University of Missouri

52-44: A Resolution Opposing the Shortening of Thanksgiving Break

Missouri Students Association

University of Missouri

Bill 52-44 

A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE SHORTENING OF THANKSGIVING BREAK 

PURPOSE: To express clear opposition to academic calendar change that shortens the Collected Rules and Regulations mandated full 5-day Thanksgiving Break.

WHEREAS, 88.97% of survey respondents disagreed with shortening Thanksgiving Break to three days at the expense of creating a Fall Break; AND

WHEREAS, 61.44% survey respondents said that shortening Thanksgiving Break would “definitely would” (36.39%) or “probably would” (25.05%) stop them from traveling home; AND

WHEREAS, over the past years, the University has seen higher enrollment from out of state students and the shortening of Thanksgiving Break would affect a greater number of students; AND

WHEREAS, a shortening of Thanksgiving Break is not representative of what students want; AND

WHEREAS, shortening Thanksgiving Break would require a recommendation by the faculty, Chancellor, system President and approved by the Board of Curators as per 20.140 of the Missouri System Collected Rules and Regulations; AND

WHEREAS, the process outlined above does not include student input; AND

WHEREAS, there is a way to have a Fall Break without shortening Thanksgiving Break; AND

WHEREAS, the Academic Affairs Committee of Faculty Council has discussed a Fall Break and shortening Thanksgiving Break should not be used as means to introduce a Fall Break in to the university’s academic calendar; AND

WHEREAS, this bill solely opposes shortening Thanksgiving Break and does not support a specific plan for a Fall Break implementation.

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that MSA opposes any plan to shorten the Collected Rules and Regulations mandated full 5-day Thanksgiving Break

THEREFORE IT BE RESOLVED BY THE MISSOURI STUDENTS ASSOCIATION SENATE that upon passage, a copy of this resolution be sent to the Faculty Council Academic Affairs Committee.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Taylor Major                                        Jeremy Terman

MSA Senator                                      MSA Senator