Our calendar lists some traditional observances, and major days of religious significance. (It also has dates of cultural celebrations.) It was adapted from the Office of Diversity and Equity at SUNY Geneseo's "Calendar of Selected Cultural Holidays.” Use these holiday dates to aid in developing class syllabus and planning for examinations and events during the academic year. 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 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, (585) 395-2024 or OEDI@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.
Brockport Auxiliary Service 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."
The Intercultural Center fosters an inclusive and supportive environment that inspires students to become engaged members of the SUNY Brockport Community and beyond.
Brockport Muslim Students Association (BMSA)
Contact: Halima Hussein, Club President firstname.lastname@example.org