Religious Observances and Class Attendance

Statement of Principle

University of Cincinnati holds to the principle that an institutional climate of respect for cultural and ideological diversity extends to the variety of religious practices in our community.  Religious practice is for many individuals an important element of personal identity, intellectual development and psychological well-being, and is in many cases inseparable from cultural identity.  UC considers each individual’s decision to either engage in or refrain from religious worship to be worthy of respect and consideration.  As the diversity of our community has increased, additional religious holidays now affect a significant number of students.  Consistent with our commitment to creating a Just Community that is respectful of and welcoming to persons of differing backgrounds, University of Cincinnati believes that every reasonable effort should be made to allow members of the UC community to observe their holidays without jeopardizing the fulfillment of their academic obligations.

Any UC student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study or work requirement on some particular day(s) because of his or her religious belief should be given the opportunity either to make up the work that was missed or to do alternative work that is intrinsically no more difficult than the original exam or assignment — provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon University of Cincinnati and its faculty.   Upon request and timely notice, students should be provided reasonable accommodation.