Additional Permanent Reading Days for the University of Connecticut

Additional Permanent Reading Days for the University of Connecticut

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Katherine Spinnato started this petition to University of Connecticut Scholastic Standards Committee and

A typical UConn semester is about ~14 weeks. Being a student is considered a full-time job by many, but most students work 1-3 additional jobs, participate in extracurricular activities, and have to balance relationships, their health, and mental health. Work, life, balance is nonexistent and our students are burnt out. 

For the first time in UConn Academic history, the Fall 2020 semester saw its first “Reading Week” amidst two worldwide pandemics of systemic racism and COVID-19. This time off, which allowed time to prepare for finals, catch-up on work, and recharge from one of the toughest semesters, was welcomed and utilized by students to finish the semester strong. 

We are advocating for permanent reading days to be implemented into the academic calendar. This proposal is intended to be the first of many steps in response to B Diaz’s Mental Care Act that passed through USG last fall. Implementing additional permanent-reading days addresses where academic performance intersects with mental health, and how the two are undeniably connected. 

Under our proposed plan, there will be a total of 6 reading days, and finals will be split into 2 weeks. The semester will be 13 weeks instead of 14 to account for this additional time. 

Typically, finals week starts on Monday and ends on that Sunday.

Under the new plan, There would be two reading days on Monday and Tuesday, then 3 finals on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. That weekend (Saturday and Sunday) and following Monday and Tuesday, would be reading days. The last 3 days of finals would follow on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, and then the semester would end! 

 

 

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