Shorten O-week & add a 'study day' before fall exams?
Wednesday, August 22, 200712 Comments
A proposal has been put forward by the university to change the schedule of dates. If approved, the proposed changes will be implemented for the Fall 2008 semester. The proposal suggested by the university would include the following changes:
1) Orientation week would be shortened
2) The residence 'move-in day' would be moved from the Sunday before Labour Day to the Saturday before Labour day
3) Normal classes for all students would start on the Thursday of the Labour Day week (we currently start on the Monday following)
4) The last week of classes before fall semester final exams would include a day (Thursday) to make up for classes missed by the Thanksgiving holiday
5) The last Friday before fall semester final exams would be a 'study day' (no classes scheduled)
This proposal has been discussed at the Board of Undergraduate Studies (BUGS, a Senate committee with student, faculty, and administration representatives). At the May 16, 2007 BUGS meeting several student representatives participated in the meeting to voice their concerns about a number of issues arising from the proposed changes.
Some student representatives felt strongly that orientation week should not be shortened because of the transition benefit that it provides to incoming students.
Other students expressed concern that upper year students will have to arrive on campus earlier to attend classes that are typically a waste of time ('here is your course outline, have a nice day'). The proposed changes would also result in a reduced number of days for students to earn money before the semester starts.
Other students have expressed support for the proposed change because of the stressful end of semester 'crunch' that students with exams early in the exam schedule face.
What do you think about the proposed changes? Should student representatives on Senate support these changes?
The University of Guelph Senate will vote on this proposal at the October 2nd, 2007 meeting. If you would like to attend Senate to voice your opinion please get in contact with the CSA Academic Commissioner at 519-824-4120, ex.56742 or email