The September Religious/Ethnic Holiday calendar is online. Please note that several holidays in this time frame include fasting or other religious practices associated with dietary traditions, including a sunset-to-sunset fast as part of Yom Kippur.
As a reminder, CUNY’s policy on religious accommodation allows students to request and be granted academic and attendance accommodations based on religious belief. A link to the policy is posted here: VI. Religious Accommodations – The City University of New York (cuny.edu)
VI. Religious Accommodations
- Requests for Accommodations
1. Students requesting a religious accommodation should contact the Office of Student Affairs at the College or unit in which they are enrolled. The Chief Student Affairs Officer, or a designee, and the student will engage in an interactive process with the goal of finding an acceptable accommodation.
2. Consistent with New York State Education Law § 224-a, students who are absent from school because of a religious belief will be given the equivalent opportunity, without any additional fee charged, to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements missed because of such absence on any particular day or days.
As a frame of reference for anticipating student requests for religious accommodations, CUNY’s Interfaith Council has developed the following “Religious and Ethnic Holidays Calendar,” which is a helpful resource.
For questions about CUNY’s policy on religious accommodations or to add additional observances, don’t hesitate to get in touch with Sophia McGee, Director of Intercultural Student Engagement and Dialogue, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your support and enduring commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at CUNY.
By the Division of Academic Affairs