Memorandum Regarding the Observance of Ramadan 2024

Ramadan is scheduled according to the lunar calendar. This year, it will be March 11 to the evening of April 10, 2024. Eid is the celebration that follows Ramadan. This is one of the two biggest holidays of the Islamic calendar. Eid runs from the evening of Thursday, April 10, 2024 to the evening of Friday, April 11, 2024.

Muslims who observe Ramadan will fast from dawn until dusk (approximately 6:30AM to 8:30PM in the Niagara Region). Fasting means no food and no water. During Ramadan, gatherings and prayers often last late into the night; people may be up past midnight for prayers and then awake at 4:30AM to eat before dawn.

During this time, individuals may be hungry, tired, and dehydrated, particularly during the late afternoon and evening. Workplace accommodations on religious grounds are made in collaboration between the staff or faculty and their supervisor, and with the support of the Office of People and Culture. Academic accommodations on religious grounds are made in collaboration between the student and individual instructors.

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If you have questions about this resource or are looking for support connected to religious accommodations in general, please contact Human Rights and Equity (

What is a Religious Accommodation?

Religion, spirituality and faith are unique to everyone. Some practices and traditions require its participants to follow guidelines that may conflict with tasks and expectations in the workplace or academic environment.

A religious accommodation requires the University, its students, and its staff to work together in providing accommodations when an individual’s religious observances or practices create a conflict with their work or learning environment, or their schedule. Instead of providing special privileges or advantages, accommodations provide equitable resources for all individuals to ensure they are included, respected, and able to engage in full participation in their community.

Examples of religious accommodations for students in the context of Ramadan could include:

  • extending deadlines
  • adjusting the scheduling of academic commitments
  • offering flexibility in attendance requirements.

Faculty members have discretion in determining appropriate academic accommodations.

Want to Learn More?

Please visit the links below to to learn more about Ramadan, and how to accommodate Islamic religious practices in the workplace:

Thank you for listening. This is page is a public service announcement from Human Rights & Equity, Brock Muslim Students Association, and Brock Faith and Life Centre.

Ramadan Mubarak! (Happy Ramadan!)