As The University of Mississippi becomes increasingly more diverse, it is important to remember the tenets of The University of Mississippi Creed regarding respect and fairness. Please remain mindful of religious holidays that may involve our students, as we accommodate them in the practice of their faith.
University Policy addresses class absence due to religious purposes in Policy Number: 10000834 Policy Code: ACA.AR.200.004
Better class attendance policies allow students to request an accommodation associated with observation of a recognized religious day. A list of recognized religious days is maintained by the Dean of Students Office.
For your information, these are the dates of major Christian, Jewish and Muslim holidays which will occur while the University is in session during the academic year of 2013 - 2014. These are provided in order that you may know of potential schedule conflicts involving large numbers of students. All students are responsible for negotiating their needs around religious practices with the professor.
Muslim holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given. Muslim holidays are based on a lunar calendar, and the actual dates are determined by direct observation of the moon and announced by the mosque. (The most observant Muslims will observe all days; others may observe the first two days of Eid-al-Fitr and Eid-al-Ahda.)
Jewish holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.
Orthodox Christian holidays begin at sunset on the evening before the date given.
*Students who practice faiths other than those listed here might contact an instructor about an absence from class. Faculty are encouraged to contact the Office of the Dean of Students in this instance.