Policy on Observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Policy Memorandum No. 163

Recommended by the Commission on Undergraduate Studies & Policies: December 11, 1995
Approved by University Council: March 18, 1996
Approved by the President: March 18, 1996
Effective: Immediately

The University Council, on recommendation of the Commission on Undergraduate Studies & Policies, unanimously approved a resolution amending an earlier policy regarding the observance of Martin Luther King Day.

Following is the text of the resolution as adopted by University Council.

WHEREAS, the university has established guidelines to accommodate students who wish to observe certain religious or ethnic holidays, and

WHEREAS, Martin Luther King, Jr. day is a significant day for all Americans, and the university should take a leading role in creating unity amongst all members of the community,


1) the resolution on religious and ethnic holidays (1994-1995C) be amended to include certain significant commemorative events and,

2) both the Division of Student Affairs and the Provost organize commemorative events annually and encourage individual colleges of the university to also organize commemorative activities and,

3) faculty make reasonable efforts to accommodate students who wish to participate in commemorative events. When Martin Luther King, Jr. day falls on the first day of classes, the departments may need to make extra effort to provide students with the name of the instructor or a departmental contact for every class section before the start of the semester.

President's Policy Memorandum

URL: http://purl.vt.edu/vtdocs/policies/ppm163