The Washington State University Faculty Senate has approved a proposal from the new provost to eliminate next year’s spring break and start the spring semester 2 weeks late.
The faculty senate approved Provost Elizabeth Chilton’s plan during their meeting last week with a vote of 54 to 3. Chilton told the faculty senators that the move will protect the university community during the pandemic by encouraging students to stay in Pullman during the entire term.
WSU Spokesman Phil Weiler says the final decision to change this spring’s academic calendar will be made by Chilton. She is expected to make that final decision this week.
The plan calls for the WSU spring semester to start 2 weeks late on Tuesday, January 19th the day after the Martin Luther King Holiday. The move will shorten the WSU spring semester by one week.
Chilton told WSU employees during a recent staff town hall that the spring semester will be similar to this fall with nearly all classes online. WSU administrators say the formal announcement for spring instruction won’t be made until Thursday.