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Religious Holidays & Observance


Throughout the course of the academic year various religious groups celebrate their high holidays. While not all of them warrant an absence from class time or athletic events, some might. Here is a list of the dates of the major holidays from various religious traditions for the current academic year and Hamilton’s policy on missing class or practice for religious observance.

College Policy on Absence Related to Religious Observance

In compliance with New York Education Law pertaining to institutions of higher education, Hamilton College affirms that:

Each student who is absent from school, because of his or her religious beliefs, must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days.

Further as provided by this law, “no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his or her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this section.”

We know it can be difficult to ask for accommodation for religious observance, but it is your right under NY State law. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact anyone at the Chaplaincy office.

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