Absences for Religious Observances

From Dr. Kenneth Lutchen, University Provost and Chief Academic Officer ad interim

During the course of the academic year, members of our community may request excused absences from attending classes or participating in examination, work, or study requirements in order to accommodate the observance of their religious faiths. A full reading of the University’s Policy on Absence for Religious Reasons may be found here: http://www.bu.edu/academics/policies/absence-for-religious-reasons/.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure that no student or member of the faculty may be penalized for such absences and must be provided a reasonable opportunity to make up any assignments, work, or examinations missed. Faculty members, likewise, have the authority – should they seek it – to cancel classes in order to accommodate religious observances, so long as provisions are made to cover the required course content. For a multi-faith list of religious holidays and dates for the 2023-2024 academic year, please visit the Marsh Chapel website. If you have any questions, please contact Marsh Chapel at chapel@bu.edu or 617-353-3560.

Thank you for your attention to this policy and for your ongoing cooperation. I wish everyone a productive and successful fall semester.

Absences for Religious Observances – 9.21.23