A Message to Faculty Regarding Religious Accommodations

Dear Faculty,

We write to inform you of some important information regarding religious accommodations.
At the beginning of each academic year, it is important for all of us to review PSU’s Religious
Accommodation Policy
. To support an inclusive learning and working community, PSU
acknowledges that students and employees have individual rights to make personal choices
regarding the nature, if any, of their religious beliefs. Thus, we provide reasonable religious
accommodations for students and employees (faculty and staff). For planning of events and
course requirements, PSU’s academic calendar includes dates of numerous religious holidays,
though this is not an exhaustive list. Please note that PSU does not endorse any religious belief.

We recognize that observance of some religious holidays may require individuals to miss work
or school. If a student requests a religious accommodation, we ask you to please work with the
student to plan appropriate accommodations. If you or the student needs assistance in
identifying a reasonable religious accommodation, please contact Brian Paez in the Office of the
Dean of Student Life.

If you or an employee you supervise requests a religious accommodation, please work together
to plan appropriate accommodations. If you or the employee needs assistance in identifying a
reasonable accommodation, please contact the Leaves/Accommodations Team in HR at leaves@pdx.edu.

Of note this year is that Rosh Hashanah, a Jewish holiday occurs on the opening days of Fall Term, Monday, September 30th and Tuesday, October 1st. We will be communicating with students in advance to let them know that they should contact faculty before the start of classes if they have a religious accommodation request. We ask that faculty who teach a course that meets on either of these days please take the following steps:

  • Email the students in your course to let them know that they will be excused from the first days of class if they are missing for this holiday.
  • Do not drop students for not attending the first days of class.
  • Work with students to provide them with the necessary information they have missed on the first days of class due to this holiday.
  • Upload your syllabus onto D2L in advance of start of the class.
  • Keep your contact information updated in the PSU Directory via the Odin Account Manager (OAM) system under "Update Directory Info."

Please do not penalize students for missing classes for any religious observations. Additionally, if you will be out for religious reasons, please inform your Chair and please email
students and inform them about possible impacts on their classes.

Also note that students, faculty and staff may be observing Yom Kippur from sunset on October 8th through October 9th and would not be attending classes or working during that time. For more information about Instructor’s Policy and Mandated Obligations Pertaining to Students, please review the on-line information. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Julie Caron, Interim Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion.

 

Sincerely,

Susan Jeffords, Ph.D., Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Julie Caron, Interim Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion