Scheduling to Avoid Conflict with Religious Holidays

Please use the guidelines below to avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on religious holidays that many individuals on our campus observe.


While it will be hard to avoid all conflicting dates, the Graduate Division asks all program directors, faculty, and staff to be sensitive to this issue and not schedule critical deadlines or events that students, faculty, or staff must attend on the dates listed below.

Note that UCSF must comply with California State Education Code section 92640, which says that an instructor must make a reasonable attempt to accommodate student needs in the case of serious incompatibility between a student's religious creed and a scheduled test or examination. Therefore:

  • Accommodation for alternative examination dates may be worked out directly and on an individual basis between the student and the faculty member involved.
  • Students should make such requests of the instructor during the first two weeks of an academic term, or as soon as possible after a particular examination date is announced by the instructor.
  • Students or faculty with questions may contact Liz Silva, associate dean for graduate programs.

If you have already scheduled an important event on one of the dates on this list, be sure to allow reasonable accommodations for students who observe the conflicting holiday.

Also, please bear in mind that it is not always comfortable for students to ask for accommodations, so you’ll want to give them opportunities to easily make such requests.

Thank you for your attention to this matter and for creating a supportive, inclusive environment for our students.


Religious Holidays - 2020 and 2021

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Jewish and Islamic holidays (denoted with "^") begin at sundown the day before listed date.
  • Islamic holidays are approximate and can vary by one day.

2020

  • Christmas (Eastern Orthodox), Jan 7 (every year)
  • Chinese New Year, Jan 25, 2020
  • Ash Wednesday (Lent begins), Feb 26, 2020
  • ^Purim, Mar 10, 2020
  • Persian New Year (Nowruz), Mar 20, 2020
  • ^Pesach/Passover, Apr 9-16, 2020*
  • Good Friday, Apr 10, 2020
  • Easter, April 12, 2020
  • Orthodox Good Friday, Apr 17, 2020
  • Orthodox Easter, Apr 19, 2020
  • ^Ramadan, Apr 24-May 24, 2020**
  • ^Eid al-Fitr, May 24, 2020**
  • ^Shavuot, May 29-30, 2020
  • ^Eid al-Adha, July 31, 2020***
  • ^Rosh Hashana, Sep 19-20, 2020
  • ^Yom Kippur, Sep 28, 2020
  • ^Sukkot, Oct 3-9, 2020*
  • ^Simchat Torah, Oct 11, 2020
  • Diwali, Nov 14, 2020
  • Birth of Bahá'u'lláh, Oct 19, 2020
  • ^Chanukah, Dec 11-18, 2020
  • Christmas, Dec 25 (also a University holiday)

2021

  • Christmas (Eastern Orthodox), Jan 7 (every year)
  • Chinese New Year, February 12, 2021
  • Ash Wednesday (Lent begins), Feb 17, 2021
  • ^Purim, Feb 26, 2021
  • Persian New Year (Nowruz), Mar 20, 2021
  • ^Pesach/Passover, Mar 28-Apr 4, 2021*
  • Holi, Mar 29, 2021
  • Good Friday, Apr 2, 2021
  • Easter, April 4, 2021
  • ^Ramadan, Apr 13-May 12, 2021**
  • Orthodox Good Friday, Apr 30, 2021
  • Orthodox Easter, May 2, 2021
  • ^Eid al-Fitr, May 13, 2021**
  • ^Shavuot, May 17-18, 2021
  • ^Eid al-Adha, July 20, 2021***
  • ^Rosh Hashana, Sep 7-8, 2021
  • ^Yom Kippur, Sep 16, 2021
  • ^Sukkot, Sep 21-27, 2021*
  • ^Simchat Torah, Sep 29, 2021
  • Diwali, Nov 4, 2021
  • Birth of Bahá'u'lláh, Nov 7, 2021
  • ^Chanukah, Nov 29-Dec 6, 2021
  • Christmas, Dec 25, 2021 (also a University holiday)

*Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on the first two days of Sukkot, and on the first and last two days of Passover.

**If possible, avoid scheduling major academic deadlines during the month of Ramadan, and especially during Eide al-Fitr, the three days just following Ramadan. Be sensitive to the fact that students and employees celebrating Ramadan will be fasting during the day, continuously for 30 days, and may have less energy as a result.

*** Avoid scheduling important academic deadlines, events, or activities on the first day of Eid al-Adha.