At the heart of Gettysburg College’s mission to provide students with a diverse and inclusive learning environment is its commitment to honoring the worth and dignity of all people. This mission extends to the celebration of and respect for our community’s rich religious diversity. Our faculty, staff, and students represent a multitude of religions and faith-based traditions – each with their own set of beliefs, practices, and observances. Gettysburg College understands that religion and faith often play a deeply personal and distinctive role in the lives of members of our community.
In accordance with our mission, the College makes a reasonable effort to support students seeking an accommodation for religious observance. Students who anticipate needing an accommodation for religious observance are encouraged to talk with their faculty, coaches, and supervisors about minimizing conflict with classes and assignments, as well as work or athletic requirements.
Students may request an accommodation for any religious observance.
Consistent with the Policy on Class Attendance published in the Gettysburg College Faculty Handbook, class absences will be addressed on a case-by-case basis and students are responsible for making up any work missed as the result of an accommodation. As soon as reasonably possible, in order to provide sufficient time to discuss, each student has the responsibility to communicate with their course instructors about religious observances that are likely to conflict directly with academic coursework or assignments. Students are also responsible for fulfilling athletic and work commitments and should communicate with athletic coaches and work supervisors to discuss anticipated absences for religious observance.
If a student will be seeking accommodation due to religious observance, students should be prepared to discuss the following with their faculty, coaches, and supervisors:
- Nature of religious observance
- Date(s) and times
- Specific accommodation needed to support observance
- Timeframe to complete missed work
- Any special considerations
Students who need support or would like to discuss how to communicate with faculty, coaches, or supervisors may contact Michael Bright, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and College Chaplain at (717) 337-6280 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Apart from helping students address absences due to religious observances, discussion between students, faculty, and staff will help foster passionate curiosity about the many different religious traditions represented in our community and will create opportunities for enriching interfaith dialogue and exploration.
The College wishes to draw attention to the following observances which are time sensitive in nature. Please review the Religious and Spiritual Life calendar for additional information:
Calendar of religious holidays
Current year: These dates are for the 2023–24 Academic Year.
Holidays in 2023
|Eid al–Adha||June 28-29*||Islam (dates dependent on the sighting of the new moon crescent)|
|First of Muharram||July 19||Islam|
|Krishna Janmashtami||Septemer 6||Hinduism|
|Rosh Hashanah (New Year)||September 15–17*||Judaism|
|Ganesh Chaturthi||September 19||Hinduism|
|Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)||September 24-25*||Judaism|
|Sukkot||September 29-October 6*||Judaism|
|Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah||October 6-8*||Judaism|
|Navratri||October 15–October 24||Hinduism|
|All Saints Day||November 1||Christianity|
|Day of the Dead||November 1-2||Mexico/Catholicism|
|Advent||December 3–December 24||Christianity|
|Feast of the Immaculate Conception||December 8||Christianity|
|Bodhi Day/Rohatsu (Japan)||December 8||Buddhism|
|Our Lady of Guadalupe||December 12||Christianity|
|Kwanzaa||December 26–January 1||African–American|
|Feast of the Holy Family||December 31||Christianity|
Holidays in 2024
|Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary||January 1||Christianity|
|Christmas||January 7||Eastern Orthodox Christianity|
|Lunar New Year||February 10||Confucianism/Taoism/Buddhism|
|Maha Shivaratri||March 8||Hinduism|
|Ash Wednesday||February 14||Christianity|
|Ramadan begins (30 days)||March 10*||Islam (dates dependent on the sighting of the new moon crescent)|
|Orthodox Great Lent begins||March 18||Eastern Orthodox Christianity|
|Palm Sunday||March 24||Christianity|
|Maundy Thursday||March 28||Christianity|
|Good Friday||March 29||Christianity|
|Eid al Fitr||April 9-10*||Islam (dates dependent on the sighting of the new moon crescent)|
|Pascha||May 5||Eastern Orthodox Christianity|
|Eid al-Adha||June 16-17*||Islam (dates dependent on the sighting of the new moon crescent)|
*Some holy days start at sundown of the evening before the listed start date and end at sundown or nightfall of the concluding date listed.
Students and student organizations are not permitted to sponsor campus wide or mandatory events on the dates/ times noted above, with the exception of educational events where the meaning and significance of religious observances are shared with the broader campus community.