Fall break returned to two days next year following student advocacy

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Officials had added a two-day fall break starting in 2016 after student leaders called for a break before Thanksgiving break, but it was shortened in recent years.

GW will extend next year’s fall break to two days, according to the academic calendar.

The updated fall break will occur on Monday, Oct. 24 and Tuesday, Oct. 25 next year instead of a Friday like the past two years. Student Association Vice President Kate Carpenter said she and SA President Brandon Hill discussed in October extending fall break with Imani Cheers, the interim senior associate provost for undergraduate education, and Christopher Bracey, the interim provost.

Officials added a two-day fall break starting in 2016 after student leaders called for a break before Thanksgiving. The break had been shortened to one day for the past two academic years.

Carpenter said not having a longer fall break this fall “greatly inhibited” the student experience this semester because the longer period provides students a break from classes and a chance to catch up on their school work. Students were mentally and academically “exhausted” this semester after not having a significant break until Thanksgiving, she said.

“Having fall break moving forward will be I think an essential for students,” Carpenter said. “I think that it is not only an essential to catch up on schoolwork, but also to just catch up mentally and be able to take care of ourselves moving forward.”

Hill did not return a request for comment.

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