Eid Al-Fitr, Classes & Exams

Dear ELI Muslim students,

Soon I will have the pleasure of wishing you all “Eid Mubarak” and “Ramazan bayramınız kutlu olsun” (for our Turkish Muslim students) as you and fellow Muslims the world over mark Eid Al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan (or Ramazan, as it is known in Turkey), beginning sunset, Thursday, June 14, and continuing through Sunday, June 17.  My sincere hope is that each of you will have a blessed time of joy and celebration as you bring your season of fasting and sacrifice to an end.

Some of you have been asking about ELI’s policy for absences on the Eid.  It is the policy of the University of Delaware not to cancel classes on religious holidays. However, students in good standing and observant faculty members who choose to miss classes on Eid Al-Fitr will NOT be counted absent if they miss classes on Friday, June 15.

In addition, ELI faculty are encouraged not to schedule examinations or require the submission of special assignments on Friday, June 15.  If exams or other graded assignments are scheduled on the day of Eid Al-Fitr, students in good standing missing class that day must be given the opportunity either to retake the exam or turn in the graded assignment within a reasonable time without penalty.

This policy is the same for other religious holidays, such as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in the fall term, Good Friday and the evenings before and the first two days of Passover in the spring semester, and the Chinese New Year.  Absences on these religious holidays, including Eid Al Fitr, are recognized as excused.

Nevertheless, we ask students to tell your instructors if you will be absent next Friday to observe the Eid. One important exception: students on probation who have missed 10% or more of their classes so far this session will not be excused for observing the holiday absence.  The ELI Registrar will provide teachers a list of students on probation who have missed 10% of their classes to date.  We will also contact probation students who have missed 10% of their classes to date.

Very important: Final exams in Listening and Speaking are now scheduled for Monday, June 18.  Please be sure you are in class on this day, as final exams will not be rescheduled. Your teachers will provide instructions regarding your exams.

I do understand that in some countries the celebration of the Eid can last for several days.  However, University policy only permits us to give you one day (Friday) to miss classes.  Again, permit me to wish you a blessed day on June 15.


Dr. Stevens

Director, English Language Institute, College of Arts and Sciences

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