Finals and Student Fasting

In case you have not yet seen this announcement …

The approaching finals season differs from others in recent years in that our Muslim students will be fasting on the last two days of finals (Monday, May 6 and Tuesday, May 7) and Hindu students will be fasting for Akshaya Tritiya on Tuesday, May 7. The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning would like to share how to best support Muslim and Hindu students during this time.

A day in the life of a fasting student can involve fasting with no food or drink from 4:30 a.m.-8 p.m., and waking before this time for a pre-dawn meal. Sunset (around 8 p.m.) is a time for prayer and the breaking of the fast, followed by evening prayers.

  • After fasting all day, the late afternoon can be a difficult time for students. Students may request to move an exam to an earlier time in the day to circumvent this challenge. Please consider making reasonable allowances for accommodations, given the struggle of a changed schedule and eating habits.
  • For assistance with accommodation requests or any further questions, contact:
    Lindsey Carelli, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, at (ext. 27403) or Roxanne Lewis, WORLD, at (ext. 28165).