JEFFERSON CITY - As MU's Faculty Council plans to vote on how to make up classes missed during last week's snow storm, the plan for making up classes is still unclear.
MU Faculty Council Chairwoman, Leona Rubin, said that they will be the ones to decide how to make up the classes missed during last week's snow storm. MU canceled three days of classes last week due to the near-blizzard conditions throughout Missouri. Missouri's Department of Higher Education has no requirement on how individual institutions should make up classes in the event they are canceled, according to Kathy Love, the department's spokesperson.
"There is no statewide regulations for the number of school days for institutions of higher education," Love said.
The requirement to make up the missed classes stems from the Missouri Board of Curators. Under Section 20.140 of the Collected Rules and Regulations, the universities must have class on 43 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and 29 Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Rubin said with the class cancellations last week, the university only has 27 class days on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the semester. Rubin's plan is to have regular class days on Thursday, May 4 and Friday, May 5 — pushing back the start of finals to Monday, May 8.
But this plan would not meet the requirement set forth by the curators. By only having one make-up class day for Thursday classes, and not for Tuesday classes, MU would still fall short of the Board of Curator's requirements. To correct this problem, Rubin said the Faculty Council would be asking the board for a waiver.
Given the lack of state requirements and the ability of the Board of Curators to waive their guidelines, MU is not required to reschedule the classes missed last week. However, Rubin said he still believes it is important to reschedule the classes.
"There is no opposition among teachers about rescheduling the classes," she said.
MU Student Body President Eric Woods agreed, saying he has not heard any dissent among faculty about making up classes.
Some students, however, said they think if there is no state requirement to reschedule classes, then they should not have to make up the lost time.
"It is not fair that we should have to make up only one class day [Thursday] even though we missed both [Tuesday and Thursday]," said Tim Schuessler, an MU sophomore. "If they are going to reschedule classes, they should schedule them to reflect the body of work that was missed."
The MU Faculty Council will make their final decision on how to make up classes on Feb. 17.