Office of the Provost

Religious Holidays during the 2017-2018 Academic Year

This is not an inclusive list and there may be other holidays that pose conflicts for students.

Link to U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Paryushan ** Jain August 18
Id al-Adha ** Islam September 1
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish September 20 - 22
10th of Muharram ** Islam September 22
Yom Kippur * Jewish September 29 - 30
Sukkot * Jewish October 4 - 6
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish October 11 - 13
Diwali ** Hindu October 19 - 23
Birthday of the Bab Baha'I October 20
Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh Baha'I November 12
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad ** Islam December 1
Hanukkah Jewish December 12 - 20
Christmas Christian December 25
Kwanzaa Interfaith / African-American December 26 - January 1
Feast of the Epiphany Christian January 6
Eastern Orthodox Christmas (Julian Calendar) Orthodox Christian January 7
Sankranti Hindu January 14
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian February 12
Ash Wednesday Christian February 14
Chinese New Year & Tet Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism February 16
Purim * Jewish February 28 - March 1
Nowruz Baha'I / Zoroastrianism March 21
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish March 30 - April 7
Good Friday Christian March 30
Easter Christian April 1
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 6
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 8
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Ridvan Baha'I April 21
9th Day of Ridvan Baha'I April 29
12th Day of Ridvan Baha'I May 2
Ascension Day Christian May 10
Ramadan ** Islam May 15 - June 14
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian May 17
Shavuot * Jewish May 19 - 21
Declaration of the Bab Baha'I May 23
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baha'I May 29
23rd of Ramadan ** Islam June 7
Id al-Fitr ** Islam June 15
Martyrdom of the Bab Baha'I July 9
Holy Day of ‘Arafah ** Islam August 21

*Jewish holy days begin and end at sundown on the first and last days listed.
**These holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.


U-M Guidance to Students Regarding Conflicts Between the Academic and Religious Calendars

Although the University of Michigan, as an institution, does not observe religious holidays, it has long been the University's policy that every reasonable effort should be made to help students avoid negative academic consequences when their religious obligations conflict with academic requirements. Absence from classes or examinations for religious reasons does not relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. Students who expect to miss classes, examinations, or other assignments as a consequence of their religious observance shall be provided with a reasonable alternative opportunity to complete such academic responsibilities. It is the obligation of students to provide faculty with reasonable notice of the dates of religious holidays on which they will be absent. Such notice must be given by the drop/add deadline of the given term. Students who are absent on days of examinations or class assignments shall be offered an opportunity to make up the work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that a make-up opportunity would interfere unreasonably with the delivery of the course. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, the parties involved should contact the Department Chair, the Dean of the School, or the Ombudsperson. Final appeals will be resolved by the Provost.