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Holidays and Classes

In some cases, religious holidays and the academic calendar may come into conflict with one another. The official campus policy is below.

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In order that no student at Colgate incur academic penalty because of his or her conscientious observance of a major religious holiday, it is important that faculty members follow a uniform policy regarding such observance. Exams should not be scheduled, and papers should not become due, on any major religious holiday or on the subsequent day. In addition, every effort will be made not to schedule major college events on these days. For scheduling purposes involving the student body, Colgate recognizes as major religious holidays the following: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover, Good Friday, Easter, and the first days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

This is not intended to be an exhaustive list, but rather it is demographically representative of the current student body. However, Colgate embraces our increasingly diverse and multicultural campus community, and recognizes that some religious holidays observed by students are not included in the list above. With respect to such holidays, students are entitled to full and equal accommodation. Students whose conscientious religious observance requires that they observe holidays other than those specified should inform their instructors well in advance. In such cases, each instructor and student shall arrange an accommodation consistent with the policy described above (including rescheduling exams or assignments, class absences, and so on).

Please note that Hindu, Muslim, and Jewish holidays begin on the preceding evening. Jewish holidays require the cessation of work for the duration of the festival, and not simply during the time when services are held. Students observing Ramadan may need accommodation for their fasting arrangements. Please consult the Office of the Chaplains for a detailed calendar of religious holidays.

Learn More

To learn more about the observance of religious holidays, contact the Office of the Chaplains at 315-228-7682 or

Religious Holiday Policy Dates

Fall 2017

Date Day Description Notes
September 2–3 Sat–Sun Eid al-Adha Begins at sundown on September 1
September 21–22 Thurs–Fri Rosh Hashanah
Begins at sundown on September 20
September 30 Sat Yom Kippur Begins at sundown on September 29
November 23 Thurs Thanksgiving
December 25 Mon Christmas

Spring 2018

Date Day Description Description
March 30 Fri Good Friday
April 1 Sun Easter Sunday
March 31-April 1
(1st seder Fri, 3/30)
Sat-Sun Passover (first days) Begins at sundown on March 30
May 15–June 16 Tues–Sat Ramadan Requires sunrise–sundown fast for 30 days
June 15–16 Fri–Sat Eid al-Fitr

Calendar of Religious Holiday Policy Dates

Calendar showing religious holidays recognized in Colgate policies