Accommodation, respect for religious holidays encouraged

Kee Warner
Kee Warner

With the holiday season underway for many faiths, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is reminding the campus community to be respectful of differing faiths and viewpoints.

Kee Warner, associate vice chancellor, Office of Diversity and Inclusiveness, reiterated the campus policy and shared a calendar of events compiled by an interfaith organization.

“Please be mindful of the variety of religious observances and ceremonial obligations that may be important to your colleagues, coworkers, and students,” Warner said.

A UCCS campus policy states the university will try to avoid scheduling university-sponsored events in conflict with religious holidays. The policy also says the university will provide “reasonable accommodations for staff, faculty and students whose sincerely held religious or spiritual beliefs, practices and ceremonial obligations conflict with work schedules or academic activities.”

Reasonable accommodation might include allowing a staff member to change work schedules or a student to reschedule an exam, Warner said.

The complete policy is available at http://www.uccs.edu/Documents/vcaf/100-008accomendationReligiousObservance.pdf

Major religious holidays for the remainder of the fall semester, follow:

OCTOBER 2014

  • 3
    • Waqf al Arafa – Hajj Day * ** – Islam
  • 4
    • Yom Kippur * – Jewish
    • Saint Francis Day – Catholic Christian
    • Dasara ** – Hindu
  • 4-7
    • Eid al Adha * ** – Islam
  • 9-15
    • Sukkot * – Jewish
  • 13
    • Thanksgiving – Canada – Interfaith
  • 16
    • Shemini Atzeret * – Jewish
  • 17
    • Simchat Torah * – Jewish
  • 20
    • Birth of the Báb * – Baha’i
    • Installation of Scriptures as Gukru Granth – Sikh
  • 21-25
    • Deepavali ** – Hindu
  • 23
    • Diwali – Deepavali ** – Hindu – Jain – Sikh
  • 24
    • Jain New Year ** – Jain
  • 25
    • Hijra – New Year * ** – Islam
  • 26
    • Reformation Day ** – Protestant Christian
  • 28
    • Milvian Bridge Day – Christian
  • 31
    • All Hallow’s Eve – Christian

NOVEMBER 2014

  • 1
    • All Saints Day – Christian
    • Samhain – Litha * – Wicca/Pagan Northern and Southern hemispheres
  • 2
    • All Souls Day – Catholic Christian
  • 5
    • Ashura * ** – Islam
  • 6
    • Guru Nanak Dev Sahib birthdaySikh
  • 12
    • Birth of Baha’u’llah – Baha’i
  • 15-25
    • Winter Lent – Orthodox Christian
  • 21
    • Yule – Christian
  • 23
    • Christ the King – Christian
  • 24
    • Guru Tegh Bahadur martyrdom – Sikh
  • 26
    • Day of the Covenant – Baha’i
  • 27
    • Thanksgiving – Interfaith USA
  • 28
    • Ascension of Abdu’l-Baha – Baha’i
  • 30
    • Saint Andrew’s Day – Christian
    • Advent begins through December 24 – Christian

DECEMBER 2014

  • 6
    • Saint Nicholas Day – Christian
  • 8
    • Rohatsu – Bodhi Day ** – Buddhist
    • Immaculate Conception of Mary – Catholic Christian
  • 12
    • Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe – Catholic Christian
  • 16-25
    • Posades Navidenas – Christian
  • 17-24
    • Hanukkah * – Jewish
  • 21 Solstice
    • Yule – Christian
    • Yule * – Wicca/Pagan northern hemisphere
    • Litha * – Wicca/Pagan southern hemisphere
  • 24
    • Christmas Eve – Christian
  • 25
    • Christmas * – Christian
  • 26
    • Zarathosht Diso (Death of Prophet Zarathushtra ** – Zoroastrian
  • 28
    • Holy Innocents – Christian
  • 31
    • Watch Night – Christian

* Holy days usually begin at sundown the day before this date.

** Local or regional customs may use a variation of this date.

Calendar courtesy of http://www.interfaithcalendar.org/2014.htm

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