Universities of California under the Quarter System: Maintain our 3-week Winter Break
  • Petitioning Janet Napolitano

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President of the University of California
Janet Napolitano
Regent of the University of California
Richard C. Blum
Regent of the Univerity of California
William De La Peña
Regent of the University of California
Cinthia Flores
Regent of the University of California
Russell Gould
Regent of the University of California
Eddie Island
Regent of the University of California
George Kieffer
Regent of the University of California
Sherry L. Lansing
Regent of the University of California
Hadi Makarechian
Regent of the University of California
Norman J. Pattiz
Regent of the University of California
Bonnie Reiss
Regent of the University of California
Fred Ruiz
Regent of the University of California
Richard Sherman
Regent of the University of California
Bruce D. Varner
Regent of the University of California
Paul Wachter
Regent of the University of California
Charlene Zettel

Universities of California under the Quarter System: Maintain our 3-week Winter Break

    1. Alfredo Amaya
    2. Petition by

      Alfredo Amaya

      Davis, United States

During the month of January 2014, the University of California Registrars approved a change for the Fall 2014 Quarter. This change resulted in the Fall 2014 Quarter to begin a week later than usual in order to accommodate students who are involved with the Jewish High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. However, another change resulting from this decision is that the Winter Break has been shortened from 3 weeks to only 2 weeks.

We as students and staff of the Universities of California under the quarter system require the 3rd week. Many students use this time in a variety of ways: some students use this break to spend time with their friends and families who many left in order to continue their education, while others use this break to earn some extra money in order to help pay for school and living expenses; however, we all use this break to relax and rest our mind and bodies in order to begin the following Winter and Spring Quarters

What we need is to move the beginning of instruction of the Winter 2015 Quarter (currently January 5) to be pushed a week later to January 12. Along with this, it would be required to push the start of instruction of the Spring 2015 Quarter (currently March 30) to April 6. With this move, Spring Break would be during the week of March 29- April 4 and the Winter Break would be from December 20- January 12. 

In the end, these changes would benefit everyone. We would regain the 3rd week of Winter Break in order to relax and rest for the following quarters. Our families would also benefit by being able to be with their students who moved away in order to continue their education. Staff of the universities would also be able to spend time with their loved ones during the holiday season.

If we do not regain the 3rd week, we cannot enjoy our time off to the fullest, earn the extra money in order to help pay for school and living expenses, and 2 weeks is not enough time to rest for the following quarters, especially because the holiday season is full of preparations for the holidays. 

Please support to maintain the 2014-2015 Winter Break at 3 weeks!

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    • Alec Davidson LOS ANGELES, CA
      • 5 days ago

      UCLA student

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    • Ingrid Hernandez LONG BEACH, CA
      • 5 days ago

      3-week break is well-deserved after studying relentlessly in the fall quarter. My vacation plans will be ruined...

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    • Jodi Barnhill DAVIS, CA
      • 7 days ago

      Without this change, our office is not able to provide international students with an orientation prior to the start of Winter 2015 classes. In addition, our students and staff may not be able to travel to their home country given the short time for the break. One of the busiest times in our office is after finals end and students require our staff time to review their immigration status and sign travel documents. Then, our break is only one week and a day because we need to work through Christmas Eve and come back on January 2nd.

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    • Ashka Thakur SAN RAMON, CA
      • 7 days ago

      While I understand that back when we were in high school, we only had 2 weeks of winter break, maybe slightly less, college is a whole different story as it is a lot more stressful and we are living away from our families. That extra week really helps in relaxing and debriefing before getting back into the stress of things. It also makes it difficult to see friends from back home who do not attend school in the UC system as all we get off are the days people like to spend with their families. It is also unfair to accommodate one religious group over another and even so, at least the winter quarter should be pushed one week later.

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    • Camille Hyatt CALIMESA, CA
      • 7 days ago

      I need that time to be with my family and prepare for my holidays and new school quarter

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