Office of the Provost

Religious Observances (August 29, 2011)

Memorandum
 

TO:               All Faculty

FROM:           Patricia E. Beeson

DATE:           August 29, 2011

SUBJECT:      Religious Observances
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            As stated in the Faculty Handbook, the University of Pittsburgh has a tradition of recognizing religious observances of members of the University community in instances where those observances may conflict with University activities.  On such dates, students should not be penalized for absences and faculty meetings should not be scheduled.

            Examples of such occasions are Yom Kippur and Good Friday, but other days of religious observance may also conflict with scheduled academic activities.  When such conflict occurs, students and faculty should make every effort to reach mutually agreeable arrangements to reschedule the academic activity or provide a substitute activity or evaluation.  Students should be encouraged to alert faculty to the potential for such conflicts as early in the term as possible.

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cc:        All deans and regional campus presidents