Office of the Provost

Religious Holidays

Information for Students Regarding Religious Holidays and Academic Conflicts

Below is a list of the religious holidays that might pose conflicts with the 2014 and 2015 academic calendars:

2014 Holidays
Feast of the Epiphany January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) January 7
Sankranti January 14
Chinese New Year & Tet January 31
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent March 3
Ash Wednesday March 5
Nowruz March 21
Baisakhi April 14
Passover (Pesach)* April 14-22
Good Friday April 18
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday April 18
Easter April 20
Ascension Day May 29
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day May 29
Shavuot* June 3-5
Ramadan** June 28 – July 27
Id al-Fitr** July 28
Paryushan** August 30
Rosh Hashanah* September 24 - 26
Yom Kippur* October 3 – 4
Id al-Adha** October 4
Sukkot* October 8 - 10
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah* October 15 - 17
Diwali** October 23 - 27
Christmas December 25
2015 Holidays
Feast of the Epiphany January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) January 7
Sankranti January 14
Ash Wednesday February 18
Chinese New Year & Tet February 19
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent February 23
Nowruz March 21
Good Friday April 3
Passover (Pesach)* April 3 – 11
Easter April 5
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday April 10
Baisakhi April 14
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day May 2
Ascension Day May 14
Shavuot* May 23 - 25
 

*Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.
**These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.

Information for Students Regarding Religious Holidays and Academic Conflicts

Although the University of Michigan, as an institution, does not observe religious holidays, it has long been the University's policy that every reasonable effort should be made to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. 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 absence. Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of their religious observance shall be provided with a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent. Such notice must be given by the drop/add deadline of the given term. Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair, the Dean of the School, or the Ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the provost.