Following the University of Missouri’s inclusion of Pagan and Wiccan holidays to its yearly calendar, professors have been advised against scheduling exams on the days that the eight newly added holidays would fall. Called Guide to Religions: Major Holidays and Suggested Accommodations, the university’s holiday list gives recognised Pagan and Wiccan observances the same treatment as Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah. During such dates, students no longer need to cram for exams.
Among the holidays that are included in the list is the two-day, Hindu festival on August 28 which is celebrated in honour of Krishna’s birth. Since students are expected to forgo sleeping on the event, no exam is to be scheduled, says the guide.
Another addition is a Halloween-equivalent event called Samhain, which is a Wiccan New Year where believers pay respects to their deceased ancestors, family members, and older members of their faith.
There is also the eight-day Jewish festival of lights called Hanukkah. According to the guide, academics and work are allowed, and that food accommodation should be served in accordance to kosher restrictions.
The Chinese New Year is also included in the list, as the university believes that a lot of Chinese employees will be requesting for a day off work.
Though some people think this is too much, there have been no complaints received from anybody, as stated by the university’s administration.
The guide specifically says that
“not only does this section offer crucial information about dates and practices, but we [Administration] also hope that the information about recommended academic and food accommodations will be valuable to those planning classroom activities and other academic and co-curricular events.”
Whether students are believers of wicca or not, it is hoped that they give the same respect to this and other holidays, the same way that they regard people with resolute beliefs toward psychic practices, astrology, numerology, and horoscope.
Source : http://www.foxnews.com/us/2013/02/17/university-missouri-guide-asks-professors-to-accommodate-wiccan-pagan-holidays/