Lydia Moss Bradley founded the University as a nonsectarian, private institution and in the charter stipulated for the development of “the principles of morality and right living….” From its history, the University provides its students opportunities conducive to the development of character, morality, and high principles. These are carried out through student organizations representing diverse religions on campus, student activities and programming, and numerous academic programs. Please visit Religious Life for a list of religious student organizations.
The University offers a major in Religious Studies, which is designed to help students develop a broad understanding of specific world religions.
Additionally, Dining Services will work with individual students to meet special dietary needs and schedules around major religious holidays. A kosher kitchen is used in Geisert Hall and produces food for various outlets on campus.
There are several churches around campus and in the Peoria area for students to worship or to visit and inquire about a particular religion.
Religious holidays and class attendance: If a student should have to miss class due to a religious holiday, the student must notify the instructor at least one week prior to the class. During the course of the academic year, there are several religious holidays that students may want to observe. In some cases, this will require that they miss class. The faculty is asked to be considerate in dealing with any such absences.
For questions regarding a particular religious holiday and a student's request, faculty members are asked to contact the Office of the Provost at (309) 677-3152.