The University of Oregon is committed to compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and regulations relating to religious accommodations of its stakeholders, and respects the right of all students and employees to observe their religious holidays, and will make reasonable accommodations, upon request, for such observances.

You can use the following Religious Observances Calendar to identify events, classes, exams or UO activities which may intersect with religious observances.

Students who need to be absent from a class for religious obligation or observance reasons must make arrangements with instructors in advance.

A Student Religious Accommodation Request can be provided directly to the instructor by the end of the second week of the term. One form is required for each requested observance and for each course.

Student Religious Accommodation Request

Fall Term 2020

Date/Start Date End Date Observance Religion
Friday September 18 2020 Sunday September 20 2020 Rosh Hashanah Jewish
Sunday September 27 2020 Monday September 28 2020 Yom Kippur Jewish
Friday October 2 2020 Friday October 9 2020 Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish
Friday October 9 2020 Sunday October 11 2020 Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish
Saturday October 17 2020 Sunday October 18 2020 Birth of the Báb Baháʼí
Sunday October 18 2020 Monday October 19 2020 Birth of Bahá’u’lláh Baháʼí
Wednesday October 28 2020 Thursday October 29 2020 Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday) Islamic
Tuesday November 24 2020 Wednesday November 25 2020 Day of the Covenant Baháʼí
Thursday November 26 2020 Friday November 27 2020 Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá Baháʼí
Tuesday December 8 2020   Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist
Thursday December 10 2020 Friday December 18 2020 Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast] Jewish
Monday December 21 2020   Winter Solstice (EST)  
Friday December 25 2020   Christmas Western Christian

* When an observance has an end date, the observance commences at sunset, or in the evening, of the start date, and ends at sunset, or in the evening, of the end date.

Winter Term 2021

Date/Start Date End Date Observance Religion
Saturday December 26 2020 Friday January 1 2021 Kwanzaa Interfaith / African- American
Friday January 1 2021   Gantan-sai (New Year) Shinto
Thursday January 7 2021   Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox
Friday February 12 2021   Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Ox] Chinese
Thursday February 25 2021 Friday February 26 2021 Purim Jewish
Friday March 19 2021 Saturday March 20 2021 Naw-Rúz (Bahá’í New Year)
Saturday March 20 2021   Vernal Equinox  

* When an observance has an end date, the observance commences at sunset, or in the evening, of the start date, and ends at sunset, or in the evening, of the end date.

Spring Term 2021

Date/Start Date End Date Observance Religion
Saturday March 27 2021 Sunday March 28 2021 Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish
Sunday March 28 2021   Palm Sunday Western Christian
Friday April 2 2021 Saturday April 3 2021 Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish
Friday April 2 2021   Good Friday Western Christian
Sunday April 4 2021   Easter Western Christian
Monday April 12 2021 Tuesday May 11 2021 Ramadan Islamic
Monday April 19 2021 Tuesday April 20 2021 First Day of the Ridván Festival Baháʼí
Sunday April 25 2021   Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox
Tuesday April 27 2021 Wednesday April 28 2021 Ninth Day of the Ridván Festival Baháʼí
Friday April 30 2021 Saturday May 1 2021 Twelfth Day of the Ridván Festival Baháʼí
Friday April 30 2021   Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox
Sunday May 2 2021   Pascha Eastern Orthodox
Saturday May 8 2021   Lailat al-Qadr (Night of Power) Islamic
Wednesday May 12 2021 Thursday May 13 2021 Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic
Sunday May 16 2021 Tuesday May 18 2021 Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish
Saturday May 22 2021 Sunday May 23 2021 Declaration of the Báb Baháʼí
Thursday May 27 2021 Friday May 28 2021 Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh Baháʼí
Sunday June 20 2021   Summer Solstice (EDT)  

* When an observance has an end date, the observance commences at sunset, or in the evening, of the start date, and ends at sunset, or in the evening, of the end date.

Summer Session 2021

Date/Start Date End Date Observance Religion
Thursday July 8 2021 Friday July 9 2021 Martyrdom of the Báb Baháʼí
Monday July 19 2021 Tuesday July 20 2021 Eid al-Adha Islamic
Monday August 9 2021 Tuesday August 10 2021 Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic
Sunday August 29 2021   Janmashtami Hindu

* When an observance has an end date, the observance commences at sunset, or in the evening, of the start date, and ends at sunset, or in the evening, of the end date.