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900.11 - Religious Accommodation

University Group Policy #900.11

I.  Policy Statement

Winston-Salem State University strives to ensure that applicants, employees, students, or visitors do not suffer discrimination because of religion or national origin. The University does not discriminate against any qualified student, employee or applicant for employment because of race, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, color, handicapping condition, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation, or genetic information. Please refer to WSSU’s EEO and Non-Discrimination Policy.

WSSU accommodates the religious observances and practices of employees and students except where such accommodation causes undue hardship on the conduct of the University's business, but always in compliance with applicable law. The extent of the University‘s obligation is determined initially by considering statutory requirements, and any obligation of accommodation beyond that shall be determined with consideration of business necessity, financial costs and expenses, and resulting personnel and/or academic problems.

The person requesting the accommodation is obligated to cooperate with the University’s attempts to accommodate the request. When more than one accommodation is possible, the University may select any of the accommodations, provided the accommodation will effectively eliminate the religious conflict. Please contact the Office of EEO/AA & Diversity at 336-750-8759 to request the Procedures for Requesting Religious Accommodations for Faculty and Staff. For student religious accommodations please refer to the Class Attendance and Absence Policy.

II.     Applicability

This policy is applicable to campus of Winston-Salem State University.

III.    Compliance

In accordance with federal and state regulations, it is illegal to retaliate against an individual because he or she filed a discrimination complaint or because they participated in a discrimination proceeding or investigation. Any individual wishing to report a violation of this policy should contact the Office of EEO/AA & Diversity at 336-750-8759.

Responsible Division: Vice Chancellor and Chief of Staff

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted September 22, 2012

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