WashU has updated its policy for missing classes to more fairly accommodate students who miss class, exams, or assignments, owing to religious observance.

The policy states: “Students who plan to miss class for a religious holiday must inform their instructors in writing before the end of the third week of class, or as soon as possible if the holiday occurs during the first three weeks of the semester.”

You can read the entire policy here (pdf).

Here is a sample text of the email for this semester (Spring 2023):

Hello Professor [Name],

Please note that I will need to miss class for religious reasons on the following work-restricted Jewish holidays:

Passover (opening days): Begins at sundown on April 5, continues all day on April 6, and it concludes on April 7 after it is dark outside.

Passover (concluding days): Begins at sundown on April 11, continues all day on April 12, and it concludes on April 13 after it is dark outside.

I am following WashU's "WashU’s Religious Holiday Class Absence Policy" located at https://students.wustl.edu/religious-celebration-calendar/.

Thank you for your understanding,


(These are the only work-restricted Jewish religious holiday that falls out during the weekdays during SP2023.)