Auburn University initiated the first Fall Break to be added to the academic calendar this semester. No classes were held on campus on Thursday, Oct. 16 and Friday, Oct. 17. All regular classes resumed the following Monday.
“I’m so excited to use this extra time to go home to see my family the first time this fall,” Gwennia Chapman, Senior Auburn University Undergraduate Student, said. “Catching up on sleep will be pretty great, too.”
Auburn students have been commenting among each other regarding how they want a Fall Break every October like many other Southeastern Conference colleges have in their academic calendars. About two years ago, the entire executive office team of the Auburn University Student Government Association answered the wishes of the student body by proposing a Fall Break in the middle of each fall semester to the Auburn University Office of the Provost.
"Students can benefit from having an additional break because it gives them more time to work on important academic projects and decreases stress," Dr. J. Emmett Winn, Associate of the Provost and professor in the School of Communication and Journalism, said. “They did not identify any drawbacks for students by providing two days off.”
The SGA officers bought the idea to the Provost's office, where Dr. Winn was selected to chair an adjunct committee under the Provost titled, “The Fall Break Task Force.” This committee met for a semester reviewing data collected by the SGA representatives and presented to the committee as a whole.
“It was suggested that the proposal from the Task Force be brought to the Senate's Calendar and Schedules Committee and was approved by the committee with stipulations attached,” Robin Jaffe, Production Manager and Faculty Technical Director for the Auburn University Department of Theatre and Chair of the Auburn University Senate Calendar and Schedule Committee, said. “It was then presented to the University Senate and approved. Finally, the proposal was approved by the President's office.”
Although classes will not be in session, all other campus activities will continue between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Contact the Auburn University Parking Services at (334) 844-4143 or on 330 Lem Morrison Drive for any further questions about parking regulations during the Fall Break.
"The Fall Break Task Force was well represented by faculty, students and staff," Winn said. "They worked hard to benchmark and problem solve, in the end, they produced a very good recommendation."
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