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 15-16 interfaith 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, gender identity, 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

 

Date (2016-2017)

Holiday

Tradition

 

Sept. 12

*Eid al Adha

(begins at sundown)

Islamic

 

Sept. 13

*Eid al Adha

(ends at sundown)

Islamic

 

Oct. 2

*Rosh Hashanah

(begins at sundown)

 

 

Oct. 4

*Rosh Hashanah

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Oct. 11

Ashura

(begins Sundown)

Islamic

 

Oct. 12

Ashura

(ends at sundown)

Islamic

 

Oct. 11

*Yom Kippur

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Oct. 12

*Yom Kippur

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Oct. 16

*Sukkot

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Oct. 23

*Sukkot

(ends at sundown)

 

 

Oct. 19

*Birth of B’ab

(begins at sundown)

Baha’i

 

Oct. 20

*Birth of B’ab

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Oct. 23

*Shemini Atzeret

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Oct. 24

*Sheminin Atzeret

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Nov. 1

**All Saints Day

Catholic

 

Nov. 2

All Souls Day

Catholic

 

Dec. 8

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Catholic

 

Dec. 24

*Hanukkah

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Dec. 25

**Christmas

Christian

 

Dec. 26

Kwanzaa

(begins at sundown)

Interfaith African-American

 

Jan. 1

Kwanzaa

(ends at sundown)

Interfaith African- American

 

Jan. 1

*Hanukkah

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Jan. 28

*Chinese New Year

Confucian/Daoist/Buddhist

 

Feb. 10

*Tu B’Shvat

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Feb. 11

*Tu B’Shvat

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Mar. 1

Ash Wednesday

Christian

 

Mar. 11

*Purim

(begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Mar. 12

*Purim

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

Apr. 9

Palm Sunday

Christian

 

Apr. 10

*Pesach (Passover) (begins at sundown)

Jewish

 

Apr. 13

Holy Thursday

Christian

 

Apr. 14

Good Friday

Christian

 

Apr. 16

**Easter Sunday

Christian

 

Apr. 18

*Pesach (Passover) (ends at sundown)

Jewish

 

May 22

*Declaration of the Bab (begins sundown)

Baha’i

 

May 23

*Declaration of the Bab

(ends at sundown)

Baha’i

 

May 25

Ramadan

(begins at sundown)

Islamic

 

May 28

Ascension of Baha’u’llah

(begins at sundown)

Baha’i

 

May 29

Ascension of Baha’u’llah

(ends at sundown)

Baha’i

 

May 30

*Shavuot

(begins at Sundown)

Jewish

 

June 1

*Shavuot

(ends at sundown)

Jewish

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

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.