FAQ: Why do classes start before Labor Day?

Posted: August 27, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

This frequently asked questions column will appear in the Daily Gazette every Monday beginning next week. All questions originate from the green comment boxes located throughout the university, or are items brought to the attention of the Quality of Work Life Committee. Answers are supplied by the appropriate academic unit, department, or office. One question is answered per week.

Q:Why do classes start before Labor Day?

A:There are Faculty Senate rules for setting up semester calendars. I use them to propose calendars to the Faculty Senate for its approval. Also, if you count backward from the end of December and try to fit in a semester, it is necessary to start before Labor Day in order to have final exams completed before the year-end holiday.–Susan Jones, university registrar, (703) 993-2446, shjones@gmu.edu.

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