Religious Observance Policy

The University is a secular institution that values a diversity of religious expression.  The University is also an active community with a wide range of personal commitments and academic and extracurricular activities. 

Planning for academic and extracurricular activities should be done with sensitivity to the diverse religious commitments of the community and an awareness of religious holidays.  Scheduling large-scale, one-time academic or extra-curricular events on a religious holiday should be avoided whenever possible. 

Any student may be excused from class or other assignments because of religious observance.  A student who will miss an academic obligation because of religious observance is responsible for contacting his or her professor within the first two weeks of the semester.  The student is responsible for completing missed work in a timely manner. 

Faculty are expected to be mindful of potential conflicts with religious observances and should make reasonable accommodations when students’ religious practices conflict with their academic responsibilities.       

The religious observance calendar is meant to serve as a scheduling guide.  It lists significant holidays from the five largest global faith traditions.  However, it is not comprehensive and students may choose to observe a holiday not included on the calendar.    

The holidays listed are those which occur during the academic year when the University is open.

University of Richmond Religious Observance Calendar 2012-19

 

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

BUDDHIST

Buddha’s Enlightenment Day

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Monday, December 8, 2014

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Friday, December 8, 2017

Saturday, December 8, 2018

Buddha’s Birthday

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Friday, April 8, 2016

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

 

CHRISTIAN - CATHOLIC/PROTESTANT

Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 3, 2015

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, March 30, 2018

Friday, April 19, 2019

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Sunday, April 21, 2019

CHRISTIAN - EASTERN ORTHODOX

Christmas

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Monday, January 7, 2019

Good Friday

Friday, April 18, 2014

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday, April 29, 2016

Friday, April 14, 2017

Friday, April 6, 2018

Friday, April 26, 2019

Easter

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday, April 28, 2019

HINDU

Diwali

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

 

JEWISH 

Jewish holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Rosh Hashanah

Thursday,

September 5, 2013

Thursday,

September 25, 2014

Monday,

September 14, 2015

Monday,

October 3, 2016

Thursday,

September 21, 2017

Monday,

September 10, 2018

Yom Kippur

Saturday,

September 14, 2013

Saturday,

October 4, 2014

Wednesday,

September 23, 2015

Wednesday,

October 12, 2016

Saturday,

September 30, 2017

Wednesday,

September 19, 2018

First day of Sukkot

Thursday,

September 19, 2013

Thursday,

October 9, 2014

Monday,

September 28, 2015

Monday,

October 17, 2016

Thursday,

October 5, 2017

Monday,

September 24, 2018

First day of Passover

Tuesday,

April 15, 2014

Saturday,

April 4, 2015

Saturday,

April 23, 2016

Tuesday,

April 11, 2017

Saturday,

March 31, 2018

Saturday,

April 20, 2019

 

MUSLIM

Muslim Holidays begin at sundown the previous day.

Eid al-Fitr

Friday, August 9, 2013

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Friday, June 15, 2018

Eid al-Adha

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Friday, September 1, 2017

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Ashura

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Monday, November 3, 2014

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Buddhist

Buddha's Enlightenment Day -- Also called Rohatsu or Bodhi Day. The day many Buddhist traditions celebrate the enlightenment of the Buddha.

Buddha's Birthday -- The birthday of the Buddha.

Christian

Ash Wednesday -- This day marks the beginning of Lent, a six week period of prayer and fasting in anticipation of Easter.

Good Friday -- The day Jesus was crucified.

Easter Sunday -- The celebration of Jesus being raised from the dead.

Hindu

Diwali -- Festival of Lights. This holiday is typically celebrated by families sharing various traditional rituals in their homes.

Jewish

Rosh Hashanah -- Jewish New Year. It is the beginning of a ten-day period of introspection and reflection.

Yom Kippur -- Day of Atonement. It is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar marked with fasting, worship, and repentance.

Sukkot -- Festival of Booths. Commemorates the wandering in the desert of the Israelites as well as the fall harvest. While the festival of Sukkot lasts for 8 days, the first day is considered a day of rest.

Passover -- Festival of Passover. It commemorates the Exodus of Jews from slavery in Egypt. While the Passover lasts for 8 days, the first night is the most significant and the first day is considered a day of rest.

Muslim

Eid al-Fitr -- Marks the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, and the holiest month in Islamic tradition. It literally means "breaking the fast."

Eid al-Adha -- Festival of Sacrifice. Commemorates the willingness of Abraham to sacrifice his son Ishmael. God provided a sheep to sacrifice in Ishmael's place

Ashura -- Shi'a Muslims commemorate the martyrdom of Husayn ibn Ali, Muhammad's grandson. According to Sunni Muslims, Muhammad fasted and asked others to do so on this day as well.