Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Inclusive Scheduling

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How Loyola schedules events affects climate and relates to our mission. Academic Affairs recommends groups adopt an inclusive approach to scheduling their campus events. That means being mindful of faith traditions and also coordinating efforts with other groups so as not to unnecessarily compete or overlap. To assist the campus in inclusive scheduling, we offer four resources:

  • Diversity statement -- How Loyola's mission calls for inclusive scheduling, with suggestions on how faculty might honor and accommodate the faith commitments of Loyola community members.
  • Major religious holidays and celebrations -- Some context for key observances in various faith traditions.
  • AY 14-15 calendar -- A handy interfaith calendar of major holy days and observances, with an external link to a more comprehensive calendar. Try to avoid unnecessary conflicts.
  • Events calendar -- Always check what other groups or events have reserved space on or near your desired day. No need to compete -- let's coordinate our efforts!

Diversity Statement

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. 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 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

Academic Year 2014-2015

For an even more comprehensive schedule of holidays and observances, please visit the interfaith calendar (external link).

 

Date (2014-2015)

Date (2015-2016)

Holiday

Tradition

October 3

September 22

Yom Kippur begins at Sundown

Jewish

October 4

September 23

Yom Kippur

Jewish

October 4

September 22

Eid al Adha begins at Sundown

Islamic

October 5

September 23

Yom Kippur

Jewish

October 5

September 23

Eid al Adha

Islamic

October 8

September 27

Sukkot begins at Sundown

Jewish

October 15

October 4

Sukkot Ends

Jewish

October 15

October 4

Shemini Atzeret begins at Sundown

Jewish

October 16

October 5

Sheminin Atzeret

Jewish

October 20

October 20

Birth of B’ab

Baha’i

November 1

November 1

All Saints Day

Catholic

November 2

November 2

All Souls Day

Catholic

November 4

October 22

Ashura begins at Sundown

Islamic

November 5

October 23

Ashura

Islamic

December 8

December 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Catholic

December 16

December 6

Hanukkah begins at Sundown

Jewish

December 24

December 14

Hanukkah ends

Jewish

December 25

December 25

Christmas

Christian

December 26

December 26

Kwanzaa

Interfaith African-American

January 1

January 1

Kwanzaa Ends

Interfaith African- American

February 3

January 24

Tu B’Shvat begins at Sundown

Jewish

February 4

January 25

Tu B’Shvat

Jewish

February 18

February 10

Ash Wednesday

Christian

February 19

February 8

Chinese New Year

Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

March 4

March 23

Purim begins at Sundown

Jewish

March 5

March 24

Purim

Jewish

March 29

March 20

Palm Sunday

Christian

April 2

March 24

Holy Thursday

Christian

April 3

March 25

Good Friday

Christian

April 3

April 23

Pesach (Passover) begins at Sundown

Jewish

April 5

March 27

Easter Sunday

Christian

April 11

April 30

End of Passover

Jewish

May 20

May 22

Declaration of the Bab begins at Sundown

Baha’i

May 21

May 23

Declaration of the Bab

Baha’i

May 23

June 11

Shavuot begins at Sundown

Jewish

May 24

June 12

Shavuot

Jewish

May 25

June 13

Shavuot

Jewish

May 28

November 27

Ascension of Baha’u’llah at Sundown

Baha’i

May 29

November 28

Ascension of Baha’ullah

Baha’i

June 17

June 5

Ramadan

Islamic

June 18

June 6

Ramadan

Islamic

Please note:

  • 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.
  • 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.