Students with Conflicts Due to Religious Observance

Students with Exam Conflicts Due to Religious Observance: During the Semester and in the Finals Period

In accordance with the University's non-discrimination policy and its Faculty Rules, instructors are expected to make reasonable accommodations for students who cannot take a quiz or exam, including final exams, on the scheduled date due to a religious observance.

During the Semester

Faculty should include instructions regarding their own policies on these matters in course syllabi. Students must inform instructors of any conflicts within the first four weeks of the semester, or as soon as possible after the exam date is announced.  Students wishing to request flexibility from an instructor may find this sample template useful.

Examples of suitable arrangements for exams that conflict with a religious holiday may include: (1) creating a course policy in which any student may choose to drop an exam or assignment score for any accepted reason, specifically including religious holiday observance as one of those reasons; (2) providing the opportunity for a makeup exam or an equivalent assignment; and (3) allowing extra-credit assignments to substitute for missed class work. Alternate arrangements may vary by course depending upon factors such as the size of the class, nature of the course content, and mode of instruction.

During the Finals Period

As during the semester, students who cannot take a final exam on the scheduled date due to a religious observance must inform the instructors of any conflicts within the first four weeks of the term. In such cases, instructors are expected to offer a final exam on an alternate date within the same semester, noting the policy in the Faculty Rules that final examinations may be given only during the final examinations period. 

If requested by the instructor, rescheduled exams for both undergraduate and graduate students may be administered and proctored by staff designated by the Office of the Dean of the College. The Office of the Dean of the College will notify the appropriate academic affairs Dean in the Grauate School about any situations involving a graduate student. Instructors should fill out this Exam Proctoring Request Form if a proctor is needed for rescheduled final exams for students with conflcts due to religious observance.