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New policy allows for religious accommodations

August 28, 2012

CSU's Faculty Council recently approved a new institutional policy that allows students to request an accommodation from faculty in regard to a class conflict due to their religious faith or practice.

Class conflicts include quizzes and exams, field trips and attendance policies.

“This is a proactive way of saying we respect all religions and cultures,” said Jody Donovan, dean of students.

However, students who have conflicts with the overall class schedule – such as the time and date the class is offered – are encouraged to find an alternative section for the class.

The process

Students seeking an exemption for a religious holiday will need to fill out the Religious Accommodation Request form and turn it into the Division of Student Affairs, located on the second level of the Administration building. Students can obtain a form online or from the Division of Student Affairs.

Once turned in, the division will review the request and contact the student accordingly. If approved, the student will receive a memo from the Dean of Students to give to their faculty.

Students are asked to turn in the request forms as soon as the conflict is noticed. Similarly, unanticipated conflicts requiring a religious observance, such as a death in the family, can also be reviewed.

Employee accommodations, too

CSU employees interested in requesting a religious accommodation can contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836.