The Senate met Monday night to pass a resolution supporting the alteration of Auburn’s final exam schedule. Despite being the most hotly debated measure in recent weeks, the bill eventually passed unanimously.
Senator Walker Byrd, one of the bill’s sponsors, said, “We feel strongly this is what is best for Auburn. It will improve retention rates, graduation rates, and 4-year graduation rates.”
Senator Byrd went on to say, “There’s a lack of a definitive cut-off for regularly administered tests, and right now teachers use that day to the last second. There will now be a university-wide cut-off for when the last test can be given.” In discussing the benefits of the proposed schedule, he said, “Students will have more time to prepare – I think we can all agree we need more time to prepare.”
The revised final exam schedule endorsed by the Senate would extend the academic calendar by three school days, but would also place three reading or review days (not including weekends) between the last day on which regular tests are allowed and the beginning of finals. Any proposed change to the academic calendar could only take place after 2017, as the academic calendar has already been finalized through that date.
The bill is a resolution affirming the Senate’s support for a change – Auburn University administration holds final authority over the academic calendar. In explaining the process, Senator John LeMaster said, “Here’s what happens: students….will go in front of the calendar committee and say the student voice supports this and we are representing them. This is Auburn University. This is for students. This is our opportunity to make this a student-led drive.”
In other news, the Senate also unanimously passed a measure to temporarily increase Organization Board Funds by $25000. One of the sponsoring senators, Kohl Weir, said, “Through reaching out to our constituents, we saw a great need for greater funding to these different organizations and we felt this money could be spent wisely.”
Finally, Senator India Napier introduced a resolution to call for more unisex bathrooms on campus. “There are not unisex restrooms in Haley, Lowder, or Parker, areas heavily trafficked by visitors and the student body. There is not an updated interactive campus map that reflects all restroom facilities on Auburn University’s campus.” The bill will be opened for debate next week.