Religious Accommodations

A group of religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama.

The UB community is represented by a diversity of religious backgrounds, including Baha’i, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, and Muslim. The Office of Campus Ministries offers many programs and opportunities for learning and interaction.

UB’s Religious Accommodation and Expression Policy supports your right to classroom and workplace accommodations based on religion. It also upholds UB’s commitment to the free expression of religion on campus.

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Common Religious Accommodations

Religious Accommodations commonly include:

  • Time away from the classroom or workplace to pray, or for religious holidays.
  • Alternative times for examinations or work shifts.
  • Permitting religious expression that does not interfere with the classroom or work environment.
  • Ensuring that rules and policies regarding dress and grooming requirements allow reasonable religious-based exceptions.

Students with questions or concerns about religious accommodation can contact the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Undergraduate students are encouraged to consult the Attendance on Religious Holy Days policy in the Undergraduate Degree and Course Catalog, and graduate students should refer to the policy Attendance on Religious Holy Days located in the Graduate School's policies and procedures.

Faculty, staff and other members of the University community can contact EDI.

Religious Expression at UB

Under UB's Religious Accommodation and Expression Policy, UB upholds the rights of our community members to practice their religious beliefs, or to choose not to practice any religious belief.  We will not interfere with religious expression unless it creates an undue hardship, such as interfering with normal University operations, or if it creates a discriminatory hostile environment for someone else.  

Reflection Rooms and Prayer Spaces

UB has several places on campus which may be used for prayer and meditation.