Provost mandates new schedule with time and classroom restrictions

Classroom scheduling guide­lines have been published fol­lowing a decision by the Office of the Provost to alter the spring 2013 course schedule that will in­troduce Friday courses into many students’ schedules, largely elimi­nating the previous 75-minute Monday and Wednesday courses.

According to the new schedule, classes will meet either Monday, Wednesday and Friday for 50 minutes per period, or Tuesday and Thursday for 75 minutes per period. The Monday and Wednes­day 75-minute option is offered in one time slot only, from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The schedule, revised on Aug. 30, states that “schools, colleges and units have been advised of the number of classrooms that can be scheduled per semester in a given time slot,” and the schools, col­leges and units must adhere to the quota.

Evening classes can be held on Mondays or Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., and on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. or 7:45 p.m. to 10:15 p.m., as published in the schedule.

The Faculty Senate will meet on Friday, and according to the pub­lished minutes for Friday’s meet­ing, “the Faculty Senate objects to the lack of faculty consulta­tion on the proposed class sched­ule changes to take effect for the spring 2013 semester. This lack of faculty involvement constitutes a violation of the spirit of shared governance since the new sched­ule will have a direct impact on instruction and on faculty life.”

Junior Drew Holden, academic affairs chair of the Student Gov­ernment Association, addressed faculty reactions to the new sched­ule at the Aug. 26 SGA meeting.

“The sentiment is negative, from what I’ve gathered, for two rea­sons. First, the proposed changes … were done with an apparent lack of understanding of the com­plexity and intricacy of individual department functions,” Holden said.

“Further, the faculty and student populations were never consulted or contacted, which not only fos­ters resentment but, according to the faculty senate, also goes against the ideal of shared gover­nance,” Holden added.

Holden asked that students voice their opinions on the matter by reaching out to the SGA Senators.

“We are putting almost every­thing else on hold to pursue this,” Holden told the Setonian yester­day.

In other action, SGA President Joseph Donato urged members to be especially welcoming to all students, including the freshman class.

“We should be their older broth­ers and sisters,” Donato said. “Even if we can’t help them we’ll take them to someone else. I can’t stress how important it is for us to win over these freshmen; they are the next [SGA] senators.”

The 2012-2013 budget was also passed by the SGA after the Sen­ate approved it 23-0.

According to Treasurer Ashley Jefferson, there were 13 clubs that did not receive any money for programming due to inactivity last year. She allotted them $100 each for this year’s budget as to­ken money.

Advisor Sarah Clifford also an­nounced to the SGA a new policy regarding posters on campus. Ef­fective immediately, posters in the University Center need approval and proper authorization. Other buildings, she noted, may have their own poster regulations.

Clifford also noted the launch of a new online system, 25Live.

25Live will be used for clubs and organizations to submit pro­posals and obtain meeting spots, according to Clifford.

Clifford said initially, 25Live was set to launch early this semes­ter, however, unforseen circum­stances have put plans on hold and for now, the old proposal system will be used.

The SGA will meet again on Monday, Sept. 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Chancellor’s Suite. All are en­couraged to attend.

Charlotte Lewis can be reached at charlotte.lewis@student.shu.edu.

Jessica Card can be reached at jessica.card@student.shu.edu.

Author: Staff Writer

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