A message on Ramadan

We have received the following information from WORLD to pass on to as many faculty members as possible:

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan began last Thursday, April 23. This means that our Muslim students will be fasting for the duration of the approaching finals season (Friday, May 1-Saturday, May 2 and Monday, May 4-Tuesday, May 5). The Office of Religious and Spiritual Life and WORLD: The David and Leighan Rinker Center for International Learning would like to share how to best support Muslim students during this time:

· A day in the life of a fasting student can involve fasting with no food or drink from 4:30am-8pm, and waking before this time for a pre-dawn meal. Sunset (around 8pm) is a time for prayer and the breaking of the fast, followed by evening prayers.

· After fasting all day, the late afternoon can be a difficult time for students. Students may request to move an exam to an earlier time in the day to circumvent this challenge. Please consider making reasonable allowances for accommodations, given the struggle of a changed schedule and eating habits.

For assistance with accommodation requests or any further questions, contact:
Lindsey Carelli, Office of Religious and Spiritual Life, lcarelli@stetson.edu (x27403) or
Roxanne Lewis, WORLD, rlewis1@stetson.edu (x28165)