University of Winnipeg gives students 2nd reading week
University of Winnipeg students will get two reading weeks per year, new one at Thanksgiving
University of Winnipeg students will get some extra time off next year.
The university has introduced an extra reading week in the fall to give students extra time to study and de-stress.
The week will coincide with Thanksgiving Day weekend in October.
Students at both the U of W and the University of Manitoba already have a reading week break in February, but only the U of W has introduced a fall break.
According to U of W officials, there will be no academic days lost. Classes will start one day earlier – on the Tuesday after Labour Day instead of the Wednesday – and there will be one "study day" in between the end of classes and the start of exams instead of two.
In addition, Saturdays will be used during the exam period to make up the time.
Peyton Veitch, the president of the University's Student Association, said in a release the move will allow students to "recharge and decompress during a hectic time of year" and the second reading week will help foster a "holistic approach to mental health and wellness on campus."
The new reading week will begin in the 2016 fall term.