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    Amy Laskowski

    Amy Laskowski is a senior writer at Boston University. She is always hunting for interesting, quirky stories around BU and helps manage and edit the work of BU Today’s interns. She did her undergrad at Syracuse University and earned a master’s in journalism at the College of Communication in 2015. Profile

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There are 7 comments on BU Administrators Add Two Wellness Days to This Semester’s Calendar

  1. Faculty and staff – myself included – joined the fray early in asking our administrators to offer our exhausted and stressed out students opportunities to take care of themselves and take time off. This was something our students asked for as soon as the cancellation of the spring break was announced, and my colleagues and I urged our administrators to heed that, since we’ve seen so much student burn-out (to say nothing of our own) over the last year.

    Thankfully, BU’s administrators took decisive and courageous action, showing their characteristically strong leadership. To wit, they announced these “Wellness Days” (great HR language, by the way) days before the semester was due to begin, adding yet another wrench into our own syllabi and course plans after we had sacrificed yet another break to retool them for this godawful LfA model. We’re happy that students get time to pause (though doubt any of them will really be able to), yet feel exhausted and continually disrespected by our administrators who send us back in the classroom without the slightest words of appreciation for the mountains we’ve been moving. (Not even going to get started on our pay freeze or the end of our retirement contributions.) President Brown’s one message of encouragement was to thank us for publicizing BU to local media outlets – sure, you’re welcome, I guess?

    Tone-deaf and late to the party, as always – the bottom heap of Boston universities in terms of leadership, tone, class, and respect for the community.

  2. Pretty sure it would be better to just give the students spring break. There’s no way BU is following the science on this decision, rather they are just making decisions that look good, but in fact hurt the students and creates a separation between the students and administrators.

  3. So if my teacher is forcing us to attend a second session of class to make up for missing that day, can I report this incident? Because I think it’s unfair as I work and would have to take time off just because of the wellness day. This wellness day will force teachers to pile on more work or force students to attend extra sessions on their free time to make up for it. How do I go about reporting this?

    1. I am concerned about this rush to “report” faculty, this is all very confusing to the entire community and this attempt to go to the boss is representative of the erosion of faculty/student relationships. The faculty I work with are empathetic, concerned and want to support students while we all struggle with our own mental health. If some faculty are intentionally ignoring the spirit of these schedule changes that is one thing, but I am troubled that we assume bad faith.

  4. Except all those colleges you listed (Harvard, Penn State, Duke) are giving their students more than TWO “Wellness Days.” If BU’s highest priority was student health and “wellness”, the administration would listen to what students have been telling them for the past year: https://dailyfreepress.com/2021/02/01/editorial-we-need-more-wellness-days-to-keep-students-motivated-and-mentally-healthy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=editorial-we-need-more-wellness-days-to-keep-students-motivated-and-mentally-healthy

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