Religious Observances

The University of North Texas is required to accommodate student and employees’ sincerely held religious observances or practices, unless the accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the work or business of the University. Federal law protects religious beliefs and non-beliefs, and this includes beliefs that are not associated with an organized religion. A reasonable religious accommodation is any adjustment to the work or educational environment that will allow the employee or student to practice their religion. This includes flexible scheduling, flexible deadlines, voluntary substitutions, modification of grooming requirements and other practices, policies or procedures.

Please contact OEO if you have questions about implementing a religious accommodation or responding to a request for a religious accommodation. Faculty-members and supervisors may not request proof from a student or employee that they observe the tenets of a religion.

A list of major religious observances is provided below. Please note that it is not an exhaustive list, and students or employees may request accommodations to observe religious holidays that are not on this list.


Name of Holiday Religion Dates Days of the Week
Janmashtami Hindu 8/15/17 Tuesday
Eid al-Adha Muslim 9/1/17 Friday
Muharram (Al Hijrah - New Year) * Muslim 9/21/17 Thursday
Navaratri / Dassehra Hindu 9/21/17 - 9/29/17 Thursday - Friday
Rosh Hashanah * Jewish 9/21/17 - 9/22/17 Thursday - Friday
Yom Kippur * Jewish 9/30/17 Saturday
Sukkot * Jewish 10/5/17 Thursday
Sh’mini Atzeret * Jewish 10/12/17 Thursday
Simchat Torah * Jewish 10/13/17 Friday
Diwali Hindu 10/19/17 Thursday
Maulid al-Nabi * Muslim 12/1/17 Friday
Hanukkah * Jewish 12/13/17 - 12/20/17 Wednesday - Wednesday
Christmas Christian 12/25/17 Monday
Christmas (Orthodox) Orthodox Christian 1/7/18 Sunday
Ash Wednesday Christian 2/14/18 Wednesday
Maha Shivaratri  Hindu 2/14/18 Wednesday
Beginning of Lent (Clean Monday) Orthodox Christian 2/19/18 Monday
Purim * Jewish 3/1/18 Thursday
Holi Hindu 3/2/18 - 3/3/18 Friday - Saturday
Ramanavami Hindu 3/26/18 Monday
Good Friday Christian 3/30/18 Friday
Passover * Jewish 3/31/18 - 4/7/18 Saturday - Saturday
Easter Christian 4/1/18 Sunday
Good Friday (Orthodox) Orthodox Christian 4/6/18 Friday
Easter (Pascha) Orthodox Christian 4/8/18 Sunday
Ramadan (Beginning) * Muslim 5/16/18 Wednesday
Shavouth * Jewish 5/20/18 Sunday
Laylat al-Qadr * Muslim 6/10/18 Sunday
Eid al-Fitr Muslim 6/15/18 Friday
* All Jewish and Muslim holidays listed above begin at sundown on the previous day.