Attendance on Religious Holidays

No person should be expelled from or be refused admission as a student to an institution of higher education for the reason that he or she is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to register or attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirements on a particular day or days.

Any student in such a situation may be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements.

It is 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 religious beliefs an equal opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements. No fees of any kind are charged by the institution for making available to the student such equivalent opportunity.


Administrative officials of each institution must give written notice to students of their rights under this provision of NYS Education Law §224-a, stating that each student who is absent from school because of religious beliefs must be given an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study, or work requirements.

The full text of NYS Education Law §224-a may be found here.


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