FALL 2015 - An email to all undergraduates from Dean of the College Maud S. Mandel on August 19: This year Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Sunday, September 13 and ends on the evening of Tuesday, September 15. As the semester begins on Wednesday, September 9, students observing the holiday may be unable to attend the first day of seminars meeting on Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15 and some faculty may not be able to teach classes on those days. With these issues in mind, “Shopping Period” will be extended until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23 this year. Students are responsible for letting faculty know in advance if they will be missing classes for religious observances at any time in the academic year. However, since this is the first class session of the year, faculty have been asked to be lenient where possible. We have also asked faculty not to give away the spots of religiously observant students in enrollment limited courses and to make an exception to any attendance policies that penalize students for missed classes. Students are, of course, responsible for making up any missed work.
The Office of the Chaplains and Religious Life supports Brown's religious diversity and works to enhance religious literacy within the University community. Brown's multifaith team of chaplains welcomes all students for individual conversation, provides care -- to the University community and to any member of the community -- in moments of turmoil or grief, provides support in expression of religious identity, and offers encouragement and advice for the intellectual enterprise.
The Chaplains support more than 18 traditions, including the Brown-RISD Catholic community, Brown-RISD Hillel, Brown Muslim Students' Association, various Protestant groups; students who are Quaker, Christian Scientist, Orthodox Christian, Unitarian, Baha'i, Hindu, Vedanta, Buddhist; and Yoga and Mindfulness, Queer Faith discussions, and contemplative practices.
Additional information about programs and services offered by the Office of Chaplains and Religious Life is available at brown.edu/chaplains.
For more than 40 years, the weekly Thursday Night Supper has taken place in the Chaplain's home, during which a broad group of students and faculty gathers to share supper and discuss topics of spiritual and ethical significance.
Additional information about Thursday Night Supper and other interfaith initiatives is available at brown.edu/chaplains.
A conversation-based support group specifically for students shouldering grief is open to students enrolled in any program at Brown. Gatherings occur each term; students are welcome to attend some or all of the gatherings in a semester as they wish. Contact the Chaplains Office at (401) 863-2344 for additional information.