It is usually unjustified for students to ask for extra days off from school, especially at GW, where just a few years ago several law students sued the University for closing down because of inclement weather. But the policy of allotting only Thursday and Friday off for Thanksgiving break is insufficient and puts students and teachers in an awkward position.
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving has become a wasteful school day. Students pay for the time, but many teachers cancel classes – they, too, are interested in spending the holiday with family and friends. Allowing only Wednesday night for travel is unrealistic and expensive, even for those who live along the East Coast.
The University should consider condensing the final exam schedule or making other arrangements to at least allow for Wednesday off. Without a fall break like many schools have, most students and teachers are in dire need of a break by mid-November. Because many professors already cancel classes on Wednesday and the University does not seem to discourage doing so, GW should make it official and allow for an easier holiday schedule.