Dr. Chaden Djalali

Dr. Chaden Djalali

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Dr. Gigi Secuban

Dr. Gigi Secuban

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A message regarding religious accommodation for students, faculty and staff


On Friday, Aug. 31, Ohio University Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. Chaden Djalali and Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Gigi Secuban shared the following message with the campus community regarding the importance of religious accommodation.


Fellow Bobcats,
 
Ohio University is a diverse academic community in which difference in all forms enriches our lives and experiences. We are committed to nurturing a culture of inclusion that values diversity and respects difference.
 
To respect and honor the religious diversity in our Bobcat community, Ohio University makes reasonable accommodations for students, staff and faculty whose religious holy days coincide with their work schedules and classroom assignments. Accordingly, absences for religious observance are considered to be University-sanctioned activities within the Faculty Handbook and Ohio University policy. Ohio University does not discriminate based on religion or personal religious observance. Consideration and support of all faculty, staff, and students’ personal observance of religious holidays and religious expression is expected throughout the year.
 
During all religious holidays, students may ask to be excused from class to observe the specific holiday. Please work with these students to provide any make-up work or exams they may miss. Staff also may request time off for personal religious observation and seek your support for scheduling or other accommodations.
 
Students, faculty, and staff who require time off for personal religious observance or other religious accommodation are encouraged to share this information with instructors and supervisors as soon as possible to facilitate planning and arrangements for make-up work.
 
Please contact the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance at 740-593-9140 or equity@ohio.edu if you have questions or need guidance on issues related to religious observance within the University. A listing of major religious holidays can be found on Ohio University’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion website: www.ohio.edu/diversity/religious-holidays.cfm.
 
Sincerely,
  
Dr. Chaden Djalali                                    
Executive Vice President and Provost                          
                                           
Dr. Gigi Secuban
Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion