With the possibility of more winter weather still ahead, the university has cancelled classes on six days so far this semester. To recover some of that lost class time, UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs has announced that the university will extend the academic calendar by four days, from Friday, April 25 to Thursday, May 1, using days between the originally scheduled exam period and commencement. Finals will begin on May 2, and the exams originally scheduled for Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 1 will be moved one week later to May 5-8.
"We are fortunate to have these days available between the end of finals and commencement, as not all universities do and some may be using days from spring break," Jacobs said in the announcement. "These are unusual circumstances, and this plan will help ensure our students are able to complete their coursework successfully and in a timely manner."
In the wake of the largest winter storm to hit Georgia in decades, the University of North Georgia reopened all campuses on Friday, Feb. 14, and resumed normal operations. With forecasts calling for heavy ice and snow across most of the state, UNG announced on Monday that classes would be cancelled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. A second wave of winter weather resulted in classes being cancelled again on Thursday.
"The weather this year has presented significant challenges for academic instruction," said Dr. Patricia L. Donat, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "I hope that with the announcement by the President today regarding the extension of the semester, faculty members will be able to adjust syllabi to ensure that all originally planned student learning outcomes can still be met."
Donat also noted that faculty members would be planning for virtual or asynchronous instruction that could be implemented if the university has any additional weather cancellations this semester.
Details regarding the extended academic calendars and final exam schedule are available at www.ung.edu/calendars.
Also, this week's inclement weather has impacted the following university events and deadlines.
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions has extended the deadline for regular admission baccalaureate applications from Feb. 15 to Feb. 21. Prospective freshman baccalaureate students should submit their application for fall 2014 and all supporting documents by this deadline to be considered for acceptance during regular admission. Notification of freshman class acceptances will be mailed by March 7, instead of March 1, to ensure that the admission staff has time to evaluate and process application files. The admission deadline for fall 2014 for prospective students seeking associate degrees is July 1.
Numerous athletic events have been rescheduled, including UNG Spirit Night and the Make-A-Wish reveal party that were originally planned for Feb. 13. The event will now be held on Thursday, Feb. 26. For details on all athletic events, please visit www.ungathletics.com.
The Gainesville Theatre Alliance had to cancel performances of Chicago and the Glass Menagerie earlier in the week, but has added some additional performances. For details, please visit www.gainesvilletheatrealliance.org.
The UNG Corps of Cadets annual Sweetheart Review originally planned for Friday, Feb. 14, has been cancelled.