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Hofstra Moves to Secular Calendar

Postby ProudofPride » Sun Dec 27, 2015 9:45 am

The university announced that it will no longer schedule breaks to coincide with religious holidays. Hofstra has always given students time off for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This drastically broke up the beginning of the semester, and almost made it feel disjointed. However, it was a good way to ease into the semester. This also affects Spring Break. It used to coincide with Easter, but now will be right in the middle of the semester, and not planned to fall during any religious holiday.

http://theodysseyonline.com/hofstra/hof ... dar/256119
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Re: Hofstra Moves to Secular Calendar

Postby stuball888 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 10:31 am

Well this sucks. According to the article a professor does not have to give Jewish students off on Rosh Hashanna or Yom kippur. Can you imagine scheduling a test on these high holy days. To me this is a lawsuit waiting to happen. Long Island has a high concentration of jewish population than say the midwest. To compare Hofstras student body to the rest of the country is insane. This is the progressives one size fits all mentality.
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Re: Hofstra Moves to Secular Calendar

Postby EvanJ » Sun Dec 27, 2015 11:58 am

stuball888 wrote:Well this sucks. According to the article a professor does not have to give Jewish students off on Rosh Hashanna or Yom kippur.

I recently read an article in a Jewish newspaper saying that students are entitled to taking off on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur according to state law.
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Re: Hofstra Moves to Secular Calendar

Postby stuball888 » Sun Dec 27, 2015 12:18 pm

Hofstra is a private university. State laws will not cover this according to the article. State Universities might be a different story but private universities set their own schedule.
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Re: Hofstra Moves to Secular Calendar

Postby Jojogunne » Sun Dec 27, 2015 8:57 pm

Two days off in October does not seem like much of a "mid-semester break":

https://www.hofstra.edu/studentaffairs/ ... endar.html
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Re: Hofstra Moves to Secular Calendar

Postby EvanJ » Mon Dec 28, 2015 12:24 am

stuball888 wrote:Hofstra is a private university. State laws will not cover this according to the article. State Universities might be a different story but private universities set their own schedule.

I don't have a copy of what I read, but what I read included private universities. One of our sources is wrong. I will try to find my source.
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