Though the chill that canceled three days of Ohio State classes has passed for now, some students might have to revisit the classroom to make up the time they missed.
Executive Vice President and Provost Joseph Steinmetz sent an email to faculty and students Wednesday afternoon announcing plans for rescheduling classes.
Classes were canceled Jan. 6 and 7 as temperatures fell to roughly minus 7, and again Tuesday as temperatures dipped to minus 7 again, meaning OSU has missed two days of Tuesday classes.
“The university is making available to instructors the option of using Tuesday, April 22, technically the reading day before finals, as a make-up day,” Steinmetz said in the email. “Students whose instructors want to take advantage of that make-up day should plan to meet at their regular class time in their usual classroom on April 22.”
Faculty members who administer seven-week courses have the option of making up missed sessions Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, which are both Saturdays.
Steinmetz asked students to “make every attempt to attend if their instructor chooses to offer a make-up class,” according to the email, but said faculty members should “remain flexible, given other commitments students may have made.”
Students will not be penalized for missing these classes, according to the email.
Emiliano Melgar, a third-year in biochemistry, said he would support professors using a Saturday or reading day to hold class.
“I don’t mind. If they have material that needs to be covered, it’s better that they utilize the extra day,” Melgar said.
Cory Hohenstein, a third-year in aviation engineering, said he wouldn’t mind professors adding a class to the end of the semester but doesn’t like the possibility of Saturday classes.
“I don’t think they should take a Saturday … and I think most professors won’t take advantage of that because it’s their weekend too — it’s not just our weekend,” he said.
Tuesday was roughly the 11th time OSU has closed since 1978. OSU Administration and Planning spokeswoman Lindsay Komlanc said that, most recently before this year, evening classes were canceled in February 2011 because of snow. The most recent cancellation in January before this year was in 2009, which was because of snow, Komlanc said.
Daniel Bendtsen contributed to this story.