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Diversity Statement

As you know, the University is committed to recognizing and appreciating diversity in its community. Our diversity statement articulates our commitment:

Loyola values the benefits in diversity and is committed to creating a community that recognizes the inherent value and dignity of each person. As a community, the University actively promotes an awareness of and sensitivity toward differences of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, culture, sexual orientation, religion, age, and disabilities among students, faculty, administrators, and staff.

In keeping with our values and core Jesuit principles, we remind you that one aspect of diversity respected on campus is religious diversity.

You may want to be particularly mindful of student assignments (examinations, papers, presentations) scheduled for any days that require students to abstain from work-related activities (marked with an asterisk). You may be asked to make a reasonable accommodation or reschedule assignments because of a student’s religious beliefs and activities.

The office of academic affairs and diversity can provide guidance and support if a student requests an accommodation for religious observances. Please contact the office at 410-617-2988.

Major Religious Holidays and Celebrations: July 2012–August 2013

Those holidays indicated in bold with an asterisk (*) require abstinence from all secular activity; i.e., homework, exams, field trips, class meetings, etc. While the other religious holidays may not necessarily require abstinence from all secular activity, some of them may involve fasting, a dietary change, or special celebrations that may occur during the day or the evening.
Holidays indicated with a double asterisk (**) are Holy Days of Obligation for Catholics. In addition, all Sundays are Holy Days of Obligation. When the solemn feasts of Mary, the Mother of God (Jan. 1), the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin (Aug. 15), and All Saints (Nov. 1) fall on a Saturday or Monday, the obligation to attend Mass is abolished. Although the obligation to attend Holy Mass is abolished, parishes continue to observe these holy days by scheduling one or more masses at a convenient time so that those who wish to participate are able to do so.

Please note:

  • In the Jewish tradition, all work-related activities stop from sundown on Friday to sundown on Saturday to observe Shabbat (Sabbath).
  • Islamic dates are approximate. The official days can be plus/minus one day and depend upon the official physical sighting of the new moon.
  • According to the Eastern Orthodox Church calendar, the day begins after evening vespers at sunset and concludes with vespers on the following day. For this reason, the observance of all Eastern Orthodox holy days begins at sunset on the evening before the holy day.

July 2013

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Saturday Birth of Dalai Lama – Buddhist
Tuesday Martyrdom of the Bab – Baha’i
Tuesday *Ramadan (begins at sundown on the 8th and continues through the
7th of August) – Islamic
(Avoid academic deadlines, evening meetings, Islamic food accommodations)
Saturday 13  Ulambana (Obon) – Buddhist
Monday 15  St. Vladimir the Great Day – Orthodox Christian
Tuesday 16 *Tisha B’Av (begins at sunset on the 15th) – Jewish

August 2013

Day Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Thursday Fast in honor of Holy Mary, Mother of Lord Jesus (begins at sunset on the 31st) – Orthodox Christian
Saturday Laylat al Kadr (begins sundown on the 2nd) – Islamic 
Tuesday Transfiguration of Our Lord (begins at sunset on the 5th) – Orthodox Christian
Thursday-Sunday 8-11 Eid al Fitr (Ramadan ends) – Islamic
Thursday 15 Dormition of the Theotokes (begins at sunset on the 14th) – Orthodox Christian
Thursday 15 **Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary- Catholic Christian
Wednesday 21 Raksha Bandhan – Hindu
Wednesday 28 Janmashtami (Lord Krishna birthday) – Hindu

September 2013

Day Date Holiday or Celebration 
Thursday-Friday 5-6 *Rosh Hashanah (begins at sundown on the 4th) – Jewish (Kosher food accommodations) 
Saturday 14 *Yom Kippur (begins sundown on the 13th) – Jewish (Meetings to end by 5:00pm. Restricted food service)
Thursday-Wednesday 19-25  *Sukkot (begins at sundown on the 18th) –Jewish (Limited meetings, Kosher food accommodations)
Thursday 26 *Shemini Atzeret (begins at sundown on the 25th) –Jewish (Limited meetings, Kosher food accommodations)
Friday 27 *Simchat Torah (begins at sundown on the 26th) – Jewish (Limited meetings)

October 2013

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Friday  4 **St. Francis Day – Catholic Christian
 
Monday 14 Dussehra – Hindu
Tuesday- Friday 15-18 *Eid al Adha (begins at sundown on 10/14) - Islamic (No meetings, Islamic dietary accommodations)
Sunday 20 *Birth of B’ab – Baha’i (no meetings)

