Know Your Rights to Observe the Holidays

Most states have laws (and most schools have policies) that state a school cannot force any student to violate his/her religious beliefs. If your professor or one of the faculty demands that you attend class or a lab (or turn in a quiz or test) on a Holiday, you should inform them of the Holiday and asks them to be excused or to be able to makeup any tests / labs / quizzes / papers on another day other than one of the Holidays. If they still refuse, please contact us and we will be more than happy to write a letter of explanation including applicable school policies and state laws that protect the right of all students to observe their religious beliefs and / or contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion asking them to intervene.

You don't ever need to choose between success at school and your rights as a Jew to observe the Jewish holidays without being penalized.