UCO Quiet Week- revisions to the Faculty Handbook
Pursuant to the University of Central Oklahoma Faculty Handbook (August, 2009), Chapter Three (3), Section 3.5 (Final Examinations and Quiet Week), which reads: "...Quiet week does not preclude normal course work or examinations." Thus, allowing UCO Faculty to assign coursework, examinations, presentations, or anything of academic rigor. However, the following excerpts are also found in Chapter 3, Section 3.5: ..."final exams promote greater student learning," -AND- "During quiet week no student or campus organization may hold any activity, program, or related function which requires student participation." As students at the University of Central Oklahoma, we feel that in order for our Institution to be in full compliance with Chapter 3, Section 3.5, the aforementioned statement (...Quiet week does not preclude normal course work or examinations.) should be stricken, and replaced by something similar to the following: "Quiet Week shall also exclude any NEW coursework, including in the classroom assignments, homework, projects, presentations, etc. Furthermore, no quizzes or examinations should be scheduled during Quiet Week." (The exact vernacular should be chosen by the faculty, and unofficially approved by student representatives). ** We believe that this change will not only improve student performance on examinations by allowing appropriate study time, but that it will also be beneficial for our faculty as it will allow them more time to grade course materials and meet deadlines. **Let it be noted that this requested change does not exclude faculty presenting new course material, and that students understand they are responsible for knowing any and all materials presented within the course. PLEASE USE YOUR @uco.edu EMAIL ADDRESS, AND IN THE COMMENTS SECTION, PLEASE LIST YOUR CLASSIFICATION (FRESHMAN, SOPHOMORE, JUNIOR, SENIOR, OR GRADUATE STUDENT).