Absence for Religious Observance Policy

Effective April 2023. Note that the Absence for Religious Observance Policy published in the Cincinnati State Catalog 2023-2024 does not include the link to the eform for requesting an absence (see second paragraph below).

Absence for Religious Observance

Students are permitted to request up to three days each semester for an excused absence from class for observance of a religious holiday (or to take part in organized activities conducted under the auspices of a religious or spiritual belief system) that is part of the student’s sincerely held religious beliefs and practices.

It is the student’s responsibility to provide written notice to each faculty member of the specific dates requested for religious observance, using the Absence for Religious Observance Request eForm. (Only students can view this eform and the student must log in to MyCState to access the form.)

The written notice must be provided within fourteen (14) days of the first day of instruction for each course where accommodation is requested.

It is also the student’s responsibility to talk to their instructor about making up required work through a process and on a schedule to be determined by the course instructor.

Students with questions about this policy should contact the Provost’s Office by email at provostoffice@cincinnatistate.edu.

A student who believes they were unfairly denied permission for an excused absence for a religious holiday should use the Absence for Religious Observance Complaint Form at https://web3.cincinnatistate.edu/eforms/eform.aspx?form_id=2120.

The following list of religious holidays is non-exhaustive, and may not be used to deny accommodation to a student for a holiday or festival of the student’s faith or religious or spiritual belief system that does not appear on the list.

Religious Holidays/Holy Days – January-December 2023


  • Purim (March 6-7)
  • Passover (April 5-13)
  • Shavuot (May 25-27)
  • Tisha B’Av (July 26-27)
  • Rosh Hashanah (September 15-17)
  • Yom Kippur (September 24-25)
  • Sukkot (September 29 – October 6)
  • Shemini Atzerat (October 6-8)
  • Simchat Torah (October 7-8)
  • Hanukkah (December 7-15)


  • Feast of Mary Mother of God (January 1)
  • Christmas – Eastern Orthodox (January 7)
  • Epiphany (January 8)
  • Ash Wednesday (February 22)
  • Feast of the Annunciation (March 25)
  • Palm Sunday (April 2)
  • Holy Thursday (April 6)
  • Good Friday (April 7)
  • Easter (April 9)
  • Feast of the Ascension (May 18)
  • Pentecost (May 28)
  • Trinity Sunday (June 4)
  • Corpus Christi Sunday (June 8)
  • Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 16)
  • Nativity of St. John the Baptist (June 24)
  • Feast of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29)
  • Feast of St. Ignatius Loyola (July 31)
  • Feast of the Assumption of Mary (August 15)
  • All Saints Day (November 1)
  • All Souls Day (November 2)
  • Feast of Christ the King (November 26)
  • Advent Season (December 3)
  • Feast of St. Francis Xavier (December 3)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8)
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe (December 12)
  • Christmas (December 25)


  • Ramadan (March 22-April 21)
  • Eid al-Fitr (April 21-22)
  • Eid-ul Adha (June 28-29)
  • Ashura (July 27-28)
  • Mawlid-al-Nabi (September 26-27)


  • Maha Shivaratri (February 18)
  • Shri Ramakrishna Jayanti (February 21)
  • Rama Navami (March 30)
  • Krishna Janmashtami (September 6-7)
  • Diwali (November 12)


  • Bodhi Day (January 10)
  • Vesak (April 8)


  • Birthday of Guru Gobind Singh Sahib (January 5)
  • Vaisakhi (April 14)
  • Martyrdom of Guru Arjan Dev Sahib (June 16)
  • Martyrdom of Guru Tegh Bahadur Sahib (November 24)
  • Birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Sahib (November 27)


  • Naw-Rúz (March 21-22)
  • Ridván (April 21-May 2)
  • Declaration of the Bab (May 23-24)
  • Ascension of Bahá’u’lláh (May 29-30)
  • Martyrdom of the Bab (July 9)
  • Birth of the Bab (October 26-27)
  • Birth of Baháúllah (October 27-28)
  • Ascension of ’Abdu’l-Bahá (November 28)