Office of the Provost

Religious Holidays during the 2016-2017 Academic Year

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

Link to U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Paryushan ** Jain August 28
Id al-Adha ** Islam September 11
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish October 2 - 4
Yom Kippur * Jewish October 11 - 12
Sukkot * Jewish October 16 - 18
Birthday of the Bab Baha'I October 20
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish October 23 - 25
10th of Muharram ** Islam October 3
Diwali ** Hindu October 30 - November 3
Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh Baha'I November 12
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad ** Islam December 12
Hanukkah Jewish December 24 - January 1
Christmas Christian December 25
Feast of the Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 14
Chinese New Year & Tet Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism January 28
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian February 27
Ash Wednesday Christian March 1
Nowruz Baha'I / Zoroastrianism March 21
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish April 10 – 18
Good Friday Christian April 14
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 14
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Easter Christian April 16
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 16
Ridvan Baha'I April 21
9th Day of Ridvan Baha'I April 29
12th Day of Ridvan Baha'I May 2
Declaration of the Bab Baha'I May 23
Ascension Day Christian May 25
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian May 25
Ramadan ** Islam May 27 - June 25
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'I May 29
Shavuot * Jewish May 30 - June 1
23rd of Ramadan ** Islam June 18
Id al-Fitr ** Islam June 26
Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'I July 9
Holy Day of  ’Arafah ** Islam August 31

*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.


U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

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.