Faculty and Clinical Affairs

Policy 17: Religious Observances

The Boonshoft School of Medicine follows Wright State University’s Religious and Ethnic Holidays policy (policy 2330.5) and Religious Excused Absences policy (policy 3380):

“It is the policy of Wright State University to welcome individuals from all different faiths, philosophies, religious traditions, and other systems of belief. In order to facilitate their free exercise and free observance of sincerely-held religious beliefs, practices, and events, exemptions from University policies may be requested and will be processed in accordance with this policy.”

Students who wish to be excused from class in order to attend or participate in religious activities should abide by the BSOM Religious Observances Policy.

Faculty members who will be absent from class because of religious observance will inform the students and department chair/dean in advance. Staff members will notify their immediate supervisor.

The faculty and staff should be sensitive to the religious observances of students, so that students who excuse themselves from class on these days are not disadvantaged. It is the responsibility of the faculty and administration to make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his or her religious beliefs, an equitable opportunity to make up examinations, or other academic requirements.

The faculty and administration will make every effort to not schedule examinations on days of religious observance that have commonly created conflict for students, faculty and staff.

Adopted: February 2006

Approved by Executive Committee 2/9/2006

Approved by Executive Committee 10/3/2023

Last edited on 10/04/2023.