Religious Holiday and Activity Absence Policy
The purpose of this policy is to acknowledge respect for the religious diversity of Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) students by providing opportunities, where possible, for accommodation in cases where genuine conflicts exist between students’ religious beliefs/practices and educational activities. Such accommodations must honor the primacy of our commitment to patient care and not unduly burden faculty or disproportionately affect the general student population involved in the affected educational activity.
This policy applies to BCM students who, because of religious beliefs or practice, believe that they are unable to attend a class, participate in any examination, or in other ways fulfill an educational requirement of any course, clerkship or other required activity.
Recognizing that the religious diversity of its students may result in conflicts between students’ religious beliefs/practices and certain educational activities, BCM will attempt to make accommodations that honor the primacy of its commitment to patient care and do not unduly burden faculty or disproportionately affect the general student population involved in the affected educational activity. Students who believe they have a need for religious accommodation during any course, clerkship or other required educational activity shall notify the relevant course/clerkship faculty, as soon as possible, after an impending conflict becomes apparent – preferably prior to or at the beginning of the course, clerkship or other activity. If it is established that there is a legitimate need for the affected student(s), where possible, the student(s) shall be provided reasonable accommodation, including the opportunity to make up the academic activity in conflict.