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A reminder about religious observation policies

The University community received the following reminder from University leadership regarding religious observation policies:

With the observance of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech, we are reminded of the importance of valuing and respecting our unique characteristics and working toward a community mindful of inclusion.
One way this can be honored is to respect personal observance of religious holidays and religious expression. Rosh Hashanah brings it to our attention because it is right at the beginning of the semester, but certainly equitable consideration is expected throughout the academic year. Rosh Hashanah begins on the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 4 and concludes on the evening of Friday, Sept. 6.  
During religious holidays, students may ask to be excused from class to observe the holiday. Please work to support reasonable plans by students to make up work or exams they may miss.
Additionally, staff may request time off for personal religious observation and seek your support for scheduling or other accommodations.
Absences for religious observance are considered to be University-sanctioned activities within the Faculty Handbook and Ohio University policy.
Please contact the Office for Institutional Equity at 593-9132 if you have questions or need guidance on issues related to religious observance within the University. A thorough listing of major religious holidays can be found at this website.