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ASI Senate to discuss forced Friday class proposal

The Academic Senate has resolved to work with the administration to implement a temporary change to the Policy on Class Scheduling.

The proposal and change will be discussed at the ASI Senate meeting Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Interim Vice President of Academic Planning Dhushy Sathianathan proposed to change nearly 300 sections of Monday and Wednesday classes into Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes. Sathianathan wants to make this change because he said that he feels that the classroom space on Fridays is being underutilized, and the campus is impacted Monday through Thursday.

Sathananthan is seeking a pilot phase of the policy change, according to the Academic Senate meeting minutes from Thursday.

The proposal was presented to Associated Students, Inc. Senate on Sept. 30 and Academic Senate on Sept. 24. Sathananthan responded to faculty concerns at last week’s meeting.

After much discussion, the Academic Senate came to a resolution that requested the administration to implement the policy “by granting fewer exceptions and encouraging and providing incentives to faculty, departments and colleges to schedule classes which include Fridays and other times when space is readily available.”

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