Professors in Washington must make accommodations for religious traditions

A new Washington state law makes it easier for college students to take time off for religious holidays. Gov. Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5166 into law April 29, making Washington the first state requiring institutions of higher education “reasonably accommodate” students who need time for religious observances. Accommodations include rescheduling exams and permitting absences, as long as the student notifies the professor of the needed accommodation within the first two weeks of class. 

Supporters said the bill will allow students of faith to honor their faith traditions while upholding their academic responsibilities. (RNS)