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 2016-2017 and 2017-2018

Holiday 2016-2017 2017-2018
Jewish holy days and the weekly Sabbath begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date, as does Ramadan.
RAMADAN MON JUN 6 SAT MAY 27
EID AL FITR THURS-SAT JUL 7-9 MON-WED JUN 26-28
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI THURS AUG 25 TUES AUG 15
EID AL ADHA SUN-WED SEPT 11-14 FRI-MON SEP 1-4
ROSH HASHANAH MON-TUES OCT 3-4 THURS-FRI SEP 21-22
NAVARATRI SAT-MON OCT 1-10 THURS-FRI SEP 21-29
DASARA TUES OCT 11 SAT SEP 30
YOM KIPPUR WED OCT 12 SAT SEP 30
SUKKOT MON-SUN OCT 17-23 THURS-WED OCT 5-11
SHEMINI ATZERET MON OCT 24 THURS OCT 12
SIMCHAT TORAH TUES OCT 25 FRI OCT 13
DIWALI SUN OCT 30 THURS OCT 19
CHRISTMAS SUN DEC 25 MON DEC 25
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GOOD FRIDAY FRI APR 14 FRI MAR 30
PASSOVER TUES APR 11 SAT MAR 31
EASTER SUN APR 16 SUN APR 1
PASSOVER-LAST 2 DAYS MON-TUES APR 17-18 FRI-SAT APR 6-7