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 2015 academic calendar:

This is not an inclusive list and there may be other holidays that pose conflicts for students


Feast of the Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar)
Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 14
Ash Wednesday Christian February 18
Chinese New Year & Tet Confucianism/Taoism/ Buddhism February 19
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent
Orthodox Christian February 23
Naw Ruz Baha'I March 21
Good Friday Christian April 3
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish April 3 – 11
Easter Christian April 5
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 10
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 12
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Ridvan Baha'I April 21
9th Day of Ridvan Baha'I April 29
12th Day of Ridvan Baha'I May 2
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian May 2
Ascension Day Christian May 14
Declaration of the Bab Baha'I May 23
Shavuot* Jewish May 23 – 25
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'I May 29
Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'I July 9
23rd of Ramadan** Islam July 10
Id al-Fitr** Islam July 17
Ramadan** Islam June 18 - July 16
Holdy Day of 'Arafah** Islam August 22
Rosh Hashanah* Jewish September 13 - 15
Paryushan** Jain September 18
Yom Kippur* Jewish September 22 - 23
Id al-Adha** Islam September 23 - 26
Sukkot* Jewish September 27 - 29
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah* Jewish October 4 - 6
Birthday of the Bab Baha'I October 20 
10th of Muharram** Islam October 23
Diwali** Hindu November 11 - 15
Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh Baha'I November 12
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad** Islam December 23
Christmas Christian December 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.