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 professor by the end of the second week of the term. One form is required for each requested observance and for each course. Forms are available at the Registrar’s office.

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.

2019-2020

Fall Term 2019

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Rosh Hashanah Jewish September 29 - October 1, 2019 Sunday-Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Yom Kippur Jewish October 8-9, 2019 Tuesday-Wednesday
Sukkot [Feast of Tabernacles] Jewish October 14-20, 2019 Monday-Sunday
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah Jewish October 21-22, 2019 Monday-Tuesday
Birth of the Báb Bahá'í October 29, 2019 Tuesday
Birth of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í October 30, 2019 Wednesday
Mawlid-al-Nabi (Muhammed's birthday) Islamic November 10, 2019 Sunday
Day of the Covenant Bahá'í November 26, 2019 Tuesday
Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá Bahá'í November 28, 2019 Thursday
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) Buddhist December 8, 2019 Sunday  
Hanukkah (Chanukah) [8-day Feast] Jewish December 23-30, 2019 Monday-Monday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Winter Solstice (EST)   December 21, 2019 Saturday  
Christmas Western Christian December 25, 2019 Wednesday  
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African- American December 26, 2019 - January 1, 2020 Thursday-Wednesday  

Winter Term 2020

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Gantan-sai (New Year) Shinto January 1, 2020 Wednesday  
Feast of the Nativity Eastern Orthodox January 7, 2020 Tuesday  
Asian Lunar New Year [Year of the Rat] Chinese January 25, 2020 Saturday  
Purim Jewish March 10, 2020 Tuesday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Vernal Equinox (EDT)   March 19, 2020 Thursday  
Naw-Rúz  (Bahá'í New Year) Bahá'í March 20, 2020 Friday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.

Spring Term 2020

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Palm Sunday Western Christian April 5, 2020 Sunday  
Passover (Pesach), 1st two days Jewish April 9-10, 2020 Thursday-Friday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Good Friday Western Christian April 10, 2020 Friday  
Easter Western Christian April 12, 2020 Sunday  
Palm Sunday Eastern Orthodox April 12, 2020 Sunday  
Passover (Pesach), concluding days Jewish April 15-16, 2020 Wednesday-Thursday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Holy Friday Eastern Orthodox April 17, 2020 Friday  
Pascha Eastern Orthodox April 19, 2020 Sunday  
Ridvan Festival, 1st of 12 days Baha'í April 20, 2020 Monday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Beginning of Ramadan Islamic April 24, 2020 Friday
9th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í April 28, 2020 Tuesday
12th Day of Ridvan Bahá'í May 1, 2020 Friday
Declaration of the Báb Bahá'í May 23, 2020 Saturday
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Bahá'í May 28, 2020 Thursday
Eid-al-Fitr (Eid-ul-Fitr) (first day of Shawwal) Islamic May 24, 2020 Sunday
Shavuot (Feast of Weeks) Jewish May 29-30, 2020 Friday-Saturday
Summer Solstice (EDT)   June 20, 2020 Saturday  

Summer Session 2020

Observance Religion Date(s) Day(s) Notes
Martyrdom of the Báb Bahá'í July 9, 2020 Thursday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Eid al-Adha Islamic July 31, 2020 Friday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Janmashtami Hindu August 11, 2020 Tuesday  
Muharram (Al Hijrah New Year) Islamic August 20, 2020 Thursday Commences at sundown on the evening preceding the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.

Calendar first prepared by the Division of Equity and Inclusion, July 2016, updated July 2019.