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Workers' Comp

Absence for Religious Holidays


To:  All UMD Faculty and Staff
From:  Lendley C. Black, Chancellor
Subject:  Absence for Religious Holidays


The University of Minnesota permits absences from class for participation in religious observances. Students are responsible for:

1. Informing instructors of absences at the beginning of the semester.
2. Meeting with instructors to reschedule any examinations affected by this policy.
3. Obtaining class notes from other students.

Instructors are requested to assist students in obtaining course materials and assignments distributed during class sessions.


The University of Minnesota permits absences from work for employees to participate in religious observances. Employees are responsible for giving supervisors a notice of at least two weeks that they will be taking time for this purpose. Employees are also responsible for informing supervisors how this time will be handled. Three options are available.

1. Take time off as paid vacation;

2. Take time off without pay;

3. Make up for lost time during the same week as the holiday occurs.

Employees covered under collective bargaining agreements will be treated in accordance with those agreements. Contact Mary L. Cameron (726-7912) if there are any questions on religious observances.

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