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Notification of Student Rights Under Section 224-a of New York State Education Law – Absence Due to Religious Observation

Under § 224-a of the NYS Education Law: "Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall, because of such absence on the particular day or days, be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements. It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his or her religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such equivalent opportunity."

Students who anticipate being absent because of a religious observance should, whenever possible, notify faculty in advance of such anticipated absence.

Fall Term 2017

Classes Begin

September 6

Add/Drop and Late Registration
(instructor permission required to add
Lab Science courses as of 9/15)

September 6 - 19

Award of September Degrees 

September 15

Columbus Day - Administrative Offices Open - No Classes 

October 9

Registration Begins for Spring 2018 (tentative date)

October 9

Last Day to File for January 2018 Degree

October 20

Election Day-classes in session

November 7

Last Day to Opt P/F or to withdraw from full-semester course(s)

November 10

Thanksgiving Recess - No Classes 

November 22 - 26

Last Day of Regular Classes

December 11

Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days

December 12 - 13

Final Examinations/Final Class Meetings

December 14 - 20

Final Exam Make up Day (in the event of snow closure)

December 21

Term Ends

December 21

Conferral of January Degrees

January 19

All classes must meet during the Final Examination period (for either a final exam or regular class meeting) in order to meet minimum contact hours required by NYSED.

Spring Term 2018

Classes Begin

January 22

Add/Drop and Late Registration
(instructor permission required to add
Lab Science courses as of 1/30)

January 22 - February 2

Last Day to File for May 2017 Degree

February 9

Presidents' Day - No Classes

February 19

Registration Begins for Summer 2017 (tentative)

March 5

Spring Recess - No Classes

March 12 - 16

Registration Begins for Fall 2018 (tentative)

March 19

Last Day to Opt P/F or to withdraw from full-semester course(s)

April 6

Last Day of Regular Classes

April 30

Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days

May 1 - 2

Final Examinations/Final Class Meetings

May 3 - May 9

Commencement

May 11

Conferral of May Degrees

May 18

All classes must meet during the Final Examination period (for either a final exam or regular class meeting) in order to meet minimum contact hours required by NYSED.