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    Art Janke

    Art Jahnke began his career at the Real Paper, a Boston area alternative weekly. He has worked as a writer and editor at Boston Magazine, web editorial director at CXO Media, and executive editor in Marketing & Communications at Boston University, where his work was honored with many awards. Profile

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There are 4 comments on BU Pushes Back Start of 2021 Spring Semester, Cancels Spring Break

  1. As a parent, I fully support this move. My senior daughter does as well. Once again, BU is forward thinking and looking to improve on what so far has been an extremely successful return to campus.

    Again, while it is been a very different experience, the students are at least having a college experience unlike others in this country. Keep up the great work BU community.

  2. While I completely understand and agree with the rationale for canceling spring break, I really wish the administrators had consulted faculty and students prior to making this decision. We’re only a few weeks into this semester, and my students and I already feel overwhelmed and behind. Everything takes much longer to do with LfA, so instructors are either cutting content or making students do additional work outside of class to catch up. Mentally, I’m drained and feel like I normally do at the end of the semester. And I know I’m not alone (I’m an LfA coach, so I hear from many other faculty). If I had been consulted, I would have recommended two alternative options for the spring semester schedule:

    Option 1 (Preferred) — Begin and end the semester at the normal time, but scatter five random days off throughout the semester. Students won’t be tempted to travel on a random Tuesday or Wednesday, but those days off could be mental health breaks or catch-up days for both students and faculty.

    Option 2 — Extend the semester by one week (i.e., hold classes during the usual spring break), but ask that faculty do not increase the amount of material covered or assignments. This would be more challenging to implement and I imagine some students and faculty might object, but I would actually prefer this option over the current plan, as I could spread the material and assignments out more and go a bit more slowly.

    1. Hi I would love to talk with you about Option 1 – I am a student who is very concerned about the mental health impacts on students and faculty with spring break being cancelled. I am considering making a petition on this issue and really would value your perspective on it. My email is smajarwi@bu.edu

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