Religious Observance Policy

Gettysburg College is fully committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. If they choose, all faculty, administrators, and support staff have the right to engage in essential practices of their faith while minimizing conflict with work, academic or athletic requirements.

In order to recognize the practices of members of our Gettysburg College community, the College follows the following guidelines:

For Faculty/Administrators/Support Staff:

Requests by a faculty member for leave for religious accommodation may be granted under this Policy if the faculty member has made arrangements for any missed classes and the granting of the leave will not result in undue hardship for the College or its students. Faculty that miss scheduled class time due to a religious observance must make appropriate alternate arrangements for that missed time to minimize impact on the students’ learning and inform the department chair of those arrangements.

For Administrators and Support Staff, the use of vacation leave is governed by the Employee Handbook. Vacation days requested for the express purpose of religious observance will not be unreasonably denied by the staff member’s supervisor if the staff member has accrued vacation leave and the granting of leave or vacation time will not result in undue hardship for the Department or the College.  If the staff member has no accrued vacation leave available, the College will review any request for time off for religious observance consistent with the requirements of federal and state law.

Retaliation:

Any attempt to retaliate against an individual who files a religious accommodation request or otherwise utilizes this Policy is strictly prohibited.

Nothing in this Policy exempts a Gettysburg College faculty member, administrator, or support staff member from fulfilling their job responsibilities. Violations of this policy will be reported to the Chief Diversity Officer and/ or the Director of Human Resources and resolved with the assistance of the appropriate Vice President or the Provost.

The College wishes to draw attention to the following observances which are time sensitive in nature.  Please review the Religious and Spiritual Life calendar for additional information.

2019-2020 Academic Year

  • Eid al-Adha (Islam; Feast of the Sacrifice): Begins the evening of Sunday, August 11, 2019, and concludes the evening of Thursday, August 15, 2019, though the first evening is the most important. For this reason, the College holds on its calendar only the evening of Sunday, August 11 through Monday, August 12.
  • Rosh Hashanah (Judaism; Celebration of the New Year): Begins the evening of Sunday, September 29, 2019 and concludes the evening of Tuesday, Oct. 1, though many Jews celebrate only the first day. The College holds on its calendar the evening of Sunday, September 29 through Tuesday, October 1.
  • Yom Kippur (Judaism; Day of Atonement): Begins the evening of Tuesday, October 8, 2019, and concludes the evening of Wednesday, October 9, 2019. The College holds this period on its calendar.
  • Christmas (Christian; Birth of Jesus): Begins the evening of Tuesday, December 24, 2019 and concludes Wednesday, December 25, 2019. The College holds these dates on its calendar.
  • Passover (Judaism; Remembrance of the Exodus): Begins the evening of Wednesday, April 8, 2020 and concludes the evening of Wednesday, April 15, though the first two days are typically most important. For this reason, the College holds on its calendar only the evening of Wednesday, April 8 through the evening of Friday, April 10.
  • Easter (Christian; Resurrection of Jesus): Sunday, April 12, 2020. The College holds this date on its calendar.
  • Eid al-Fitr (Islam; Celebration of the end of Ramadan): Begins the evening of Thursday, June 4, 2020, and concludes the evening of Friday, June 5, 2020. The College holds this date on its calendar.