Religious Equity Arrangements

Curtin University recognises, respects and values the religious diversity of its students, staff and community, and has a range of policies in place for special arrangements in examinations, assessments, and graduations.

Religious equity is a Curtin value which recognises the important of religious practice and obligations for staff and students, by supporting student and staff religious practices on campus.


Some of the ways that Curtin supports religious diversity include:

  • Providing religious equity examinations and assessments for students whose examination or assessment schedule clashes with their religious convictions
  • Providing religious equity graduation arrangements for students whose scheduled graduation ceremony clashes with their religious convictions
  • Upholding, wherever feasible, conscientious objections of students and staff
  • Protecting the Curtin community from religious harassment
  • Ensuring appropriate facilities and arrangements can be made to support students and staff

Please contact the Multi-Faith Officer for all religious equity enquiries.


What do I need for religious equity arrangements?

Obtain a letter from your religious leader. A religious leader is the authorised leader of your local faith or spiritual community. e.g. Clergy, Rabbi, Imam, Priest, Pastor, Granthi, Pandit, etc.

Your letter will need to include:

  • Your name and ID number
  • The details of your assessment name, due date, etc.
  • Details of the religious event including dates and times
  • Why or how this event impacts your studies
  • A suggested alternative date and time
  • Details of your religious leader including name, title, location, contact number and signature
  • Preferably this letter should be presented with an official letterhead.

Examinations and Assessments

You can apply for an equity examination or assessment by obtaining a letter from your religious leader explaining why you must observe a particular religious holy day and therefore cannot attend your examination or assessment.

You need to provide student and course information including:

  1. Student name and ID
  2. Course name, unit number, subject, and course coordinator
  3. Exam or assessment name, time and date
  4. Religious festival or holy day information

Assessments and mid-term tests

If your assignment or exam is organised through your school and is not an end of semester task please use the letter from your religious leader to apply for your assessment extension.

If you need a deferred final exam you also need to apply for an assessment extension.

You will usually receive notification via official communication channel regarding the outcome of your extension request.

Centrally Scheduled exams

A centrally scheduled exam is usually at the end of a semester, trimester or study period. The University will need at least three weeks to process your request, so please contact the Multi-faith officer for more information as early as possible. The Multi-faith Officer will assess and verify your equity request and submit a request on your behalf for alternative examination arrangements. If your request is an ongoing commitment such as Shabbat or Sabbath then this can be made an ongoing request for the remainder of your studies. Alternative exam arrangements can alter the time or within 48 hours the time of an exam. If you need longer you may need to defer your exam instead.

Your Official timetable shall be updated accordingly.

Please ensure that you complete all of these steps by the deadline (three weeks prior to the examination period or prior to your assessment due date). Contact the Examinations Office or Multi-Faith Services for more information.

Graduations

Equity graduation arrangements can be made for students whose scheduled graduation ceremony clashes with their religious convictions.

If you have a graduation ceremony that is scheduled at the same time as one of your obligatory religious holy days then alternative arrangements can be made. This may be an alternative graduation ceremony that is scheduled at a different time that does not clash with your religious events or festivals. Please note that only obligatory religious events can receive religious equity. For all religious equity requests you will need to contact Multi-Faith Officer.

Apply for equity graduation arrangements

Ask a recognised leader from your religious community to write a letter or email that explains the religious reasons why you are unable to attend the graduation ceremony at the scheduled time.

Must include student and ceremony information including:

  1. Student name and ID
  2. Scheduled graduation ceremony time and date
  3. Religious festival or Holy day information

Once you have all the relevant documentation, you will need to meet with Multi-faith services at least 3 weeks prior to the examination period or date of assessment. The Multi-faith officer will assess and verify your equity request, and submit a request on your behalf for alternative graduation arrangements.

You will receive notification, if applicable, of the alternative graduation ceremony by the Official Communication Channel (OCC) sent to your Curtin provided OASIS account.

Contact Graduations Office or Multi-Faith Officer for more information.