Faculty council picks makeup option for MU snow days

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 5:20 p.m. CST; updated 8:20 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 9, 2011

COLUMBIA – The Faculty Council made the recommendation to move Reading Day to Saturday, May 7, and to start finals week on Monday, May 9.

Council member Leona Rubin said the Faculty Council will vote to change the academic calendar at its Feb. 17 meeting.

Finals would begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday.  Exams on Friday would end at noon. Faculty is encouraged to contact the University Registrar if they don't need an exam time slot.

This was one of the options proposed by the council on Feb. 7, and Rubin said the other two options were too problematic. An option to hold class on Saturday would cause problems for faculty and students with children, as well as students who work. The faculty also didn’t want to cancel finals week.

“This was the least disruptive option,” Rubin said.

She said the majority of MU administration, faculty and student leaders believe it’s the best plan.

Marketing professor John Bennett agreed that the plan to push back Reading Day is the best option.

Spanish teacher Blanca Kelty said the plan suited her but that she was concerned about students who had already made traveling plans.

“The only problem is that some students might have already gotten tickets to travel somewhere,” she said.

Student Tatiana Blair, a business major, expressed a similar concern. She is studying abroad next summer, and her flight leaves the Friday of finals week. With exams pushed back, those plans might be jeopardized.

Both Blair and Eric Noll, a marketing major, said they were glad the Saturday class option was rejected.

"Saturday classes are a big no for me," Noll said.

This makeup plan won’t restore all of the class time lost during last week's snowstorm.  Rubin said faculty should use Tegrity or other lecture-capture software if they need to make up time.

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