University acts to make up for time lost due to Florence
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina university has canceled its fall break and pre-exam reading day to help make up for time lost due to Hurricane Florence.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reports the UNC Board of Governors approved Tuesday a waiver of 150 to 200 minutes of lost class time for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. The university is making up about 450 to 500 minutes in other ways, including extending class time by five minutes to catch up for time lost.
UNCW Chancellor Zito Sartarelli said Thanksgiving and Christmas breaks will remain in place. Winter graduation is still scheduled for Dec. 15.
Other lost time will be made up by faculty adding online assignments, readings and face-to-face meetings. Faculty are to rewrite their syllabi to reflect the changes.
Students are scheduled to return to campus on Oct. 6, with classes resuming on Oct. 8. Employees returned to campus Monday.
Even with all the changes, students won’t be able to make up all the time, which required the action from the UNC system board. The waiver was needed to comply with policies of UNC, the U.S. Department of Education and the university’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
The federal government has regulations about class time for financial aid eligibility.
The UNC board’s action will request waivers from the federal government and the accrediting body.
In a memo to the board, UNC system Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Kimberly van Noort said the request was well within parameters of waivers from previous natural disasters elsewhere.
“We have learned through experiences with Hurricanes Katrina, Floyd, Harvey, Irma and Maria, that student success and retention during times of disaster are predicated on providing an opportunity for students to re-enter and continue coursework as soon as possible and in a manageable way,” according to van Noort’s memo. “And that institutions must take into account the extra time needed to catch up and the burden upon already stressed students.”
The plan means UNCW students would make up about two-thirds of the lost time.
Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com