As we look ahead to late spring and early summer, I want to draw your attention to several upcoming holidays that will affect how you manage your classes.
Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr
Ramadan will be observed this year from April 2 to May 2, ending with Eid al-Fitr, which begins in the evening of May 2 and ends in the evening of May 3. Please be aware that our Muslim students will be fasting during daylight hours for the month of April. We appreciate your understanding of how fasting may affect their studies.
Eid al-Fitr is recognized as a religious holiday by the university. Because Eid al-Fitr coincides with the beginning of the final exam period, students who observe this holiday may request alternative exam dates. Please accommodate these requests, and, consistent with the exam policy, please work with these students to schedule make-up exams within the official examination period.
Memorial Day and Juneteenth
For those of you who are teaching during the first summer session, please be aware that we are accommodating during that period two federal holidays that are observed on a Monday: Memorial Day on May 30 and Juneteenth on June 20. Traditionally, classes have not met on Memorial Day, but Juneteenth is a new federal holiday as of 2021. If your school or college has not already made adjustments to your teaching schedule in consideration of both of these holidays, please be aware that the lost class time must be made up in one of the following ways:
- You can make up the class time by recording a lecture and posting it for your students to watch asynchronously.
- If you have already planned an in-person class for Juneteenth, you may teach the class as planned, but please record it as well for students who are not in attendance.
We will be appointing a committee to work with the registrar to examine our summer schedule in future years so that these holidays can be more easily accommodated.
Please contact your school or college dean if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for your attention to these important holidays.
Christopher Alan Bracey
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Professor of Law