- Classes begin - Monday, August 24, 2015
- Labor Day (classes meet) - Monday, September 7, 2015
- Last day to file for May/August graduation - Friday, September 18, 2015
- Fall break begins after last class (1L and 3L) - Friday, October 9, 2015
- Lawyering Skills Workshop (2L) - Friday, October 9, 2015 through Tuesday, October 13, 2015
- Classes resume - Wednesday, October 14, 2015
- Thanksgiving break begins after classes - Tuesday, November 24, 2015
- Classes resume - Monday, November 30, 2015
- Fall term examination period - Monday, December 7, 2015 through Friday, December 18, 2015
- Fall term ends - Friday, December 18, 2015
- Fall diploma date - Wednesday, January 13, 2016
- Registration - Tuesday, April 14, 2015 through Sunday, January 10, 2016
- Classes begin - Monday, January 11, 2016
- Last day to file for December graduation - Friday, February 5, 2016
- Spring break begins after classes - Friday, March 4, 2016
- Classes resume - Monday, March 14, 2016
- Spring term examination period - Monday, April 25, 2016 through Friday, May 6, 2016
- Spring term ends - Friday, May 6, 2016
- Spring Commencement - Saturday, May 7, 2016
- Baccalaureate Service - Sunday, May 8, 2016
The University is a secular institution that values a diversity of religious expression. The University is also an active community with a wide range of personal commitments and academic and extracurricular activities.
Planning for academic and extracurricular activities should be done with sensitivity to the diverse religious commitments of the community and an awareness of religious holidays. Scheduling large-scale, one-time academic or extra-curricular events on a religious holiday should be avoided whenever possible.
Any student may be excused from class or other assignments because of religious observance. A student who will miss an academic obligation because of religious observance is responsible for contacting his or her professor within the first two weeks of the semester. The student is responsible for completing missed work in a timely manner.
Faculty are expected to be mindful of potential conflicts with religious observances and should make reasonable accommodations when students' religious practices conflict with their academic responsibilities.
The religious observance calendar is meant to serve as a scheduling guide. It lists significant holidays from the five largest global faith traditions. However, it is not comprehensive and students may choose to observe a holiday not included on the calendar.
The holidays listed are those which occur during the academic year when the University is open.
- Buddha's Enlightenment Day - Tuesday, December 8, 2015
- Buddha's Birthday - Friday, April 8, 2016
- Ash Wednesday - Wednesday, February 10, 2016
- Good Friday - Friday, March 25, 2016
- Easter - Sunday, March 27, 2016
- Christmas - Thursday, January 7, 2016
- Good Friday - Friday, April 29, 2016
- Easter - Sunday, May 1, 2016
- Rosh Hashanah - Monday, September 14, 2015
- Yom Kippur - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
- First day of Sukkot - Monday, September 28, 2015
- First day of Passover - Saturday, April 23, 2016
- Eid al-Fitr - Saturday, July 18, 2015
- Eid al-Adha - Wednesday, September 23, 2015
- Ashura - Saturday, October 24, 2015
- Diwali - Wednesday, November 11, 2015