To Our Students:
We write today to say: We hear you.
You are exhausted and stressed, weary of prevention protocols and beyond eager for normalcy.
You shared these sentiments and more in student group meetings last month, emphasizing that two March days without classes came nowhere close to alleviating the accumulated toll of 12 pandemic months.
The spring semester’s much-delayed start made it difficult for us to provide more than two days off this term, but after conferring with other leaders this week we identified a solution: If we can manage to adapt academic content after losing a day to inclement weather or other campus emergency, we can do the same to support student well-being.
We have designated Friday, April 23, as a day completely free of classes.
This change applies to all undergraduate, graduate, and professional school courses—with the exception of those students who have clinical responsibilities. The university also will be closed that day, so only essential services—for example, dining and custodial—will continue to operate.
We want to thank our student leaders for so persuasively advocating for their peers and themselves. We hope this break lifts your burdens at least a bit.
Please stay safe, healthy and well.
Ben Vinson III
Provost and Executive Vice President
Vice President for Student Affairs