Ohio State is set to get a fall break, after getting approval from University Senate on Thursday.
The proposal will require formal approval from the Board of Trustees, but University Senate secretary and professor in the School of Music Tim Gerber said he doesn’t “expect any bumps in the road,” especially because it has “such strong presidential support” from President Michael Drake.
Pending Board approval, the break will begin during 2015-16 school year, Gerber said in an email.
When implemented, there will be no classes on Thursday and Friday during a week in mid-October, creating a four-day weekend. Those two classes days will not be university holidays however.
The number of course days will be retained by adding an additional to both the beginning and end of the semester. This will put the last final exam day on a Thursday, and the first day of class on a Tuesday, shortening Welcome Week.
But Welcome Week organizers have been part of the discussions and have OK’d the proposal, said Mark Rudoff, chair of the senate’s council on enrollment and student progress and an associate professor in the School of Music.
The lengthened fall term, as a result of the switch from quarters to semesters, necessitated the need for the break, Rudoff said. He also noted the break will bring OSU in line with other universities where such a break is common.