Policies & Regulations
Student Affairs


Religious Observances
Number: 5.0070R
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Effective Date: 5/7/1989
Revised Date: 6/10/2014
Responsible Division/Department:
Division of Student Affairs, Academic Affairs


I. OBECTIVE & PURPOSE

The University recognizes and values students’ rights to observe and practice their religious beliefs and this regulation provides a procedure  in which students may seek reasonable accommodation of their religious beliefs in regard to admission, class attendance,  the scheduling of examinations, major class events, major University activities, and work assignments.

II. STATEMENT OF REGULATION

A. Observing Religious Practices and Beliefs.

The University observes a student’s right to observe and practice their religious beliefs and where necessary, will reasonably accommodate a student’s religious beliefs or practices as they pertain to the following:

(1) The University will not deny admission to any student because of the religious practice or belief of the student.
(2) Any student , upon notifying his or her instructor, will be excused from class to observe a religious holy day of his or her personal faith. Such notification shall be made no later than one week prior to the holy day, or as prescribed by the instructor at the beginning of the term in his/her syllabus or other similar communication with students.
(3) Students who are excused from class or a specific work assignment (including missing an examination or another major class event) for the purpose of observing a religious holy day will be responsible for the assignment or material covered in their absence, but they shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up any missed work. Missed work shall be made up in accordance with a timetable set by the student’s instructor or as prescribed by the instructor at the beginning of the term in his/her syllabus or other similar communication with students.

B. Seeking Redress for Failure to Provide a Religious Accommodation.

Any student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an educational benefit pursuant to this regulation due to his or her religious belief or practices may seek redress of the decision by contacting One Stop Student Services.  One Stop staff will provide information regarding the proper forum by which to appeal this academic decision.

Specific Authority:  Section 7(d), Art. IX, Fla. Const., F.S. 1006.53, BOG Regulation 6.0115; History–New 5-7-89. Formerly 2.012; Amended and Approved by BOT June 25, 2009; Amended and Approved by BOT June 10, 2014.