Enhancing Cultural Awareness
USI is committed to enhancing cultural awareness in a diverse and global community and recognizes the importance of religious and cultural expression in the lives of many of our students, faculty, and staff.
USI follows an academic calendar wherein classes are officially not in session on certain national holidays and religious observances. Nevertheless, there exist numerous other holidays and religious practices that are not formerly recognized.
Requesting an Accommodation for Religious and Cultural Observances
Even though classes are in session during many other holidays and religious observances, students are encouraged to approach faculty early in the semester to request any accommodation they might need to honor their religious and cultural observances. This proactive approach ensures clear communication of the request and any accommodation that might be arranged.
Accommodations might include a request for an excused absence, additional time to complete lab work or written assignments, or the rescheduling of a quiz or an exam.
Faculty are encouraged but not required to accommodate such requests.
Students should understand that for a variety of reasons, it may not be feasible to accommodate their requests.
More importantly, students should understand that any sort of accommodation does not excuse the student of responsibility for material covered in class or any sort of assignment or exam that is due on a day when an accommodation is requested and granted.
Once again, we would like to stress the importance of opening a dialogue.
2023 - 2024 Religious and Cultural Observances
University Observed Holidays
|Holiday or Observance||Religion / U.S. Holiday||Dates||Status|
|Labor Day||September 4, 2023||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|Thanksgiving Day||November 23, 2023||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|Christmas Day||Christianity||December 25, 2023||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|New Year's Day||January 1, 2024||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||January 16, 2024||Classes not in session. University open.|
|Good Friday||Christianity/Eastern Orthodox||March 29, 2024||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|Memorial Day||May 27, 2024||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|Juneteenth||June 19, 2024||Classes not in session. University closed.|
|Independence Day||July 4, 2024||Classes not in session. University closed.|
Holidays and Religious Observances Fall 2023 - Summer 2024
- All Judaism and Islam holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the first date shown.
- Symbol ✭ indicates holidays have been designated non-work days by the religions that celebrate them.
- Symbol ⚉ indicates dates are not fixed to a calendar but are based on the actual sighting of the moon and there may be some variance by a day.
|Holiday or Observance||Religion / U.S. Holiday||Dates|
|Janmashtami||Hinduism||September 7, 2023|
|✭ Rosh Hashanah (New Year)||Judaism||September 15-17, 2023|
|✭ Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)||Judaism||September 24-25, 2023|
|⚉ Mawlid-al-Nabi (birthday of Mohammad||Islam||September 27, 2023|
|✭ Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)||Judaism||September 29- October 6, 2023|
|✭ Shemini Atzeret||Judaism||October 6-7, 2023|
|✭ Simchat Torah||Judaism||October 7-8, 2023|
|Columbus Day||October 9, 2023|
|Navaratri/Dussehra||Hinduism||October 15-24, 2023|
|✭ Solemnity of All Saints||Latin Rite Catholics||November 1, 2023|
|Veteran's Day||November 11, 2023|
|Diwali||Hinduism||November 12, 2023|
|Thanksgiving Day||November 23, 2023|
|Hanukkah (Chanukah)||Judaism||December 7-15, 2023|
|✭ Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception||Latin Rite Catholics||December 8, 2023|
|Christmas Day||Christianity||December 25, 2023|
|Kwanzaa||December 26, 2023 - January 1, 2024|
|New Year's Day||January 1, 2024|
|✭ Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God||Latin Rite Catholics||January 1, 2024|
|Epiphany||Eastern Orthodox||January 6, 2024|
|Martin Luther King Jr. Day||January 16, 2024|
|Ash Wednesday||Christianty||February 14, 2024|
|Lent||Eastern Orthodox||February 14 - March 30, 2024|
|President's Day||February 19, 2024|
|Maha Shivratri||Hinduism||March 8, 2024|
|⚉ Beginning of Ramadan||Islam||March 10, 2024|
|Purim||Judaism||March 23-24, 2024|
|Holi||Hinduism||March 25, 2024|
|Good Friday||Christianity/Eastern Orthodox||March 29, 2024|
|Easter||Christianity/Eastern Orthodox||March 31, 2024|
|⚉ Eid al-fitr (End of Ramadan)||Islam||April 8, 2024|
|⚉ Laylat al-Qadr||Islam||April 18, 2024|
|Rama Navami||Hinduism||April 17, 2024|
|✭ Passover (Pesach)||Judaism||April 22 - 30, 2024|
|Vesak||Buddhism||May 22, 2024|
|Memorial Day||May 27, 2024|
|✭ Shavuot||Judaism||June 11 - 13, 2024|
|Juneteenth||June 19, 2024|
|Independence Day||July 4, 2024|
|⚉ Muharram (Al Hijri New Year)||Islam||July 6, 2024|