Information about accommodations for Ramadan

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Garrett Naiman, Dean of Students

Many members of our campus community will be observing Ramadan through fasting, prayer, community gatherings, and friendship between May 5th and June 4th. This message is intended to provide our campus community with information regarding accommodations as well as special events during Ramadan.

Dining Options: UCSC Dining Services is now offering the Spring 60 meal plan for students who are observing Ramadan. This meal plan is ideal for 5 or 7-day meal plan holders, who would be using the Dining Halls less frequently during this month. Learn about the plan by clicking here.

There will be increased Halal food options at all of the Late Night Dining Halls, as well as access to date palms for students to break their fast with. Find out more here.

Those with meal plans can request a “Ramadan breakfast box” at the dining hall the night before to take out food for suhoor.

Prayer Accommodations: For individual daily prayers, ISB 469 (Interdisciplinary Sciences Building) is available from 7am-7pm. In addition, from 8pm-10:30pm every day, the Sentinel Room, above the Colleges 9 and 10 Dining Hall, is reserved for congregational prayers. Late night prayers will begin at 9:45 pm at that location. Weekly Friday prayers will continue to be held at the Bay Tree Cervantes & Velasquez Conference Room at 1:30 pm.

Testing Accommodations: Via

“Given the diversity of religious practice within the campus community, academic and administrative units are encouraged to make reasonable accommodation when the schedule of a required campus event conflicts with an individual’s religious creed. It is the official policy of the University of California, Santa Cruz, to accommodate, without penalty, requests for alternate test or examination times in cases where the scheduled time for the test or examination violates a student’s religious creed, unless the request cannot be reasonably accommodated.”

Programming: The UCSC Muslim Student Association (MSA) is holding the following events to educate and engage the campus community:

Islam & Activism

Date: Wednesday, May 1st

Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Location:  Colleges 9 and 10 Multi-Purpose Room

Ramadan 101

Date: Wednesday, May 15th

Time: 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Location: Namaste Lounge

Iftar in the Quarry

Date: Wednesday, May 22nd

Time: 8:00 - 9:30 pm

Location: Quarry Amphitheater

For more information about this events, please click here.

MSA and SOAR wish to make these events accessible to those with disabilities. If you need accommodations call SOAR at (831) 459-2934.