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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. 15 Feast of Assumption Roman Catholic
Sept. 8 Feast of the Nativity (») Orthodox Christian
Sept. 15-17* Rosh Hashanah (») Judaism
Sept. 24-25* Yom Kippur (») Judaism
Sept. 29-Oct. 6* Sukkot Judaism
Oct. 15-24 Navaratri Hinduism
Oct. 28-Nov. 27 Kathin Theravada Buddhist
Nov. 12 Diwali Hinduism/Sikhism/Jainism
Dec. 8 Bodhi Day Buddhism
Dec. 7-15* Hanukkah Judaism
Dec. 21 Winter Solstice Traditions across the world
Dec. 24 Christmas Eve Christian
Dec. 25 Christmas Day Christian
Dec. 26-Jan. 1 Kwanzaa Interfaith
Feb. 10 Lunar New Year Buddhism
Feb. 14 Ash Wednesday Christian
Feb. 14-March 28 Lent Christian
March 11-April 9* Ramadan Islamic
March 24 Palm Sunday Christian
March 25 Holi Hinduism/Sikhism/Buddhism/Jainism
March 29 Good/Holy Friday (») Christian
March 31 Easter (») Christian
April 9-10 Eid-al-Fitr (») Islamic
April 22-30* Passover (Pesach) (») Judaism
May 4-5* Yom HaShoah Judaism
May 5 Pascha (») Orthodox Christian
May 23 Vesak (Buddha Day) Buddhism
June 11-13* Shavuot Judaism
June 20 Summer Solstice Traditions across the world

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

(») Absence from work or school is common.