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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
RECOMMENDATION FROM STUDENT ASSEMBLY
FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF A SUMMER DEAD DAY
Student Government Vice Presiden,t Eric Opiela, has filed with the Secretary of the Faculty Council a recommendation for the establishment of a dead (no-class) day during the summer session. This recommendation appears below, and has been endorsed by the Student Assembly. The Secretary has classified this item as general legislation. The 10-day circulation rule for general legislation will be satisfied on September 17, 1999. Notice is hereby given that this legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council for action at its meeting on September 20, 1999.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council
Distributed through the Faculty Council web site (www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/) on September 8, 1999. Copies are available on request from the Office of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
RECOMMENDATION FROM RULES COMMITTEE
ON U.T. SYSTEM FACULTY ADVISORY COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVES
That the Faculty Council endorse the following resolution from the Student Assembly:
Whereas final exam performance is the final determinant of course performance; and
Whereas professors require attention to current course work through the last class day; and
Whereas a dead day in the summer session would allow students to have a chance for comprehensive review of course material; and
Whereas the stress and anxiety arising from the lack of time to prepare for a comprehensive review of course material can cause poor exam performance; and
Whereas the fall and spring semesters have addressed this need; and
Whereas the summer session has not currently addressed this need;
Therefore, be it resolved that the Student Assembly of the University of Texas at Austin endorses the implementation of a dead day during the summer session in order to allow students to have a full day for comprehensive review of course material and calls upon the Faculty Council and the General Faculty Calendar Committee to implement such.
Final exam performance is the final determinant of course performance. The creation of a dead day in the summer session would allow students to have a full day of comprehensive review of course material.
There are three sets of final exams in the summer: one for first-term courses, one for nine-week courses, and one for second-term and whole-session courses. The Secretary inquired if the proposal is for a dead (no-class) day for each term or session. Eric Opiela, sponsor of the resolution, replied that "Ideally, we would support a dead day for each term and session, but since logistical are problems associated with having a nine-week dead day (it wouldn't be a true 'dead day' because second and whole session courses would continue to meet) we decided to leave it up to the Calendar committee to decide what is appropriate."