Important Policies


List of Religious Holidays

OSRL seeks to provide guidance for the Emory community regarding upcoming religious holiday observances that may impact the community. Below are lists of major religious holidays observed by sizeable religious demographic groups within the Emory community. These are provided in order to assist community members with avoiding potential schedule conflicts:

Religious Holidays Letter August 2020 [PDF]

Religious Holidays 2020-21 [PDF]

Major Muslim Observances 2020-21 [PDF]

A more comprehenhensive multifaith calendar is available here.

Religious Observance Accommodation Policy

College of Arts and Sciences

The Office for Undergraduate Education (OUE) website provides resources for CAS faculty and students regarding academic accommodations for religious holiday observance. Students are required to self-certify any planned absences through a form on the OUE website and to discuss them with their faculty members as early as possible in advance. Faculty are asked to work with students to seek to accommodate these absences. The Office of Spiritual and Religious Life (OSRL) seeks to communicate and provide guidance about upcoming religious holiday observances that may impact populations within the Emory community.

Faculty: Faculty may review the guidelines about accommodation for student religious holiday observance under Student Absences: Guidelines for Faculty. Faculty are asked to work with students to accommodate these absences. Some faculty may offer a limited number of excused absences to all students to accommodate religious, family, and other needs for absence. Faculty needing support may contact OUE at oue.advising@emory.edu or OSRL at religiouslife@emory.edu.

Students: Students who will miss class for religious observances are required to self-certify their absence in advance through a form on the OUE website, and to discuss their planned religious observance absences as early as possible in advance with their faculty members in order to allow time for accommodations. Students needing support may contact OUE at oue.advising@emory.edu or OSRL at religiouslife@emory.edu.

Religious Dietary Needs

Emory University offers a variety of halal, kosher, made without onions and garlic, vegan, and vegetarian dining options. To learn more, please click here or go to the Emory Campus Dining website.

Religious and Philosophical Student Organization Recognition

The Emory University Office of Spiritual and Religous Life (OSRL) provides direct support for the approximately forty religious and philosophical student organizations at Emory University. Any religious or philosophical student group seeking to be chartered at Emory must begin with a review and approval process by Emory OSRL before proceeding to Student Involvement, Leadership, and Transitions (SILT), the Student Government Association (SGA), or the Graduate Student Government Association (GSGA) for chartering. In addition to the SGA and GSGA requirements which include nondiscrimination policies, etc., OSRL requires clarity regarding naming, nonduplication, clarity on advising, a connection with OSRL and the Inter-Religious Council or Graduate Interfaith Council, etc. Once reviewed and approved in writing by the Dean of Religious Life, an organization may procced to apply for chartering with SILT and SGA or GSGA. The leadership of SILT, SGA, and GSGA remain in close communication with Emory OSRL to support this process and to ensure the health, support, and vibrancy of Emory spiritual life. To initiate a request for review of a potential religious or philosophical student organization, please contact religiouslife@emory.edu.

Reporting Discrimination/Bias By/Against Students (Campus Life Student Conduct)

The goal of Campus Life Bias Support Services (BSS) is to ensure that there is a clear process for reporting bias incidents and for providing support for community members impacted by bias.

As a community of scholars, we are committed to an environment where open expression of ideas is valued, promoted, and encouraged. We recognize that Emory's educational process requires diverse forms of debate, dialogue, and deliberation, and we acknowledge the challenges and tensions these actions could create in our community. Emory University does not tolerate discrimination or harassment toward members of our community.

Emory University strives to provide a welcoming, diverse and inclusive campus as an essential part of a community of academic excellence. We recognize that incidents of hate or bias can negatively impact members of our community. Bias Support Services (BSS) consists of two mechanisms: the Bias Review Team and the Bias Support Team.

Bias Review Team

The Bias Review Team reviews reports and other materials for potential violations of federal or state law, the University's Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment policy, or Student Conduct Code violations.

The team is comprised of staff who are trained to review bias incident reports to determine whether it meets the criteria to be investigated and/or forwarded to Emory Police Department for criminal investigation.

Bias Support Team

The Bias Support Team offers resources to create a more inclusive campus community. The support team is comprised of staff who are trained to provide trauma-informed care for students and provide advocacy and support. If needed, they can also work collaboratively to determine if additional community support is needed.

This team does not replace any of the procedures and protocols in place to resolve alleged violations of policies regarding student conduct, discrimination, sexual misconduct, or violations of criminal law. Rather, the team seeks to ensure that there is a more streamlined and effective process for responding to bias incidents, including providing support to impacted parties.

To make a report of bias, click here.

Reporting Discrimination/Bias By/Against Faculty and Staff (Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion)

Policy 1.3, Emory's Equal Opportunity and Discriminatory Harassment Policy, covers all complaints of harassment/discrimination filed by or against faculty and staff. Section 1.3.2(B) of Policy 1.3 (Discriminatory Harassment of a Non-Sexual Nature) prohibits severe and/or pervasive discriminatory harassment of a non-sexual nature on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran's status, or any factor that is a prohibited consideration under applicable law. Section 1.3.2(C) of Policy 1.3 encourages anyone with knowledge of discrimination on campus to report such harassment to the Director of DEI.

Section 1.3.3 of Policy 1.3 provides for investigation and resolution processes; subsection (B) describes the internal complaint process in full. An Emory community member may report the incident to ODEI, which initiates a complaint; or, he or she may report to a supervisor, who must notify ODEI of the report. Complaints of discrimination should be filed no later than 180 days after the most recent alleged conduct. Upon receipt of a complaint, ODEI assigns an investigator who conducts an investigation within 45 days. ODEI issues a final written determination of whether a policy violation occurred; it may provide a recommendation for an appropriate sanction, but ODEI has no independent authority to impose sanctions. The dean or division head decides upon the disciplinary action.

Subsection 1.3.3(C) addresses issues specific to faculty and academic freedom. Should a bona fide question arise out of an incident in which the principles of academic freedom conflict with the policy, the provost may appoint a Faculty Review Panel to review the evidence and advise ODEI as to whether there is a violation of the policy. The review panel must provide a recommendation to ODEI at the conclusion of its review, and the dean must make the final decision regarding appropriate sanctions, if any.

To make a report of bias, click here.