November 2013

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Friday **Solemnity of All Saints – Christian
Saturday 2 Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls) – Catholic Christian
Sunday 3 *Diwali – Hindu (No meetings)
Monday 4 Al-Hijra/Muharram (New Year) (begins at sundown on the 3rd) – Islamic
Tuesday 12 *Birth of Baha’u’llah (begins at sundown on the 11th) -Bahá'í (No meetings) 
Thursday 14 Ashura (begins at sundown on the 13th) – Islamic
Sunday 17 Guru Nanak birthday -Sikh 
Tuesday 26 Day of Covenant - Bahá'í
Thursday-Thursday 28-12/5  *Hanukkah (begins at sundown on the 27th) – Jewish (Kosher food accommodations)

December 2013

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Sunday Bodhi Day (Rohatsu) - Buddhist
Monday 9 **Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary - Catholic Christian
Sunday 1,8,15,22,29 Sundays of Advent- Christian
Wednesday 25 **Christmas –Christian (no meetings)
Thursday-Wednesday 26-1 Kwanzaa - African American Celebration

January 2014

Day Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Wednesday 1 **Octave of Christmas, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God –
Catholic Christian
Monday 6 Epiphany –Christian
Tuesday 7 *Feast of the Nativity – Orthodox Christian – Christmas (no meetings)
Monday 13 Mawlid an Nabi (begins sundown on the 12th) – Islamic
Tuesday 14 Mohammad’s Birthday – Islamic
Tuesday 14 *Orthodox Christian New Year (no meetings)
Thursday 16 *Tu B’Shvat (begins at sundown on the 15th) – Jewish
Friday 31 *Chinese New Year (Confucian/ Daoist/ Buddhist) – Chinese

February 2014

Day Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Friday 28 Maha-Shivratri – Hindu

March 2014

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Wednesday 5 Ash Wednesday (Lent Begins) – Christian
Thursday 16   *Purim (begins at sundown on the 15th) – Jewish (Kosher food restrictions)
Sunday 16 Magha Puja – Buddhist
Monday 17 Holi –Hindu
Friday 21 Naw Ruz (New Year) - Bahá'í

April 2014

Day Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Sunday 13 Palm Sunday 
Tuesday-Tuesday 15-22

*Pesach (Passover) (begins at sundown on the 14th – Jewish (No meetings first two days 4/15 & 4/16, No activities on the 17th- 21st, last two days Kosher restrictions)

Thursday 17 Holy Thursday – Christian
Friday 18 Good Friday – Christian
Sunday 20 *Easter – Christian (no meetings)
Monday 21  Festival of Ridvan (begins at sundown on the 20th) - Bahá'í
Monday 28  *Yom HaSho’ah (begins at sundown on the 27th) –Jewish (Kosher food accommodations)

May 2014    

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Sunday 4 Easter – Orthodox Christian
Monday 5 *Yom HaZickaron (begins at sundown on the 4th) – Jewish 
Tuesday 6 Buddha Purnima – Buddhism
Wednesday 14 Shavuot (beings at sundown on the 26th)- Jewish
Sunday 19  Pentecost- Christian
Thursday 23 *Declaration of the Bab (begins at sundown on the 22nd) - Bahá'í (No meetings)
Sunday 25 Lailat al Miraj (begins at sundown on the 24th) – Islamic
Thursday 29 Ascension Day- Christian 
Thursday 29 

*Ascension of Baha’u’llah (begins at sundown on the 28th) - Bahá'í (No meetings)

June 2014

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Tuesday-Wednesday 3-4 Shavuot (begins at sundown on the 3rd) – Jewish (no meetings, Kosher dietary accommodations)
Sunday 8 Pentecost – Christian
Saturday 14 Lailat al Bara’a (begins at sundown on the 13th) – Islamic
Sunday 15 Trinity Sunday
Thursday 19 **Corpus Christi (Body and Blood of Christ) – Catholic Christian
Saturday *28  Ramadan (begins at sundown on the 27th) - Islamic (Ramadan through July 27th. Avoid academic deadlines and evening meetings. Islamic food accommodations)
Saturday 28 Eidal –Fitr-Islamic (through 7/31/14) (Islamic food accommodations)
Sunday 29 Feast Day of Saints Peter and Paul – Christian

Academic Year 2014-2015

July 2014

 

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Wednesday 9 Martyrdom of the Bab (begins sundown on the 8th) - Bahá'í
Friday 13-15 Ulambana (Obon) – Buddhist
Monday 28-31 Eidal-Fitr-Islamic (Islamic food accomodations)

August 2014

 

Day  Date  Holiday or Celebration 
Friday 1

Fast in honor of Holy Mary Mother of Lord Jesus (begins at sunset on 30th)- Orthodox Christian

Tuesday 5

*Tisha B’Av (begins at sundown on the 4th) – Jewish limited activities)

Friday 15 **Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Catholic Christian