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Religious Accommodation and Religious Observance

Religious Accommodation

In accordance with California State Education Code section 92640, it is the policy of the Irvine campus that an instructor will make a reasonable attempt to accommodate student needs in the case of serious incompatibility between a student's religious creed and a scheduled test or examination.

  1. Accommodation for alternative examination dates will be worked out directly and on an individual basis between the student and the instructor involved.

  2. Students should make such requests of the instructor during the first two weeks of an academic term, or as soon as possible after a particular examination date is announced by the instructor.

  3. Students or faculty with questions may contact the associate dean of the appropriate school.

Religious Observance

Students may observe religious holidays that are not also official university holidays. Observance of these holidays may impact the student's schedule regarding scheduled tests or examinations.

It is also important to note that the date(s) religious holidays fall on may vary by year. Particularly with Muslim Holy Days, observance begins at sundown on the preceding day. Although Muslim Holy Days are always on the same day of the Islamic calendar, the date on the Gregorian calendar varies from year to year, since the Gregorian calendar is a solar calendar and the Islamic calendar is a lunar calendar. This difference means Muslim Holy Days move in the Gregorian calendar approximately 11 days every year. The date of a Muslim Holy Day may also vary from country to country depending on whether the moon has been sighted or not.

The Judaic calendar is also based on lunar cycles. The observance of Sabbath and Holy Days begins at sundown on the preceding day.