Religious and Spiritual Student Resources

Student and community efforts provide a rich backdrop for spiritual activities at the University of Delaware. UD is home to more than 25 religious undergraduate and graduate registered student organizations. Programs, events and learning opportunities hosted by these organizations are offered to students and the UD community throughout each year.

Excused Absences

Class absences on religious holidays listed in the Academic Calendar are considered excused. Nevertheless, students are urged to remind the instructor of their intention to be absent on a particular upcoming holiday.

Faculty are encouraged not to schedule examinations or require the submission of special assignments on the following days: the evening before as well as the first two days of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Diwali, Good Friday, the first two days of Passover, Eid al-Fitr, Eid al-Adha, and the evenings prior to these holidays. (Full policy statement rev. 12/2020)

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Ablution and Washing Stations

Installed in 2018 at Perkins Student Center, these stations are inside the first floor men’s and women’s restrooms. Ablution Stations are a designated area open to anyone to perform a quick cleansing of hands, face, and/or feet. The stations were developed in partnership with the Muslim Student Association, Vice Provost for Diversity, University Student Centers, Student Diversity and Inclusion, and English Learning Institute. More details can be found in these articles from The UD Review and English Language Institute.

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fruits and vegetables are on display at the University of Delaware Caesar Rodney Fresh Food Company Dining Hall which has gluten free and kosher options

Kosher Dining

Guests of the Rodney Dining Fresh Food Company have the ability to choose from a variety of freshly prepared and made-to-order meals from several action cooking stations including a Mongolian station, a gluten-free station, a vegan station, and an Orthodox Union supervised kosher dining station. Learn more in this UDaily story.

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Reflection and Interfaith Space

Morris Library Room 233 is a Reflection Space to pray, meditate, and relax that can accommodate several people at once and includes a bookshelf for storing prayer mats, shoes, etc. Trabant University Center 223 is also open daily for students, faculty, and staff of all faiths, religions, and spiritualities for private meditation, prayer, and reflection.