A group of students is asking the University of Missouri to strengthen its policy to ensure that professors accommodate students who have to miss class for a religious holiday.
The Missouri Student Association, the governing body of the school's undergraduate population, recently approached the faculty council over the university's religious observance policy. The faculty council currently encourages professors to excuse students for religious events.
But student leaders point out that encouraging isn't mandating. They say some students still have issues with their professors. They're advocating a policy change that would obligate faculty to allow students to miss class, tests or activities for religious events.
The Columbia Daily Tribune reports faculty council members were receptive to the students' proposal.