Help RCC Jewish Students Reinstate Campus Closure Policy for Days of Worship

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Dear Concerned,

We, the Jewish students of Rockland Community College request your assistance in addressing an urgent matter which has come to our attention recently.  

For the past 20 years, RCC has accommodated Jewish students by closing the college campus on Jewish days of worship.  This has allowed the students to maintain their duties of faith without straining their academic workload.  This policy has been an incredible privilege to us, and has helped attract many Jewish students to this school.  Without warning or prior notification the school has changed its schedule to use the spiritual days for academic purposes.  While within their legal right, this change in precedent and tradition has resulted in confusion, disruption, and undue burden upon the Jewish students.  Requests for explanation or redress have gone unanswered and unresolved.  We know that this is not a scheduling issue as the school has added other vacation days, and we know that this is not a SUNY policy as other SUNY schools have continued accommodating Jewish students by closing their schools on Jewish days of worship. 

We ask that you sign this petition to support the Rockland Community College Jewish students in their endeavor to find an explanation, as well as a possible solution, to this matter. 



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