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Religious Calendar

“The faculty of the University of Illinois Chicago shall make every effort to avoid scheduling examinations or requiring that student projects be turned in or completed on religious holidays.  Students who wish to observe their religious holidays shall notify the faculty member by the tenth day of the semester of the date when they will be absent unless the religious holiday is observed on or before the tenth day of the semester. In such cases, the students shall notify the faculty member at least five days in advance of the date when they will be absentIn cases when the exact date(s) of the religious holiday is/are not known at the start of the semester, the student should notify the faculty member as soon as the exact date is known. Students should be asked to report if such situations might occur within the first four weeks of the semester. The faculty member shall make every reasonable effort to honor the request, not penalize the student for missing the class, and if an examination or project is due during the absence, give the student an exam or assignment equivalent to the one completed by those students in attendance. If the student feels aggrieved, they may request remedy through the campus grievance procedure.”  Last updated on February 2, 2023

  1. Although this policy was adopted to accommodate students’ observances of religious holidays, students must take care not to abuse the policy.  It would be unreasonable, for example, for a student to request a two-week absence from classes for religious purposes.
  2. Information concerning specific religious holidays may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs or from Student Development Services.

Academic Year Holidays and Religious Days of Special Observance Heading link

This list is NOT all-inclusive and customs may use a variation of the dates listed. If a holiday is not listed, that does not mean the holiday is not observed.

Shabbat (Jewish) is observed every Friday from sunset until Saturday sunset.
* These holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
** Group B – For employees working in the hospital, clinics, Office for the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, all departments under the Department of Facilities Management and Capital Programs, Environmental Health and Safety, Telecommunications Services, Facility and Space Planning, UIC Police Department, Campus Auxiliary Services, and Biological Resources Laboratory.
# Some of these dates are not fixed to a calendar but are based on the actual sighting of the moon and/or astronomical calculations, therefore there may be some variance by a day.

2024-25 Holidays & Religious Days

EEOC Guidance-Workplace Religious Accomodation

UIC Holiday Schedule-Fiscal Year 2025