Brock University will have a fall reading week as part of its academic calendar, starting in 2013.
At its Dec 5. meeting, University Senate adopted a fall break week as a three-year pilot project, at the end of which its impact will be reviewed.
The mid-term break from class schedules takes place during Thanksgiving week, which is the week of Oct 14-18 in 2013.
The move will have minimal impact on term schedules. Classes will begin during Orientation Week as usual, but in 2013 commence Wednesday, Sept. 4 instead of Thursday, Sept. 5. Orientation programs will still take place during O Week.
At the end of term, exams will not run any later than normal and are scheduled to conclude on Tuesday, Dec. 17.
Creating a fall reading week was recommended in the University’s Mental Health Strategy and by the Brock University Students’ Union, and is seen as a mental health break for students to help alleviate stress.
The report before Senate said Thanksgiving week is good timing for the break.
“The fall can be a stressful time for students, many of whom are away from home, friends and family in addition to coping with a challenging academic course load,” the report said.
“Several Ontario universities currently have a fall break to support student success and mental health, and other universities are considering it.”