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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


May 6

Conferral of May Degrees

May 13

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.