Regulation Number: 4.052

Religious Observances

Category: Academic Affairs

Responsible Office: Provost and Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs



4.052 Religious Observances.

(1)     The University of Florida will reasonably accommodate the religious observances, practices, and beliefs of individual students in regard to admissions, class attendance, and the scheduling of examinations and work assignments. If a student desires to observe a religious holy day of their faith, the student must provide prior notification in order to be excused from classes to observe a religious holy day of their faith. Such prior notice to their instructors should be done at the beginning of the academic term or at a minimum well in advance of the proposed date for accommodation.

(2)     The student is responsible for any material covered during the excused absence, but shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up the material or activities covered in their absence. If the faculty member is informed or aware that a significant number of students are likely to be absent from class because of a religious observance, then such faculty members should make reasonable efforts not to schedule major examinations or other academic events at that time.

(3)     Students who have notified their instructors that they will be absent from academic or extra-curricular activities because of a religious observance shall not be penalized for that absence.

(4)     A student who believes that they have been unreasonably denied an educational benefit due to their religious belief or practices may seek redress in accordance with the Student Grievance Procedure, as outlined in UF Regulation 4.012.

Authority: BOG Regulations 1.001.

History: New 3-17-17.