Sabbatarians and deadlines
stevenjamar at gmail.com
Mon Mar 27 08:00:52 PST 2006
Where would this end? Sabbatarians who observe a day of no work,
including studies, would need an extra 16 days to prepare for
classes? Or an extra reading period to prepare for exams? And it
would need to be worked out so that they get the same number of days
between each exams?
How is the law review competition not, for constitutional purposes,
conducted by the school, btw?
We try to accommodate those students by not having assignments due on
Saturdays. And we make special arrangements for moot court
competitions to hold arguments on Fri and Sunday for those
participants. And so on. But I see no obligation to accommodate to
the extent your inquiry suggests.
On Mar 24, 2006, at 7:57 PM, Volokh, Eugene wrote:
> Thinking about some of our UCLA Law School assignments,
> especially ones that have relatively short deadlines, led me to ask
> this: Do public universities in states with accommodation regimes
> (under RFRA or under Sherbert/Yoder-based state Free Exercise Clause
> rules) have an obligation to extend some deadlines for Sabbatarians?
> The law review competition, for instance, starts Thursday
> afternoon and ends Wednesday afternoon; it's generally believed that
> many students really do need all six days to do a good job. Say the
> competition was conducted by school (which it isn't, but say it was).
> Sabbatarians would have only five days on which they could do the
> competition, but others have six; would the school have an
> obligation to
> give Sabbatarians an extra day?
> What if this were a 72-hour take home exam, given Friday morning
> and due Monday morning?
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