Dean of Undergraduates

Guidelines for Religious Accommodations

Both Rice's policy of non-discrimination on the basis of religion and our core values of diversity and inclusion require instructors to make reasonable accommodations to help students avoid negative academic consequences with their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements.

Every reasonable effort should be made to allow members of the university community to observe their religious holidays without jeopardizing the fulfillment of their academic obligations. It is never acceptable for an instructor to compel a student to choose between religious observation and academic work.

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 the absence. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent.

Religious Holidays for AY 2021-2022*

Month

Date

Holy Day

Religion

August

9

Hijra (New Year)

Islam

August

18

Ashura

Islam

September

7 & 8

Rosh Hashana (evening of 9/6)

Judaism

September

10

Ganesh Chaturthi

Hinduism

September

15 &16

Yom Kippur

Judaism

September

21 & 22

First and Second Days of Sukkot

Judaism

September

28 & 29

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

Judaism

October

7

Navaratri Begins (10/7-10/15)

Hinduism

October

15

Vijaya Dashami

Hinduism

November

4

Diwali

Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism, Sikhism

November

6 & 7

Birth of Bab

Baháʼí

November

6 & 7

Birth of Baha’u’llah

Baháʼí

December

25

Christmas

Christianity

January

7

Julian Christmas

Orthodox Christianity

January

14

Pongal/Makar Sankranti

Hinduism

March

1

Maha Shivaratri

Hinduism

March

17 & 18

Holi

Hinduism

March

21 & 22

Naw Ruz

Baháʼí

April

1

Lunar New Year/Yugadi

Hinduism

April

2

Ramadan begins (through May 2)

Islam

April

14

Solar New Year/Vaisakhi/Puthandu

Hinduism

April

15

Good Friday

Christianity

April

15, 16 & 17

First Days of Passover (through 4/23)

Judaism

April

16

Holy Saturday

Christianity

April

17

Easter

Christianity

April

21

1st day of Ridvan

Baháʼí

April

22

Good Friday

Orthodox Christianity

April

22 & 23

Last Two Days of Passover

Judaism

April

24

Pesach/Easter

Orthodox Christianity

April

29

9th day of Ridvan

Baháʼí

May

2

Ramadan ends

Islam

May

2 & 3

Eid-al-Fitr

Islam

May

2

12th day of Ridvan

Baháʼí

May

24

Declaration of Bab

Baháʼí

May

29

Ascension of Baha’u’llah

Baháʼí

June

4, 5 & 6

Shavuot

Judaism

*This list is not a complete listing of religious holidays. If you would like a religious holiday added to the list, please provide the information via email to ugdean@rice.edu.