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Religious Observation Absence

Medical Students (M.D.)

Policy ID Number: N/A 
Policy Title: Religious Observation Absence
Classification: University – College of Medicine
Approval Authority: EDAS Council
Responsible Entity: College of Medicine – Undergraduate Medical Education
Policy Owner: EDAS Council

 

I. Policy Statement

The Medical University of South Carolina does not discriminate on the basis of religion. MUSC adheres to all state and federal laws pertaining to religious discrimination and accommodation.

The College of Medicine will support religious accommodations if they do not impose an undue hardship on the educational process, its patients, the institution, or other individuals. The College of Medicine recognizes that students come from many religious faiths and practices. The observance of religious holidays and practices is important and should be accommodated whenever possible. However, first priority is always given to education, patient care and religious leave/observances cannot be guaranteed.

For those individuals who observe religious practices that, at times, may conflict with mandatory learning experiences, it is imperative patient care not be compromised. For a planned excused absence for religious observances, the student is required to notify the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Clinical Rotation Coordinator at least one month prior to the absence.

II. Scope

College of Medicine

III. Approval Authority

The EDAS Council is responsible for approving the policy.

IV. Purpose of This Policy

MUSC adheres to all state and federal laws pertaining to religious discrimination and accommodation. The College of Medicine will support religious accommodations if they do not impose an undue hardship on the educational process, its patients, the institution, or other individuals.

V. Who Should Be Knowledgeable about This Policy

College of Medicine Faculty, Students and Administrative staff

VI. The Policy

The College of Medicine will support religious accommodations if they do not impose an undue hardship on the educational process, its patients, the institution, or other individuals. The College of Medicine recognizes that students come from many religious faiths and practices. The observance of religious holidays and practices is important and should be accommodated whenever possible. However, first priority is always given to education, patient care and religious leave/observances cannot be guaranteed.

For those individuals who observe religious practices that, at times, may conflict with mandatory learning experiences, it is imperative patient care not be compromised. For a planned excused absence for religious observances, the student is required to notify the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and the Clinical Rotation Coordinator at least one month prior to the absence.

VII. Special situations

N/A

VIII. Sanctions for Non-compliance

In the case of an unexcused absence, Year Directors, Theme Leaders, or Course Directors will submit a physicianship form to the Office of Student Affairs.

IX. Related Information

A. References, citations
See also Absence Policy –Medical Students 

X. Communication Plan

Students enrolled in COM courses will be educated about this policy at their orientation to the preclerkship and clinical years as well as any time a substantial update occurs. All faculty are asked to review key policies related to education on an annual basis. Course directors will be notified annually via email to review the policy and more often if substantial changes are adopted.

XI. Definitions

N/A

XII. Review Cycle

Every 2 years or sooner if indicated by program changes.

XIII. Approval History

List original approval date and subsequent review dates

Approval Authority Date Approved
EDAS Council 2011
EDAS Council April 17, 2019

XIV. Approval Signature

Donna Kern, MD April 17, 2019
Title: Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education