Senate Policy on Religious Observance
York University is committed to respecting the
religious beliefs and practices of all members of the community
and making accommodations for observances of special significance
Every effort will be made to avoid scheduling
in-class or formal examinations on days of special religious significance
throughout the year. A schedule of dates for such days for various
faiths will be compiled annually and distributed widely. Students
will be informed of procedures for requesting and arranging accommodations.
Senate Policy on Identifying and Distributing a Schedule of Dates
A schedule of dates for such days for various faiths will be compiled
annually and distributed widely. Students will be informed of procedures
for requesting and arranging accommodations. (Senate 032)
Senate Policy on In-class and Formal Examinations
In October 2008, the Senate Policy on Sessional Dates and the Scheduling of Examinations was amended. As such, formal examinations will not be held on public holidays
or at other times as directed by the University Senate, administration
Religious Accommodation Guidelines: Final Examinations
Students who, because of a religious commitment
cannot write a formally scheduled examination (December and April
examination periods) on the date scheduled, should contact the course
instructor and submit a Religious Accommodation Agreement to the department offering the course no later than three weeks prior to the start
of the examination period to arrange an alternative examination date.
When arrangements between the student and instructor
cannot be made, or if the student does not feel comfortable about
approaching the instructor to request a religious accommodation,
then the student should contact the associate dean of the Faculty
in which the course is offered. Students are required to contact
the associate dean not less than 14 days prior to the start of
the examination and, if requested to do so, present evidence concerning
the religious obligations involved.
The associate dean may consider a number of options
to provide an accommodation. The choice will depend on the student’s
particular circumstance. For example, the accommodations may include:
- Treating the request as a conflict and
accommodating it within the examination period, or
- Providing a deferred examination as soon as possible.
Religious Accommodation Guidelines: Other than Final Examinations
Students, who because of religious commitment
cannot meet academic obligations, other than formally scheduled
examinations (December and April examination period), on certain
holy days are responsible for giving their instructor reasonable
notice (not less than 14 days), of each conflict.
Solutions may include:
- Rescheduling the evaluation, or
- Preparing an alternative evaluation for that particular student,
- Recalculating the total evaluation in the course to eliminate
the component that has been missed.
When the instructor and student are unable to
agree on suitable accommodation, the matter will be referred to
the associate dean who may request that the student present evidence
concerning the religious obligations involved.
Religious Accommodation Guidelines: Course
Course directors, who because of religious commitment
cannot hold a formally scheduled examination (December and April
examination period) on a specific day/time, must inform the Registrar's
Office, through their associate dean, in a timely fashion only if another day/time is required. Otherwise, it will be assumed that arrangements were made within a department for a replacement.