Spring make-up days scheduled — blame it on the Snow

By on March 14, 2014
Group of students help car in snow.

After Winter Storm Leon and a slew of various other snowy days led to numerous school cancellations in January, the university administration had to make a tough decision regarding the schedule for the remainder of the spring semester.

Amid rumors of an extended spring semester and online learning assignments to compensate for the days lost to snow, the administration, after much discussion, opted to hold classes on two consecutive Saturdays in April.

On February 14, students received an email message from One Stop Student Services notifying them of the official class make up options. As per the email, Saturday, April 12, and Saturday, April 19, are the designated university classroom makeup days for classes that need to conduct makeup sessions in a traditional classroom setting. The first Saturday session will be the make-up day for Tuesday and Thursday classes while the second Saturday session will replace missed Monday, Wednesday, and Friday classes.

“The President, in consultation with the Provost and others, made the final decision. Provost Lucas involved many people inside and outside of her office – no major decision is made without a great deal of collaboration. We also looked at what other universities around the state had decided to do,” Vice Provost for Student and Faculty Success and Professor of Epidemiology, Suzanne Austin said.

“Class cancellations due to inclement weather reduced the ability of our students to get the needed content from their courses, and some days/class periods were more affected than others. In some instances, faculty members were able to make arrangements with their classes for additional meetings. Faculty members could also use Blackboard to augment meeting times using blended or online content. However, some courses still required the option of a make-up day to schedule a lecture, recitation, or laboratory meeting,” Austin said.

Though the decision to meet for classes on Saturdays was unappealing among students, Austin believes that it was the best option for all.

“Saturdays were the only workable option. Weather days were eliminated in the 2013-2014 academic calendar in order to allow for breaks between Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters. Adding evening make-up classes would create conflicts in student schedules and classroom space. Eliminating Spring Break would be very unpopular with students, faculty, and staff. Moving the end of the semester would have interfered with commencement and summer jobs/internships,” Austin said.

Whether or not class will be held on the additional Saturdays is left to the discretion of instructors. If the instructor decides that a makeup day is necessary, class will meet at the regularly scheduled time.

Additionally, the last day to withdraw from full-term spring semester classes has been extended to April 7, 2014.

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