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Section 1.01.01: University and School Policies Regarding Religious Holidays and Academic Conflicts

U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars
Although the University of Michigan, as a public 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 from class or 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 associate dean for educational programs in the SSW, the dean of the SSW, or the SSW ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the provost.

Please refer to the following website for the university listing of this policy:

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