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 the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation.
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 email@example.com.
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 the Office of Civil Rights Compliance and Investigation.
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 2020-2021 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.