Vice President for Ethics and Compliance

Religious, Ethnic, and Civic Observances

To:                   The Purdue University Community 

From:              Alysa Christmas Rollock

                       Vice President for Ethics and Compliance

Date:                August 16, 2017

Subject:           Religious, Ethnic, and Civic Observances


Purdue University is committed to maintaining a community that recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person.  The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life. 

I urge you to be sensitive to the fact that the scheduling of examinations, class assignments, meetings, and other significant events on certain holidays or days of religious observance may place some members of the University Community in a very difficult situation.  Your cooperation in helping members of the Purdue Community observe their religious traditions is appreciated.  Students requesting special consideration in scheduling will be expected to make their needs known to their course instructors in advance and be flexible in arranging alternative times to complete any assignments they might miss.  The Diversity Resource Office will be distributing a Calendar of Religious, Ethnic, and Civic Observances for the 2017-2018 academic year.  It will be available at A list of religious observances is also available at

Thank you for your contribution to Purdue’s celebration of diversity and its commitment to inclusivity.