Following a pilot fall break from Oct. 25-26 during fall semester 2021, Michigan State University announced today that the break will become a permanent fixture in the academic calendar going forward.
“Making student success our main focus means collaborating with our students, faculty and staff to develop ideas and undertaking a thorough examination of any changes to structure and support services to ensure the best possible outcomes for our students,” MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. said in a MSUToday release.
The Associated Students of Michigan State University originally proposed the break in February 2019, and a pilot was planned for the 2020-21 school year. However, the pandemic shifted those plans to the 2021-22 year.
According to the release, the break will follow the pilot’s precedent of occurring near the middle of the semester on a Monday and Tuesday. No classes will be allowed to have assignments due or administer tests on these days.
In addition to the fall break, the spring semester will be shortened by one week starting in 2024.
The pilot break showed positive results for the mental health of students. In a State News survey, approximately 79% of students said the break helped with their mental health.
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