Extend winter break TWO days for Lunar New Year

Extend winter break TWO days for Lunar New Year

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Shuo Wang started this petition to Wesleyan Registration Office

The Spring 2020 semester starts on January 23rd, Thursday. However, the Spring Festival, also known as Lunar New Year, is on January 25th, Saturday. We propose to change the semester starting date to January 27th, Monday. 

For East Asian Students, Spring Festival is the most important day throughout the year to reunite with family and celebrate. For many East Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, Korea, Japan, Spring Festival is of equivalent significance, if not more, as Christmas plus New Year for western cultures. No matter how far away from home, people are expected to unite with family during the Spring Festival. Wesleyan University has a considerable population from Asia and they deserve the right to stay with family during their New Year as western students do.

Many students from Southeast Asia are already planning to skip the first two days of class (January 23-24) and return to campus on January 25th. However, absence on the first two days of class leads to severe consequences as many courses require students to attend the first class of the semester to be enrolled. The first two days of drop and add primarily determines the schedule for the rest of the semester. 

We are proposing to pushing two days of classes behind. For students and faculties who already planned to arrive on campus on January 23rd, two extra days of rest is helpful to adjust to jet lag and get ready for the new semester.

Furthermore, most courses in Wesleyan do not have both Thursday and Friday sessions, not to mention many classes that only meet on Monday and Wednesday. Therefore, the maximum impact on the academic schedule is omitting one single class session for some courses, which can be easily compensated.

Wesleyan is an open and diverse campus and we sincerely wish all students deserve their right to keep their cultural traditions.

 

 

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