During finals period this year, the University is offering accommodations in the form of rescheduled final examinations for Muslim students observing Ramadan. The Office of the Registrar explained that it has long accommodated religious observance by rescheduling exams, in accordance with its official final examination policy. This is the first time in recent years that the policy will be applied to the Muslim holiday.
The holy month of Ramadan, based on the lunar calendar, is one of the Five Pillars of Islam and involves obligatory fasting from sunrise until sunset. The start of Ramadan on Wednesday, May 16, will coincide with the first day of final exams.
"It has been a long-standing policy at the university to make reasonable accommodations for religious observances when possible," said Sohaib Sultan, chaplain and Muslim Life Program coordinator at the Office of Religious Life.