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 Vice Provost Saskia Hamilton. 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 2018-2019 and 2019-2020

Holiday 2019-2020 2018-2019
Jewish holy days and the weekly Sabbath begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date, as does Ramadan.
RAMADAN MON MAY 6 WED MAY 16
EID AL FITR WED-FRI JUN 5-7 FRI-SUN JUN 15-17
EID AL ADHA MON-THURS AUG 12-15 WED-SAT AUG 22-25
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI FRI AUG 23 MON SEPT 3
ROSH HASHANAH MON-TUES SEP 30-OCT 1 MON-TUES SEP 10-11
YOM KIPPUR WED OCT 9 WED SEP 19
SUKKOT MON-SUN OCT 14-20 MON-SUN SEP 24-30
SHEMINI ATZERET MON OCT 21 MON OCT 1
SIMCHAT TORAH TUES OCT 22 TUES OCT 2
NAVARATRI   TUES-TUES OCT 9-16
DASARA TUES OCT 8 FRI OCT 19
DIWALI SUN OCT 27 WED NOV 7
CHRISTMAS WED DEC 25 TUES DEC 25
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GOOD FRIDAY FRI APR 10 FRI APR 19
PASSOVER WED APR 8 SAT-SAT APR 20 - 27
EASTER SUN APR 12 SUN APR 21
PASSOVER-LAST 2 DAYS WED-THURS APR 15-16 FRI-SAT APRIL 26 - 27