Religious Holidays

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.

Religious Observance Notification Form


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.

Since religious holidays are scheduled in advance, you are expected to formally notify your instructor that you will miss class in order to observe a religious holiday by completing the Religious Observance Notification Form (RONF). Note that the form may take a few seconds to load.

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 Wednesday, September 9, 2020. NOTE: For holidays taking place prior to the deadline of September 9, the Religious Observance Form must be filed and arrangements made with the professor(s) before the date of the holiday.

Religious holidays for Fall 2020:

  • First Parkash (Sikh) September 1
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah (Jewish) September 18 beginning at 4:30
  • Yom Kippur (Jewish) September 28

Other Fall Religious Holidays of Importance (We encourage faculty to understand, in the planning of coursework around these religious holidays – that students’ ability to complete assignments on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be limited – even though they fall on weekends, due to the prohibition against work on these holy days. Students planning to observe these holidays are reminded that it is their responsibility to work ahead to complete assignments.)

  • Paryushana (Jain) August 17
  • Rosh Hashanah Day One (Jewish) September 19
  • Rosh Hashanah Day Two (Jewish) September 20
  • Kol Nidre (Jewish) September 27 (beginning at 4:30 pm)
  • Sukkoth Day One (Jewish) October 3
  • Sukkoth Day Two (Jewish) October 4
  • Shemini Atzeret (Jewish) October 10
  • Simchat Torah (Jewish) October 11
  • Mawlid al Nabiy  (Islam) October 29
  • All Hallows Eve (Christian) October 31
  • Samhain (Wiccan) October 31
  • All Saints Day (Christian) November 1
  • Diwali (Hindu) November 14
  • Buddhas’ Enlightenment (Buddhism) December 8
  • Hanukkah (Jewish) December 11-18

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.

Note: 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.