Columbia University is committed to providing a learning and working environment that is respectful of the religious beliefs of its students, faculty and staff. As part of this commitment, Columbia will make good faith efforts to provide a reasonable accommodation of an employee’s religious belief, unless such an accommodation would create an undue hardship for the school/department. An undue hardship is a significant expense or difficulty placed on the University. This may include accommodations that are unduly expensive, disruptive, interfere with the essential functions of the employee’s job, or that would alter the academic or operational needs of the University.
Reasonable accommodations may include, but are not limited to, the following: providing individuals with leave for religious observances, providing a time and/or place to pray, providing the flexibility to wear religious attire, permitting flexible scheduling or adjustments to work schedules, and/or paid or unpaid time off. The accommodations must be approved by the department in advance.