Faculty Senate Changes Academic Calendar

Posted: July 19, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Faculty Senate passed a motion to hold the first day of classes each spring semester on the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The change is the result of a petition by the Student Government to officially recognize the birthday of the civil rights leader, which is always celebrated on the third Monday of January. Because Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls early this year, classes will begin one week early this spring, on January 16.

According to the Faculty Senate’s Academic Policies Committee, which drafted the motion, George Mason is the only area university that holds classes on this federal holiday. Student leaders found this unacceptable, especially since George Mason has such a diverse student body, says Josh Lineberger, who served as Student Government treasurer from 1997 to 1998 and as a justice on the Student Court of General Sessions from 1998 to 1999.

To accommodate for the class day that is missed, the reading day scheduled in past years for the Monday following the semester’s last day of classes will become a class day. Final exams will begin on Wednesday.

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