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Holiday Observances Calendar

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Our Holiday Observances Calendar lists some traditional observances, and major days of religious significance. Use these dates to aid in developing class syllabus and planning for examinations and events during the academic year 2016-17. If you are aware of other observances or major days of religious significance that should be listed, or if you see a misrepresentation on this list, please contact the Office of Diversity, (585) 399-2504 or hpacker@brockport.edu.

Although classes are in session many of these days, faculty are asked to use this information and their discretion when responding to student requests for time off for religious purposes. Students have certain rights to make up work missed due to observation of religious holidays. The following quote is from S 224-A of the New York State Education Law: “each student who is absent from school, because of [their] religious beliefs, must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which [they] may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days.” The full text of this law is found in the affirmative action policy: Student Absence due to Religious Beliefs — Section 224-A of the New York State Education Law. Please take special note of those holidays that have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them. Complaints or appeals related to denial of these rights by instructors should be addressed first with the chairperson of the department offering the course and, if necessary, the dean of the school.

The calendar is intended as a guide, since special and local conditions may cause variation from official practice. It is impossible here to note every observance, such as an individual saint’s day, which ordinarily would not require absence from work.


Culturally Sensitive Holiday Decorations All Year Long

We understand that having a festive work environment, especially during the holidays is important to many in our community. We must also be sensitive and respectful to individuals who choose not to participate in these festivities. Resources for Inclusive Holiday Displays

Brockport Auxiliary Services Corporation (BASC) Policy on Fasting Day Food Options

"BASC Dining Services aims to recognize the major religious traditions of our customers as a means of broadening awareness and fostering an inclusive community. Students observing any holiday that requires dietary restrictions should contact Assistant Dining Service Director and Executive Chef Richard Reynolds at 585-395-5269 to review options available."

Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Space

On campus, Room 235 Seymour Student Union

Brockport Muslim Students Association (BMSA)

Contact: Mariam Kamagate, Club President mkama1@brockport.edu

Interfaith Campus Ministries

List of participating local denominations

Newman Center

We are a Roman Catholic Campus Ministry of the Diocese of Rochester located in a beautiful building on the edge of campus. It has a large worship area, and a small chapel where the Blessed sacrament is reserved (open for prayer weekdays from 8 am to 3 pm).

Our offices are next door in Newman House (96 Adams Street),which is also a student residence.

The Newman Catholic Community is a lively, warm, and welcoming faith community. Students are our most important members: they provide leadership and serve in all our ministries. The community also includes faculty, staff and families from the local area who are excited about supporting our students on their faith journey.

Last Updated 11/8/17

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