Muslim students are adapting their campus lifestyles to the observance of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Occurring this year from sunset on Sept. 12 through Oct. 11, all willing able-bodied Muslims are required to fast between sunrise and sunset in addition to following other various practices.
University Housing is offering two options to fasting residents. Students may prepare sack meals for breakfast and lunch by notifying the supervisor upon entering the dining room. Students can also track their lunch and dinner meals missed during Ramadan and contact the University Housing Office to request reimbursement for the raw food cost of their missed meals. This cost is $2.05 for lunch and $3 for dinner.
Students who do not eat lunch or dinner meals during Ramadan will receive a maximum of seven lunch and seven dinner credits per week during the month. Students on the Six Classic plan will receive a maximum of six dinner credits each week.
Kirsten Ruby, assistant director of housing for marketing, said that the option is part of University Housing’s commitment to accommodate all students.
“We try to be as inclusive as we can for people and their beliefs,” she said.
Fatima Chishti is a resident advisor in the Florida Avenue Residence Halls and a member of the Muslim Student Association and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. Having participated in the University’s offer since her freshman year, she thinks the University should be able to credit students more money for each missed meal.
“I think it’s a step in the right direction, definitely, but I don’t believe it’s the best (University Housing) can do, and I don’t believe they fully understand the needs of Muslim students,” Chishti, junior in LAS, said. “It’s a religious obligation that we’re trying to adhere to.”
Although the dollar values of lunch and dinner credits are $6.95 and $9.95, respectively, Ruby explained that the difference in reimbursement comes from the preparation cost of the meals. This includes paying employees, utilities and other factors in maintaining dining halls. (MORE)