Elon University embraces the mission of an academic community that influences and transforms mind, body, and spirit. The following policy guiding procedure for the observance of recognized holy days is consistent with and complementary to the University’s mission.
In recognition that observance of recognized religious holidays may affect students' classroom attendance and the submission of graded work in courses, Elon University has established procedures to be followed by students for notifying their instructors of an absence necessitated by the observance. This policy reflects the University's commitment to being responsive to our increasing diversity and to encourage students' spiritual development. In accordance with the policy, students who miss class to observe a specified religious holiday are required to discuss with their instructor when and how any missed assignments will be made up. The student should consult his or her academic dean if an instructor is unable or unwilling to grant the request. Absence from class due to observance of a religious holiday is excused according to University policy.
The religious observance notification procedure is based on the operating principle that you will act in accordance with the Elon University Honor Code.
This procedure can only be used to notify an instructor of an absence from class necessitated by observance on a religious holiday.
The RONF must be submitted online- we are no longer able to accept paper copies of the form. If you have questions regarding the Holiday Observance Policy, please feel free to contact the Truitt Center at 336-278-7729. The deadline for submitting documentation for fall semester is September 9, 2016.
Religious holidays for Fall 2016:
Eid Al Adha (Muslim) — September 12
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) — October 3
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) — October 4
Yom Kippur (Jewish) — October 11
Yom Kippur (Jewish) — October 12
Shmini Atzeret (Jewish) — October 24
Simchat Torah (Jewish) — October 25
Eid Al Adha (Muslim) begins the evening of Sunday, September 11
Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) begins the evening of Sunday, October 2
Sukkot (Jewish) begins the evening of Sunday, October 16 and runs through October 18. This is Fall Break, therefore no excused absences are necessary.
Shmini Atzeret (Jewish) begins the evening of Sunday, October 23
Diwali (Hindu) occus from sundown on Saturday October 29 through the evening of Sunday, October 30. This is a weekend, therefore no excused absences are necessary.
Students are required to make prior arrangements with individual instructors for completion of any work missed during an absence. Since an instructor may want to use the same exercise that the rest of the class has completed, students are obligated to avoid obtaining any information about that graded exercise that would give an unfair advantage over other students taking the course.
: When you submit this form, your instructor will be notified by email, and copies will be sent to you and to your academic dean. In completing the form, you may find it useful to consult OnTrack,
where you can view your class schedule to obtain the name and the number of the course and the name of the course instructor. Your signature on the form affirms your compliance with the Elon University Honor Code
Given the time limitations inherent in completing end-of-semester assignments or making up a missed final exam, this procedure cannot be used during the final exam period. You are expected to take final examinations at the scheduled times and to complete end-of-semester work by the deadlines set by the instructor. In the event that a religious holiday should fall during exam week, contact your academic dean as soon as possible, before the scheduled assignments or exam. There may also be certain circumstances (a concert or a performance for example) which cannot be made up. In this case, the student may be advised to take that specific course in another school semester.