SUNY New Paltz will no longer break during Jewish holidays
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NEW PALTZ, N.Y. -- SUNY New Paltz will no longer break for the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur starting in the fall according to the school's website.
The college said observing these holidays led to repeatedly disruptive class schedules during the fall semester, leading to the change in the academic calendar.
According to the college, no faculty, students or staff will be penalized in any way for observing religious holidays. The website says students will also have an opportunity to make up any exams or assignments they may have missed and no faculty member will be required to teach if they choose to observe a religious holiday.
The website also states that most other SUNY campuses do not cancel classes on Jewish holidays and that the state and federal governments do not close for religious holidays.