Dead Day may pass away

Apr 18th, 2013 | By ,
| Category: 2013-04-18, Administration, Campus News, News, Spotlight, Spring 2013, Top Headlines

Written by Shane Thomas & Jamal Tull

 

The VSU Faculty Senate will meet today at the UC Magnolia Room to discuss policies as the semester winds down. Among the issues to be discussed, the Faculty Senate will propose the elimination of “dead day,” the Tuesday of finals week when no classes are scheduled, from the University calendar.

Also part of the proposal is moving the last teaching day of the semester, the Monday of finals week, to another day in the semester.

Under the current scheduling, students have been able to enjoy the non-class day during finals week. Many use the extra day to study or to recover from weekend festivities. If put into effect, finals week will truly be a week dedicated to nothing but finals.

The Faculty Senate feels it would be more beneficial for the faculty in terms of grading. The removal of “dead day” would give faculty additional time to grade exams, papers and other projects.

The removal of “dead day” would go into effect in the Fall Semester of 2014. Students are not as supportive.

“That’s stupid,” Arrin White, a freshman undecided major, said. “Why put even more un-needed pressure on students?”

Jamal Peterson, a junior art major, also feels strongly about the pending decision.

“Teachers already cram a lot of work on students at the end of the year,” he said. “The day is almost a necessity.”

The proposed schedule change would also affect the due date for student grades. Currently, the due date for grades to be turned in to the registrar’s office is 9 a.m. on the Monday following finals week.

The Faculty Senate will recommend that the deadline for grades be moved to 3 p.m. on the Monday after finals week.

This change in the scheduling would provide an additional opportunity for faculty members to take time to attend graduation, rather than spend their weekends grading.

The Faculty Senate also plans to discuss various issues including a tobacco-free campus summit.

The Spectator reserves the right to delete any comment that we find libelous, invades privacy, or otherwise impinges on media law concerns. We welcome your comments and thoughts on our articles. All comments go through The Spectator website student administrators before they are published to the website. Comments over two paragraphs in length will be removed. Any commentary longer than two paragraphs must be submitted to the Spectator in a letter to the editor. Spectator writers and photographers are also asked not to comment on columns. If you have any questions, please contact us at spec@valdosta.edu. Note that student editors are responsible for all content on the Spectator website. Read more on the comment moderation and internet takedown policies HERE
Tags: ,

Leave a Comment