Following a Senate bill drafted by the Gonzaga Student Body Association (GSBA) to schedule two additional reading days in the spring, Provost and Senior Vice President Deena González, President Thayne McCulloh and other administrators have responded with modified changes to the spring academic calendar.
In an email to the the undergraduate community today, González confirmed an additional reading day to be scheduled on March 11 in which no classes will be held. This will allow for a four-day weekend from March 11 to March 14.
"The students’ thoughtful request for additional class-free days in the coming Spring Semester was received and considered with utmost respect and commitment to listening to their concerns," González said. "Following much discussion on how to best accommodate the students’ request and also respecting our obligation to provide due instructional time, it became clear there is no one best answer or solution which would satisfy everyone’s needs and preferences."
Thus, a compromise was made considering students, faculty and structural balance of class days.
Additionally, another change only applicable to faculty includes a Learning Assessment day on Jan. 11.
"Because faculty know the needs of their own students, including when their particular class may be in need of a pause, I encourage the faculty to use their best judgment in determining if or when another break may be warranted," González said.
The academic calendar is still subject to change depending on state and federal mandates regarding COVID-19.
These changes to the calendar can be found on GU's website.