Faculty Senate Makes Changes to Academic Calendar

Posted: April 13, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Robin Herron

At its April 11 meeting, the Faculty Senate passed two motions proposed by the Academic Policies Committee affecting the academic calendar.

The first motion eliminates the Tuesday of the existing Columbus Day recess and creates a new recess day on the Wednesday preceding Thanksgiving Day. This change will take effect in 2002. As a result of the change, during the Columbus Day recess week, Monday classes will meet on Tuesday. The day before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day of the year, resulting in high absenteeism. In addition, in recent years the governor has closed state offices beginning at noon that day.

The second motion provides an exception to the current policy that establishes the start date for the spring semester. In future, when Jan. 1 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, the spring semester that year will begin on the fourth Monday in January (one week after the Martin Luther King Day holiday). The semester’s classes will be followed by two Reading Days on a Monday and Tuesday, and final exams will begin at 4:30 p.m. on that Tuesday.

This motion was proposed in response to the need for the university’s administrative offices to have at least 10 working days to provide essential services to students in the transition from the fall to spring semester.

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