Written by Joe Adgie
Dead Day is not dead yet.
It was saved on Thursday at the Faculty Senate meeting when the group voted to move a reconsideration of the scheduling of finals week back to the Institutional Planning Committee.
“The primary concern with this was to actually give students a full week for finals, as well as reducing the possibility of having multiple finals on the same day, and getting rid of the possibility of having a final at 7 p.m. on Friday night,” Aubrey Fowler, assistant professor of marketing and Faculty Senate parliamentarian, said.
Dr. Maren Clegg-Hyer, English professor, expressed her support of this motion, but explained why this had not been done.
“We have never done this because it is extremely unpopular with students,” Dr. Clegg-Hyer, said. “We have also not done this because of what the business office told us. If we extend the semester by one or two or three days, that’s additional days that the faculty needs to be paid, additional days that utilities need to be paid.”
Another consideration that was moved back was the changing of deadline for final grades to be due. Currently, final grades are due at 9 a.m. on the Monday after finals week, but the Faculty Senate desired to change that deadline to 3 p.m. that same day.
According to Thursday’s meeting agenda, “So doing will provide enough time for faculty with a considerable number of papers and projects to grade the time to do so appropriately.”
After some discussion regarding what kind of impact this change would have on students, it was decided to remand the recommendations back to the committee.