The University affirms its respect for students, faculty and staff to observe major religious holidays.  Where scheduling conflicts prove unavoidable, no student will be penalized for absence due to religious reasons and alternative means will be sought for satisfying the academic requisites involved.  If a suitable solution cannot be reached by the student and the instructor, the appropriate Dean should be consulted and/or the existing appeal mechanisms utilized.  Students are also invited to contact the Office of Student Affairs for additional assistance.