Antioch University New England recognizes that we are a multicultural community with a variety of spiritual and religious practices and therefore, supports the needs of individual faculty, students, and staff to observe their traditional holidays. Given our unique program structures and delivery systems, whenever possible and feasible, it is the intention of the Antioch University New England to provide accommodations for both federal and religious holidays.
Each year Antioch University New England seeks to avoid obvious conflicts with holidays that involve Antioch students, faculty, and staff, and tries to schedule semester breaks to avoid as many conflicts as possible.
Academic departments have the autonomy to schedule classes within the boundaries of the academic calendar to avoid conflict with religious holidays. If a conflict does exist, the academic department is expected to make accommodations based on the need of the individuals involved. Faculty should communicate with students at the beginning of each semester to identify conflicts. Students who wish to observe holidays that fall on class days must inform their instructors of their intent to observe the holiday, in order that alternative arrangements can be made.
Students are expected to make up classroom work, and the faculty is expected to provide reasonable opportunities for students to make up missed work. Students will not be penalized for missing classes for religious holidays.
Faculty, staff, and students should also be responsive to the needs of religious groups when planning special events, avoiding conflict whenever possible.