University of Missouri

54-11: A Resolution Urging Change to the University of Missouri’s Religious Observance Policy

Missouri Students Association
University of Missouri

 Bill 54-11

A RESOLUTION URGING CHANGE TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI’S RELIGIOUS OBSERVANCE POLICY

WHEREAS, the University of Missouri is an institution committed to respecting the diversity of students, AND

WHEREAS, students at the University of Missouri represent diverse religious observance practices, AND

WHEREAS, the current Religious Observance policy of the University of Missouri expresses no clear requirement to respect the diverse religious observance practices of students, AND

WHEREAS, many students express confusion, perceptions of inconsistency, and feelings of injustice resulting from experiences with the current Religious Observance policy of the University, AND

WHEREAS, a Religious Observance policy that clearly requires respect for the diverse religious observance practices of students will educate, enhance, and protect members of the University of Missouri community, AND

WHEREAS, numerous other universities, including the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, have embraced clear requirements to respect the diverse religious observance practices of students with much success, AND

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that the Senate suggests a revision to the current Religious Observance policy of the university and urges the University of Missouri Faculty Council to take action on this suggestion.

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION that the exact wording of the proposed revision be as follows:

“It is the policy of the University of Missouri to respect the diversity of our students. In accordance with this policy the University makes every reasonable effort to accommodate the sincerely held religious observance obligations of students.  Any student who is absent from class or unable to complete an assignment because of his/her sincerely held religious observance obligation shall be given the opportunity to make up any relevant work, without penalty, unless it can be demonstrated that such an opportunity would create a significant and insurmountable hardship upon the quality of the course. It is the responsibility of students to provide faculty with advanced notice of the dates of religious observances obligations on which they will be unable to attend class or complete an assignment. Such notice must be provided by the add/drop deadline of the given term to receive full consideration. Absence from classes or assignments due to religious observance obligations shall not be construed to relieve students from responsibility for any part of the course work required during the period of absence. It is the responsibility of the student and the relevant instructor(s) to determine the conditions under which work will be made up in a timely and reasonable manner. Should disagreement arise over any aspect of this policy, faculty should consult first the the Department Chair, then the Dean of the School, and finally, if necessary, the office of the Provost for final resolution. On occasions when accommodation for religious observance is denied students may wish to appeal the decision per the University Discrimination Grievance Procedure for Students outlined in the Collected Rules and Regulations of the Provost 390.010 through the Office of MU Equity.”  

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Alex Nidkum   Ben Vega

MSA Senator   MSA Senate Academic Affairs Chairman

 

Thalia Sass

Steven Chaffin Jr. Thalia Sass

RHA President President – Jewish Students Organization

 

Ben Bolin Samantha Brown Nathan Willett

MSA Senate Speaker Senator Senator

 

Mark McDaniel

Mark McDaniel

Senator