The University of Guelph is considering extending its fall break. The current break includes one day following Thanksgiving weekend. To accommodate additional fall study days, the University would need to adjust other key dates in the semester.
This matter has been discussed with student leaders, faculty, staff, as well as at Senate. There is currently no consensus regarding the best option for adjusting these key dates. A record of the deliberative discussion at Senate and additional comments received can be found on the University Secretariat website.
University Administration, taking into consideration all of the responses received to date, is recommending a proposal go forward through the governance process. The proposal attempts to address comments heard from all members of our community.
That the schedule of dates be revised so the fall study break is extended by one additional day to include the Wednesday following Thanksgiving weekend, and that classes start one day earlier (beginning the Wednesday after Labour Day weekend).
This updated proposal ensures that the end of the term remains as is and does not require exams on Sundays.
The main drawback of this proposal is the reduction of the orientation period by one day, which could impact transition and retention success of first-year students.
Town Hall Discussion – January 24 – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – Thornbrough Building, Room 1307
A town hall meeting is being held to present this proposal, to answer questions and to hear additional comments prior to the proposal being considered by the governing bodies. All students are welcome to attend this town hall meeting.
The proposal will be considered at a joint meeting of the Board of Undergraduate Studies and Board of Graduate Studies on January 25. It will then be considered by the Senate on February 5.