Ramadan is scheduled according to the lunar calendar. This year, it will be March 22 to the evening of April 20, 2023. 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 20, 2023 to the evening of Friday, April 21, 2023.
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.
This year, Ramadan is observed during the exam period. During this time, individuals may be hungry, tired, and dehydrated, particularly during the late afternoon and evening. Academic accommodations on religious grounds are made in collaboration between the student and individual instructors.
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:
- What is Ramadan? – Live Science
- An Employers Guide to Islamic Religious Practices- National Council of Canadian Muslims
- Brock University on Academic Accommodation for Religious Obligations
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!)