UPDATE: Faculty Council picks makeup option for MU snow days

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 | 9:23 p.m. CST; updated 10:18 a.m. CST, Thursday, February 10, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Faculty Council has recommended that MU move Reading Day to Saturday, May 7, and start finals week on Monday, May 9, to make up for class cancellations during last week's snowstorm.

The move would allow MU to use Thursday, May 5,  and Friday, May 6, as class makeup days.

Chairwoman Leona Rubin said the 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. Monday through Thursday, May 9 to 13.  Exams would end at noon Friday.

Faculty members are encouraged to contact the University Registrar if they don't need an exam time slot.

The finals week switch was one of three options proposed by the council Saturday. Rubin said the other 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.

Missouri's Department of Higher Education has no requirement on how individual institutions should make up classes in the event they are canceled, department spokeswoman Kathy Love said.

"There is no statewide regulations for the number of school days for institutions of higher education," Love said.

The requirement to make up the missed classes stems from the UM System Board of Curators. Under Section 20.140 of the Collected Rules and Regulations, the universities must have class on 43 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 29 Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Rubin said the majority of MU administration, faculty and student leaders believe the plan to delay Reading Day and the start of final exams is the best plan.

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

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

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.

The plan won’t restore all of the class time lost during MU's shutdown. Rubin said faculty should use Tegrity or other lecture-capture software if they need additional time.

Missourian reporter Jordan Shapiro contributed to this article.

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