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Religious Holidays

Washington State University understands, values and respects the unique spiritual and secular practices and needs of students, faculty, and staff. Doing so is at the core of our commitment to affirming and validating the holistic needs and experience of our community members. It is also our responsibility to comply with the State of Washington SB 5166 from 2019 requiring religious accommodations from academic courses or programs for post-secondary students.

Students

Students, know your rights and how to access them:

For ACADEMIC accommodations: Students who, because of religious obligations, need to be absent from a class, exam, and/or other academic requirement must make arrangements with their instructor(s) within the first two weeks of the semester. This notice must be written – email is best. You do not need to email all instructors, just the one(s) for whose class(es) you are seeking accommodation.

For EMPLOYMENT accommodations: Student employees should work with their supervisor regarding religious accommodation requests. If students have concerns regarding an accommodation requested related to their student employment, they should contact Human Resource Services or Compliance and Civil Rights.

For FOOD/DIETARY accommodations: WSU Dining Services offers a variety of foods to provide an enjoyable, healthy, and safe eating experience for Cougs. Halal, vegetarian, and vegan options are widely available and labeled on menu items. Dining Services staff are always happy to work with other dietary needs, whether they are allergies or related to religious observances. For more information, contact Dining Services’ registered dietitian Alice Ma at alice.ma@wsu.edu.

For HOUSING accommodations: Students who, because of cultural or religious obligations, need housing accommodations in the residence hall environment, are to contact Housing and Residence Life to discuss their needs and what arrangements can be made. Students will work with their hall Residential Educational Director (RED) to arrange specifics. If students have concerns regarding a requested accommodation related to their housing, they should contact Compliance and Civil Rights.

For all of these accommodations, timely and clear communication with instructors, staff, and supervisors will greatly facilitate the accommodation approval process.

 

Faculty and staff

For FACULTY/COURSE INSTRUCTORS

WSU faculty are encouraged to acknowledge and communicate clearly to the students about their right to “reasonably accommodate students who, due to the observance of religious holidays, expect to be absent or endure a significant hardship during certain days of the course or program” (WA SB5166). Including this in the course syllabus and addressing it at the start of each semester will help guarantee a fully informed student population. Faculty should use the approved syllabus statement about the required religious accommodation policy.

For SUPERVISORS OF STUDENTS

Supervisors with questions regarding religious accommodation requests should contact Human Resource Services.

WSU Interfaith Calendar

This calendar of WSU holidays, traditional observances, and major days of religious significance covers the 2021-2022 academic year. You can use the calendar to help identify classes, exams, activities, or events which may intersect with religious observances.

This calendar was compiled and is managed by the WSU Interfaith Working Group. If you do not see a significant religious or spiritual practice reflected here please contact interfaith.council@wsu.edu.

Interfaith Calendar 2021-22

Labor DayAll University HolidaySept. 6, 2021Monday
Rosh HashanahJewishSept. 6-8, 2021Monday - WednesdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.
Yom KippurJewishSept. 15-16, 2021Wednesday - ThursdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.
SukkotJewishSept. 20-27, 2021Monday - MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity (First 2 days)
Shemini AtzeretJewishSept. 27-29, 2021Monday - WednesdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.
Simchat TorahJewishSept. 28-29, 2021Tuesday - WednesdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.
NavaratriHinduOct. 7-15, 2021Thursday - Friday
Mawlid an NabiIslamOct. 18-19, 2021Monday - TuesdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Diwali (Deepavali)Hindu-Jain-SikhNov. 4, 2021Thursday
Birth of the Báb/Birth of Baha'u'llahBaha'iNov. 7, 2021SundayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Veteran's DayAll University HolidayNov. 11, 2021Wednesday
Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev SahibSikhNov. 19, 2021Monday
Day of the CovenantBaha'iNov. 24-25, 2021WednesdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Thanksgiving DayAll University HolidayNov. 25, 2021Thursday
Native American Heritage DayAll University HolidayNov. 26, 2021Friday
Ascension of 'Abdu'l-BahaBaha'iNov. 27-28, 2021FridayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
HanukkahJewishNov. 28-Dec. 6, 2021Sunday - MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Bodhi Day (Rohatsu)BuddhismDec. 8, 2021Wednesday
Immaculate Conception of MaryCatholic ChristianDec. 8, 2021Wednesday
Christmas EveChristianDec. 24, 2021Friday
ChristmasChristianDec. 25, 2021Saturday
New Year's Day CelebratedAll University HolidayDec. 31, 2021Friday
Spring Term 2022
Martin Luther King Jr. DayAll University HolidayJan. 17, 2022Monday
President's DayWSU Class HolidayFeb. 21, 2022Monday
Maha ShivaratriHinduMarch 1, 2022Tuesday
Purim JewishMarch 16-17, 2022FridayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
HoliHinduMarch 19, 2022Saturday
Naw-Rúz (New Year)Baha'iMarch 21, 2022Monday - MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
RamadanIslamApril 2-May 2, 2022Saturday - MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Palm SundayChristianApril 10, 2022Sunday
RamanavamiHinduApril 10, 2022Sunday
Baisakhi (Vaisakhi)SikhApril 14, 2022Thursday
Mahavir JayantiJainApril 14, 2022Thursday
Lord's Evening MealJehovah's Witness ChristianApril 15, 2022Friday
Good FridayChristianApril 15, 2022Friday
Pesach (Passover)JewishApril 15-23, 2022Friday - SaturdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity (First 2 days)
Easter SundayChristianApril 17, 2022Sunday
RidvanBaha'iApril 21-May 1, 2022Wednesday - SaturdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Laylat al KadrIslamApril 29, 2022Friday
Summer Term 2022
Eid al Fitr - Ramadan endsIslamMay 2-3, 2022Monday - Tuesday
Declaration of the BabBaha'iMay 23, 2022MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Ascension of Baha'u'llahBaha'iMay 29, 2022SundayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Memorial DayAll University HolidayMay 30, 2022Monday
ShavuotJewishJune 4-6, 2022Saturday - MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.Occasion on which the precept of a particular tradition, and the practice of many of its adherents, includes significant restrictions on academic activity.
PentecostOrthodox ChristianJune 5, 2022Sunday
Independence Day HolidayAll University HolidayJuly 4, 2022Monday
Martyrdom of the BabBaha'iJuly 10, 2022SundayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Eid al Adha - Sacrifice DayIslamJuly 9-13, 2022Saturday - WednesdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
Hijra - New Year beginsIslamJuly 29-30, 2022Friday - SaturdayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.
AshuraIslamAugust 7-8, 2022Sunday - MondayHoliday commences at sundown of the first day and ends at sundown or nightfall of the end date.