Spring 2024 Religious Holidays

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Newsletter

Monday, February 5, 2024
Message from the Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Dear Members of the Brockport Community,

As we are at the start of the spring semester, we would like to make you aware of the religious holidays that will occur in rapid succession mid-semester. The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion would like to remind our campus community about policy and practice for religious holiday observance.

SUNY Brockport recognizes the diverse faith traditions represented among its campus community and supports the rights of faculty, staff, and students to observe according to these traditions.

Faculty are asked to make appropriate accommodations for students’ observance needs by providing an opportunity to make up any examination, study, or work requirement that is missed because of an absence due to a religious observance, provided the instructor has been notified no later than the end of the second week of classes for regular session classes or by an agreed upon deadline for non-standard classes. If a faculty member is unwilling or unable to make an appropriate accommodation, the student should consult their academic dean. Students have certain rights to make up work missed due to observation of religious holidays. Please refer to Section 224-A of the New York State Education Law to learn more about this provision.

Deans, department chairs, and program directors are asked to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude faculty who are observing a religious holiday from participation.

Supervisors are asked to be supportive of staff members who request vacation or personal time to observe a religious holiday and to make every effort to avoid scheduling meetings or events at times that would exclude such staff members from participation.

Please note: The following religious holidays that may require an accommodation, have begun or will begin within the coming days and weeks

  • Lent (Christian): February 14-March 28, 2024
  • Ramadan (Islam): March 18-April 8, 2024
  • Holi (Hinduism): March 25, 2024
  • Easter (Christian): March 31, 2024
  • Passover (Judaism): April 22-30, 2024

Please visit the OEDI website to view the calendar of religious holidays, which lists additional observances and major days of religious significance. The Office of Equity Diversity, and Inclusion recognizes the calendar of faith traditions provided does not include all those observed by the diverse members of our community. In addition, some observances vary by tradition and by country and are defined by the lunar calendar. In reading this information we ask you to share other observances or major days of religious significance that you’re aware of and should be listed, or if you see a misrepresentation, please contact the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion via email OEDI@brockport.edu or call (585) 395-2024.

Sincerely,

Dr. Lorraine Acker
Vice President for Student Affairs and Interim Chief Diversity Officer 

Dr. Lorraine Acker, Interim Chief Diversity Officer
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