Religious observances

The university has a legal obligation to take reasonable measures to accommodate employees and students who request time off for religious observances for which a day of observance is not provided by statute.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for a religious or spiritual observance, it is important to provide reasonable advance notice of your intended absence.

For employees

For undergraduate students

See Accommodation of Religious Observance on the Academic calendar.

For graduate students

  1. Go to UVic Calendar.
  2. Click on the link for "Graduate PDF Editions"
  3. Scroll down to page 36 on the right-hand side: "Accommodation of Religious Observance."

We have developed the list of religious observances below in consultation with Multifaith Services. These are days on which an adherent would be expected to refrain from work, classes and/or exams. There may be other occasions on which a religious adherent is required to refrain from work or school.

In addition, for Muslims, prayer time on Fridays (12:30 to 1:30 p.m. PST; 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Daylight Savings Time) is an important religious observance. Appropriate accommodation may be to allow a flexible lunch hour, or flexible schedule where the employee can adjust their schedule to make up the time.

Dates of religious observances

Other information

  • Print calendar: The calendar produced by the UVic Bookstore includes these dates.
  • Electronic calendar: Add UVic recognized holidays to your computer calendar (e.g. Outlook).
  • Contact Multifaith Services for information on local observances.
  • AMSSA: The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) produces a Multifaith Calendar which includes many additional religious and cultural occasions.

Contact us if you have questions about accommodations.