Requests for flexibility from students and staff on grounds of religion

The Equality Policy Unit has produced a short guide for staff when responding to requests for flexibility on grounds of religion or belief.

Requests for flexibility that you receive may relate to a clash with a particular religious festival or holy day.  Students or staff members may, for example, request a change to teaching scheduling or exam timetabling, or ask for a short break for prayer or breaking a fast at a particular point during the day.  Alternatively, a student may request permission to be absent from a particular teaching session or a staff member may ask to take annual leave on a particular day.

Students wishing to request special consideration due to religious commitments during university examination periods must inform the Examinations Office no later than the last Friday in October in each academic year of their programme of study. The Student Examinations and Assessment pages provide further information.