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 2017-2018 and 2018-2019

Holiday 2017-2018 2018-2019
Jewish holy days and the weekly Sabbath begin at sunset on the day preceding the given date, as does Ramadan.
RAMADAN SAT MAY 27 WED MAY 16
EID AL FITR MON-WED JUN 26-28 FRI-SUN JUN 15-17
EID AL ADHA FRI-MON SEP 1-4 WED-SAT AUG 22-25
KRISHNA JANMASHTAMI TUES AUG 15 MON SEPT 3
ROSH HASHANAH THURS-FRI SEP 21-22 MON-TUES SEP 10-11
YOM KIPPUR SAT SEP 30 WED SEP 19
SUKKOT THURS-WED OCT 5-11 MON-SUN SEP 24-30
SHEMINI ATZERET THURS OCT 12 MON OCT 1
SIMCHAT TORAH FRI OCT 13 TUES OCT 2
NAVARATRI THURS-FRI SEP 21-29 TUES-TUES OCT 9-16
DASARA SAT SEP 30 FRI OCT 19
DIWALI THURS OCT 19 WED NOV 7
CHRISTMAS MON DEC 25 TUES DEC 25
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GOOD FRIDAY FRI MAR 30 FRI APR 19
PASSOVER SAT MAR 31 SAT-SAT APR 20 - 27
EASTER SUN APR 1 SUN APR 21
PASSOVER-LAST 2 DAYS FRI-SAT APR 6-7 FRI-SAT APRIL 26 - 27