Policy and Procedure for Requesting Absences and Modifications for Religious Reasons

Policy statement

PCOM does not tolerate discrimination on the basis of age, race, sex, color, gender, gender identity and expression, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, sexual orientation, religion, creed, disability, genetic information, marital status or any other legally protected class.

PCOM respects the religious diversity of its students and will attempt to grant absences and make reasonable modifications that honor the primacy of a commitment to patient care and do not unduly burden faculty, students, or others involved in the affected educational activity.

Purpose of the policy

The purpose of this policy is to acknowledge respect for the religious diversity of PCOM students by providing, where possible, excused absences and reasonable modifications in cases where genuine conflicts exist between students’ religious beliefs/practices and educational activities. Such modifications must honor the primacy of a commitment to patient care, not unduly burden faculty, staff, students, or others, and must not fundamentally alter curriculum requirements.