MU Faculty Council to vote on snow makeup plan

Tuesday, February 8, 2011 | 6:25 p.m. CST; updated 12:03 p.m. CST, Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Correction: There is no state requirement that state universities make up snow days.

COLUMBIA — The Faculty Council will vote Feb. 17 on a plan to make up last week’s snow days. 

The state requires MU to make up the snow days, and the council has been considering a number of options.

MU spokesman Christian Basi said shortening the university's spring break is not on the table, and moving the dates of graduation has not been discussed.

Basi said right now, council members are considering three options:

  • Holding classes on three different Saturdays. Each Saturday would be devoted to one missed day, and no makeup Saturday classes would be held close to finals week.
  • Canceling finals week and making up classes then. Final exams could be given during those extra classes, but they couldn’t be longer than a normal class period.  The last official day of class would still be May 13.
  • The third option pushes Reading Day back to Saturday, May 7. Make-up classes would be held Thursday, May 5, and Friday, May 6. Finals week would be scheduled over 4½ days, then, starting at 7:30 a.m. each day and ending at 10 p.m. Exams would end at noon the following Friday.

Faculty members can still propose new plans, but Basi said many are leaning toward the last option.

Decisions about snow days have already been made at Columbia and Stephens colleges.

Columbia College will not extend its academic calendar to compensate for cancellation of classes last week. The semester will end as planned.

Stephens College will use April 13 as a make-up day. It had been designated an advising day, with no classes scheduled.

Anlan Li contributed to this story.

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