Loyola University Maryland

Faculty Development and Diversity

Inclusive Scheduling

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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

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.

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