Texas Education Code - Section 51.911. Religious Holy Days
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§ 51.911. RELIGIOUS HOLY DAYS. (a) In this section:
(1) "Institution of higher education" has the meaning
assigned by Subdivision (7) of Section 61.003 of this code, but
includes the Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf and Texas
State Technical Institute.
(2) "Religious holy day" means a holy day observed by a
religion whose places of worship are exempt from property taxation
under Section 11.20, Tax Code.
(b) An institution of higher education shall excuse a
student from attending classes or other required activities,
including examinations, for the observance of a religious holy day,
including travel for that purpose. A student whose absence is
excused under this subsection may not be penalized for that absence
and shall be allowed to take an examination or complete an
assignment from which the student is excused within a reasonable
time after the absence.
(c) Repealed by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 218, § 2.
(d) A student who is excused under this section may not be
penalized for the absence, but the instructor may appropriately
respond if the student fails to satisfactorily complete the
assignment or examination.
(e) The Coordinating Board, Texas College and University
System, shall adopt rules for the implementation of this section
and shall disseminate the rules to the appropriate institutions
under its jurisdiction.
Added by Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 503, § 1, eff. Aug. 26, 1985.
Amended by Acts 2003, 78th Leg., ch. 218, § 1, 2, eff. June 18,
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