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Durham University

Learning and Teaching Handbook

6.2.10 : Religious Observance

1. Durham University respects the rights and religious views of its students. The University will make every effort to accommodate students who are unable to take examinations on a particular day during the published examination periods for reasons of religious observance. Students should complete a Religious Observance Form - A6.13 each academic year, which must be submitted before the deadline of 31 October. This form should be countersigned by their College Senior Tutor (or equivalent) and by a representative of the School or Department. Signed forms must be received by Student Registry before the deadline.

2. Details of the examinations to be considered will be taken from the student registration in the Student Records System. It is imperative that students check their module registration before submitting the form as the timetable will be based on the module records we have.

3. The University will make every effort to avoid the times/dates in the request, but owing to the logistical difficulties of scheduling a large number of examinations involving many thousands of students to take place in a limited number of days, it may not be possible to avoid those times/dates. In such circumstances, where it is not possible to take a student request into account, and the student has completed the Religious Observance Form by the published deadline, the student should contact their School or Department for further advice. It is anticipated that Schools/Departments will make every effort to ensure an alternative arrangement for a student is possible.