7.01 Harvard University Policy Regarding Religious Holidays

In accordance with Massachusetts State law, any student in an educational institution who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination, study or work requirement. The student shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study or work requirement, which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day, provided that such makeup examination or work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the School. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his/her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this section.

Students who will be absent due to religious observance may arrange to have required on-campus course sessions recorded through the Office of Curriculum Services. This accommodation will be made by request only, and at least two weeks’ notice is required. Recording is only available for sessions that fall on the day of the holiday being observed. Students should email both the Course Manager and Course Director to request this service.

Updated 12/4/18