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Academic & Student Affairs Handbook

2.1 Semester System, Uniform Academic Calendar, Cancellation of Classes and Religious Holidays

SOURCES:
BoR POLICY MANUAL 3, ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
BoR POLICY MANUAL 8, PERSONNEL
BoR POLICY MANUAL 3.4.1, SEMESTER SYSTEM
BoR POLICY MANUAL 3.4.2, UNIFORM ACADEMIC CALENDAR
BoR POLICY MANUAL 3.4.3, RELIGIOUS HOLIDAY SCHEDULE
BoR POLICY MANUAL 3.4.4, EXCEPTIONS
BoR POLICY MANUAL 8.2.6, HOLIDAYS

Procedures related to the Calendar of Academic Activities for USG institutions include the following information:

Semester System
Determination of specific days and times of course offerings is left to the discretion of the institution in order to provide for flexible scheduling within the parameters of BOR Policy 3.4.1

Uniform Academic Calendar
The starting and ending dates for each semester are determined by the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer of the USG. The following link provides information concerning the earliest starting and latest ending dates by term for each institution: http://www.usg.edu/academics/calendars/.

Religious Holiday Schedule
Decisions as to which religious holidays are covered by institutional policy are left to the discretion of individual USG institutions since the characteristics of the student body and faculty may vary considerably among institutions. The intent and spirit of the policy should be honored by making special arrangements for individuals where such an action is deemed to be best for the institution as a whole.

Cancellation of Classes
If severe weather requires the cancellation of classes, “makeup” days shall be scheduled according to the academic calendar of the institution with sensitivity to institutionally established dates. Any rescheduling shall observe the institution’s policy on religious holidays.

Institutional Holidays
USG institutions shall have twelve official paid holidays each calendar year for employees. The paid holidays are in addition to earned vacation time. Terminated employees are not paid for official holidays or sick leave after the last working day of employment.

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