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Reminder about Religious Observances and Holidays

From the President's Desk

To: The Rensselaer Community
Re: Reminder about Religious Observances and Holidays

Rensselaer values and respects the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. As such, the Institute seeks to accommodate the religious beliefs and needs of the Rensselaer community. Institute policy regarding religious observances applies to all leaders, faculty, staff, and students.

Rensselaer is a nondenominational university that welcomes all faiths. Therefore, Rensselaer will make reasonable efforts to make sure that religious participation is not unreasonably restricted for any leader, faculty, staff, or student who wishes to be absent from the workplace or classroom on religious observances and/or holidays. In the case of conflicts between the Institute’s calendar and an individual's religious beliefs, Institute leaders are expected to make reasonable efforts to assure that religious participation of students, faculty, and staff is not unreasonably restricted.

Staff may request Paid Time Off (PTO) and faculty may request scheduled time off for a religious holiday or observance by contacting their immediate supervisor for approval. Students may request, from the faculty member of their course(s), time off for a religious holiday and/or observance.

For information on our policy, leaders, faculty, and staff can obtain specific information in Section 600.5 – Religious Accommodations of the Human Resources Policy Guidelines.

Students can obtain additional information in the 2020-2021 Rensselaer Catalog, Academic Information and Regulations - Class Attendance and Examinations.

I sincerely appreciate your cooperation in our ongoing efforts to reasonably accommodate the requests from our faculty, staff, and students for religious observances and beliefs.