In the face of a historic New England winter, Stephen W. Director, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, has announced options for faculty to make up classes canceled due to a series of recent snowstorms.
In a letter to faculty, Director wrote that Patriots’ Day (April 20) and Reading Day (April 23) will be used as opportunities for faculty to schedule missed classes. He added that a number of courses have already scheduled make-up class sessions and course activities on an ad hoc basis.
“We appreciate the efforts of many faculty members who have already begun to make accommodations to assure that students learn all that was planned within each course,” Director wrote.
Faculty members who would like to schedule a time for classes to meet during either of those days, or at another time outside of the assigned class hours, should use the Special Room Request Form found at www.neu.edu/registrar/schedfrms.html.
The record snowfall has led to five class cancellations on the Boston campus. Early-week classes have been particularly impacted, with two Monday and two Tuesday cancellations. The Monday cancellations are exacerbated by the academic year holiday schedule, which includes three Monday holidays during the spring semester—Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Jan. 19), Presidents Day (Feb. 16), and Patriots’ Day.
“We recognize that the unprecedented snowfall has created a strain on all of our programs and there is no one solution to address this strain that will satisfy everyone,” Director noted. “However, after a number of discussions with the academic deans, we feel this is the best alternative and we do appreciate everyone’s patience.”
More than 16 inches of snow blanked Boston this past weekend, pushing the region’s snowfall total to more than 95 inches. The National Weather Service on Sunday declared February the snowiest month in Boston’s history, with more than 58 inches recorded in just the first 15 days of the month. The latest snowstorm has put the winter-weary city on the brink of achieving the all-time highest snowfall season in Boston history.