Published April 17, 2013
UB wants members of the campus community to weigh in on a proposed academic calendar revision recommended by the Faculty Senate Executive Committee that would include the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur as recognized class days.
Among the arguments for the proposal is that this revision, which would impact the academic calendar for UB’s undergraduate and graduate programs, would ensure greater continuity in the academic schedule.
Faculty, staff, students and the broader community will be able to offer their questions, concerns, comments and observations on the FSEC’s recent recommendation. Comments can be posted to the UB Reporter, The Spectrum and the UB homepage from April 18 through April 25.
After the comment period, a summary of the feedback, with commentary from campus calendar officials, will be posted for campus review.
The UB administration is seeking further feedback on the FSEC’s recommendation before making a decision on the proposal.
Administrators also plan to meet with leaders of the Faculty and Professional Staff senates, student governments and the Campus Ministries Association.
The FSEC—acting for the full Faculty Senate, which was unable to field a quorum for a vote at its March 5 meeting—on April 3 voted in support of a resolution to hold classes on the Jewish holy days. It also voted against a separate proposal to hold classes on Labor Day. On April 4, the Professional Staff Senate Executive Committee voted as the FSEC did on both motions.
In an effort to fully examine the issues, the Faculty Senate held open an debate on the both proposals at its March 5 meeting, and senate Chair Ezra Zubrow invited numerous stakeholders to the April 3 FSEC meeting to further discuss the proposals before the final vote.
Among the arguments for holding class on the Jewish holy days:
Arguments for maintaining no classes on these holy days include:
A final decision on the calendar is expected to be made by President Satish K. Tripathi, in consultation with Provost Charles F. Zukoski, by the end of classes this spring.
Any change to the calendar would apply only to the undergraduate and graduate calendars; the law, medical and dental schools follow their own approved calendars.
The UB administration is seeking feedback from the university community on the proposal that UB begin holding classes on the Jewish holy days of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur. Please use the form below to share your thoughts on this calendar issue.