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GUIDELINES FOR THE RESPECT OF RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL DIVERSITY AT KSC

Keene State College seeks to support and foster an atmosphere in which all community members may know that they are safe, welcome, and respected. To this end, the College is committed to providing diversity in our curriculum and in our community. The programs of KSC are thereby governed by principles of equal opportunity, access to resources, just treatment of all, and respect for one another. We also support opportunities for all members of the community to engage in practices that lead to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellness.

In order to demonstrate our commitment to providing an environment that respects and acknowledges the whole individual (beyond the academic and social wellbeing), students, faculty and staff are permitted by Keene State College policy to be absent from class and work to observe religious and spiritual holidays without penalty.

Students are required to notify professors of their absence in observance of a religious holiday at the beginning of the semester. Since religious and spiritual holidays are scheduled in advance, students will be responsible for any work missed or assignments due on the holiday. If the holiday falls on a date an assignment is due, or examination is scheduled, students will be required to complete the course expectation according to an agreed upon process by the professor. Students may reschedule, without penalty, examinations that conflict with the observance of their religious tradition.

Faculty and Staff are required to contact their supervisors and make reasonable arrangements to cover their responsibilities to students and other tasks at the college. As with students, faculty and staff will be required to make this notification at the beginning of the semester or at a time designated by the supervisor. Employees could trade the holiday off for a campus “floating” holiday or take personal vacation time.

Religious Holidays

Even though classes will not be cancelled, individuals responsible for planning major Keene State College events are expected to make every effort not to hold events on dates associated with significant religious holidays. Where conflicts are unavoidable, it is college policy to excuse the absence of students and employees that result from their attendance at religious observances or to these religious obligations without penalty.

To aid in planning efforts, the Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity will provide a list of major religious holidays for a variety of world religions that occur when classes are being held during the academic year. This list will be sent to members of the campus community in late March or early April of each year. The list will be developed in consultation with the campus ministry and other individuals at the College who have knowledge of major religious holidays.

The Administration of the College realizes there are a variety of religious traditions observed by our diverse community and this list does not reflect all religious holidays.

Baha’i
Birth of Bab Saturday, November 6, 2021
Birth of Baha’u’llah Sunday, November 7, 2021
Ayyam-i-Ha Friday, February 25 – Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Naw Ruz (New Year) Monday, March 21, 2022
First Day of Ridvan Thursday, April 21, 2022
Declaration of the Bab Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Ascension of Baha’u’llah Sunday, May 29, 2022
Buddhist*
Parinirvana Day/Nirvana Day Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Buddha’s birthday Friday, April 8, 2022
Christian
All Saints Day Monday, November 1, 2021
Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic) Monday, December 8, 2021
Christmas** Saturday, December 25, 2021
Ash Wednesday Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 14, 2022
Good Friday Friday, April 15, 2022
Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022
Hindu*
Diwali Thursday, November 4, 2021
Holi Thursday, March 17, 2022
Islamic Holidays*
Eid el Adha ( or Eid al Kabir) Sundown Monday, July 19 – Sundown Tuesday, July 2 0 , 2021
Hajj (Muslim Pilgrimage) days Sundown Saturday, July 17 – Sundown, Thursday, July 22, 2021
Ramadan Sundown Saturday, April 2 – Sundown Sunday, May 1, 2022
Eid al-Fitr Sundown Monday, May 2 – Sundown, Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Jewish Holidays***
Rosh Hashanah Sundown Monday, September 6 – Sundown Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Yom Kippur Sundown Wednesday, September 15 – Sundown Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sukkot Sundown Monday, September 20 – Sundown Monday, September 27 , 2021
Hanukkah Sunday, November 28 - Monday, December 6, 2021
Passover Sundown Friday, April 15 – Sundown Friday, April 22, 2022
Shavuot Sundown Saturday, June 4 – Sundown Monday, June 6 , 2022
Wiccan/Pagan
Lughnassad Sunday, August 1, 2021
Autumn Equinox Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Samhain Evening Sunday, October 31 – Evening Monday, November 1, 2021
Winter Solstice Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Imbolc Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Spring Equinox Sunday, March 20, 2022
Beltane Sunday, May 1, 2022
Summer Solstice Tuesday, June 21, 2022

* All Islamic and certain Hindu and Buddhist holidays are calculated on a lunar calendar and are approximate.
** Christmas occurs during campus shutdown
***Traditional Jewish people also observe a work-free Sabbath, beginning every Friday night shortly before sunset, and lasting for 25 hours.

Also, note: In addition to some Jewish people having a Sabbath on Friday evening to Saturday evening, Seventh Day Adventists do this as well.


2021

July
Eid el Adha ( or Eid al Kabir) Sundown Monday, July 19 – Sundown Tuesday, July 20, 2021
Hajj (Muslim Pilgrimage) days Sundown Saturday, July 17 – Sundown, Thursday, July 22, 2021
August
Physically Challenged Awareness Month
Lughnassad Sunday, August 1, 2021
September
Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month (Wednesday, September 15 – Friday, October 15)
Rosh Hashanah Sundown Monday, September 6 – Sundown Wednesday, September 8, 2021
Yom Kippur Sundown Wednesday, September 15 – Sundown Thursday, September 16, 2021
Sukkot Sundown Monday, September 20 – Sundown Monday, September 27, 2021
Autumn Equinox Wednesday, September 22, 2021
October
Diversity Awareness Month
LGBTQ History Month
Samhain Evening Sunday, October 31 – Evening Monday, November 1, 2021
November
American Indian/Native American History Month
All Saints Day Monday, November 1, 2021
Diwali Thursday, November 4, 2021
Birth of Bab Saturday, November 6, 2021
Birth of Baha’u’llah Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hanukkah Sunday, November 28 - Monday, December 6, 2021
December
Universal Human Rights Month
Immaculate Conception (Roman Catholic) Monday, December 8, 2021
Winter Solstice Tuesday, December 21, 2021
Christmas Saturday, December 25, 2021

2022

February
Black/African History Month
Imbolc Wednesday, February 2, 2022
Parinirvana Day/Nirvana Day Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Ayyam-i-Ha Friday, February 25 – Tuesday, March 1, 2022
March
Women’s History Month
Ash Wednesday Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Holi Thursday, March 17 , 2022
Spring Equinox Sunday, March 20, 2022
Naw Ruz (New Year) Monday, March 21, 2022
April
Genocide Awareness Month
Ramadan Sundown Saturday, April 2 – Sundown Sunday, May 1, 2022
Buddha’s birthday Friday, April 8, 2022
Maundy Thursday Thursday, April 14, 2022
Good Friday Friday, April 15, 2022
Passover Sundown Friday, April 15 – Sundown Friday, April 22, 2022
Easter Sunday, April 17, 2022
First Day of Ridvan Thursday, April 21, 2022
May
Asian/Pacific Islander Month
Beltane Sunday, May 1, 2022
Eid al-Fitr Sundown Monday, May 2 – Sundown, Tuesday, May 3, 2022
Declaration of the Bab Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Ascension of Baha’u’llah Sunday, May 29, 2022
June
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Month
Shavuot Sundown Saturday, June 4 – Sundown Monday, June 6, 2022
Summer Solstice Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Contact Diversity & Multiculturalism

Dottie Morris
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion
dmorris@keene.edu
☎ 603-358-2206
Hale Building 103A
Mailstop: M/S 1501