University policies relating to religious observance or bias

Certain policies of the University of Massachusett Amherst are particularly relevant to the religious observance and religious expression of our students, staff, and faculty. The most important such policies are listed below. If you experience any religious conflict or bias, or have any questions or concerns about University policies, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life can help!

Class Absence for Religious Observance
Some major religious holidays (most notably Rosh Hashanah, Ramadan, Eid al-Fitr) have fallen during the first week of classes in previous years. For more information about the University's policy, click here.

Guidelines Regarding Religious Symbols, Decorations, and Displays (Download PDF)

Residential Candle Policy

Holiday Fire Safety Guidelines (Environmental Health & Safety)

Guidelines for Classroom Civility and Respect

Code of Student Conduct

Residential Life Community Standards

Hate Graffiti Response Protocol (Download PDF)

Bias Incidents
If you witness or are targeted by a bias incident, call the Dean of Students Office or UMass Police Department, or report the incident online. Details about the process and an online reporting form can be found here. Students who are the target of a bias incident, or indirectly affected by a bias incident, can get support from the Dean of Students Office (413.545.2684), the Center for Women and Community (hotline 413.545.0800 or appointments 413.545.0883), the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (413.545.2337 or after hours 413.577.5000), Residential Life (for students who live in residence halls), or the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (for bias incidents related to religious identity).

Other University policies can be found on the following website:
UMass Amherst Policies & Procedures