Oregon State apologizes for starting class on Yom Kippur

While University students got an extra day of rest in observance of Yom Kippur on Monday before classes started, Oregon State University held classes without regard for the Jewish holiday.

It was a move that drew criticism from Jewish leaders and others in Corvallis and an apology from the school.

“We obviously missed the boat on this,” OSU Community and Diversity Director Terryl Ross told the Corvallis Gazette-Times.

Corvallis community members responded angrily to the move.

“The comparison isn’t exact, but this is a little like scheduling the first day of class on Christmas,” a Gazette-Times editorial read. “It’s a scheduling embarrassment for OSU and most of the other schools in the Oregon University System.”

However, the editorial then praised the school’s apology. The Oregon University System plans not to schedule the first day of classes on the holiday again.

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