Religious Accommodations

NYU is committed to fostering an inclusive environment for community members of all faiths. As part of this commitment, we continually seek ways to support students’ ability to practice their religions without adverse impact on their academic progress. 

The existing University Calendar Policy on Religious Holidays affirms the University’s support for students who need reasonable accommodations when they are unable to attend class, meet an assignment deadline, or take a quiz or exam due to religious obligations. NYU aims to create an environment where students feel supported and comfortable making requests that are, to many, of a deeply personal nature.

Best Practices for Students

The first step in requesting reasonable accommodations for religious observance is to raise the need directly with your professors. It is important to do this at the start of the semester or with sufficient advance notice. It is also useful for you to include the following information:

  • the date(s) of the religious holiday or obligation that conflicts with the assignment due date, exam date, etc. 
  • an explanation of the obligations and restrictions associated with the religious observance
  • the specific academic accommodation(s) requested (e.g., an extension on an assignment, an alternate test date, etc.)

If you require additional support after you discuss your religious needs with your professor, you can submit a Support for a Religious Accommodation Form. Once the form is received, a representative from Global Spiritual Life will be in touch to discuss the request. Where necessary, they will partner with the Moses Center for Student Accessibility to provide testing accommodations.

Please email religiousaccommodations@nyu.edu with any questions.

Vigils & Community Gatherings

Sometimes, tragic events occur that deeply affect members of the NYU community. Vigils are one way of gathering to mourn or commemorate a tragedy. Any student(s) can request that The Center for Global Spiritual Life organize a vigil and/or a community gathering. *Please note that vigils are not the same as community gatherings, which focus on processing and discussing significant and impactful events.

What is a Vigil? A vigil refers to an in-person gathering, unless otherwise specified, to mourn or commemorate a tragedy. Vigils take place on the Kimmel steps and are arranged solely through the Center for Global Spiritual Life.

What is a Community Gathering space? A facilitated virtual gathering space for community members to process tragedies or hard periods through discussion and dedicated silence. Please use this form for your request. The University and Center Global and Spiritual Life reserves the right to deny a request for a vigil and/or community space. For questions, please email spiritual.life@nyu.edu.

If you would like to request a vigil or community gathering, please fill out the Vigil & Community Gathering Request Form.

Holidays and Observances

Global Spiritual Life’s Calendar of Holidays & Observances 2022-2023 is a useful resource for clubs as they choose meeting dates, for University offices as they plan marquee events, and for community members to honor the holidays of friends and colleagues. You can also search Google Calendars for specific faith traditions that you can use alongside your own Google calendar.

#SupportingOurFriendsNYU

Follow #SupportingOurFriendsNYU on Instagram to learn more about upcoming religious observances and celebrations from a wide range of faith traditions.