Upon the conclusion of the University of Waterloo’s three year Fall Break pilot project (2016, 2017, 2018), Associate Vice-President, Academic, Mario Coniglio, convened a task force to establish a new three-year Fall Reading Week pilot project. Like the Reading Week that takes place each February following the Family Day holiday, the Fall Reading Week will give students an additional four-day break in their schedules following Thanksgiving Monday each October in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
Fall Reading Week is...
Fall Reading Week is an initiative to support students in ensuring a successful fall term by providing a break in the schedule for on-campus undergraduate and graduate students. Students are encouraged to use this time to prepare for the rest of term, which may include studying for upcoming midterms, catching up on readings and assignments, or taking some time for rest and personal wellness.
What won't be happening during Fall Reading Week
Normally scheduled classes, labs, tutorials, seminars, and other course components will not take place. Submission deadlines for assignments, midterms, tests, or exams will not be scheduled. Co-operative Education will not schedule students for co-op interviews. Graduate student Teaching Assistantship (TA) duties will be suspended for the week.
What will be happening during Fall Reading Week
School of Pharmacy’s clinical rotations, doctoral comprehensive exams, and graduate thesis defenses may still be scheduled during Fall Reading Week. Student services, such as academic advising support, Health Services, Counselling Services, libraries, and residences will remain open and available to students who stay on or near campus. Some food service outlets on campus will be closed or may have modified hours.