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Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Federal Laws

General Provisions Relating to Student Assistance Programs

Constitution Day
Under this provision tucked into a major spending bill, all schools receiving federal funding must hold an educational program on the U.S. Constitution September 17th of every year. September 17th is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution. However, when September 17 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, Constitution Day shall be held during the preceding or following week. Department of Education Notice of Implementation of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day on September 17 of Each Year, 70 Fed. Reg. 29727, May 24, 2005.

The Associate Provost for Administration is responsible for ensuring that educational programs in compliance with this law are offered each year.


The Avalon Project at Yale Law School: Fabulous collection of source documents in law, history and diplomacy

Dissent and Cake: Happy Constitution Day Sept. 16th, 2005 article on how to celebrate Constitution Day posted on Inside Higher Ed web page

Library of Congress Web page: Documents from the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention

National Archives Constitution Day web page: Includes a webcast

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