Religious Holidays

Academic Policy

Policy Implementation

2017-18 Dates for Religious Observances

Academic Policy Overview

Philadelphia University is a nonsectarian educational institution and respects the diversity and religious needs of its affiliates.  The University respects the rights of faculty, staff and students to observe religious holidays.  While academic and personnel calendars do not incorporate religious holidays, the policy is intended to apply equitably to all religious groups and to provide opportunities to all to meet their religious obligations.

Faculty observing religious holidays that conflict with their class schedule should give appropriate advance notice to students, as well as the Program Director and Associate Dean of their College to allow for accommodation and alternate planning.

Non-attendance of class on religious holidays by those observing the holiday will be excused without penalty.  No adverse or prejudicial effects will result because a student availed herself or himself of these provisions.

  • Students shall be excused from any such academic or campus work requirement that conflicts with their observance of a religious holiday.
  • Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not, however, relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence.
  • Students shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study, or work requirement which s/he may have missed because of such absence on any particular day.
  • Student athletes shall be excused from team activities during their religious observances.

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Policy Implementation

I. University offices will:

  • The Office of Human Resources will publish University calendar of holidays for employees (;
  • The Office of the Provost will publish a list of religious holidays that some, but not all students, may observe; and
  • The Office of the Provost will republish this policy at the beginning of each semester.

II. Faculty will:

  • Consult the list of religious holidays published by the Provost’s Office when scheduling exams and assignments;
  • Specify the dates of exams and due dates of assignments on their syllabi, whenever possible; and
  • Include the following syllabus statement:  "The University respects students’ rights to observe religious holidays.  Students planning to be absent from a class due to religious observance shall notify the faculty during the first week of classes, if possible.  Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence.  Professors shall work with students to ensure they have a reasonable opportunity to make up missed classes and assignments."

III. Students will: 

  • Notify their instructors or on-campus employers during the first week of classes, if possible, if they plan to be absent due to religious observance.

IV. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the following individuals:

  • Faculty with a concern regarding the policy shall contact the Provost Matt Baker at extension 2917.
  • Students shall contact the Dean of Students Dr. Henry Humphreys at extension 2805.
  • Administrators, faculty members, staff members, employees or third-parties with an unlawful discrimination complaint arising from this policy should contact Human Resources at extension 2562.

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Dates for Religious Observances

Philadelphia University respects the rights of students and faculty to observe religious holidays that are important to them. The following is an alphabetical list of some, but not all, holidays that students and faculty may observe:




May 16 - June 14, 2018

Eid al-Fitr

June 15, 2018

Rosh Hashanah

Sundown September 20 - Sundown September 22, 2017

Yom Kippur

Sundown September 29 - Sundown October 12, 2017


Sundown October 4 - Sundown October 11, 2017

Eid al-Adha

Sundown September 1- Sundown September 5, 2017


October 19, 2017

Chinese New Year/Spring Festival

February 16, 2018


Sundown March 30 - Sundown April 7, 2018

Good Friday

March 30, 2018


April 1, 2018

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