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Religious Accommodation

Oklahoma City University seeks to be supportive of religious observance among the members of our diverse campus community and to be as accommodating as possible. If you need a religious accommodation, please follow these instructions:

  • Meet with your instructors at the beginning of the semester to discuss your religious observances (dress, fasting, specific prayer times) that may affect your full participation in a course.
  • Compare your class schedule to your religious calendar to determine if there will be any class days in which you expect to be absent due to the observance of a religious holiday. It is your responsibility to notify your instructors, in writing, of any expected absence within the first two weeks of the semester.
  • At their discretion, instructors will make reasonable accommodations and work with you to develop a plan to reschedule exams, assignments, or course activities.
  • If there are course aspects that cannot be rescheduled or accommodated, you will need to determine whether you wish to remain enrolled in the course or have your grade potentially affected.

Below we have included a non-exhaustive list of religious holidays for the 2023-2024 Academic Year:

JUNE 28-29*Eid al-Adha (»)Islamic
JULY 27-28*Ashura (»)Islamic
AUG. 15Feast of AssumptionRoman Catholic
SEPT. 8Feast of the Nativity (»)Orthodox Christian
SEPT. 15-17*Rosh Hashanah (»)Judaism
SEPT. 24-25*Yom Kippur (»)Judaism
SEPT. 29-OCT. 6*SukkotJudaism
OCT. 15-24NavaratriHinduism
OCT. 28-NOV. 27KathinTheravada Buddhist
NOV. 12DiwaliHinduism/Sikhism/Jainism
DEC. 8Bodhi DayBuddhism
DEC. 7-15*HanukkahJudaism
DEC. 21Winter SolsticeTraditions across the world
DEC. 24Christmas EveChristian
DEC. 25Christmas DayChristian
DEC. 26-JAN. 1KwanzaaInterfaith
FEB. 10Lunar New YearBuddhism
FEB. 14Ash WednesdayChristian
FEB. 14-MARCH 28LentChristian
MARCH 11-APRIL 9*RamadanIslamic
MARCH 24Palm SundayChristian
MARCH 25HoliHinduism/Sikhism/Buddhism/Jainism
MARCH 29Good/Holy Friday (»)Christian
MARCH 31Easter (»)Christian
APRIL 9-10Eid-al-Fitr (»)Islamic
APRIL 22-30*Passover (Pesach) (»)Judaism
MAY 4-5*Yom HaShoahJudaism
MAY 5Pascha (»)Orthodox Christian
MAY 23Vesak (Buddha Day)Buddhism
JUNE 11-13*ShavuotJudaism
JUNE 20Summer SolsticeTraditions across the world

* Jewish and Islamic observances begin at sundown the evening before the date listed.

(») Absence from work or school is common.

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