR 11
EASTER SUN MAR 27 SUN APR 16
PASSOVER-LAST 2 DAYS FRI-SAT APR 29-30 MON-TUES APR 17-18