General faculty strike down fall break proposal in 27-58 vote

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Students will not be getting two extra days in the fall to relax and catch up on schoolwork — at least not any time soon.

At a specially called meeting, faculty members voted against the fall break proposal Monday, which would have given students and faculty a two-day break near the end of October. The proposal would have also pushed the start of school two days earlier in August.

Of the voting members present, 27 voted in support and 58 voted against.

The special general faculty vote was announced after 61 faculty members submitted petitions in opposition to the proposal. Only 25 petitions were needed to call the general meeting. The last time this happened was 2001.

Many cited the two-day break would cost classes required lab time, even if labs were available during the first week of class.

Currently, the University has 12 full weeks of school for labs in the fall. If the fall break were implemented, professors would need to include labs during the first week of class to maintain the number of sessions.

Faculty members also expressed concerns about not getting paid during the proposed longer first week.

Correction: An earlier version of this article mistated what now happens to the fall break proposal. The proposal is now dead.