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Religious Holidays 2014 - 2015

Student Absence for Religious Observances

Massachusetts state law regarding student absence due to religious beliefs has been adopted by the Institute as follows:

"Any student who is unable to attend classes or participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day because of his or her religious beliefs is excused from any such activity. The student will be given the opportunity to make up the work that was missed, provided that the makeup work does not create an unreasonable burden upon MIT.

The Institute will not level fees or charges of any kind when allowing the student to make up missed work. In addition, no adverse or prejudicial effects will result because students have made use of these provisions."

The following partial listing prepared in conjunction with the MIT Board of Chaplains is provided for your information:


September 24-26 Weds(sundown)-Fri Rosh Hashanah
October 3-4 Fri(sundown)-Sat Yom Kippur
  3-4 Fri(evening)-Sat Eid-Al-Adha (anticipated)
  8-15 Weds(sundown)-Weds Sukkot
  15-17 Weds(sundown)-Fri Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
  19-20 Sun(sundown)-Mon Birth of the Bab
November 11-12 Tue(sundown)-Weds Birth of Baha'u'llah


March 20-21 Fr(sundown)-Sat Naw-Rúz
April 3-11 Fri(sundown)-Sat Passover
  3/5 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Western)
  10/12 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter (Orthodox)
  20-21 Mon(sundown)-Tues First Day of Ridvan
  28-29 Tues(sundown)-Weds Ninth Day of Ridvan
May 1-2 Fri(sundown)-Sat 12th Day of Ridvan
  22-23 Fri(sundown)-Sat Declaration of the Bab
  23-25 Sat(sundown)-Mon Shavuot
July 8-9 Wed(sundown)-Thurs Martyrdom of the Bab