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Religious Accommodations

The following was signed into law on August 20, 2012:

“Any student…who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination, study, or work requirement and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up the examination, study or work requirement that he or she may have missed because of such absence on a particular day; provided that the student notifies the faculty member or instructor well in advance of any anticipated absence or a pending conflict between a scheduled class and the religious observance and provided that the make-up examination, study, or work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the institution.  No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the student such an opportunity.  No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his or her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this Section.”

The law (Public Act 97-1038, which adds a section to the Act – 110 ILCS 110/1.5) may be viewed via the Internet at www.ilga.gov