Loyola decides not to lose fall break to make up school days lost to Isaac
Published: Thursday, September 6, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 6, 2012 12:09
Don’t cancel your flight home— Loyola’s fall break isn’t going anywhere.
After losing a week of school, the question of making up lost time has been on the minds of many, including the university’s emergency management team.
Originally perceived to be an insignificant threat by the university’s emergency management team, according to emails sent campus-wide, Hurricane Isaac knocked out power
for several days on campus and even longer throughout the city.
The university originally planned to suspend normal operations through Wednesday, Aug. 29, but the storm proved to be stronger and more of a threat than predicted, which resulted in a week-long closure of the school.
“I thought we were going to lose our fall break. The academic calendar online says those days were built in as hurricane days,” said Sean Rowland, economics junior.
The university’s emergency management team met on Sept. 4 to determine the course of action to take in order to make up the missed week.
Meredith Hartley, director of public affairs and external relations, said holidays will not be canceled.
“The university will make up those days, but academic affairs representatives on the team said they talked about that option, but fall break will not be canceled,” said Hartley.
The University is on a normal schedule in regards to classes and operation, but some changes are to be made concerning activities, due dates and deadlines.
Some events around campus have been rescheduled in accordance to things already planned for the next few weeks. Heather Roundtree of the Office of Student Affairs rescheduled the Student Organization Fair for Sept. 13 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.
Student organizations have also been affected. The Loyola University Community Action Program has scheduled their general meeting for Sept. 11.
In addition to campus activities being affected, several deadlines have been moved.
Kathy Gros, director of student records and registration services, said the deadlines for registration have been changed.
“For semester long classes, the last day to add a class will be Sept. 7, and the last day to drop at 100 percent will be Friday, Sept. 14,” says Gros.
The Bookstore will also extend their refund deadline to Saturday, Dec. 8.
“I just have to remember to do some homework assigned last week,” said Rowland.
Eric Knoepfler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org