FACULTY GUIDELINES FOR ACCOMMODATING STUDENT RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES When planning courses, departmental programs, and other activities for the academic year, it is useful to remember the rich mixture of religious and ethnic groups that comprise our student population. The following list includes some religious holy days, civic holidays and festivals that occur during the academic year, variously observed by certain religious and ethnic communities. This list is not exhaustive, nor does the observance of all the holy days or holidays require absence from class. The IU Southeast Religious Observances policy attempts to strike a reasonable balance between accommodating religious observances of students and meeting academic needs and standards. This policy requires instructors to make a reasonable accommodation when a student must miss an exam or other academic exercise because of a required religious observance. The policy also outlines a procedure that students should follow in requesting an accommodation. IU Southeast’s policy on accommodations for religious holy days or holidays for both students and faculty is available at: Some illustrations:
o Faculty do not have to consider accommodations for the purpose of
allowing students to travel away from IU Southeast for a religious observance.
o Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any
examination, study, or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of his/her religious beliefs must be given the opportunity to make up the work which was missed, provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon Indiana University. Upon request and timely notice, students shall be provided reasonable accommodation.
o The University will not levy fees or charges of any kind when allowing the
student to make up missed work. In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects should result to students because they have made use of these provisions.
o Attendance policies allowing for a specific number of dates to be missed
without impact on a student’s grade should not count absences for religious observance within that number.
o Making accommodations requires faculty and students to find suitable
accommodation to cover the material from the course and complete all required work, including exams. It is not an appropriate accommodation to permit a student to not complete a portion of material from the course, or to miss an exam, and simply reduce that student’s grade.
o Students are not required to prove attendance at religious services or
events in order to obtain an accommodation for religious observance under IU policy. The students are required to give notice early in the semester. Please include this reminder in your syllabus.
o Chairs and supervisors of adjunct Instructors and all other instructional
personnel have a responsibility to ensure compliance with this policy.
o Students seeking accommodations for religious observances can find the
necessary form on the IU Southeast Diversity website or in one of the school offices. This form should be filled out and returned to the class instructor no later than the end of the second week of the semester in progress.
To assist instructors and students in their planning, the Coordinator of Diversity for Academic Affairs encourages instructors to do the following at the beginning of each semester:
o Announce dates and times for examinations and other major obligations
o Ask students to let the instructor know about conflicts by the end of the
second week in the semester so that accommodations can be made.
o Provide students with information about how to download the
accommodation form from the IU Southeast Diversity website.
If, after discussion, the instructor and student cannot agree on a reasonable accommodation, either or both should seek the advice of the Coordinator of Diversity for Academic Affairs.
REQUEST FOR ACCOMMODATION FOR RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCES
This form must be submitted by the student to the professor by the end of the second week of the semester to which the request applies. A separate form must be submitted for each day and for each course. The instructor should fill in the bottom section of the form, then return the original form to the student and retain a photocopy.
Department: _____________________ Course number and name: _________________________
Instructor name: ________________________________________ Date submitted: ___________
Student name: _________________________________________ Phone: __________________
Student signature: ______________________________________ E-mail: __________________
I request accommodation for the following religious observance:
Name of religious holiday: ______________________________
Day(s), date(s), and time(s) of religious holiday (e.g., “sundown Monday, September 29, through sundown Tuesday, September 30”):
Briefly state the requirements of this religious observance that will prevent you from attending class, taking an examination, or fulfilling other academic requirements (e.g., “Because work is prohibited on this holiday, students observing it are not to attend classes, take examinations, or perform other class requirements”). Please note: Faculty do not have to consider accommodations for the purpose of allowing students to travel away from IU Southeast for a religious observance.
(Optional) Suggested accommodation (e.g., makeup examination):
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This request has been accepted by the instructor, and the following accommodations will be allowed:
Instructor signature: ____________________________________
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