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Notification of Student Rights Under Section 224-a of New York State Education Law – Absence Due to Religious Observation

Under § 224-a of the NYS Education Law: "Any student in an institution of higher education who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes on a particular day or days shall, because of such absence on the particular day or days, be excused from any examination or any study or work requirements. It shall be the responsibility of the faculty and of the administrative officials of each institution of higher education to make available to each student who is absent from school, because of his or her religious beliefs, an equivalent opportunity to register for classes or make up any examination, study or work requirements which he or she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day or days. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the said student such equivalent opportunity."

Students who anticipate being absent because of a religious observance should, whenever possible, notify faculty in advance of such anticipated absence.

Summer Term 2016

SUMMER SESSION II
Classes Begin - 2nd 5 Week Session June 20
Add/Drop and Late Registration June 20-21
Independence Day Holiday - No Classes (Make up July 8) July 4
Make Up Day for Independence Day July 8
Last Day to file for September Degree July 8
Last Day to Opt P/F or Withdraw Five Week Session* July 15
Ten Week Session Ends July 22
Summer II Five Week Session End July 22

*Last day to withdraw from a class or elect Pass/Fail option is:
5 week session: One week prior to end of session
10 week session: Two weeks prior to end of session

All classes must meet during the Final Examination period (for either a final exam or regular class meeting) in order to meet minimum contact hours required by NYSED.

Fall Term 2016

Classes Begin September 7
Add/Drop and Late Registration 
(instructor permission required to add 
Lab Science courses as of 9/15)
September 7 - 20
Award of September Degrees  September 16
Columbus Day - Administrative Offices Open - No Classes  October 10
Registration Begins for Spring 2017 (tentative date) October 10
Last Day to File for January 2017 Degree October 14
Last Day to Opt P/F or Partial Withdrawal November 11
Thanksgiving Recess - No Classes  November 23 - 27
Last Day of Regular Classes December 12
Last Day for Full Term Withdrawal December 12
Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days December 13 - 14
Final Examinations/Final Class Meetings December 15 - 21
Final Exam Make up Day (in the event of snow closure) December 22
Term Ends December 22
Conferral of January Degrees January 20

All classes must meet during the Final Examination period (for either a final exam or regular class meeting) in order to meet minimum contact hours required by NYSED.

Winter Term 2017

Classes Begin January 2
Add/Drop and Late Registration January 2
Classes End January 13

Spring Term 2017

Classes Begin January 17
Add/Drop and Late Registration 
(instructor permission required to add
Lab Science courses as of 1/30)
January 17 - 30
Awarding of January degrees January 20
Last Day to File for May 2017 Degree February 10
Presidents' Day - No Classes February 20
Tuesday follows a Monday Schedule February 21
Registration Begins for Summer 2017 (tentative) March 6
Spring Recess - No Classes March 13 - 17
Registration Begins for Fall 2017(tentative) March 20
Last Day to Opt P/F or Partial Withdrawal March 31
Last Day of Regular Classes April 25
Last Day for Full Term Withdrawal April 25
Study/Snow Days/Alternate Class Days April 26-27
Final Examinations/Final Class Meetings April 28 - May 4
Commencement May 5
Conferral of May Degrees May 19

Summer Term 2017

SUMMER SESSION I
Classes Begin May 15
5 week Session May 22 - June 23
10 week Session May 22 - July 28
12 week Session May 22 - August 11
 
Add/Drop and Late Registration for 5 Week Session May 15-16
Add/Drop and Late Registration for 10 and 12 Week Session May 15-21
Memorial Day Holiday - No Classes
(Make-up day - June 2)
May 29
Make-up day for Memorial Day June 2
Last Day to Opt P/F or Withdraw for Five Week Session* June 9
Summer I Five Week Session Ends June 16
SUMMER SESSION II
Classes Begin - 2nd 5 Week Session June 26
Add/Drop and Late Registration June 26 - 27
Independence Day Holiday - No Classes (Make up July 7) July 4
Make Up Day for Independence Day July 7
Last Day to file for September 2017 Degree July 7
Last Day to Opt P/F or Withdraw Five Week Session* July 21
Ten Week Session Ends July 28
Summer II Five Week Session Ends July 28

All classes must meet during the Final Examination period (for either a final exam or regular class meeting) in order to meet minimum contact hours required by NYSED.