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Religious Holidays

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 28-30 Wed(sundown)-Fri Rosh Hashanah
October 7-8 Fri(sundown)-Sat Yom Kippur
  12-14 Wed(sundown)-Fri Sukkot begins
  19-21 Wed(sundown)-Fri Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
  20 Thursday Birth of the Bab


April 6/8 Friday/Sunday Good Friday/Easter
  6-8 Fri(sundown)-Sun Passover begins
  12-14 Thu(sundown)-Sat Passover ends
  13/15 Friday/Sunday Holy Friday/Easter (Orthodox)
May 2 Wednesday 12th Day of Ridvan
  26-28 Sat(sundown)-Mon Shavuot