Religious Observances; Student Records (Schedules, Bills, Financial Aid, Grades)

Religious Observances; Student Records (Schedules, Bills, Financial Aid, Grades)

University Religious Observances Act Policy

Danville Area Community College recognizes and respects the broad diversity of religious beliefs and practices of its students in accordance with the University Religious Observances Act (110 ILCS 110/1.5). Please note, “religious observance” or “religious practice” includes all aspects of religious observance and practice, as well as belief. The Illinois’ Public Act 110 ILCS 110/1.5 states the following:

Sec. 1.5 Absence of student due to religious beliefs. (a) In this Section, “institution of higher learning” has the meaning ascribed to that term in the Higher Education Student Assistance Act. (b) Any student in an institution of higher learning, other than a religious or denominational institution of higher learning, who is unable, because of his or her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study, or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination, study, or work requirement and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up the examination, study, or work requirement that he or she may have missed because of such absence on a particular day; provided that the student notifies the faculty member or instructor well in advance of any anticipated absence or a pending conflict between a scheduled class and the religious observance and provided that the make-up examination, study, or work does not create an unreasonable burden upon the institution. No fees of any kind shall be charged by the institution for making available to the student such an opportunity. No adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student because of his or her availing himself or herself of the provisions of this Section. (c) A copy of this Section shall be published by each institution of higher learning in the catalog of the institution containing the list of available courses.

Requirement of Absence Notification: DACC faculty and administrative personnel require 5 (five) calendar days of advance notice from students of upcoming religious observance absences to ensure the timeliness of the required actions.

Grievance Procedures for Religious Observances Not Recognized or Respected: Students may contact the Dean of Student Services (Lincoln Hall, Room 108) in the event that reasonable accommodations have not been made in accordance with this policy. The Dean will work with the faculty member and appropriate academic administrators to work toward a reasonable accommodation for religious observance.


Students should retrieve their schedules, tuition bills, grades, and various other information and/or services online. The Jaguar Spot ( is our web portal for students to have access to records and services around the clock. Students will have access to computer and printers in our campus computer labs and in student service areas. Instructions on how to use the Jaguar Spot/WebAdvisor or Jaguar Spot/Student Online Services (two online service portals can be found on the Current Students webpage at

Students must get their Student Self-Service User ID and Password online at Instructions on how to set-up the password can be found at Instructions for Student Password LogIn. If you forget your password and need to reset it, you can also do so online at the link. Please note, your password will be the same for ALL DACC logins, including email, Blackboard, Jaguar Spot/WebAdvisor, Jaguar Spot/Student Online Services (including Student Planning), and for on-campus computer workstations. If you would like to speak to someone about your login or password, please contact DACC help desk (at to send an email to the necessary department or call DACC Computer and Network Services (, 217-443-8861 or 217-443-8871).