Recognizing the religious diversity of the UBC community, there are times when administrators and instructors will receive a request from a student, staff or faculty member for an accommodation for religious observance. Religion is amongst the human rights grounds which UBC has a duty to accommodate under the BC Human Rights Code. UBC’s policy on Religious Holidays (Policy #65) outlines for students, staff and faculty the process for an accommodation for religious observance.
UBC requires students who are scheduled to attend classes or write examinations on holy days of their religions must notify their instructors two weeks in advance of the holy day, of their wish to observe the holy day and indicate they will be absent from a class or examination. Instructors are to provide opportunity for a student to make up work or examinations missed without penalty. By working together, UBC’s academic requirements and the rights of the student to observe their religious holiday can both be achieved.
Students of a particular faith may or may not choose to seek religious accommodation depending on their individual involvement and beliefs.
Administrators can prepare their units for possible requests by consulting an interfaith calendar when scheduling exams, practicums, and work placements.
Faculty & Staff
UBC’s policy on Religious Holidays (Policy #65) permits members of faculty and staff who are scheduled to work on holy days of their religion are to notify their administrative head/director of their unit in advance of their religious holy days of their absence from work. The Administrative head/director of the unit should make every effort to accommodate such requests.
- Religious Accommodations on students.ubc.ca
- UBC’s Policy on Religious Holidays
- Interfaith calendar with Holy Days of world religions
- Academic Concession under Policies and Regulations in the Vancouver Academic Calendar
- Academic Concession under Policies and Regulations in the Okanagan Academic Calendar