Absence Due to Religious Observance

The University is committed to ensuring that every student will have the right to pursue their education while practicing their faith. 

To accomplish this, the University has undertaken the following strategic steps:

  • Continued emphasis on New York State Law:
    • Absence due to religious observance. New York State Education Law (Section 224-a) - Campuses are required to excuse, without penalty, individual students absent because of religious beliefs, and to provide equivalent opportunities for make-up examinations, study, or work requirements missed because of such absences.  Faculty should work directly with students to accommodate religious observances. Students should notify the instructor of record in a timely manner.
  • A listing of major religious holidays has been published with the academic planning calendar to ensure that the campus is aware of the major religious observances practiced by our students, faculty, and staff.

Guidance on Religious Accommodations for Students and Employees