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Religious Observance Policy update

January 11, 2023

Dear Students,
Michigan State University is committed to the value of inclusion and it has always been our policy to permit students, faculty and staff to observe days set aside by their religious faiths. As we have furthered our commitment through the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report and Plan, we are pleased to announce the revised Religious Observance Policy.
Requirements that impact students: The faculty and staff must be sensitive to the observance of religious days so that students who absent themselves from classes on these days are not disadvantaged in any way. Students who miss class, assignments, or exams to observe a religious day must be accommodated.
The new policy goes into effect this spring semester. You are encouraged to consult the updated policy along with the calendar to make proper arrangements in advance with your instructors as needed.
As an institution, our practices must conform to our commitments. We are confident that by working together we can continue to build an environment that acknowledges diversity, fosters inclusion and promotes our shared success.
Thomas D. Jeitschko, Ph.D. (he/him)
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. (he/him)
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer