Holiday and School Closing Policies

Secular and Religious Holidays

The University recognizes/observes the following secular holidays: Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Thanksgiving and the day after, Labor Day, and New Year’s Day.

The University also recognizes that there are several religious holidays that affect large numbers of University community members, including Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover, and Good Friday. In consideration of their significance for many students, no examinations may be given and no assigned work may be required on these days. Students who observe these holidays will be given an opportunity to make up missed work. If an examination is given on the first-class day after one of these holidays, it must not cover material introduced in class on that holiday. Faculty members are aware that Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the published date of the holiday. Late afternoon exams should be avoided on these days

The University recognizes that there are other holidays, both religious and secular, which are of importance to some individuals and groups on campus. Such occasions include, but are not limited to, Sukkot, the last two days of Passover, Shavuot, Shemini Atzerat, and Simchat Torah, as well as Chinese New Year, the Muslim New Year, and the Islamic holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Students who wish to observe such holidays must inform their instructors within the first two weeks of each semester of their intent to observe the holiday even when the exact date of the holiday will not be known until later so that alternative arrangements convenient to both students and faculty can be made at the earliest opportunity. Students who make such arrangements will not be required to attend classes or take examinations on the designated days, and faculty provide reasonable opportunities for such students to make up missed examinations.

Emergency School Closing and Cancellation of Classes

Although a rare occurrence, the University and SP2 may close due to severe weather conditions or emergency situations.

  • In all situations when the University is closed, SP2 will be closed. For University closing information call: 215-898-MELT, or check the University’s website at http://www.upenn.edu.
  • There may be situations when the University remains open, but SP2 makes the decision to cancel classes. In these situations, as soon as a decision is made, a notice will be posted on the SP2 website and the announcement will be emailed to students via student listservs. Decisions to cancel evening classes will be made by 2:00pm that day.

Faculty members who cancel class when the School is open are responsible for notifying their students of the cancellation. Professors should also inform the receptionist if their class is cancelled by calling the main School number 215-898-5512.

On days when the University is unexpectedly closed, students are expected to communicate with their field placement about the agency’s expectations for their attendance. Students may be expected to be at their field placement even if the University is closed. Students who have questions about individual situations should contact the Office of Field Education.

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