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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.

Spring Term 2016

Classes Begin January 19
Add/Drop and Late Registration
(instructor permission required to add Lab Science courses as of 1/26)
January 19 - Feb. 1
Last Day to File for May 2016 Degree February 5
Presidents' Day - No Classes February 15
Tuesday Classes Suspended/Monday Classes Meet February 16
Registration Begins for Summer 2016 March 1
Spring Recess - No Classes March 7 - 11
Registration Begins for Fall 2016 March 14
Last Day to Opt P/F or Partial Withdrawal April 1
Last Day of Regular Classes April 26
Last Day for Full Term Withdrawal April 26
Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days April 27 - 28
Final Examinations/Final Class Meetings April 29 - May 5
Commencement May 6
Conferral of May Degrees May 13

Summer Session 2016

Classes Begin May 16
5 week Session May 16 - June 17
10 week Session May 16 - July 22
Add/Drop and Late Registration for 5 Week Session May 16-17
Add/Drop and Late Registration for 10 and 12 Week Session May 16 - May 22
Memorial Day Holiday - No Classes
(Make-up day - May 29)
May 30
Make-up day for Memorial Day June 3
Last Day to Opt P/F or Withdraw for Five Week Session* June 3
Summer I Five Week Session Ends June 17
Classes Begin - 2nd 5 Week Session June 20
Add/Drop and Late Registration June 20-21
Independence Day Holiday - No Classes (Make up July 8) July 4
Make Up Day for Independence Day July 8
Last Day to file for September Degree July 8
Last Day to Opt P/F or Withdraw Five Week Session* July 15
Ten Week Session Ends July 22
Summer II Five Week Session End July 22

*Last day to withdraw from a class or elect Pass/Fail option is:
5 week session: One week prior to end of session
10 week session: Two weeks prior to end of session

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.