Students at the University of Alberta will get a fall reading week starting in November 2015.

The break, which is expected to fall around Remembrance Day, will be in addition to the traditional spring reading week in February.

Kusmu and Amrhein

Student Union president Petros Kusmu and university provost Carl Amrhein held a news conference on Monday to announce the start of fall reading week in November 2015. (Travis McEwan/CBC News )

The break was formally signed into existence Monday at a news conference with university provost Carl Amrhein and student union president Petros Kusmu.

“The week will allow students the time they need to catch up on their studies, take part in programming, work to afford school and visit family members who might live outside of Alberta,” he said, adding that the time coincides with a surge in visits to the campus health centre.

Other Canadian universities with a fall break include Ryerson, Carleton, Wilfrid Laurier and the University of Toronto.

The idea of a fall reading week started with student leaders nearly four years ago.

It received the support of a majority of students who voted in a plebiscite in 2011.