Religious Accommodation Guidelines - 2018-2019 Academic Year

The following list of Commonly Observed Dates of Religious Significance is meant as a guide to religious accommodations.

The guide has been compiled in consultation with York’s student Interfaith Council to ensure it is inclusive for York’s student body. You can also consult the Interfaith Calendar (not maintained by York).

There are many holy days associated with various faiths, and the absence of such dates on this list should not be interpreted to mean that accommodation will not be provided to students who observe those days. University event planners and faculty members are encouraged to take these days into consideration when scheduling events.

The policies associated with these dates can be read on the York Courses website. You can also read more information on Statutory Dates in the academic year.

Additional information for students, faculty and staff on religious accommodation can be found on the Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion website.

Senate-approved list of Commonly Observed Dates of Religious Significance: 2018-2019

May, 2018 to June, 2019
Ramadan*Begins at sunset May 15, 2018 and ends at nightfall on June 14, 2018. Muslims may fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Examinations scheduled in the evening may pose a special burden.
Eid-al-Fitr**Begins at sunset on June 14, 2018 and ends June 17, 2018
Eid-al-Adha*Begins at sunset on August 21, 2018 and ends August 25, 2018
Rosh HashanahBegins at sunset on September 9, 2018 and ends on September 11, 2018
Yom KippurBegins at sunset on September 18, 2018 and ends on September 19, 2018
First Two Days of SukkotBegins at sunset on September 23, 2018 and the second day ends at nightfall on September 25, 2018
Shemini AtzeretBegins at sunset on September 30, 2018 and ends at nightfall on October 1, 2018
Simchat TorahBegins at sunset on October 1, 2018 and ends at nightfall on October 2, 2018
Diwali (Deepavali)November 7, 2018
HanukkahBegins at sunset on December 2, 2018 and ends at nightfall on December 10, 2018
EpiphanyJanuary 6, 2019
Feast of the Nativity(Orthodox)January 7, 2019
Lunar New Year February 5, 2019
Ash WednesdayMarch 6, 2019
PurimBegins at sunset on March 20, 2019 and ends at nightfall on March 21, 2019
NoroozMarch 21, 2019
Maundy ThursdayApril 18, 2019
First two days of PassoverBegins at sunset on April 19, 2019 and ends at nightfall on April 21, 2019
Last two days of PassoverBegins at sunset on April 25, 2019 and ends at nightfall on April 27, 2019
Holy Friday (Orthodox)April 26, 2019
Easter (Orthodox)April 28, 2019
Ramadan*Begins at sunset on May 5, 2019 and ends on June 4, 2019. Muslims may fast from dawn to dusk, abstaining from food and drink. Examinations scheduled in the evening may pose a special burden.
Eid-al-Fitr*Begins at sunset on June 4, 2019 and ends on June 7, 2019
ShavuotBegins at sunset on June 8, 2019 and ends at nightfall on June 10, 2019
National Aboriginal DayJune 21, 2019
*Some observances are based on the lunar calendar, and thus may vary by one or two days.