Faculty Senate Discusses Changes to Academic Calendar

Posted: February 23, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

At its meeting Wednesday, the Faculty Senate continued its discussion of proposed changes to the Academic Calendar, which were studied as a result of a request by the Student Senate. The Student Senate passed a resolution on Feb. 2 recommending changes that would have the primary aim of providing more reading days before exams. The students are also willing to start the academic semesters earlier to end semesters earlier, and give up the Labor Day holiday in exchange for an extra day after the Columbus Day holiday.

The changes recommended in the student resolution are:

  • That the fall semester begin on the Thursday prior to the final Monday in August, causing fall semester classes to end on a Wednesday

  • Create two reading days on the Thursday and Friday following the end of classes, causing the final exam period to begin on the next Monday, and end the following Monday

  • In the spring semester, when Martin Luther King Day is the third Monday of January and not also the second to last Monday, set the Thursday following Martin Luther King Day as the first day of the spring semester, causing spring semester classes to end on a Wednesday

  • Create two reading days on the Thursday and Friday following the end of classes, causing the final exam period to begin the next Monday, and end the following Monday

  • In the spring semester, when Martin Luther King Day is both the third Monday and the second to last Monday of January, maintain the current policy setting the Tuesday following Martin Luther King Day as the first day of the spring semester, causing spring semester classes to end on a Monday, creating one reading day on Tuesday, and causing the final examination period to begin on Wednesday and end the following Tuesday

  • That the university be open and classes be held on Labor Day each year; in lieu of a Labor Day recess, the Columbus Day recess would be extended to include both Monday and Tuesday

Members of the Faculty Senate expressed disagreement with various aspects of the student-proposed plan, although a straw vote showed that the majority favored at least some change to the current calendar. No votes were taken at the meeting, and the Academic Policies Committee under Chair Cliff Sutton will continue to gather input.

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