Student Handbook 2020-2021

Religious Beliefs

Keuka College is committed to respecting the religious, secular, and spiritual traditions of its entire community of faculty, staff, and students. In addition, Keuka College will comply with all relevant portions of the state statute (Section 224-a of the New York State Education Law) that prohibit discrimination against students for their religious beliefs.*

Toward these ends, the College will provide “equivalent opportunities” to make up any absences, examinations, study or work requirements for students who miss class due to their religious beliefs and/or observances. It is the duty of the faculty and administrative officials to “exercise the fullest measure of good faith” in providing students such equivalent opportunities to make up any work or examinations missed, with no penalty or adverse effects for the student. Faculty is encouraged to include this policy in their syllabi, and discuss it with their students as a matter of course.

If observing a religious holiday conflicts with the responsibilities of an individual regarding class/athletics/event attendance and participation, individuals are responsible for articulating their needs with their professor/coach/supervisor. This conversation should take place at the beginning of the semester in order to avoid last minute complications.

The Center for Spiritual Life provides the faculty/staff/administration a “Calendar of Religious Holidays” for every academic year The calendar is not exhaustive, but it informs the community of the major holidays of the major religions of the world, as well as those that are reflected on our campus. This calendar is located on the Center for Spiritual Life portal page. If you observe a religious holiday that is not listed on this calendar, please share that information with your professor/coach/supervisor and contact the Center for Spiritual Life so that we may update the calendar accordingly.

* “Religious beliefs” is defined under the statute as “beliefs associated with any corporation organized and operated exclusively for religious purposes, which is not disqualified for tax exemption under section 501 of the United States Code.”