Office of the Provost

Religious Holidays during the 2018-2019 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

Id al-Adha ** Islam August 20
Paryushan ** Jain September 6
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish September 9 - 11
10th of Muharram ** Islam September 12
Yom Kippur * Jewish September 18 - 19
Sukkot * Jewish September 23 - 25
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah * Jewish September 30 - October 2
Birthday of the Bab Baha'i October 20
Diwali ** Hindu November 6 - 10
Birthday of Bahá’u’lláh Baha’i November 12
Birth of the Prophet Muhammad ** Islam November 20
Hanukkah Jewish December 3 - 10
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 15
Chinese New Year & Tet Confucianism / Taoism / Buddhism February 5
Ash Wednesday Christian March 6
Eastern Orthodox Beginning of Lent Orthodox Christian March 11
Purim * Jewish March 20 -21
Nowruz Baha’i March 21
Baisakhi Sikh April 14
Good Friday Christian April 19
Passover (Pesach) * Jewish April 19 - 27
Easter Christian April 21
Ridvan Baha’i April 21
Eastern Orthodox Good Friday Orthodox Christian April 26
Eastern Orthodox Easter Orthodox Christian April 28
9th Day of Ridvan Baha’i April 29
12th Day of Ridvan Baha’i May 2
Ramadan ** Islam May 5 - June 4
Declaration of the Bab Baha’i May 23
23rd of Ramadan ** Islam May 28
Ascension of Bahá'u'lláh Baha’i May 29
Ascension Day Christian May 30
Id al-Fitr ** Islam June 5
Eastern Orthodox Ascension Day Orthodox Christian June 6
Shavuot * Jewish June 8 - 10
Martyrdom of the Bab Baha’i July 9
Holy Day of ’Arafah ** Islam August 11

*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.