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Queen's University Senate Committee on Academic Procedures
 

Summary: 1
Queen's University
Senate Committee on Academic Procedures
Report to Senate April 2011
ACADEMIC SESSIONAL DATES AND FAITH DATES
Background
In response to a discussion at the March 25, 2010 Senate meeting regarding the timing
conflict of the religious observances of Rosh Hashanah and Eid Al-Fitr and Orientation
Week activities in September 2010, the Principal requested that the Senate Committee on
Academic Procedures (SCAP) consider developing "a policy when setting sessional dates
so that they do not conflict with future faith dates".
Analysis and Discussion
SCAP members discussed the issue of sessional dates and faith date conflicts at several
meetings in the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years. It was acknowledged that
academic sessional dates do indeed fall under SCAP's mandate; however, it was also
acknowledged that Orientation Week does not.
The September 2010 faith dates conflict took place during Orientation Week. SCAP
could have recommended that classes begin earlier in the year so that Orientation Week
did not conflict with faith dates, but the result of this would have been that the first week
of classes conflicted with faith dates, which is an undesirable outcome. SCAP could also

  

Source: Abolmaesumi, Purang - School of Computing, Queen's University (Kingston)

 

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