Religious Holidays & Observances

Religious Holidays & Cultural Observances

Cal Poly Pomona strives to accommodate students who must miss a class or reschedule an exam due to a religious observance. As stipulated in the revised Course Syllabus Policy, the Division of Student Affairs must maintain an annual religious and cultural holiday calendar.

To obtain the most current list of religious holidays and cultural observances that may require scheduling consideration, use the Master Calendar.

Some religious holidays are work-restricted and others are not work-restricted.

This list is not all-encompassing. Faculty, staff, students and administrators at Cal Poly Pomona may use this reference to aid in making reasonable accommodations in the scheduling of tests or examinations and campus events.

NOTE: California State Polytechnic University, Pomona will remain open for most of the religious holidays and cultural observances. The references highlighted in the campus calendar are not to be construed as an academic or employee work calendar. A link to the various calendars can be found at: and included there is the official State Employee Holiday Calendar for our campus.

392.4.4 The California State Education Code, as law, supersedes all campus policies. In particular, section 89320 states:

The Trustees of the California State University shall require each state university, in administering any test or examination, to permit any student who is eligible to undergo the test or examination to do so, without penalty, at a time when that activity would not violate the student's religious creed. This requirement shall not apply in the event that administering the test or examination at an alternate time would impose an undue hardship which could not reasonably have been avoided. In any court proceeding in which the existence of an undue hardship which could not reasonably have been avoided is an issue, the burden of proof shall be upon the institution.

Our preferred reference is the Multicultural Calendar from Creative Cultural Communications. Please contact the Dean of Students at if you have additional reference materials to offer.

Cal Poly Pomona would like to thank George Mason University, Indiana University, University of Arizona, University of Louisville and the University of Washington for providing information for our website. These campuses provided descriptions of work-related and non-work-related holidays, how the holidays affect students and information about reasonable accommodations.