Religious Observance

Religious Observance

Religious Observances and University Policies

Religious Holiday Calendar and Descriptions

For your convenience, you may follow this link to an interfaith calendar of religious holidays and description.

University Policies on Religious Observance

Rowan University respects the diversity of faiths and spiritual practices in the university community. The university policies listed below recognize religious observance.

Attendance
Students who wish to observe religious holidays which occur when classes are scheduled must inform their instructors before the fact, and preferably within the first two weeks of each semester, even when the exact date of the holiday will not be known until later. Students who make such arrangements will not be required to attend classes or take examinations on the designated days, and faculty must provide reasonable opportunities for students to make up missed work and examinations.

Alcohol and Other Drugs
Offering Alcoholic Beverages to Underage Person (N.J.S.A. 2C:33-17) Anyone who purposely or knowingly offers or serves or makes available an alcoholic beverage to a person under the legal age for consuming alcoholic beverages or entices that person to drink an alcoholic beverage is a disorderly person. This provision does not apply to certain close relatives, certain activities confined to the home, or if the consumption is part of a religious observance.

House Immunization and Health Requirements
A house officer may be exempted from any required immunization if he/she submits a bona fide written signed statement explaining how immunization conflicts with his or her religious beliefs and if failure to receive this immunization does not prevent fulfillment of the requirements of the training program. The individual may be required to acknowledge in writing that he or she was informed of the value of immunizations and has knowingly declined to have such immunizations for religious reasons. RowanSOM shall provide reasonable accommodations to those housestaff whose religious beliefs bar immunizations so long as the failure to be immunized will not prevent the individuals from fulfilling the requirements of the training program. Housestaff should be informed of the immunization and testing requirements prior to employment.

Prohibiting Discrimination in the Workplace

  • Treating an individual differently because of the individual's race, color, national origin or other protected category, or because an individual has the physical, cultural or linguistic characteristics of a racial, religious, or other protected category;
  • Treating an individual differently because of marriage to, civil union to, domestic partnership with, or association with persons of a racial, religious or other protected category; or due to the individual's membership in or association with an organization identified with the interests of a certain racial, religious or other protected category; or because an individual's name, domestic partner's name, or spouse's name is associated with a certain racial, religious or other protected category.