Fall Term Break Task Force

Fall Term Break Task Force

The university first instituted a fall term break as a pilot program in 2018.  Queen’s Senate Committee on Academic Development and Procedures has now created a task force to make a comprehensive recommendation regarding the future of the fall term break.  This recommendation will go to Queen’s Senate at its November 30 meeting.

The task force has launched a survey to gather feedback from the entire Queen’s community. 

The survey launched on October 1 and will remain available until October 22.

Take the survey here

Fall Term Break - Statement of Purpose

The Fall Term Break is a pause from regular academic activities. Depending on individual needs, it is an opportunity for students to:

  • Rest, regroup, practice self-care to support mental health.
  • Review previous course work.
  • Prepare for the remainder of the term.
  • Personal preparation and skills development.

There will be no scheduled classes, practical sessions, academic deliverables, or progress on academic work expected during the Fall Term Break.

Note: The statement of purpose for the Fall Term Break excludes anchoring weekend days immediately preceding and following the Fall Term Break period, as may be applicable.

Guiding Principles for the Fall Term Break Task Force

The task force shall keep in mind the following principles when completing its work:

  • A template that can be successfully applied to 2022-23, and beyond;
  • A fall term break is desirable for student wellbeing;
  • A pre-exam study period is beneficial to students; and
  • The fall term must include a minimum 60 teaching days, excluding weekends and other designated days,to meet the accreditation requirements of some programs.

Task Force Membership

Description Area Name, Position
Co-Chairs

Stuart Pinchin, University Registrar (Interim)

William Nelson, Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), Faculty of Arts and Science

  Alma Mater Society Ryan Sieg, Vice-President University Affairs
  Society of Graduate and Professional Students Courtney Bannerman, VP Finance
Student representative from each of the four direct-entry faculties Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Christina Bisol, President of the Engineering Society
School of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Sciences Program TBC
Smith School of Business - Commerce Program Finn Price, Vice-President, Student Affairs, Commerce Society
Faculty of Arts and Science Sahiba Gulati, Student Senator
Decanal designate from each of the four direct-entry faculties: Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Marianna Kontopoulou, Associate Dean (Academic)
School of Nursing and Bachelor of Health Sciences Program Cheryl Pulling, Associate Director
Smith School of Business - Commerce Program Leigh-Ann Fingland, Director (Operations)
Faculty of Arts and Science Co-Chair, William Nelson
Student Affairs Ellie Sadinsky, Executive Director
Teaching and Learning Denise Stockley, Professor and Scholar in Higher Education
Two Senate Committee on Academic Development and Procedures faculty members: Smith School of Business Christine Coulter
Faculty of Health Sciences Cheryl Kline
Resources to the Task Force: University Communications

Brenda Paul, Associate Vice-Principal

Peter Jeffrey, Director of Communications

University Secretariat Rebecca Coupland, Associate Secretary of the University
Administrative Support Antonietta Arciero Easter, Office of the University Registrar